Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12oz brown bottle, painted label. Cheers to Greg's fridge for the sample. Pours an inviting, shimmering with some initial haze, copper-hued beer topped with a massive 2-finger slightly off-white head - creamy, some stick, great retention and settles to a lacing that lasts the entire beer.
Malty nose, distinct caramel, hints of wood, and delicate floral aromas. Fruity and veggie with some grainy tannins.
Incredibly smooth and a bit silky on the palate. A roughness builds with a leafy hop feel and backing hop flavor. Oily coating. Bitterness is balanced and well placed. Fruity undertones proceed and even malt foundation of moderately sweet grain with bready / biscuity edges. Mild toasty caramel with some slick buttery lingering throughout. Raw hop, oils, grains and some tannins in the finish, but nothing unappealing. It's all good here.
I dig it. Stone's "pay the bills" beer and something that can appeal to novices and geeks.
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2006 21:14:54 | More by Todd
3.88/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with a silk screen painted label of the "Stone Brewing Gargoyle" which wards off impurities that would otherwise taint the sanctity of the brew.
Appearance: Copper in colour with a very faint haze ... a crisp tiny bubbled lace fades a little yet retains to the bottom of the glass.
Smell: Ripe fruit with hints of citrus (from the hops), a little bit of veggie/floral hop and a touch of caramel in the nose.
Taste: Medium bodied and semi crisp up front, then an assertive somewhat coarse America hop bitterness shows that it is going to be the dominant one. The rustic hops play with the malt a bit letting them show malt sweetness and a hint of nutty/biscuity malt upon the tongue. A bit high with the fruity esters, perhaps the only flavour the hops don't dominate. Even in the after taste there is a lingering and dominant leafy/bitter hop flavour with a pinch of grain and residual sweetness which help to finish this brew off.
Notes: A richly hopped brew that takes pride in the west coast style ... definite good drinking here for a seasoned hop head, might be a bit too much for someone that wants a balanced pale ale.
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2002 19:56:14 | More by Jason
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