leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark reddish amber color and a decent sized white head. Citrus hop aroma. Medium bodied with toasted malt and a nice touch of citrus hops throughout. Well balanced. A solid beer but not Stones best.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Beer is a clear medium red-amber color with a larger-than-average, white, frothy, mostly lasting head. The aroma is extremely hop-dominated. Malty with a light note of toasted grain; Heavily hoppy iwth notes of resin/pine, cedar, lemon, dried apricot and green grass; Yeasty with a light note of basement. Kind of 1-D, and even the hop notes arenít that vibrant. The flavor is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter with a long, moderate almost building to heavily, bitter, lightly sweet, lightly astingent finish. The body is light, the texture was watery an the carbonation was lively. Not really exciting.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From 12oz Bottle. Pours a deep ruddied amber color with a light, full layer of off-white head. The aroma is quite nice, and it wafts plumes of fresh clover leaf hops and caramel cookie dough to the nostrils. A touch of vanilla bean and maple syrup sweetness is nestled in there as well. Thin to medium bodied, crisply carbonated mouthfeel is drinkable, but not as interesting or satisfying as the nose. A bit of toasted pine nuts and some grassy hops join a coppery malt profile, but thats about it. Final smack of corn nuts and lemon grass.
eaglefan538 (2802) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice showing for the style, clearly a more highly hopped amber than your average. The color was amber red and a nice head sat on top (and remained there). Lacing was decent. The aroma was somewhat pine-like. The flavor was pine-like, resinous, and citrus-like. A nice touch provided by bitter orange or lemon rinds? A little imbalanced. Hop level was ok, but malt depth was shallow for an amber. Mouthfeel was a little bit watery.
snowden719 (130) - USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2006 Dark orange/amber color. Medium white head, nice lacing. Very pleasant hoppy aroma, medium bodied flavor with hints of caramel. Medium to high bitterness, with a nice hoppy finish.
sistinas (91) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAY 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear dark orange color with a decent-sized head. Smells of caramel and maybe some butterscotch, tastes like hops, citrus, hops, caramel, and some hoppity hops. Finishes dry and leaves a pretty bitter taste in my mouth - not something I could drink all night.
ABUSEDGOAT (2163) - California, USA - MAY 29, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2007 Deep amber body with a moderate to large head with decent lacing. Aroma is like a lighter version of ABA with the exception that it has the Amber Ale characteristics. Hoppy with citrus and caramel, some grapefruit. Pretty easy to tell that this is a Stone brew. Fairly typical amber ale with the stone house character that I donít like.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fairly large frothy light-brown head. Clear red-orange color.
Nose is a little C-hoppy and a little caramelly. Hops are most noticable to me though, but there is light brown sugar too.
Tastes like a blend of a pale ale and brown or maybe amber ale. There is the light and smooth hop presence of a pale ale, and the light malt of a amber ale.
Mumpu (46) - USA - MAY 15, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Honey with very fleeting tan head. Some hoppy aroma. Opens completely bland and with a thin watery body. Not much happens with flavors and in the end there is a rather unrewarding and not particularly interesting strong bitter aftertaste. Stone Brewing can do much much better.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 15, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber body with minimal head. Aroma of citrus and caramel malts. Medium bodied with a drier hoppy finish. Much lighter than most of the other Stone beers.