Ernest (7662) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2003 Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie), moderately hoppy (flowers, resin, grapefruit), moderately yeasty (sweat, dough), with light notes of apricot and orange. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. This second, fresher sample (been over a year since I first sampled this brew) has a serious raw sweaty yeast smell going on, unfortunately, which really ruins the aroma (it, well, stinks). Still has good flavor balance and mouthfeel, but the sweaty socks aroma is off-putting. Dogbrick (12936) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. After trying some of Stone’s "bigger" beers like Ruination, Double Bastard and the Russian Imperial Stout this one seems tame by comparison. I found both the aroma and the flavor to be rather subdued. More malt character than the typical APA but still not a bad brew. A good intro to the Stone line. 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. DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 22, 2004
(12-ounce bottle) I'm disappointed in this beer, but I'm probably not the target market; It's amazingly pretty to look at, but the nose and flavor just aren't doing it for me; This is certainly a flavorful beer, no doubt, quite malty initially with a moderately bitter hops, but it's just too sweet, floral and perfumy in the finish; There's quite a bit of grapefruit in the finish as well, but it doesn't help much, I just don't like the way this beer finishes; The nose is kind of sweet and perfumy, almost like a cheap, fruity wine, and not at all what I expected from a Stone beer; It's a beautiful, deep, deep amber in color, getting close to a light ruddy brown; Fluffy, off-white head has excellent retention and leaves considerable delicate patterns of lacing behind Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Pale bronze color. Nice head, good lacing. Faint aroma. Taste is malty and full, with a bitterness on the tongue throughout. Funny bitterness creeps in at the end, slightly metallic. Eh.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 28, 2005
Orange color and a decently thick head that left nice lacing. Mild aromas of piney hops. Balanced flavors, with slightly bready malts and hops that have a bit of a citrusy (lemon?) touch. Decent, but not as good as Burning River or Denver Pale Ale, IMO. 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. DYCSoccer17 (3691) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 3, 2005
22oz Bottle. Mild grapefruit aroma with some sweetness present. This is still rather mild. Transparent copper color with a white head. Caramelly maltiness to start turning mildly hoppy to finish. Ok, average, and nothing spectacular. IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - APR 5, 2005
Medium to dark amber color, tan head. Surprisingly lacking on most fronts, fairly malty, delicate hops is right, they were damn difficult to find. Lighter bodied. Meh. Gmku (303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2005
Dark amber in color, piney hop nose, sweet and bitter in flavor. I think I like most other pale ales better than this one. I think it’s the piney hops that put me off.