Pailhead (6355) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Foolish_Mortal in a trade. Malty aroma with caramel and cookie dough with a light citrus hops. Pours a very nice transparent amber with an off-white head that lasts a minute or so. Lightly sweet up front with a touch of caramel with a nice balanced hop finish. More piney hops in flavor as opposed to the citrus hop aroma. Reminds me a little of an EPA. Not a big amber fan but this is pretty good.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2007 Stone "light"--that is, relative to the other Stone brews. There is, however, no lack of flavor in this beer when compared to many others. It is very drinkable with substantial malt and hops characteristics. Well-rounded beer, but lacks the customary alcohol kick we normally get from Stone.
Suttree (5928) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This tastes like a toned down 8th Anniversary. There, Iíve said it. But thatís not a bad thing at all. Pours orangey copper, with a thin tan head. Spicy/sweet aroma. Toasty, smoky foavor, mingled with notes of earth and pine. Nicely full bodied. Very enjoyable. Thanks to Springslicker for this one!
jtw (1152) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle thanks to darkelf. nice-looking beer, amber color with a slightly offwhite head. crystal clear. medium malty aroma, some hops show up as well--the aroma is kind of like a light version of an APA. pretty damn tasty beer. an APA with more malt and less hops, very good. this is arrogant bastardís younger brother.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a darn good ass looking brew.It has a wonderful copper color with a ring of tan foam.It is like a baby Barleywine with some rich fruitymalty notes and some soft hops.Tastis nice and it has a little bitterness.The caramel taste is almost hidden by the hops.Nice but it smells better than it tastes.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 5, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Wow, I didnít expect this at all. Nice amber pour with a thick head. Fresh, bready aroma with hints of carmel and yeast. Malty flavors with more carmel. Herbal finish. Thereís something here that I donít really like, but itís hard to tell what. It may be the slightly edgy finish.
ojclark (69) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Initial burst of malty, floral and hoppy aroma that became more subtle after a few seconds and included hints of caramel and vanilla. Clear, amber/brown color with frothy tan head that dissipated into a minimal head fairly quickly. Malty, roasted flavors with some floral hop character and slight caramel. With each sip, there was a powerful spike of bitterness that only lasted a second and settled into a pretty well balanced flavor. Medium carbonation. Medium-bodied.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - APR 29, 2005
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle...clear amber pour with a generous off white head. Sweet malt aroma, with some floral hops. Sour start, very sour. Some roasted malt in the middle, also piney hops. Mouthfeel is expected, nothing about this beer stands out except the aroma. The sourness is a definate detraction.
DYCSoccer17 (3603) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Floral, sweet, hoppy herbal aroma with hints of brown sugars. Almost smells like a bitter. Transparent amber color with a foalmy light tan head and nice lacing. Start is somewhat thin with significantly roasted malts in the middle. Quite toasty. Mild hoppiness to finish. Rather thin to finish. Decent every day session beer, although the burnt toastiness is a little harsh for my palate.
jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Releases a caramel malty sweetness with a touch of piney hops. A nice tan head forms with a creatory head possessing medium sized bubbles. A nice light mahogany colored body. Wow what an amber. A lot of the ambers Iíve had have no balls. This has a stern smokey sweet maltiness with a nice hop backbone. Once again, Stone does not disipoint!