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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Pale AleStone Pale Ale

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very good

2,175 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2175
Reviews: 951
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%

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 Robjm1987


3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A friend bought this beer for me; instead of my all-time favorite STONE IPA. The beer was subtle, and enjoyable, but still not comparable to there IPA.

Appearance: A nice(darker) golden-brown.
Smell: Aroma, was that of an ale... Nice beer smell.
Taste: Subtle, lightly distinctful. Above average; but not "wow".
Mouthfeel: enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 14:26:58 | More by Robjm1987
Photo of samtrillo


3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky copper gold with nice little white head.

S - fruit and bread malt with some hops.

T - Very balanced. Semi sweet malt with a slightly bitter hop finish. Orange peel.

M - Pleasantly over carbonated meets the malt medium body well.

O - Balanced feel and taste. Not over powering in any way but still packs a good amount of flavor and character. Something to drink when I'm tired of IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 07:12:07 | More by samtrillo
Photo of ThePaintedGrey


3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark copperish amber hue with a slightly off-white head that starts at nearly two fingers, but fades down to a creamy cap. Nice silky white lacing left behind. The cap retains wonderfully, fortified by dozens of carbonation bubble rising wildly to the top.

S: Aroma is a little clean, which is a bit of a surprise from Stone. What I do pick up is caramel and bready malts with some light citrus highlights and a little bit of flowery hop. I'm a fan of of powerful, knock-your-socks-off aromas, but I'm sure this would appeal to anyone a fan of the style as well as those into less in-your-face brews.

T: A well-balanced pale ale. Caramel malts and some toasted bread play nicely with the slightly reserved citrus hops. It's a bit of a game of flavor tug-o-war with neither side winning. Remains nicely in the middle. The aftertaste here is gorgeous as well—some bready malt with floral hops and a touch of bitterness.

M: Definitely the gold star aspect of this brew—the mouthfeel. A bit above medium-body, feels heavier than 5.4% ABV. Tons of creaminess with a perfect level of carbonation that's neither subdued nor demanding attention. Don't let this fool you, however... This brew is extremely quaffable and would be a breeze to session.

O: Pale ales, in all honesty, are not my style. I prefer much brasher flavors that favor one side rather than being perfectly balanced. Even with that being said, Stone, with their Pale Ale, delivers a wonderful drinking experience that proves that not all of their beers will send the faint of heart cowering away with their tail between their legs. A wonderfully balanced brew that drinks extremely easily as has become a top-contender for my summertime session choice. I look forward to spending many nights with friends on my couch, a bottle of this in my glass, and the Phillies on my tube.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 20:21:55 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Photo of barczar


3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 04:06:46 | More by barczar
Photo of TaylorMade2014


3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass. Had a nice golden brown color with a fluffy white head.

The smell was of roasted malts with a faint bit of citrus. Expected a little hop but there wasn't much there.

Heavy malt taste in the beginning. Sweet with a slight hint of orange. Slightly bitter finish.

Nice drinkable pale ale. Crisp and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 00:06:49 | More by TaylorMade2014
Photo of theteleman


4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was expecting more hops from the folks over at Stone. That being said, this brew is delecious. Outstanding color, a deep copper/amberish with a big fluffy white head. The head on this beer is outstanding, very much like that on Sierra Nevadas Celebration Ale. I prefer this to Stones IPA, it seems to me to be a bit more complex and balanced with the malts coming through and not so hop dominated. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 03:03:37 | More by theteleman
Photo of DenverHopHead


3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap on Mission Bay, poured into a clear plastic cup and paired with a Baja fish taco and fish a chips.
Appearance - gold, nice carbonation that builds a surprisingly creamy white head. Lacing is superb, which is surprising given the vessel!
Smell - faint citrus hops, a touch of cereal malts.
Taste - a very scaled down and very conservative Stone IPA, which seems clearly the motivation.
Feel - light but warranted.
Overall - this hit the spot and delivered on expectations.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2014 13:50:53 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of bgillespie

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark amber/orange with a thin off white head and moderate lacing. Very hazy with noticeable sediment.

