Nik925 (769) - USA - SEP 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good bitterness, bold malt flavor (esp for a 4.4 abv) notes of cherries come out between the malt and hops. A good hop flavor (what you expect from stone) but while the flavors are strong, they are a bit thin and unfinished.
If the style Light Amber existed, this could be top of the pile, but its scored properly in the middle.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a brown color with a small off white head. Aroma of sweet malt and earth. Flavor is sweet malt with a good balance of hops for the style. Thin body with good carbonation.
drjay44 (2891) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz, bottle. Pours a nice happy rapidly collapsing head, pleasant brownish cloudy colors....nose of mild malts, bit of hops....palate is light, with some sensation of both malts and hops, rather light in character, but within that nicely balanced.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s a hit! Darker side of amber. Caramel pineapple tangerine style. Sweet hoppy. Chugarrifffic! Not complicated, just tasty. I want more for the everyday drinking..
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
What’s this? An amber I could actually give a crap about? Say it ain’t so!
Pours a deep amber color with a creamy tan head that melts away slowly leaving some drippy lacing. Aroma of roasted nutty malt, pine hops, and citrus. Flavor is similar, with not overly sweet malt and a nice hoppy bite. A bit thin on the palate, but the prickly carbonation helps make up for that. Seriously not bad at all, which is a bit of a surprise for me in this category.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red brown clear pour with a thin white head. Fruity hop aroma. Malty flavor with a strong citrus hop character. Slight sweet with a bitter hop finish.
dlovell2 (1116) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 27, 2008
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber color with white head. Pine aroma. Very dry beer. Hops taste of pine but flavor does not linger in after taste. This beer was ok.
12many (277) - Alaska, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Alefest sample. Aroma is decent with plenty of pine and citrus hops but this was lacking on flavor. Feels watery and with low carbonation. Decent but disappointing.
AndyReynolds (1037) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Poured a golden color with a thick white head. The aroma was hoppy with hints of pine and grass. Everything was awesome about this beer until it went in my mouth. It tasted very flat and watered down. It was almost trying to be an IPA, but couldn’t pull it off.
ewestern (257) - Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Starts with a nice creme colored head atop a deep golden-amber beer. Slightly yeasty aroma that could have been stronger. Tasted flat with some hops, had a watery feel to it and a bitter finish.