nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent pale ale: good transition between hops and malt. I’d love some more.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Classic pale appearance. Lacy creamy,rocky,head. Aroma is scary.Grainy,straw,earthy,aroma.Almost smells stale.Oh,no.Taste is stellar for a beer with this aroma.Well made taste. Sweet front,caramel&perfectly roasted grains follow.Finish has a perfect bitterness.Suprisingly tame for a Stone product.IMO that is a good thing.Very robust and very full of flavor.Excellent but not the best.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 11, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was as impressed as most with this brew. It was a little bland, as is their smoked porter. Their are better pales out their.
firstname.lastname@example.org (3) - Glenview, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2002 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Top of the pale ales. Obviously made with care to a balancing of flavor and aroma.
HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful, aromatic ale, perfectly done, these guys make great beers, floral hop aromas balanced to perfection with the malts, color is amazing pour this ine into glass to see this amber hue, on eof the finest pales I’ve ever tried!
Ernest (6153) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2003 Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie), moderately hoppy (flowers, resin, grapefruit), moderately yeasty (sweat, dough), with light notes of apricot and orange. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. This second, fresher sample (been over a year since I first sampled this brew) has a serious raw sweaty yeast smell going on, unfortunately, which really ruins the aroma (it, well, stinks). Still has good flavor balance and mouthfeel, but the sweaty socks aroma is off-putting.
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 (1375) - 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.