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Metolius Golden Stone Amber Ale - Portland Brewing Company

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Metolius Golden Stone Amber AleMetolius Golden Stone Amber Ale

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29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portland Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Reidrover on 12-02-2003)
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Reviews by MaltyGoodness:
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.38/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a slightly hazed medium amber color with a small white head that fades. Faint lacing on the glass.

Caramel malty aroma, light note of herbal hops.

Slightly grainy caramel malt flavor upfront, leading into a medium bitterness and light herbal hop flavor. Finishes rather dry and clean, with a lingering hint of hops.

Medium-light body, decent carbonation.

Pleasant and drinkable amber ale. Middle of the road for the style.

MaltyGoodness, Oct 01, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of WoodBrew
2.83/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

TGIF...M_THER F_CKERS!!! I know...I know....why start a weekend out with a somewhat crappy beer. Well I will tell you why...it has been sitting in the fridge and needed to clear space for some good shit!!! Anyway.... the color is clear Amber...and that's good cuz this is an amber ale! Thin head, no lacing, lotsa carbonation. The taste is ok, first sip you can taste the alcohol over the grain and malt....its not tooo bad I suppose. It is easy drinkin...could take this beer on in a Session easily.

WoodBrew, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of dali27
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Rich orange, amber color, with a thin head that disapears quickly into soapy looking foam. Minimal lacing occurring on side of glass while drinking. Active carbonation.

S: Scent is hard to determine for me. Fruit?

T: Kind of sweet upfront quickly turning into pretty bland overall taste. Small hop flavor.

M: Tickles the tongue a bit with carbonation. Medium to light mouthfeel.

D: Easy to drink, but not that interesting. Like with most beers, I am glad to have tried it, but this one I won't buy again.

My understanding is this beer is only available at Jewel/Albertson's grocery chain, as it is produced exclusively for the retailer.

dali27, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of puboflyons
3.65/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 650 ml. bottle with no obvious lot code or expiration date. Sampled on July 10, 2009. The pour was a rusty-copper tone with a thin head and a bit hazy/cloudy. The aroma was mainly sweet with a kind of malted/hoppy mixture as a chaser. The taste tended to be more biutter than anything else. It finished slightly dry and hoppy. An adequate brew.

puboflyons, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of biggred1
3.45/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Caramel amber with a creamy off white head that settles to a thin cap and lasts. Smells of toffee and light caramel maltiness then steely with a bit of pear like fruitiness. Tastes of mild fruit and sweet roasty malt. Light bodied with lively carbonation. An okay session beer thats a little to laid back IMO.

biggred1, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of Stoffel
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Stoffel, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Gump
2.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear golden yellow amber, medium-tight, abundant head.
Sharp mineral aroma, light sweet-grain taste.
An easy drinking ale with nothing to make it stand out from beers like Miller, or Michelob or Bud.
Serve it cold and you won't get any complaints, but it's a very average beer.

Gump, Sep 06, 2004
Photo of Zorro
3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored bee with a good sized off-white colored head, looks filtered.

Smell is quite malty with a little bit of caramel and butter. Little bit of scorched sugar and vanilla scent. Smells much like a Fat Tire clone.

Taste tarts out little malt and sweet with a bit f astringent aftertaste. Malt and caramel with a little lemon hop in the finish pretty much sums this beer up.

Mouthfeel is average.

Easy enough to drink but boring, think Fat Tire tamed and then you will know this beer.

Zorro, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of Reidrover
2.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a beer label only available at Albertsons..contract brewed by Portland Brewery.
Comes in the 12 oz brown long neck..Golden Stone fly fishing fly on label.
When poured into the glass its actually quite an inviting beer.dark red/amber in colour with a good sized off-white head..that sticks around a while.
Smell however is not up to the looks..sort of wishy washy carmel malts and some weak hops
Mm taste is quite thin..sweet malts and some small hop bite..but unimpressive
Pretty near average on the palate..nothing to get excited about.
I suppose its drinkable..but why bother.

Reidrover, Dec 02, 2003
Photo of OttoBomb
2.98/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (January 20, 2010). No 'bottled on' date. I picket this up at a local Jewel-Osco grocery store in a clearance bin, so I'm not expecting this to be exactly fresh.

