fraternie (820) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hoppy, fruity aroma. Light caramel malt fades quickly into hops (surprise!) Overall very hoppy for such a light beer and well balanced, just not terribly exciting.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was a nice balanced beer that has many Stone qualities converted to a lighter format. Plenty of hops and malt. Strongly malty for these characters. Very nice beer that I was pleased to have. Not as complex or different as most Stone stuff I've had, but a really good drinking beer.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is probably your typical Stone brew in that it has all the basic qualities of hops, malt, more hops, and more malt. It pours a fiery red amberish color with a nice head believe it or not...lacing included with a just off white creamy head. The aroma is pretty much dominated by citrusy floral hoppiness. The taste is a totally bitter floral front masked by a bittersweet malty dry finish, complete with malty fruitness and floral hops. Medium to low carbonation levels here. My biggest problem with it is its lack of originality..now i understand why this is called the session beer..i can totally understand why now. A good beer though, Stone never lets me down.
kyzr (1152) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - FEB 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good deep amber color. Big hoppy nose. Nice sweet malt undertones that get drowned out by the bitter hop finish. Very interesting brew.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark mahogany color with a large tan head. Very citric hop aroma. Some apricots. Quite bitter flavor. Slightly malty with some roasted notes in back. Light-to-medium bodied. Quite tasty for such a small beer. Nowhere near balanced and that’s okay. If sixers of this see distribution to NorCal, it might become my new poker beer. Nice...
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JAN 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great citrusy aroma...definite grapefruit. Extremely thirst quenching quality, very satisfying...kinda like a mild Stone IPA.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JAN 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite dark appearance, wonderful complex aroma. Taste almost lives up to the aroma with a sweet fruit/hops and then finishing bitter. Not quite up to Stone Pale, but very drinkable. Not as strong so this is sort of Stone ’Light’ - works for me so I can enjoy more of it.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2003
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown. Very complex aroma of floral hops and roasted malt. Lightly sweet body that turns astrigently bitter toward the finish. Reminds me a little of French bread. This is not the highlight of Stone brewing, but it’s nice they make something that is under 6% abv.
igneous1 (1497) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 8, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
color is amber with an almond color creamy head. aroma is very nutty/malty with hops being initially quite subdued. i almost get a hint of expended motor oil out of this one, but i think it must be the nuttiness combined with something else. hops are definitely present in the initial flavor with nuttiness right behind it, followed by a nice bitterness. this is a REALLY tough beer to classifly. but pretty damn good though....thanks jcalabre
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice tone-downed Stone Beer. I am a big Stone fan and this is a nice change from some of their over-the-top offerings (which I am very fond of). Nice amber/brown color with a small off-white head. Hoppy aroma with a hint of caramel. Hop flavor balances some of the sweetness that some ambers have. Good slightly bitter dry finish. Very enjoyable.