branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a dark, cloudy amber color with a large, dense, off white head. Lacing is very strong. Aromas of grapefruit, citrus, and spruce dominate although there is a hint of raisin. Palate is very creamy and then ends with a nice sticky finish. Wonderful bitter aftertaste that lingers. Flavors of hops (grapefruit and spruce) are all over but you can still pick up on the malts and again, that little bit of raisin. Fantastic beer!
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Carolina Ale House in Charlotte, NC. It’s an absurd thing to say, but this might be my favorite Stone ale just because it’s so surprising to find an amber ale at 4.4% abv that is this tasty. Despite the brewery’s off-putting bluster, good things do come in small packages. This poured amber (surprise!) in a shaker, and raised a thin one-finger head. The body proved absurdly smooth, as with almost all Stone offerings. The beer laced the glass as I drank it down, with flavors of biscuity malt merging with grassy hops to make for an absurdly flavorful beer given the limitations of the genre. Like Victory Prima Pils or Avery’s Kaiser, this one deserves bonus points for excelling while adhering to the conventions of a fairly unexciting genre.
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle. Pours dark red, slight haze, mocha head. Aroma is caramel malt and vanilla, with some cereal grain. Taste is roasted malt with some cereal sweetness.
BEENJAMIN (290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a crimson red with a tan head. Sweet bready malt aroma with tons of bright citrus. Flavors are similar, medium body with a nice bitter finish.
mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I shouldn’t have been surprised by how good this is, it’s a Stone. A Session IPA before anyone thought to name it that. Bright as a new penny reddish copper color, perfume and citrus nose. The body is light, but still with plenty of clean caramel malt flavor. Strong bitter hops in the finish. It might be floating, but it’s not a lightweight.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - AUG 20, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice looking reddish hue with a beige head that lingers. Aroma of hops and resin. Right up front in the flavor are the hops. The body has a nice caramel sweetness to it to balance out the spicyness. Well carbonated and a very dry finish that leaves a piney flavor aftertaste. Pretty good amber, this has a lot of what I like in a good amber.
drinkbeer (283) - 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.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 30, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dont get me wrong, I love hops, but this beer was too dry for me. It finishes very dry with lots of hops and it was just an all out bitterness assault on the senses, all of them! it is a great looking beer, dark ruby and perfectly clear. it smells wonderful, lots of playful hops in the nose. the finish is just terrifyingly ddry for me. this said, i have absolutely not lost faith in stone, i still love em just not this one.
cryptobard (281) - DENMARK - AUG 2, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Have had many times from the bottle. Smells like hops and light carmel. Roasted malts lead the flavor and hops closes it. Lots of presence for a lighter beer. Also, looks beautiful; sunburst amber you can see through.