bhensonb (12454) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2007 Aroma of malt with citrus hint. Coppery amber color with frothy tan head. Some lacing. Starts with caramel malt flavor, grapefruit aromas in the middle, and a nice lasting, but mild, bitter hoppy finish. Not your typical relatively tasteless amber. Sort of like a good pale ale with some extra malt.
PhiloPsych (15) - California, USA - AUG 25, 2006
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I really like this beer. It could be stronger (only 4.4%) but it has great flavor. It’s not overwhelming and doesn’t finish quite as strong as I would like, but the up front taste is really, really good and the aftertase is nice, too. This is a good beer for most any occasion.
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - AUG 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This had a good head.Color was amber.Not a whole lot of aroma.It tasted pretty good,but I really like the IPA the best.
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - JUL 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark, almost brown ale colored, nice fluffy head. Some lacing. A slight malty maybe some citrus aroma with a interesting woody aroma and taste, different! Typically Stone, i feel a little hop aftertaste. Compared too ALL other stones, this is pretty light, maybe a session beer. Alas, not typically available around here, otherwise might consider it for my "light" choice,
Fine Stone offering.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Santa, aka, droopy49. Thanks, Juan! Pours deep and rich with amber tint. Aroma is a peculiar blend of cedar and sour citrus; nice deviation from what I was expecting. Flavor is diet grapefruit, with hints of orange and a touch of lime. Palate is a bit thin. For a low alcohol beer, this is pretty damn flavorful. I’d take this one to a party anyday.
Kiapepito (110) - Port Angeles, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2006
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
has a very thick tan head, and can defintely taste the hoppiness in it. pretty good over all. thank you to irishboy for this one!
rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours nice cooper-orange (amber) color but with thin white head that dwindles to nearly nothing. Aroma is weak with no distinct tones, mild sweet, very light hop. Taste is fair medium hops but again with no other distinct flavors. The light-body leaves the palate with a short hops burst, but as would be expected from something that has had little nose, no distint flavors and light body there’s not much else. It’s drinkable but I guess I was expecting more. No complexity at all.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Irishboy. Pours reddish with a thin soapy white head. Smells of rosey hops, dough and some malt. Tastes malty with some tea and bitter peppery hop elements.
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.