Eyes: Upon opening a foam gusher pushed up out of the bottle, the amount lost was about an ounce. Pours a nice copper/amber color. Despite the minor gush upon opening, almost one finger head forms.

Nose: Malty and a soft bread smell, but not very potent or complex. Is the aroma faded due to age?

Tongue: Soft toasty malts and a very small hop presence, not bad. Doesn't seem to be old despite the bottle's history.

Mouth: Moderate carbonation even after the gushing, nice and smooth.

Libation: As I stated I bought this out of a bargain bin, but it had good drinkability overall. There is nothing exceptionally flawed with this beer that I can tell, but it is very average. It does have potential though, so I'll have to make a point to get a fresh version and re-review this one.

OttoBomb, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of tmitch75
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright clear amber color, huge white head that drops really fast. This is a pretty darn good looking beer and on-style.

Sweet caramel malt smell with orange peel. Smell is fairly faint, but otherwise pretty good.

Tastes more like an APA to me, sweet malt with some citrus, good balance but a bit weak overall.

Medium bodied and crisp, again spot on for the style.

Good sessioner but I wouldn't go out of my way for it again. I think part of the reason I liked it was that it was so fresh (brand new in my local grocery store), I can't guarantee the same freshness going forward.

Tasted on 7/2/08.

tmitch75, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.53/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6 pack at Albertson's, so obviously poured from a bottle. The beer pours a cloudy orange-amber color with a constant stream of bubbly carbonation. No head to speak of. The beer smells of a strong, sweet malty backbone, with dark fruit and raisin highlights. It is very sharp on crisp on the forward tongue, almost abrasive. The flavors sneak in behind the feel, blooming with a sweet caramel, fruit, and mildly sour blend. The finish is very crisp, just like the forward feel, and has very faint grapefruit/citrus notes. Mildly malty-sour aftertaste that lingers in mouth. Easy to drink, and would likely go well with very spicy foods.

GarthDanielson, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear yellowish orange with a 1 finger head. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: sweetness is easily picked up here. Ripe fruits and orange is up front.

Taste: bread and mildly grainy maltiness, which is counterbalanced by some golden apples, ripe plums, and a mild floral bitterness.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start, mildly crisp and lightly dry at the finish. The sweetness and bread-like qualities linger briefly into the aftertaste. Light-medium bodied.

Drinkability: easy session beer here. I also thought this sixer was quite fresh, as I could see this becoming a poor tasting if it was a bit old.

Gavage, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of Brad007
3.48/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice reddish-amber color with a very thin head and what seems to be low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet and malty with only a passing touch of hop bitterness in the nose.

Malt sweetness, followed by a breadiness and low hop bitterness, makes up the taste. Kind of smooth.

Mouthfeel is mostly malt sweetness and breadiness. Really not much to describe.

Drinkability is middle of the road here. It's inoffensive at best and not bad if you like amber ales.

Brad007, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of bargerking
3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Roomie found this for $1.50 a bomber at Alberstons awile back.
Poured from a bomber into an ice cold mug. Average copper in appearance. Seems a little thin. There a nice frothy eggshell color head. Pretty decent lacing start to finish. Nothing to brag about though.
Smell is kind of weak with a bit of hops and a slight hint of grapfruit.
Taste is thin. Smooth start with a thick malty finish. Aftertaste retains the funky malt leaving you with a dry throat.
This beer was a good deal for what we got it for and I wouldnt mind buying more at the same price. Theres nothing fancy about it although its a good drinkable beer. I doubt ill see it win any awards anytime soon.

bargerking, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of BeerManDan
3.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color when poured was medium light amber brown with medium amount of foam with very little lace retention. The flavor had a caramel flavor with a hint of roasted malts. Overal, like the bottle says, "Brewed with toasted amger malts and robust flavor". Nice pleasant flavor and a well balanced.

BeerManDan, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of chetripley
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one coming out of the $1 cart parked near the register.
Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tall Weiss glass.

Nice reddish brown color with a light array of bubbles throughout looked very appealing and what I like in an amber ale. An inch of head that drained slowly leaving behind very little lacing.

