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 (1316) - 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) - Phila, Pennsylvania, 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.
madsberg (11283) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled: Cobber coloured. Decent head, that has a medium lasting. Aroma is hoppy but not as much as other examples from this mighty brewery. Seems a little more balanced. Flavour is smooth and hoppy and gives a pleasant felling on the tongue. I very much like the balanced bitterness in the end. Yet another great beer from Herbjones in sunny ca. Many thanks.
argo0 (12858) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 11, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
If, as the bottle say, this is their flagship beer, how come I can get every other of their non-seasonal except this one?! Regardless, hazy copper body topped by small beige head. Big hoppy aroma (grapefruit/flowery), supported by mild sweetness. Flavor is medium flowery hoppy, with hints of peach and grapefruit. Chewy body. No attempt to overwhelm you, which is somewhat unexpected in a Stone brew. Instead, what they've given is a delicious full-bodied beer.
gyruss77 (3) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 7, 2003 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This, is perhaps the best ale in the world. I never new an ale could taste this good, right out of the bottle! The boys at Stone really know what there doing! They've taken brewing to another level!
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper color with minimal head. Fresh citric hop aroma complimented by bready malts. Full malty flavor - this is much more malty than the average APA. Nice hop presence doesn't manage to overpower the malt. Lingering hop bitterness in the finish Very good pale.