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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,476 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2,476
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 73
Gots: 140 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

gleemonger, Apr 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

jamesewelch, May 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

rcatalano, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

Slatetank, Apr 24, 2007
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Mattitude13, Sep 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Marty91, Mar 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

JKbeerlover, Apr 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

mattlag, Jul 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

ChicagoShakeAndBake26, Aug 31, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

rm9679, Nov 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

camelgar, May 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Molson2000, Oct 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Chav27, Apr 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

BJasny, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of hyuga
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

hyuga, Sep 14, 2002
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4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

railcaider, Jun 22, 2010
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4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

RJLarse, Apr 09, 2006
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4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 11, 2007
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4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

jeremyd365, Mar 21, 2008
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4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

buck1futter, Sep 30, 2011
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4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

hustlesworth, Dec 29, 2009
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4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
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...

stoutman, Aug 27, 2002
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4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

joecast, Jul 01, 2004
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4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Somewhat hazed, copper color with a thinnish but surprisingly persistant head. Leaves a great lace down the glass. Aroma is hoppy and citric, with a caramel sweetness underlying. Malt sweetness hits you up front in the mouth as well, and is noticeable throughout the beer, contributing a nice nutty flavor. The dominate taste, however, is still the slightly acidic, citric flavors of the hops. They also give the beer a pleasant oily smoothness. The beer feels medium-bodied, finishes dry, and leaves you with a nice fruity/sweet aftertaste, with lingering hints of hop bitterness. This is probably more hoppy than the average Pale Ale, but this isn't an IPA or Ruination. There's a good deal going on here besides the hops, and this is a good thing. Extremely drinkable and pleasant.

mzwolinski, Dec 08, 2002
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4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

brdc, Sep 14, 2008
Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,476 ratings.