bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - AUG 26, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
not a strong aroma some citrus hints, very hoppy IMO, it was too bitter for my likings. can’t say much for the appreance, i drank it out of the bottle.
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle - Ruby/amber color and makes a small white head. Aroma is malty, sweet with citrus hoppiness and lightly roasted. Taste starts out with a hoppy spice and finishes with a roasted malt character. Nicely balanced. Thin and smooth palate.
properhops (88) - - OCT 12, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Video review at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paI02feqsdU
Appearance: Copper, 1-finger head dissipates to layering, average lacing
Smell: Dry pine, grapefruit, floral, smokiness, carmel malts
Taste: Medium body, dry cinnamon up front, dry pine, resin, hop astringency, grapefruit, black pepper, smokiness + carmel malts, green tea on finish, medium carbonation, drinkable
Pairings: Pizza, pesto, gnocchi
kenjohn (88) - Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep, dark ruby/chestnut brown color with dark golden orange hues. Smells like some bitter pine hops. Tastes like pine hops, not super bitter, quickly followed by roasted malts.
bennet65 (88) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 24, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
the most so-so beer ive tried from stone. doesnt whack you in the face like some of the others but is perfectly sessionable
eaglebones (87) - Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Cloudy, reddish-brown color with tall, cream-colored head. Aroma is very fruity and floral, combined with yeast. Moderate carbonation with a smooth, clean palate. Complex taste of fruits (grapefruit, lemon, and tart cherry) followed by lingering, but not overpowering, piney bitterness of the hops. This is an impressive brew!
pjwalsh2 (87) - Palos Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1. Look – A hazy amber-brown ale that looks very tasty and pours a big off white head.
2. Sniff – It has a pleasant roasted malt nose with a delicate hop aroma.
3. Sip – This full bodied ale has a roasted malty flavor that is balanced with just the right amount of hops. It also has a slight grassy taste and a soft bitter finish.
4. Another Look – This is a good looking ale. It has a lot of sediment, a long lasting head, and solid lacing.
5. Evaluate – Overall, this is well-balanced ale offers many flavors. I enjoyed the roasted malt taste and the delicate bitter finish. This very drinkable ale, would appeal to the average beer drinker. It has a long lasting malty finish that will keep any beer drinker interested. I would definitely recommend this ale to family and friends.
madvermin (86) - California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark, maple syrup red, with ample off-white head that laces well, and dissapates to a half finger cap. Smells of clean lemon zest, leaves, and some malty character, not sweet, but like bread. Taste is nicely hoppy, with lemon citrus to go with fresh herbs, even some tulsi taste at the back end. Malt gives it great body, as the malt sweetens it just a little bit and balances the hops out. Really good hop flavor though, and intensely flavorful for a 4.4% beer. Mouthfeel is ok, as carbonation is at or above average, and tingles are nice throughout. Drinkability is very good, and at 4.4% you won’t get many beers with a better flavor:abv ratio to session.
Jvezp (86) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reviewing while drinking
* Big white head, redish amber ale, dosen’t seem to have much carbonation
* Smells...Typical Stone hops.
I don’t know waht to think about this brew. I expected it to be much bitter. Alot of malts and still pretty limpid/Clear.
Just had a Red’s Rye PA, wich i think is in the same category, but the levitation dosen’t even come close. Still pretty good thou.
Avatar (84) - Gliwice, POLAND - AUG 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle in San Diego. Red-brownish in colour with fair head. Aroma is of pines and woody. Little bit dry and sweet-bitter. Hint of citrus. Lot of hops. Little bit like IPA.