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.
Ratpatrol1019 (70) - Palm desert, California, USA - JUN 9, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I am going to miss this old friend. Pale 2.0 is bad. This one was great pine and subtle floral hop aroma. Taste of light malts and super fresh hops. Great dry finish, a superb pale ale. Sorry to see it go.
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.
SilentJo (68) - Chocowinity, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 6/20
Poured a dark orange with an light tan head. Tastes nice, comes on strong but finishes with a caramel malty taste thatís rather pleasant.
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.
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
Iím a big Stone fan like many posters on this board, but Iím probably going against the grain when I say that I think this is one of their best. No, this oneís 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 íOktoberfest beer to be, only to be so quickly dissappointed once the first cap comes off.
This is an EXCEPTIONAL beer, whether or not itís true to the American pale ale style or imagined Stone standard for hoppiness or not. I love it!
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.
mk70 (64) - New York, USA - JUN 6, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2007 A great APA with a citrus nose and a perfect balance of malt and hops. A great oudoor ale.