Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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979 Reviews
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Reviews: 979
Hads: 2,680
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 18.51%
Wants: 89
Gots: 274 | 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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A nice amber with orange highlights. A nice white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Very nice herbal and grapefruit tones in the aroma. Really nice maltiness in this pale ale. A caramel maltiness I think. A good bitterness too. I usually prefer highly hopped pale ales, but this doesn't seem overly hopped and I love it. This is probably the best balanced pale ale I've had. Excellent.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty pedestrian stuff for Stone. Looks the part, a little darker than a normal pale ale, minimal head and lacing. No noticeable aroma.

Taste, a mild pale, not the trademark Stone aggressive hopping. A little thicker than your average pale, more roasted malt I guess. Mouthfeel, remains sessionable, no discernable shifts throughout. Kinda pricey for what you get.

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Photo of dgilks
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden colour with a smooth, fluffy white head. Great head retention.

Rich, fresh hoppy aroma with some nice orange and grapefruit notes. Solid.

Crisp light malt with just a hint of well attenuated caramel malt. Fresh grapefruity hops with a balanced bitterness. Well crafted.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A really nice, well balanced Pale Ale with great hop character. A solid beer from Stone.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sparse head with little retention. The color is a deep and spicey mahagony and amber, with little bubbling. The aroma is a spicey bread malt with a pronounced hop aroma. The taste has a good mixing of malt and hops. Dry mlats mixing well with flowery and citrusy hops. Easy to drink before, during, or after a meal. To bad we can't get this stuff in IL.

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Photo of Brad007
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with a small head (probably due to my pour). Aroma is floral and hoppy right off the bat, reminiscent of Cascades. Taste starts off strong and hoppy but towards the back of the throat, a nice, dry toastiness takes over from there. A second sip merely confirms the exact same thing. A really nice and biscuity aftertaste with just the right amount of hops and malt.

A good first beer for anyone who's never had Stone beers. Very drinkable and I love the dryness of the aftertaste as well.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a dark amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is OK, lacing is good. The aroma is very nice, it smells like bready malt, citrusy (orange) and grassy hops, and also a bit of caramel. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like citrusy hops (grapefruit and orange peel), bready malt and some piney hops. Good mix of malt and hops in this brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has good carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, I think this would be a good choice as a session beer as I think it's a good overall brew. It has plenty of taste and it's not too high in ABV so you can enjoy a few of these. I'd definitely buy this again, it's a good, quality classic beer.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler. Pretty standard appearance, dark orange and clear with a nice but thin white head. There wasn't much of a smell really, which might be an asset for a pale ale. Typically I smell a little more hops though... The taste pulls through with some hops but mostly a neutral flavor. This is perfect barbecue beer, which is how I had it.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy amber/orange colour with a large size creamy beige coloured head. There is some very nice spider web lacing and the head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation on the tongue and the beer has a pretty mellow taste. There are lots of malts mixed with caramel and some light hops. The beer also has a cookie like taste and I picked up on notes of grapefruit and oranges and some pine. It finishes with a malty slightly hop-bitter aftertaste.

Drink - I enjoyed this beer more as it neared room temperature. It is an easy drinking version of Stones IPA, very sessionable. Good.. not great.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a dark copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel and pale malts with good amounts of citrus and floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust caramel malts with very light hints of toastiness kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are good amounts of citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip very small amounts of pine hop flavors work their way into things and carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass easily and could have another.

Overall this is more malt-forward than I remember the bottle being. It's easily the least-hoppy Stone beer I've had and I could see this being a good entry into craft beer. Worth a shot if you're looking for an easy-drinking beer.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - looks like a decent pale ale. Darker than most pale ales with a dark red brown hue and a half inch of head that turns to a sticky lace ring clinging to all sides.

S - Smells of moderate grain, leaf hops, and a sweet underlying malt.

T - Wow it is much more bitter than I expected. Was hoping the the grains were more balanced and less bitter. It almost seems like a ESB rather than pale ale.

M - Once you get used to the grain and leaf bitterness its really light to medium bodied drink.

D - Meh I guess I was expecting this beer to be more hop forward like their IPA's but found it aggressively grainy and bitter. Really wouldn't consider getting it again.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a dark clear gold, almost an amber tint to it. The head is light white, rises a finger. Decent retention, poor lacing.

