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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Pale AleStone Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,172 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2172
Reviews: 951
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%


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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sevenarts

New York

3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear, glimmering amber with a big, fluffy light tan head and good lacing.

S: Thick, bready malts with some piney hop bitterness.

T/M: Bready and malty, with some bitter, piney hops threaded through it. Fairly mild and simple, with a medium/light mouthfeel.

O: Not the most exciting beer or even the most exciting pale ale. Easily drinkable and moderately tasty, but nothing too special.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 00:48:10 | More by sevenarts
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browniewithnuts

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark amberish color, kind of murky in the glass. 1/2 inch head which dispersed pretty quickly with a circular white foam remaining around the glass. Decent carbonation.

S: Not much coming through in the smell for me. Mostly smelling biscuity malts coming through with slight hop presence in the smell.

T: Hop bitterness comes through at first but the taste changes quickly. The maltiness comes through quickly and takes over the palate. There is a little more bitterness on the back end before the taste fades with a crisp, clean finish

M: Light clean body, slightly over carbonated but not overwhelmingly so. Decent mouth feel.

O: An average Pale Ale. Nothing really stood out with it but nothing really offended the senses.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 02:27:07 | More by browniewithnuts
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JDV

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murky deep amber color with medium offwhite semi-lasting head. Smell is fairly mild, lightly hopped, and more heavily scented from the caramel sweetness than anything. Definitely a sweeter pale with light, almost blandish hop notes, and a slight burnt caramel bittersweetness. Somewhat rich for a pale, and reminded me much more of an ESB than any pale I've had before. Could have again, but I wouldn't go out of the way for it. Decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 05:54:19 | More by JDV
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy orangey color ale with an average foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of Cascade hops with some caramel malt also discernable. Taste is a mix between some caramel malt with some dominating Cascade hops which provide a citrusy and bitter taste. Full body with some average carbonation. Good but drinkability good have been better - too full too be a session beer and too light in terms of hops to be truly interesting.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 19:54:32 | More by Phyl21ca
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FacistCannonBall

California

3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent beer that accentuates its maltiness rather any significant hop character. Had a pint of this tonight at a local pizza joint, but this isn't my first time. It's pretty OK and not too memorable. I liked its dark amber color and moderately malty and hoppy smell. The taste is mild at most and characterized by its sweet malt profile. As far as pale ales go, I've had better that offer a richer drinking experience: Sierra Nevada comes to mind. Still, an above average beer that doesn't really stand out but will suffice when options are limited.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2009 02:39:19 | More by FacistCannonBall
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RickS95

Indiana

3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It's only partially got the look I was expecting. It's the darkest pale ale I've seen. The pour is a clearish, medium brown with some lighter hints of red. Not exactly pale. However, the head is a thing of beauty. A couple fingers of light beige bubbles. Really resembles an IPA with the look of meringue up top. Seriously long retention and a huge mess of lace.

Lacks the smell of a pale ale as well. Very malt forward on the nose. Faint bits of floral, but really it's nutty and malty like a brown ale (looks like one too).

Nothing to write home about. Again, very malty. Kind of a nutty taste (brown ale?). Has an earthy taste, likely some dirty pine. Floral hops appear in the finish.

Being an APA from Cali, I expected an ale bursting with citrus. Not so much. Mostly earthy and bitter. More of a savory, resiny hop than a splash of tropical fruit. Medium bodied, the alcohol is barely present.

Overall, it's a decent beer, but nothing to write home about and a bit of a disappointment. It's not hard to drink, just doesn't look or taste like a pale ale from California.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 01:47:52 | More by RickS95
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bcastine

