jaymobrown (1652) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really pale flavors with some rye, wheat, and grain textures. Mild hop flavors. Would expect some more boldness for an APA from this brewery. Decent but standard.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 4, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I hate to report that this is the first brew from Stone that I though was sub-par in anyway. The color is a deep amber, why not call it what it is,... an amber, and the hop character was,... non-existent. Very unimpressive and so many of you rated it really well. I hope it is not due to a certain expectation of rating for this brewer.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber with a nice white head. Very good malty/hoppy aromas. Very balanced malt hop flavors. Medium body with a bitterness that tingles the tongue and then quickly diminishes.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - SEP 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I'm not a big APA fan, but this is probably the best I've had. Actually, it's second to Stone 7th anniversary. They're quite a bit different though. IMHO, this is way better than Sierra Nevada, which I'm not a big fan of. Good balance. Kind of has a nutty flavor. Not as bready, and a lot crisper than other APAs I've had.
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - SEP 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2004 ReRate-Ok, im going to go out on a limb here. This could be my fav APA. I love the fact that its not really a hop monster, but the hops are there. The malts are super sweet and go so well together with the hops. These hops are very dry and not to astringent (Chinook:?). I love this brew!
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well people, here it is...number 400!!!!! What better than to have a stone for my 400th brew. This pale ale is excellent! very balanced for stone standards. malts and hops are both present in a good mix. not the huge citrus hop, but a subtle pine bite. i have 2 bombers of this, so i will resample and see what i get.
BBB63 (6011) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper hue with good head and lace. I expected a big hop aroma but instead it has a nose of caramel malts, aromatic hops, citrus, earthy yeast, buttered biscuit. The taste was more hoppy, crisp pine noted. Undertones of malt and smoke. Dry and slighty bitter finish. Very quaffable indeed, recommended.
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2004 Fresh aroma, beautiful clear orange hues with a head that dissapates rather quickly. Hop combination is refreshingly citrus with orange flavor predominating,malt perfectly apparent, finishes clean. In my opinion this is the standard -bearer for "American Pale ales"
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - SEP 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fun aroma, compared to the flavor. Aroma of sweet malts and caramel. Flavor of fresh boiling hops and flavor hops. Finish is a wonderfully rounded combo of first dry malty then sweet maltly. Generous hops make it more than interesting. A nicely done pale ale. Not my favorite style right now but great in its class.
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice pale with strong flavoring, not bitter, just right for a nice summer night!
kumite56 (470) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - AUG 15, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber color. Small off-white head mostly diminishing. Aroma is strong hoppy aroma (pine).
I must admit on the front end that I love an IPA. In this case this is one of the better varieties of same. Strong hoppy, bitter taste but with substantial malt backbone. Full bodied. A good effort Stone