Aubrey (3489) - 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.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 14, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draught) Deep copper with piney hops aroma. Nice hops kick up front that is balanced by malt in the middle. Excellent APA.
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of apricots and other assorted fruits as well as big West Coast hops. Color is a red-tinted gold. Flavor is fruity up front with a satisfying hoppy finish. Good mouthfeel and a great pale ale.
Nuffield (3835) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Great aroma--the West Coast hopping is muted into a pleasant fruit-juice like fusion on top of maltiness that anticipates a balanced bitterness. The flavors are less exciting, even ending bland, with a basic palate, some lingering astringency and bitterness. Golden amber color. Ho-hum, and a candidate for "over-rated" in my opinion.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber orange. A fairly hoppy aroma, with a nice wet malt presence that offers a nice balance to an aroma I expected to be one sided. Nice flavours with lots of oranges, whole wheat & rye dough, pine and good malt. A pleasant beer with a good array of flavours. . .
JoeM500 (1907) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Piney hops aroma, nutty-caramel malts. Very flavorful, simple, balanced, and satisfying. This should be pictured in the dictionary under "APA".
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice amber color with a moderately sized off-white head. The aroma has a nice blend of hops and malt. A bit of caramel, nut, whole grains, oranges, pine sap and a hint of dry alcohol. The flavor also had a nice balance of malt and hops. A nicely crafted, tasty beer with plenty of character.
jaymobrown (1741) - 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.