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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,589 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2,589
Reviews: 973
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 83
Gots: 207 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-23-2001

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Ratings: 2,589 | Reviews: 973
Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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 largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Going by appearance, this looks more like a red ale to me; for a pale it's pretty dark and, well, red. It pours with ample head, eventually settling to a ring around the glass. Very caramelly nose, with just a touch of citric hops. The taste is on the sweeter side, smooth and coating, slightly grainy, with a mellow hop finish. Thankfully not overcarbonated as some pales tend to be. Nothing over the top here, just a nice, sessionable pale, and another good Stone brew.

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazingley my first try of Sone's pale,poured a clear rich copper with a clingy 1 1/2 finger white head in to a standard pint glass.Leafy hop aromas hit up front with a touch of dry malt,good complexities on the palate very well balanced leafy "green" hop intertwined with a lightly sweet malt base with the hops barely taking the lead just highly drinkable for a "standard"pale ale.Very nice hop profile wich was to be expected from Stone but very drinkable and social,well done.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey! It's quittin' time. Let's have a beer!

Appearance: Pours out a brown-orange color with a sizeable, frothy white head. This is gonna be child's play. Course, I gotta drink it first.

Smell: Hmm. Have you ever, in your life, smelled such a fruity pale ale? Honeydew melon and fresh strawberries are present, as is toffee sweetness and some faintly citrus notes.

Taste: Tangy, with a lively fruity flavor. Plenty of malt caramel sweetness in the mouth. Ends with a snappy, crisp hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Carbonation is sparkling, providing for a spiriting mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Decent and well-balanced. A noble Pale Ale.

"That's a good fssshhhaaaucking milkshake!" -- J. Travolta, _Pulp Fiction_

Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a ruddy copper colour, with two fingers of pock-marked white head, which disappears fairly quickly, leaving a bit of lacing. The smell is of slightly grainy malt. The taste is cereal grain malt, with a light pine hop essence. There is an above-average amount of carbonation, and a dry, quick finish. This is the mildest product from Stone that I've had, and is very easy to drink. It is still full-bodied, and sessionable, I would imagine.

Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber color with creamy tannish foam. Malty aroma, a touch sweet, with some herbals that suggest tea.

Bold flavor, very malty and bready, dried citrus rind/peels, moderately full-bodied. Spicy hop finish, adds an element of complexity, along with a tea-like quality. Dry, somewhat bitter finish that kept me going back for another sip. Very balanced and integrated flavors. Pretty enjoyable and session worthy.

Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a very hazy, orange/amber color with a small, white head that left behind some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled very floral with hints of citrus. A nice malty aroma, as well.

T - It really hits you with a bitter hop bite for an APA. Great burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp yet smooth. A medium-bodied pale ale.

D - This is a great pale ale, one of the most flavorful brews of this style that I've ever tried.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slightly hazy, very deep reddish amber/copper in color with a creamy bone-white head that holds well and leaves some nice lace. The aroma is limited but offers some light fruit (berries & citrus) and a mild caramel note. The body is medium with a very fine and gentle carbonation that leaves it surprisingly creamy in the mouth. The flavor starts lightly sweet and fruity, reveals some biscuity caramel malt and bright citrusy hops as it warms in the mouth, and finishes dry with a lingering sweet & fruity citrus maltiness. Well balanced. The bitterness is appropriate for the style but not-overdone and the maltiness & tight carbonation are exquisite. This beer caught me off guard. I was expecting something more "full throttle" from Stone's. But then it occured to me... of course they have a more straightforward beer! It's their flagship (and they do make the Smoked Porter as well). And, I actually loved it because it wasn't abusively hoppy. If it was, what would be the point of having all of their other, more aggressive beers? This is easily my favorite beer from Stone! Well-rounded, fruity, and highly drinkable.

Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from Phocion, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange color with a thin but foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, citrus, tea and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is very well-balanced. The same elements that are in the smell, hops, citrus, caramelized malt & tea, are intricately woven together to create a robust and flavorful beer, which doesn’t seem to be done very often in this style, but it’s done here as only Stone can. The after-taste is a mild mixture of hops and sweetness.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling, this is an excellent beer to just keep knocking back continuously. Stone proves again how well they can brew. They can take even an ordinary style and make an extra-ordinary beer in it.

Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with a silk screen painted label of the "Stone Brewing Gargoyle" which wards off impurities that would otherwise taint the sanctity of the brew.

Appearance: Copper in colour with a very faint haze ... a crisp tiny bubbled lace fades a little yet retains to the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Ripe fruit with hints of citrus (from the hops), a little bit of veggie/floral hop and a touch of caramel in the nose.

Taste: Medium bodied and semi crisp up front, then an assertive somewhat coarse America hop bitterness shows that it is going to be the dominant one. The rustic hops play with the malt a bit letting them show malt sweetness and a hint of nutty/biscuity malt upon the tongue. A bit high with the fruity esters, perhaps the only flavour the hops don't dominate. Even in the after taste there is a lingering and dominant leafy/bitter hop flavour with a pinch of grain and residual sweetness which help to finish this brew off.

Notes: A richly hopped brew that takes pride in the west coast style ... definite good drinking here for a seasoned hop head, might be a bit too much for someone that wants a balanced pale ale.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber with a very light tan head. Nose is of perfumed hops with the expected citrus head. Really a heavy perfume fragrance throughout. Flavor is consistently bitter in a smooth way. On the tail end a sweeter side appears. Feel has a decent carbonation, but overall feels a little bit thin; but still overall is extremely good. Great drink ability. Damn you, Stone.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Amber hue crystal clear with a nicely formed cream head nice and bubbly leaves fine evenly patterned lacing. Aroma: Very floral in nature hops are evident they take a seat in the cockpit, but it's okay the malt backbone is the copilot. Wonderful fruity undertones with a bouqet of whole leaf flowery hops, well done. Taste: Sufficient amount of hops some may say unbalanced however for me this beer is perfect. American style pale ale boasts a fruity slightly caramel tinged malt backbone that also has the support of some juicy hop bite. Mouthfeel: To Stone this is their light beer, in reality it's a medium bodied lucious ale with mild even carbonation. Drinkability: Blessed with high marks across the board making it hellaciously consumable wow this is up there with their IPA for all around goodness.

