Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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87
very good

2,543 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2,543
Reviews: 963
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 77
Gots: 171 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-23-2001)
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good amber colour and head, floral hop aroma, and well-malted taste. Medium mouthfeel. Drying spicy finish.Appropriate carbonation. Quite drinkable.
Another very good Stone brew, very good pale, fresh from California courtesy of Rudolf. Radekfest #8.

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice clear copper color with a 1 inch tan head that fades to a very thin layer. Lacing is decent.

S - This beer poured with a very metallic smell. There is a citrus zest hops smell and to a lesser extent a malt smell.

T - Slightly bitter hop taste followed by the biscuit like malts.

M - Crisp and clean with decent carbonation. The hops leave an oil that coat the mouth.

D - This is a good beer that I think would be better suited to go with some sort of meal than by itself.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a moderate orange with good head and lacing. The aroma is of some sweet malt and a bit of hops--by far the least hoppy brew that I've had from Stone. The taste is quite similar. Not that pale ales have to be super hoppy to be wonderful, but this is not quite what I expect from Stone. Nothing really stands out too much, making it fairly sessionable, but if I want sessionable Stone, I'll go for Levitation. Overall, nothing really wrong with this one (aside from my very high expectations of Stone), just nothing too good about it either.

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear reddish orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly died down but never completely faded away.
S: The smell isn’t that strong and has hints of caramel malts and citrus hops.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell but the flavors are much stronger; the initial taste has some hints of malty sweetness while there is a mild to moderate amount of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink, quite refreshing and has a lot of flavor compared to other beers in the style. I could easily have more than one of these in a sitting.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear medium amber color with a frothy head; good retention and lacing

Smell: Caramel malt aroma with fruity hops in the background

Taste: Starts with caramel and biscuity flavors that are joined, mid-palate, by a fruity and herbacious bitterness; the finish is balanced between the two elements

Mouthfeel: Medium/heavy body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very different from what I would have expected from Stone, this pale ale verges on a hoppy amber in style; I'm not all that crazy about the herbacious bitterness of this brew, to be frank

Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An extremely under rated American Pale Ale that epidomizes what the balance means between bready and caramel malts with citrusy and resiny hops. Neitehr offend, but neither back down from the challenge of balance. Bold and synergistic throughout.

Redish copper colors carry a mild haze, but explode with mousse-like head character of ivory-white foam. Stubborn and persistent until the glass is dry, the blanketed retention and lacing are as formitable and sticky as can be expected for any style.

Very rich and characterful malts (light caramel and bread crust) and compimentary hopping (citrus, pine, and resin) all apease the nose and taste buds. A well balanced blend of these characteristics captivate the nose and carry a consistent demeanor throughout the taste. All the while, showing intermitten and varying degrees of flavors: citrus one minute, then bready-toast flavors the next, then over to malty sweetness a minute later, and then back to resiny bitterness to finish. A true exploration for the taste buds from sip until malty-dry finish

With all the swirling in the mouth, the body remains rich, full, and firm. Finishing with the same semi-dry, citrus crispness that profounds me in the nose.

The beer never deviates from the Pale Ale style in order to stand out or get above the competition. Instead, relying on a well formulated recipe and quality brewing techniqes. A delicately blended brew with power and variety. Oh, by the way, one of the best appearances found in any beer, not just pale ales.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant, flawless, coppery orange with a head that is the epitome of quality. It's light ecru in color with a slight orangish cast and is impressively firm and sticky. It deflates tantalizingly slowly and deposits thick slabs of foam as it does so. The lace begins to melt even before being disturbed by my drinking, but it's still a lovely display.

The nose doesn't venture anywhere near hoptastic IPA-land. Having said that, I can't fault a beer for staying true to its APA roots. It's wonderfully balanced with lightly toasted caramel working in concert with citrusy, floral hops. While it doesn't leap out of the glass, I don't have to go in after it either.

Stone Pale Ale is balanced on the palate as well. I was going to say 'balanced to a fault', but that isn't entirely fair. This is clearly a well-crafted pale ale that doesn't quite fit my most preferred flavor profile. The firm, toffee-like malt backbone is easily the equal of the hop side of the equation. I'm not in love with the hop bill (Magnum and Ahtanum), although it does make this beer unique.

The middle is akin to brown sugar-crusted grapefruit, while the finish is more orange fruity and slightly more hoppy. Even so, it stays pretty damn balanced all the way to the bitter end. The medium mouthfeel is beautifully structured with a willowy, wispy, supple feel. Mouthfeel is one of the best indicators of true brewing talent as far as I'm concerned.

Stone Pale Ale, like all Stone beer, is wonderful stuff. I'd tweak it a little here and there, but as is, it's a delicious, perfectly balanced pale ale that is exceedingly drinkable. As I pour the last few ounces into my pint glass, I find myself wishing that I had another bomber waiting in the wings. What better recommendation is there than that?

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very hazy burnt amber orange with a big white frothy head that slowly faded and left behind a multitude of lacey goodness in its wake. Smell is very malty. Slight hint of a citrus hoppiness in the back but main flavors were grain and musty malty bread. Taste followed a similar route, crisp clean, and the finish was very light and orange tinged in flavor. Overall this was a very quality brew and a fine pale ale. My least favorite from stone thus far, but a quality brew fronmm anyone. Could see myself throing down this on a hot summer day, very nice indeed.

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a light amber color with a finger of two of white head and some nice lacing.

S: Nowhere near as hoppy as many of the other Stone beers, but that probably works out for the best. It's still got a nice citrus and floral hop character along with a bit of pine. A fair amount of toasted and caramel malts providing sweetness.

T: The flavor is lightly sweet with a lot of bread and toast, a bit caramel forward, too. Citrus hops with a light pine bitterness and some floral character lightens things up.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Not an overly aggressive pale, but a good, solid pale ale.

Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,543 ratings.