oldmanbaker (10) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 26, 2011
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Typical Stone product but less "oomph" to it. Pale golden color with frothy white head. Amazing aroma of hops typical of Stone. Lighter taste that lends it drinkability compared to other Stone brews. Basically, a "lighter" version of their IPA, and thus not as good.
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2011
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pours amber with off white 2 finger head. Aroma is mild roast, caramel, and a slightly grassy hop profile. Taste is toffee with a resiny and spruce-y hop profile. Body is medium and oily with average carbonation and a dry bitter finish. Overall, this is a solid beer but not nearly as exciting as other offerings Iíve had from Stone. Middle of the road as compared to the other great pale ales I have sampled in the past few weeks. Whatís really odd is that Iíve really enjoyed this beer in the past but it somehow tastes different (inferior) than it did last year.
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Balanced beer. Liked better than the ipa. Stone seems to be a hop happy brewery and this one is not as strong.
beer200299 (13) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not a bad pale ale. Maybe too much caramel flavor in it? Hops decent. I wouldnít turn one down if it was offered.
Crit (3471) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sparkling amber, lasting off white head.Faint hop nose.Mellow hop flavor, which is slightly light for pale ale
obxdude10 (2102) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A bit disappointing coming from Stone, not as hoppy as expected, amber color, very weak head, half-decent malt character, very lacking the hoppiness, very disappointing in the hop profile, the one word is disappointing
Okra23 (28) - Flowood, Mississippi, USA - JUN 11, 2005
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good color and nice white milky foam that lasts. Good initial malty tatse, but the aftertaste is a little too bitter for me. Not a bad beer but definately not one of my favorites.
bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2006
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iíve always thought of APAs as the Ale equivalent to amber lagers: just middle-of-the-road, non-inventive, stylistically inflexible beers. If youíve had one APA, youíve had them all. The orange-y start, the generic hops tone, the entirely indistinguishable malt finish. Just about the most neutral, safe pale ale one can seek. This one delivers in all categories. Fully undistinctive, pleasant but not memorable, and leaving not a single quality in the afterglow worth mentioning. Not a bad beer by any account. Instead, this is just a decent beer, and the thought of wasting any time describing the nose (none worthy of mention), the lacing (none), the downtake (same as any other of this kind), the aftertaste (same again)...you get the idea. Ballastís Yellowtail is about as popular on tap around here as this, and that one is a mystery to me. Maybe the guys at Stone should step up to the plate and make this one a little more distinctive and a little less generic. The local brewers around here hang their collective hats on their IPAs, as they should, since each SD brewer brings a personal touch to the IPAs they offer. This...this is just Stone Pale Ale, and I can walk around the corner right now and see a homeless dude drinking it outside the corner store. Seriously. Once again, a good beer. Once again, no better than any of the other starter "good beers", like Fat Tire or Yuengling Lager, or any other world of other middling slighty hoppy ales.
alexanderj (3377) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had a sample after the tour at Stone; didnít like it and something seemed off. So I had it again on draft, same reaction. Not much hops, some malt. Very disappointing. Used to better quality from Stone.
cathcacr (642) - Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2007
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
This one deserves a good swift kick in the ass for its lack of Arrogance and oomph. The first Stone product that I wasnít much impressed by. Back to recruit training with this one! Címon, let me see your REAL beer face!