Photo of Slatetank
4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A beautiful deep amber w/ slowly rising bubbles and a massive white 3 finger head that is cloud fluffy and lace giving.

S - Odors of apricots, walnuts, pears and blood oranges as well as subtle nutmeg and herbal scents arrive at the nostrills.

M - An extremely pleasant balance of bitter and creamy smoothness meld into a swirly pinwheel of floating layers. I found myself swishing my tonque to and fro inside my mouth like a hooked muskie trying to glean more while allowing it to saturate.

T - Awesome toasted and nutty nuances lavish the fruited ale highlites in caontast. Spices and tingling crisp citrus hops present a stunning sideshow while not distracting a bit.

D - A wonderfully smooth, yet vibrant american pale that says multitudes in small phrases. Clean and well built, yet dynamic and tongue enlightening.

Photo of russpowell
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured amber/orange with a1" white head. Great lacing & average head retention

S: Earthy hops give way to malty sweetness

T: Earthy hops (peppery) up front then a thick malty base. Some citrus notes, then a nice hoppy/malty biscuitty finish

MF: Medium body with good carbonation & real good balance

Drinks very easy, this a nice counter statement to many of the big beers that I love from Stone, just goes to show small & sensible can be beautiful too! Yum

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

For my taste, this stuff is hard to beat in the Pale Ale category. Tastes at first like just a lot of bitterness, but as your taste buds adjust, it's a thoroughly likeable hoppy beer.

Handsome dark amber in the pint glass. Decent head with a pleasant spritzy carbonation that lasts to the bottom of the glass. Smells of orange and honey.

Lots of resins in the hop profile but not overly bitter. Just what you want a Pale Ale to be-- light, mellow, full of fragrant hops, and easy to drink.

At the Grill at the Torrey Pines Lodge.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dense, murky, dark orange color...a thick, creamy head...
Nose is fruity, and floral, vibrant and sweet, hops are nice, mellow, and very attractive, without standing out too much. Perfectly mild pale ale aroma. Zesty and citric, nice and fresh.
Taste...very nice. All those flavors found in the nose return on the palate. A certain spiciness sticks it out right next to the easy-going fruitiness, and, if you'll allow me, I'm reminded of a barleywine flavor, but without the alcohol. Mellow and tasty, light to medium in body, pleasant finish. Extraordinarily drinkable and smooth, but never skimping on taste!
What an appealing pale ale, I'm glad that Stone has such a friendly offering to appeal to those who aren't always aching for an abundance of hops and challenging flavors, something to keep the taps flowing and the coffers filled, allowing them to make those bad bastards we all love!

Big-sized doffing of the topper to El Bummerino for providing the bomber!

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

Its hard for me to review a beer I've had a bunch of times that already have more than 500 reviews on it, what could I offer to the discussion? One of my first craft beers was Stone IPA and I would drink Stone Pale Ale when the store was out of Stone IPA or when I wanted a "lighter" beer.

Beer is clear and amber in color. Tight off-white head as it falls away leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Beer has a mild aroma of citrus hops. There isn't a whole lot else going on there. Smells fine and invites me to drink.

Beer has a medium body and drinkability is high. There is an acidic finish, I don't want to say bitter, its relatively mild. There is a hint of some nutty character, overall really mild. The acid in the back makes this beer has somewhat of an odd mouthfeel. Overall its a good APA.

Photo of kojevergas
2.96/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

5.40% ABV confirmed. Bottle acquired at Trader Joe's. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I figure a brewery with as much funding and manpower as Stone wouldn't screw up a pale ale.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger beige-khaki colour head of fair cream, decent thickness, and pretty good (~4 minute) retention. Body colour is a clear textbook copper. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Predictable for the style; this is what one thinks of when one thinks of a pale ale. Nothing unique or special here, but there are no overt flaws.

Sm: I like the refined caramel malt backbone; it's more evocative than in most pale ales. Light generic floral hops. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. Not a lot going on here; I hope there's more to the flavour. An average strength aroma.

T: Okay. Caramel malt and floral hops. There's a subtlety to the execution. (Stone, subtlety - what?). It's a simple beer but it's well put together. I wouldn't go so far as to call it balanced - after all this is Stone - but it's not bad. Built decently. I expected severe over-hopping in classic Stone fashion, but this is surprisingly underhopped for the style. It's kind of a malt-focused beer, actually. Still, its simplicity holds it back. Not quite refreshing. No alcohol or yeast comes through. A bit too bitter on the finish.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too dry on the finish, killing the refreshing feel. Decent thickness. Okay presence on the palate. Overcarbonated. Suits the flavours generally at best.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. Rather pedestrian. Hides its ABV well. I doubt I'd get it again unless the only other offerings were macro-shite. It's by no means a bad beer; it's just mundane.

High C

Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a one-finger head that descends to a creamy, thin cover. Some broken rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of light citrus, lemony. Some vague sweet malt in background.

The taste is lemony, citric with a fair amount balancing sweet malt, though it remains more hoppy than malty. Some bready, turning leafy and grainy, notes come through. Rather watery, though the taste does come through okay. Hop flavor hangs on despite watery thinness.

It's a decent "session" ale, though I expected something more of a body to it. Doesn't stand out among APA's for me.

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Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,589 ratings.