StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at tpkenned’s wedding. From there on in, I was drinking Stone IPA and Speedway till the music stopped. Semi-translucent and caramel-copper in color with a creamy, mobile, thin and tan head. Aroma rings with sweet caramel and pralines, cherry amaretto graham crust, almond scones sprinkled with brown sugar and maraschino annotated toffee. Light caramel and amaretto toffee nips pulled from a cooled water pool provide the flavor. Somewhat lighter in body and flavor, with its mild manners and smooth, aged toffee intuitions. Liquefied, diluted brown sugar help provide a touch of sweetening. Chestnuts, deceased pralines and mildly sweetened bran flakes move from flavor to finish.
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - JUN 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice roasted malt flavor and heavily hoppy on the aroma. Thick and creamy tan head. Very atypical for an amber and certainly not their best brew but very nicely done by Stone.
Padron4KM (531) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, no freshness date noted.
Dark reddish brown, with a thick creamy tan head. Sticky lace.
Light grapefruit and caramel in the aroma with a touch of grassiness.
Flavor is toasty, with a citrusy background and a dry finish.
Not as complex as Stones other beers but still good. goes down nice on this hot summer day.
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2007 Thanks to Sarah for this one! The body is a dark copper with a light khaki colored head. The aroma has some rich with caramel and some grapefruit. There is also some I also get a nice apple fruit aroma behind the grapefruit. Nice smell. The taste is relatviely dry with some light coffee and some cocoa. There is also a hint of grapefruit rind. The body is smooth and that helps to make this very drankable. Well made and interesting for the style.
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 aren’t 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 (2828) - 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 (93) - 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.