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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

2,592 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,592
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 83
Gots: 209 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-23-2001

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Ratings: 2,592 | Reviews: 974
Photo of jpro
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alright, another solid brew from Stone -

Pours a nice, clear coppery amber color, with an off-white / eggshell head which dissipates rather quickly and leaves very little to no lacing.

Aroma is nice - caramel malts seem to be most noticeable, with the hops not completely covered up.

Taste is a very nice balance of malt followed by a pleasant bit of hoppiness - nothing is over the top, just very well balanced and flavorful.

Medium bodied with perfect carbonation.

Could drink it for a while - delicious stuff. This and their IPA are my go to beers!

Photo of winomark
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice copper hue, with an almost non-existent head.

Aroma: Hoppy nose, with very small amounts of malt. Slight alcohol in the backround.

Taste: Great balance of hops and malt. Definately the little sibling of all other Stone offerings (except Levitation). Classic American pale ale flavors.

Mouthfeel: Mild coating flavors hit all parts of the mouth, creating great harmony. Quite enjoyable.

Drinkability: A great introduction of Stone's offerings. Would be my house brew if readily available to me.

Photo of Patrick999
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's been a while since I've sat down and spent some time with a pale ale. I figured this would be a good one to get acquainted with.

I poured it into my Stone imperial pint, which is quickly becoming my glass of choice. But I digress - SPA pours a little darker than Stone IPA, that reddish-gold you get with some APAs. Head sticks around like any self-respecting pale ale, though little lacing to be found.

In the aroma, I'm not getting the hop blast I would knee-jerk expect from Stone. No, there's some green, piney hop for sure, but there's also a hearty slab of caramel cake. Some citrus as it warms.

Now what is this? Did Stone actually balance the hell out of this beer? Hah! Even the lighter Levitation is a hop bomb. It's true, though - this pale ale is extremely balanced. The cakey caramel malts in the nose were no fluke - this beer does indeed rest upon a very solid malt foundation. Some raspy hop is present, but it is unable to take over the beer. Lot of cereal grain in the aftertaste. So balanced, this appears to be a "classic" American Pale Ale. This might disappoint those who pick up Stone offerings in anticipation of a hop ass-kicking, but so be it. Hate to burst your bubble, but this is kinda how pale ale is supposed to be.

It has a medium-light feel, not overtly killing me with carbonation, but perhaps that's because I keep swirling the hell out of the glass's contents.

This is one you can definitely enjoy with a burger at lunch, without feeling too sluggish after. I'm glad this one was kept under 6% instead of making a beefy pale ale like Dale's. Perfect lunchtime hamburger beer.

Photo of rtepiak
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

comes out a bit red. a dark amber. medium head and nice lace. the smell is very malty. very mellow hop. taste is great. hop, apple, yeast, dough, malt. very creamy. lovely density. has a buttered bread quality. very mellow. this is a fantastic go to APA. new to the brewery but everything i've had is better than the average.

had it again a year later with a bottle i had saved. stored fantastically. the malt really came out. and the nose had hints of pineapple, plum and watermelon even. simple, very low alcohol, but quite broad for the form.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden amber, much darker than any other pale ale I can ever recall seeing. Robust head from a medium pour drops off rather quickly.

Aroma is rich, malty, some spiciness. Perhaps a hops profile, but not as much as I expected (but why did I expect that? Because it's Stone, of course).

Flavor is where this one wins the race. Rich, full, nicely balanced (if you like a hoppy pale ale). This one is hoppier than most brew-pub style pale ales that I've had, maybe similar to the caliber of some other widely distributed California Pale Ales. But this is outstanding. The hops at the end give notice that they are there and are not to be missed, but they don't overpower the senses.

Mouthfeel is as rich and full and creamy as you might want. I can see this being too drinkable, and becoming a problem tomorrow if I'm not careful. Another winner from Stone!

Photo of JoePat
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a crystle amber with a white head that leave a thick lacing as it dissipates.
Smells of a dry malt and floral hops.
Tastes of crystal malts with a slight bitterness and hop flavor.
Almost water like mouthfeel making for superior drinkablility.
This is my go to beer for a good day of craft beer drinking.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A: Slightly hazy deep golden under a full white head. Good lace and retention.

S: Nice hoppy nose with a sweet malt background. Hops are mostly piney and earthy, nothing over the top, with some hints of citrus. Very nice nose for a pale ale.

T: Sweet and some bicuity maltiness up front followed by a nice citrus and bitter hops. Very smooth and very refreshing taste. Not a whole a lot going on except a very well balanced pale ale.

M/D: Carbonation is low but the body is on the light side of medium and very smooth and creamy, with some hints of hop oils. Drinkability is excellent as this one goes down smooth and isn't going to floor you too quickly.

