cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - NOV 16, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11/14/03. On draft at Stone Brewery in San Marcos, CA 11/14/03. Clear medium amber color-- nice, frothy cream head that dissipates to a thin whisp w/ mediocre lacing. Nose is freshly hoppy, a little bit sweet and almost bubblegummy. Clean, medium mouthfeel, quite smooth. Tastes active and bright with hops, easier and not as bitter as other Stone beers, but still pretty tasty. Turns a little nutty on the mellow but long, smooth malt finish. Very nice overall, wonderfully drinkable without being wimpy.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - NOV 2, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark hazy orange color with bubbly yellow hue and thin white non lasting head. very citrusy smell. Xtremely citrusy flavor with a hoppy aftertaste.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 30, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice clear copper color with a medium tan head. Aroma is all hops with pine and flowers at the forefront. Taste is a very balanced hop to sweetness ratio that makes this a great session brew. Great floral notes. Chewy body. A great everyday beer from Stone (somewhat of an Oxymoron).
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A standard American pale ale with just a little more flavor and quality evident to raise it up a notch or two.
BeerNazi (169) - winnetka, California, USA - OCT 22, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
arrogant bastard for the average joe of beer drinkers. if youre not into the hasness of american strong ales from stone, the pale ale is a smooth change for the everyday thing or even as a special.
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber with a reddish-orange hue. Creamy and thickish mouthfeel, even fluffy at times; rewarding. Darkly toasted malts (deeply toasted bread, but not quite "burnt") with an underlying sweetness (cooked caramel with a hint of cocoa). Grassy, slightly herbal hop aromas balance the malts nicely (though, I have to admit, I was hoping for a little more). Decent bitterness in the finish lingers deeply into the aftertaste. Easily quaffable, tasty and pleasant to drink.
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours orange and cloudy with a white head. nose is a little hoppy. flavor is smooth, no over the top hops, solid malt presence. nothing to go nuts over but a good example of an apa.
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 14, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draught) Deep copper with piney hops aroma. Nice hops kick up front that is balanced by malt in the middle. Excellent APA.
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of apricots and other assorted fruits as well as big West Coast hops. Color is a red-tinted gold. Flavor is fruity up front with a satisfying hoppy finish. Good mouthfeel and a great pale ale.
Nuffield (3665) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Great aroma--the West Coast hopping is muted into a pleasant fruit-juice like fusion on top of maltiness that anticipates a balanced bitterness. The flavors are less exciting, even ending bland, with a basic palate, some lingering astringency and bitterness. Golden amber color. Ho-hum, and a candidate for "over-rated" in my opinion.