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 that’s 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
I’m a big Stone fan like many posters on this board, but I’m probably going against the grain when I say that I think this is one of their best. No, this one’s 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 ’Oktoberfest beer to be, only to be so quickly dissappointed once the first cap comes off.
This is an EXCEPTIONAL beer, whether or not it’s 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.
tig397 (64) - dearborn heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12ozer. typical ipa smell. strong flavor of carbonated hops. smooth after taste. dark ruby brown color. strong thick head. amazing
ohnoitskristin (62) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - AUG 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle (drank in bottle as well). Aroma was very toasty and slight notes of caramel. The taste was very light with hops and very balanced out with malt flavors. It was dry on the palate and a little bitter-- nothing REALLY crazy good about it but very nice with meals. I would buy this one again.