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RATINGS: 1656   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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This deep amber ale has rich & roasty malt flavors, a big hoppy character, citrus overtones (courtesy of the hops and our special brewers yeast) and modest alcohol.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2443) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Small tan head, fair retention and lace. Clear amber color. Good malt and hop nose. Medium body. Light malt toastiness backed up with a nice hop presence and bitterness. Finish is dry, nice hoppy bite. A nicely balanced, malt to hop session beer. Very nice. Highly quaffable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - FEB 29, 2004
Beatuiful deep amber red color similar to DB. Thick deep toffee head. Hoppy up front with plenty malts to even it out. Very mild compared to other stone brews but still strong and hoppy.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jfm (1724) - Holbćk, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2004
Amber color with a white head. The taste pattern starts with a malty sweetness and finishes with a bitter hoppyness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2004
This is a decent Amber Ale. Hoppy, citrus, and malty flavors. Finishes smooth, creamy, and clean.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 15, 2004
A good beer, hoppy, nothing really seemed to make this stand out though. Real smooth, ruby coloration that was awesome.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
Really hoppy, but lacked the alcohol sweetness of other Stones. This one just didn't grab me, but hey, it still ain't bad.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2004
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.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2004
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2003
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 26, 2003
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.


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