kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - NOV 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lovely deep amber bordering on red. Decent head that fades quickly. Lovely hops aroma. Flavor is well balanced between roast malt and moderate hops. Not a monster like ABA. Great session beer, as noted previously.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2003
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, what a fantastic looking pale, super deep, dark coppery color thats very hazy and rusty with a thin tan head that faded fast with minimal drippy, spotty lace. Its only fault really as far as appearance. Aroma is a nice mix of roasty malts, dried pretzeled bread, dried hops that has a touch of piney resin and dried wood, maple syrup noted on some bigger wiffs. Taste is outstanding, perfect blend of malts in the front with a superb roastyness thats not overpowering, chewy, or sweet. Hops come in soon there after with a nice dried sense of leaves, pine, resin, bittering is intensely fine and lingers well with a small return in the roastyness of malts showing through. A great backbone in this one. Feel is medium bodied with a nice little hoppy texture in the finish. Finished this one in no time due to it being the only Stone brew I've had thats not in the bomber but in a 12 ouncer. Oh, plus its damn good; smooth, packed with nice flavors and body. Nothing empty about this beer but my glass and bottle- now that I'm done: I wan't another!
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted from a growler from the Stone brewery. Poured amber and clear with a medium off white head. Aroma is citrus hops with some light roasted malt. Taste is malty sweetness with not quite balancing hop bitterness. Could have used a little more hops in this one to balance the malt. Body is in the middle with a dry, medium finish.
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
this beer poured a nice deep amber with a small white head. aroma is of hops, mostly grassy and citrusy. for as low alcohol as it is this is a big beer. the flavor is definaly dominated by hops, but not by much. the roasted nutty malt flavor is definatly present. not my favorite stone beer, but a nice change of pace.
drinkbeer (281) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - OCT 9, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very nice amber. Great color and consistency. I felt it tasted similar to their pale ale, yet with more malts and slightly less hops. A great session ale to be enjoyed in large quantities.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1st Anniversary growler pour: Copper colored with a small tan head. Caramel and citrus aromas. Bready malt flavors dominate balanced hop bitterness. Medium body with lingering hop bitterness.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice reddish-amber color. Thick root beer float type head. Soft hoppy aroma with citrus accents. Taste is smooth, the hops are not overwhelming. Mild and pleasing is the aftertaste. Nice and very drinkable from Stone.
BBB63 (6019) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 17, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber hue with small head but excellent lacing. Piney and floral hops on nose with hints of sweetbread, caramel, and leather. Bitter piney taste initally but flavor seems to get lost on finish. This medium-bodied beer has a dry and crisp mouthfeel. Levitation holds so much promise but in the end fails to deliver. Watery fading finish ends up disappoining.
TChrome (1417) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not quite up to the very high stardards Stone has set for itself. This beer is I guess a lighter version of Stone Pale Ale, but it doesn't measure up. Some malt and hops in the nose. Beer is amber in color and has a good big head that is retained, and heavy lacing. Flavor was a bit of a let down for me. Stone is totally known for BIG flavor, and this beer doesn't get it done. Moderate hop assault, followed my a bit of malt sweetness. OK.
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2003 12 oz. bottle.
Pours a deep reddish-orange with great clarity. A small tan head starts out well, then disappears almost completely, save for a ragged ring of bubbles around the edge. Lots of citrusy and piney hops on the nose. Chinook? A bit of sweet, caramelly malt adds a sharp undercurrent. The flavor starts out firmly bitter, with a lot of citrus (grapefruit rind) and pine, before the malts show up and add a bit of balance. Some fruitiness. High Lovibond crystal malt caramel sweetness is resigned to play second fiddle to the hops. A bit thin and light-bodied, with a slighty weak carbonation level which helps by adding a tiny hint of a syrupy mouthfeel. Ends with a touch of dryness, which adds to drinkability. Highly quaffable at 4.4%abv, this would make a good session brew if I could get it here in Missouri.