twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 12, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark reddish amber color, thick and full half inch of off-white foamy head that clears quick but active carbonation keeps a layer there. Aromas of earthy cut grass and flowers, smooth even sweetness and some light citrus notes. Flavor starts with crisp sharp citric bitterness. SPicy black pepper. Muted toasted bready sweetness in the back. Peppery, citric hop character stays throughout. Light and easy drinking on the palate, full flavored, light bitter finish. SUperb session brew, one of the better offerings from Stone.
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Poured translucent ruby with a light white head. Aroma was citric and floral hops, caramel, honey, and slightly fruity. Flavor was slightly citric, light caramel, and honey finished by a strong bitterness that was somewhat resinous. Palate was nicely smooth and the bitter punch added some depth but overall was light compared to other Stone brews. Definitely a nice session beer but could use some complexity.
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2009
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2009 Deep copper color, crystal clear, nice beige head. Aroma of caramel malt and slight hop spice. Thin mouthfeel, hoppy, but too watery and thin to really let the hops shine. Watery, watery, watery. I know that this is a session beer, low alcohol, but give me something, some body. It is beautiful, has decent aroma, but no body to carry any flavor. AND, IT IS THE SAME PRICE AS THE EXCELLENT STONE IPA?????????? I would rather drink 1 or 2 less IPAs than session drink this beer.
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.