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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Pale AleStone Pale Ale

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very good

2,580 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,580
Reviews: 969
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 82
Gots: 196 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-23-2001

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,580 | Reviews: 969 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by MadCat:
Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice copper color, decent white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Fruit and caramel malts, along with floral and citrus hops

Taste: Hoppy, with some bitterness, floral and citrus. Caramel malt sweetness backs it up some, with some fruit and nut flavor. Very well balanced

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, good carbonation

Overall: Excellent example of the style. This brew always makes me happy, as I don't have it as often as other pale ales.

More User Reviews:
Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear reddish orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly died down but never completely faded away.
S: The smell isn’t that strong and has hints of caramel malts and citrus hops.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell but the flavors are much stronger; the initial taste has some hints of malty sweetness while there is a mild to moderate amount of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink, quite refreshing and has a lot of flavor compared to other beers in the style. I could easily have more than one of these in a sitting.

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazingley my first try of Sone's pale,poured a clear rich copper with a clingy 1 1/2 finger white head in to a standard pint glass.Leafy hop aromas hit up front with a touch of dry malt,good complexities on the palate very well balanced leafy "green" hop intertwined with a lightly sweet malt base with the hops barely taking the lead just highly drinkable for a "standard"pale ale.Very nice hop profile wich was to be expected from Stone but very drinkable and social,well done.

Photo of mojohawk21
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of RoyalT
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – The beautiful, deep orangish-brown body tells of a nice malt balance and the head is big and full. It left cool-looking pits of foam on top of the liquid as it settled.

Smell – The aroma here is subdued and consists mostly of light fruits and toasty malts. I can pick up some citrus and floral hopping, but they are small and difficult to read.

Taste – The dryish hops come on a bit more at the taste, but the big malt body rules this road. It is fruity and tangy almost like a red/amber ale.

Mouthfeel – At least medium in the body with some good carbonation and a lively mouthfeel.

Drinkability – I really enjoyed drinking this ale, but it wasn’t what I was expecting. I know it’s not an IPA or a dry-hopped SoCal monster hop bomb, but I would have preferred a bit more balance.

Photo of tectactoe
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark-ish amber-copper color, a bit cloudy in the middle. Thick head that, like many of Stone's beers, leaves great lacing along the glass. The nose hits with a light balance of hops (mostly citrus, slightly piney) and malts, mostly in the form of caramel and oak. The floral notes outweigh the malt character a bit, but still balance pretty well. The first hit on the palette begins with a slight taste of malts and yeast on the tongue, but quickly turns to an overtaking of hops, citrus, and bitterness. Although dominant, the hops remain somewhat "light" and are not overly-bitter. Slightly sweet from the citrus and bitter from the pine. Malts come back into play as the beer warms up, getting stronger and stronger along the way to balance the hops out nicely. Beer finishes crisp and refreshing with some residual bitter pines left on the tongue. Medium thickness, carbonated well.

Solid pale ale. Something easy to drink when you want to drink a lot of beer. Might even be safe to call this a session beer at only 5.4% ABV. I know I've done it before.

Photo of nohead02
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nicely with a good head. Darker than many California pale ales. Stone makes big beers and this one seems to have a stronger emphasis on malt than on hops. The bitterness is not over the top but lingers nicely. I personally prefer a more floral aroma than this has, but it occupies a nice nitch for drinkers who want a full bodies PA with some hoppiness that balances well with malt.

I don't regard this as much of a session beer as do some of the other reviewers. I enjoy one at a session but then feel like moving on to something else.

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SteadySippin
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This stone pale ale from poured from a bottle to a chilled glass.

A - Deep amber color. After pouring, it has a off white head about 2 fingers thick. Then the head settles to a thin ring. Lots of lacing with this one. Lots of bubbles floating around in there too. Beautiful looking beer.

S - Faint barley scent, with some citrus hidden in there.

T - The taste isn't bad, but definitely not expected. It has quite a bitter side to it for a pale ale. I get a lot of pine which dissipates and then the citrus flavor comes through. The bitterness stays with you from sip to swallow.

M - Feels bubbly in the mouth but easy to drink. Flavors cover the whole pallet quite nicely. Light to medium bodied.

O - I will probably buy this one again. It really surprised me though because I wasn't expecting the hops to come through like they do. I didn't enjoy the beer much at first, but the more I drink it, its quite good. Not as balanced as it probably could be, but I think thats the style that stone was going for with this one. For a pale ale with a little bite, I recommend. Oh, and the bottles are pretty sweet too.

Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of woodchipper
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Shakerman
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tapered pint glass.

Pours clear amber with just over a finger of white foam. Relatively low retention that goes to a sheet of bubbles pretty quickly. Lacing was light.

