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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,305 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2,305
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 65
Gots: 85 | 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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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A nice amber with orange highlights. A nice white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Very nice herbal and grapefruit tones in the aroma. Really nice maltiness in this pale ale. A caramel maltiness I think. A good bitterness too. I usually prefer highly hopped pale ales, but this doesn't seem overly hopped and I love it. This is probably the best balanced pale ale I've had. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2002 11:46:28 | More by Bighuge
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OStrungT

California

4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a light brown. Maybe a reddish color. The head is tan with a slight orange tint to it. It fades very slowly leaving very thick laces. This is probably the darkest pale ale I have ever seen. It has a floral aroma to it. The presence of malts are also apparent. There is a slight citrus scent to it as well. It tastes less hoppy that I would expect froma pale ale. It is more of an amber really. It had a very good balance of hops and malt flavor. This beer is very well balanced. It leaves a creamy feeling and citrus like taste on the palate. This beer wuld be a great session beer. It has a low alcohol content, so you could drink quite a few. Also, the flavor is not so strong and aggressive that you might get tired of it. I think I could drink this beer all night long. It is definately well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2005 02:13:06 | More by OStrungT
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kbuff13

California

4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Servered from a tap into a pint glass. Poured a deep amber color with small head and decent lacing. Strong citrus hops smell. Very well balanced beer, great hop taste, very smooth with medium body. Great overall beer. One of my all time favorites.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2009 04:33:11 | More by kbuff13
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - It has a thick pour to a head at about a half inch. The head is a medium tan and has nice stamina. The body is a bronze color that barely lets light through. Head is sticky leaving a nice lacing along the pint.

S - It has a hop aroma that does a good job of allowing a malt scent through as well.

T - There are a few different flavors here. It starts out with a mildly sweet, mostly hop beginning.It then moves to a richer hoppy flavor. There is an abrupt and forceful after-taste of straight hops.

M - The feel is actually pretty smooth for a hop filled brew. It goes down very well leaving no abrasive afterthought.

~ This is a very good beer and one that I wish was readily available in Central Wisconsin. It is nice to see this brewery has made it's way into the state even though I need to travel almost three hours to get a six pack. I will certainly recommend this beer to my friends. I'll also make sure they get their own because this sixer is mine!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 21:49:21 | More by cdkrenz
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adkirkish

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured clear amber, with a thick and persistent frothy white head.

Aroma: Pale malt, with a floral / bitter hop aroma that overwhelms the malts. No diacetyl / off aromas.

Flavor: The balance of this beer is dominantly hops, but it is supported well with the malt through the body. This beer has a backbone ;) The two compliment each other very well. Finish is a lingering hop bitterness.

M: Medium body, carbonation and mouthfeel, no astringency or warmth on the palate. Appropriate to style.

O: Perfect impression as far as American Pale Ales go ;)

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2010 15:11:02 | More by adkirkish
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Amber hue crystal clear with a nicely formed cream head nice and bubbly leaves fine evenly patterned lacing. Aroma: Very floral in nature hops are evident they take a seat in the cockpit, but it's okay the malt backbone is the copilot. Wonderful fruity undertones with a bouqet of whole leaf flowery hops, well done. Taste: Sufficient amount of hops some may say unbalanced however for me this beer is perfect. American style pale ale boasts a fruity slightly caramel tinged malt backbone that also has the support of some juicy hop bite. Mouthfeel: To Stone this is their light beer, in reality it's a medium bodied lucious ale with mild even carbonation. Drinkability: Blessed with high marks across the board making it hellaciously consumable wow this is up there with their IPA for all around goodness.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2004 18:09:50 | More by WVbeergeek
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jbone78

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice little pale.

A- nice golden pour, mild head retention and fades.
S- very good hop smell with a toasty like scent in there too. I like.
T- Again,toasty malts with great hop blend.
M- medium carbonated well with a residual sticky sugary malty aftertaste.
D- I could do several of these in a sitting.

