Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle to a standard pint, this beer pours a dense amber color with a monstrous pillowy thick white head.
Up front, the aromas are piney and citrus hops. Goes along with some bready malt aromas.
Found this beer to surprisingly be a bit complex. A sharp hop bite that quickly moves to some tasty roasted caramel and bready malts before a quick dose of some citrus hops that really brings it full circle. Gives it a nice bitter finish. Full-bodied and a little thick and fizzy on the palate, this beer makes me think more of a well-balanced Pale Ale rather than an Amber but pretty damn good nonetheless.
Tybalt (205) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2006 Absolutely gorgeous beer. Starts out bold, but finishes a little light. I’d probably rate it higher if it was brewed by someone else, but compared to Stone’s other fantastic beers, this one seems average.
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - APR 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very hoppy aroma. Pours a dark amber with a thin white head. A little lacing on the glass, but otherwise has a thin mouthfeel. Has subtle undertones of nutty malts, but main flavor is slightly sweet with a bitter finish. This is a very mild, light beer compared to Stone’s other brews. Definately better than major generic beers, but not my preference. Good for when you want to pound a few and not feel like you ate a 7 course meal.
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is roasty with malt and yeast in the background. Appearance is that f an amber ale with nothing spectacular to note. For a beer with 4.4 percent alcohol it has much more of a full bodied flavor than I expected. This is a good beer if you are looking to be able to drink several beers. The yeast flavor really comes through.
BlackWarrior (203) - Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brown/amber with a thick off-white head that leaves some nice lacing. Strong aroma of grapefruit, hay, some spice. Nice balance of sweetness with hops. It starts off thin in the mouth, but rounds out nicely and finishes with a subtle lingering bitterness after a quick shot of hops. Overall a tasty ale, which is no surprise from Stone.
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark and inviting rich amber color citrusy aroma taste like orange or orange peel or something just hoppy enough to be a stone brew.
pistolpete (203) - USA - MAY 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle... let me just say for 4.4% this is genius. superb for what it is .... easy to drink and totally worth it.. great for summer
nbondi (201) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light copper with big dialup off-white head. Nose of caramel, fresh bread, juicy citrus and pine. Good roasty malts are balanced well with slightly biting resinous hop presence. One of the best ambers around. Especially nice at 4.4%!
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours clear reddish-brown with a short off-white head. Very hoppy aroma - citrus and spruce. Roasty malt flavor upfront, but quickly overpowered with lots of bittering and finishing hops. Dry, bitter finish. Medium-light bodied and pretty smooth with moderately low carbonation. Lots of flavor for a relatively low ABV beer. Enjoyable.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a mahogany/red color with a tawny head. Medium co2 with a sticky lace. Aroma is of malt and caramel with a grassy hop presence. Tastes lightly sweet at the start and middle with a dominant hop finish that is downright numbing. Palate is medium bodied with light effervescence.
IMHO: an OD on the hops.