Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good beer, hoppy, nothing really seemed to make this stand out though. Real smooth, ruby coloration that was awesome.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Really hoppy, but lacked the alcohol sweetness of other Stones. This one just didn't grab me, but hey, it still ain't bad.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, poured clear copper color with a thin white head. Light aroma, hoppy of course (it's a Stone brew after all) but also some honey and malt. Very flavorful for a "lighter" beer - nice malt backbone and lots of spicy, citrusy hops with a lingering bitter finish. Medium body and good carbonation.
Ernest (6010) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2006 100% blind rating.
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is clear medium to dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (grain/cereal), lightly hoppy (herbs), with a strong note of DMS.
Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately bitter, husky, unclean.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Surprised to find I liked this even less when I didn’t know who brewed it. Previous score was a 3.2.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2004 A strong malty aroma wafts from the glass as I pour, caramel malt perhaps. Pours with a thick tan head, it is pretty clear and a dark amber color. The aroma of hops is dominant in the aroma but a solid malt presence is there as well. Definitely a bitter beer. Some sweetness is here but not really perceptible as the hops dominate the residual sweetness. A certain fullness in the mouth from this "light" beer from stone. Not enough hop flavor is in this beer for me, it would help to balance this beer out. This beer is super hoppy, but it needs more flavor hop contributions (or perhaps different ones). Pretty well balanced for a super hoppy low gravity ale. The malt notes really help to carry this beer.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This elixir pours with a deep amber/red body topped by a thick off white head with lots of lacing left hugging the glass. The aroma is slightly sweet yet bitter and hoppy with piney notes, a touch of grapefruit and a sweet maltiness. The flavor is bitter, piney and hoppy with a slight sweetness from malt and a touch of citrus. Medium bodied and smooth.
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I enjoyed this beer but I don't think it measures up to the rest of the Stone brews. Amber color with a medium white head. Mild hop and malt flavor and dry finish. A pretty good session brew, but not great.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - NOV 16, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
11/14/03. On draft at the Stone Brewery in San Marcos, CA 11/14/03. Pours a clear amber with nice off-white color head that lingers. Very mild nose of hops, lightly malty. Shimmering but quick lacing. Looks better than it tastes. Thin-to-medium mouthfeel, decent flavor-- lightly nutty and mostly malty, again hops just to accentuate a bit. Pretty long finish for what it is, but not as elegant as the other Stone brews. A decent session beer overall, but really nothing more.
kwoeltje (2195) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - NOV 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lovely deep amber bordering on red. Decent head that fades quickly. Lovely hops aroma. Flavor is well balanced between roast malt and moderate hops. Not a monster like ABA. Great session beer, as noted previously.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2003
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, what a fantastic looking pale, super deep, dark coppery color thats very hazy and rusty with a thin tan head that faded fast with minimal drippy, spotty lace. Its only fault really as far as appearance. Aroma is a nice mix of roasty malts, dried pretzeled bread, dried hops that has a touch of piney resin and dried wood, maple syrup noted on some bigger wiffs. Taste is outstanding, perfect blend of malts in the front with a superb roastyness thats not overpowering, chewy, or sweet. Hops come in soon there after with a nice dried sense of leaves, pine, resin, bittering is intensely fine and lingers well with a small return in the roastyness of malts showing through. A great backbone in this one. Feel is medium bodied with a nice little hoppy texture in the finish. Finished this one in no time due to it being the only Stone brew I've had thats not in the bomber but in a 12 ouncer. Oh, plus its damn good; smooth, packed with nice flavors and body. Nothing empty about this beer but my glass and bottle- now that I'm done: I wan't another!