Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pale bronze color. Nice head, good lacing. Faint aroma. Taste is malty and full, with a bitterness on the tongue throughout. Funny bitterness creeps in at the end, slightly metallic. Eh.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Large creamy off-white head, copper body. Smells really good and rich... caramelly malt, hops, etc. Kind of like a good barleywine aroma. Has a sweet hop taste. The hops are subdued, however, and the sweet maltiness takes over, along with some fruit hints. A smooth quality beer that isn’t over the top.... but in a good way.
ross (2008) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 4, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
the first of my three stone brews for the evening. a nice dark red colored pour with a thick orange head. smell is malty and hoppy and pleasing. taste is good, not too bitter which i dont care for much in this style of beer. very malty and thick tasting. also very smooth. a really good apa from stone.
jsquire (3230) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty amber color out of the bomber with a fluffy off-white head that left nice lace. Malty sweet nose. Initial taste is sweet, with caramel and a berry fruitiness. Well balanced with a citrus rind bitterness in the finish. I expected a heavier beer from Stone, but this would be a very good everyday beer, if I could get it everyday. Thanks to Marc for the bottle.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUN 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper amber color with big tan head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet, slightly spicey (coriander?), with a bit of hop bitterness. Flavor is faintly malty and sweet up front, with a decent helping of hoppy bitterness towards the finish, along with a creamy caramel note. Overall a nice brew, definitely unique for a pale ale, sweeter and less hoppy than I would have expected, but still very good.
DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 22, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12-ounce bottle) I'm disappointed in this beer, but I'm probably not the target market; It's amazingly pretty to look at, but the nose and flavor just aren't doing it for me; This is certainly a flavorful beer, no doubt, quite malty initially with a moderately bitter hops, but it's just too sweet, floral and perfumy in the finish; There's quite a bit of grapefruit in the finish as well, but it doesn't help much, I just don't like the way this beer finishes; The nose is kind of sweet and perfumy, almost like a cheap, fruity wine, and not at all what I expected from a Stone beer; It's a beautiful, deep, deep amber in color, getting close to a light ruddy brown; Fluffy, off-white head has excellent retention and leaves considerable delicate patterns of lacing behind
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hey a stone beer that doesnt kick you in the balls. That sucks. But let me tell you in comparison to another less hoppy beer I will take this any day. For example, compare it to the 3 floyds mild ale (sure its not the same but its kinda close). the hops is there in both but here at least you know that you are still drinking something with hops in it. one day I would like to compare it to the 3F pale ale, if I can get my hands on it.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stone even does the usual well. A pale ale. Yet quite good. Nice amber body with off-white head. No gimmicks and gadgets. Just a straight out pale ale. Hoppy/grapefruit aroma blended with malty tones. Medium and rewarding body that felt good going down. Nice blend of malt and hops in the taste. Crisp and clean and refreshing. Great with food and on a hot summer day.
MrRomero (1973) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2004 Pours light orange depending on what light you look through. Malty aroma believe it or not with a little fruit. Malty flavor as well with some light hop bitterness in the finish. A nice, quaffable beer and what for me is a big departure as far as my Stone experience goes.
gnylen (12) - Topanga, California, USA - MAY 31, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head: good for the style, nice lacing. Not too big. Aroma: citrusy Cascade hops, fresh malt. Also appropriate for style. Color: a bit too much protein clouds the brew for this style, but a nice color. Flavor: not to hoppy for a pale ale, which is nice for a Malthead like me. Too many West Coast pale ales are WAY overhopped in my opinion. This is not one of them. Very nice balance between hops and malt, particularly when the beer heats up somewhat. Nice dry finish. A great session beer on a hot day without air conditioning. Throw out your adjunct-laden Bud/Miller/Michelob swill and switch to this for the game.