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 (6784) - 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.
Bov (9275) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAR 22, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
amber colour, nice lace, strong hop aroma, smooth, lot of character, long bitter and slightly spicy aftertaste. Could well be the best pale ale I have ever tasted.