JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - FEB 5, 2007
Pasadena, CA, 12 oz bottle. Very pretty appearance, deep orange/red, slightly cloudy, with offwhite lasting head and lacing. Aroma is yeasty and hoppy. Flavor is slightly sweet, citrus, hops. Overall, a delicous beer and a great one to hit my 100th rating mark. Thanks Stone! kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2009
pours out golden yellow with a thick frothy head that is almost white in color. has a light ruby oarnge body with a little bit of light shining through. the taste is very smooth with a variety of flavours coming through, and most notably the hops. they are kind of grassy with a nice touch to the malts which made the beer. their is a subtle hint of a lemony citrusy taste brought through in hops. nothing is overpowering and this would be a really good brew to get someone drinking really good beer. also, the aftertaste is great, a little hoppiness, a little maltiness, lingers really nice with a little sweetness in the middle of palate, great beer. PatBateman81 (178) - Caserta, ITALY - MAY 18, 2012
Bottle 35.5 cl thanks to Tim. Once upon a time there was Stone. Their beers was totally amazing, and the Pale Ale - as going through my memories - was a shocking hops and malt perfect mixture. And now? I don’t know what happened to Stone, but have to admit that my friend Tim is right about their recipes changing. Now I’m in front of a GOOD pale ale, but nothing more. Just one step above Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, just to make things clear, nothing special or fireworks. So, color is really orange, a good fade from dark to bright, and even rust. Head fade away not so quickly, and has a frothy texture. Aroma is full of oranges, citrus in general, some sugar powder and fragrant, white grapes too. Good one indeed. But body is weak, just an initial kick from malt and citrus over a caramel hint, collapsing after... can’t believe in saying that about a Stone beer, but it’s... uh... well... taking breath; say: wa... te...ry. Okay, did it. Great drinkability, maybe too carbonated. Best part is the finish, anyway: really dry and citric. Lasts so long, harsh palate and turns to something like young kaki. A disappointment compared to past version, but undoubtely a good APA. BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Copper pour with a light, fluffy white head. Smell is caramelly malt and a very light citric hop note. Taste is more of the same, with a real bready, nutty malt character. Just a little bit of hop here. More like an ESB than a Pale Ale, but good nonetheless. brettpace (176) - New York City, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2007 Good pale ale, but not as good as the levitation ale. Im going to resample this weekend from draft, maybe I will change my mind. It has been resampled, my opinion stays the same.
ReademNwheat (175) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2008
From a bottle. Pours an amber color with a small white head. Aroma is pretty hoppy, notes of pine and citrus are most evident. Tastes is a nice blend of sweet malts and bitter hops, with some cirus hops showing through. Decent sessionable brew from stone. essexcalf (171) - Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2012
(Bottle). Persisting off-white head. Amber, clear. Light sediment, easily disturbed. Medium carbonation. Caramel sweet aroma (like toffee apples), lots of soft, fruity and citrussy (but not intensely) hops. Fairly sweet, caramel malt, and lots of sweet fruit (pineapple, orange-citrus) and piney hops. Lightly bitter-sweet finish with some nice light fruity aromas/flavours. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel, medium body (full and sticky for a pale ale). Such good flavour for the strength, drinkable, delicious and an all-round great beer. Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2011
Bottle. Best by date 12/22/11. Pours a dark amber color, very clear. Aroma is sweet malt notes of caramel, followed by a subtle fruity yeast component. Hops are there, very citrusy and grassy. Smells clean. Taste is pretty hoppy for a regular pale. Maltiness is present, finishes kind of sweet. Flavor upfront is hops...grassy, piney, citrusy and finishes pretty bitter. Definitely a hop forward Pale (and the freshest bottle I’ve had to try of this), very tasty. Perfect for quaffing on but not wrecking your palate. Chadski4 (170) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Smallish but long-lasting white head. Mild aroma. Hints of lemon flavors which dissipates into a dry finish. Good session beer. 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.