SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Rama in San Diego. Copper amber in appearance with a creamy white head. Nice hoppy aroma with a bit of a berry-like essence. Flavor is smooth- caramel and solid bitterness without the extreme grapefruit of the IPA. This is a very well-made pale ale. Possibly the best American Pale Ale that I’ve encountered.
shadey (1897) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 7, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red clear color with not much head. Light hop aroma with some malt. Smooth mouth, light hoppy character. Very easy to drink.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2005 Malty aroma. Nice amber color with a good off white head. Seemed like the hoppy alcohol bite presence at first. But half way though the beer was more easy on the palate. Some lacing on the glass. Little aftertaste not bad. Good beer after a 8 hour shift at work.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fine white head, excellent rentention with some lingering. Mainly malty aroma with some floral notes in the detectable range. Medium body, with a slightly chewy palate that fades into a crispiness. Malt flavor with hop characteristics, some fruity and some floral, most evident through the finish. I think the Pale Ale showcases the Stone yeast, with its lower attenuation complementary ester formation, perhaps best of all the Stone beers. Not to say this is Stone’s best offering, but rather the distinctive Stone tastes can be codified easily in this brew.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium to dark amber color, tan head. Surprisingly lacking on most fronts, fairly malty, delicate hops is right, they were damn difficult to find. Lighter bodied. Meh.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly hazy, moderately dark amber w/ finger of off-white foam. Aroma is hoppy & fruity (citrus) w/ a firm malt foundation. Medium, chewy feel. Flavour is well-balanced w/ lovely notes of chocolate & grapefruit & a slightly earthy quality. Hop character is evident but restrained (especially for Stone), & the finish is relatively sweet.
Sammy (8636) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drying spicy finish.Appropriate carbonation. Quite drinkable.
Another very good Stone brew, very good pale, fresh from California courtesy of Rudolf. Radekfest #8.
DYCSoccer17 (3320) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz Bottle. Mild grapefruit aroma with some sweetness present. This is still rather mild. Transparent copper color with a white head. Caramelly maltiness to start turning mildly hoppy to finish. Ok, average, and nothing spectacular.
0o9i (438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap@Toad in a hole. Keg came in today. Thin, offwhite head; no lace; clear, dark golden honey body. Medium body, light foamy carbonation, lightly dry. Aroma of pale malts, loads of honey, musk, touch of citrus. Flavor is musky, honey, pine, touch or grapefruit pulp, grains; finish is musky. Note reads "Malty little sucker." Reminds me of Sierra N PA with less bite and more malts, lots more malts. Not real sweet, but real malty--if that makes sense.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2006 Pale Ales do not get much better then this. Pours a beautiful dark amber color with a creamy head with exceptional lacing for a Pale Ale. The aroma begins weak but gets stronger with a nice maltiness to it along with citrus, caramel, honey and orange. The taste has a great amount of hops which result in a great mouthfeel. I love the biterness in this Pale Ale it makes it better versus being overdone like some beers. The aftertaste is so long lasting for a Pale Ale and feels great on the tongue. I would have to say this is the best Pale Ale I’ve had to date.