jake65 (2885) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 10, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Pours a amber brown with a medium sized sandy head. Little bits of lacing. Nose is hoppy with florals and citrus, flavor remains hoppy with some malt. Remains on the hoppy side for an amber - which I like. Still, it lacks the maltiness and roast and steers more towards an American Pale.
Dogbrick (9439) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Homerwantsbeer for sharing a bottle. This beer pours a deep amber color with a medium foamy off-white head that recedes rather quickly. Small patches of lacing. Piney hops along with caramel and malt in the nose. Medium-bodied with hops, toasted malt and grapefruit flavors. The finish is balanced between citrusy hops and sweet malt, leaving a roasted malt aftertaste. Interesting take on an Amber Ale, leave it to Stone to put a spin on it like this. Overall itís not necessarily something I would try again but itís a decent session beer.
swoopjones (6909) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Stone. Nice malty nose, roasty. Not much aroma or taste. Rather pedestrian
NeroWolfe (13) - USA - NOV 27, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. bottle. Dark pour, limited aroma. A refreshing swallow, but the flavor could offer more than just hints. A good casual drink.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Stone brewery, while sitting next to Greg Hortonís daughter (old president of QUAFF). One of the kings of session ales. Small head of small-to-microbubbles. Dark amber color. Medium hoppy aroma. Mild bitterness. Some grapefruit hops. Carbonation a little strong for a beer on tap.
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 6, 2007
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Itís not that itís bad! Itís just fine. Itís a great lighter version of the pales and I. pales that Stone is known for. Though it isnít super-mouth-catching, it is there when you need it.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
9-13-07 bottle. Rich amber color with great lacing. Ideal hops aroma. Great on palate. Bitterness is great too. Slightly drying finish - but enjoyable. Well balanced - would have again.
scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I honestly am not very big on the Amber ales but this was a very pleasant surprise. Stone of course has to kick it up a notch and add the hoppsiness that is so great. I could definately find myself drinking this again.
drewbeerme (3898) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. thanks to WeeHeavySD. pours clear amber with off white head. nose is toasted biscuit and cookie w/ subtle citrusy hop notes. flavor is toasted biscuits, cookie finish with floral and citrus hop flavor. the hop flavor is lacking a bit. nice body and carbonation for the style. a solid session beer.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear, dark crimson body with a small, frothy, cream colored head. Leaves beautiful patchwork lacing on the glass. The aroma shows strong, resinous pine hops, grapefruit, darkly toasted caramel, and dry grains. Smells more like a hoppy APA than an amber. The flavor is very toasty, with cereal grains and scorched caramel providing the malt base. Pine resin and grapefruit hops add ample bitterness and provide for nice balance. Lingering resin and citrus on the finish. Medium bodied, with a fairly dry, peppery palate. Very drinkable at just 4.4%. Solid beer. Not your typical amber by any means.