DragonStout (1416) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2003
This was better than the IPA I just had.Not as hoppy and more body.HAd a less bittter taste.Not bad from the Stoners. BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2003 I found this ale to be even better than their IPA. Outstanding slightly hazy deep amber colored with full size head. Excellent retention leaving a fully laced glass. Amazingly fresh aroma of grains and hops could have easily passsed for a draught beer. Full bodied and smooth with a slight crispness, fantastic mouthfeel. Malts are really standing out ahead of the hop aroma. Flavor is a terrific balance between the malt and hops, grainy,rich,slightly bitter and sweet at the same time. It's great to see an ale that is well balanced and can showcase good malt flavor. 3fourths (9351) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2003
Bright shining amber orange. Large light tan head. Subtle hop aroma of peaches and orange peel, with some hints of soap and flowers as well. A nice even and mild flavor, with robust malt tones. While it is nice, with a pleasing hop finish, this seems to be missing a final kick that would allow it to crossover to outstanding. SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 24, 2003
I picked up a bottle of this because it was rated so high here. Wow! Perfectly balanced. BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 12, 2003
Just a good American pale ale. Nice head, nice aroma, nice :) IMHO, not as good as their IPA, their Ruination IPA or, certainly, the Bastards, but still and excellent pale ale, to be sure.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2003
Draft: Nice, but not quite what I expect from Stone. Maybe the Ruination really ruined me! SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 20, 2003
Lovely amber to reddish-brown color (depending on the light). Medium head, mostly diminishing with fair lacing. Nice aroma with hints of spice, herbs and dark bread. Very much fits the Stone profile of good malt body with robust hop bitterness. Very drinkable and as it's moderate in alcohol content a good social beer. Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2003
Nice lacing. The aroma has a pasta type smell to it. Deep amber color. Typical Stone hoppy. Solid sweet malt undertones. A little acity on the palate. Sociable, a good lead in to other beers. Good, but I had better pale ales. kyzr (1591) - Montana, USA - APR 22, 2003
Nice amber color with nice lacey head. Good solid aroma of hops that get your mouth watering. Flavor is nice and hoppy, but not as much as expected from the aroma. Great creamy texture with nice finish. austinpowers (2832) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 12, 2003
Possesses a really nice aroma and a surprising amount of malt body. Of course, the hops are there, but something like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (the gold standard) probably has more hoppage than this beer. Very pleasant.