hopscotch (9553) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, deep, burnt orange ale with a small, frothy, beige head. Good retention. Thick, creamy lacing. Fruity, chocolatey aroma. The flavor is good ’n’ chocolatey and nicely hopped for perfect balance. Some dark fruit and malty, caramel notes as well. Light-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Lengthy, dry finish.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper grapefrutiyt hops in the nose. Crisp and flat body. The taste was just about the same. I dunno, I just could not get into this one. I like the kick you in the gonads feel of most of the stone stuff. but this was not your average stone. In fact, I would argue that this may be over rated just becaus it is "stone" but not that great.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a nice reddish copper with a beige head. Nose had some hops but more malt. Caramel. Touch of citrus. Light to medium body and a bit of carbonation. Smooth. Flavor was good. Nice touch of bitterness. Not exceptional for a Stone product but still a good beer.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 2, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark amber with a medium sized tan head. A nice looking beer. Mine was too cold because of this damn refrigerator in this hotel. Hoppy aroma. Medium hoppy flavor with pretty heavy carbonation. Finish is somewhat lacking and dry. There seems to be something missing in this one.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark amber, lightly carbonated, with a thin off white head. Strong hops in the nose. Flavor is strong on hops as well, bitter with a sweet malty finish. Similar to Arrogant Bastard. Flavor deepens and becomes more rich as it warms. Very nice character. A very good beer.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a dark cherry amber color with a modest light tan head. Nose is caramel rich like their pale. Flavor starts burnt caramel sweet followed by a light hop bitterness and finishing long and dry. Kinda tame for Stone, but a quite quaffable session brew.
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2004 Poured deep amber with a hint of red. Small whiteish head. Nose of hops, with some sweet malt. A lot of flavor for the strengh. Sweet caramel flavor, but the hops definately dominated. Light/med. feel, bitter aftertaste. All in all a very pleasing brew.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2007 Malty with hints of caramel and some oak/pine-like flavors. Good hop bite with a lively bitterness. Very nice amber.
haddon90 (1492) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A decent Amber Ale. Copper pour with a thick off-white head. Citrusy aroma. Not too overpowering. Caramel, citrus, and some sweetness in the flavor. Well put together, even if I'm not the biggest fan of Amber Ales. Still not too bad from Stone. Bought this 12oz bottle from Beverages and More in San Diego.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2004 12 oz bottle. Pours a surprisingly colorful pale copper, lots of orange hues with bright golds and rosy reds. Amazing, creamy head stays with the beer almost to the end of the glass and provides an incredible amount of lacing. Aroma is very dry. Light dry, almost astringent hops with buttery yeast notes, and plenty of nutty dryness. Peppery almost and lightly spicy. Flavor starts out dry and hoppy with a light citrus spice, but not juicy or wet. Little bit of malt sweetness lurks (caramel, honey brown bread) and it has a very creamy consistency. Surprising medium body, no wateriness, just a solid bitterness throughout, to the last drop. Does not bore, nor does it comprimise quality for easy drinking. This is THE best session ale I have tried to date. Moderate carbonation, balanced finish. Light toasty and bready notes remind me of a subtle EPA.