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. vyvvy (6523) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2009
Pours clear dark amber / copper with a rocky beige head. The aroma is quite hoppy with floral and tropical notes along with smooth citrus along with a solid toasted malt backbone. Medium body with a touch of harshness and some prickly carbonation. The taste shows lots of oxidation with plenty of woodiness and some pine. There is some toasted malt as well. The finish is fairly harsh. This was still consumed before the ’best by’ date, but hopefully I can get a fresher bottle in better shape at some point to rerate. cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2009
This deep amber ale has rich & roasty malt flavors, a big hoppy character, citrus overtones (courtesy of the hops and our special brewers yeast) and modest alcohol. mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 22, 2009
Pours a slightly hazy ruby with no head and a lovely hoppy sweet aroma. Plenty of sweet malt flavour, oily hop but without the bitterness, and an odd chinotto-like cola finish. Quite carbonated, thin body. Not sure what to make of this... not really roasty at all, plenty of citrus but no bitter kick to the hops. Interesting beer, I will have to try it again.
Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - OCT 31, 2009
12 oz bottle- Pours deep amber with a thick head, aroma is of malt. The flavor is very malty, definitely better than your normal amber ale, but this is the worst Stone beer I’ve ever had. ben4321 (6548) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Location: 12 oz bottle from Gilly’s, 11/8/09
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Aroma: The aroma is citrus and orange hops, some caramel, some malts, and other fruits as well
Appearance: It pours a nice clearish red-amber color with a thick, frothy tan head, that leaves a lot of lace
Flavor: The taste is not quite as nice as the nose, but it is pretty good, pretty balanced between the hops and malts
Palate: The body is light-medium, but with a nice (I’ll be it dry) mouthfeel, and slightly watery texture
I’m surprised I’ve never rated this one before, I’ve had it quite a few times, and at 4.4% it remains one heck of a session ale. This one has a lot of the typically Stone qualities that I really like in their beers, and it is a very solid example of what an Amber Ale can be. Overall, it makes for a great session that you can enjoy many of considering the gravity of the beer. A really nice, quality session brew.
Clear, dark, amber brown pour with an off-white head. Has a characteristic Stone aroma to it: lots of bright, citrusy hops, with a bit of a sweet orange character, plus some maltiness and a bit of brown sugar. Seems a bit thin on the body, though the low alcohol makes this stuff pretty drinkable. Has a bit of caramel and a roastiness, and a citrus hop finish. The hop finish seems a bit off and astringent, bringing this down a bit. Lyncham (251) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2010
deep copper amber color. Roasted malts with a sharp hoppy flavor with citrus. Lacking the middle tones flavors. dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2010
caramel colored, small off white head, lots of lace. nose of mild hops and malt. flavor of musty malt, offset with a good bit of bitter hop. medium bodied, mild, bitter finish. malty, lightly bitter and light (4.4%) in alcohold with lots of flavor. what more can you ask for? sampled on tap at maple tree inn. goes good with alligator soup.