beertholomeus (366) - California, USA - OCT 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours burnt orange with white head. Dank hop, caramel, citrus and malt aroma. Hop, caramel, citrus, floral and malt flavors. Medium lightbody and moderate bitterness. Smooth slightly hoppy finish.
pushkinwow (1574) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from Winooski via John. Dark amber with an off white head. Semi caramel malt, mild hops, mild yet flavourful, moderate carb and mild+ body, fairly bitter, becomes somewhat dry, easy to drink.
jsmerig (1031) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy orange. Aroma of robust malt. Taste is well balanced. Malt enough with the signature stone bitterness. Very good pale.
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bth122 (1029) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at b-laws. Poured a copper color. Medium head. Nice hop bitterness with a malty big backbone. Caramel tones, bread, with piney floral hops. Clean and nice bitter finish. Surprised I never rated this. A classic beer.
xShanex (60) - Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle. Copper with diminishing head. Bread and malt on the nose, sweet. Medium to full body consisting of malt and bready sweetness. Lacking a balanced hop character. Have another? Maybe next year.
abemorsten (2193) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - OCT 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from bottle at the Cardinal stand at Nærbø, Ølfestivalen 2013. Clear deep orange golden body with a light brown film. Inviting pine and tropical fruits on the nose. Bitter, light fruity hop juice medium to full bodied. Long finish and a dry tongue.
Linnet (937) - Umeå, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich malts, bready, somewhat less hoppy than usual for Stone brews, grapefruity, some pine and resin. Amber colour, medium head. Light sweetness, medium bite. Light body, average carbonation, short finish.
DrinkEmUpJones (1055) - Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Darker orange red hue with a slight burnt color. Earthy aroma with nice caramel toasty notes. Great white lacing. Not too bitter on the finish but nice floral hops
Inbreak (1066) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - OCT 11, 2013
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
09.10.2013, 0,35l bottle (best before 01.02.2012) sampled @ BBGTC tasting:
Small creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet, kind of barleywine-ish, caramel malts, sap, honey, leafs, grass, sugar. Taste is harsh grassy, caramel malts, cardboard, harsh hay, bark, grass, honey. Medium bitterness, dry harsh mouthfeel. Horrible, really need to rerate this at some point.
Chad9976 (1018) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a mason jar. It had an "Enjoy by" date of 10/17/13 and cost $3.45 ($0.29 per ounce).
Appearance: Hazy dark copper hue. Pours to an average sized, off-white, sudsy head which retains and laces well.
Smell: Mild aroma of earthy hops and some amber malt.
Taste: Stone Pale Ale is a beer I’ve wanted to review for a long time, but haven’t been able to since every bottle in my beer store is always way past its freshness window every time I check. I was shocked when I found one that was still within the "enjoy by" date, though I’m pretty sure the reason I find this beer underwhelming is due to the fact it’s still pretty old by San Diego standards and probably wasn’t handled well before I got a hold of it. The hops are faded, the malt is astringent and it just doesn’t taste like a pale ale. Shame.
This beer actually reminds me of an extract homebrew I’ve made (several of them, actually). It has a mild twangy astringency, not unlike scorched caramel or toffee but without the sugar. An earthy, rustic flavor of tree bark and pine needles, but without the actual hop character. There is some bitterness on the finish, but it’s mild, which is understandable considering this is just a pale ale after all. Still, there’s not a lot of flavor here to enjoy and what is here I’m not crazy about. It reminds me of a sorghum-based brew with its twangy character. It’s not horrible, but it’s just not good. If I can get it fresh perhaps I’ll re-review it, but as of now it’s a bummer.
Drinkability: While the taste to Stone Pale Ale leaves much to be desired, the delivery does not. The mouthfeel is light, crisp, wet and actually a bit refreshing for a moment. It does leave a slightly bitter aftertaste, but it’s easily overlooked. For 5.4% ABV it seems to be lacking a bit in body as this drinks and feels like something more sessionable. At $3.45 a bottle, I wouldn’t recommend sessioning this.