Photo of Joel_gomez
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of aaronh
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant orange copper color topped by a lovely thick cream head. Aroma of floral hops and lightly roasted malt sweetness. Taste shows good bitterness, both citrus and somewhat floral/perfume in nature. Well balanced by a smooth malt sweetness that hints a caramel. Mouthfeel is good, not thin but not extremely rich either. Drinakbility is very good. Perhaps a little less bitterness would make this a touch better, but then less bitter wouldn't be much like a Stone brew, would it? Give this not-so-pale ale a try. If you like Stone (and who doesn't?), you'll like this slightly lighter (everything is relative) offering. That said, many IPA's wish they were this hoppy and this good. I'm about ready to give up all beers other than those from my Fab Five breweries. And each beer from Stone puts me a step closer to that day.

Photo of Gusler
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I’m such a big fan of “Stone Brewery”, and always keep a bunch on hand, it seems a bit odd I’ve not had one of these fine Pale Ales in almost seven moths, strange. Pours a deep amber to copper color, the head is prodigious in size, frothy in texture and the lace fine sheets to coat the glass. Nose is nice a deep sweet malt, hints of caramel, and the little "Hop Flowers", I love so much. Front is malt sweet, top is middling in feel and the finish a “Hop Heads Dream”, spitefully acidic, the aftertaste dry as a desert bone and quite long lasting, ranks in my top 5 “all-time favorite Pale Ales”.

Photo of godlessape
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of Stone's Arrogant Bastard Ale so I thought I should try their Pale Ale given that it's probably my favorite style.

Appearance: A fetching hazy amber that triggers water bombs under the tongue.

Smell: Very subtle in the nose department-- peaches and biscuit.

Taste: It has a pretty sturdy malt back-bone with with just a tinge of citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel: Fantastic feel all around. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: An admirable brew, adept example of an APA.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear amber color with a nice off-white head that sticks around for a while, leaving nice lacing in it's wake.

Smell - maltiness balanced out with some floral, slightly citrusy hops.

Taste - Very balanced and smooth. Hoppy throughout but nothing overpowering, sweet, slightly biscuity malts rounding out the palette. Finishes a little dry with a nice hoppy and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Velvety mouthfeel, good carbonation, light body without being too light.

Drinkability - Extremely drinkable. One of the better APAs I have had the pleasure of having. Yum Yum.

Photo of mattster
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened 22 fluid ounce "Bomber" Bottle, poured into Nonic Glass. I love the fact that Stone uses painted bottles, however this means I can't recycle them for my own use - oh well.

PA pours a nice rich head of 1.5" which holds at 1" with lacing on the glass. Brew is amber colored with nice haze.

Smell is of malts and light hoppyness - slight citrus. Taste is hoppy, with again, a light piney/citrus taste. Bubbles are present but not obnoxious. Well balanced and great finish. Very drinkable. This beer is one of my favorites and I was shocked that I had never reviewed it.

Photo of Brenden
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a slightly hazy copper. Head retention is moderate and some decent lacing is left part of the way down the glass.
The smell is simple initially with some citrus hops and caramel malt, then subtle nuances of floral, grain and woody earth and leaf aromas rise to the nose.
Great hops bitterness up front lingers the entire way, supported by a well-formed malt backbone. There is a note of some fruits in the back as well as subtle grains. Fresh citrus and tea leaf-like hops is dominant all the way while maintaining a fair balance.
This one's surprisingly smooth up front and a little slick, though there's a bit of crispness. The body is medium and there's a gentle, unassuming coarseness in a lingering dry finish.
There's not much to take away from this one's drink ability; it certainly ought to be tried.

Photo of branimal9
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Barley's Greenville - 6/9/2010.

Clear copper-ruby in color, with an off-white head. Aroma is mild hops and sweet malt. Flavor brings bready malt sweetness coupled with a dry, slightly pine & resin bitterness. Quite good - highly sessionable.

Photo of bultrey
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With all of Stone's bombastic beers, it's easy to overlook the simple yet elegant pale ale. This was my best choice on draft at the bar of the hotel I recently stayed at, and I had no problem sucking down 4 or 5 of these while watching game 7 of the ALCS with a bunch of anti-Yankee fans.
What can I say about this beer except that it has remarkable balance, a trait common to many of Stone's offerings... It pours a burnt orange color with a thin head and sticky lacing. There is an excellent hoppy bite followed by nice, smooth caramel-flavored maltiness. This beer was good served in the unfortunate chilled glass, but excpetional once it warmed up.
Once again, Stone lets quality ingredients do the work for them in this flavorful and very drinkable pale ale.

Photo of KBoudreau66
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color with one finger of off white head.

Smells of apple and other fruits up front with sweet malts. A little bit of toasted bread undertone. I was hoping that it would have more of a hop smell to it then it does.

This is actually a very well balanced brew. From the original smell I thought that it was going to be all over the place, but it turns out to have a good combination of sweet malts, apple, slight hops and undertones of other fruits in the mix. Has a nice crisp and dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, crisp and has a dry aftertaste.