Smell: Floral, hops, malt, citrus.

Taste: Get a little bit of pine, some hopes, malty. Strong flavor.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light, easy to drink. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: A very good beer, the sediment adds to the appearance and flavor. Similar to IPA, but not there yet, as it should be. I would definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 03:13:46 | More by bgillespie
Photo of ZoomanCru


3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stone Pale Ale – Pale Ale (5.4%) - Stone Brewing Co. (California)

App: This beer pours amber to dark amber with a tan, one finger head of nice, tight foam that retains very well and leaves strong, ample lacing around the glass. Slightly hazy with some noticeable hops sediment.

Smell: Aromas of slightly under baked bread, hints of biscuit and roasted malts. Slight solvent/acetic aroma. Not a huge hop bouquet but enough to add a slight citrus nose. Not a super strong smelling beer, but overall very well balanced.

Taste: Deeply malty on the foretaste with strong notes of caramel sweetness and complexity. Hops at first are sweet and fruit like with notes of watermelon and bitter orange, but are quickly whopped on side the head with a lingering, light and fairly bitter finish. Overall this beer is pretty sweet, with the hops only really coming through in the aftertaste. While there are Pale Ales out there that I definitely enjoy more, this one is tame enough to serve to someone unfamiliar with the style. It is also very well balanced and expertly crafted, with no detectable flaws.

Mouth: Solidly medium bodied with a pleasant, round mouthfeel and carbonation. Lingering acidity from hops balances well with a heavy malt body.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Tulip Glass. 2/4/14

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 04:55:10 | More by ZoomanCru
Photo of dank203

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice pour into pint glass. fairly dark in color, amber brown. lots of floating sediment, unfiltered look. fluffy head, nice sticky lacing. good malt backbone on this, some juicy citrus and grapefruity hops. good bite in the finish, well rounded. good texture, light but full, juicy, pretty delicious

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 01:01:50 | More by dank203
Photo of Dools9


4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle bb 3/10/14 poured into a shaker pint.

A: Orange amber color, poured with a fluffy off white two fingers worth of head, stuck around and left great lace on the glass.

S: Combines malt and hop nicely. Bready, caramel, toffee malt with grapefruit, orange rind, fresh earthy spiciness from the hops.

T: Caramel and toffee malt lay the foundation, hops bring grapefruit, citrus, and spiciness flavors.

M: Medium bodied, has the ale softness, drinks nicely.

O: Have not had this since I started drinking craft over two years ago. Its a very solid, sessionable pale ale offering, and one I would revisit in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 00:39:32 | More by Dools9
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting around to this. Stone trumps every brewer currently for my palate, and this basic bread-winner is amazing.

A: 5 for starters it's as perfect a look on a pale ale as you could imagine. If one in 1000 pale ales gets a 5, this is it. Mousse-like ivory head, a pillow that lasts and laces. Cherry copper body. Great weight.
S: I could just sniff this one. It's laid back compared to IPAs, but as it should be. Better as she warms.
T: Great tingling balance of malt and hops, creamy and satisfying. many tight facets of flavor: Citrus, bread, cracker, pepper, pine, Perfect finish
MF: Already said: Creamy, long, tingly, long finish. As good a finish on any beer in the Pale Ale Class.

