tgncc (3135) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2009
The aroma is a mix of caramel malts, and earthy hops. The appearance is a dark amber, clear, off-white head. The flavor is earthy, citrusy, caramel. The finish is grapefruit hoppy. Thin/medium mouthfeel. Not bad overall, nothing to write home about. GMCC2181 (1611) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Amber ale??? I thought this was an IPA.... oh well....Cool sketching on the bottle. Poured into a glass... Great nose of citrus hops. Red in color, decent head. Texture was a little on the thin side... a little disappointed. Taste was malty with light hop base... just boring... Sorry I will stick with Stones IPA any day. Skip this one, your not missing much. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2009
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, grapefruit, pine, and a little bit of pale malt. Poured copper/deep orange in color with a small, tan head that lasted throughout. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is light to medium bitter and lightly sweet. Tastes of hops, pine, grapefruit, and pale malts. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Light to medium bitter, grapefruit, pine, and hop finish. It’s lacking something. spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2009 Bottle from Half-Time. Pours a slightly hazy ruby red body with a medium sized tan head. Nice hoppy/malty aroma with some cherry notes. Medium bodied. Balanced hops and malts with some significant bitterness and spice. Somewhat of a thin finish. Yet another solid beer from Stone, even with the low ABV. TBone (17696) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2009
obxdude10 (2344) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Clear amber color, small white head, some lace. Sweet and hoppy aroma: some lime, caramel. Hoppy (some cat pee), grass, alcohol, caramel. Long sweet hoppy aftertaste.
This certainly isn’t the best beer brewed by Stone, but it isn’t all that bad either. It poured a dark amber color with a very generous off-white head that left lots of lacing around the glass. The nose was full of malty and bready notes, along with some hoppy tones. The body was rather light in character and bland in flavor. It certainly isn’t what I’m used to drinking from Stone. This is supposed to be a session beer, but I don’t think I could drink several of these in one sitting. The finish was a little hoppy, but was overwelmingly malty and a little bland. jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 20, 2009
Bottle, pours a nice amber color with a tan head that is fluffy. Hop forward aroma. Nice easy to drink, some crisp hops, almost a quaffer, I think its nice not overly obnoxious like some Stone brews. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 25, 2009
THOUGHTS: I couldn’t believe Stone made a session ale. It was a little watery for something as hoppy as it was. With all the hops I don’t know how long of a session it could be for me. Overall it was a lot of flavor for a low alcohol beer. The hop aroma was nice, but the hop flavor was a little weak. The bitterness on the other hand was high.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dark brownish amber with an average to large, off-white head that kept a thick sheet and left good to excellent lacing. The aroma was moderate grain, toasted and nutty malts caramel and toffee, and moderate pine citrus, lemony hops along with slightly less herbal hops. The initial flavor was sweet, bitter and acidic; while the finish was bitter and acidic with a fairly long duration. There was caramel, toasted malt, tea, lemony citrus hops, pine and a little bitter hops. The light to medium body was fairly dry with fairly soft carbonation and a metallic and slightly chalky finish. MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2009
bottle, at Lily’s NY courtesy of Dennis Flynn. golden copper color, slightly ruddy. off-white foamy head. malty & sweaty hop aroma, fresh grapefruit rind. flavor is dry & clean pale malt, and light dry hop bitterness. crisp dry graperuit rind/pith finish. thedm (6221) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2009
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a large sized head of foamy fine to medium sized tan colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a transparent typically carbonated golden red brown colored body and a thick foamy lacing. The aroma was cloven hoppy and malty. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The semi-thin flavor contained notes of hops. A decent one that I would consider buying again.