Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,648 Ratings
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88
very good

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Ratings: 2,648
Reviews: 989
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 91
Gots: 250 | 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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 2,648 | Reviews: 989
Photo of dopehousex3
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has to be my favorite beer of all time! I just love the Stone brewing co. The make great tasting beers. Every Friday I go down to the brewery(wich is 2 miles away from my house lol) and get a fresh brewed 6 pack. The taste is so rich and smooth, the smell is great the color is beautyful. I would recomend anyone that love great tasting pale ales go pick this beer up.

Photo of TheOtherMike
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite session brews. I can always count on enjoying this in any occasion. It is usually available in my area.

Everything about this Pale Ale is just right. Nothing is overdone or over the top. The balance of components is superb. It complements any meal. I would recommend this to anyone just beginning to explore the wide world of beer as an example of what is good beer.

Photo of palliko
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am hooked. Whenever I go to the liquor store now, I HAVE to bring home a six-pack of Stone Pale Ale. Period. It is amazing. I love IPA's so I tried Stone's IPA first, wonderful, but a little too strong for a session beer for most folks, as is Arrogant Bastard. If you like IPA, this is as strong as a NORMAL IPA. Which is why I like it: the slap of grapefruit hops hits your nose like Christmas. Perfect: head, lacing, malt balance, dry finish. And HOPS. You are going to love this beer!

Photo of snotster
4.97/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious piece of turd this is!

Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
4.9/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is my go to beer. Very flavorful and crisp. Perfect beer for a hot day, or anytime in matter of fact. If you want a good beer look no further.

Photo of Naerhu
4.83/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After tasting Ruination and Arrogant Bastard, I expected all Stone brewing ales to be totally dominating and ruthless. This on the other hand was beautiful and poetic, yet strong. Appearance a beautiful white head resting on a rather dark orange body. And what a sexy body. The malt aroma was married with the hop. I have never had a beer with such fragrant malts. The flavor was outstanding, both the malts and the hops were aggressive, but not intrusive and announced themselves with grace. I think dry caramel. It is only on the finish that the hops come out ahead.

Photo of nolanstout
4.82/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of this beer in a build your own six pack set up a few weeks ago. My father had always told me Stone made some of the best beers he had ever tasted so I decided to take his advice and try Stone Pale Ale.

It was a very rich and rewarding beer to drink so a couple nights ago I picked up a six pack of Stone Pale Ale. If you haven't had this beer before. Try it. You won't regret it.

The look of the beer is similar to many pale ales although it is a bit darker than what most people would consider a "pale ale." This is probably because of the complexity of the hops in the beer. This complexity pays heavy dividends for the ale. The taste was complex, yet not too complex, and the mouthfeel was also satisfying in a slightly refreshing but also slightly spicy way.

The best part of this beer, in my opinion, was the smell. The hard work that the people at Stone brewing company put into this beer's creation is most evident in the complexity of the smell of this ale from when it is freshly poured till the final sip.

Photo of proc
4.82/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One word to start: Impressive.

Pours out to a beautiful copper color. Aroma is that of caramel, hops and fruit. The balance to this Pale Ale is nearly perfect. The hops are tasty, not shocking, and make this beer downright, delicious. I kept humming/singing "Stone Brew" to the tune of Foghat's "Stone Blue" (for the 70s challenged, Foghat was a hard rock act.) as I drank it.

One of, if not the best pale out there. Yum. A big thanks to Murph for sending this my way.

Photo of Bogie
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After visiting San Diego in 2006 and tasting this beer I was hopful that I would be able to get it here in North Texas. Well 3 years later it finally showed up in 6 packs at my local Kroger Marketplace @ $11.35 per. As far as I'm concerned it is well worth it. I have drank 2 Six packs since and think it's some of the best American Pale Ale produced. It pour perfectly and made a very nice off white head that stayed with the glass. The blend of hops and malt were just right for my taste. On Superbowl Sunday I drank the beer with Chicken wings and Sliders the beer complemented the food and was a perfect match. I think this beer would go well many difference dishes and certainly by it's self. Enjoy. FS.

Photo of tredaug
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very drinkable, well-balanced brew.

Appearance - Good lacing, good retention when aggressively poured. Amber/copper color.

Smell - Faint sweetness, perhaps between brown sugar and caramel.

Taste - Mild fruity hops are followed by a slight malt sweetness that is very well-matched.

Mouthfeel - The hops and light carbonation immediately bite the tongue, leading to a aftertaste of slightly sweet herbal breadiness. Demonstrates a soft bubbliness that adds to the body of the beer.