A wonder. Must try. A favorite.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 21:42:09 | More by Act25
Photo of lochef81


3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This apa from Stone pours a rich copper amber hue with a frothy white head that lasts for a few minutes and resolves to a gentle white film and lacing. The aroma is very well balanced between malty sweet and hoppy bitter. The body is light to medium and very very drinkable. This is definitely a sessionable beer. The flavor follows the nose. Very smooth and well balanced. No particular notes sticking out. Just smooth enjoyable well crafted beer. This is not like the in your face beers I have come to love and expect from Stone but it us an incredibly well made and crafted ale. One of the best apas iI've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 02:34:25 | More by lochef81
Photo of ONUMello


3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass, just past its freshness date of 12/23/13
A: Orange-color, one-finger head
S: Pineapple, citrus hops, malt and a hint of caramel
T: Earthy notes up front, the malt/hops are a bit light and take a back seat. Not bad I've just come to expect Stone's beers to be bolder
M: Medium-bodied, crisp, light carbonation
O: I'll try it again within the freshness window and re-review. As is, far from a bad beer just a bit light for Stone. Easy to drink, I could see this as a good intro to Stone but for those not as fond of bold hops

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 05:34:28 | More by ONUMello
Photo of jmdrpi


3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle , Best By date of 1/14/14 stamped on bottle.

pours amber in color, clear. thin off-white head, but great head retention. aroma is mostly sweet malt, with just a bit of earthiness. taste is bready malt, really no hop flavor detected at all. decent mouthfeel, fairly full. medium carbonation.

overall - a decent Pale Ale, but I expected something hoppier from Stone. I would how far out they date this beer, if it started any hoppier.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 00:48:40 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of ElijahRivera

New York

3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed based on tasting notes from a blind pale ale tasting.

12 oz. bottle inside a paper bag poured into a plastic tasting cup.

A- Dark copper color.

S- Sweet, boozy, not much hops aroma.

T- Tastes like it has some age on it, boozy, sweet, stale and lacking hop flavors, but still retaining a good amount of bitterness.

M- Full for the style. Not much carbonation.

O- Realized this one was past the date after the tasting. Still drinkable, although not at all what it was supposed to be. Also, a worthwhile experience to blindly compare fresh and not so fresh pale ales to hone one's palate. I'm a lot better about checking dates now.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 19:45:38 | More by ElijahRivera
Photo of Flounder57


3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy copper color with some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toasted malts, caramel, a bit fruity, and a little citrus

Taste: A little grapefruit, chewy and toasted malts some fruitiness, caramel, and mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A bit smooth, a little chewy, some mild hop bitterness, light bodied, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty standard pale ala. Was expecting more hops from these guys, but wondering where they went when compared with beers in their portfolio.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 23:51:32 | More by Flounder57
Photo of heygeebee


3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Warner's. BB 21/10/13.

Briefly, good dark amber colour, truly off-white head though, with unappealing large bubbles and scummy lace. Little on nose, and taste is apricots, grapefruits, somewhat stale, doughy malts, but still hoppy. Not a zesty Pale Ale.

Not maybe the best purchase, now I have seen the date, and has not kept as well as it's higher ABV brothers I have tried. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 07:27:38 | More by heygeebee
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Bottleneck says Enjoy By 01/23/14.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 3/4 inch bubbly light tan head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of surface foam. Very nice resilient webs of lacing adhere to the glass.

S- Borderline toasty malt aroma with a small tinge of hops. Husky, bready,

T- The vegetal hops are more apparent in the flavor as the bitterness comes on and lingers a bit. The malt works well in contrast providing a sturdy base. More bready notes. Lightly sweet.

M- Slightly oily from the hops and also a tad sharp. Medium carbonation with a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- A subtle pale ale that has a good balance of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 03:50:58 | More by Immortale25
Photo of delta490


3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- a nice, clear deep amber with a big pillowy off-white head. Some visible carbonation

S- rich caramel malt with some nice citrus hops in the background

T- a nice blend of the caramel maltiness and hops. The hops is subtle but pleasant.

M- A nice fullness and a slight tickle from the carbonation

O- a really good Pale Ale. Nothing really blows you away, but it's just good all around.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 22:59:40 | More by delta490
Photo of SteadySippin


3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This stone pale ale from poured from a bottle to a chilled glass.