The aroma is light, a little hops but mostly skunk.

The taste is ok, pretty boring as there is not much hops. This is crazy for me considering every other Stone beer is over-hopped.

Feel is ok, a little watery, decent bitter finish.

Nothing special here.

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Photo of Gusler
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I’m such a big fan of “Stone Brewery”, and always keep a bunch on hand, it seems a bit odd I’ve not had one of these fine Pale Ales in almost seven moths, strange. Pours a deep amber to copper color, the head is prodigious in size, frothy in texture and the lace fine sheets to coat the glass. Nose is nice a deep sweet malt, hints of caramel, and the little "Hop Flowers", I love so much. Front is malt sweet, top is middling in feel and the finish a “Hop Heads Dream”, spitefully acidic, the aftertaste dry as a desert bone and quite long lasting, ranks in my top 5 “all-time favorite Pale Ales”.

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Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a cloudy texture. Not much head, but good lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, light herbal hops and some sort of sugar.

T: A decent taste, with malt, hops, caramel and other sugars. A little harsh at first, but it grows on you.

M: A pretty high amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a good example of a pale ale. Not my favorite style of beer, but this one's worth trying.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 5.4% ABV, no date.

A - Opening a gushing bottle is never a good thing which is the case with this. Not heavily gushing but enough to spill out on two surface as I poured it hurriedly. Two fingers of off-white cream head stood at attention then slowly lowered to a thin pile on the lightly hazy orange-amber beer. A collar of thin, wispy lace hovered above the surface.

S - A noticeable aroma of hops appears right away but settles to a more balanced nose. Caramel covered biscuit malt changes again, slowly, into an old musty wood paneling and dirty malt nose with a low hop presence. A bit of citrus helps the grassiness a bit but still ends up by the wayside.

T - The lack of hops in the nose is slightly redeemed in the flavor as a slow burn of dry bitterness creeps up. Dry citrus and pine hops take center stage if anything really does. It's all pretty mellow, even the biscuity caramel malts in the background aren't very forward as they are in the nose.

M - Stone's Pale Ale is incredibly dry and actually pretty bitter too. It doesn't hit right away as much as it slowly comes in. Medium-bodied and lighter in carbonation (smooth feeling despite the gush), it goes down decently otherwise.

D - I'm a little skeptical of this bottle's freshness. I expect much more from Stone but it's hard when there is no date present. Either way, it still drinks ok for what it is now.

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Photo of barczar
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant coppery amber with a frothy cream head that leaves spotty lacing add it slowly dissipates.

Caramel malt, nutty toast, subtle resin and citrus form the aroma. Malt seems to dominate, but there's a hint of catty funk and mint.

Flavor reveals herbal character underlying toasted caramel malt. Bitter, earthy hops counter the slight caramel sweetness mid palate and carry into the finish. There's a hint of citrus, but it's easily dominated by herbal hops.

Body and carbonation are moderate, with light alcohol warmth and a fairly harsh finish.

Far more malty than anticipated, and the hop character lacks typical west coast flavoring. The bitterness is spot-on for stone, which doesn't jive with my palate. Love the malt character and flavoring hops were decent, but too bitter for me.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear amber with a frothy and not too persistent head. Aroma is strong and has a nice balance of malt and hops, leaning towards malt. Flavor is surprisingly hoppy, but not quite like an IPA - malt and hops contribute equally to the flavor, and hop bitterness is minimal. Texture is smooth and delightful.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark-ish amber-copper color, a bit cloudy in the middle. Thick head that, like many of Stone's beers, leaves great lacing along the glass. The nose hits with a light balance of hops (mostly citrus, slightly piney) and malts, mostly in the form of caramel and oak. The floral notes outweigh the malt character a bit, but still balance pretty well. The first hit on the palette begins with a slight taste of malts and yeast on the tongue, but quickly turns to an overtaking of hops, citrus, and bitterness. Although dominant, the hops remain somewhat "light" and are not overly-bitter. Slightly sweet from the citrus and bitter from the pine. Malts come back into play as the beer warms up, getting stronger and stronger along the way to balance the hops out nicely. Beer finishes crisp and refreshing with some residual bitter pines left on the tongue. Medium thickness, carbonated well.

