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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,541 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,541
Reviews: 963
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 76
Gots: 168 | 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 smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nearly perfect head that leaves a full ring of lace after every sip. Copper colored and slightly hazey.

More malty than hoppy, unusual for a Stone brew.

The balance is clearly the winning aspect of this beer. The taste starts with round lighter malts with a touch of biscuit. A hoppy bitterness soon takes over. The aftertaste is a soft puckering of a hop pellet. Good body for the style.

This could easily be my regular drinking beer. There is nothing extreme or special about this, but it is full flavored and complex.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of kojevergas
2.94/5  rDev -23.6%
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 InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice, slightly hazy, copper color. Pours with a dense white head. Not as aromatic as I was hoping. There is a nice bitterness up front, as I take my first sip, it is accompanied by some biscuit - malty notes. There seems to be a lot of complexity missing here. A straight forward pale ale with not real defining characteristics. It is not balanced enough to work on a subtle level. It is certainly bitter, fairly clean flavors (light fruit, malt and some hoppy flavor contributions). Seems to be missing that certain Stone 'pizzazz'. Overall a decent beer, but I was hoping for something with a bit more definition. I need to see if I can get a known fresh bottle of this, to see if perhaps this is just past it's prime.

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

07/11/05- Received via BA member RKhaze upon return from SoCal.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dating. Poured into my Stone Ruination pint glass.

Appearance- Golden approaching amber pour. Nice thick and creamy white head with very good lacing.

Smell- Very laid back. Light hops and light malt. Hmmmm, suprised at this.

Taste- Wow, an actual mellow beer from Stone! Was waiting for the hops to destroy my pallete and the malt to follow after. What I got was a very tame and well balanced pale ale. Not to hoppy, not to malty. Right in between...nice.

Mouthfeel- Pretty well carbonated.

Drinkability- This could be a very easy session beer. Not as good as some of my favorites IMO, but still a great example of a truly balanced pale ale.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber

A: Pours almost a blood-red with a thick creamy head, looks almost like a nitro-tap from the bottle, very appealing.

S: Faint hints of malt, with some robust hops, citrus.

T: Malt dominates at first but is balanced with typical West coast hop character, pine and citrus.

M: Creamy, medium-bodied, well balanced.

D: Very good, it is one of Stone's smaller beers, I was expecting a bit more hop character, but overall, it was a very good session brew.

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear reddish orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass with some light golden orange highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to . Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts and citrus/orange zest hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/orange zest and pine/resin hops. The hops impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp but slightly thin.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing with well hidden alcohol. It is flavorful and must have been pretty intense when it was initially released though there are a lot of very flavorful beers in the APA style now available and this one is not quite as intense as some of the newer entrants.

Photo of corby112
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark amber color with golden orange hues when held to a light source. Frothy 2 finger beige head that slowly receeds into a lasting cap leaving sporadic lacing.

Citrus floral hop aroma with a nice malty butterscotch backbone. Hints of lemon peel, grapefruit, pine and caramel malt.

Very hop forward for a pale ale. Crisp floral citrus hops with lots of lemon peel, grapefruit and a nice caramel malt backbone. The malt presence is pretty prominent for the style as well. Crisp and quaffable with a slight pine dry hoppy finish.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best by 6/22/11. Pours cloudy red-orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a decent lacing cap. Some decent lacing sticks to the glass as well. Aromas of caramel, orange, pine, and some grapefruit as well. Aromas are on the weak side, but what is there is fairly nice. Taste of caramel, grapefruit, orange, pine, and some spice. A decent amount of bitterness is present on the finish and lingers for a bit with pine and citrus flavors. Very nice balance as well, with very smooth drinkability as expected. Medium carbonation and body. No alcohol noticed in the taste or finish. Overall a very nice pale ale, even though it has a bit of age on it. Very delicious and drinkable.

Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, purchased about 20 miles from the brewery in SoCal., no freshness info to be had. Pours typical almond amber, clear, with an off white puffy loose head that leaves some thick, sticky lacing. This is perhaps the mellowist and most sessionable of the Stone products. Moderate hop package, compared to the hop monsters prevelant in the S.D. area. Pleasant, approachable, balanced ale, layers of malt, British style, nice, Stone with training wheels.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Monk's Kettle, San Francisco.

Pours a surprisingly dark copper, amber colour, with a decently thick head of white foam. Some lacing, but the head collapses to a film.

