FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2003
A nice, slightly hazy, copper color. Pours with a dense white head. Not as aromatic as I was hoping. There is a nice bitterness up front, as I take my first sip, it is accompanied by some biscuit - malty notes. There seems to be a lot of complexity missing here. A straight forward pale ale with not real defining characteristics. It is not balanced enough to work on a subtle level. It is certainly bitter, fairly clean flavors (light fruit, malt and some hoppy flavor contributions). Seems to be missing that certain Stone 'pizzazz'. Overall a decent beer, but I was hoping for something with a bit more definition. I need to see if I can get a known fresh bottle of this, to see if perhaps this is just past it's prime. BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 26, 2003
Deep crimson amber color with a nice layer of puffy head and a small skim of lacing. The aroma is lightly hoppy with a sweet, almost caramel mix with an almost cinnamon nose. Flavor is perfectly balanced with this mainstream stone offering. This is a great beer which could be the "redefined" SNPA of past hoppy lore. Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2003
Pours a very clear mahogany, with a nice white head of small bubbles, and some pretty good lacing. Wow, the aroma is nicely balanced with hops and malt. Very mellow in both aspects. Big flavors of malt and aroma. Both bombard the senses, but it is in a pleasing way. Very smooth palate and a nice, bitter finish. Definately a damn fine pale ale Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 23, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2008 The bright amber body is topped by a medium thick head with lots of lacing hugging the glass. The aroma is slightly sweet and rather well balanced leaning towards a citrusy hoppiness. The flavor is slighlty sweet yet bitter and hoppy with slight citrus notes and a touch of maltiness. The finish is bitter, piney and hoppy. Medium bodied and tingly from the carbonation. Indra (2710) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - NOV 23, 2003
Lightly earthy, juicy hop aroma, some pine and citrus, with a complimentary toasty, caramel maltiness. Lightly hazy medium amber color, with a fine, cobwebbed head and spidery lace. Malty, lightly sweet beginning, some gentle dark honeyish sweetness and toastiness, quickly becoming floral and hoppy, with a lightly bitter close. Light-medium acidity, with an effervescent palate and medium body. Very refreshing and hop-accented, but mellow in character. Very tasty. Must be included when discussing the best American Pales. Cheers, Chris.
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - NOV 21, 2003
This is one of my favorite session brews, by far. Clean, hoppy, and somewhat mildly sweet in aroma. Nice tan head and mild lacing. Great clear copper red colors with nice carbonation. Flavor is smooth, crisp and very well balanced with a nice pine dry finish. cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - NOV 16, 2003
11/14/03. On draft at Stone Brewery in San Marcos, CA 11/14/03. Clear medium amber color-- nice, frothy cream head that dissipates to a thin whisp w/ mediocre lacing. Nose is freshly hoppy, a little bit sweet and almost bubblegummy. Clean, medium mouthfeel, quite smooth. Tastes active and bright with hops, easier and not as bitter as other Stone beers, but still pretty tasty. Turns a little nutty on the mellow but long, smooth malt finish. Very nice overall, wonderfully drinkable without being wimpy. y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - NOV 2, 2003
dark hazy orange color with bubbly yellow hue and thin white non lasting head. very citrusy smell. Xtremely citrusy flavor with a hoppy aftertaste. unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Pours a nice clear copper color with a medium tan head. Aroma is all hops with pine and flowers at the forefront. Taste is a very balanced hop to sweetness ratio that makes this a great session brew. Great floral notes. Chewy body. A great everyday beer from Stone (somewhat of an Oxymoron). Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2003
A standard American pale ale with just a little more flavor and quality evident to raise it up a notch or two.