Ratpatrol1019 (52) - 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.
Piotr (51) - POLAND - JUN 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured dark copper colour, the aroma isnít very intensive, some hoppes and fruits, a bit flat, nicely balanced with rather rich body. Very drinkable and enjoyable, a bitter aftertaste which is very nice. Deserves the score!
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.
tambrico (50) - New York, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark amber with a thin white head. Mild caramel bready aroma. Taste is again caramel sweetness. Sweetness is nicely balanced out by hop bitterness that isnít too overwhelming. This is a very well balanced and smooth beer. Extremely high drink-ability. I would recommend this beer for getting your friends into craft beer (although I like to use Arrogant Bastard for the lulz). I could drink this beer every day. Awesome.
JBVatkeens (48) - 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.
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.
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!
awautlet (45) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 27, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Clean, crisp and refreshing with significantly less hop than the IPA. I would say this was even a bit malty for a pale ale but it was also very enjoyable. Notes of caramel malt with a nice balancing citrusy hop.
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.
mrjohnson (45) - - APR 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear amber color with an off white head and scant lacing. Aroma has caramel and grassy hops. Taste starts with caramel malts, and finishes with grass and citrus hops. Body is light to medium. Good drinkability but a bit one dimensional.