DarkElf (3033) - 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 (1974) - 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.
DanielBrown (3771) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Vendome Liquor, North Hollywood, Los Angeles. Pours a glowing orange marmalde colour, with a contrasting white head. Smells rather like an aromatic shrubbery. Bristling, fresh taste. Dry, rather than sweet, but not harsh. Light and refreshing and quick and clean across the palate. Has the taste and is concise.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 30, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2004 bottle. Orange-amber-yellow with some very light reds. Decent off-white head, quite foamy, lots of lacing. Clear. Smells very dry of hops, paper, biscuits, white bread. Flavor is hugely dry, not overly bitter, but just so dry you wonder where the malt is. Definitely strong for the style, though I really like that. Flavor is certainly crisp and clean, I just can’t seem to get used to the huge dryness of the malt and hops.
haddon90 (1449) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber color out of the glass. Nice creamy head. Hops dominate the aroma, but not too much. Very well balanced. Not quite like Sierra Nevada Harvest, but still pretty decent. Light malt lingers in the background. Crisp as well. Bought this 6-pack at Beverages and More in San Diego.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Burnt amber coloured with a creamy head. Aroma is cascade and malt. This beer is so well balanced it's a struggle to pull out individual flavours. As far as american pale ales go it's Sierra, Alpha and Stone.
Tycho (13) - USA - APR 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice dark amber color. Caramel overtones balance well with hops. tan head doesnt' have long life. Definitely a recommended daily drink.