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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,302 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,302
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 63
Gots: 83 | 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 Neecee513

New York

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, reddish amber color, some head retention.

S: Sweet! Apple and peaches.

T: Low hop bitterness, much stronger malt backbone of biscuit.

M: Minimum carbonation, moderate body, dry.

D: This beer was much sweeter than I prefer, but the more I sipped, some sweet pine notes came through that were pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 20:56:37 | More by Neecee513
Photo of ehammond1

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

A beautiful rich copper color and a thick and stubborn off-white head. Leaves gobs of lacing down the glass. An exceptionally beautiful pale ale.

A relatively balanced nose with some fruity hop bite but a heavy amount of malt. I smell some sugar, a lot of biscuit, and something I want to call cinnamon or all-spice. Interesting and a bit surprising.

The taste is not particularly bitter or hoppy, which is a surprise knowing this beer is from Stone. I always find myself thinking of fresh biscuits and bread when I drink this beer. Some sweetness from caramel malt, but all in all, an extremely bready beer. Good, yet simple.

A balanced, pleasant, medium to full bodied, well-crafted, relatively malt-forward APA.

Available, affordable, and easy-drinking. A great staple to have in any fridge.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 02:47:30 | More by ehammond1
Photo of BEERMILER12


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a decent head that leaves great lacing

S: Nice balance between the hops and malts, with the hops dominating slightly. Some fruity notes with tannins coming through as well

T: Same as the smell, again with the hops slightly dominating the malts. Nice fruity notes most likely from the hops. Not bitter at all in the aftertaste

M: Medium body and carbonation, pretty smooth and not too prickly

D: One of the 3 Stone beers that I find easily sessionable (along with the Levitation and IPA). Nice flavor and goes down nice and easy

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 21:45:52 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of mjhorn


3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Was a deep copper color with a thick white head, which dissipated pretty quickly leaving just enough foam for some nice lacing to coat the glass. Overall look is great. Aroma is somewhat restrained, a slight touch of hops but mostly the malt coming through here, a little caramel or maybe toffee. Taste starts just a tad sweet but quickly taken over by the bitterness of the hops. A bit too much for my taste as I don't even get a lot of flavor from the hops here, just the bitterness. Finishes very dry with lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is fairly light bodied with somewhat heavy carbonation. Drinkability takes a hit for me as even the lingering bitterness is enough to make it a little rough.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 07:29:00 | More by mjhorn
Photo of bmwats


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a my Stone Arrogant Bastard "Fizzy yellow beer is for wussies" glass.

A: Clear amber hue. Medium carbonation. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles very slowly. Lots of thick, sticky, beer ring lacing.

S: Malt, pine nuts, and clove. Just a little sweet tea thing, too.

T: Nice baked bread grain tone. Sharp, bitter hops, and just a touch of sweet butterscotch or tea.

M: Malty and sweet in the front, sharp and bitter in the back. Really dry finish. The sharp bite lingers throughout the experience.

D: Sharpness dictates a slow draw.

Atmosphere is great. Nice amber color with a really great, thick, creamy head, and lots of dry sticky lacing. Nose is grainy, hoppy, and sweet all mixed up in a nice package. Flavor follows suit. Baked bread, sharp hops, and sweetness. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 04:39:50 | More by bmwats
Photo of DrDemento456


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 01:31:23 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of madvermin


2.68/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a darker reddish orange than expected, with translucent innards and a thick foamy white head that laces well and dissipates fairly quickly. Leaves behind a collar of white that remains throughout the drink.

Smells of grapefruit, rind and all, and has a very bitter spin on the citrus. Isn't particularly pungent though - this is a confused smell to be sure. You don't get much malt or alcohol sweetness out of this on the nose. Hops are leafy aside from the grapefruit barrage.

Taste follows, with some grapefruit that doesn't really assert itself to go with grainy, uncooked malt. This one tastes a bit more like an English Bitter than a traditional pale ale. Citrus fades away the further into the glass you get, but the malt profile doesn't come in to save the day either. Sort of hurts the drinkability.

Mouthfeel is light, while being lively thanks to the strong carbonation. May be a bit too light at times though, and could have benefited from an increased body, as this is more and more like an English Bitter the more I drink it. Unfortunately, rating to the style, this falls short a bit, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't have this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 08:43:45 | More by madvermin
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle bought online from Beersofeurope.co.uk

Poured a golden amber colour. Light tan head poured quite loose and faded quickly to almost nothing... barely any carbonation and very little lacing...

Aroma - Grassy and piney hops, good caramel maltiness, faint nuttiness, some light buttery traces, ground pepper, floral honey notes, some herbal hints, some saltiness, grapefruit and citrus fruitiness, light rubberiness...

Taste - Quite malty first then the piney and grassy hops come to the fore... some sweet honey traces, grapefruit and orange fruitiness, toasted bread traces, quite floral, some saltiness, the faintest of metallic notes..

