Radek Kliber (7359) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 27, 2003
Thick white head, copper-amber. Malt, creamy -sweet aroma. Composed in typical for stone style. Big hoppy front, clean middle, some sugar. Pleasant, very refreshing ale. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2003
At first I was a little skeptical. How can a double pale ale be any different than their Ruination IPA? I was wrong...Pours a bright clear orange copper with a thick lacing off-white head. Aroma is mostly hops with a touch of crystal malt. It starts sweet with some caramel and toffee and turns into a hop factory full of resin, bitterness and floral aspects. Finishes tremendously dry, crisp, bitter and refreshing. No hints of alcohol in the taste. A good, very drinkable and distinct beer and a happy 7th anniversary to a great brewery! ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 28, 2003
UPDATED: APR 7, 2004 Well well. My palate just dosent agree with the norm when it comes to stone. Easily my favorite beer of theirs. Awesome aroma of juicy, sweet/bitter hops. Light pine, big caramel malt. Aroma stays til the end of the bottle. Very hazy, golden with light burnt red tones. Small yellow head. Incredibly lush, creamy mouthfeel. Juicy hops meets big sugary sweet malt. The malt probably wins for dominance but in the end, a near perfect balance is achieved. The hops flavor does not bore me, the malt does not cloy and the alcohol is not overpowering. Great quality in moderation. Yes. egajdzis (6580) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2006 Poured a dark reddish amber color with a very small head. Citrusy hop aroma, possibly a hint of roast, could be smelled 2 feet away from the glass. Strong citrus hop taste up front, balanced by a nice malt backbone. Hops sting your tongue real nice! BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2003
On top of the copper hue is a off-white frothy head which produces outstanding coating of the glassware. Aroma hints of ripe fruit, roasted buttery malts, aromatic hops, and earthy yeast esters. Started caramel and toffee sweet but then developed a biiter bite. I noticeable alcohol presence to detected but not overpowering. Also got a bit of spice on the finish. Balanced out pretty well and should get better with time. The mouthfeel is moderately metallic and lush, again this will also improve in time. This brew is very drinkable now and then you should save yourself a bottle for 6 months down the road.
Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Bottle: Lots of caramel with a light hop balance in the aroma. Pours a transparent orange with a small white head. Lots of caramel and light banana bread up front. Hops are very subdued at this point but are still present. Reminds me a lot of an aged barely wine. Would have really like to have tried this a little more fresh. Suttree (6385) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Cloudy, thick orange. Thin, even head, even with a fairly careless pour. Very fragrant - Kind of floral, but also cinnamon and toffee. First taste is ever so slightly candyish, and then herbal and bitter, but an earthy and musty bitter. Somewhere a little citrus pops up. Rich, full mouth coating finish. lingering smoke taste, but just a tiny bit. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 27, 2006
Pours gold with a white head. Smells of caramel and amazingly hints of hops are still present. Tastes of caramel, orangey and slightly earthy. Finishes with a light peppery note. riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Dark orange with some brown hues. Malty aroma with lots of caramel sweetness and some hop presence. Obviously aging has mellowed this one. Its got some pleasant caramel sweetness with a subdued fruity hops. The finish leaves a tingling hoppiness. A nice beer to sit, sip and enjoy. jgb9348 (6250) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Copper colour with a thin white head. Strong hoppy aroma with a bit of alcohol and some pears. Medium to Heavy-bodied; Sweet taste with a mild fruit flavour and some complex spiceyness noticeable. Overall, decent but really not the best APA i've had. I had this bottle at the Winter Party at Oakes' place in Toronto, Canada on 05-December-2003. Many thanks go out to KimChee for bringing this one to the party as it turned out to be one of the best from the show!