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 (3916) - 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 (2318) - 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 (586) - 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 couldn’t get me to really like an amber.
SeizOne (32) - Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2007
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
got this from trader Joe’s. Kind of tart tasting like a rotten lemon had been added but it was not horrible. Drinkable but not stones best.
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - SEP 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
brown amber color with small off white head. beautiful hoppy aroma that can only be described as amarillo. medium body and carbonation. bitter grapefruit citrus and floral taste with caramel too. this beer is strong, but as the name suggests, it is very light and easy drinking. basically, it’s a stone, what do you expect
lb4lb (2583) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep transluscent maroon with a light beige head. Smell is big sweet maltiness equally matched however by a nice blast of fresh fruity hoppiness. Similar smell to a nice IPA. Very nicely balanced sweet caramel and hop flavor for an amber. Nice rich body, great flavor, and well hopped for an amber. Very good, very drinkable, and recommended for sure, even for non amber fans.