teorn88 (8066) - Rimini, ITALY - NOV 14, 2014
Really old backlog rating, August 2011. 12oz bottle from Utobeer. It pours a clean amber color with a medium white head. Aroma is quite hoppy but with good malt backbone. Notes of grass, pine, citrus juice, light pine cones, light toffee. Taste is medium sweet and medium grassy and hoppy. Malty toffee notes, biscuit, grass, citrus, grapefruit and resinous hops. Bitter quite dry finish. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, nice and balanced pale. Muggus69 (2723) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - NOV 12, 2014
355mL bottle Enjoy by 10/29/14
Looks nice in the glass; pale amber, decent clarity, firm white head.
Nose has a good measure of hop & malt character - spicy, woody, pine & citrus combining with biscuity, lightly toasted, baked bread crust sort of character that seems common in many American ales.
Medium to full body, decent carbonation, drinks well.
There’s really nothing to complain about here - biscuity malts, spicy hops, good persistence onto the finish, bitterness is lifted but clean & balanced.
Overall, very good APA - shame it has to travel from the other side of the world to get here! JohnCook101 (535) - - NOV 8, 2014
Clear copper, medium off-white head which settles fairly quickly. Aroma of biscuit and caramel with floral notes. Flavours of citrus, caramel, a little pine perhaps, slightly floral, and a moderate amount of malt which isn’t too overbearing. Moderate bitter finish. Light to medium bodied, fairly smooth. Pretty nicely balanced in all. slowrunner77 (12804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
"a little less of everything than Alpha King, but rates super high as far as drinkability. the flavor and aroma are a little subdued, especially for Stone, but it’s still more than enough. one of the better pales around."
psbrewing (1) - Kentucky, USA - OCT 20, 2014 does not count
caramel, chocolate, nuts, floral, citrus, pale, golden, minimal head, white foam,
Great beer overall. One of my all time favorites and will continue to be in my rotation. Would highly recommend as a gateway beer to the Pale world.
onceblind (10561) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Clear copper with a thin rocky light beige cap. Crisp hoppy nose with a little herbalness and a touch of grassy resin and biscuity malt. Smooth flavor with a bit of grassy and resinous bitterness right up front with biscuit and pale malt finish. A wee bit sharp and herbal hop note. MrTipple (6446) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2014
Aroma: grain and cereal malts, floral hops. Appearance: clear gold, small head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: bitters continue, grain malts and floral hops. Overall: nice APA, but nothing too spectacular. Pint at Stone Brewing, Escondido. MarineOBeer (45) - - OCT 12, 2014
Bitter hoppy taste. Not smooth or refreshing. Tastes like paint.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Hipsterchick (21) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Hipster lobby beer. Hanging out with the tivs in a hotel lobby. This will always be there. Hipsters from out of the zip code will love gargoyle. But as for beer. Always solid, always consistent, wonderful hoppy aroma, real clear not anal tort will bag on weird looking brew. Great finish. Shot (563) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle. Pours copper with a frothy white head. There are aromas of caramel, cut grass, bready tones and floral hops. It really smells fantastic. Flavors start off slightly malty but then lean heavily on nuttiness, bready tones and some rather herbally floral hops. Clean, hoppy, dry finish. Clean, but slightly oily mouthfeel. The hops kind of coat the tongue, which isn’t a bad thing. Overall, this is a very nice pale ale, but I find myself wanting just a bit more malt character. But don’t get me wrong. This one is a keeper.