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 (5770) - 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 (2356) - 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 (2298) - 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.
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - JUL 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown – medium white head- malt, hazelnut, brown sugar nose - bitter hops, malt, pine hops, fresh but lingering taste- medium body- aftertaste malty with a little hops
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - JUL 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice citrus, sweet aroma. Poured amber. Body is a little creamy. Flavor has nice balance of citrus and falts. A damn good APA.