New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

I drank this along with a Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale as a comparison. Next let me say this is/was the first Stone brew that didn't live up to my expectations. Next to no head retention, and no lacing. Malt was cloying especially when sampled back to back with the shoals. The stone had a kool-aid sweetness to the malt, and was less hoppy then the smutty and didn't balance out as nicely. The stone was all sweetness with no bitterness, maybe an old bottle? Not a typical stone brew. Doesn't live up to the scores here imho, especially when compared directly to other APA's.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 17:12:24 | More by bcastine
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a golden color with a strong looking head on it. The lacing is pretty good. The smell of the beer has a nice hop aroma and a light malt aroma in there too. The taste was a little disappointing for a stone brew in my opinion. The mouthfeel isn't too bad, but still overall this is probably my least favorite Stone brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 04:24:49 | More by Knapp85
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StarlightSeraph

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep hazy amber, with a finger-and-a-half bubbly white head. Left a decent bit of lacing. A thin amount of the head lingered for most of the glass

Smell: Hops, straw, and tart citrus.

Taste: This beer tasted surprisingly watered-down. Hops came through in the aftertaste, and a tart sweetness came through, but there didn't seem to be much else to it. Almost no malt flavor came through. The taste seems kind of unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, yet fairly thin.

Drinkability: It was easy to drink, but the flavor wasn't nearly as full as I would have expected. I might try another bottle at some point just to make sure my palate's not off, but my comments seem to be in line with most of the reviews.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 02:19:02 | More by StarlightSeraph
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a coppery-orange color. Clear with a light tan head, 1/2" high before it dissipates to a ring and islands. A bit darker than most pale ales.
Smell is hops and malt with a hint of citrus.
Taste is hops, light malt(more in aftertaste), hints of caramel,and citrus/lemon.
Crisp with a good-sized hop bite for a plae ale. Hops holds strong in the aftertaste with some malt and citrus, though both are light.
A good beer but a bit hoppier than the style average, more IPA-like.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2009 18:55:52 | More by PorterLambic
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biggmike

Mississippi

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an attractive amber/copper color with small white head that vanished rather quickly. Not much of an aroma, not very malty and just a bit of hops. Flavor is a bit weak as well. Not much of a malt background and just a little hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is good and beer is very smooth which makes it easy to drink, but I was expecting much more from this beer. Decent.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 12:09:51 | More by biggmike
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rarbring

Sweden

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy amber brew, an off-white head with little lacing and good curtains.

Smelling of porridge, syrup, grass and pine.

Starting with toffee and sweet bread, black currant, some grape-fruit peel.

Little carbonation, small bubbles, soft with a medium body, slightly dry.

Good balance, good craft!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 18:21:10 | More by rarbring
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Moose90

Colorado

3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best By: Sept 26 2012
Tasted: Feb 3 2013 . . . oops

A – Medium/Dark amber color. Strong 1" head stays around and leaves lacing, nice cream white foam.

S – Malt, lots of it, crystal malts, biscuity and thats about it. The hops have obviously faded considerably.

T – Some bitter hops here, but the biscuity and heavy malt character comes through and dominates. This is almost sweaty on the malt level.

M – Seems over-carbonated. It is crisp enough, but it has a sticky lingering malty aftertaste.

O – Just average, may be due to the date of the bottle, but the major notes on this one are malts and more malts. Its not bad, but not sure I'd seek out a freshie.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 07:12:59 | More by Moose90
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nickadams2

New York

3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Pale amber in color with a thin off beige head.Lacing up and down the glass.

S_Sweet malt and faint hops.

T_Not as sweet as indicated by the smell. Grainy,bready malt up front. Faint piny hops on the back end. Pretty bland.

M_Full bodied and smooth. Goes down easy.

D_Best characteristic of this beer. Good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 15:55:54 | More by nickadams2
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle , Best By date of 1/14/14 stamped on bottle.

pours amber in color, clear. thin off-white head, but great head retention. aroma is mostly sweet malt, with just a bit of earthiness. taste is bready malt, really no hop flavor detected at all. decent mouthfeel, fairly full. medium carbonation.

overall - a decent Pale Ale, but I expected something hoppier from Stone. I would how far out they date this beer, if it started any hoppier.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 00:48:40 | More by jmdrpi
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean deep copper, with a tan head. Aromas that are sweet and a small amount of grapefruity hops. Smooth, small hop presenceand a dry end. It does have a small dry aftertaste. I enjoy the fact that it is not over the top, yet has a hop presence. A very nice pale.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 16:50:37 | More by OWSLEY069
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xfactor9600

Indiana

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- dull amber color, with half a finger of head.

