Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 23, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2008 The bright amber body is topped by a medium thick head with lots of lacing hugging the glass. The aroma is slightly sweet and rather well balanced leaning towards a citrusy hoppiness. The flavor is slighlty sweet yet bitter and hoppy with slight citrus notes and a touch of maltiness. The finish is bitter, piney and hoppy. Medium bodied and tingly from the carbonation.
Indra (2686) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lightly earthy, juicy hop aroma, some pine and citrus, with a complimentary toasty, caramel maltiness. Lightly hazy medium amber color, with a fine, cobwebbed head and spidery lace. Malty, lightly sweet beginning, some gentle dark honeyish sweetness and toastiness, quickly becoming floral and hoppy, with a lightly bitter close. Light-medium acidity, with an effervescent palate and medium body. Very refreshing and hop-accented, but mellow in character. Very tasty. Must be included when discussing the best American Pales. Cheers, Chris.
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - NOV 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of my favorite session brews, by far. Clean, hoppy, and somewhat mildly sweet in aroma. Nice tan head and mild lacing. Great clear copper red colors with nice carbonation. Flavor is smooth, crisp and very well balanced with a nice pine dry finish.
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 (3482) - 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.