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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,475 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2,475
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 73
Gots: 138 | 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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Photo of Lothore
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a dark brown with a reddish hue. Big head which dissaptes into a decent amount of lacing. Smells of hops, hints of sweet flowers, slight bread smell and I could swear I smell a slight bit of banana. The taste seems very balanced. It ends with a small amount of bitterness. The mouthfeel is fairly thick for an APA with ample carbonation. This brew is highly drinkable, definitely my favorite APA.

Lothore, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of snaotheus
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty, tasty beer.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (PCC in Fremont, WA) into a pint glass.

Pours a nice dark nutty color with very little head. Smells delicious, like a tasty beer. Maybe a hint of cloves. It has a long, strong hoppy finish. I could drink a few of these without complaining.

snaotheus, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of billiumk
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

billiumk, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of SometimesIfart
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours Amber with a two finger off white head. Head retains wonderfully. Leaves tons of lacing.

S - Grapefruit, Pine, Slight hop resin, lemon, very small wheat. Smells delicious.

T - Lightly toasted malt up front, medium amount of grapefruit soon follows. Ever sp faint pine quality in the middle, and a juicy tropical fruit finish. Only thing keeping the taste from being a 5 is the fact that the malt tastes a bit stale.

M - Medium body with a medium amount of carbonation and a very slight creaminess.

O - Overall, I got this beer on clearance for $5 a six pack. I'd say it's one of the best $5 I've ever spent. It's a delicious offering from Stone, that I would definitely buy again.

SometimesIfart, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of Milkysunshine
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Milkysunshine, Jul 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

crwrunner, Aug 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

ordybill, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of EighthElement
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

EighthElement, Jun 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Dwtucker90, Sep 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

wilfonzo, Mar 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Saxboy10, Mar 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

larryarms847, Dec 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Chrixsus, Apr 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

GapingMcNulty, Jul 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

senttochris, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of seanh99
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

seanh99, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Boilermaker88
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.

Boilermaker88, May 09, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

phishinNYC, Dec 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

awicker, Jun 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Rwalford74, Jul 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

steeezin, May 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

jjd315, Oct 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

One_Man_Gang, Nov 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

LCannon4, May 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

dmmcgove, Oct 15, 2012
Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,475 ratings.