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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Pale AleStone Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,172 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2172
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.

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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem. Pours a crystal-clear amber-red body with a good inch of persistent off-white head. Smells amazing - American C-hops (definitely Cascades) rule, but a good portion of caramel and toffee notes put forth by the malt to balance. Hops hit at first in the flavor, with grapefruit, lemongrass, pith, as malt hits toward the middle in a less obvious way with just enough caramel and toffee to balance, then going back to the hops at the finish with a slightly dry bitterness. Loud and in your face, but balanced and not overwhelming. One of the best APAs I have ever had, though if it were a bit cheaper I'd get it more often. Still good for a treat!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 01:02:48 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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billiumk

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good looking red color with just over 2 fingers of head that retains well, nice lacing. Has a fairly mild citrus smell. Mouthfeel is relatively light with the degree of carbonation I expected. Very drinkable with good hoppy character that doesn't blow your doors off, a good session beer I think. I'm not normally a big pale ale fan but enjoyed this one and will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 04:52:00 | More by billiumk
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Apellonious

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pour a cloudy reddish orange, with a two finger head that hangs on the side of the glass

S - Fruity hoppy goodness. Some earthy pine overtones noted by the olfactory.

T - A great blend of hops and malts, sweet and fruity tasting but not in an overdone way. Biscuit notes, and citrus qualities appear as well. Slightly more malty than normal for a pale ale.

M - The mouthfeel is excellent, a great balance between carbonation and smoothness.

O- Great beer, I would highly recommend it. One of my current all time favorites. Not an overly complex beer, but close to perfect for the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 02:35:01 | More by Apellonious
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Dmann

California

4.45/5  rDev +15%
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 =)

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2003 10:21:38 | More by Dmann
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in the 22 oz. bomber, into a pint glass. The color is amber, with a white foamy head that doesn't seem to want to go anywhere. The smell is a nice hoppiness. The taste is a nice citrus hoppiness with a good and noticable caramel malt in the background. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, I could have this one all day long.

This was one that I've wanted to try for a long time, and now that I have, I'm glad I did. Stone creates another classic, and a truely great session beer. Simply fantastic, and one I'd certainly have again, and a candidate for a session beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2004 23:40:55 | More by beergeek279
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watermelonman

California

4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a great dark orange and brown that was practically glowing. The medium head lasted fairly well, and left a few big lines of lace.

The smell is very nice, being full of rich malt and slightly floral hops. The taste is also quite good, being rich up front and fairly bitter in the finish. While the hops are definitely assertive, they are somewhat less sharp than in comparable beers. I think this suits the style very well. The mouthfeel is pleasing while the drinkability is very good.

I believe this is what every other american pale ale wishes it was.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2005 23:04:29 | More by watermelonman
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tonistruth

Nevada

4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-dark straw in color with a thick 1" head that becomes all fluffy like as it settles. Awesome retention, some kind of head is with the the brew all the way through. White lace on glass.

S- clean, malty and grainy. Inviting.

T- hop freakin crazy. bitterness in middle and aftertaste, surprising delightful. Very grainy and malty, some kind of sweetness in there.

M- dries up on you at the end, but the rest is great. smooth, nice body.

D- smooth with great taste, i could spend a lot of time with this one, and enjoy every mintue of it. Very distinct from other pale ales ive tried.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 06:08:43 | More by tonistruth
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dblinkhorn

California

4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass tulip goblet.

Appearance - Slightly hazy medium amber color. The color is very spectacular on this pale ale. The head is just over a finger at first. It's white, silky, and sticky. It quickly dissipates to a constant lace that remains for the whole drink.

Smell - The scent is slightly faint, but right off the bat I can smell those signature bitter citrusy hops (can't wait to take a sip). Also, the malt aroma is in the far background, but definitely present and it smells perfect. The malt smell is rich and full.

Taste - Wow, this is a pale ale with character! Right up front the bitter, crisp, and citrusy hops come out strong, with the rich malt coming fast behind it. The end of the taste is dominated again by the hops, and the malt is again commanding the background, doing its job perfectly. The flavor is perfect for a pale ale. This brew is the benchmark by which to compare all other pale ales, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel - Again I'm amazed. The carbonation is spot on. It is medium-bodied and flows around in your mouth like smooth silk. It's very clean, very crisp, and very refreshing. Perfect again.

Drinkability - Let's just say this is one of my staple brews. For a pale ale, this is the most fantastic brew I've had. The hops are bold, the malt flavor is perfect, and it has a refreshing bitter hop aftertaste that is most pleasing.