Smell was a little fruit, a little hop and a lot of malt.

Expecting the sweet caramel and malt characteristics i usually enjoy in an amber I would surprised at how much hop character was present. It was sharper and tangier than any amber I have had before.

At face value, I would say it is not a bad beer, but I was forced to sip it a lot slower than I thought I would.

chetripley, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of RJLarse
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six-pack of Metolius Golden Stone Amber Ale at a grocery store to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a pale amber/copper color and is clear. A bubbly one-finger off-white head forms, and dissipates quickly to a thin film on the surface of the beer. The head is not sticky and produces virtually no lacing on the sides of the glass while drinking.

The smell is faint and sweet, with fruit aromas like peaches or apricots.

The taste is malt based, a little smoky, with fruity and herbal spice flavors, and a mildly bitter hop finish. I think it tastes a bit like a Kolsch rather than an amber.

The mouth feel is light and clean. The beer is well carbonated.

This is a very drinkable beer, and would be good any time. It is a good, perhaps slightly average representation of the style, but I would certainly have it again.

RJLarse, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, straight copper with no bubble and a very thin head that quickly fades to nothing.
The aroma has mild tasted malt with some fruit esters and maybe a touch stinky hops. Toasted bread grains that give some strong toasted white bread flavors and some soft grass and mint hop notes. The palate is grainy and wet with asticky finish. Makes for a nice session ale

scruffwhor, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of Star80
2.9/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this beer up on a whim at the local Jewel Osco for $7. Twist off bottlecap, beer pours a light-medium brown color, with a decent amount of effervescence and little to no lacing, with a quickly dissapated whitish head. Beer smells very clean, not much nose but what is there is some faint dark fruits, nothing too special going on there. Beer tastes slightly nutty, vagely soapy, and a bit sweet from the malts. Again, nothing too special going on here, just tastes pretty restrained, like a Macro version of an amber ale. Overall I am glad I only paid what I did for this beer. Pretty boring.

Star80, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of Bitterbill
2.42/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle a slightly hazy medium gold with a smallish head of foam that quickly shrunk to a broken fine layer.

The smell was hard to determine because of how deilicate it was...maybe just a bit of roasted malt in the nose.

The taste has a small bit of roasted malt up front with just a slight hint of grain and a little bitterness in and through the finish and... that's it. Pretty disappointing.

Bottom line: Not much going on with this one and not really worth trying, imho.

Bitterbill, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of dwarvenfriend
2.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle during an Amber tasting session

A-Amongst the brews we were pulling, this seemed to have the most pleasant amber color. Very nice lacing.

S-Lots of raisin bread and wonderful malt.

T-Nice caramel malt notes. I get a little bit of banana on the back of the tongue.

M-I felt the mouthfeel was lacking. While there were flavors that continued to linger, there was nothing eye-popping about this one.

D-Soft, pleasant beer. Good for a session but there are others I might choose over this.

dwarvenfriend, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of stuttg4rt
2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

stuttg4rt, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.43/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bomber this beer was a cloudy amber color with one finger of khaki head. The retention was sub-standard and the lacing no better. The aroma was of toasted malt and light caramel malt. The flavors were more of the same, a little better defined plus some hints of wood and bread, but still unimpressive. The mouthfeel was boring but the body and carbonation of median levels so it was easy to drink. Balanced and drinkable is not bad for how cheap it was ($2.79 for a bomber) but otherwise... eh.

thekevlarkid, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of beertunes
2.63/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 12oz glass. Poured a hazy honey yellow color with an almost non-existent head, so obviously no lacing either. The aroma was slightly sweet, otherwise neutral.

The taste was mostly bland, none of the smooth malt I look for in this style, with a strong tingle of hops at the end. The body was a little on the thin side for this style. The body was more carbonated than the pour had led me to expect.

Overall, this was not a terrible beer, but not an overly good one either. If you happen to find this and your other craft brew options are limited you could live with this beer. On the other hand, if your in the mood for this style, you can do better.

beertunes, Feb 16, 2010
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Metolius Golden Stone Amber Ale from Portland Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.