Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc, Hogtown Harry, courtesy of Harry. Dark orange, small bubbly white head. Nice pleasant strong hop aroma. Really pleasant malt and hop taste - well balanced, mild, and enjoyable. Earthy tea-like hops in taste. Very good without going anywhere near over the top - would love to have a pint or two.
jercraigs (9154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Deep orange body with a small white head. Mited resionous hops inthe aroma. Pleasant bitterness, with slight caramel malt in the finish. Mild fruity citrus. Average palate. Flavour seems to be cumulative, in that the complexity grows the faster I drink and diminishes when I pause to take notes. Pleasant, but lacks the oomph of their other products. Strikes me as something a pint would do better justice too though. Glad to try it even though it underwhelmed.
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2005 Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc, tupalev - courtesy of yours truly. Poured cloudy red-amber-orange with a large lasting foamy-bubbly off-white head. Aroma of typical rich, resiny citrus hops, solid malt backbone, touch of sourness - straightforward but nice. Taste is a solid if unspectacular west coast pale ale - plenty of malt, the bitterness is there but not overwhelming - very easy drinking. Creamy, average body. Very nice, not their best but a pleasant mild session brew.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice pine aroma. Pours a nice amber with a foamy head. Goes down easy. Sweetish in the middle. Nice hop presence. Enjoyable
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from Santa! Pours a dark orange color with a thin white foamy head. A center stream of very tiny bubbles move quickly towards the surface. Nose is light apricot, some thick sweet malt notes, caramel, little bit of grass. A nice full mouthfeel. A candy like taste, quite sweet, notes of orange seeds, light tangerine, quite fruity and sweet. A nmice bitterness in the finish that spreads from your throat to the tip of your tongue.
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a rocky off-white head with lots of lacing on a golden body. Strong aroma of hops with some spices. Good malty flavor with hints of hops on a solid body. Very drinkable.
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 (11471) - 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 ... it’s 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. I’ll stick with the Stone IPA, I think.