Solid pale ale. Something easy to drink when you want to drink a lot of beer. Might even be safe to call this a session beer at only 5.4% ABV. I know I've done it before.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard pint. Pour was copper in color with a 1/2 inch fluffy white head that dissipated into a 1/4 inch froth within 30 seconds, settling into a thin consistent skim. Consistent lacing throughout the tasting. Scent of hops with floral undertones. As soon as it touched my tongue, experienced a slightly acidic bite, not at all unpleasant, followed by more hops (but not overwhelming), slightly bready undertones and a clean tart/slightly acidic finish. Nice mouthfeel - good balance as well as decent amount of carbonation. Very sessionable pale ale.

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Photo of Durge
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at My Place Restaurant in Newtown, CT this one pours a clear light copper color with a very healthy off-white head and great lacing. The aroma offers a mild pine hop with a vague banana nut malt. Very mild but nice. The flavor is also mild but it brings a light citrus bite and crispy bread with some quiet caramel underpinnings. This not a sweet treat of an APA. It's pretty acidic, sort of spicey, a bit dry. I do pick up some more general fruitiness and banana as I get near the end. It's on the aqueous side, fairly carbonated and easy drinking if the taste suits you. It was a little dissapointing to me considering it's from Stone. Not memorable or compelling but certainly an OK option and worth a try.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brownish oranage with cap of white head, good retention and lacing. Scent is of west coast hops (grapefruit and citrus) and a somewhat unexpectedly large whiff of carmel malts. Taste is forward of the sweet carmel matls with the muted hop profile bringing up he rear. Makes me wonder how fresh this bottle is. Medium bodied, lighter than normal carbonation. A good beer, but not as light, crisp and refreshing as other West Coast Pale Ales, definitely more malt forward.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap The Village Tavern in Hammondsport, NY.

Pours a clear copper amber, with a 2 inch head, and really good thick lacing down the glass.

Smells quite hoppy, but slightly metallic. Lots of citrus zest, grapefruit and pine.

The taste is similar. The metallicness is there in the flavor too, but it's not that distracting. Fresh, clean, crisp hop flavor here, with only a little bit of sweet malt that makes the hops taste like sugar-coated grapefruit.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean, dry mouthfeel. Great mouthfeel, almost silky.

This is one of the original Stone beers, and it's still impressive.

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Photo of champ103
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark copper/red color. A two finger light beige head forms with good retention. The foam gently recedes to a ring that sticks throughout. Light sticky lace is left behind.
S: At first, citrus and grassy hops up front. That quickly gives way to a nice toasted caramel malt aroma. Very nice.
T: Thin hops of citrus and grass. Slightly dank and soapy. Grainy cereal and brown sugar. Lightly toasted.
M/D: A medium body slightly under carbonated for me. Thin, and is lacking any kind of crispness or bite to it. Not hard to drink at all. Though probably will not be a repeat purchase for me.

This is decent. Though uneventful. This just seems a little thin for the most part. There is nothing wrong here, just did not do it for me. Worth a try, but I have had better pale ales that are locally made at that.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy orangish amber color with a nice white head that lingers for a little while and leaves a thick lacing on the glass as it falls.

S-the nose is lighter with a touch of grain, some pale malts, and a citrus hop backing.

T/M-very smooth and creamy, nice body, sweet caramel malts, a touch of toastedness with just a hint of pale malts giving way to a nice citrus hop with a touch of hop bitterness at the end, a fair amount of carbonatoin, and a crisp finish.

D-easy drinking and extremely smooth. well balanced as the flavors meld together in harmony.

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Photo of ZAP
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Soft spicy/husky hop aroma...orangish with a soft creamy lace..nice mellow creamy mouthfeel...some nice fruitiness...very drinkable...thirst quenching...sweet of, if not THE best tasting pale ales I've had...My first stone experience is a GRAND one!!

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Photo of drpimento
3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a nice frothy, textured head and lots of lace. Nice amber color. Mild hop with some malt nose. Hop flavor is remarkably muted. Not bad, but nothing special. A surprise. Was expecting a lot more from the Stone. Balanced, clean pleasant finish.

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