Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2005
I had been saving this one for a while and is probably past it’s prime, but it is still pretty good! Pours a clouded copper to amber color and makes a very thick offwhite head. Aromatics are mostly of buttery toffee. The flavor follows the suit of the smell, rich buttery toffee and caramel malt, moderate bitterness up front. Very subdued hops from the aging of this one but there is a tiny presence of orange zest hiding in the background. Alcohol bite is rather noticable. Mouthfeel is medium to full, thick, creamy and leaves a very sticky coating on the throat. Too strong to be a session drinker and too aged for the style to really grab my attention, however it is still fairly enjoyable. SirTom (89) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2003 Dead between arrogant and ruination! A+ * Had this at a beer club meeting with many other beers, hence I don't remember all my comments - only the ratings which I wrote down at the time. HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - JAN 7, 2004
Well 7th anniversary and you would think it would get better, but I found this beer to be quite flat and lacking the stone's flavorable tastes. bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Head was small but good. Dissipated quickly with some lacing on the glass. Orange/amber in color. Hoppy nose with a bit of a bite from the alcohol. You can taste the alcohol a little, and it has a healthy dose of hops. Nice malt flavors find their way in also. Good balance with great taste. Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
I love all Stone Ales, but this one probably the least. I had it on tap at the 7th Anniversary Open House and in bottle. Color was ok, and although the palate was nice - it is rather smooth for such a hoppy brew - I was a little confused by the combination of citrus and caramel. I think I tried it on cask, although I cannot be sure. I did a mixed taster with this and IPA, and that was yummy. My friends loved it more than I, so I think it will be more popular with some people than others.
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 5, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2003 22 oz. bottle.
Pours a warm, lively amber with copper edges. A puffy tan head starts out well, at a full finger thick, then fades to a thin cap. Fair amount of lacing. Well balanced aroma with a hefty dose of West Coast high alpha acid hops (lots of citrus and a touch of a floral note) on top of a sweet, slighty caramelly and bready malt base. The first thing on my palate is pine resin, then the rest of the hop flavors open up: grapefruit, lemon peel, orange zest... The malts are quite sweet, which contrast well with the hop bitterness. Faint suggestions of earth and bread. There's a small flush of alcoholic warmth that grows on the tail end. Finishes cleanly bitter, with a considerable sweet undercurrent. Medium in body, with a rich fullness that is aided by Stone's typical undercarbonation that lends a syrupy mouthfeel. My only complaint is that the malt sweetness borders on cloying once it warms up a bit. A well done, and decidedly 'Stone-tasting,' pale ale. jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2006
Damn, this brewery is good ! An amazing deep orange American Imperial Pale Ale, but yet softer. Toasty, hoppy, with an indescribably firm malt foundation. Run out and see if there is any left. Superlative ! ThomW (35) - USA - AUG 16, 2003
A great anniversary ale by Stone. Great looking, smelling and tasting. A little stronger than their Arrogant Bastard Ale and just as pretentious. HopalotCassidy (12) - Indiana, USA - SEP 10, 2005
2 years later. A very memorable beer. Take an Arrogant Bastard, turn it down a notch, add a bit of vanilla and drink it just below room temp. This beer is what I think makes Stone great. @ years later and the balance is even greater. Such a treat! Share this with a friend. Great malt sweetness, striking aroma and a finish that lasts for days. Cheers!