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.
snowden719 (130) - USA - AUG 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber with a medium white head that stays throughout the beer. Aroma is caramel, some citrus, biscuity notes. Flavor is caramel malt, some butteryness, ending is dominated by citrus with a bit of an odd metallic taste, although it’s not that strong. Finish is fairly short, in a lot of ways is similar to the IPA, but a little weaker but with an added biscuit-like flavor.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - AUG 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle poured a clear amber color with a nice off white head. Aroma was mostly Carmel malt with small hop notes. Taste was well rounded not leaning too much on the hops or the malts. Good pale with nothing to special.
jimvy (131) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - AUG 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Aroma is light pine with some floral notes. Reddish copper color; brilliant clarity with light tan head that last. Flavor is a very good balance between malt and hops. Bitterness is mellow, not quite as sharp as I’d like. Overall, a well balanced APA though a little less hops than I would like or expect.
kramer (5611) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, via IrishBoy. Pours a clear orangish copper colored body under a generous foamy bone white head with good retention. Aroma is a balance between sweet caramel and toasted malts and a light citric hoppiness. Flavor is your basic APA, fairly light on the hoppiness up front, but a nice bitterness on the finish. Malt is well represented mid swallow. Well balanced overall. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with active but soft carbonation. A pretty nice beer, but I can never get too excited about an APA.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber under a pretty tall white head with good retention. Fresh floral aroma with a little lemon zest, some pine resin and hops. Full bodied flavor with more malt than anticipated from the aroma. Citrusy, crisp and hoppy. Full mouthfeel and a crisp, dry finish. If this beer was available out here, it would be my standard APA. Another great beer from Stone.
Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. A nice tasting easy drinking brew. The IPA’s and imperials rock, but you wouldn’t want to slam pitchers of them. This is a nice brew that is complex enough to impress beer geeks, but simple enough not to scare way all the "Amstel Light" Kids....
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle via trade with Duane! - Thanks Duane! - Pours amber with a fair sized offwhite head. Aromas of bready malts and some orange as well as some grassy notes and toffee. Flavor is quite sweet surprisingly. Lots of caramel, and toffee notes, but also some orange, and a bit of citrus on the finish. Surprising for a Stone brew to not be more hop dominant. Palate is crisp and clean and this one is a great session brew though. Nicely done.
OldMrCrow (2238) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bottle.
Pours a moderate amber; the aroma is pine and cracker malt. The flavor is a nice big dry hop blast (by APA standards, anyway). This is an aggressive APA in the SNPA vein, amply carbonated, enjoyable to drink, suffering slightly on the finish as some graininess emerges. Very nice nevertheless.
piscator34 (2198) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber in colour with medium carbonation. Very bready aroma, with some secondary notes of toffee, manderin oranges, and a bit of pepper. Medium bodied, with flavors of caramel malts, cookie dough, mild green hops, and a bit more toffee. Medium bitterness. Much less hop dominant than I had expected. It seems more like an amber ale than a pale ale to me. Good stuff.