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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,517 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,517
Reviews: 963
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 74
Gots: 153 | 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 TankyTommy
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

TankyTommy, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of Irwinnelson
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

Irwinnelson, Nov 21, 2014
Photo of raisethejollybrewer
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

raisethejollybrewer, Nov 20, 2014
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 JamesP123
2.8/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A. A dark amber/light copper color with 2 finger sof off white head. Medium lacing down the glass.

S. PIcking up some sweet malt and a good amount of dark fruits: Dates, raisins. Not much hop essence coming through.

T. I am wondering how old the 6-pack is. Not getting any real hop flavor at all, mostly sweet maltiness like toffee and ripe dark fruits. Not bad, not that good. Overall not what I was expecting from a pale ale, nor what I prefer. I think the bottles may be really old.

M. Medium bodied, moderate carbination

D. Overall not my cup of tea, or ale in this case. Not really bad, but was expecting a lot more from this beer. May buy one more down the road to see if this was a old batch, but would much rather have a Dales Pale, SNPA or many other PA's before this one.

JamesP123, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of harperman69
4/5  rDev +3.9%

harperman69, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of beer272
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - appearance was good. Nice carbonation that lasted with some lacing.

S - Hops pretty dominate.

T - taste was nice. hops were forward and the malt took a back seat.

M - Good mouth feel.

O - I'll admit I am not a hop fan. This is one of Stone's year around beers.

beer272, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of dataskatt
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was not what I expected. A nice amber color. Smells grapefruity/hoppy with kind of a funky skunky smell. The taste really threw me. It has an unexpected harshly bitter/musky taste that I didn't particularly like. It's different...I'll give it that. It seems rather harsh for a pale ale...more like an IPA. Kind of funky even for an IPA. Honestly, I don't think I would buy it again...

dataskatt, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of bbreneman
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

bbreneman, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of Vasko5m
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Vasko5m, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of JonSnowdon
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

JonSnowdon, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of Aeag4
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Aeag4, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of RyanLaw
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

RyanLaw, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of SpencerT
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

SpencerT, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of mrgrinch
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Amber. Nice steady carbonation. Decent head with some remaining...solid lacing. Cloudy.

Smell - Sweet flowery lemon?

Taste - Sweetish, biscuity. Hoppy, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Good body.

Drinkability - This is a good beer. A bit on the heavy side for me, but I love the carbonation/head as compared to other Pale Ales. Great flavor that turns bitter at the end.

mrgrinch, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of bestpoop
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

bestpoop, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of aleyeast
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a stone IPA tulip
pours copper with a covering off white head that dissapates
aroma is quite muted
bittering hops on a nice malt backbone, touch of pleastant graininess. classical to the style
easy drinking, probably a very nice beer on tap or cask

aleyeast, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of gearbike
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden pale color from the tap. Served in apint glass with a small white frothy head. Tastes of a faint caramel sweetness. Does have some mild hops but not bitter. A bit thin on the backbone. Kind of bland but went very well with pizza. Would be a great choice as a session beer with most any meal.

gearbike, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of quikfish13
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear amber with a very frothy off white head. Very decent amount of carbonation.

S: Very nice fruity scents. With apple seeming to be the most dominant of the hoppy aromas. Some earthy and floral notes as well.

T: Not as overloaded with hops as other pale ales (Great Lakes Burning river comes to mind) but a nice citrus taste none the less. A very nice earthy malt taste comes in the middle and leaves a nice aftertaste.

M: Not overpowering and enough to let you know your drinking beer. Leaves a clean finish.

D: Excellent beer and one I would recommend if your trying to get a buddy into craft brews.

quikfish13, Aug 01, 2007
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 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 Burlyn
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Red amber with a half inch fine tan head

Malty and citrus scent

Sweet at first. Gives way to bitter citrus hops and a little maltiness

highly carbonated and a little chalky. Not as smooth as i was expecting

Overall very drinkable but there are others out there which i prefer much more.

Burlyn, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of DamageInc78
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

DamageInc78, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of pgregoryCA
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

pgregoryCA, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of BJA
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz Bottle

Poured into Sam Adams glass

A: Deep, clear amber/orange color. You could also say copper. On a hard pour, I got a finger of relatively creamy head that mostly dissipated in about 90 seconds leaving a decent lacing on the glass and a thin head. As I drank my glass down, lacing continued to stick.

S: malty scent, relatively strong, slightly toasty. A hop smell is also forward.

T: taste is malty and bitter. The hop bitterness is very forward. It is balanced well with the strong malt flavors.

M: Has a medium body. The carbonation is good. The hoppy aftertaste lingers but not in a bad way.

O: This is a very drinkable pale ale if you are into stronger flavors, especially hops. For all the forward flavor, it is still well balanced and relatively clean tasting. It’s not an introductory pale ale however. It is aggressive for a pale. I have had a lot of this beer, and it pairs quite well with almost any meal.

I will try not to use ‘relatively’ three times in the next review.

BJA, Jun 22, 2011
Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,517 ratings.