Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A light carmel white head to begin with. Pine aroma that’s mixed with spices to give a nice after-taste. Far less agressive than your typical Stone brew. Very enjoyable, it is unfortunate that one has to order it via the internet to get it in Virginia.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2009 Bottle courtesy of BeerAndIT on 05/04/2009. Very clear amber body with a medium frothy off-white head. Sweet caramel, floral hops and faint fruit aroma. Sweet caramel, and floral hop flavor, some light toasty and pale malt notes with a bit of fruity touch in the background. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 6/3/6/4/13 - 3.2
11/20/2005: Thick white head that dissipates to a thin lace. Pours a brown color. Lightly hoppy aroma and an easy to drink flavor. 7/4/7/3/14 - 3.5
BeerandBlues2 (11054) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours mahagony with a small diminishing off-white head with lined lacing. Aroma of caramel malt and fruity, pine hops. Bitter and lightly acidic citrus rind hop with a cinnamon and caramel malt body, sweet brown sugar notes. Medium bodied and fizzy palate.
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Is this a hop devil I see before me? No ... itís not quite as hoppy. But the basic idea is more Hop Devil than Ruination, more Cascade than Willamette, more orange and pine than grapefruit. Really nice beer ... just a little bit less hoppy and less intense than an IPA (of course) but more like a small IPA than a traditional American Pale. Iíll stick with the Stone IPA, I think.
JK (5330) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
About as good as a pale ale can get. I have never found so many flavors in a style that is typically one dimensional. The aroma is of hops, but these are not intense as I expected. Light brown color with a thin head. Flavor is exceptional and very complex. The dominant flavor is a malt-bread combination, but there is also hop bitterness and some oak. Medium palate, but heavy for the style. Not as crisp and clean as some, but far more enjoyable than most.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted during trip to california. 65 cl Bottle. Light amber colour with a biege head. Light aroma of malt and fruitness. Great flavour that ends little dry. A nice easy drinking beer.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light golden brew with a mild hops aroma.I liked the mild flavor as it was very easy to drink with the hops not too in your face.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Grapefruit, orange, leafy, tannin-full aroma withplenty of underlying malt sweetness. Clear copper coloured body with decent white head that recedes to partial cover and ring with some lacing. Tannin full toasty malt flavour with some cookie dough like yeast, orange, leafy hops and fair finishing bitterness. Medium body with engaging carbonation. Tulip glass. Allowed to warm from fridge temperature. Bottle (Liquormart, Oct-05).
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clean copper/orange color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is somewhat floral with a little barnyard. Flavors are floral, grassy, a little barny, and a hint of citrus. Not as strong of a hop presence as I had expected. but still a good beer.
mnurda (1214) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not as hoppy as I expected but it tasted fantastic. I can see why this is so highly rated, Nice amber colour. Hint of citrus. Great beer with dinner.