RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark amber, lightly carbonated, with a thin off white head. Strong hops in the nose. Flavor is strong on hops as well, bitter with a sweet malty finish. Similar to Arrogant Bastard. Flavor deepens and becomes more rich as it warms. Very nice character. A very good beer.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a dark cherry amber color with a modest light tan head. Nose is caramel rich like their pale. Flavor starts burnt caramel sweet followed by a light hop bitterness and finishing long and dry. Kinda tame for Stone, but a quite quaffable session brew.
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2004 Poured deep amber with a hint of red. Small whiteish head. Nose of hops, with some sweet malt. A lot of flavor for the strengh. Sweet caramel flavor, but the hops definately dominated. Light/med. feel, bitter aftertaste. All in all a very pleasing brew.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2007 Malty with hints of caramel and some oak/pine-like flavors. Good hop bite with a lively bitterness. Very nice amber.
haddon90 (1349) - Newport Beach, California, USA - APR 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A decent Amber Ale. Copper pour with a thick off-white head. Citrusy aroma. Not too overpowering. Caramel, citrus, and some sweetness in the flavor. Well put together, even if I'm not the biggest fan of Amber Ales. Still not too bad from Stone. Bought this 12oz bottle from Beverages and More in San Diego.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2004 12 oz bottle. Pours a surprisingly colorful pale copper, lots of orange hues with bright golds and rosy reds. Amazing, creamy head stays with the beer almost to the end of the glass and provides an incredible amount of lacing. Aroma is very dry. Light dry, almost astringent hops with buttery yeast notes, and plenty of nutty dryness. Peppery almost and lightly spicy. Flavor starts out dry and hoppy with a light citrus spice, but not juicy or wet. Little bit of malt sweetness lurks (caramel, honey brown bread) and it has a very creamy consistency. Surprising medium body, no wateriness, just a solid bitterness throughout, to the last drop. Does not bore, nor does it comprimise quality for easy drinking. This is THE best session ale I have tried to date. Moderate carbonation, balanced finish. Light toasty and bready notes remind me of a subtle EPA.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
For a session ale, I found this to be quite enjoyable. I't the perfect beer to have when you want one more that isn't too strong, but still has a pleasing flavor.
OlJuntan64 (1266) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bourbon and copper clear under a large pale orange tan head. Light fruity new orange citric blossom and light malt aroma. Smooth medium thin body. Medium biting floral hoppy start. Short mild caramel sweet malt middle changing to a mediun strong bitter hoppy finish. This beer has a lot of character for a 4.4% ABV beer.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful, deep-amber brilliance with a fluffy, lasting head. Fresh, hoppy smell was really inviting. Mouthfeel was smooth and clean. Tasty malts, with notes of toasted bread and sugar-coated nuts. Awesome hops. Aromatic, spicy, citrusy, drying, piney, floral, grassy, and bitter. Much hoppier -- in general -- than I expected. I could really get into this beer, and I can surely see myself buying it again. It's not as "big" as some other Stones, but it's still boldly flavored. Glad to finally see it here in Colorado.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - MAR 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My favorite amber ale in the universe. Great malty aroma, with freshness of hops in for good measure. Medium body, with very pleasing bitterness on the finish. One of the finest beers Stone makes.