jtw (1170) - farmington, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2006
attractive clear amber-gold with a nearly-white ring of foam that forms a corner between the liquid and the part of the glass between it and the rim. stronger malt presence than i expected from anything with the "Stone" label - bread and biscuit malt flavors are well-balanced with a nifty combination of english and pacific-northwest hops. the bitterness doesn’t overpower, nor are the hops overly piney or citrusy, nor earthy and vinous. not nearly as bold as other stone offerings but by far the most quaffable. enjoyable! walleye (1102) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2006
from the bottle BOUGHT HERE IN MICHIGAN today. poured a nice rich amber copper with a big off white head. aroma, bready, hops, brown sugar, orange, malt. flavor,hops come right out first, a slight sour orange malt, a little nuttieness like almonds, nice bitterness and dryness. not to bad TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2006
12 oz bottle. Clear orange, bone head, random lace. Mild dough with a touch of orange and brown sugar. Light creamsicle slowly fades to a nutty grapefruit. More a tang than carb; full body for an APA. I find this a little muddled. Needs that sense of biting into a crisp apple. 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 (1115) - 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 (3085) - - 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.