jsquire (4599) - 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. JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUN 23, 2004
Copper amber color with big tan head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet, slightly spicey (coriander?), with a bit of hop bitterness. Flavor is faintly malty and sweet up front, with a decent helping of hoppy bitterness towards the finish, along with a creamy caramel note. Overall a nice brew, definitely unique for a pale ale, sweeter and less hoppy than I would have expected, but still very good. DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 22, 2004
(12-ounce bottle) I'm disappointed in this beer, but I'm probably not the target market; It's amazingly pretty to look at, but the nose and flavor just aren't doing it for me; This is certainly a flavorful beer, no doubt, quite malty initially with a moderately bitter hops, but it's just too sweet, floral and perfumy in the finish; There's quite a bit of grapefruit in the finish as well, but it doesn't help much, I just don't like the way this beer finishes; The nose is kind of sweet and perfumy, almost like a cheap, fruity wine, and not at all what I expected from a Stone beer; It's a beautiful, deep, deep amber in color, getting close to a light ruddy brown; Fluffy, off-white head has excellent retention and leaves considerable delicate patterns of lacing behind SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Hey a stone beer that doesnt kick you in the balls. That sucks. But let me tell you in comparison to another less hoppy beer I will take this any day. For example, compare it to the 3 floyds mild ale (sure its not the same but its kinda close). the hops is there in both but here at least you know that you are still drinking something with hops in it. one day I would like to compare it to the 3F pale ale, if I can get my hands on it. YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Stone even does the usual well. A pale ale. Yet quite good. Nice amber body with off-white head. No gimmicks and gadgets. Just a straight out pale ale. Hoppy/grapefruit aroma blended with malty tones. Medium and rewarding body that felt good going down. Nice blend of malt and hops in the taste. Crisp and clean and refreshing. Great with food and on a hot summer day.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 2, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2004 Pours light orange depending on what light you look through. Malty aroma believe it or not with a little fruit. Malty flavor as well with some light hop bitterness in the finish. A nice, quaffable beer and what for me is a big departure as far as my Stone experience goes. gnylen (12) - Topanga, California, USA - MAY 31, 2004
Head: good for the style, nice lacing. Not too big. Aroma: citrusy Cascade hops, fresh malt. Also appropriate for style. Color: a bit too much protein clouds the brew for this style, but a nice color. Flavor: not to hoppy for a pale ale, which is nice for a Malthead like me. Too many West Coast pale ales are WAY overhopped in my opinion. This is not one of them. Very nice balance between hops and malt, particularly when the beer heats up somewhat. Nice dry finish. A great session beer on a hot day without air conditioning. Throw out your adjunct-laden Bud/Miller/Michelob swill and switch to this for the game. DanielBrown (4546) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2004
Bottle from Vendome Liquor, North Hollywood, Los Angeles. Pours a glowing orange marmalde colour, with a contrasting white head. Smells rather like an aromatic shrubbery. Bristling, fresh taste. Dry, rather than sweet, but not harsh. Light and refreshing and quick and clean across the palate. Has the taste and is concise. ClarkVV (6862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 30, 2004
2004 bottle. Orange-amber-yellow with some very light reds. Decent off-white head, quite foamy, lots of lacing. Clear. Smells very dry of hops, paper, biscuits, white bread. Flavor is hugely dry, not overly bitter, but just so dry you wonder where the malt is. Definitely strong for the style, though I really like that. Flavor is certainly crisp and clean, I just can’t seem to get used to the huge dryness of the malt and hops. haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - APR 27, 2004
Dark amber color out of the glass. Nice creamy head. Hops dominate the aroma, but not too much. Very well balanced. Not quite like Sierra Nevada Harvest, but still pretty decent. Light malt lingers in the background. Crisp as well. Bought this 6-pack at Beverages and More in San Diego.