STYLE: Pale Ale
APPEARANCE: Dark, cloudy orange/amber
HEAD: Big, frothy, bright white
LACING: Great lacing. Sticky and thorough.
NOSE: I was worried that Stone, which is famous for their overly bitter concoctions, would “over-hop” their standard Pale Ale. But they did justice to the style. A mildly floral hop profile is definitely present, but the nose is mostly sweet, caramel malt and a nice, well-rounded fruit aroma (tropical citrus fruits).
TASTE: Good biscuity/bready malt backbone accentuated by a slightly tart fruit flavor and an herbal, mildly bitter hop finish. The fruit/vinous flavor is a nice spin on the classic Pale Ale taste. I’ll say one thing about Stone…nothing they make is “by the books”.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium-bodied with excellent, sparkling effervescence.
DRINKABILITY: Not the best or worst Pale Ale I’ve had, but it does stand out from the pack and it’s supremely drinkable. Other than the Levitation, this is as “sessiony” a beer as Stone makes.
RATING: 3 Hops