sloth (2793) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small offwhite head, fair retention and lace. Clear amber color. Surprisingly malty brew, nose and flavor. The hops are there but play second fiddle to the malts. Dry crystal malt flavor, light toastiness. Finish is dry with a clean malt flavor. Nice pale ale. Touch more hops please!?
PorterPounder (7223) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma bowls you over when you first open it - cat urine comes to mind - but I remind myself that you can’t pour perfume into a beer to make it smell good - the aroma is just a byproduct of the process. Mellows to a light fruitiness, nectarines or plums perhaps. Dark copper appearance, decent sized off-white head with clumpy lacing. Overall excellent fruity citrusy flavor with some strong hoppy accents. A little bit of nuttiness rounds it off nicely.Good thick mouthfeel. Well balanced to say the least. Would be good for everyday drinking if they would make thier way into Florida.
Aurelius (5030) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
OK, I had to take my time in rating the aroma on this one. When you first crack it, there are some definite off aromas -- like peaches and wet cat. Later it fades into a more familiar hop and malt deal. Nice bronze color. Tart, identifiably peachy, medium to medium-heavy hopping, light sweetness, toffee. Bitterness and twang on the backend. A quality brew, but I’m tired of APA’s.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pale bronze color. Nice head, good lacing. Faint aroma. Taste is malty and full, with a bitterness on the tongue throughout. Funny bitterness creeps in at the end, slightly metallic. Eh.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Large creamy off-white head, copper body. Smells really good and rich... caramelly malt, hops, etc. Kind of like a good barleywine aroma. Has a sweet hop taste. The hops are subdued, however, and the sweet maltiness takes over, along with some fruit hints. A smooth quality beer that isn’t over the top.... but in a good way.
ross (2141) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 4, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
the first of my three stone brews for the evening. a nice dark red colored pour with a thick orange head. smell is malty and hoppy and pleasing. taste is good, not too bitter which i dont care for much in this style of beer. very malty and thick tasting. also very smooth. a really good apa from stone.
jsquire (4115) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty amber color out of the bomber with a fluffy off-white head that left nice lace. Malty sweet nose. Initial taste is sweet, with caramel and a berry fruitiness. Well balanced with a citrus rind bitterness in the finish. I expected a heavier beer from Stone, but this would be a very good everyday beer, if I could get it everyday. Thanks to Marc for the bottle.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUN 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper amber color with big tan head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet, slightly spicey (coriander?), with a bit of hop bitterness. Flavor is faintly malty and sweet up front, with a decent helping of hoppy bitterness towards the finish, along with a creamy caramel note. Overall a nice brew, definitely unique for a pale ale, sweeter and less hoppy than I would have expected, but still very good.
DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 22, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12-ounce bottle) I'm disappointed in this beer, but I'm probably not the target market; It's amazingly pretty to look at, but the nose and flavor just aren't doing it for me; This is certainly a flavorful beer, no doubt, quite malty initially with a moderately bitter hops, but it's just too sweet, floral and perfumy in the finish; There's quite a bit of grapefruit in the finish as well, but it doesn't help much, I just don't like the way this beer finishes; The nose is kind of sweet and perfumy, almost like a cheap, fruity wine, and not at all what I expected from a Stone beer; It's a beautiful, deep, deep amber in color, getting close to a light ruddy brown; Fluffy, off-white head has excellent retention and leaves considerable delicate patterns of lacing behind
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hey a stone beer that doesnt kick you in the balls. That sucks. But let me tell you in comparison to another less hoppy beer I will take this any day. For example, compare it to the 3 floyds mild ale (sure its not the same but its kinda close). the hops is there in both but here at least you know that you are still drinking something with hops in it. one day I would like to compare it to the 3F pale ale, if I can get my hands on it.