NWHopHead99 (58) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Almost like a milder version of thier IPA, this beer is easier to find the malt flavor in because of the toned down hops. I like my pales a little thinner, (more like the Sierra Nevada), but this is a great runner-up, and easy to drink, one after the other.
ROBERT99 (5) - PLANO, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2002 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best Pale Ales I have ever tried !!!
joet (2038) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 27, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich dark amber, a healthy portion of thick foam, a light hoppy aroma seemingly of the pils varieties, Hallertauer and/or Saaz. Semi-dry and clean palate with a slightly astringent finish. Like a pumped up Pils in the nose with APA color and texture.
beer200299 (13) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not a bad pale ale. Maybe too much caramel flavor in it? Hops decent. I wouldn’t turn one down if it was offered.
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
First rate pale ale. Nice hoppy (floral) aromatics. Just the right amount of carbonation. Chewy and nutty with a darkish amber hue.
jonsack3399 (8) - El Cajon, California, USA - FEB 1, 2002 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
this is my everyday beer.enough bitters and hopps for any drinker who loves a great ale!if you like this beer ,try any of stones special brews, you won’t be dissapointed
MainerInExile (41) - Bangor, Maine, USA - JAN 22, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mmm. Pleasant floral hop aroma. Sweet maltiness gives way to bitter hops. After one glass, it’s taken its place near the top of my list of favorite pales.
bb (6532) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2005 Thought I’d finally give this a more realistic rating:
Bottle. Dark amber, slightly orangish with a good beige head. Big hop aromas (pine/citrus) with a caramel backing. Clean tasting, surprisingly malty (toasted malts, some biscuit), but the citrus hop flavor with a bit of spiciness dominates. Flavors some together very well and strike a balance - an in your face balance when you consider this is a pale ale, but balance none the less. It still wins our blind taste tests.
I’ve had this beer many times and it has never failed to impress. In a blind taste test of 8 southern california pale ale’s, this beer came first on 7 of the 8 taster’s lists.
dk99 (8) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2001 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
everything in san diego is 5 star
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2005 This was a really powerful pale ale. Bold and stately flavor. Stone brewing really knows how to make beer and their labels are so cool.