Nose is disappointingly weak, with some muted resinous hops and a slight caramel malt sweetness. Not a huge amount overall, but what it has is pleasant enough.

Taste is similar - certainly not the hop level I expect from an APA (for example Sierra Nevada Pale), but with a slight bite of bitterness on the back, and a rounded caramel malt flavour. Some light astringency. Mouthfeel is carbonated, but not overtly.

It's a pretty tame beer this one. In comparison to most "American" style pale ales made in Australia, it's certainly lacking in hop character - it's also lacking in character compared to some of the other American examples I've had. Little Creatures tastes more like an IPA in comparison, for example. But it's drinkable enough. Just not particularly exciting.

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

Pours orange amber with a fairly short head that fades quickly to almost nothing. Smells a bit of juicyfruit, light citrus, wax, and some sweet malt. Taste is similar. Quite juicy and with quite a bit of malt. Lack the graininess that is sometimes found in pale ales. Fairly lightly hopped, and the sweet malt more than balances against the light citrusy hops. Smooth and easily drinkable.

Photo of LXIXME
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A caramel colored beers rests below a fairly well carbonated light tan head, that takes a minute or two to fall into a thick lacing.

Light caramel malts dominate a light aroma with some light grains and yeast coming through.

Caramel again dominates but unlike the aroma the taste has a nice light bitter hops bite to it, nothing overbearing but altogether there and quite tasty.

A decent medium body with a slight hop kick in a light dry aftertaste.

A very drinkable beer like most things Stone makes.

Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an interesting pale ale from Stone. There's a good amount of bitterness, but a little less crisp hops flavor than I expected - probably just doesn't have the same kind of dry-hopping as similarly respected pale ales. Looking at it, it appears more a red ale by color, but the malt backbone sinks behind the hops just right. Oddly, I'm not getting much aroma out of it. This reminds me more of Lake Placid Frostbite Pale Ale that Hazed and Infused or SNPA.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Daily Pint
Poured a nice yellow with a thin white head. Nose was malty, with a mix of English malts and american hops. Taste was a very fresh and floral tasting pale ale. Nice malty presence, English malts were tart,sweet and itter not overwhelming like Dales Pale Ale. A good tasting Pale.

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The third of six beers taking place in the Unorganized Invitational is Stone Pale Ale. This is the beer that started it all for Stone Brewing, and I've enjoyed their other products, but this is the first time I've had thier Pale Ale, so what's the wait? Let's get this on:

Poured into a pint glass, its color is a deep caramel and orangish with a nice head. In the smell was caramel, biscuits, and citrus notes. The flavor was enjoyable with toasty breads. Hop flavor is mild and kicks in with grapefruit and lemon flavors. As the beer warms, it gets a fruity flavor. A dry, grainy finish ends each sip of the beer.

A nice, pleasant, and sessionable offering from Stone. That's the good news. The bad news is it's score won't be enough to overtake Anchor Bock for the early lead.

Photo of akorsak
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with Phatz.

A: The pale ale has a robust color, a dark amber that has equal parts red and orange. The head is thick and, from initial appearances, laces nicely in the glass.

S: The overwhelming aroma is grainy, cereal malts, slightly bready. There is a hint of hoppiness underlying those malts.

T: The ale is heavy on the cereal malts, showing off a grainy, liquid bread that has a fairly short finish. There is a small hop presence but it struggles to overcome the malts. Unfortunately, I find that neither one really stands out very well.

M: The mouthfeel is fairly nondescript, showing off the muted flavor of a pale ale.

D: This is Stone's least memorable brew, in my opinion. It seems like they do best when pushing the boundaries rather than fitting in.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm light copper clear body with a thick creamy head that last and last. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- This beer has a light dry toasted malt note with a finish of pine hops. The hops are soft and balance the malt. This is very atypical for stone.

T- The soft flavor of marshmallows and pale malt has a light tartness to the hops that develop into a pungent bitterness at the finish. The hops have a light pine note when it warms a bit.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a creamy texture that last as long as the head does.

D- This beer has a pretty light flavor with a soft hops flavor. There isn’t much depth to the hops and the malt is pretty light aswell.

Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper colored brew.

Smell is clean with lots of malt in the smell, faint tea aroma.

Taste is sweet and very hoppy, but not so much so that it is only a one flavor beer like Arrogant Bastard. Nice malt flavor and a bit spicy, sharp bitterness finishes the flavor. Faint citrus flavors and tea are also in this one.

Mouthfeel is good.

A strong but drinkable brew.

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,541 ratings.