Heatwaves (54) - Santa Ana, California, USA - JUL 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has a great, sweet aroma -- a cross between amaretto and caramel. It tastes a bit strong and bitter for a pale ale, but the flavors mellow and blend as the beer warms up. Overall a very well crafted pale ale.
smackie (54) - St. Augustine, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2011 Nice to have drank a noteworthy pale ale, but for 11.99? I know Stone is well respected, perhaps this batch was not optimum. Iíll stand with the wow factors of Terrapin Rye or Drifter and save a couple of bucks.
Update 5/3/11 Now part of the 9.99 pick a pack at Publix. Well worth the upgrade
squigs46 (54) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
good beer...flying saucer had their stone kick off party celebrating its arrival in missouri and i tried a few beers brewed by stone.
frozen_glass (51) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting smell that Iím having trouble putting into words. A bit of butteriness from the hops over the malts with notes of hay and nuts. Hazy gold brown color with a white head that crawls up the glass. Bitterness on the front and the roof of the mouth that lingers paired with sweetness throughout. Light-medium body with a little slickness that leaves an impression.
Tough to put in to words just how well they nailed the "stone" aspect. Maybe Iím just susceptible to the framing, but it does have that arid rocky character.
penguinfinity (50) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2013
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Blind buy. Smells like a pale ale, looks like an amber. Itís a little more bitter than Iíd like, but the aroma keeps talking to me in the glass, and it leaves me with a mixed impression that starts out rough but ends up mostly good.
mezr (47) - California, USA - OCT 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a very beautiful clear amber. Small white head that dissipates quickly. Light lacing on the glass. The aroma is light spruce, almost too light. But then again Iíve been more used to double IPAís recently. Medium bitter and long finish. A refreshing beer that many would enjoy because its not over the top in any one trait.
JBVatkeens (47) - Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this in the bottle. It has a white head and looks like a light brown with a little carbonation. Tastes bitter with malty after-taste.
heylrule (46) - Frederick, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my "go to" beers! Very drinkable, smooth, very good aftertaste. There are not many beers from stone brewing that arnt great!
Mumpu (46) - USA - MAY 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper with fleeting head. Predominantly floral hoppy aroma. Opens a bit bland with some malt sweetness, some floral and nutty tones in the middle, and closes with pleasant lingering bitterness. This is a very good beer to accompany grilled meat.
RealAleDave (45) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 18, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear copper red. Very fine cream head settles to a somewhat sticky complete cap leaving nice lace. Looks English.
Smells English too. Toffee malt leads the way, supported by some yeasty bready notes. The hops seem more American, but are somewhat subdued, particularly for Stone. Overall, itís a very nice, surprisingly traditional package.
Medium in the mouth. The malt stars again, and itís a bit too toffee-centric for me. Some hop flavor mixes it up, and a nice bitterness kicks in mid-palate. Finish is medium, with good bitterness and some minerally, almost sulphury notes.
Mouthfeel is fine, and drinkability is hampered only by too much caramel/toffee for me. Very nice beer in its style, itís certainly not what I was expecting.