Kinz (3376) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Hairofthedog for sending this out to me, as this one doesn’t get sent East by Stone. Nice looking ruby brown, clear, with a good head. Aroma was mix of earth, citrus, and caramel, pleasant. Flavors matched the aroma, balanced, good hop character, an excellent amber. I can see why Stone doesn’t bother shipping this out East though, as this is simply a well done version of a style that has been worked over before.
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - APR 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very hoppy aroma. Pours a dark amber with a thin white head. A little lacing on the glass, but otherwise has a thin mouthfeel. Has subtle undertones of nutty malts, but main flavor is slightly sweet with a bitter finish. This is a very mild, light beer compared to Stone’s other brews. Definately better than major generic beers, but not my preference. Good for when you want to pound a few and not feel like you ate a 7 course meal.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This had a very piney flavor, orange peel flavors following behind. decently balanced.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Burnt orange amber color, fluffy white head, decent lingering. Piney hop aroma with a tinge of citrus, some malt presence afternwards. Light body, with a mellow palate that gets crisper towards the end. Subdued malt flavors, yeast esters and a resinous hop characters dominate the overall flavor. Nice crisp texture to the finish. A quality brew in its own right, but really shines in application. A stepping stone (bad pun) for the unenlightened with bad beer palates. Or at least a good session beer for parties of mixed palate crowds.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma was full of citrus, flowers, and a slight hint of malt. The flavor was pretty much the same w/ a hint of pine. The beer poured a brownish red color w/ thin lasting head and medium lasting lacing. The mouthfeel was creamy w/ a light to medium body.
giarcsr (103) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I’m so used to stones other beers that this just seems plain. It’s definetly a step up from bud or coors but that’s what I really feel like it is in a way. I guess this would be a great bbq beer if your looking for something to drink with your non beer buddies.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
As far as I am concerned If cascade hops are ever used again it will be to soon. They are overrated and metallic with poor resin flavors. So many better hop varieties out. Anyway ill get off my soapbox. Caramel and crytal malt with some bicuits and tea nose. Nice bitterness mild metallic resin and good soft mouthfeel. Copper penny finish with some mild tea notes.
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured an amber color with a medium head. mild citrus hop aroma with heavy malt presence. When I first tasted this I couldn’t believe it only had 4.4% alcohol. This is very well balanced and very flavorfull for that type of alcohol content. a mild hoppy flavor with a big rich malt flavor and some caramel notes. Thanks DarkElf!
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Citrus & herbal hop nose. Light cotton candy malt. The most balanced beer I’ve had from Stone and I wish it wasn’t. With a healthy dose of cascades this could be as good as Ithaca Cascazilla.
mjg74 (2568) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a somewhat pale amber color. Aroma is sweet and hoppy with a little bit of fruitiness and malt. Crisp hoppy malty flavor. Nice and well balanced. Has quite a bit of richness to the flavor. Malts and hops are very well balanced.