bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2006
I’ve always thought of APAs as the Ale equivalent to amber lagers: just middle-of-the-road, non-inventive, stylistically inflexible beers. If you’ve had one APA, you’ve had them all. The orange-y start, the generic hops tone, the entirely indistinguishable malt finish. Just about the most neutral, safe pale ale one can seek. This one delivers in all categories. Fully undistinctive, pleasant but not memorable, and leaving not a single quality in the afterglow worth mentioning. Not a bad beer by any account. Instead, this is just a decent beer, and the thought of wasting any time describing the nose (none worthy of mention), the lacing (none), the downtake (same as any other of this kind), the aftertaste (same again)...you get the idea. Ballast’s Yellowtail is about as popular on tap around here as this, and that one is a mystery to me. Maybe the guys at Stone should step up to the plate and make this one a little more distinctive and a little less generic. The local brewers around here hang their collective hats on their IPAs, as they should, since each SD brewer brings a personal touch to the IPAs they offer. This...this is just Stone Pale Ale, and I can walk around the corner right now and see a homeless dude drinking it outside the corner store. Seriously. Once again, a good beer. Once again, no better than any of the other starter "good beers", like Fat Tire or Yuengling Lager, or any other world of other middling slighty hoppy ales. Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAY 26, 2006
Orange-tinged amber pour with a small dense cap of off-white foam. Light floral aroma with a gentle malt sweetness. Clean sweet malt flavor seemlessly blended with a subdued but not bashful hop presense. A little orange liqueur in the finish. A tasty pale ale, though for a Stone, it seems a bit lacking in hop aroma. harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2006
this is quite possibly one of the most well balanced APAs I have ever tried. Delicious caramel malt sweetness, very floral hops on the nose, but turn into citrus on the palate. Perfectly bitter, never turning too much or too little. Tasty, could be my new session pale ale. Mumpu (46) - USA - MAY 15, 2006
Copper with fleeting head. Predominantly floral hoppy aroma. Opens a bit bland with some malt sweetness, some floral and nutty tones in the middle, and closes with pleasant lingering bitterness. This is a very good beer to accompany grilled meat. ABUSEDGOAT (2771) - California, USA - MAY 9, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2007 on tap at the brewery: most people disagree, but some do... the stone beers on draft have a really bad funky flavor and aroma. The entire brewery reeks of it. I believe it’s more of their house character, which would make sense since I don’t like it. This comes off as a fairly typical APA with a house character I do not enjoy.
ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 6, 2006
I love Stone beer. This started it for me a few years ago when I first had it on tap in Santa Monica. Now I’m a Stone freak. Just sampling a bottle of this beer, for pale ale, it kicks. Very balanced, mild carmel malt, and mild hop. Personnaly, I prefer IPA’s, but I would never say no to this one! GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Draught. Clear copper color with bubbly white head. Pleasant floral hop aroma and flavor perfectly balanced with biscuity, caramel malt. Solid pale ale, very good. IrishBoy (4212) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 4, 2006
Amber with a decent goldish-tan head and a hoppy citrus aroma. Flavor had some malts and a mild hoopy taste with citrus notes. isamublue (21) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - MAY 2, 2006
In my humble opinion this is exelent beer. Will dirnk any time. I found tis to be better than Stone’s own IPA. bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAY 1, 2006
nice dark copper pour with a tan mushroom head. nose of citrus flowery hops and flax. flavor pushes large sticky hops with a nice malt backbone to drive it. a very good pale ale.