M&D - Quite crisp and dry... light / medium bodied... Very refreshing and drinkable and very sessionable...

Overall - A pretty decent APA - nothing groundbreaking just a good, clean well made APA... recommended...

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 14:07:58 | More by mdagnew
Photo of CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Peach juice orange. Nice firm white cap. Well marked lacings. Lively carbonation. Great looking beer.

Surprisingly malty aroma for a Stone product. Toffee for me right up front with grapefruit racing in just behind it.

Starts off beautifully balanced. Tough to pick apart the hops flavours and malt flavours right off the bat. True to the aroma, there's some great toffee flavour in there, but, again, the hops come into their own after a second or two. Nice sugary citrus candy with just a bit of bitter zest. Slight alcohol in the finish, which is a bit odd.

A very good APA.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 19:31:23 | More by CanuckRover
Photo of HopHead84


3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Stone.

A: Dark amber with a respectable beige head. The lacing and retention are also worthy of respect.

S: Caramel and biscuity malt, with notes of pine, orange, and grapefruit. Gives the impression of balance and finesse. Not a typical hop bomb of a Pale Ale you'd find around here.

T: Malt presence is biscuity and slightly toasted with some caramel notes. Hop profile is reminiscent of orange and pine. The flavor is well balanced, with a lower moderate bitterness. Smooth balanced finish.

M: Light medium in body with moderate draft carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry, smooth, and sticky.

Overall: A quality Pale Ale that leans ever so slightly in the direction of the hops.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 04:17:17 | More by HopHead84
Photo of ZeroSignal


4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with freshness date poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

A - Pour is a mostly clear, light copper brown with about two inches of a light khaki head; laces like glue to the sides of the glass

S - Fruity smelling with a light toasted breadiness and a bit of a floral hop presence

T&M - Sweeter then I expected, but with a balance provided by a floral hop bite. Toasted bread and a bit of biscuity malt come through. Finish finds the hops cutting through the malt and lingering for a bit with just a touch of an oily feel

D - What can I say...a wonderful pale ale that I enjoyed until the end. It's not quite what I was expecting, and I like being pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 03:25:39 | More by ZeroSignal
Photo of JMad


4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The beer is a nice copper/ burnt orange color with a lofty, foamy, off-white head. It smells of pine, grapefruit, sugar and caramel malt. Piney bitterness dominates the flavor profile, there are also hints of lemon, and buttered biscuits with a bready aftertaste. It has a light-medium body, there is bubbly carbonation and a dry finish. I think this might be my new favorite pale ale, it has a lingering bitterness that makes you yearn for more. I would drink this over and over again.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 04:46:08 | More by JMad
Photo of brew3crew


2.55/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had at jungle jims tasting with 1arrogantbastard

A-orangish in color with white head.
S-slight hops and malt. Not really much else there.
T-stone does a lot of great things, but pale ales are not one of them. Very faint hops taste. Balanced and ends hoppy
M-light and crisp
D-drinkable, if I would want to drink it...

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 04:39:56 | More by brew3crew
Photo of generallee

New York

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label lists the abv at 5.4% and there is no date.

Appearance: The body has a medium reddish/orange amber color with a slight haze and a nice one inch cap of just off white foam. The head slowly fades to a light ring and leaves a few lace rings at the top of the glass.

Smell: In the nose I pick up a little bready and caramel sweetness with a firm dose of floral like citrus and piney hops.

Taste/Palate: On the tongue there is solid base of rich caramel and bready sweetness with mild hop bitterness running thought it. It finishes much more balanced with a burst of citrus and pine like flavor fading into the background. This pale is moderately carbonated, smooth and easy drinking.

Notes: It's an all-around solid Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 02:32:07 | More by generallee
Photo of AwYeh


3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into nonic pint; best by date of 3/16/11.

A: Cloudy golden amber copper color with a finger of foamy white head with decent retention. A few carbonation bubbles can be seen streaming through the cloudy beer but cease quickly after pouring.

S: Caramel malts with a bit of citrus hops. Slightly bready; overall a much less intense nose than I was expecting from Stone.

T: Caramel, bready malts are upfront once again- slightly sweet but not too much- and are followed by a lingering grapefruit hop bitterness, which is much more appreciable than the malts here.

M: Medium-bodied and lightly carbonated; smooth, with a slightly sticky, slightly dry finish.

D: A good beer, but it isn't one that I would particularly seek out- either as a pale ale or as one of Stone's offerings. Worth a try though, and I certainly wouldn't turn another down.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 07:38:25 | More by AwYeh
Photo of ZenAgnostic


3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Foggy caramel body, thin white head. Very herbal, tobacco, nutty nose. Heavy tobacco taste that resonates on the back of the tongue, medium-long aftertaste of the same characteristics. Hoppy and spicey mouthfeel. Not a fan of Pale Ales, but this beer would go well after catching a buzz. Has a nice kick that might be overpowering when completely dry, but after a few drinks it works pretty well. Great for 3/4 the way through the night.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2011 08:13:27 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of GilGarp


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 1/4/11 so that makes it about a month past prime. A little disappointing as this one was purchased from my favorite Fort Collins beer store.

