GuilTTy (733) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2006
Clear deep amber/chestnut pour supporting a well developed tan head. Aromas of caramel, citrus, toffee and lighly roasted malt. Similar flavors but with more toffee and milk chocolate and with a very pleasing grapefruity hop bite at the back - definately a Stone brew. Silky texture and a snappy finish with some lingering malt sweetness. These guys are simply not capable of brewing a dud! eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 14, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2007 A really enjoyable ale. I would have enjoyed it more had I not discovered that other Stone products are superior. BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2006
12oz bottle: Pours to a clear amber body, showing some brown tints, with a large light tan head that quickly dies to a rocky coating on top of the beer. The aroma shows hops, enough so that you know what you’re smelling but not enough to be confused with an IPA. Light citrus & grapefruit hops show in the nose first, then scents of sweet caramel malts, along with hints of a darker roasted malt peek through. The taste begins with a bit of bitter grapefruit and acidic citrus from the hops, while a sweet caramel & earthy medium malt flavor arises to the tongue before the bitterness, and there’s more than the aroma would have you believe, takes over with grapefruit and bitter lemongrass for the duration. Light bodied, medium carbonated, appears to be filtered and then bottle conditioned. This one is in no way offensive or bad, but the hops (again not a bad flavor) tend to dominate and not allow much malt character through. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 3, 2006
12oz bottle. Clear copper color with off white head. Solid citrus, orange to grapefruit, hop aroma. Also a hint of malt. Flavor starts off with citrus hop flavor and hop bitterness. The flavor recedes just about midway and softens into a hop and slightly malt aftertaste. UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - OCT 21, 2006
This is a great introduction to beer for people who are only familiar with the likes of swill. I have had MANY friends try this and really enjoy the flavors it offers that are not too overpowering. They then move on to stronger brews with more of a bridge. Sure, it’s not classic stone, but it’s still great.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - OCT 9, 2006
12 oz bottle. This is a great beer in that it tastes much like an IPA, but I can drink it all day. It’s smells super fresh and looks great. It’s definitely a good "session" beer. You wanna get hammered? Grab an old guardian. Wanna great beer and keep your pants on? Try a Levitation. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2006
12 oz bottle. Foggy amber with a spongy oatmeal head. Leaves tendrils of lace. Musty hops and a little woody molasses. Tastes a bit like a flat 7-Up with bitter green grass. Watery with low carb. Stone really held back on this one. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2006
Pours a deep, dark amber with some haziness apparent; head is pillowy, off-white, and somewhat small but lasts for a while, with decent lacing. Nose is full of citrus graefruit hops with a lightly roasty caramel far in the background. Citrus hops dominate throughout with some piney hops and a moderate bitterness. Malt takes a back seat, odd for an amber, but it has notes of light roast, and toasty caramel. Palate is lively, medium-bodied, and very slightly watery. Finishes dry, short, and with only bitterness left. A very nice and unique amber, but it’s not exemptional in any facet. Stone’s pale is a little more to my liking, but this still beats most ambers. Braudog (6710) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2006
Bought a six-pack of this in Colorado. They poured deep red-amber with a big airy head. Round caramel aroma. Sweet tarty caramel flavors, almost with a sweet syrupy tinge. Not my favorite offering from one of my favorite brewers. Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2006
This has a deep brownish amber body with a pale tan head that coats the glass with web-like lacing. It smells of lightly roasted sweet malt with a whopping handful of PNW hops. The grapefruit, lemon zest, and pine rule the flavor, the malts being supportive with a caramel sweetness. Nice, dry & bitter finish. Darned near an IPA in flavor.
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