papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2009 Orange amber color with a moderate off white (yellowish) head. Nose is caramel. Flavor is rich and caramel sweet followed by just a hint of hop bitterness. Finish is light and dry with a smooth mellow palate. Nice ESB!
Beer Guy99 (250) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent example of a fine American-style pale ale. Nice malty body with plenty of hops that more than balance the flavor.
hopscotch (9163) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer rocks.
Wonderful aroma of rich malt and lively hops. Alcohol, caramel, toffee, vanilla and a unique hop spiciness are evident in the nose as well.
A beautiful, sparkling, deep amber hue. Large, white, creamy head with excellent lacing. Mostly diminishing... eventually.
The flavor is superb. Creamy rich malt. Slightly sweet up front. Medium bitter on the backside. Very well balanced. Notes of toffee, honey and caramel. Medium-bodied. Lively carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel. Nice, dry, crisp finish. Excellent pale ale. If I lived in Southern California, not many days would go by when I woudn’t enjoy one of these beautys. Reminds me a bit of Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale. If you enjoy this beer, you will certainly enjoy the Rogue as well.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice hop aroma with hints of caramel, pours a deep amber color with a nice head. Starts out malty but finishes long and hop bittery. This is what a pale ale should be.
Suttree (5144) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 4, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is more balanced than Ruination, but still has that Stone Character. Very hoppy, but a nice malt balance. This is the closest I’ve had to a Session beer from Stone.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2007 White head laced the rim of the glass after this beer settled. Color is a translucent brownish gold. The hops & malt were very balanced in this one. Excellent pale ale by Stone.
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ahh, a nice package of Stone arrived for me on Halloween. First off I try the Pale. This beer amber color and filtered. The taste was smooth and malty- slighty fruity. A pretty dank beer if I must say so.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Essence of lemony citrus in the nose and body. Cloudy light amber color, nice white head that is creamy around the edge. Somewhat watery towards the finish but as alcfron pointed out, does "thicken" when warming a bit. lingering bitter finish.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 27, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
While I’ve had the Stone Pale Ale many times in the past, I had it on tap today and felt compelled to rate it. The Pale has a slight head and a mahogany tint - just a couple shades lighter than the arrogant bastard. The Stone Pale Ale is probably one of the more drinkable Pales I’ve had as it has a hoppy taste with just the right amount of malt. Drinkable? Yes. Best Stone beer? No.
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.