doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2007
12oz bottle. This brew pours a deep brownish red color. Thinnish white head that hangs out for awhile but leaves only minimal lace. Has a great aroma of big malts with a strong hop backbone. Almost smells like an IPA except for the malts. What a tasty beer for being 4.4%abv. Like the last reviewer said this beer could easily be some sort of amber IPA if it weren’t for the great malt flavors. The hops are there though, nice and bitter but with a nice bit of sweetness to go along with it. Not thick at all, nice and smooth with good carboantion. Lots of grains on the back of the tongue. I really enjoyed this beer, but I prefer something with a little more bang (abv) for my buck. Although I can get a 1l comm growler fill for $3 so thats pretty darn affordable. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 27, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2010 Nice for such a low ABV beer. Aromas of flowers, pine, malt and honey. Pours with a very small head that goes. Initial flavor is of honey and sweetened tea, followed by malt and pine. Does taste a bit watered down. Medium but watery textured body with soft carbonation. Very nice for something that can legally (in TX) be called a beer. xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2007
On tap at stone. Dark brown color with this interesting purple tint with off-white head. Aroma is strong pine hop with some dark malt. Flavor is pine, dark malt, a little tannic, medium sweet. Medium body and well carbonated. Strong hop presence and slight rich malt. beachbum25 (1092) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2007
12 oz bottle-Trade w/snojerk321. deep, clear amber color w/a slight head. Strong piney aroma, smells like a Christmas tree! Strong pine hop floavor, tastes like drinking a Christmas tree! Certainly different. I don’t think I could drink this all the time but it’s a nice change of pace. Long, piney finish. Thanks Torry! jake65 (3707) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Bottle: Pours a amber brown with a medium sized sandy head. Little bits of lacing. Nose is hoppy with florals and citrus, flavor remains hoppy with some malt. Remains on the hoppy side for an amber - which I like. Still, it lacks the maltiness and roast and steers more towards an American Pale.
Dogbrick (13040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Thanks to Homerwantsbeer for sharing a bottle. This beer pours a deep amber color with a medium foamy off-white head that recedes rather quickly. Small patches of lacing. Piney hops along with caramel and malt in the nose. Medium-bodied with hops, toasted malt and grapefruit flavors. The finish is balanced between citrusy hops and sweet malt, leaving a roasted malt aftertaste. Interesting take on an Amber Ale, leave it to Stone to put a spin on it like this. Overall it’s not necessarily something I would try again but it’s a decent session beer. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2007
On tap @ Stone. Nice malty nose, roasty. Not much aroma or taste. Rather pedestrian NeroWolfe (13) - USA - NOV 27, 2007
12 oz. bottle. Dark pour, limited aroma. A refreshing swallow, but the flavor could offer more than just hints. A good casual drink. wetherel (1883) - Cupertino, California, USA - NOV 12, 2007
On tap at Stone brewery, while sitting next to Greg Horton’s daughter (old president of QUAFF). One of the kings of session ales. Small head of small-to-microbubbles. Dark amber color. Medium hoppy aroma. Mild bitterness. Some grapefruit hops. Carbonation a little strong for a beer on tap. ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 6, 2007
It’s not that it’s bad! It’s just fine. It’s a great lighter version of the pales and I. pales that Stone is known for. Though it isn’t super-mouth-catching, it is there when you need it.