MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Amber color, white head, medium in size and some decent lacing. Nose is generally of malt, nice and aromatic. Malt dominates the flavor, but some nice citrus notes and the hops keep it crisp and bitter. Hops become more pronounced in the finish. A fantastic pale ale, and about what I would expect from Stone.
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Man I love this beer. Had it on tap for my M.S. graduation. 30 of us floated the keg in under 6 hours. Not trying to establish our drinking prowess so much as its greatness as a beer. Women who normally drink only Coors Light were putting this down at an appreciable rate. The deep orange color is an impressive match to the slight citrus and grass proffered by the hops. An incredibly smooth and malty Pale Ale, the hops are no mere afterthought, but rather a necessary and quite visible travelling buddy to the slightly sweet malt on a journey to your drinking pleasure.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz brown bomber with the standard stone silk screen design. I have no idea why this and their levitation ale never make it to out here but all their other brews and seasonals do. So this was ordered online. This one pours a great orange amber color with a good-sized head of off white. As the head disappears it leaves a beautiful lacing around the glass and beer. The aroma is predominantly citrus hops with a trailing sweetness from the malt. The taste of sweet malt briefly starts this one before the hop rush kicks in. The finish is a hop bitterness that counter balances the malts nicely. Mouthfeel is unusually thick for a pale ale but I like it, there is also a good amount of carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer as most are from stone and is a great pale ale. It really makes me wonder more why this isn’t as abundant in stores as the rest of their line. Oh well its definitely worth a try for anyone that comes across it.
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2005 Darker in color than most pale ales...but the flavor is not as robust to match. Lots of sweetness in this one with a hoppy finish. Nutty taste. Feels kind of "light" for a Stone brew. Would rather be drinking thier IPA and I even prefer the quiet complexity of their Levitation Ale to this.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Large thanks to EnnisKillen for sending me this brew a couple weeks ago.
Pours a dark bronze body and a big fluffy kaki colored head. The aroma and flavor brought big suggestions of caramel, a note of honey, molasses, and a slight smokiness as well. It was impossible to miss all the ripe fruity notes, plums, apricot, peach, a Big hint towards sugared raisins and dates. No doubt that this PA leans a bit more toward the English side of the spectrum… although there was a hefty, but not overwhelming American style hop bite in the finish. I’ve gotta agree that this is yet another Tasty offering from Stone!
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - NOV 20, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
(on bottle) Has a very nice aroma of heavy fruits and burnt figs, powerfull for a "light" type as US pale ale, I should say. Nice dark copper color too. Watery mouthfeel and very high aroma/bitter hopping. I don´t know, guys, is it that good?! Maybe it´s just not my style...
chinreallyfat (21) - Chula Vista, California, USA - OCT 31, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Another fine Ale from Stone. This one is at least the equal to Sierra Nevada, but with Stone IPA and Arogant Bastard on Tap,this one finishes third.
nmoskop (79) - Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a perfect example of an american pale ale in my opinion. Better than Sierra Nevada with a particular taste that I can recognize as Stone. Some wrote that this was an overly malty brew but to me the hops are clearly there, in the aroma and taste. This is the kind of beer I can drink on any occasion....like right now.
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear amber/orange beer with a creamy light tan head. Sweet caramelly aroma with milk chocolate and fruit tones. Very nice balanced and very delicious. Flavor starts sweet caramelly and ends with a bitter hoppyness. Notes of raisins and chocolate. Soft and tasty and another excellent beer from a world class brewery!
SDalkoholic (2124) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark copper body with a minimum amount of head. Not a stong aroma or flavor like all the other Stone’s. Has a nice thick texture but does lack some flavor. The hops are mild and the malt is too giving room for the honey and flower sweetness i sense. Had this numerous times on tap and 6 packs but now i finally bought a pint and got around to critiquing it.