blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 28, 2008
Countless times I have overlooked this brew in favor of Stone’s IPA. Today, however, I felt drawn toward it, perhaps because the Wild Oats store was sold out of Stone IPA, perhaps because my palate has been assaulted by big IIPAs and barleywines lately and needed a little break. Anyway, the best by date on this pale ale was sometime in April, more than a month in the future, so I made my purchase with confidence. The pour revealed a reddish amber liquid with lively carbonation. I enjoyed the subtle aroma, which included hints of fruity sweetness -- more apple than citrus -- and hinted at a strong malt character. The first sip surprised me with a powerful blast of hop bitterness. Definitely a fresh bottle. With continued drinking, this bitterness settled down and achieved a very nice balance with the rest of the flavors. This is not a strong ale, but its texture never feels watery or weak. You could drink a few of these in a row and the flavors would remain interesting without becoming overwhelming. Nice APA. BeerNazi (169) - winnetka, California, USA - OCT 22, 2003
arrogant bastard for the average joe of beer drinkers. if youre not into the hasness of american strong ales from stone, the pale ale is a smooth change for the everyday thing or even as a special. alraicercsu (166) - Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2008
Bottle. Poured a dark red brown color. Smells hoppy and a little floral. A good APA. hoplover (166) - Corpus Christi, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Not impressed with this one at all. As far as a pale ale goes... I can’t realy taste the hops in it. Too rich a maltiness for a pale ale. It’s not even pale... it’s copper. jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2005
Pours an off honey color. Has a medium ambery tinted head that lasts for about a minute with little cratering. Aroma of malt, nitrous oxide, and a slight sourness. I was supprised by the taste of this highly acclaimed beer. It was not as good as everyone raves. It is an ordinary tasting pale ale. Mostly malty with a slight hop after taste; no unique aftertastes. If you want an origanal pale ale try Flying Dog’s or even Sierra Nevada’s.
posikyle (165) - Alabama, USA - AUG 11, 2007
Not my favorite stone, I was pretty disappointed. Too much of a fruity aftertaste for me, over seemed a little flat tasting. gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2003
pours orange and cloudy with a white head. nose is a little hoppy. flavor is smooth, no over the top hops, solid malt presence. nothing to go nuts over but a good example of an apa. Unibonger (163) - Mount Shasta, California, USA - MAY 8, 2009
Pours a nice dark amber with a frothy, creamy head that has good retention. Nice malty aroma with a slight hint of hops. Strong malty flavor with a good balance of bitterness. Has a good thirst amount of carbonation that tingles the tongue lightly. DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2002
Ahh, a nice package of Stone arrived for me on Halloween. First off I try the Pale. This beer amber color and filtered. The taste was smooth and malty- slighty fruity. A pretty dank beer if I must say so. Underhook (162) - Lincoln Park, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Smells great, lots of light fruity, flowery aroma. Pours a copper/amber with a bubbly head. Taste reminds me a lot of Sierra Nevada’s brew. Lots of light fruit, citrus, apricot, some peach. Lots of malt, only a bit of hops. Very good stuff here.