Hops are the first aroma to infiltrate the nostrils but a nice deep inhale also reveals a nice mid-toast malt. Hops are mostly citrus.

For any other brewery this would probably pass for an IPA. Plenty of hoppy bitterness and flavor on the tongue but there is a nice solid malty backbone to this brew that keeps everything in check. Carbonation is rather brisk but not overly so, contributing nicely to the overall texture. Finish is still nicely hopped with a nice linger, but not too long.

Nice offering from Stone. Not my favorite but still a great beer. It seems clear that they pulled back a bit on the hops for this one, perhaps trying to appeal to larger audience? Overall the balance is still very good with a great hop highlight. Cheers to Stone!

Photo of Dmann
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of the ultimate session beers in my opinion. On tap it is especially smoothe and crisp. It poured a nice light amber color with not much head because the bartender filled up the pint to the brim! Right off the bat I could smell the scent of floral hops and a slight spice that I cannot put my finger on. The taste was very good and reminded me a bit of the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale but with a much more balanced floral hop character and a nice malt flavor as well. Seeing as how most good bars around town have this on tap, this is now the new default beer =)

Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of drewkennedy
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of blackearth
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Ray's Liquors in Wauwatosa, WI. Poured bright orange with a thin white head. I detected a faint hop aroma. Light-bodied, smooth mouthfeel, with a slightly dry finish. I tasted a very mild sweetness and small hop aftertaste. This is a well balanced beer and I could drink 2 or 3 in a row. Not my favorite pale ale, but one I might buy again.

Photo of tuckevalastin
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber with a light white head

S: Very light smell. Seems a bit more malty then hoppy. Floral hops are faintly noticable.

T: A slight caramel malt taste comes through but the hops are much more dominated here. Mainly an earthy hop flavor. Ends bitter and dry.

M: Moderate body, slightly creamy, above average bitterness, little spice, and not much heat.

D: Quite drinkable if you like hops.

Overall, this is a decent beer and a nice offering from Stone. Doesn't particularly stand out though.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle I picked up in Michigan last time I was up there, brewed at the new brewery. Pours into my glass a deep reddish orange hue with an inch of white head atop the brew. Aromas of biscuit laced caramel malts intertwine with piney, herbal hops. Earthy in a way as well. Slightly resinous.

First sip brings a caramel, biscuit malt upfront that is met by herbal, earthy, somewhat piney hops midway through. Flows down with a mild bitterness that balances nicely with the malt sweetness. The pale ale finishes clean with a light lingering caramel covered hop.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creamy smoothness. Good steady carbonation. Great mouthfeel all around for a pale ale. This is an easy drinking pale ale but I prefer a brighter hop character and this one seems a bit too earthy for me. Not a brew I'd turn to myself, I think I'll stick to my other Stone faves from now on.

Photo of blitz134
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy caramel orange. Off-white head. Kinda small initially, but left a quarter inch of resistant foam. Good retention as with most of Stone's brews.

Smell is sweet, caramel and some raw candy sugar. Hops are quite subdued in the aroma as compared to their other stuff. Floral hops are the predominant aroma that I get with a bit of herbalness. I found the aroma quite weak and not overly complex.

Nicely balanced beer. A lot of malt flavor in this with some yeast bread and a little caramel sweetness. The unrefined sugar in the nose doesn't present itself here. Hops are again a bit floral and there is a definate herbal, earthy hit at the end. Finishes fairly clean with only the slightest bit of lingering dirty bitterness. There are some fleeting hints of alcohol that show up every now and then.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Coats well and there is just enough crispness from the carbonation. Overall this is a pretty drinkable pale ale and quite toned down compared to most of their other brews. I'd drink this if it was more readily available, although there are more flavorful offerings out there.

Photo of bulldogg915
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of nickadams2
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Pale amber in color with a thin off beige head.Lacing up and down the glass.

S_Sweet malt and faint hops.

T_Not as sweet as indicated by the smell. Grainy,bready malt up front. Faint piny hops on the back end. Pretty bland.

M_Full bodied and smooth. Goes down easy.

D_Best characteristic of this beer. Good session beer.

Photo of EastBay_Nick
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of sellmeagod
2.91/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Usually it is Stone's job to kick your butt and make you wonder why you came to drink it, then realize that's exactly why you're drinking it, man up and emerge triumphant.

With this one, the ale does not nearly accomplish this.

Yes it's a Pale Ale, but a bit of reddishness gives it a good look (that matches the bottle, nice!). Smelling the hops and barley, you drink down a regular and not even offensive hoppy taste. Why? Stone, I want you to crush me!

Sure you could drink 'em often, but the taste is a bit too bland to make each sip desirable, and at 5.4 abv there's no reason to stay with this one.

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Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,580 ratings.