Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Man I love this beer. Had it on tap for my M.S. graduation. 30 of us floated the keg in under 6 hours. Not trying to establish our drinking prowess so much as its greatness as a beer. Women who normally drink only Coors Light were putting this down at an appreciable rate. The deep orange color is an impressive match to the slight citrus and grass proffered by the hops. An incredibly smooth and malty Pale Ale, the hops are no mere afterthought, but rather a necessary and quite visible travelling buddy to the slightly sweet malt on a journey to your drinking pleasure.
altehkiller (71) - , California, USA - APR 7, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The pale ale that sets the bar for all other pale ales to be judged. Quite hoppy and slightly malty. reminds me of sierra nevada pale ale.
Storm_Warning (69) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Currently drinking whilst typing. Lovely aroma of malty caramel sweetness with a nice citrusy pine hop note. Looks beautiful too, a rich amber body with a fluffy white head that leaves good lacing. Tastes of sweet caramels and a rich malty backbone highlighted by a crisp yet mellow hop note with gentle and clean bitterness. Full mouthfeel with decent body and smooth easy going carbonation. Overall, this is a solid beer; a seriously good session beer with a refreshing and clean feel that doesn't get tiresome. Great stuff!
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Vestlake (69) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Drank straight from the bottle at a party so can’t comment on the color, but aroma was a nice mixture of hops and malts. Taste was basically the same with the hops coming through enough to make is a very nice tasting pale ale. Will be buying again.
ojclark (69) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Malty, toasty, caramel/butterscotch aroma with some piney hop character. Clear amber with mostly lasting off-white head. Minimal lacing. Malty, fruity, spicy hop flavor with some diacetyl/butterscotch and caramel notes and a mellow bitterness. Effervescent palate, semi-creamy mothfeel with a nicely lingering finish and aftertaste.
kev1001 (67) - Montana, USA - MAR 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pours amber/orange with a medium head. Taste is dry, with slight notes of citrus and a bit of hops. Reminds me of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
CPDalton (67) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a very deep amber, one finger head with great lace. Smell is sweet and bready/biscuity up front, with a kiss of hops at the end. The taste is mostly bready with some bitterness that tingles the tongue. Finishes super clean. I love IPAs, but for a pale ale this is how it should be. Great job.
johnykat (65) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a nice pale ale. Flavors were balanced between malt, and a little bit of hops. It also had a very nice "crispness" to it, with a dry ending. I would drink this beer again, but it lacked something that would set it apart from other beers.
BetterRedFred (65) - Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA - OCT 21, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I’m a big Stone fan like many posters on this board, but I’m probably going against the grain when I say that I think this is one of their best. No, this one’s not over the top in the hops dept. like their famous IPAs, and I think it might almost be misclassified as an American pale ale as well. What it is, is an exceptionally well balanced pale/amber ale, with no overwhelmingly pronounced single characteristic. Its actually what I expect every ’Oktoberfest beer to be, only to be so quickly dissappointed once the first cap comes off.
This is an EXCEPTIONAL beer, whether or not it’s true to the American pale ale style or imagined Stone standard for hoppiness or not. I love it!
tig397 (64) - dearborn heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12ozer. typical ipa smell. strong flavor of carbonated hops. smooth after taste. dark ruby brown color. strong thick head. amazing