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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

2,480 Ratings
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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1/5  rDev -74.1%

spoonhawk, Nov 23, 2011
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1/5  rDev -74.1%

bmcduff2, Mar 16, 2012
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1/5  rDev -74.1%

wingnutz27, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of alumley
1/5  rDev -74.1%

alumley, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
1.3/5  rDev -66.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Most expensive pale ale ever. Hazy tarnished amber with a big sticky off white head. Herbal hop nose along with soap and wood. Touches of anisette or licorice somewhere beneath.

Taste is a lot of bubblegum for some reason. Initial citric sweetness, dry herbal hoppiness and coarse dry mouthfeel. Soapy and bubblegum flavors linger. Not digging this one bit. Off-flavors seem to settle out with a couple more sips, but the flavors dont meld together any better. Whats up with this one? tough to finish.

jtierney89, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Alfred
1.4/5  rDev -63.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I'm no English major, but to enunciate just how this beer affected my life in a positive light would be a dissatisfaction to the community at large. This Pale sucked. No need to banter.
It tasted like licorice that was kept in a car, during the Summer, while the sun watched Oprah.
It tasted thick, too sweet, and had no bite.
Stone blesses their own name vowing that there are no foreign adulterants within the liquid drink; If you ask me, I'd rather drink water.

Alfred, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of Nixon
1.88/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This was my first Stone beer and I really wanted to like it but I didn't care for this beer at all.

The foamy head was rocky, showing a good fermentation. The color is good...dark amber to brown...but it was very cloudy and loaded with oversized floating particles.

It tasted as if all the body and residual sweetness had been fermented out of the beer so I didn't get much of a malty flavor.

There wasn't much, if any, hop flavor either. But there was an excessive amount of overly bitter what seemed to be hop 'punishment' in the beer.

I went ahead and drank the entire bottle and started in on a 2nd one to see if I could change my opinion. I got about 2 swallows into it and ended up dumping it.

It was a $10 6-pack and as I was pouring that 2nd bottle down the drain it felt as if the mostly naked Hellboy-type character silkscreened onto the bottle was staring at me and saying "sucker".

Nixon, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of HoboMoo
2/5  rDev -48.2%

HoboMoo, Jan 05, 2013
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2/5  rDev -48.2%

plato, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of subtledream
2/5  rDev -48.2%

subtledream, Feb 08, 2012
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2/5  rDev -48.2%

chadwicktorres, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of retry4z
2.1/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This PALE ale is overhopped and overhyped. Even for a seasoned hophead, and considering that Stone helped define the West Coast style, this beer misses it's mark by miles. This is more of a brown ale than a pale ale.

This beer is unbalanced, and I would not drink it unless it was the last beer in the planet.

retry4z, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of HoppyBastard
2.3/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: dark amber color with very thin head which dissipated quickly, almost no lacing, light carbonation.

SMELL: metallic and caramel.

TASTE: caramel and malty with a metallic hop profile.

PALATE: light carbonation medium body.

OVERALL: this is not a beer I would buy again. For a pale ale it was far too malty and the hops were metallic tasting, in an unpleasant way.

HoppyBastard, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of klewis
2.35/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a reddish copper with a frothy head. Light lacing.

S: Great aroma of floral hops and citrus

T: Mellow hops taste with a malty flavor that tastes like stale, soggy Cherrios. This just tastes off.

M: Fairly light in body with moderate carbonation.

D: This has some potential, but the flavor is just plain bad. This barely passes as drinkable.

klewis, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of brewbattles
2.4/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

We conducted a blind taste test between this beer and 4 other popular American Pale Ales: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Deschutes Mirror Pond Ale, Stone Pale Ale, Firestone Double Barrel Ale, and Boulder Hazed & Infused.

Check it out: http://youtu.be/DHis2L_OBdg

brewbattles, Sep 10, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

bonbini26, Jan 06, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

dmsohyea, Jun 23, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

rypkr, Oct 12, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Hellpop65, Aug 24, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Kyrojack, Mar 09, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

SoCaliC8, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of brew3crew
2.55/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had at jungle jims tasting with 1arrogantbastard

A-orangish in color with white head.
S-slight hops and malt. Not really much else there.
T-stone does a lot of great things, but pale ales are not one of them. Very faint hops taste. Balanced and ends hoppy
M-light and crisp
D-drinkable, if I would want to drink it...

brew3crew, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of goochpunch
2.6/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a hazy copper amber with a thin head and minimal lacing. Head lasts hardly a minute. Over-browned toast is all I could pick up for my first few sniffs of this beer, but then I was able to make out a weak hop presence. Flavor starts off with a lot of bready toastiness (natch), with light citrus, and a solid finishing bitter. Decent enough, but an odd, almost "homebrew-like" yeastiness prevails in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is definitely the strong point of this beer. Very smooth with a moderate body. Hardly any stickiness left on the palate. Really disappointed in this pale ale.

goochpunch, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of asabreed
2.63/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange yellow from the yeast that actually went into the pour, as there's still a bit on the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Mild hop aromas without much malt at all. And some alcohol. What's going on here?

Taste: All bitterness without much balance. Mild malt flavors come in with the finish.

Mouthfeel: Watery and slick with throughout with a weird sudden burst of carbonation at the end. Weird.

Drinkability: I'm not sure if I got an old bottle or what (because it was a single bottle purchase in a mixed 6-pack in a store), but this just isn't good. It doesn't taste bad necessarily, but just very bland, boring, and oddly balanced. I won't be trying this again unless someone else buys it, because I don't want to make the same mistake twice if it's not just the bottle. A disappointment from Stone overall.

asabreed, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of madvermin
2.68/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a darker reddish orange than expected, with translucent innards and a thick foamy white head that laces well and dissipates fairly quickly. Leaves behind a collar of white that remains throughout the drink.

Smells of grapefruit, rind and all, and has a very bitter spin on the citrus. Isn't particularly pungent though - this is a confused smell to be sure. You don't get much malt or alcohol sweetness out of this on the nose. Hops are leafy aside from the grapefruit barrage.

Taste follows, with some grapefruit that doesn't really assert itself to go with grainy, uncooked malt. This one tastes a bit more like an English Bitter than a traditional pale ale. Citrus fades away the further into the glass you get, but the malt profile doesn't come in to save the day either. Sort of hurts the drinkability.

Mouthfeel is light, while being lively thanks to the strong carbonation. May be a bit too light at times though, and could have benefited from an increased body, as this is more and more like an English Bitter the more I drink it. Unfortunately, rating to the style, this falls short a bit, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't have this again.

madvermin, Mar 02, 2011
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Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,480 ratings.