jonnabrix (137) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Different and better than I expected for an APA. The commercial description is right on: the great floral aroma of the west coast hops dominate the aroma, while a perfect balance of maltiness rounds out he flavor. Tasty and refreshing.
cbrixius (136) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very clean looking ale, much more red than I expected. Head was pretty bubbly but dissipated to a thin film. Slightly hoppy aroma, but not near as much as the IPA. Dry character, slightly sweet malty flavor. Overall, an excellent brew.
toby00777 (135) - California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear copper with a tan frothy head. Earthy, floral aromas backed by a light sweetness. Spicy taste up front with the earthy taste mixed with light caramel and a bitter hop and pale malt finish. Balance is definitely tipped in the balance of hops but a crisp mouthfeel makes it fairly refreshing.
harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. Pours amber with white head. Mild citrus hop aroma . caramel malts. well balanced. nothing special.
jimvy (131) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - AUG 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Aroma is light pine with some floral notes. Reddish copper color; brilliant clarity with light tan head that last. Flavor is a very good balance between malt and hops. Bitterness is mellow, not quite as sharp as I’d like. Overall, a well balanced APA though a little less hops than I would like or expect.
Shooter42 (131) - California, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2013 Very nice fresh and clean taste of malt sweetness with just the right amount of hops for a pale ale. This is the best pale ale I have had so far.
snowden719 (130) - USA - AUG 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber with a medium white head that stays throughout the beer. Aroma is caramel, some citrus, biscuity notes. Flavor is caramel malt, some butteryness, ending is dominated by citrus with a bit of an odd metallic taste, although it’s not that strong. Finish is fairly short, in a lot of ways is similar to the IPA, but a little weaker but with an added biscuit-like flavor.
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Best pale ale I’ve had. Great rich amber color, with a thick rocky head. A sweet malty taste with hints of honey or caramel. Strong hop finish that lingers. Great compliment to a fish taco. Will drink again.
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - OCT 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2011 Aroma is primarily malty with some nice citrusy notes from the hops. Pours an orange/amber color with a nice white foam head. Taste is caramel up front with some a solid hop finish creeping up shortly after. Nice body to this one. An awesome pale ale, amazingly sessionable. One of the best out there.
ShawnMalloy (130) - Auburn, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An awesome pale ale with all the hops you’d expect from Stone. Pours darker than your average pale ale. Tasted a bit "green" to me. Grassy and lightly fruity. For me, it makes a decent chugger.