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RATINGS: 1719   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2003
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2003
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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (6373) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 17, 2003
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1436) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2003
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 5, 2003
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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2003
Dark amber with a long lasting white head. A nice aroma of malt and hops. The flavor is hoppy. The malt and toasted malts balances this thing out. Iím impressed a great beer that isnít an ultra big beer, just a good session beer. No make that a great session beer. Now if they would just ship a keg of this to Enumclaw Wa.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joet (2333) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 27, 2003
Forgiving its color, this might as well be a very aggressive koelsch or a light pale ale. Crisp body with touches of toast and fruit. Slightly resinous feel. I'm not sure what to do with this. It's a bit aggressive for casual drinking and yet doesn't have enough horsepower to stand alone. Another fine brew but I have to slight it for a lack of what I'd call utility.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 24, 2003
Pours a deep amber with a great and lasting fluffy white head. A nice aroma of maltiness and hops (Not typical of an American amber but definitely welcomed). The flavor is very hoppy in the palate with a good hop bite in the finish. The maltiness balances out well with the hops and makes this low abv beer a great one for casual mid-day drinking... Now for an explanation of the high overall impression rating. Most American amber ales are well,... boring. Lets face it, most brewer's Amber Ales (ie. Full Sail, Fat Tire, Lefthand Sawtooth) serve as their high market beer to financially support their more honorable projects. They lack hops and are all very similar in philosophy. Stone, a brewery which always impresses me, has broken the bubble and created an Amber that Americans can be proud of. I might go as far as saying it is the best Amber in the country, and yes, I've tried the Alaskan Amber. Even if you don't usually try Ambers, I recommend that you give this one a chance.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - AUG 20, 2003
Nice hoppy aroma, pours a surprisingly nice deep amber color. Nice American Amber, I never thought I'd say this, but a good balance from a Stone Ale. IMHO, a great session ale from a brewery that normally does more exotic fare.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Reddish amber gold body; good lacing. This is one of those session ales that you could just drink all day long - lower alcohol, but full flavors. Malts were somewhat toasty, bready and sweet. The hops were as strong as expected - full of pine and citrus, and lingering afterwards. Thankfully, Chris brought a couple of bottles of this back from California - I really wish it was availlable in Ohio.


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