hoped (18) - Arizona, USA - MAY 9, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice deep orange/amber in color. Pours with a gracious creamy head that quickly reduces to a frothy half inch. The smell is spicy and earthy along with sweetness and a hint of grapefruit rind. The flavor is sweet with a good balance of hops with the grapefruit rind flavor and moderate bitterness. I can detect a little bit of a chocolate favor as well. I like the mouthfeel and carbonation as compared to other ambers I have tried. Although I suppose this is more of a Pale Ale than an Amber Ale because of the IBU level. Its debatable and I will leave it up to the experts to make the classifications. I was a little disappointed when I first got home because I thought I was buying the Stone Ruination IPA. I got the names mixed up. Levitation was also on my list as is every Stone brew I havent yet tried. But I was not disappointed in any way with this beer. Ive been looking for a lower ABV brew like this to drink after a good long hike or ballgame. Or like Sheryl Crow would say:"the sun and the moon".
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A sweet malt and low alcohol content combine for a pleasant amber ale that's perhaps less hopped than I had expected from Stone. The taste is of eating an evergreen and is better than it sounds. It's about half as piney as the mega-piney Alba Scotch Ale. Decent.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark bright amber color. Nose is big and citrusy with a light sweetish malt, almost vanilla aspect. The body is quite bitter and piney with a light fruitiness and not enough malt to balance things out sufficiently.
Oakes (11408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 4, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light cherrywood colour. Chocolate, caramel and citrus aroma. Bitter, woody, earthy - simple American amber.
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - MAY 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a great toned-down version of AB that I can drink all day and not get plowed. But, it's not AB. A great beer nonetheless.
boto (1796) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 31, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber color with only a little head. Hint of grapefruit in the aroma. Definitely some hoppiness to this beer. Slight taste of grapefruit in the beer. Not too heavily malted. Stone Light? maybe in comparison to some of their others, but definitely a very good beer!
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber in color with virtually no head. Has a dry bitterness to it. Definitely drinkable.
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2003 I've revisited and rerated this brew. Originally, I wasn't that impressed with it...but that was in comparison to the Arrogant Bastard and the IPA as well as the Ruiniation. Probably not a fair comparison at all. This is actually a fine ale. I still think it is "Stone Light", but ONLY in comparison to other Stone Ales, which have forever corrupted me ;) A good brew, a definitely good brew as a thirst-quencher on a hot summer afternoon. Good, hoppy character. Definite notes of grapefruit.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the Stone Kickoff at the Blind Tiger Ale House in NYC. Not a bad beer. Just a litt tame from a brewery that makes great big beers. Nice amber with a hint of hops.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the RAF 2003: Nice aroma of juniper, lemon rinds and pine. A little bit like eating a piece of an orange rind, but overall a good mouthfeel and a clean crisp finish.