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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

979 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 979
Hads: 2,674
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 90
Gots: 271 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-23-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 979 | Hads: 2,674
Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colour a little bit hazy. Aroma of citrus, pine and malt. Light body and medium carbonation. Flavour of hops, fruit, caramel with bread and grain. Orange and some grapefruit. Bittersweet. A nice balance and easy to drink. (227 characters)

Photo of pianoguy
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I don't know when this beer was "retired" but my local Albertson's supermarket has them on sale today (7/26/1015) Reminds me of seeing my favorite rock band's "farewell tour"... Three years in a row ! (perhaps it's old inventory ?)

12 oz bottle(s) no discernible bottling date info

Pours a copper-peach colored body with a tan 1 inch head, some retention, decent lacing

Smell is mainly of floral hops, some pine. And a healthy dose of fresh bread like malt

Taste a nice balance of malts and hops that gives it a smooth taste, with a very slightly bitter finish

average feel

A nice pale ale There is a lot of balance between the hops and malt. (653 characters)

Photo of username
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The original, not the 2.0.
Enjoy by 6/3/15, so 13 days past date.

Smells rather unassuming — mostly of mild malts. Taste is a nice balance of malts and hops. Floral, piney, citrus pith. Has a drier finish that leaves a bitter, pith-like taste which another sip will alleviate easily, thus, easy-drinking. Just seems like a really solid APA. (343 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Stone Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours copper amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to a light layer and laces well.

S: Floral, light fruity notes, a little citrus, toasty and bready malt.

T: Floral, citrus, grapefruit pith, pine, kinda grassy woody, a little spicy, slightly toasty, faint fruity notes towards the finish.

M: Maybe a bit towards the lighter side of medium body, moderate carbonation, rather crisp and drinkable.

O: Maybe not my favorite pale ale, but still glad I snagged a 6 pack before it faded off into the sunset. (569 characters)

Photo of dikebrewery
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Again not a pale ale fan but didn't mind this one. Very malty taste that I enjoyed and I love San Diego! I hear it's German for a whales vagina. Stay classy Stone and stay classy San Diego. (190 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This poured an orangey and somewhat darker amber. Very hazy. Nice bubbles making their way to the top and a creamy head of white foam that had ample retention even though it had loose bubbles on top and a shaving cream type foam underneath. Nose is good dry malts, a touch of caramel. Woody twiggy and herbal hops. A bit nutty as it warms. Taste follows the nose all the way. The mouthfeel is medium to slightly fullish as it drinks. The bitterness in this beer is perfection. It meets the malt squarely and evenly. The beer is not that sweet so the little bit of linger that the the bitterness has is just right. I taste only a little bit of orange in this as it warms. (682 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – For a pale ale this is really not all that pale with the beer pouring hazed, deep amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades moderately quickly leaving a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of a caramel aroma mixed with a little bit of a bready smell. Along with these aromas are some lighter smells of grassy smells as well as a little bit of a light fruit of apple and pear.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather bready and slightly grainy flavor with a hint of a grassy hop right upfront. Some caramel flavors are also upfront, with these growing slightly stronger to the middle of the taste but only increasing to later fade a bit as the taste moves on further to the end. Some of the light fruit flavors work their way onto the tongue throughout the taste all while the hop get more potent in taste. In the end the grassy and some more herbal and earthy hop flavors become more pronounced, and leave one with a rather bready and lightly sweet, sort of dank hopped pale ale flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side overall with a moderate thickness and a medium level of carbonation. For the more dank hop, mixed with sweet and bread, the feel is rather nice as it keeps with the easy drinkability of a pale of 5.4 % all while highlighting the hop nicely.

Overall – A good pale ale overall. Quite nice in hops and malt all while keeping an easy drinking feel. Rather tasty. (1,580 characters)

Photo of Dynobolt
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this craft at San Diego zoo.. Had my wife finally sip on some quality beers so this one is special! For a pale ale.. This is class A. Stone doing work! (160 characters)

Photo of Kyseber
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a 1/4 in head that dissipates after first two sips. Amber in color. .
S: very inviting baked bread smell. Yeasty. I don't detect the hops.
T: crispy solid malt throughout. Buttery aftertaste.
M: crisp bite up front melds into buttery smoothing of mouthfeel. Very light carbonation that quickly flattens but not affecting mouthfeel in a bad way.

Deliciously simple. (375 characters)

Photo of ravisingh
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Half inch of head, with thick beige foam. Deep amber color, very pretty. I would give it a 9 or 10 on the SRM. Slightly hazy, but mostly clear.

S: The aroma was impressive I could smell it sitting in front of me before I even put the glass to my nose and it already smelled nice. Floral notes with a very mild rose like scent, not too strong but definitely present for hops. Malts were there in a pleasing bready scent on the second sniff. There was also a light caramel scent, not sickly sweet but there right in the pocket.

T: Immediately the hops hit me strong and bold with a grapefruit flavor followed by a coniferous woody presence. The pine was there and floral notes also. There was a definite toasty flavor. They managed to make that first sip really bold, but not too bitter or overpowering, just impressive.

F: The mouthfeel is pretty much medium, slightly dry with no astringency. Carbonation is light, but fizzy enough.

