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 (3895) - 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.
a10555 (125) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2007 One of the more surprising beers I had found recently. Found at a grocery store in Scottsdale while visiting and loved this.
Poured a nice dark amber color and a great hoppy taste for an amber beer. What a surprise, it left me floating.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
sampled @ GABF 07. Citrus hops on the nose. Pours dark amber. Spicy, with big citrus flavors, grapfruit, with a good dry finish. Solid amber.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 8, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pours a bright and clear, medium mahogany color, (think: fall sunset); off-white head with web-like lacing. Pleasant grapefruit and earthy hops in the aroma; bitter, but with a good show of tea-like malts. Medium mouthfeel; almost to the point of being slightly watery; still, a good jolt of citrus and grapefruit upfront; good, drinkable levels of bitterness and minimal astringency; definitely hoppier than your average amber; candy sugar and tea-like malts at the core and the finish; ends slightly dry.
rayg1 (584) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 23, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours out a brownish red with a light brown but thin head. This soon dissipates into nothing but a small ring of carbonation. Aroma comming of the brew is very hoppy of cascade or amarillo perhaps. There is also a touch of sweetness in the smell. Taste is very much the same, lots of hops upfront with you typical citrus notes. However, there is still the sweetness almost toffee-like flavor to the beer that is present in many ambers. Not a bad brew but not that great, even Stone couldnít get me to really like an amber.