OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2004
Perhaps I should have had the Stone IPA after this one but I decided to have this one with the pizza. Pours a very very faintly hazy medium bourbon under a medium size medium short lasting light yellow head. Faint hop aroma and not much else - a touch disappointing for a Stone beer. Flavours of medium aromatic woody hops followed by mildly sweet caramel malt. Aftertaste was medium length medium intensity and crisp. BTW - went extremely well with anchovy pizza. DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2004
Aroma is a marriage of malt, hops and caramel. Orange amber/colour, and a medium tan head. Highly hopped flavour at the start, malt comes forward next, with a bitter dry finish. Well balanced, medium bodied. Fine example! Thanks again to Radek and Carolyne (Radek's Sister-in-Law.) JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - APR 12, 2004
Robust amber color with a moderate thick head of beige bubbles and tracing lace. Modest aroma, but all the qualities of a "good one" are there. Light pine and hint of citrus (orange), backbone of malt evident. Just a touch of stomach acid throws things off a bit. Seems dry right from the start. While the malt is in here, it is in flavor than in body. While smooth and comforting I perfer a bit more body. Earthy hops and dry caramel seem to make up the flavors. Well put together brew. Radek Kliber (7359) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 5, 2004
Bright white head, bright amber ale, Glowing hue. Medium big hoppy aroma, malty backbone is visible. Flavour initially hoppy, some softer malt is following, surprisingly spicy finish. Decent pale ale. Thanks Joy! flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - APR 5, 2004
Golden orange color with a medium off-white head. Light malt and hops aroma. Nice mild sweet malt and apple hops flavors. A very enjoyable pale ale.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
Handsome orange body. Great herbal aroma of raw honey and orange blossoms. Malty creaminess and assertive hop character that is the essence of Stone. Nice medium body and full-flavor. I love a great APA and this is definitely one. I lament the fact that this fine session beer isn't distributed to New Mexico when other Stone beers are.
BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2004
This beer had a funky smell to it. I could not detect a lot of hoppy aroma. The appearance was great-nice golden color aith creamy white head. The flavor was that of a typical pale ale, good hops and carbonation. Very refreshing on a hot day. obxdude10 (2324) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2004
A bit disappointing coming from Stone, not as hoppy as expected, amber color, very weak head, half-decent malt character, very lacking the hoppiness, very disappointing in the hop profile, the one word is disappointing
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Hazy copper in color. Highly carbonated with a thin white head. Aroma is citrusy but not grapefruity. Earthy taste, not as much hop flavor as I was hoping. Good bitterness in the end. Better as the glass empties. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2004
This Pale pours out to a coppery fused amber color with an overall clearish tone to it and glowing strong with a small yet thick and lustery dark beige head that sits just a bit on top before going to the way side. Lacing in minimal thin strings and globs.
Aroma is mostly toasty malts, whole grains, wild rice, very clean, with a bit of floral grassyness.
Taste is quite nice, beautifully rendered toasty malted front with favorable whole grain and biscuity tones with a great dryness that lasts and lasts. Hops keep a charge of wood bits and floral grasses which really help peak that dryness and the bitterness is fully in check with just a nudge of dried grapefruit and hop resin giving the perfect amount of balance.
Feel is milding smooth and toasty dry with a medium body overall with just enough bite in the hop profile and enough malted structure for a well balanced symphony of splendor in the taste buds. Very good stuff! Great drying qualities throughout and nice melded flavors. Quaffable indeed, surely a sessionable ale here. Yum!