Served cold into a pint glass, Stone's Pale Ale is a hazy golden red color with creamy head. It's short lived, however, but it does leave a little lace behind.

Aroma is mildly hoppy, so certainly nothing like their more popular offerings, but pleasant nonetheless. Both citrus and orchard fruits come through here.

Flavor is more hoppy that expected from the aroma but about right for the brand. Nice west-coast citrusy hops are in the forefront but the sweet malty caramel rich base is excellent in it's own right.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with good carbonation.

Overall an very solid APA and one that I can only imagine would be a winner when fresh.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 01:49:17 | More by GilGarp
Photo of bboelens


3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a duvel tulip.

A-A dark brown that when held to the light emits a glowing copper color with hints of orange, a huge white head sits atop, and the beer left adequate lacing.

S-A bit weak but some hops and a slight citrus smell take the forefront.

T-About on par with the smell, relatively mild, a well balanced beer, hops, citrus, a bit of carmel, this would be perfect for people starting to get into craft.

M-Medium bodied, great carbonation

D-Fantastically drinkable, a bit on the bland side, nothing too fancy, a pretty decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 20:15:58 | More by bboelens
Photo of mltobin


3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 6 pack shared with a couple non-BAs. Poured into a pint glass, the appearance is amber with a one finger head. Its smell had a medium level of hops, some citrus and grain too. The taste of this pale ale is caramel malt, hops, brown sugar. MF is medium, with a good carbonation to it and bitter finish. Drinkability is OK and it went well with some turkey sandwiches that we were eating. For me, I thought it was a good pale ale, not a great one.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 21:02:15 | More by mltobin
Photo of dataskatt

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was not what I expected. A nice amber color. Smells grapefruity/hoppy with kind of a funky skunky smell. The taste really threw me. It has an unexpected harshly bitter/musky taste that I didn't particularly like. It's different...I'll give it that. It seems rather harsh for a pale ale...more like an IPA. Kind of funky even for an IPA. Honestly, I don't think I would buy it again...

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 04:08:26 | More by dataskatt
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 18:06:06 | More by spinrsx
Photo of bbb099


3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared with mjyoung.

A - Clear orange amber color with a moderate amount of white colored head.

S - Musky, yeasty aroma with hints of grassy hops. Unexpected and very off-putting.

T - The malt dominates throughout with a little citrusy hops on backend, creating a sweet and sour finish.

M - Light to medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

D - I was expecting a little more out of a Stone beer, but it was certainly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 07:01:00 | More by bbb099
Photo of sixerofelixir


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Freshness date almost illegible on bottom front of bottle, which is painted and displays an entertaining story on the back.

Pours a very slightly hazy amber-orange. A sticky-icky tannish head. Slow carb trailers.. a fine-looking brew. Smell is big-time apricot and a bit of mango. Taste is fresh and leafy, grapefruit-citrus. The twang of ripe, exotic fruits at the end, along with a pretty powerful bitter hops feeling for a pale ale. Drinks good. Feels tight and spicy, and is carbonated well. I could definitely use more malts, but this one has some other nice complexity, even though the overriding character is of hops. I can't believe it took so long for this to arrive in my area!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 06:42:22 | More by sixerofelixir
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4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Amber/copper color. Some burnt orange and yellow highlights adorn the bottom and sides. A very nice off white prominent head that was frothy and had very nice retention. Left plenty of lacing also. The beer appears rather hazy and cloudy.

Smell - Very well balanced aromas of caramel and biscuit. Got notes of fruity citrus along the lines of a peach or something. Grapfruit is very subtle. As the beer warms, the malt becomes the driving force and starts to define this beer.

Taste - The flavor provides a well balanced attack of the bread, bicuit malt with the caramel malt also. Some light bitterness really compliments the malt. Grapefruit stands out more in the taste and adds some fruitiness.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Smooth, crisp and dry. Blankets the palate splendidly. Makes me want for another sip.

Drinkability - What a great all around brew. Good to very good in all aspects. This would make a superb session beer in that it's easily quaffable, relatively low in ABV and really just fun to drink. A very, very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 19:20:53 | More by Shrews629
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split w/ bbb099

A: A solid amber color with a medium (1/2 finger) head. It's a little on the dark side for what I was expecting, but that's not a bad thing.

S: It's got that slightly musty old shoe smell that I expect from my housemates running shoes. A slight hoppy base and a hint of malt, but not a whole lot going on here.

T: A solid hint of piney hops, with a decent malt body behind. As expected it's a relatively simple flavor, but quite good.

M: Medium bodied with satisfactory carbonation.

D: A pretty solid pale ale. It's got good body, good taste, and it is very smooth. It's a very solid standard from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 03:12:05 | More by mjyoung
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