AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2004
Iced tea color. Hazy, deep brown. Soft mouthfeel. Sweet and hoppy. ABV is not overly apparent. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
Appearance: dusky, hazy, yet bold orange hue, graced with a slim, cream-toned head of foam.
Aroma: big, fresh, abundant fruit, (peach, apricot, some citrus), lovely, sweet and rosey.
Taste: great, initial bitterness greets the tongue, then backs away pronto, leaving it all mild and mellow.
Tasty, tasty, tasty, a pale ale that never quits with the flavor...I had some conception that this was supposed to be an IPA, but it’s not, though it is a thoroughly outsized pale ale. Somewhat candyish in the flavor, with hints of toffee, perhaps from the malt. Full-bodied, full-flavored, excellently balanced. Hop bite never quits, either.
Very, very nice, Stone, looking forward to the 8th anniversary!
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Bottle, 22oz, enjoyed with Chuck and Carrie at Kaya in the Pittsburgh strip district. Pours an amber hazy beautiful looking beer. Stone does it well, methinks! Great cascade and fuggle hop aroma with grapefruit, pine and citrus. Head is creamy and big. Great bitter hop flavor with nice balance and spicy bite. Mouthfeel is full, but not creamy, just good. Wonderful ale. I asked to keep the bottle and have used to rebottle my own ales, pale ales, IPA’s and more... none have done the bottle justice. Love the story on the bottle, as always guys. Good beer. Pailhead (6540) - 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. Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2005
Courtesy of Pailhead. Pours orange/amber with film for head. Huge sweet caramel malt aroma, faint hops in the background. Flavor very much the same with some dry smokiness in the finish. Very well done.
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 ! radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2007
Orange-copper in colour, lingering off-white coloured head, some light lacing. The aroma is still very hoppy, lots of caramel sweetness, citrus, lingering old pine, bready, resinous. The flavour is less hoppy than the aroma - more muted - lingering pine, some caramel malts sweetness, some light alcohol. Chewy bitter mouthfeel, medium body, high carbonation. Finishes very long and very hoppy. Very good stuff, the hops are still there, nicely done.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2003
650ml bottle obtained in a trade with <a
href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>Sven, thanks Steven.
Opened on April 21, 2007.
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. Drew (2411) - 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 Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - AUG 19, 2003
Massively floral, resinous, fruity hop aroma, juicy and citric, also some apparent caramel and honey sweetness. Medium rosy amber cast, with a fine, creamy, lasting head atop. Nicely balanced flavor profile, bittersweet, with a good blend of piney, citric, fruity hop and pure malt sweetness. Some very faint yeast esters on the finish. Creamy, almost luscious mouthfeel, somehow both drying and sugary, full bodied but still eminiently drinkable and refreshing. Seems especially fine on this sultry summer eve. A tip of the hat and glass to TAR.