zen (41) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 23, 2004
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Slight diversion for Stone. Pours nice decent head, scattered lace all the way down. Smells of caramel, pine and grain. Taste is of malt and laced with citrus. Light bodied with a nice pinch of hops at the finish. The hop profile appears a bit different with this Stone outing. A fresh beginning from Stone tailspins towards the end. All the right stuff and absolutely no direction or cohesiveness. Finishes dry, but left me yearning
sloth (2780) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - FEB 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber color with a white head. The taste pattern starts with a malty sweetness and finishes with a bitter hoppyness.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a decent Amber Ale. Hoppy, citrus, and malty flavors. Finishes smooth, creamy, and clean.
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good beer, hoppy, nothing really seemed to make this stand out though. Real smooth, ruby coloration that was awesome.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Really hoppy, but lacked the alcohol sweetness of other Stones. This one just didn't grab me, but hey, it still ain't bad.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Ernest (7217) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.