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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

979 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 979
Hads: 2,675
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 90
Gots: 271 | 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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Reviews: 979 | Hads: 2,675
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer is pretty nice in appearance. Solid golden with decent foam and carbonation. Nothing spectacular, but it looks nice after pouring.

Smell: Nice subtle cedar notes to balance out the hops, which tend to be on the milder side. Good balance of pepper, lemon, and pine notes.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Great woody backbone. Definitely tastes like smoked cedar planks, but it's subtle, and not overwhelming at all. Again, the hops are balanced like the smell. Mouthfeel is smooth and balances well with the flavors.

Overall Drinkability: I like this best because of the cedar notes. (592 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Enjoy by 10/17/12

A: Pours a clear ruby/orange with a 1 finger puffy white head. Some fisheyes in the head make it dissipate after a few minutes. Leaves some real nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Immediately get hops on the nose balanced out by a biscuity malt. Also a roastiness provides a dark fruity aroma. Has that signature Stone "oomph" of powerful malts.

T: Balanced fusion of fruity hops and roasted malts. Starts with hop but is quickly blended into a raisny malt and finishes with a lingering hop.

M: Fairly thick bodied, low carbonation. Pretty heavy for a pale ale, almost feels like a double IPA. Isnt too sticky or anything though.

Overall a very serious take on a Pale Ale. Normally I think of them as a light crisp IPA but this ones doesnt hold back. (815 characters)

Photo of mjurney
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look:
Copper color, lots of little sediment. Carbonation looks very active. Thick rocky head. Leaves very nice lacing behind.

Smell:
Smells very fresh... citrus, piney, floral, sweet malts, fruity.

Taste:
Sweet clean malts, citrusy, piney, a little caramel, fruity, slight dry-bitter finish. Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel, soft carbonation. (343 characters)

Photo of drumdude73
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you haven't had Stone's Pale Ale you are really missing something special! This beer is not your typical Pale Ale...it is more malty than most Pale Ale's that I have had. Great brown color, lasting head, and a nice malty, yet very well balanced flavor, makes this beer stand out from the rest! If you don't like bitter/hoppy beer and stay away from Pale Ale's, do not ignore this beer. It is not hoppy by any means and yet at the same time it is not overly sweet or malty either. Stone's Pale Ale is a well balanced beer that you will enjoy over and over again! (564 characters)

Photo of mckelvin
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this American Pale Ale. It had a medium hop fruit flavor that was not over powering. Light amber in color with a clean crisp pour. A nice mild pale ale from stone. This is one of my favorite breweries. Have not tasted a beer i didn't like come out of this north county San Diego brewery. All around great brew. (327 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/tan with a 1/4 inch creamy head, decent lacing.

Smell - Hops, pale malts, yeasty sugars, pineapple, banana, some grapes and a bready, floral aroma.

Taste - Light hops mixed with pale malts, sugars, and spices. Lots of pine, grapes, and banana. Hops are light and lighty bitter. Plenty of yeasty sugars and caramel malts. Not any alcohol present nor is it really bitter.

Mouthfeel - Light and smooth, tounge gets the light hops, pine and grapes, pale malts. Palate gets remaining hops and malts, with more yeast and sugars. Aftertaste is lighty bitter, malty and bit danky.

Overall - Smooth and easy to drink. Not as hoppy as other pales, and really, its pricy, between 11-14.99$ ive seen this for a 6-pack. Its worth a drink but there are better pales out there, and cheaper also. (831 characters)

Photo of BOSMECH
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a six pack after the storm clean up, pours a dark copper/ amber / borwn color with a 2 inch head that settle down to about a 1/2 inch.

A it appears very nice with the color and the small retaining head.

S It has a very light hoppy smell not as strong as other pale ale's.

T taste is a light hop and citrus taste with a mild little bite to it.

M Mild carbonation and goes down smooth with no bad after taste that I have incured with others.

O Overall it is a good beer that I can drink again but there are others out there that are better I think. (558 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, slightly reddish amber with a less than finger width head, average retention, and a lace that's sparse though somewhat sticky.

Smell - Smell is a touch soapy, with mild hints of citrus and floral hops and the faintest of bread or caramel malt character.

