Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 11, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was as impressed as most with this brew. It was a little bland, as is their smoked porter. Their are better pales out their.
firstname.lastname@example.org (3) - Glenview, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2002 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Top of the pale ales. Obviously made with care to a balancing of flavor and aroma.
HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful, aromatic ale, perfectly done, these guys make great beers, floral hop aromas balanced to perfection with the malts, color is amazing pour this ine into glass to see this amber hue, on eof the finest pales I’ve ever tried!
Ernest (5882) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2003 Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie), moderately hoppy (flowers, resin, grapefruit), moderately yeasty (sweat, dough), with light notes of apricot and orange. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. This second, fresher sample (been over a year since I first sampled this brew) has a serious raw sweaty yeast smell going on, unfortunately, which really ruins the aroma (it, well, stinks). Still has good flavor balance and mouthfeel, but the sweaty socks aroma is off-putting.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I would seat this beer right next to Sierra Nevade Pale. Kicked ass! Smelled of sugar coated hops. Perfectly balanced taste, hops were ideal and the malt followed them in suit. This PA is to balance as what SNPA is to hops....give me another.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2008 Could this be the best aroma out there in an APA? It is certainly different...crisp, hop-fruity, and I swear I smell watermelon freshness. A fair, not great, hop-malt balance in the flavor, and the body is quite full-figured. Great piece of work.
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Simply put, I used to drink Sierra Nevada - now I drink Stone’s.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 2, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strongly hopped but somehow exceptionally smooth. I still like Sierra Nevada a tad bit more, but this is way better than your average pale, especially after tasting like ten average cascade hopped-ish brewpub pales in the last month, all of which have ratings something like 6-4-6-4-12.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 15, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice beer. Malty for a hophead at first but it finishes with some good earthy hop taste. A good session beer, especially after a pint of Stone’s Arrogant Bastard.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 8, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2004 ReRate 23 Feb 2003: This is a great example of an APA. It has a hazy amber color w/ a nice, controlled, hoppy taste. This is a great session beer, or it can be used to convert BMC drinkers to real beer.