Overall, I like this one. I like beers that blend.

-Bye

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 21:39:40 | More by jbone78
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Soft spicy/husky hop aroma...orangish with a soft creamy lace..nice mellow creamy mouthfeel...some nice fruitiness...very drinkable...thirst quenching...sweet maltiness...one of, if not THE best tasting pale ales I've had...My first stone experience is a GRAND one!!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2002 11:36:36 | More by ZAP
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lester619

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I Am pretty new to the world of craft beer. Most of my life I have drank the light yellow, watery, fizzy, canned beers that are made in a vat the size of Rhode Island that get berated on this website. I still like cheap watery beer. All I know is I love beer and this is what I want my beer to taste like. Sweet and herbal citrusy with tons of pine up front, balanced beutifully with just the right smack of bitterness. It's plenty hoppy, but not goofy hoppy. It's just great beer flavor. Fantastic drinkablility. I just wish it was two-for-one at the tavern like my light yellow fizzy watery crap. Oh well.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 19:39:00 | More by lester619
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber with a very light tan head. Nose is of perfumed hops with the expected citrus head. Really a heavy perfume fragrance throughout. Flavor is consistently bitter in a smooth way. On the tail end a sweeter side appears. Feel has a decent carbonation, but overall feels a little bit thin; but still overall is extremely good. Great drink ability. Damn you, Stone.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 13:28:15 | More by RblWthACoz
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GordonQuid

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint galss.

Amber/gold w/a nice 1 inch head, ample lacing.

Taste is like the Arrogant Bastards little bullish brother. Roasty malts w/ a nice Yakima Magnum hop bitterness.

Excellent light-medium bodied Stone! Qua-fable!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 18:24:46 | More by GordonQuid
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Milkysunshine

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

07-23-2012 22:19:44 | More by Milkysunshine
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crwrunner

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

08-24-2012 22:05:37 | More by crwrunner
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EighthElement

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

06-16-2012 01:18:10 | More by EighthElement
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Dwtucker90

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

09-17-2012 04:49:10 | More by Dwtucker90
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wilfonzo

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

03-02-2013 22:47:05 | More by wilfonzo
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Saxboy10

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

03-02-2014 16:24:10 | More by Saxboy10
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larryarms847

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-10-2012 01:55:44 | More by larryarms847
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Chrixsus

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

04-12-2012 14:05:12 | More by Chrixsus
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senttochris

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-24-2014 20:14:09 | More by senttochris
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seanh99

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

03-02-2012 17:18:25 | More by seanh99
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Boilermaker88

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Some beers just need to be re-visited, kind of like a family or high school reunion. You know, just to see how much things may have changed.
Presented in a 12oz bottle taken from a case with a brewed on date of 03.27.05 on the box. Poured into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass, Stone's pale ale showed off a clear dark amber color, copious carbonation, and a firm off-white head that slowly faded down to a ¼" of foam and left sheets of lace down to the bottom of the quickly emptied glass.
The nose had a robust fruity aroma backed by toasty malts and soft floral hops. A few pulls and I was rewarded by the wonderful blend of toasted grains and sweet caramel-laced fruits. Hops are definitely mild, surprisingly so, and have a floral flavor vice the citrus bite of Stone's other brews. Quite well balanced but the malts are the main component here. The feel was medium in body and velvety smooth.
Overall, Stone's pale ale is one of my main beers of choice for a session brew or dinnertime beer. So easily quaffable and easy to pair with a good range of meals. Last night it paired nicely with grilled pork chops and baked potatoes. One of my favorite go-to beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2005 19:08:51 | More by Boilermaker88
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phishinNYC

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-25-2011 20:30:27 | More by phishinNYC
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awicker

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

06-16-2013 22:51:21 | More by awicker
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steeezin


4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

05-15-2012 03:27:00 | More by steeezin
Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,305 ratings.