Taste - Follows the nose to some extent, though the flavors are bolder than the smell would have one believe... for better or worse. Starts mild, with a bit of bready malt, followed quickly by a twang of citrus bitterness, but somewhere after, the soapy character kicks in. It's not entirely unpleasant, but it's not a quality I find wanting in a beer. Beer finishes with lingering soapiness and fading citrus hop bitters.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with a nice, crisp, biting carbonation. Goes down fairly smooth.

Overall - I wanna like this beer... but I can't. The soapy character present is just too much to overlook. Outside the soapiness there are real positive qualities, but not enough to save it from mediocrity. It's drinkable, but not something I'd prefer to drink.... candidate for a re-review. Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood. (1,137 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark burnt amber color, thin head, half a finger that is stark white. Average retention but it only leaves a few flecks of suds on the glass.

Stale bread, pale malt, adjunct and caramel. Thin with a grassy hay hop overtone. Something like a light fruit and fruit aroma wafting around in the glass as well.

Pale malt that has a good dose of toasted bread. Grassy and hay hops that have an immediate drying effect that comes off as chalky and stark. Raw and grain husks abound in the malt department. I was expecting more.

Easy to put down and it releases from the palate quickly readying it for more. Sessionable body and active carbonation for the style.

For a pale it's average but I was expecting much more from stone. Chalky and dry but otherwise very easy to drink with adequate malt and bitterness. The price tag will keep me from buying more. (852 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date into pint

Look is a clear amber with some fine suspended sediment. Smell is buscuity malt, some faint herbal and citrus hops. Taste is grain and bready malt, with bitter/spicy herbal hop flavor. Feel starts watery but finishes crisp, which offsets the heavy hop feeling.

Not my favorite pale by a mile, but I give it points for being different than expected. (385 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
1.3/5  rDev -66.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Most expensive pale ale ever. Hazy tarnished amber with a big sticky off white head. Herbal hop nose along with soap and wood. Touches of anisette or licorice somewhere beneath.

Taste is a lot of bubblegum for some reason. Initial citric sweetness, dry herbal hoppiness and coarse dry mouthfeel. Soapy and bubblegum flavors linger. Not digging this one bit. Off-flavors seem to settle out with a couple more sips, but the flavors dont meld together any better. Whats up with this one? tough to finish. (503 characters)

Photo of Burlyn
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Red amber with a half inch fine tan head

Malty and citrus scent

Sweet at first. Gives way to bitter citrus hops and a little maltiness

highly carbonated and a little chalky. Not as smooth as i was expecting

Overall very drinkable but there are others out there which i prefer much more. (292 characters)

Photo of Alfred
1.42/5  rDev -63.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I'm no English major, but to enunciate just how this beer affected my life in a positive light would be a dissatisfaction to the community at large. This Pale sucked. No need to banter.
Disagree?
It tasted like licorice that was kept in a car, during the Summer, while the sun watched Oprah.
It tasted thick, too sweet, and had no bite.
Stone blesses their own name vowing that there are no foreign adulterants within the liquid drink; If you ask me, I'd rather drink water. (474 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark caramel body and off-white head with large carbonation bubbles.

Aroma: Citrus hops and caramel malt.

Taste: Nice complexity for such a simple style. Citrus bitterness up front and a good blend of slightly bready caramel with finishing hops at the end. Leaves you with a good amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation. Not quite as smooth as I had expected. Highly drinkable.

Final Thoughts: I've only had a few of the offerings from Stone and while I can't say that this is their best, it is definitely a good take on the style and memorable. (575 characters)

Photo of Drinkerofales
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviews live.

Appears a bit dark, coppery, good lacing, light tan head.

Smells malty, a flash of some citrus hop, but not much.

Taste is equal to the aroma, clean malts, light tangerine citrus flavor.

Texture is smooth, light, easy to drink, my favorite part of the beer.

Overall, I guess I am used to a more citrus flavored APAs, as I feel that this was just ok. They nailed the texture, but everything else was key.

