egajdzis (6692) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2004
Poured a reddish amber color with a small and rather quickly diminishing off white head and very little lacing. Sweet malt and spicy citrus hop aroma. Very nicely balanced. Very smooth malt, dried fruits, also some tropical fruits and an awesome hoppy bite. Above average mouthfeel, I like it alot. Thanks Marc. jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2004
Aroma is of toasty malt and citrusy hops. Flavor is the same as the aroma. Nice beer, the toasted maltyness makes it stand out slightly from the standard line of American Pales. mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 19, 2004
12oz bottle Certainly darker than the IPA, amber good head, more malt accented as well...malty, pubby ale. Hops provide a good dose of spice. After ArroBas, I thought all Stones would just be hopmonsters, but I was wrong. Pretty big pale ale, but a nice balance of flavors. One of the best of the category I’ve had so far. sloth (2930) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2004
Small offwhite head, fair retention and lace. Clear amber color. Surprisingly malty brew, nose and flavor. The hops are there but play second fiddle to the malts. Dry crystal malt flavor, light toastiness. Finish is dry with a clean malt flavor. Nice pale ale. Touch more hops please!? PorterPounder (8226) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2004
Aroma bowls you over when you first open it - cat urine comes to mind - but I remind myself that you can’t pour perfume into a beer to make it smell good - the aroma is just a byproduct of the process. Mellows to a light fruitiness, nectarines or plums perhaps. Dark copper appearance, decent sized off-white head with clumpy lacing. Overall excellent fruity citrusy flavor with some strong hoppy accents. A little bit of nuttiness rounds it off nicely.Good thick mouthfeel. Well balanced to say the least. Would be good for everyday drinking if they would make thier way into Florida.
Aurelius (5489) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2004
OK, I had to take my time in rating the aroma on this one. When you first crack it, there are some definite off aromas -- like peaches and wet cat. Later it fades into a more familiar hop and malt deal. Nice bronze color. Tart, identifiably peachy, medium to medium-heavy hopping, light sweetness, toffee. Bitterness and twang on the backend. A quality brew, but I’m tired of APA’s. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Pale bronze color. Nice head, good lacing. Faint aroma. Taste is malty and full, with a bitterness on the tongue throughout. Funny bitterness creeps in at the end, slightly metallic. Eh. JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 7, 2004
12 oz bottle. Large creamy off-white head, copper body. Smells really good and rich... caramelly malt, hops, etc. Kind of like a good barleywine aroma. Has a sweet hop taste. The hops are subdued, however, and the sweet maltiness takes over, along with some fruit hints. A smooth quality beer that isn’t over the top.... but in a good way. ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 4, 2004
the first of my three stone brews for the evening. a nice dark red colored pour with a thick orange head. smell is malty and hoppy and pleasing. taste is good, not too bitter which i dont care for much in this style of beer. very malty and thick tasting. also very smooth. a really good apa from stone. jsquire (4563) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Pretty amber color out of the bomber with a fluffy off-white head that left nice lace. Malty sweet nose. Initial taste is sweet, with caramel and a berry fruitiness. Well balanced with a citrus rind bitterness in the finish. I expected a heavier beer from Stone, but this would be a very good everyday beer, if I could get it everyday. Thanks to Marc for the bottle.