Overall, this beer would be given a 5.0 across the board if the brew itself were perfectly clear with a more impressive head, and if the smell was a bit more pronounced. However, these slight weaknesses are far outweighed by the exceptional flavor, mouthfeel, and ease of drinking. This is a must have!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2006 05:46:55 | More by dblinkhorn
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zuggy9

California

4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this pale ale. It pours a nice copper-amber with a thick off-white head and excellent retention, yielding some nice lacing. The smell is light, but with a good mix of malts, fruit and hops. The taste is quite full, with complex grains and caramel sweetness, along with the classic Stone citrus notes. It has a good body and light carbonation, finishing dry, but not overly bitter. These won't last if you share then, so stock up on them!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2007 21:09:19 | More by zuggy9
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one a few months ago, drank the case so quickly that I forgot to review one. Then i was told that it was a mistake that it came to the East and that i won't be able to get it again. Well I saw a case of it again last week and grabbed it. So here goes the review before it's all gone.

Dark copper color with a nice sized head. This beer has the look of quality that you expect from Stone. Smell is fruity with some citrus zest. Also a strong backbone of caramel and biscuit malt comes through. The taste is perfectly balanced. I love Stone's hop bombs but this is just a solid balanced beer that deserves some props. Finishes with a little bit of a bitter bite, just to let you know it's a stone, and a little dry. If you look at drinkability as being able to down a bunch in a night than this is the most drinkable stone i've had. If you look at drinkablity as being "boy i could drink this beer for the rest of my life and be happy" then it's a winner also. The quality I've come to know and expect from stone. Hope this one continues to be available in PA.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 00:38:31 | More by beermanbrian
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PatronWizard

California

4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From bomber to glass. Just sat down for lunch. The wife made me a dual cheese turkey sandwich (cheddar AND pepperjack, God bless her). And I'm predisposed to thinking Stone beer rules. This is going to be a good lunch.

Pour a perfect bronze copper meld. Beautiful head. Retention, lacing, adorable!

Smells like good beer. Some caramel, light hops. I just know this is gonna be delicious.

I was right-delicious. The hops are a bit subdued for Stone but great flavor anyway.

Ridiculously drinkable. Seriously, I want to give it a 5.5 - it will probably be gone before my sandwich. I can't help it; good stuff.

OK, so I finished the sandwich first. Left with about 6 oz to enjoy while typing in my review.

Who the hell invented this hobby? They should be knighted! Or sainted! Or at least pat on the back. I say 2012 Olympic Beer Brewing! Who do I have to kill to be a judge?

Overall: You'll be sorry if you buy only one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 20:14:28 | More by PatronWizard
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BillHaverchuck

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a dark woody color, deep dark hazy amber
beautifully large foamy head
smells very woody and balanced
so crisp and refreshing, my mouth is left with a pinch from the hops as it's swallowed
great balanced pale ale, not too hoppy but just enough kick to it
this is a really great beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 22:42:38 | More by BillHaverchuck
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Pale Ale has a thin, cream-colored head, a good amount of lacing, and a hazy (after I swirled & poured in the sediment), orange appearance. The aroma is of hops, water, and bready sweetness. Taste is of piney, resinous hops, slight citrus, a little sweetness, and some faint bread. Mouthfeel is soft and medium, and Stone Pale Ale finishes refreshing, easy drinking, and mild. Overall, this is a nice, pleasant ale, and I think you should try it.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 22:08:55 | More by RonaldTheriot
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From The Drafting Room in Exton, Pa.

This beer poured a golden yellow with a thin white head. This was a very fresh and floral tasting pale ale. I enjoyed this one a lot and has to be my favorite Pale Ale in recent history. Strong hops and grainy aroma and more fuller bodied than, say Sierra Nevada’s Pale. Nicely done, crispy and pleasantly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2003 20:39:33 | More by pezoids
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dense, murky, dark orange color...a thick, creamy head...
Nose is fruity, and floral, vibrant and sweet, hops are nice, mellow, and very attractive, without standing out too much. Perfectly mild pale ale aroma. Zesty and citric, nice and fresh.
Taste...very nice. All those flavors found in the nose return on the palate. A certain spiciness sticks it out right next to the easy-going fruitiness, and, if you'll allow me, I'm reminded of a barleywine flavor, but without the alcohol. Mellow and tasty, light to medium in body, pleasant finish. Extraordinarily drinkable and smooth, but never skimping on taste!
What an appealing pale ale, I'm glad that Stone has such a friendly offering to appeal to those who aren't always aching for an abundance of hops and challenging flavors, something to keep the taps flowing and the coffers filled, allowing them to make those bad bastards we all love!

Big-sized doffing of the topper to El Bummerino for providing the bomber!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2003 04:23:10 | More by feloniousmonk
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JMazzic

California

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Golden amber color, little carbonation. About a quarter inch of head that quickly vanishes. This looks very inviting.

Smell - Great hops aroma, it'll perk you up a bit. Alcohol not too strong. Pretty refeshing smell.

Taste - Light bitter hops, not too harsh, quickly disappears. Kinda sweet aftertaste. Tingles your tastebuds, light carbonation. Refreshing, really enjoyable. Nice balance of bite and sweetness. Seems a bit sweeter as it warms up.

