Drew (2470) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2003
Dark clear ruby red with tan head, slippery lacing. Yeah, it's all about the hops, but at first the malts are there - the hops start off small, sticky and piney, and just totally blossom in your mouth like a shot of novacaine, spreading from front to back, warming your throat. The intensity of flavor makes this seem like it's headed toward barley wine. Fantastical SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2003
Nice amber color with a nice thin white lace. Aroma is mildly fruity with a god dose of hops. Nice and hoppy flavor with a kind of sweet malty texture as well. Better than a lot of pale ales. Dogbrick (13763) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2003
Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Aug 4th, 2003: The 6th anniversary Porter was a bit of a letdown, but this beer is more along the lines of what I was hoping for. Pours a rich amber color with a medium thick light beige head. Decent lacing and mildly effervescent. Nice citrusy/hoppy aroma. More hoppy flavor than their regular Pale which is a good thing, and it retains a good balance. The finish is very resolute in the amount of hops as well. The finish is thorough and hoppy all the way. Well done.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2003
Orange-tinted amber color. Huge foamy head the color of white corn faded to a lumpy sheet of foam. Nice lazy carbonation in the body. Complex and enticing aroma of citrus and toffee. The hops are there for sure but this beer has a unique malt character that separates it from other Stone brews. Has some pronounced residual sweetness and flavors of hops and alcohol. I could feel the heat throughout my entire alimentary canal. Alcohol is not well-masked on the palate and the mouthfeel is a bit syrupy. Tastes young; perhaps some cellaring will mellow this one out. Schroppfy (2362) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2004 OK, I'm not a Stone slut - Double Bastard rocks my world, 02 when it first came out, pale and 5th Anniv. are rocking excellent. And this matches, for sure...incredibly intense fruitiness, with (almost) zero malt balance - the hops convey watermelon and peach like no other beer I have ever had; near-to-rotting in their fullness, moments from falling from the tree. And in stark contrast to so many non-English beers, the bitterness is conveyed by the malt action and only when the beer is fully fully warm. I like this a great deal despite the lack of balance and a sweetness that some will undoubtedly call cloying - at least it's not Belgian Candi sugar cloying that's for sure.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Sweet floral hops batman! You can smell rather potently, to say the least. The color is a dark amber with a rather nice amount of head that was gona quicker than a prom dress after a few drinks. Flavor is a little high on the hops tho. They dont seem balanced enough. Theres a strong kick from them and then they seem to fade out as they go. edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2003
8/1/03: bottle. zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2003
lots of floral and hop aroma. medium amber body with plenty of lacing. good hop flavor with a bitter finish. congrats on 7 years stone!
Rich amber brew that pours with an orange, oily head. Smells like citrus oil and hops. Smells like Ruination, but tastes a bit like Arrogant Bastard. The hops are certainly strong, but aren't as rediculous as most of Stone's other brews. Flavor is clean and smooth, but finishes with that typical hop bitterness of a Stone beer. Appearance is quite lovely, but the beautiful yeast of bottle conditioning would make it perfect. JCW (1279) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2004 Stone’s new addition. Aroma is similiar to Ruination, very citrusy. Color is dark for a pale ale, very orange. Pours with a frothy white head. Flavor is moderately acidic. Mouthfeel is oily and smooth as silk. Bitter finish, you’d never guess that this was almost an 8% brew! Congrats, Stone’s on your 7th year of fantastic brews! Makes me think "God, I love beer"
Due the flavor and price, this beer has become my go to!