Jabswitch (278) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2008
I was surprised at the bitterness from this amber. Also surprised at the low abv of 4.4%. Nice dark amber, but I thought a little over the top on bitterness. I normally enjoy ambers but found myself struggling to finish this one. bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2008
On draft at San Diego Brewery. Hhoppy bite, nice malty balance, thick lacing, citrus nose. Not Stone’s best, but a solid beer. ndhowlett (13) - augusta, Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2008
Too over the top for an amber, by over the top I mean hops. Bitter from the hops. Looks great in the glass, nice aroma, but too overwhelming Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2008
Pours red amber with a minimal white head. Fruity apricot aroma. More fruit in the taste with a nice hoppy flavor on the finish. Nicely drinkable. Solid amber ale. mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2008
On tap at Bar Great Harry. Dark copper clear in color with a nice fluffty off white head that left a nice lacing on the glass. Hoppy floral malty aroma. Citrusy, piney, earthy hops. Roasty notes. Malty caramel dry flavor. Floral hoppy notes. Finish is bitter. Full bodied. Smooth and very drinkable. Great beer. Easily drinkable.
Oscbert (1339) - Lincoln, California, USA - JUN 17, 2008
~Pours honey red with creamy off white head. Nice lacing.
~High hoppy floral scent and caramel.
~Light hoppy flavor with some maltiness.
~Light and dry.
~This is pretty mellow. Would make a great session brew. Headbanger (4022) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2008
12oz bottle(courtesy of RSRIZZO)-Pours a hazy cloudy amber with a huge off white loose head. Aroma of citrus and hops then the malt hits the back of your nose. Taste of hops then some dryness and the malt comes on the back end. Rather light bodied for a amber and a bit too hoppy for a rather malty style. illidurit (2356) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Poured into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass. Pours a very dark but clear amber with a nice two-finger tan head. Great retention with some spotty lacing.
Aroma is at first hoppy, but after prolonged sniffing, cookie-ish malt becomes more prominent.
The taste is just about identical to the smell. Citrus hops over cookie malt. Unfortunately this beer isn’t very robust and lacks the malt base to support the hops.
Mouthfeel is smooth and clean but rather watery due to the aforementioned lack of a solid maltiness. Very easy to drink and a nice sessionable option from Stone. robforbes (2278) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2009 old rating:
7/3/7/3/14 - 3.4
pours a clear dark copper with a ruby tint, a large light beige head, and very good lacing.
smell of light grapefruit, pine cone, fresh cut grass, and a touch of caramel.
taste is creamy, oats, malt, caramel, some spice, and a touch of citrus, ends on the dry side. MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2008
Off Capital Ale House taps 05/20/08
Clear dark amber with small fine white head.Spicey hop aroma over carmelized malts. Roasty flavor with spicey citrusy hops (dry hopping?) and a fairly dry finish. Overall nicely balanced. The lower alchohol (4.4% ABV) is nice.