O: This was a good beer. It was expensive, but it was obvious they really took their time. You want to impress somebody with a good pale ale, this is a top contender, IMO. Cheers. (1,137 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I haven't drank this in years but its impending cancellation spurred me to revisit. Amber color, good head. Aroma is pretty nice, a bready maltiness that almost seems English until you taste it. More malt in the flavor and a crisp slight hop touch. (248 characters)

Photo of 10Crumra
2.73/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic glass.

Dark amber in color, very little head or lacing.

I found the aromas somewhat off-putting. Burnt wood and caramel notes with only faint hoppy aromas.

Taste was rather bland with some caramel and woody notes. Below average.

Maybe I just wasn't expecting these flavors in a pale ale but I did not enjoy this beer. It is the first I have had in a while that I know I won't buy again. I might try the "2.0" version when it comes out to see how stone changes this brew. (518 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 2/16/2015. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops and dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, pine, floral, grass, caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, pine, caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp/sticky, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pale ale. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,446 characters)

Photo of Trooper92292
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really amazing Pale Ale. I could drink this all day. Took me a few sips to really get into the taste because I'm more of a hop head but I really like it. (153 characters)

Photo of car2052
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to pint glass.

A: Clear amber, with a small 1/2 in. head. that diminishes to a ring of foam.
S: Pine and Grapefruit. Hint of orange. Perfumy.
T: Nice hop presence, with the pine and grapefruit coming out well. Slightly toasted malt compliments the hops. Some hints of dark fruits. Balanced.
M: Light to medium feel. Very slight aftertaste.
O: A nice hoppy, yet balanced pale ale. Ideal for IPA drinkers who want a slightly more sessionable option. (475 characters)

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber

Smell: Clean aroma of biscuit and pale malts

Taste: Bready flavors of malt, biscuit and some toffee notes with a hoppy, dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium

Overall: I am impressed by how malt forward this is especially compared to the rest of Stone's offerings. Anyone who is fond of malt-forward amber ales will love this. (401 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker amber color with a thick beige one finger head with short retention and leaving some laces.
Malty and caramely aroma with undertones of citrusy hops. I was expecting something bolder.
Malty flavor with notes of mild citrusy hops, spices, grass, biscuit and toasted malts and cinnamon. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbo.
Balanced Pale Ale, not like an APA that is more like an IPA but with less body. It is maltier, but still bitter and spicer. They kept their original recipe, almost 20 years ago, and those were different times. That said it is not that tamed compared to old school. (619 characters)

Photo of JohnIrving
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

An odd beer for Stone. You think they'd want to make the hoppiest pale ale of all time, but instead they made what might be the maltiest. Those tricksters. (155 characters)

Photo of GibbonsTheBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

This is a nice, mellow, sessionable Pale Ale. Much more in the English style than in the super hoppy American style, which was a surprise considering Stone's other stuff. (171 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy amber color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Light lacing stuck around the glass.
The smell had a nice settling sweet to bitter grassy and lemon / citrus aroma absorbing a light caramel base underneath.
The taste pretty much copied the smell and added a little bit of breadiness to the taste.
The mouthfeel was semi-smooth with a sessionable crisp light malty sweet aftertaste that led to the same sort of finish.
Overall, mmmm...good APA by a stellar company what more could one ask for. (590 characters)

Photo of bfred805
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Dark amber, tan head. Not a fan of the mild body mixed with cough syrup taste. Not the worst beer I've ever had, it's a stone... But wouldn't order it again (157 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%

12 oz bottle consumed on BB date.
Pours clear, dark amber, with a moderate amount of carbonation bubbles rising to a durable,bone-colored head.
Aroma: some malt, more floral/herbal hops.
Flavor: follows smell. More medium malt, and perhaps more hops, than the average APA. (276 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Hops and citrus, great smell
Appearance- Pours an amber color with no sediment with a small white head.
Taste- Has a really good hop flavor that is balanced with the citrus.
Palate- This beer is a light to medium bodied with moderate carbonations and a dry finish.
Overall- A really good pale ale, nice flavor, I would drink this often.. (391 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Shake pint glass.

Rusty cinnamon body, tan foamy head. Great lacing

Spicy wood, cedar, malts, hints of caramel in the nose.

Tastes just like it smells.

Thick mouthfeel, almost creamy.

Overall, very thick, spicy, chewy. Reminds me of a Rogue beer? (252 characters)

Photo of Auraan
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gorgeous cloudy amber body with a half finger of off-white head, golden highlights when held to light and a nice trickle of bubbles. A very good looking pale ale. Scents of pine resin, wet, earthy herbal hops, floral, jasmine-like hops, a hint of tangerine, a bit of pale malt and a touch of caramel in the background. A nice, hop forward aroma that leans less towards citrus and more to resiny, floral and earthy aromas with a nice balancing malt. Flavor begins with notes of pine resin and earthy herbal hops with moderate bitterness and a low level of malt sweetness. This moves into a more bitter middle with notes of pine resin, earthy herbal hops, floral hops, hints of grapefruit peel and a touch of pale malt sweetness faintly in the background. Finish is medium-dry with notes of pine resin, grapefruit peel, light herbal hop character and a touch of biscuit-like malt. Aftertaste is dry with notes of pine resin, grapefruit peel and biscuit-like malt. A good hop forward flavor profile that uses its light malt presence to keep the flavor from becoming too bitter. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with low carbonation and a smooth feel. Very nice and quite easy to drink. Overall this is a nice pale ale. It's hoppy, yet not overly so, aromatic, flavor and smooth. It's a nice, simple drinking experience and quite good. (1,340 characters)

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Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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