Mouthful - Pretty thin, tingly. Slick, and foams up nicely

Drinkability - Very nice beer. Not too bitter, goes down easy. I can drink this all day long. A good "go to" beer for a session.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2005 02:17:35 | More by JMazzic
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I shouldn't be surprised coming from stone how amazingly drinkable this beer is. It is not intense and impressive lie Ruination it is assertively but not aggressively hoppy.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful amber copper color with a creamy off-white head and decent retention. Significant lacing line the glass.

Smell: Malty fruity hoppy and gentle. It is a small but friendly nose.

Taste: The taste is bigger than the nose. It is *perfectly balance with an easy feel from start to finish. Lightly toasted grain and lightly caramel flavored. Malts and brown sugar and gentle grapefruit / orange hop flavors, a top a buttery smooth center. Rich friendly delightful.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and light carbonation, dry spicy bitterness left pleasantly on the palate.

Drinkability: Simply stated I am going to look into the cost of a case. I want more.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 03:08:11 | More by Phatz
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Brent

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm certainly a fan of Stone's hop-centric offerings, but I was equally impressed with this beer, in which Stone demonstrated an abilty to hold back on the hop-horsepower while still producing a flavorful beer with bright malt flavors, tinged with caramel malt and juicy but well-balanced hop bittering. Stone managed to put quite a bit of depth into this beer, no small feat for a pale ale. A work of art.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 20:48:56 | More by Brent
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

A - cloudy, amber color with a small white head that went away after a while, leaving no lace.

S - upfront hop aroma, but sweet smell of malt is also there.

T - very well balanced pale ale, very good taste.

M - medium bodied, crisp carbonation.

D - extremely easy drinking, very enjoyable brew.

Final Note: after having had most of what Stone has to offer, I finally tried this delicious beer... what took me so long?

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 23:31:22 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A more relaxing brew than the last two I had from Stone(Arrogant Bastard and IPA)

A- A dark pale ale with a brown-orange color akin to maple. Decent 1-finger frothy head that leaves some decent lacing.

S- Awesome. Mostly citric grapefruit smell from the hops but the sweet, sugary malts also make and appearance

T- Taste is wonderfully balanced and great for a "meal beer" with a lighter flavor found in many pale ales. If you're looking for hops, you'll find hops; if you're looking for malts, you'll find malts; if you're looking for yeast byproducts, you'll find them.

M- Feels somewhat oily but still very refreshing.

D- Drinks good by itself and compliments foods like pizza very well.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 00:31:21 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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prsguitarsr4me

New York

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Man I love Stone! Pours a beautiful amber with a gorgeous creamy head. Nose is fruity and sweet. Tastes like Stone. What can I say? It just tastes great - PERFECT balance. Probably the least aggressive Stone I've had - a little more accessible to multiple bottles in one sitting. I may like more carbonation, but the beer is great either way. This and Sierra Nevada are my favorite Pale Ales, no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 04:26:03 | More by prsguitarsr4me
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Prostman81

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a 22oz bomber of this courtesy of a really good friend who brought it back from California with him.

A: Poured a beautiful, deep red color, almost ruby. Maybe a finger of head which quickly dissapated.

S: Was expecting a little more here. No real discernable hop aroma, perhaps just a faint whiff of malt. Kind of perplexed that a SNPA has more aroma than the Stone PA.

Taste, Mouthfeel, Drinkability: This is where the beer more than makes up for the lack of hop aroma. Since this is a PA, the hops are in well balance with the malt. The malt profile on this one is great, nice hit of caramel, but not overwhelming. As the beer warmed, I noticed a fruityness come out that I hadn't picked up when first sampled. The beer has a full bodied mouthfeel, but everything works in concert so well that the bomber disappeared before I knew it. The alcohol level in this definitely allows this beer to be sessionable if wanted, but I enjoyed taking my time to savor this great west coast pale ale.

My last thoughts on this are, if Stone can make a Pale Ale with this much going on, what on earth must Arrogant Bastard taste like?

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 14:27:31 | More by Prostman81
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Brewing Pale Ale

Appearance: Red, very small head with good lacing.

Smell: Apples, coriander, and some floral qualities.

Taste: Floral hops, slight apple, and rich malts.

Mouthfeel: medium-light with a slight hoppiness.

Overall:
This is a very good beer. It has the perfect balance between flavor and smoothness. I really like this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 05:45:17 | More by megahurts4
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centbeerfest

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Strong white head that lasts. Cloudy light medium burnt orange cloudy.

Great balance of hops and a touch of orange sweetness. Little bit of lasting bitterness in the finish which pairs well with the citrus.

On the take home scale I would take home a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 03:43:13 | More by centbeerfest
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drumdude73

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you haven't had Stone's Pale Ale you are really missing something special! This beer is not your typical Pale Ale...it is more malty than most Pale Ale's that I have had. Great brown color, lasting head, and a nice malty, yet very well balanced flavor, makes this beer stand out from the rest! If you don't like bitter/hoppy beer and stay away from Pale Ale's, do not ignore this beer. It is not hoppy by any means and yet at the same time it is not overly sweet or malty either. Stone's Pale Ale is a well balanced beer that you will enjoy over and over again!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 14:58:20 | More by drumdude73
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