csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - SEP 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Probably 6mo old. Amber colored. Smell is caramelly, nutty, and earthy. Flavor is caramelly, nutty malt at first followed by some mild to moderate bitterness and some lighter citrus and eathy hops flavor and a crisp finish with lingering caramelly, nutty flavor. I seem to like it more now than when I first drank the 5 others in the sixer because I understand it more, it is just a session pale ale, but a fine tasting one at that. It is possible that the hops mellowed significantly in the cellar.
eaglefan538 (3020) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 23, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a copper color, darker than most pale ales. Nice initial head and very good lacing. The aroma was of light caramel (strong for a pale ale) and citrus fruits. The flavor followed suit and the citrus and light pine/floral hop flavors were very refreshing. This was a lot more drinkable than their IPA (which is highly drinkable, imo), and just a great session beer. Mouthfeel was average, maybe a tad on the heavy side for the style, crisp and clean.
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - SEP 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The 22 ounce bottle poured a clear reddish amber beverage with a good sized thick, creamy off-white head that lasted very well and produced great lacing on the glass. The aroma was well balanced producing good malt presence that took the form of bread and cookie dough supported by a nice citrus hoped backbone. The body was medium-full with lively carbonation and a crisp, dry texture. The flavor started off lightly bitter with big hop flavors. The bitterness mellowed into a light sweetness in the middle and then at the finish, which was long lasting the light bitterness gradually reemerged giving it a nice crisp, clean finish.
Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - SEP 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2009 finally found a fresh bottle (even in california i have a hard time finding this stuff fresh). Crystal clear amber colored beer. not very pale for a pale ale, but it looks fantastic. has more malt presence than most pale ales, the color sort of leads you to expect that i guess. very nice mouthfeel, very balanced with a pretty big flavor while still being a good session beer. leafy hops but nothing extreme. caramel malt stands out, almost gets toasty. I prefer my pale ales to be on the more "pale" side but this one is hard to fault.
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - SEP 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at San Diego Stadium, Same taste of there IPA’s , perfectly balance malt sweetnes with aromatic and flavorful hops, just lighter in this one. Probably marketed for the general public, but still a very drinkable ale for the conosiuer.
jcr (2527) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber/golden pour. Ivory head that lasts. Nose is full of hops, grapefruit and flowers. Some sweet malts break through. Hints of caramel and sugar. The flavor is mostly hops, citrus and perfume, but there is an undertoe of caramel. Medium body. Nice bitter, moderate finish. This beer does not overwhelm you with any particular characteristic. Instead it presents a blend of aromas and flavors. Very nice.
ohnoitskristin (62) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - AUG 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle (drank in bottle as well). Aroma was very toasty and slight notes of caramel. The taste was very light with hops and very balanced out with malt flavors. It was dry on the palate and a little bitter-- nothing REALLY crazy good about it but very nice with meals. I would buy this one again.
sistinas (108) - Mountain View, California, USA - AUG 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours an amber color with a medium-sized head that stays around. Aroma is rather bready with a lot of sweet orange on top of it. Taste is balanced between malts and hops, though towards the end it gets hoppier and almost metallic. Lightly carbonated with a crisp, dry finish with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Well-rounded brew, though nothing mind-blowing.
drfabulous (6330) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Who doesn’t like Stone? YOU’RE NOT WORTHY!
Not their strongest, but a decent pale ale. I can’t wait until October when they start shipping to Michigan. Finally.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12-oz. bottle, courtesy of the ever-generous tpkenned. Beautiful and translucent amber brass in color with a grayish-tan khaki foam head receding to an ice sheaf, forming sticky, off-white lacing. Aroma revels in subtle sweetness. Oranges bright from the picking meet marigolds, and along the way they pick up some baguettes, subdued lemon grass, cedar and pine toffee and citric-accented caramel cubes. Wholesome, bready flavor resonance. Orange flavored graham cracker piecrust with a touch of peach Jolly Ranchers in the recession. Marmalade & cream oatmeal with a light mango lift at the end of the sip. Medium-to-lighter bodied, moving easily upon entry, and just as smoothly as it slides down the hatch. Balanced carefully, so as to not trespass into IPA territory. Mango and peach flavored pastries impart a bakery breadiness while a peach nectar kiss lures lightly in the end.