beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 21, 2003
Orange gold color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is grapefruity, piney, fruity and slightly sweet. A full to medium bodied pale ale. The hops will assault your taste buds, take no prisoners and you will be lucky to only have to walk the plank, stripped don to your undies. Your taste buds are then rescued by the really big nutty malt sweetness. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are grapefruity, piney and a touch resiny. This beer goes from being hoppy to malty then back to hoppy again, all while staying in balance. Smooth tasting. This is a very nice beer, Stone has done it again, produced a very familiar style beer, but in a way that is unique and very definitely Stone. I wonder what this beer will taste like with some bottle aging, its still a little young. Very cool artwork on the etched bottle. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. CapFlu (5126) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2003
(650ml bottle) Orange body and a quick dissipating head. Nose of rubbing alcohol, apples and hops. Smooth whiskey, hops, grapefruit, vanilla and clove. Excellent! Thanks Kimchee! Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2005
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Hoppy and fruity aroma. Very sweet, fruity and hoppy flavour. Well balanced and rather full bodied. Pleasant. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2003
How is this considered APA? Should be Am. strong ale. Pours deep copper/red color like an amber ale with a large frothy off white head which dissipates slowly. Lots of crystal malts here, with huge additions of NW hops. Flavor is almost resiny due to the high amounts of bittering hops. muzzlehatch (4950) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2004
22 oz bottle. Pinkish-orange, luminous, thinnish ring of lasting foam. Nose is caramel malt with a hint of grapefruit. Very sweet on the tongue, drying out quickly in the finish, which is substantially hoppy. Has a certain oakiness which is attractive, but also seems rather "flat" -- not undercarbonated, just uninteresting flavor-wise. Drinkable, enjoyable, but nothing terribly special in my mind.
jsquire (4421) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2003
Deep amber in my Lager glass with a frothy, cream colored head that left good lacing. The nose reminds me of pineapple upside-down cake. Strong malt back bone but the flavor is all hop. Grapefruit, pineapple, orange rind and apple sauce. Very smooth mouthfeel even if it is a little syrupy. Sometimes you just have to ignore the verbiage on the bottle and just drink the beer. Greg, shut up and make more beer. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 10, 2005
poured a very hazy orange color. Aroma was sweet and fruity. Flavor was malty with some toast and caramel. Light citrus hop flavor on finish. Medium body FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 16, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2005 Sampled May 2005.Frank (4172) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Well despite this beer being well past its intended drinking date I decided to give it a whirl. The beer pours a lightly hazy ruby-orange color and is topped by a tan head. The aroma is still fairly hoppy, after all this time, I get notes of candied orange, herbs, and of course an aged contribution of sherry. The taste of the beer is fairly sweet up front and quickly moves to hoppy notes of orange, and a finish that is herbal and bitter. This beer is still hop dominated but it has the beginnings of an aged malt character that pokes its nose just above the surface. The malt is showing notes of sherry and a rich, brothy note of umami type flavor. This is still quite enjoyable, and I am happy that I still have one bottle left of this beer.
Sampled Septemeber 2003
A nice clear copper amber color. Lightly carbonated and has a tan head that is not to thick but tends to stick around. Smells of malt hops and a hint of caramelized, or perhaps, roast malts. Has a pronounce hop flavor, they just hit the tongue as soon as this beer passes your lips. Finishes with a bitterness at the back of the throat. Fairly sweet, which goes well with the hoppy nectar flavor in this beer. There is a slight note of the alcohol in the finish as well. This is a fairly malty brew from Stone. Now don’t get me wrong there is lots of hops, but, compared to some of their other offerings, this is decidedly weighted on the malty end. This beer could be characterized as having lots of hop flavor, lots of malt, but surprisingly low on bitterness, for the amount of hop flavor. I must admit I like the way this beer has played out, It has all the hop flavor but not as much bitterness as one would expect.
Brilliant red-orange in color. Pillowy white head leaves tons of lace. Nose is surprisingly malty with a floral note and a slight hint of cloves. Slightly oily and slick on the tongue with subdued carbonation. Exceptionally well balanced--sweetly citric with a rising hop presence in the finish. Delicious. Nuffield (4167) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2004
Orange/golden color, hazy, mostly opaque at first then clearing; little head. Mint tea aroma, with some caramel. Moderate hopping. Curiously watery. Thanks Nuffield for sharing! (oh wait, that’s me.)