aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great big pale malt nose and body. Good caramel and soft toast. Great mouthfeel with a clean and mild hop finish. Great session Pale very easy drinking.
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a amber red color with a medium sized head. Nice citrus and pine hop aroma with a touch of malt. Flavor follows suit with a nice hoppy flavor and just enough sweetness to balance it out. This is a great session Pale Ale. Thanks DarkElf
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2008 Good standard offering from Stone. Great when you want a break from the bracing bitterness of their specialty ales but don’t want to give up the hops character you love. Really excellent.
IslandHaole (1086) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - MAR 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A beautiful "Red" color with a big creamy tan head. Crystal malts and mild floral hopping. A mild hoppy front with a sugary middle a bitter finish and a lingering aftertaste. Well balanced and a good session beer but not on par with Stone’s other offerings.
rudolf (2304) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gold body, thinnish champagne head. Buttery malt nose. Reminds me of a homebrew I made (NT IPA) Sweet medium roasted malt. No killer hops here just a well balanced beer from Stone! Please start sending this out East. (Buffalo in particlar!)
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper in color, white head. Smells of hops - but not strong. Smells and tastes kind of nutty too. Hops are piney and grapefruity. Body is thick - full mouthfeel. While it tastes great, crisp and clean; it feels th ick and coats the mouth. A great pale. More daring than some pales I’ve tasted.
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2005 This APA pours a full but transparent ruby with an excellent offwhite head. The nose is a very pleasant pineapple fruitiness. The tastes consist of a bit of a caramel maltiness and definite pineapple/citrus hops. This is a superb example of this style. Forgive me my vague description; it is more complex than I can describe.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer poured a medium brown w/ golden orange highlights; slight head and medium lacing. The aroma was citrusy w/ slight malty sweetness, light fruit, and a hint of caramel. The flavor was grapefruity w/ hints of pine, malt, and light fruit. The mouthfeel was light and carbonated.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Obtained in a trade with DarkElf. Beautiful clear deep amber with a thick off-white head. Aroma of caramel, biscuits and floral hops. Taste has more of the same along with toasty malts, grapefruit/citrus and some pine. Very well balanced. Moderately sweet, bitter finish. Very full, round and creamy on the palate with lively carbonation. Some lacing on the glass, great head retention. Very good stuff.
DocLock (7214) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to footbalm for this. Eric set me up huge, and I’ve been looking for this for a long time. Pours ruby/copper with medium, off-white head. Aroma of malt, hops, slight black pepper, some citrus. Tastes caramel-malty, with a firm hop presence and some finishing barletwiney fruit (at a lower level). Smooth, dense palate. Similar to Alpha King, and just fantastic. This one is the red-headed step-child of Arrogant Bastard.