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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,480 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2,480
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 74
Gots: 141 | FT: 1
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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Photo of FacistCannonBall
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent beer that accentuates its maltiness rather any significant hop character. Had a pint of this tonight at a local pizza joint, but this isn't my first time. It's pretty OK and not too memorable. I liked its dark amber color and moderately malty and hoppy smell. The taste is mild at most and characterized by its sweet malt profile. As far as pale ales go, I've had better that offer a richer drinking experience: Sierra Nevada comes to mind. Still, an above average beer that doesn't really stand out but will suffice when options are limited.

FacistCannonBall, May 03, 2009
Photo of Dreizhen
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Dreizhen, Jul 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

MastaShonuf, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of CoolEthan
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

CoolEthan, May 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Hipster, Nov 04, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

jbdpsu82, Jul 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

rderedin, Jun 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

LMH88, Aug 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

William123, Sep 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

girafarig, Jul 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Taycro, Aug 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

NHbeerfishing, Jul 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Jut, Dec 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Rathakem, Apr 23, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

eulerthegrape, Dec 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Lambocalrisien, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stone Pale Ale

Appearance- light brown/ orange/ amber with a decent head.
Smell- floral and citrus hops not as strong as some IPA's
Taste- very similair to Sierra Nevada but just a little more washed down. Floral hops and a grapefruit/ lemony rind taste add a little bitterness.

Overall- a basic run-of-the-mill IPA. Nothing to shout about but I would drink again.

NJpadreFan, Jul 23, 2004
Photo of froghop
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear copper with a small off-white head, and good lacing.

smell is floral, caramel, some spice, and a little pine.

taste is of oats, malt, grain, some caramel, a little bit of cheerios, earth, and roasted nuts, ends a little dry and a little bitter.

froghop, May 22, 2009
Photo of sevenarts
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear, glimmering amber with a big, fluffy light tan head and good lacing.

S: Thick, bready malts with some piney hop bitterness.

T/M: Bready and malty, with some bitter, piney hops threaded through it. Fairly mild and simple, with a medium/light mouthfeel.

O: Not the most exciting beer or even the most exciting pale ale. Easily drinkable and moderately tasty, but nothing too special.

sevenarts, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of drpimento
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a nice frothy, textured head and lots of lace. Nice amber color. Mild hop with some malt nose. Hop flavor is remarkably muted. Not bad, but nothing special. A surprise. Was expecting a lot more from the Stone. Balanced, clean pleasant finish.

drpimento, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of browniewithnuts
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark amberish color, kind of murky in the glass. 1/2 inch head which dispersed pretty quickly with a circular white foam remaining around the glass. Decent carbonation.

S: Not much coming through in the smell for me. Mostly smelling biscuity malts coming through with slight hop presence in the smell.

T: Hop bitterness comes through at first but the taste changes quickly. The maltiness comes through quickly and takes over the palate. There is a little more bitterness on the back end before the taste fades with a crisp, clean finish

M: Light clean body, slightly over carbonated but not overwhelmingly so. Decent mouth feel.

O: An average Pale Ale. Nothing really stood out with it but nothing really offended the senses.

browniewithnuts, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of Ricochet
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

S: Musty, grapefruity , a little malt. About average.

A: It's a standard pale ale with a sticky lace. Amber, slightly cloudy. Looks good.

M: Watery, not much to grip, washed really clean, little bitterness in the aftertaste with a malty finish

T: Grapefuity hops muted with a malty base then mostly water after. *shrug*

D: There's no doubt that it's a good APA , but compared with some of the others, this makes a better than average drinker, and not much else. For the $$$, there is better/cheaper out there.

Ricochet, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of rawfish
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark burnt amber color, thin head, half a finger that is stark white. Average retention but it only leaves a few flecks of suds on the glass.

Stale bread, pale malt, adjunct and caramel. Thin with a grassy hay hop overtone. Something like a light fruit and fruit aroma wafting around in the glass as well.

Pale malt that has a good dose of toasted bread. Grassy and hay hops that have an immediate drying effect that comes off as chalky and stark. Raw and grain husks abound in the malt department. I was expecting more.

Easy to put down and it releases from the palate quickly readying it for more. Sessionable body and active carbonation for the style.

For a pale it's average but I was expecting much more from stone. Chalky and dry but otherwise very easy to drink with adequate malt and bitterness. The price tag will keep me from buying more.

rawfish, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of trappistlover
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Draught at our hotel in San Diego). Pours clear copper color with tan head. Moderate carbonation. Aroma is heavy malts, citrus, and resin. Taste is semi-sweet with some moderate bittering hops. Thin and a bit watery, its has an oily texture. Ok beer.

trappistlover, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of rattleweed
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paid a little more for this so was expecting something but didn't get it. I mean it was good but nothing worth the extra coin for me.
A - a bit hazy, dark honey color with an off -white head that doesn't stick around long.
S - light, pleasant smell
T - clean, not sweet, not anything really, nice not too overpowering bitterness after.
M - medium carbonation and squeezes the tongue a little so the tastebuds pop...just not much for them to do.
D - the clean dry taste and slight bitter finish made for an easily downable pint. good just not that special for me.

rattleweed, Jun 23, 2010
Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,480 ratings.