elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - NOV 26, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice to look at, lovely complex flavor, excellent balance and finish. Would love to try this on tap, but in the mean time I’ll have another bottle please.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 4/7/02: Big head for a bottled beer...superb aroma, hops galore, sweet and puckery... and even better on tap..perhaps the best pale ale i’ve had on tap, but bottled... its slightly less hoppy and less sweet..A great californian pale ale from a great brewery..recommended... Re-rate 8/2/02: Not as godly as I once thought...still good and recommended but pale ale’s lack the complexity I now desire and require
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, this is really good. Please allow me to drink another bottle and come back and rerate.
1BeerWench (3) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bring it on and keep it comin’. Can’t say enough about this one. No matter what time of day it is, no matter what I may be having for lunch or dinner, it just hits the spot. It’s a damn good beer. That wonderful hoppiness, typical of Stone brews, compliments my meal at the very least. Other times it even takes it to a higher level. You can’t go wrong with this pale.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One word to start: Impressive.
Pours out to a beautiful copper color. Aroma is that of caramel, hops and fruit. The balance to this Pale Ale is nearly perfect. The hops are tasty, not shocking, and make this beer downright, delicious. I kept humming/singing ’Stone Brew’ to the tune of Foghat’s ’Stone Blue’ (for the 70s challened, Foghat was a hard rock act.) as I drank it.
One of, if not the best pale out there. Yum.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This should be better! For as good as Stone is at everything else - here is where it lacks a bit, and I am saddened by it! One nice thing is that it is thick for a pale which is interesting - but the flavor is not as kicking as it should be!
Dogbrick (9344) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. After trying some of Stone’s "bigger" beers like Ruination, Double Bastard and the Russian Imperial Stout this one seems tame by comparison. I found both the aroma and the flavor to be rather subdued. More malt character than the typical APA but still not a bad brew. A good intro to the Stone line.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2009 Orange amber color with a moderate off white (yellowish) head. Nose is caramel. Flavor is rich and caramel sweet followed by just a hint of hop bitterness. Finish is light and dry with a smooth mellow palate. Nice ESB!
Beer Guy99 (250) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent example of a fine American-style pale ale. Nice malty body with plenty of hops that more than balance the flavor.
hopscotch (10075) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer rocks.
Wonderful aroma of rich malt and lively hops. Alcohol, caramel, toffee, vanilla and a unique hop spiciness are evident in the nose as well.
A beautiful, sparkling, deep amber hue. Large, white, creamy head with excellent lacing. Mostly diminishing... eventually.
The flavor is superb. Creamy rich malt. Slightly sweet up front. Medium bitter on the backside. Very well balanced. Notes of toffee, honey and caramel. Medium-bodied. Lively carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel. Nice, dry, crisp finish. Excellent pale ale. If I lived in Southern California, not many days would go by when I woudn’t enjoy one of these beautys. Reminds me a bit of Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale. If you enjoy this beer, you will certainly enjoy the Rogue as well.