obxdude10 (2374) - 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!
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - MAR 16, 2004
bottle, 22oz. Clear medium amber/copper in color with a big beige/tan head that fell down a bit too soon, moderate lace. Nose is fresh with roasted caramel and nice subtle hop aroma. Sweet, malty, almost stickey, fresh roasted amber/caramel flavor complemented nicely with fresh hops.
Rich, creamy, clean, straight foreward, quality flavor. Just entering the full bodied category. Like being in a tasting room of a quality brewery. Amazing that it came from a bottle. I prefer a drier, more bitter, spicier ale but this is definately on my drink again list. igneous1 (1538) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2004
acquired from cquiroga. color is hazy, orangey copper. head is thin, light beige. hops in the aroma are mildly citrusy, mildly earthy. flavor is not as i expected, there is a slight roasty quality and a grainy quality. citrusiness (not even a word!) doesn't really show up in the flavor. thanks to cquiroga!
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - FEB 17, 2004
A nice subtle hop and malt aroma with an orange hue and a small head. Slightly sweet and fresh on the nose as well. It starts out carbonated, goes into a sweeter malty middle, and then finishes with a nice hop presence. The bitterness always persists and even gets stronger through the glass. There aren't many bad things you could say about this beer. Very solid and drinkable. steview (1088) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2005 fantastic! "familiar stone hop bite" with a cleaner, watery complement that aids a simple idea. not herbal, not belgian-like, just clean micro fun. nice. no crazy grapefruit flavor, caramel festival, etc... it’s good, clean and simple. i wish this is available everywhere, it’d be my pale ale. / UPDATE from San Diego trip last weekend: i bought a 6r, and even on tap, there seemed to be this tap water quality that i didn’t like, and it was a bit like granite. meh. downrated. BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
That familiar Stone hop bite is there right at the beginning, but it smooths out to a nice drinkable brew. Tastes like a tame Arrogant Bastard. Enniskillen (2061) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 26, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2004 I thought as far as the looks for my ideal beer this hit it right on. The bitterness was present during the entire beer, hops, and malt are definatly present, a pretty good beer. Beaver (1846) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2003
The Stone Pale Ale poured a slightly cloudy, copper-orange with a medium off-white head that quickly went to a lacing that stuck to the glass on the way down. It had a faint grassy, hoppy smell. The initial taste was some bitterness with a touch of citrus. It had a pretty strong bitter finish that mellowed as I drank it (the draft version was also mellower and smoother). Overall, this was a fine specimen of a pale ale, which is not my favorite style.