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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,512 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,512
Reviews: 963
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 74
Gots: 150 | 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 mghotbi
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper color with thick foamy lingering cream-colored head. Aroma of caramel malt with floral hop tones .

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky with just a touch of carbonation. Predominance of malt early, with sweet fruit (fig) tones and clean hop finish. Surprisingly dry. Perfectly balanced sweetness and bitterness. An excellent pale ale.

Very refreshing and drinkable. Another outstanding Stone product.

mghotbi, May 03, 2006
Photo of Taffle
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A copper, amber coloration and malty head give this pale a great appearance.

After literally dipping my shnoz in the foam, I took away some subtle hops and fruitiness. A bit orangy and tangy citric.

Hops were there, but not much. A lot of zest from the fruit. Really smooth and not too much bite - just perfect.

A bit more to this beer than was expecting. The flavors are wonderful and the mouthfeel was great. Perfect carbonation and body on the palate.

Stone still doesn't seize to amaze me with their products. This is probably my new favorite pale ale. Everything seems to be moderate and perfected. Love this brew.

Taffle, May 09, 2008
Photo of centbeerfest
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

centbeerfest, May 14, 2011
Photo of Prostman81
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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?

Prostman81, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of JMazzic
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

JMazzic, Aug 01, 2005
Photo of Brent
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Brent, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of megahurts4
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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

megahurts4, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of Phatz
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Phatz, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of Rastabama
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Not pale, almost amber

S: Lovely Ahtanum aroma, sweet caramel malts. Hints of pepper.

T: The hops are one tone lower than the cascade not as bright but delicious, high caramel/bread sweet on the front.

M: Medium, balanced, appropriate.

O: One of the best examples of Californian APA there is. A good session or pairing beer. It is a bit on the sweet caramel side with a darker color than other APAs. I think it's wonderful and has unique character.

Rastabama, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of pezoids
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

pezoids, Apr 14, 2003
Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

prsguitarsr4me, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of drumdude73
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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!

drumdude73, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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?

JoeyBeerBelly, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

EnojysAnyBeer, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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!

feloniousmonk, Nov 24, 2003
Photo of Dmann
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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 =)

Dmann, Nov 29, 2003
Photo of watermelonman
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

watermelonman, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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.


RonaldTheriot, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of BillHaverchuck
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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!

BillHaverchuck, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of beergeek279
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

beergeek279, Feb 20, 2004
Photo of beermanbrian
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

beermanbrian, May 04, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

tonistruth, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of zuggy9
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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!

zuggy9, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of dblinkhorn
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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!

dblinkhorn, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of PatronWizard
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

PatronWizard, Aug 16, 2008
Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,512 ratings.