kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 14, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draught) Deep copper with piney hops aroma. Nice hops kick up front that is balanced by malt in the middle. Excellent APA.
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of apricots and other assorted fruits as well as big West Coast hops. Color is a red-tinted gold. Flavor is fruity up front with a satisfying hoppy finish. Good mouthfeel and a great pale ale.
Nuffield (3941) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Great aroma--the West Coast hopping is muted into a pleasant fruit-juice like fusion on top of maltiness that anticipates a balanced bitterness. The flavors are less exciting, even ending bland, with a basic palate, some lingering astringency and bitterness. Golden amber color. Ho-hum, and a candidate for "over-rated" in my opinion.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber orange. A fairly hoppy aroma, with a nice wet malt presence that offers a nice balance to an aroma I expected to be one sided. Nice flavours with lots of oranges, whole wheat & rye dough, pine and good malt. A pleasant beer with a good array of flavours. . .
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Piney hops aroma, nutty-caramel malts. Very flavorful, simple, balanced, and satisfying. This should be pictured in the dictionary under "APA".
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice amber color with a moderately sized off-white head. The aroma has a nice blend of hops and malt. A bit of caramel, nut, whole grains, oranges, pine sap and a hint of dry alcohol. The flavor also had a nice balance of malt and hops. A nicely crafted, tasty beer with plenty of character.
jaymobrown (1792) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really pale flavors with some rye, wheat, and grain textures. Mild hop flavors. Would expect some more boldness for an APA from this brewery. Decent but standard.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 4, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I hate to report that this is the first brew from Stone that I though was sub-par in anyway. The color is a deep amber, why not call it what it is,... an amber, and the hop character was,... non-existent. Very unimpressive and so many of you rated it really well. I hope it is not due to a certain expectation of rating for this brewer.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber with a nice white head. Very good malty/hoppy aromas. Very balanced malt hop flavors. Medium body with a bitterness that tingles the tongue and then quickly diminishes.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - SEP 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I'm not a big APA fan, but this is probably the best I've had. Actually, it's second to Stone 7th anniversary. They're quite a bit different though. IMHO, this is way better than Sierra Nevada, which I'm not a big fan of. Good balance. Kind of has a nutty flavor. Not as bready, and a lot crisper than other APAs I've had.