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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,169 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2169
Reviews: 951
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-23-2001)
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Todd

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.4%
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
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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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A: Dark copperish amber hue with a slightly off-white head that starts at nearly two fingers, but fades down to a creamy cap. Nice silky white lacing left behind. The cap retains wonderfully, fortified by dozens of carbonation bubble rising wildly to the top.

S: Aroma is a little clean, which is a bit of a surprise from Stone. What I do pick up is caramel and bready malts with some light citrus highlights and a little bit of flowery hop. I'm a fan of of powerful, knock-your-socks-off aromas, but I'm sure this would appeal to anyone a fan of the style as well as those into less in-your-face brews.

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O: Pale ales, in all honesty, are not my style. I prefer much brasher flavors that favor one side rather than being perfectly balanced. Even with that being said, Stone, with their Pale Ale, delivers a wonderful drinking experience that proves that not all of their beers will send the faint of heart cowering away with their tail between their legs. A wonderfully balanced brew that drinks extremely easily as has become a top-contender for my summertime session choice. I look forward to spending many nights with friends on my couch, a bottle of this in my glass, and the Phillies on my tube.

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Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,169 ratings.