Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Started a wee bit thin and bubbly, but it was too cold. Let it sit a while - perfect - thick, smooth, soooothing, some nice ’cookie’ malts. finish is hoppy and warming - a real delight.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2004 5/25/2004 12oz bottle:
Sweet hoppy aroma supports a caramel malty body. Light piney sweetness and dry hoppy bitterness near the finish. A decent pale ale.
10/14/2002 22oz bottle: It pours with a very thick, white, lacy head that lasted the whole glass. Most full-bodied pale ale I've had. It has a very pleasant hoppy and sweet malty aroma. The body is bittersweet with lots of caramel malt. Very drinkable, and a definite must-try.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - OCT 14, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first Stone beer. Oh wow. Ice tea-amber colored body, medium carbo, and an average head. Nice, round hop aroma. Very prominent hops actually, but soft at the same time. Not particularly piney or astringent, lightly floral (honeysuckle), and sweet biscuity malt. The balance struck here is undeniable. Becomes tangy as it warms up. Less citrusy than Alpha King, and not as pungently bitter as SNPA, this is an extraordinary and singular pale ale. Thanks to CaptainCougar.
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 4, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber color, medium head. Medium bodied ale. Very hoppy, medium bitterness. Nice balance of malt and hops, taste is slightly spicy. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Etched beer bottle.
ARMed (597) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma was very orange citrus. I did not like to overall aroma. Excellent head and lacing characteristics. Very nice taste with a full-bodied flavor. Very nice amber color as well. Not a dramatic beer but a very nice Pale Ale.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer looks and pours incredible. Very nice hops for a pale and a surpring malt backbone - giving this beer a sweet flavor. It is also a tad bubbly for my taste - the only thing holding it back from higher rating.
Braudog (5576) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2007 Nice dark red-amber color ... musty, malty aroma. Big solid head of bubbly foam. Bit of a watery texture, but a nice smoky bitterness, hop flavor with an almost buttery twist. Maybe a bit doughy. Nice solid pale ale.
scottyg (79) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I remember thinking this was a very good beer, but never wrote down actual ratings. So this is just from memory.
uglybastard (101) - Riverside, California, USA - AUG 27, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Couldn’t get much aroma off this beer (yeah i swirled it around). What i did get was, surprise, hop bitterness and fruityness. Copper in color with creamy off white head. Dry, hoppy bitterness with undertones of mellon, perhaps, slightly there. Hops obviously dominates but there is enough malt to make in interesting. Leaves a nice lace around the glass. Great beer. Stone rocks!
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 23, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Top notch pale. Big hop bite balanced nicely by just enough malt. Stone is just top notch.