I was not let down by Stone's version of a Pale Ale. This was excellent and very drinkable. I was expecting it to have too much of one flavor but didn't. Definitely worth the money. This is something I will drink again in the near future.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

Pours a clear, copper color with a small white head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is caramel malty with a nice compliment of citrusy hops. Smells very fresh and quite evenly balanced.

Caramel malt taste upfront with a very complimentary citrusy hop flavor. A medium bitterness hits midway through which adds great balance to the malt. Very fresh taste.

Medium-light body, well carbonated.

Well now, this is a damn fine APA. From a brewery that typically tests the limits of brewing, this beer exhibits great balance in every aspect. Super easy to drink, an ideal session brew.

Photo of KeefD
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Pale Ale pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a nice amount of foam that leaving generous lacing. Aroma of biscuity malt backed up by some floral hops. Bitter at first, but not tongue trashingly so, a nice amount of piney hops and thens oem grapefruit-citrus flavor. Caramel malts pop up along with some bready, biscuit like malt and incredibly dry on the finish. Smooth, goes down easy. A definite session pale ale. Top of it's class and right up there with Sierra Nevada for the industry standard APA.

Photo of funkengruven
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a nice dark amber with lots of head, tons of lacing. Smell was very malty, some hops, likely the maltiest beer I've had from Stone so far. This stuff tastes pretty good, really nice balance between hop bitterness and sweet grainy malts. Pretty smooth and refreshing. Of all the Stone brews this one is likely the easiest one to drink, could make for a good gateway beer. I'd recommend this one for sure.

Photo of DrDogbeer
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Nice looking- amber/red color, slightly cloudy. Nice head - cream colored, long lasting. Good aroma- seems to startr out with some piney hops, then smooth out with malt. Nice balanced beer, tastewise also. Decent hop bite, but also very smooth. What a nice lingering flavor. This definitely may be the perfect session beer. Once again not let down by stone at all!

Photo of Sam21
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into pint glass. "Best by" 6/02/10.

Appearance - Copper body with a healthy white head. Good retention. Good lacing. Fantastic looking beer. Just looks inviting.

Smell - Fruity esters, some floral hops, a hint of citrus, and a little toasted malt in the back. Not an in your face aroma, but I find it inviting in its simplicity.

Taste - Fruity esters up front with a prominently strawberry feel. Fades slowly into lightly toasted malt before being balanced out by a pleasantly balanced hop finish. Really well rounded flavor profile. Perfectly balanced pale ale. Was not expecting this from a brewery like Stone.

Mouth Feel - Medium bodied. Real smooth texture. Good carbonation that does not stand out against the body at all.

Drinkability - Highly drinkable beer. Very balanced full flavor American pale ale. A great anytime beer. I'm really impressed with this because I approached it expecting a hoppy pale ale and instead was met by a balanced, expertly crafted, and quaffable pale ale.

Photo of DrinkinBuddy
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light cinnamon brown with an amazing 3 finger light tan head. Smells like like sweet dough and floral hops. Taste is a shock for such a small beer. First tastes like peaches in a caramel glaze with brown sugar mixed in. Follows with nice hops and a grainy finish. Very impressive. Mouthfeel is oh so smoth with a great balance of malt and carbination. Drinkability is a very good. Definately would drink a six of this with NO problem. Stone does it again!!

Photo of dogfooddog
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

comment - style for this beer should be burton pale ale or english pale ale (traditional), not APA. Scored by corrected style.

22ox bottle from this renowned california brewery. to date, besides arrogant bastardand smoked porter, i have been unimpressed by their beers, but what do I know.

this beer pours a very deep orange with a fluffy off-white head.

Nose reminds me immediately of a pale ale I had in the UK years ago and I cannot recall the name but the distincthoppy notes with underlying maltiness, almost but not roasted malt, is very distinct in my mind. If I remember the resemblence I will edit this. It might be cask bass ale from pre-sale of the brewery, as I don't think I have had many pale ales in the years 2001-beyond (does inveralmond have/had one? isle of skye?) This beer also reminds me, later in the bottle, to Fullers London Pride (cask).

taste is the almost-sweet buttery notes of a typical burton pale ale, stone has apparently recreated an accurate estimate of the style.

Authentic pale ale in the style of burton-upon-trent, I have not had one that rang so close before. Along with the alesmith anvil esb, there are apparently a decent set of english-style authentic ales available in south california. Well worth seeking out, and certainly better than any bottled bass you will get on this side of the pond.

Photo of rkhaze
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy golden copper color. Medium sized foamy off white head and noticeable carbonation. Left a bit of lace. Smells of sweet malt, caramel, lots of fruit and spicy hops.
Sweet, slightly earthy malt at the beginning. Caramel and fruits show up in the middle. Finishes bittersweet with an almost honey sweetness nicely balanced by a zippy hop bitterness.
Medium bodied with a full round mouthfeel. Seemed at the edge of having a bit to much carbonation. Would make an outstanding session Pale Ale.

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Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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