microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pale Ales are’nt my favorite style but, this one was very good...hoppy and a bit bitter...all very balanced.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JAN 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet malty apple flavor. Beautiful reddish brown color. Great!
Oakes (13426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Full red amber; foresty nose w/ some candyish notes. Earthy, chewy character with notes of cocoa and wisps of lemony hops overlaying a solid malt footing.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is sweet, the taste is impressive and lasts throughout the entire bottle, leaves a good aftertaste. Definitely desirable and good for lunch or dinner.
RERATE 01/03/03: Perhaps a bit giddy on my last rating...my first taste in many months. Good malty sweetness to be found everywhere...a caramel malt base provides for a sweet smell and a good thorough taste...a little light on appearance from the tap however...thinning head and mild carbonation. Still an excellent delicacy from Stone.
raymow (1011) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2003
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice color and flavor. A good, quality beer.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose gives a preview of hops and malt lying ahead, and nothing else. Nice amber hue and very little head on top. It is a very nice balance of hops and malt for a pale ale. The hops jump all over your palate, then the malt pushes them out of the way for a very well rounded ale.
Crit (3534) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sparkling amber, lasting off white head.Faint hop nose.Mellow hop flavor, which is slightly light for pale ale
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
It is very rare that I can sum up a beer
with one word, but in the case of this fine brew,
one word comes to mind: BALANCE.
The malty sweetness and the hoppy bitterness
coexist in a perfect symetry. Walks a wonderful
line between hops and malt. Wonderful.
document (36) - USA - DEC 13, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Maybe I should try again. I didn’t get this beer at all. Just kind of run of the mill good quality pale ale; not enough hops for me, and too much malt.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice copper color with a good sized head, subtle floral aroma, good malty taste with nice hop balance, not the hoppiest of pales but quite nice