SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - FEB 17, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A nice subtle hop and malt aroma with an orange hue and a small head. Slightly sweet and fresh on the nose as well. It starts out carbonated, goes into a sweeter malty middle, and then finishes with a nice hop presence. The bitterness always persists and even gets stronger through the glass. There aren't many bad things you could say about this beer. Very solid and drinkable.
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2005 fantastic! "familiar stone hop bite" with a cleaner, watery complement that aids a simple idea. not herbal, not belgian-like, just clean micro fun. nice. no crazy grapefruit flavor, caramel festival, etc... it’s good, clean and simple. i wish this is available everywhere, it’d be my pale ale. / UPDATE from San Diego trip last weekend: i bought a 6r, and even on tap, there seemed to be this tap water quality that i didn’t like, and it was a bit like granite. meh. downrated.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
That familiar Stone hop bite is there right at the beginning, but it smooths out to a nice drinkable brew. Tastes like a tame Arrogant Bastard.
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - JAN 26, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2004 I thought as far as the looks for my ideal beer this hit it right on. The bitterness was present during the entire beer, hops, and malt are definatly present, a pretty good beer.
Beaver (1621) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The Stone Pale Ale poured a slightly cloudy, copper-orange with a medium off-white head that quickly went to a lacing that stuck to the glass on the way down. It had a faint grassy, hoppy smell. The initial taste was some bitterness with a touch of citrus. It had a pretty strong bitter finish that mellowed as I drank it (the draft version was also mellower and smoother). Overall, this was a fine specimen of a pale ale, which is not my favorite style.
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice, slightly hazy, copper color. Pours with a dense white head. Not as aromatic as I was hoping. There is a nice bitterness up front, as I take my first sip, it is accompanied by some biscuit - malty notes. There seems to be a lot of complexity missing here. A straight forward pale ale with not real defining characteristics. It is not balanced enough to work on a subtle level. It is certainly bitter, fairly clean flavors (light fruit, malt and some hoppy flavor contributions). Seems to be missing that certain Stone 'pizzazz'. Overall a decent beer, but I was hoping for something with a bit more definition. I need to see if I can get a known fresh bottle of this, to see if perhaps this is just past it's prime.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 26, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep crimson amber color with a nice layer of puffy head and a small skim of lacing. The aroma is lightly hoppy with a sweet, almost caramel mix with an almost cinnamon nose. Flavor is perfectly balanced with this mainstream stone offering. This is a great beer which could be the "redefined" SNPA of past hoppy lore.
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very clear mahogany, with a nice white head of small bubbles, and some pretty good lacing. Wow, the aroma is nicely balanced with hops and malt. Very mellow in both aspects. Big flavors of malt and aroma. Both bombard the senses, but it is in a pleasing way. Very smooth palate and a nice, bitter finish. Definately a damn fine pale ale
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 (2711) - Suburbia, 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.