A - Deep amber color. After pouring, it has a off white head about 2 fingers thick. Then the head settles to a thin ring. Lots of lacing with this one. Lots of bubbles floating around in there too. Beautiful looking beer.

S - Faint barley scent, with some citrus hidden in there.

T - The taste isn't bad, but definitely not expected. It has quite a bitter side to it for a pale ale. I get a lot of pine which dissipates and then the citrus flavor comes through. The bitterness stays with you from sip to swallow.

M - Feels bubbly in the mouth but easy to drink. Flavors cover the whole pallet quite nicely. Light to medium bodied.

O - I will probably buy this one again. It really surprised me though because I wasn't expecting the hops to come through like they do. I didn't enjoy the beer much at first, but the more I drink it, its quite good. Not as balanced as it probably could be, but I think thats the style that stone was going for with this one. For a pale ale with a little bite, I recommend. Oh, and the bottles are pretty sweet too.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 00:41:32 | More by SteadySippin
Photo of retry4z


2.1/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This PALE ale is overhopped and overhyped. Even for a seasoned hophead, and considering that Stone helped define the West Coast style, this beer misses it's mark by miles. This is more of a brown ale than a pale ale.

This beer is unbalanced, and I would not drink it unless it was the last beer in the planet.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 00:22:22 | More by retry4z
Photo of MrBoz21


3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 40 degree bottle into pint glass

Poured with 1/3 inch creamy white head that quickly settled into a persistent foam cap with thick cream ring on glass that left lacing which crept down side of glass. Color is mild amber-copper that holds light. Nice carbonation bubbles.

Mild earthy and piney hop aroma.

Mouthfeel is moderately dry but not thin.

Balanced hop flavor with delicate bitterness that carries through mid mouth and pleasantly lingers in the throat. Not sweet, but it has a substantial malty quality with hints of biscuit. Nicely balanced and drinkable.

Overall – this is a delicious pale ale that has substance, nuance and flavorful hoppiness. While I like that it is comfortable being a pale ale, better examples of the style are more creative.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 22:09:58 | More by MrBoz21
Photo of alphagnome


3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color body that is both mildly hazy and incredibly active. Carbonation is in abundance, as is the bone-white head that is persistent on hanging around. Gobs upon gobs of lacing here as well.

The aroma is centered around one thing: Piney hops. Pine cones, spruce branches, and a hint of pepper. A bit boring but decent.

Taste wise, you're treated to the same experience as your nose... Plenty of pine notes and hints of pistachios. Bitterness isn't overwhelming but does sting the tongue a bit.

Medium-bodied. The body here is incredibly smooth - almost enough to balance the bitter bite. Don't for a second think you can jump from Budweiser to this though, or you're going to have a bad time. The finish is desert dry, leaving your mouth seeking the nearest oasis.

Here we have another west coast Pale that doesn't have enough balance to make it a truly enjoyable beer. Much better examples of the style exist, Bell's Two-Hearted and Three Floyd's Zombie Dust to name a few.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 01:27:21 | More by alphagnome
Photo of damndirtyape


4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Best before 09/18/13.

Appearance: Hazy to translucent deep amber. 1/16" persistent off white head. Lots of delicate persistent lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, pine, orange citrus.

Taste: Pine up front, then caramel / bready malt middle, then a nice hoppy finish of pine, grapefruit and orange citrus. Very tasty and well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Nice thickness, smooth, just right carbonation. Surprisingly not a lot of hop oils sticking to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A very solid and drinkable beer. Full flavored and loaded with good aroma, I could drink another one easily if I had one. Went great with food (mexican bean & salsa + polenta casserole) and I know it would be good all by itself. I agree with the back of the bottle, probably exceedingly bold for its day, but not mega hoppy by today's standards. That being said, really well done and still a very good beer that accentuates the hops, but isn't excessively bitter. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 23:00:58 | More by damndirtyape
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Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,175 ratings.