3fourths (9106) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright shining amber orange. Large light tan head. Subtle hop aroma of peaches and orange peel, with some hints of soap and flowers as well. A nice even and mild flavor, with robust malt tones. While it is nice, with a pleasing hop finish, this seems to be missing a final kick that would allow it to crossover to outstanding.
SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I picked up a bottle of this because it was rated so high here. Wow! Perfectly balanced.
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 12, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just a good American pale ale. Nice head, nice aroma, nice :) IMHO, not as good as their IPA, their Ruination IPA or, certainly, the Bastards, but still and excellent pale ale, to be sure.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft: Nice, but not quite what I expect from Stone. Maybe the Ruination really ruined me!
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lovely amber to reddish-brown color (depending on the light). Medium head, mostly diminishing with fair lacing. Nice aroma with hints of spice, herbs and dark bread. Very much fits the Stone profile of good malt body with robust hop bitterness. Very drinkable and as it's moderate in alcohol content a good social beer.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2003
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice lacing. The aroma has a pasta type smell to it. Deep amber color. Typical Stone hoppy. Solid sweet malt undertones. A little acity on the palate. Sociable, a good lead in to other beers. Good, but I had better pale ales.
kyzr (1358) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - APR 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice amber color with nice lacey head. Good solid aroma of hops that get your mouth watering. Flavor is nice and hoppy, but not as much as expected from the aroma. Great creamy texture with nice finish.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - APR 12, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Possesses a really nice aroma and a surprising amount of malt body. Of course, the hops are there, but something like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (the gold standard) probably has more hoppage than this beer. Very pleasant.
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 8, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thin head with a nice amber color. Great tasting as I had explected from Stone Brewery. I love all their products I have tried.
dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, 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.