herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 4, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper pour with a thick tan head. Floral nose.No balance here. All hop bitterness with nothing to back it. Not one of Stones best.
Brewmaster (168) - USA - NOV 17, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well, it’s the worst of Stone’s offerings, but thats not a bad thing overall. A great drinkable beer indeed. If there was a Top 10 list of beers under 5% ABV this one would be on top for sure.
Oakes (13600) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 4, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light cherrywood colour. Chocolate, caramel and citrus aroma. Bitter, woody, earthy - simple American amber.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JUN 1, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had at Real Ale Festival on from cask - May 30, 2003
An amber colored beer, the head is mostly diminishing with an off-white head and a fair amount of lacing. I enjoyed this beer's interesting flavor - a mis of hops and sweetness, but I found the consistency too watery and not quite up to the Stone standards I've been used to. Drinkable, but I'll take the Double AB any day.
fly (1438) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Excellent hop aroma. Light and full at the same time (with the note that I believe this was Stone's attempt at making lighter fare, so it is MUCH different that the Arrogant style) Very enjoyable.
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not quite up to the very high stardards Stone has set for itself. This beer is I guess a lighter version of Stone Pale Ale, but it doesn't measure up. Some malt and hops in the nose. Beer is amber in color and has a good big head that is retained, and heavy lacing. Flavor was a bit of a let down for me. Stone is totally known for BIG flavor, and this beer doesn't get it done. Moderate hop assault, followed my a bit of malt sweetness. OK.
FlacoAlto (3891) - 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.
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.
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.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I think its that ambers are very subtle and uninteresting beers and not so much the fact that this wasn’t that good. For an amber this was really nice, but i think it was still a bit of a let down. Aroma gives off tons of citrus hops, kinda getting your hops up. The flavor has a mild caramel malt presence up front finishing not nearly as hoppy as the aroma let on, but still very hoppy for an amber. Pours nice, darker copper, very clear, with a medium white head.