uglybastard (101) - Riverside, California, USA - AUG 27, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Couldn’t get much aroma off this beer (yeah i swirled it around). What i did get was, surprise, hop bitterness and fruityness. Copper in color with creamy off white head. Dry, hoppy bitterness with undertones of mellon, perhaps, slightly there. Hops obviously dominates but there is enough malt to make in interesting. Leaves a nice lace around the glass. Great beer. Stone rocks!
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 23, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Top notch pale. Big hop bite balanced nicely by just enough malt. Stone is just top notch.
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smooth malty taste at first yielding a strong hoppy finish that makes it quite an enjoyable beer. Another winner from Stone.
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 12, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is probably one of the more interesting pale ales I’ve ever met. There’s a glowing orange warmth to the color and a sweet, lightly citrus tinge to the nose. It starts out kind of sweet and lemony, then grabs you with a pretty large hop finish. Even for the big taste, this is still a very refreshing beer. This is what everyday beers should be like. I think I’ll have another...
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - AUG 11, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very very good. One notch above Sierra Nevada, and that is a compliment. Very refreshing and easy to drink.
CE619 (81) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very well made. perfectly balanced between sweet caramel malt and just the right touch of hops
Gusler (2654) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Re-Rate 08/06/02: ’What the hell, been 7 months since I had a ’Stone Pale Ale’, been concentrating to Frigging Hard’ on this 5000th beer crap. Well, I’m going to fix that ’Rat Now’. Pours a deep amber to copper color, the head is generous, creamy and biege, the lace by the tons. Nose is a nice deep sweet malt, hints of caramel, and the little ’Hop Flowers’, I love so much. Front is malt sweet, top is medium, the finish is ’Hop Heaven’, dry, acidic, and still ranks as one of my top two pale ales. Ranks #206 on my current 1000 beer master list.
Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 24, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a large foamy head, on a clear orange body. Pleasant hops/fruity aroma. Caramel taste, not very bitter, ends dry.
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent pale ale: good transition between hops and malt. I’d love some more.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Classic pale appearance. Lacy creamy,rocky,head. Aroma is scary.Grainy,straw,earthy,aroma.Almost smells stale.Oh,no.Taste is stellar for a beer with this aroma.Well made taste. Sweet front,caramel&perfectly roasted grains follow.Finish has a perfect bitterness.Suprisingly tame for a Stone product.IMO that is a good thing.Very robust and very full of flavor.Excellent but not the best.