Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - OCT 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. This is a great beer in that it tastes much like an IPA, but I can drink it all day. It’s smells super fresh and looks great. It’s definitely a good "session" beer. You wanna get hammered? Grab an old guardian. Wanna great beer and keep your pants on? Try a Levitation.
TheEpeeist (3137) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Foggy amber with a spongy oatmeal head. Leaves tendrils of lace. Musty hops and a little woody molasses. Tastes a bit like a flat 7-Up with bitter green grass. Watery with low carb. Stone really held back on this one.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep, dark amber with some haziness apparent; head is pillowy, off-white, and somewhat small but lasts for a while, with decent lacing. Nose is full of citrus graefruit hops with a lightly roasty caramel far in the background. Citrus hops dominate throughout with some piney hops and a moderate bitterness. Malt takes a back seat, odd for an amber, but it has notes of light roast, and toasty caramel. Palate is lively, medium-bodied, and very slightly watery. Finishes dry, short, and with only bitterness left. A very nice and unique amber, but it’s not exemptional in any facet. Stone’s pale is a little more to my liking, but this still beats most ambers.
Braudog (5459) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bought a six-pack of this in Colorado. They poured deep red-amber with a big airy head. Round caramel aroma. Sweet tarty caramel flavors, almost with a sweet syrupy tinge. Not my favorite offering from one of my favorite brewers.
Cornfield (5344) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This has a deep brownish amber body with a pale tan head that coats the glass with web-like lacing. It smells of lightly roasted sweet malt with a whopping handful of PNW hops. The grapefruit, lemon zest, and pine rule the flavor, the malts being supportive with a caramel sweetness. Nice, dry & bitter finish. Darned near an IPA in flavor.
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realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - SEP 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle poured a dark orange color with a small off white head. The aroma had a light hop nose with a decent amount of caramel. Taste was slightly watery and had a strong bitterness with some caramel and roast tones alongside a super dry finish that dropped out quickly. Overall this one is good and has a nice amount of flavor and character in it.
Chthulhu (13) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 4, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
Beautiful stuff; more flavor than Stone’s Pale Ale, less than their IPA. This is something I could drink often without tiring of it.
jcr (2112) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This seems less robust than an American Pale Ale, but its hop characteristics dominate the beer. Light copper body with average-size, but long-lasting frothy head. Nose is filled with ctrius — grapefruit, orange peel with hints of grain. Flavor is lightly sweet, lightly bitter. The palate seems a bit watery on top of a lively carbonation. A step down from Stone’s pale ale.
JohnnyJ (4041) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 31, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a red amber color with a nice sized off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt, citrus, and a hint of hops. Not very strong, but a very good flavor for the style. I’m drinking this warmer than I probably should, but it makes the flavors stand out. Flavors of sweet caramel malt, citrus, grapefuit, and piney hops. Easy to drink and nice flavor. Excellent for the style.
bhensonb (10203) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2007 Aroma of malt with citrus hint. Coppery amber color with frothy tan head. Some lacing. Starts with caramel malt flavor, grapefruit aromas in the middle, and a nice lasting, but mild, bitter hoppy finish. Not your typical relatively tasteless amber. Sort of like a good pale ale with some extra malt.