S- A sweet mixture of hops and citrus notes.

T- A nice taste of malts and citrus. Not too sweet though, as there is a sort of dulling effect at the end of the sip.

M- My bottle felt a little flat carbonation wise, but after another bottle, I learned I may have just been expecting more carbonation.

D- A nice change of pace beer for me. I've been drinking a lot of SN Celebration and Hopslam, so it was nice to have a beer with less bite.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 18:01:39 | More by xfactor9600
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champ103

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark copper/red color. A two finger light beige head forms with good retention. The foam gently recedes to a ring that sticks throughout. Light sticky lace is left behind.
S: At first, citrus and grassy hops up front. That quickly gives way to a nice toasted caramel malt aroma. Very nice.
T: Thin hops of citrus and grass. Slightly dank and soapy. Grainy cereal and brown sugar. Lightly toasted.
M/D: A medium body slightly under carbonated for me. Thin, and is lacking any kind of crispness or bite to it. Not hard to drink at all. Though probably will not be a repeat purchase for me.

This is decent. Though uneventful. This just seems a little thin for the most part. There is nothing wrong here, just did not do it for me. Worth a try, but I have had better pale ales that are locally made at that.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 19:48:26 | More by champ103
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devinoconnor

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Considering the Stone IPA is one of my favorite brews, the Stone Pale Ale is rather uneventful.

Pours a reddish brown color with little head from the bottle. Smell is caramel and subtle hops. A little yeast in the taste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and well balanced...

Overall, a nice pale ale but it could some more hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 01:32:42 | More by devinoconnor
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. After trying some of Stone's "bigger" beers like Ruination, Double Bastard and the Russian Imperial Stout this one seems tame by comparison. I found both the aroma and the flavor to be rather subdued. More malt character than the typical APA but still not a bad brew. A good intro to the Stone line.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2002 07:46:06 | More by Dogbrick
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Onceeven

New York

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New find at the beer store. Remarkably bright copper body under a dense off-white head. Not a lot of carbonation. The smell is subdued but resinous. Mouthfeel is light and creamy with a bright bitterness that dances acrros the tongue. The taste is prickly with a piney/citrus first note. There is a hint of orange rind, a baked maltiness follows and is well balanced. There is a lingering mineral flavor reminiscent of some British Ales.

Good but not Great

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 22:56:13 | More by Onceeven
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Floydster

California

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Naja's place

Huge head on this one and unfortunately was served pretty warm in a non-chilled pint glass

Tasted pretty much the same as usual just with a different hop bite

Saphir is not my favorite additive any way, but it was still a pretty good beer

$6.50 was pretty steep for this one, but they said this was their first time casking this and probably their last, so I gave it a try

Go down and check it for yourslef if you get the chance

Serving type: cask

09-04-2007 06:38:02 | More by Floydster
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SpencerT

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy caramel body sits under an off-white thin head.
Typical Pale Ale scents of the malts is paired with a citrus aroma.
The flavor is sweet with a good balance of hops. The bite at the end is a nice touch. The clean finish makes for good mouth-feel.
Smooth and easy drinking, this is a good intro into the Pale Ale style.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 00:09:20 | More by SpencerT
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nc41

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not what I was expecting from a Stone Pale Ale. Where's the hops? Definitely slanted towards the malt, and it's easy to see why Sierra Nevada PA is the standard. Decent enough, but it's easy to get lost in the wash of American pale Ale's and this one gets lost in the wash. Not worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 04:55:30 | More by nc41
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endincolorado

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy Red-Amber color with lots of bubbles, off white head with low retention. Nose smells of fruity- citrus hops with orange and light floral notes. Tastes of citrusy hops with sweet malty background. Light-medium mouthfeel with fairly high carbonation. Another beer I couldn't have more than a few of, given the high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 02:53:49 | More by endincolorado
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