jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Obtained in a trade with DarkElf. Beautiful clear deep amber with a thick off-white head. Aroma of caramel, biscuits and floral hops. Taste has more of the same along with toasty malts, grapefruit/citrus and some pine. Very well balanced. Moderately sweet, bitter finish. Very full, round and creamy on the palate with lively carbonation. Some lacing on the glass, great head retention. Very good stuff. DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Big thanks to footbalm for this. Eric set me up huge, and I’ve been looking for this for a long time. Pours ruby/copper with medium, off-white head. Aroma of malt, hops, slight black pepper, some citrus. Tastes caramel-malty, with a firm hop presence and some finishing barletwiney fruit (at a lower level). Smooth, dense palate. Similar to Alpha King, and just fantastic. This one is the red-headed step-child of Arrogant Bastard. Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 1, 2005
poured a hazy reddish/orange with a creamy white head.as the head simmered down it left a nice bit of lacing.the aromas that met my nose were nuts,hops,and a bit of pine.the flavor is much of the same.nice medium mouthfeel.overall this is a very nice drinkable pale ale. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2005
Many months old. Reddish dark amber hue. fine lacing off-white cover. Soft cedar hops unveil a generous maltiness (caramelic) in the nose. Biscuity malts are the main flavor on the palate, but never dominating. Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Great mouthfeel. Soft floral hops change into a resinous earthiness covers the teeth in the finish, but all remains mellow and diplomatic. Surprisingly well balanced, but perhaps unexciting as well. mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - FEB 26, 2005
On tap @ Westwood brew co. Dark brown, mahogany colour. Strong nose of citrusy hops. The flavour has a decent malt backbone which prevents the mouthfeel from becoming resiny. Good taste of citrus with a little bit of pine.
IMtheOptimator (1169) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Thanks to Enniskillen for this beer.beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Pours a clear amber with a creamy off-white head that left little lacing. Aroma is hops with a touch of grass. Taste is hops, naturally, but with a firm malt backbone. Not as strong as Alpha King, but this is excellent with food.
Out of the bottle this pours a deep copper, clear, with a tall off-white head. Aroma of very crisp, slightly metallic, citrus hops, slightly sweet and spicy. Taste stats with a quick hit of sweet caramel malts, finishing with a clean citrus hopping. Medium bitterness trails off afterward leaving a slightly metallic taste. A nice very hoppy pale, very crisp. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2005
They never send this out East it seems, even though it is their "flagship" beer. So I drug a bottle back from California with me. Now I can see why they don’t bother sending it East. It just isn’t all that good. I went out of my way when rating this not to compare it to the rest of the unbelievable Stone line up, but this beer really just did nothing for me. Nice appearance though, deep copper with ruby, good head. Vaguely caramel aroma with bitter hops. In the mouth, the medium body is caramel, with a muddled, bitter hop finish. No particular hop flavors jumped out, just a basic astringency that didn’t even combine well with the caramel malt. Not so much. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2005
Molasses, caramel aroma with not much hops evident in the nose. Hazy amber body with an off-white head. Flavor is not hoppy at all. My buddy told me that when this brew was first released it was Stone’s hoppiest beer! No longer. Nice caramel flavor. The least remarkable brew I have had from Stone, but even though it could use a recipe change, still a solid beer. Tmoney99 (14457) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2005
Tap. Deep amber color with medium white head. Great aroma of complex hops and sweet. Flavor was full and the finish was long and pleasent. I will be seeking out more of Stone brews.