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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Pale AleStone Pale Ale

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very good

2,577 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,577
Reviews: 969
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 82
Gots: 194 | 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

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Photo of bcastine
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.84/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A hazy golden amber with a thin lace

S - Slight hints of citrus hops and a hint of maltiness

T - Slightly malty up front with a piney hop finish

M - Light body for easy drinking

D - This is a session beer for sure.

Notes: Not as bold as the other stone brews which is nice. Good to see that not every brew needs to push the limits.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of FacistCannonBall
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of bfred805
3/5  rDev -22.1%

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

Photo of ProfessorCJ
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into an ale glass. 2+ fingers of slightly tan foam with pretty lacing. Good clear and definitive amber appearance. Smells like you want beer to smell like, malty with hint of hops and vegatable smells. Taste roasted grain and some chocolate undertone. It fills the mouth with flavor and feels full on the tongue it has a nice long finish that is slightly bitter. I first drank it in SD a while back and buy it whenever I find it available.

Photo of MonkeymooTJ
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Dark orange with an amber/red haze. A two finger head retains well and a light carbonation level can be seen rising to the top


A 60/40 malt to hop level. Malts are toasty/sweet with a hint of butterscotch. Hops smell of fresh cut pine and a slight cirtrus.


A moderate initial bitterness level. A good balance of piney hops and toasty malts. A bit of spice is also detectable.


A light body that is a bit dry. There is a definite lack of carbonation and not much aftertaste left behind


It was ok. Good promise with initial bitterness and balance of malts. But it wares off and falls a little flat. It fits the style of a pale but I think some of Stones other offerings are far superior

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.91/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Usually it is Stone's job to kick your butt and make you wonder why you came to drink it, then realize that's exactly why you're drinking it, man up and emerge triumphant.

With this one, the ale does not nearly accomplish this.

Yes it's a Pale Ale, but a bit of reddishness gives it a good look (that matches the bottle, nice!). Smelling the hops and barley, you drink down a regular and not even offensive hoppy taste. Why? Stone, I want you to crush me!

Sure you could drink 'em often, but the taste is a bit too bland to make each sip desirable, and at 5.4 abv there's no reason to stay with this one.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,577 ratings.