dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Stone Kickoff at the Blind Tiger Ale House in NYC. Nice solid pale ale. Just the right amount hops.
madsberg (10598) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled: Cobber coloured. Decent head, that has a medium lasting. Aroma is hoppy but not as much as other examples from this mighty brewery. Seems a little more balanced. Flavour is smooth and hoppy and gives a pleasant felling on the tongue. I very much like the balanced bitterness in the end. Yet another great beer from Herbjones in sunny ca. Many thanks.
argo0 (11913) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 11, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
If, as the bottle say, this is their flagship beer, how come I can get every other of their non-seasonal except this one?! Regardless, hazy copper body topped by small beige head. Big hoppy aroma (grapefruit/flowery), supported by mild sweetness. Flavor is medium flowery hoppy, with hints of peach and grapefruit. Chewy body. No attempt to overwhelm you, which is somewhat unexpected in a Stone brew. Instead, what they've given is a delicious full-bodied beer.
gyruss77 (3) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 7, 2003 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This, is perhaps the best ale in the world. I never new an ale could taste this good, right out of the bottle! The boys at Stone really know what there doing! They've taken brewing to another level!
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper color with minimal head. Fresh citric hop aroma complimented by bready malts. Full malty flavor - this is much more malty than the average APA. Nice hop presence doesn't manage to overpower the malt. Lingering hop bitterness in the finish Very good pale.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - FEB 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clean copper color with a thin tan head. Delicat hop flowers are very present in the nose and continue into the mouth. Bready maltieness intertwines with hop flowers and make a superbe balance. A solid example of an american pale.
Chief (11) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 7, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Garnet colour in body with a clean citrus/orange flavour with a suble hint of almond. This beer glided back and forth across the palate. A nice flowing hoppy aroma throughout for a nice finish.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2007 OK, so it’s not their best offering but it is their best selling, by far. Nice and hoppy for a pale, but what do you expect from San Diego?
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh hoppy aroma with a very slight hint of malt. Rusty in color. Refreshing wet palate with a great balance of medium hopping and mild sweetness. The finish is relatively dry and somewhat hoppy.
Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
garnet burgandy color,excellent aroma smells of cotton candy. Malty thick and rich drank slightly below cellar temperature. Finish is unique nutty & malty.Very complex ale I would not have believed it was less than 8% ABV, maybe its Double Bastards Little brother--Mini Bastard. This beer is as balanced as any I have had. I wish a few cases could be sent this way, I would stock up. Reminds of mixing a Barley Wine with an traditional Pale Ale, this is in no way a traditional Pale Ale, though it absolutely is a top 50 beer. Highly Recommended, special thanks go out to Mr.ArrogantBastard for sending this superb well crafted beer.