DOA (427 characters)

Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a dark copper (darker than most pale ales), with a big billowy head with great retention and lacing. Scents are a very nice blend of citrus and bread. The taste is more malt-forward than the the scent implies, and more so than many other pale ales - bready and earthy, with a slight floral hops bitterness to provide balance. Good mouthfeel for the style. Not the best product offered by Stone, nor the best pale ale available, but still enjoyable. (462 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of Edruil
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into Waterford crystal pilsner glass.

Appearance - Beautiful reddish amber with a significant 2-3 finger off-white head that quickly dissipates to a finger and a half. Not much lacing to speak of but the color is gorgeous

Smell - Fruity, earthy, citrus. More malt than hops on the nose, surprising for a Stone ale. Not particularly aromatic

Taste - Bread, dark fruits, caramel, sweetness up front, with citrus fruit hops coming forward and dominating on the finish. Well balanced, but not particularly strong or aggressive for a Stone

Mouthfeel - Refreshing and crisp, light bodied, nice carbonation. Easy drinking.

Overall - This is a nice beer. It's enjoyable and easy to drink, and would make a great session beer, but not particularly outstanding. A good representative of the style, with Stone's individuality coming through in a much less subtle way than normal (892 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a dark amber color with a very heavy cap of white foam. The aroma fits the bill for the style and invites you in. The beer lays down easy with a caramel malt backbone and a heavy hand of bitter, citrus hops. Highly drinkable, very tasty, and well balanced. (268 characters)

Photo of ckollias
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours an orangish-brown hue with a nice, frothy, 3-finger, white head that slowly dissipates down the slide of the glass ending in a solid lace.

S: Mild hoppy and malt aroma

T: More bitter than sweet with a solid malt backbone and decent hoppy profile blended nicely together.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Another good brew by Stone – easily drinkable and went down smooth. (452 characters)

Photo of BaronRogue
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not pale at all, a deep rich amber with a nice head that floats for a minute or two. Enough lacing to let you know that it's a legitimate beer.

Smells slightly sweet, floral and hoppy, just like a pale ale should.

Tastes like a strong raisin-esque pilsner. Lots of flavor but light and refreshing. Doesn't get any better than this as far as standard APAs go. Sure you can go more hardcore with barleywines and IIPAs, but as far as drinkable session PAs go, this is the bar for me.

Again, refreshing and crisp, with enough gravity to feel real but not enough to weigh you down. Say goodbye to at least three once you start.

Overall, it's an upper-medium priced beer that's well worth it if you're an APA fan. Prefer this over a lot of the more intense Stone varieties, if I'm honest. (786 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. The beer arrives a crystal clear golden amber color with a nice 1.5 finger white head, good retention, and decent lacing. The nose is mild but approachable with earthy hop character along with a gentle pale 2-row malt base. According to the tour guide only 2 malts used (2-row and crystal 60? Not sure he wouldn't confirm). The flavor is nice and easy drinking. The hops again are a little earhty in character with the malt base providing a pleasant flavor. Mildly bitter, very approachable. Lighter bodied and well carbonated. Overall, this is an easy drinking Pale. Amazing that when it was introduced it was a hop bomb of sorts and now that seems to be the norm, a trendsetter. (703 characters)

Photo of JeleReviews
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looked absolutely amazing. A gorgeous red tint to the deep clear gold color. An impressive two finger head that sets slowly. It has lacing that lasts the entire beer.

S: Earthy and subtle.

T: A very earthy and easy pale ale. It has just enough kick.

M: I think this was well blended. The beer was a little oily feeling. Pretty clean finish. (348 characters)

Photo of devinoconnor
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Considering the Stone IPA is one of my favorite brews, the Stone Pale Ale is rather uneventful.

Pours a reddish brown color with little head from the bottle. Smell is caramel and subtle hops. A little yeast in the taste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and well balanced...

Overall, a nice pale ale but it could some more hops. (319 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours copper with one finger white head. Aroma is nicely floral, with a nice citrus and strong malt backbone. Bittersweet finish with the hops follows an up front sweetness, toffee, biscuits, fruits, hint of citrus and mango. Easy drinking, medium carbonation, slightly resiny. Good example of the style. Nice beer. (315 characters)

Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 979 ratings.