Drinkability - Very drinkable - light enough for a hot day, character enough for any casual drinking. Not an especially unique beer, but a very well-made example of a American-styled Pale Ale.

Photo of noknife83
4.73/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours amber with a hint of orange, nice thick head of foam. This beer has a nice nose, and a very interesting taste, a great balance between the sweet and bitter. A lot of Pales make the mistake and have way too much of a malt taste, but not this, just enough. All in all a great, I strongly recommend this beer.

Photo of Slatetank
4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A beautiful deep amber w/ slowly rising bubbles and a massive white 3 finger head that is cloud fluffy and lace giving.

S - Odors of apricots, walnuts, pears and blood oranges as well as subtle nutmeg and herbal scents arrive at the nostrills.

M - An extremely pleasant balance of bitter and creamy smoothness meld into a swirly pinwheel of floating layers. I found myself swishing my tonque to and fro inside my mouth like a hooked muskie trying to glean more while allowing it to saturate.

T - Awesome toasted and nutty nuances lavish the fruited ale highlites in caontast. Spices and tingling crisp citrus hops present a stunning sideshow while not distracting a bit.

D - A wonderfully smooth, yet vibrant american pale that says multitudes in small phrases. Clean and well built, yet dynamic and tongue enlightening.

Photo of hyuga
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful off-white head that stays, and leaves a good amount of lace when it does go down. Orange/copper color. Fruity and citrus aromas take charge of the nose, specifically a tangerine-like aroma. With a taste comes more fruity hop bitterness that is just a notch above the biscuit-like malt flavors that accompany it. Fruity in the front and bitter in the back. Leaves the characteristic rind-like bitterness on the edges of your tongue. Definitely aimed at the hophead, but still well-balanced and extremely drinkable. This is becoming one of my favorite pale ales.

Photo of samwello
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I put this exceptional beer right there with "Victory Prima Pils" I just love the quality comming from America these days! This beer has a burnt dark chocolate hop flavor that will make your tongue twist and curl around every drop. It is intuitively obvious to the beer loving taste bud that this is one fine quality beer. The fermentation and aroma are superior to other beers. The after taste runs away too quickly... making one chase after that perfect flavor. YUM! Publix mix a 6 pack purchase is how I stumbled upon this beauty. 4 were throw aways, one was good, and this one was life changing!

Photo of RJLarse
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a six pack of Stone Pale Ale while vacationing in Nevada. We don’t get many Stone brews in the northwest so I grabbed some when I saw it. I poured this beer in to a pint glass.

Pours a redish copper color, a little darker than I expected. A rich foamy off-white head forms which is extremely resilient and sticky. The head produces heavy lacing on the glass.

The smell is fairly strong, floral and fruity. Aroma of citrus fruit is present.

The taste is robust, but not strong or overpowering and wonderfully well balanced between the citrus flavors, malt and hops.

Mouth feel is very smooth. The beer is full-bodied but light, crisp and mildly carbonated.

This is a very VERY drinkable beer, with appealing aromas and flavors. The flavors are very well balanced. I wouldn’t mind having several of these in a session. I would certainly drink Stone Pale Ale again, and I wish I had bought more than a six pack.

Photo of railcaider
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The color of this beer is brownish red, translucent with a slight orange tint at the edges. The head is sandy in color and showed good retention throughout the duration of the tasting. The most noticeable smells are orange and lemon, but a sweet note of something like vanilla is also present in addition to these fruit odors. What really impressed me is how the taste changes as it progresses through your mouth when you drink it. Initially there's is the strong hop bitterness common to most Stone beers, but this quickly gives way to a mix of tart and sweet fruit tastes.

The body is heavy enough to provide a base for the complex flavors but still light enough that it feels easy to drink. Overall, the mouthfeel is very smooth. I really like Stone's beers for their intense bitter hop tastes and complex flavors, but this one in particular is exceptional. It's probably a perfect beer to initiate someone into Stone's other beers because the complexity is packaged in a way that just about anyone could enjoy.

Photo of jeremyd365
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a darker orange-brown with minimal head that dispersed quickly.

The smell of hops was obvious but not strong or overwhelming at all--really got put your nose to it.

Feels slighty bitter and bubbly in the mouth.

The taste in a strong, hoppy one, slightly bitter. You can tell the alcohol is there but not strongly.

