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 (2360) - 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.
omhper (18763) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale orange coloured. Big cascade aroma. Very straightforward and American style pale ale.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 28, 2002
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
dark burgundy in color. malt sits nicely behind the strong hop taste. robust earthy hop taste. dry citrusy finish with a beautiful lingering hop taste. Hop taste is so complex, beautiful. Bells and Great Lakes Pale come to mind. Closer to the Great Lakes in bitterness and without the fruity hop flavor of the Bells. Absolutely Outstanding. Thank you Greg!
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - APR 23, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2004 Full bodied, reddish color. Fruity, malty flavor matches full bodied reddish looks, while the hop bitterness finishes things off well. Top rate American pale ale.
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a tones down version of the IPA. Different than most other pales I have tried. I like to great aroma and flavor of this beer. It has a fuller body than most pales (which I like). Malty sweet undertones. All around great beer.