beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This Pale pours out to a coppery fused amber color with an overall clearish tone to it and glowing strong with a small yet thick and lustery dark beige head that sits just a bit on top before going to the way side. Lacing in minimal thin strings and globs.
Aroma is mostly toasty malts, whole grains, wild rice, very clean, with a bit of floral grassyness.
Taste is quite nice, beautifully rendered toasty malted front with favorable whole grain and biscuity tones with a great dryness that lasts and lasts. Hops keep a charge of wood bits and floral grasses which really help peak that dryness and the bitterness is fully in check with just a nudge of dried grapefruit and hop resin giving the perfect amount of balance.
Feel is milding smooth and toasty dry with a medium body overall with just enough bite in the hop profile and enough malted structure for a well balanced symphony of splendor in the taste buds. Very good stuff! Great drying qualities throughout and nice melded flavors. Quaffable indeed, surely a sessionable ale here. Yum!
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - MAR 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, 22oz. Clear medium amber/copper in color with a big beige/tan head that fell down a bit too soon, moderate lace. Nose is fresh with roasted caramel and nice subtle hop aroma. Sweet, malty, almost stickey, fresh roasted amber/caramel flavor complemented nicely with fresh hops.
Rich, creamy, clean, straight foreward, quality flavor. Just entering the full bodied category. Like being in a tasting room of a quality brewery. Amazing that it came from a bottle. I prefer a drier, more bitter, spicier ale but this is definately on my drink again list.
igneous1 (1503) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
acquired from cquiroga. color is hazy, orangey copper. head is thin, light beige. hops in the aroma are mildly citrusy, mildly earthy. flavor is not as i expected, there is a slight roasty quality and a grainy quality. citrusiness (not even a word!) doesn't really show up in the flavor. thanks to cquiroga!
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - FEB 17, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A nice subtle hop and malt aroma with an orange hue and a small head. Slightly sweet and fresh on the nose as well. It starts out carbonated, goes into a sweeter malty middle, and then finishes with a nice hop presence. The bitterness always persists and even gets stronger through the glass. There aren't many bad things you could say about this beer. Very solid and drinkable.
steview (1026) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2005 fantastic! "familiar stone hop bite" with a cleaner, watery complement that aids a simple idea. not herbal, not belgian-like, just clean micro fun. nice. no crazy grapefruit flavor, caramel festival, etc... it’s good, clean and simple. i wish this is available everywhere, it’d be my pale ale. / UPDATE from San Diego trip last weekend: i bought a 6r, and even on tap, there seemed to be this tap water quality that i didn’t like, and it was a bit like granite. meh. downrated.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
That familiar Stone hop bite is there right at the beginning, but it smooths out to a nice drinkable brew. Tastes like a tame Arrogant Bastard.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JAN 26, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2004 I thought as far as the looks for my ideal beer this hit it right on. The bitterness was present during the entire beer, hops, and malt are definatly present, a pretty good beer.
Beaver (1328) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The Stone Pale Ale poured a slightly cloudy, copper-orange with a medium off-white head that quickly went to a lacing that stuck to the glass on the way down. It had a faint grassy, hoppy smell. The initial taste was some bitterness with a touch of citrus. It had a pretty strong bitter finish that mellowed as I drank it (the draft version was also mellower and smoother). Overall, this was a fine specimen of a pale ale, which is not my favorite style.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice, slightly hazy, copper color. Pours with a dense white head. Not as aromatic as I was hoping. There is a nice bitterness up front, as I take my first sip, it is accompanied by some biscuit - malty notes. There seems to be a lot of complexity missing here. A straight forward pale ale with not real defining characteristics. It is not balanced enough to work on a subtle level. It is certainly bitter, fairly clean flavors (light fruit, malt and some hoppy flavor contributions). Seems to be missing that certain Stone 'pizzazz'. Overall a decent beer, but I was hoping for something with a bit more definition. I need to see if I can get a known fresh bottle of this, to see if perhaps this is just past it's prime.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 26, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep crimson amber color with a nice layer of puffy head and a small skim of lacing. The aroma is lightly hoppy with a sweet, almost caramel mix with an almost cinnamon nose. Flavor is perfectly balanced with this mainstream stone offering. This is a great beer which could be the "redefined" SNPA of past hoppy lore.