Brewsmith (148) - Torrance, California, USA - JUN 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 22 oz. bottle purchased locally. Aroma is hoppy, citrus and a little fruit. Color is a clear amber burnt orange with a fluffy beige head. Firmly bitter but a great malt profile. Toasty and a little cracker. Hop flavor in the end and a clean dry finish. Not too carbonated and very easy drinking. A great example of the style.
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - SEP 22, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a translucent orange with a quickly diminishing off-white head. The aroma is very vegetal with hints of a fruit citrus and some caramel. Bitterness bites the tongue as soon as the brew comes in contact. The flavour is a balance of vegetables, fruit citrus (such as orange), hops, and malts with some hints of pine. The finish introduces some of the caramel flavours as the bitterness quickly fades and the maltiness becomes a little more prevalent.
I like balance in some beers. But I personally like my pale ales to be imbalanced with hops blasting you right in the face. This is just "ok."
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber from the bottle. Nice long lasting off-white head and lacing. There are large bubbles escaping and much smaller bubbles generally floating in this brew. The aroma consists of more flowery hops as opposed to piney hops (which in my mind is a huge plus). I’m not impressed by the palate of this beer, although it may be representative of its style. The flavor is better than average, because the hops are rather muted. Not bad for a pale ale.
rolfc81 (145) - - FEB 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had on tap at Luxbar. Have to say one of my favorite Pale Ale....very smooth, creamy head..
kurtkosher (144) - USA - MAY 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours an orange hazy color. has a very nice hoppy flavor. definitely one of the best pale ales ive had
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.
DragonsHead (142) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium amber color with little hop aroma. Strong malt flavor with a nice hop balance. Finishes strong with a good aftertaste.
Mutualaid (142) - Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark, reddish amber with a generous, off-white head. Hoppy (pine) bouquet up front supported by subtle malt fragrances. Big hop flavor, again supported by a fruit maltiness, followed by a fair amount of hop bitterness, but not too much for the style. Malt flavors become more assertive, bringing out pear and toffee, as the beer warms into the 50s. Creamy, almost slick mouthfeel, and a clean, biscuity finish. Won’t be my favorite , unlike a lot of purported APAs, it definitely nails the style.
jstonerock24 (142) - Englewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2014 Aroma is of caramel malts and light citrus hops. Flavor is pretty bold for a pale ale. Reminiscent of a lighter IPA. Stone does it again with a fantastic beer.
Ambrose (141) - East Aurora, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great beer. Tastes good, looks good, smells good. We had nothing in common. maybe thats why I like it so much. But anyway, I was glad I had this. It was deeply intricate. You will fully enjoy this without any quims or quams. Unless ofcourse you want too have quims or quams then by all means.