Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 21, 2006
OK, I know Duane just said the same thing, but I also just had a Dales Pale Ale last night, and this has nothing on it. This APA doesnt have much body, the taste dies very quickly... its just kind of blah. nothing really sticks out. there are other APAs out there that are much more worthy of your time. on a more positive note it was at least nice to look at. nice amber color, nice off-white head, and a little bit of lacing on the side of the glass. the rest of the beer just didnt match up though RealAleDave (45) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 18, 2007
Clear copper red. Very fine cream head settles to a somewhat sticky complete cap leaving nice lace. Looks English.
Smells English too. Toffee malt leads the way, supported by some yeasty bready notes. The hops seem more American, but are somewhat subdued, particularly for Stone. Overall, it’s a very nice, surprisingly traditional package.
Medium in the mouth. The malt stars again, and it’s a bit too toffee-centric for me. Some hop flavor mixes it up, and a nice bitterness kicks in mid-palate. Finish is medium, with good bitterness and some minerally, almost sulphury notes.
Mouthfeel is fine, and drinkability is hampered only by too much caramel/toffee for me. Very nice beer in its style, it’s certainly not what I was expecting. johnykat (65) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2007
This is a nice pale ale. Flavors were balanced between malt, and a little bit of hops. It also had a very nice "crispness" to it, with a dry ending. I would drink this beer again, but it lacked something that would set it apart from other beers. RCL (2032) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2007
This doesn’t seem to have half the oomph of other Stone brews. Frankly, I was rather dissapointed by the thinner mouthfeel and rather weak aroma. It’s good looking but that’s its best attribute. DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 13, 2007
Bottle. Small head on top of a strong brown, like rich Carolina clay mud. The flavor’s malty with unstated hops and a bit of unwanted sour. It does go down very smooth, but the flavor isn’t amazing and it leaves a less than perfect taste in my mouth. It’s a great session beer, but for what I had to pay for a sixer of this on the east coast, there are a lot of beers I’d rather have.
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - AUG 24, 2007
Bottle. Pours a perfect amber with a nice 3/4 inch off white head. The aroma was peach and honey. The palate was somewhat thin to go along with the sweet and somewhat watery taste. I found this to be disappointing from Stone. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 12/30/2006bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2002
hazy amber, scant head, drops of lace, light caramel malt aroma with a hint of sweetness and citrus, nice caramel malt flavor, touch of sweetness, light balancing hops, light bitterness, light toasted malt, touch of yeast, flavorful
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
This should be better! For as good as Stone is at everything else - here is where it lacks a bit, and I am saddened by it! One nice thing is that it is thick for a pale which is interesting - but the flavor is not as kicking as it should be! OlJuntan64 (1264) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2004
Perhaps I should have had the Stone IPA after this one but I decided to have this one with the pizza. Pours a very very faintly hazy medium bourbon under a medium size medium short lasting light yellow head. Faint hop aroma and not much else - a touch disappointing for a Stone beer. Flavours of medium aromatic woody hops followed by mildly sweet caramel malt. Aftertaste was medium length medium intensity and crisp. BTW - went extremely well with anchovy pizza. Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2004
Bottle. This is a very, very malty beer. So many malts that the best one word to describe this is earthy. There is a nice bitter there that borders on too much. I love Stone, but this one just didn’t do it for me. Too musty.