talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2006
Pours deep amber with some copper tinge; the head is rather small, fizzy but still creamy-looking, and white head with some lasting ability and some lacing. Caramelly, nutty, and slight citrus hops. Flavor is subtle but excellent with all notes coming together nicely. Malt back bone is toasty, nutty, and caramel. Moderate hop bitterness balances nicely, flavors include citrus and slight floral. Palate is lively, crisp, and somewhat refreshing with a medium body. Finish lends the malt to fade first leaving a mostly dry, mostly bitter taste to go along with a tropical fruit (papaya, maybe?). Somehow, this one impressed me with everything being subtle but in harmony. A great example of how a beer does not have to be overdone to be excellent. Stone impresses me yet again, and in a very different way, with subtlety. eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 26, 2006
Overated...poured redish amber with a tan head. Had a beautiful glow to it in the light. Aroma was malt and some bread. Flavor was bread and a slight hint of caramel. Medium to light body. csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - SEP 24, 2006
12oz bottle. Probably 6mo old. Amber colored. Smell is caramelly, nutty, and earthy. Flavor is caramelly, nutty malt at first followed by some mild to moderate bitterness and some lighter citrus and eathy hops flavor and a crisp finish with lingering caramelly, nutty flavor. I seem to like it more now than when I first drank the 5 others in the sixer because I understand it more, it is just a session pale ale, but a fine tasting one at that. It is possible that the hops mellowed significantly in the cellar. User37895 (3042) - - SEP 23, 2006
Poured a copper color, darker than most pale ales. Nice initial head and very good lacing. The aroma was of light caramel (strong for a pale ale) and citrus fruits. The flavor followed suit and the citrus and light pine/floral hop flavors were very refreshing. This was a lot more drinkable than their IPA (which is highly drinkable, imo), and just a great session beer. Mouthfeel was average, maybe a tad on the heavy side for the style, crisp and clean. henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - SEP 22, 2006
The 22 ounce bottle poured a clear reddish amber beverage with a good sized thick, creamy off-white head that lasted very well and produced great lacing on the glass. The aroma was well balanced producing good malt presence that took the form of bread and cookie dough supported by a nice citrus hoped backbone. The body was medium-full with lively carbonation and a crisp, dry texture. The flavor started off lightly bitter with big hop flavors. The bitterness mellowed into a light sweetness in the middle and then at the finish, which was long lasting the light bitterness gradually reemerged giving it a nice crisp, clean finish.
Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - SEP 21, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2009 finally found a fresh bottle (even in california i have a hard time finding this stuff fresh). Crystal clear amber colored beer. not very pale for a pale ale, but it looks fantastic. has more malt presence than most pale ales, the color sort of leads you to expect that i guess. very nice mouthfeel, very balanced with a pretty big flavor while still being a good session beer. leafy hops but nothing extreme. caramel malt stands out, almost gets toasty. I prefer my pale ales to be on the more "pale" side but this one is hard to fault. alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - SEP 17, 2006
Draft at San Diego Stadium, Same taste of there IPA’s , perfectly balance malt sweetnes with aromatic and flavorful hops, just lighter in this one. Probably marketed for the general public, but still a very drinkable ale for the conosiuer. jcr (2705) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Amber/golden pour. Ivory head that lasts. Nose is full of hops, grapefruit and flowers. Some sweet malts break through. Hints of caramel and sugar. The flavor is mostly hops, citrus and perfume, but there is an undertoe of caramel. Medium body. Nice bitter, moderate finish. This beer does not overwhelm you with any particular characteristic. Instead it presents a blend of aromas and flavors. Very nice. ohnoitskristin (62) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - AUG 26, 2006
12 oz bottle (drank in bottle as well). Aroma was very toasty and slight notes of caramel. The taste was very light with hops and very balanced out with malt flavors. It was dry on the palate and a little bitter-- nothing REALLY crazy good about it but very nice with meals. I would buy this one again. sistinas (108) - Mountain View, California, USA - AUG 24, 2006
Bottle. Pours an amber color with a medium-sized head that stays around. Aroma is rather bready with a lot of sweet orange on top of it. Taste is balanced between malts and hops, though towards the end it gets hoppier and almost metallic. Lightly carbonated with a crisp, dry finish with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Well-rounded brew, though nothing mind-blowing.