Definitely drinkable and would recommend.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from Phocion, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange color with a thin but foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, citrus, tea and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is very well-balanced. The same elements that are in the smell, hops, citrus, caramelized malt & tea, are intricately woven together to create a robust and flavorful beer, which doesn’t seem to be done very often in this style, but it’s done here as only Stone can. The after-taste is a mild mixture of hops and sweetness.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling, this is an excellent beer to just keep knocking back continuously. Stone proves again how well they can brew. They can take even an ordinary style and make an extra-ordinary beer in it.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- murky burnt orange glows brightly when held up to the window. buff colored head is just amazing lookin as it deflates moderately quickly to a thick disk of cream n bubbles and sticky spotty lace.

S- mineral water, and sweet caramel malt, toffee, cassia, and marshmallow, almost nutty, subtle toasty and earthy hop aromas are in there too. if their aim was to go british, so far this is a real stand up job. becomes ever so buttery as it warms. like real creamery butter that's been clarified.

T- caramel sweet with a nice dose of bitterness throughout. not intense or overwhelming, and exceptionally balanced. the best part for me is the solid marshmallow malt sweetness that plays along with the bitterness, something that i also noticed in their IPA. woodsy and toffee notes hide in there as well with the herbal zesty mild hop flavor. finishes the same way it started but with a hint of butterscotch, grapefruit, and pine.

MF- all this talk about marshmallows, and this one really feels like a marshmallow, if there could be such a thing as a cold melted marshmallow. soft and creamy, and perfectly carbonated at that just below medium level. there is no question of the malt quality and content here.

D- when i think of my ideal pale ale/IPA flavors, it always somehow goes back to stone IPA and barrelhouse cumberland pale ale. the dry crisp hoppy sierra nevada-esque ones have their place and time, but these british influenced toffee sweet versions really do it for me. stone pale ale fits that bill and hopefully, will be making a regular appearance from now on.

Photo of buck1futter
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- really dark amber orange, golden in the reflection. long lasting slighty off white head that last through out the drink. gets kinda small at the end but that doesn't really matter.

s-sweet butter with citrus. really nice. maybe a very very light brown sugar smell.

t-mmmm good. probably my 2nd fav. pale ale. goes down very good nice hop bitterness to top off the peak of the malt sweetness which is fantastic. some what bready but this beer is really really balanced, most balanced pale ale around.

m-slight cream very hearty yet goes done really smooth.

Photo of joecast
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

deep, glowing burnt orange in color with a perfect sized foamy, dense head. head was extremely stable, sticking around for most of the 22oz. bottle.
inviting malty sweet, honey aroma.
nicely balanced flavor with just enough (but not too much) bitterness. absolutely full of flavors that blend together very well. hop oils and bitter chocolate made to be best of friends.
there is just no way i could get tired of drinking this. a very straight forward pale ale with no funny business.

Photo of stoutman
4.62/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great tasting beer, full of smooth flavor one would expect from a solid pale ale...Very well balanced between malt and hops (maybe a little more hop, but who cares?). If this were a mass-marketed beer, it would be a top five seller...

Photo of brdc
4.62/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Small capped bottle, poured into a tulip.

It is a very nice, dark copper brew with a good, very light tan head with nice retention and lacing.
Nice, if not strong aroma, with bready, malty caramel notes, along with balancing fruity hoppiness.
It has a surprisingly creamy mouthfeel, opening to a very pleasant, well balanced beer with fruity, citrusy hoppiness exchaning notes with caramel maltiness.
Not complex or extreme (not its purpose), but extremely drinkable and well balanced, a great session beer. Very well done.

Photo of ericj551
4.62/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Pale Ale pours a nice golden copper with a creamy head that lingers as a thin off white layer leaving a nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is delicious, sweet caramel malts, clean with a nice toasted notes. There is a nice leafy hop aroma and an allusion to bitterness. The flavor is dry with a nice malt character. Hops are dominant but not overpowering. The nice light hop flavor leaves the beer crisp, with hints of toasted malts in the aftertaste. I really wish I could drink this everyday! I hope the rumors of Stone coming to Maine are true.

Photo of BadBadger
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stone's Pale Ale is an outstanding beer. It pours a nice semi-dark copper color. The head is descent sized, though somewhat short lasting. The smell is mildly of a fruity nature. The taste is nicely balanced, a little sweet and a little bitter, nothing overwhelming here-just right. This beverage is a highly drinkable beer, definitely worthy of bringing home from the beer store, if you are fortunate enought to locate some.

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Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,648 ratings.