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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,328 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,328
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 65
Gots: 91 | 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 mjyoung


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
Photo of TCMike


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip glass. One finger of white head. It was a medium amber color, which is darker than I expected for a pale ale.

The smell was of hops, and citrus,(oranges?).

It was light-medium carb. Medium body. The taste was lightly sweet, light malts, and a bready taste with a middling presence of hops. The hops lingered a little, but not too harshly.

Good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 21:45:22 | More by TCMike
Photo of beerquestman


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

Appearance: minimal head with a hazy burgundy color

Smell: I could smell orange peel, the hops and the smell of oak.

Taste: Has a little bitterness to it. Has a woodsy and grassy taste to it, very natural and fresh.

Mouthfeel: What I'd expect from a pale ale.

Drinkability: fairly drinkable, I'd have no problems finishing Stone Pale Ales all day long/

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 14:15:23 | More by beerquestman
Photo of lisomiso


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm reviewing the bottle. Gotta say I really like this beer *on-tap* *at Stone*... but I don't get to make it there often enough and every time I open a bottle hoping for that fresh, floral experience, I end up with an overly bitter, one-dimensional brew. Maybe it's that "bon souvenir" effect - the beer's so delicious because I'm drinking it in their lovely garden. I don't know. I'm sure the freshness makes a difference, too.

The beer is not unattractive, though somewhat darker than I expect for a pale. Though even the bottled beer smells fresh, it just doesn't have that captivating floral hop profile I remember. Overly bitter on the palate, harsh without any sort of balance. It's not awful, it's not gross, but it's not pleasurable either. I'll drink a whole one - perhaps in part because each sip compels me to wash the bitterness out of my mouth, which becomes something of a fruitless effort - but I won't have a second.

Last time I had one, I drank it side-by-side with their IPA. I kept asking my friend who poured them, "are you sure this is the pale? Are you SURE?" The pale is darker and, in my opinion, has a less-balanced hop profile than the IPA. It's just not what I want from a pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 21:58:15 | More by lisomiso
Photo of CuriousMonk


4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a dimpled mug. Pours a clear amber color with a thick and frothy two finger off-white head that settles slowly and heavily laces the glass. Aroma is malty and sweet with notes of honey, caramel, citrus, grapefruit, spice and floral hops. Flavor is also sweet and malty with notes of floral hops, honey and caramel, bread, yeast, slight citrus and hop overtones. Generally light to medium body with a pleasing malty finish. One of my favorite Pale Ales!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 03:58:38 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of tykees88


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

A- copper orange color, decent white head.

S- some nice pine here. the hops have a good way of tingling the nose.

T- some spice. But then we get the hops and bitterness. But a slight fruity finish too.

M- light to medium bodied. carbonation was fine.

D- it's just a bit more than average, for where I live price and other options will leave me looking past this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 03:52:13 | More by tykees88
Photo of busternuggz


3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date, it may have been a little old.
Dark orange with a cream colored ~1/2" head. Retains at about 1/8" for a while.
Scents of tangerine and pine on top of typical Stone hops, some caramel malt comes out more as it warms. A little subdued.
Big, bold, and harshly bitter and astringent. A little twinge of caramel malt that doesn't blend well with the hops, some grapefruit zest. A little pine on the finish. Astringent, lingering aftertaste.
Light bodied, thin but well carbonated.
The astringency brings the drinkability way down for me, I don't need more than one of these. I'd much rather go for a more flavorful pale ale.
I know a lot of people dig Stone but I just don't like their hoppy stuff. I went at this one with an open mind but it turned out much like their other ones. Just doesn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 21:56:37 | More by busternuggz
Photo of theboozecruise


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

Served in a bottle at Monjunis on Highland Rd. in Baton Rouge.

Copper color, clear with a small white head. Decent look to it.

The smell is a good malt hops blend that I've come to love from the APA style. Slightly on the hop edge for this one.

The taste is a little odd. It hits hops malts hops instead of the usual malt then hops. Still slightly on the hoppy side of the blend, expected from Stone.

Good mouthfeel, great carbonation, not thin at all.

Good beer, I'm a fan.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 02:18:01 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of elgiacomo


4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best by Feb 16, 2011.

Pours hazy orange/amber with a large foamy off-white head that sticks around seemingly forever and leaves ring after ring of lacing.

Aroma starts with bread, toast, yeast, caramel with some grassy, floral and lightly citrus hops (lemon & orange rind). Moderate to good strength.

Flavor is much more hoppy, starting with a wave of citrus, pine and grass, good bitterness for an APA, nice malt in the middle with bread, toast and caramel, moderate sweetness, good bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, good carbonation.

Excellent pale ale, crisp, refreshing, good body but not too heavy, great balance of sweet/bitter.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 20:25:38 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of billiumk

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good looking red color with just over 2 fingers of head that retains well, nice lacing. Has a fairly mild citrus smell. Mouthfeel is relatively light with the degree of carbonation I expected. Very drinkable with good hoppy character that doesn't blow your doors off, a good session beer I think. I'm not normally a big pale ale fan but enjoyed this one and will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 04:52:00 | More by billiumk
Photo of shand


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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

A pretty decent looking pale, it's a brown-copper color with two fingers of head that retains decently and laces well. The smell is just about the perfect blend of hops and malts. Smells great without hitting me over the head. The taste follows the nose, it's a very balanced blend of hops and malts. The hops aren't strong hops, they're instead relaxed floral hops. The malts are fairly caramel-sweet, stopping the beer from being a very bitter pale.

The mouthfeel is on the more medium-bodied side, but fairly carbonated. It's also a decently drinkable pale, just a little sweeter than I like. This is a decent pale ale, it doesn't quite stack up to Sierra Nevada's flagship, but it's worth drinking. Freshness codes would probably help a lot, I have no idea how old this beer is.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 00:31:44 | More by shand
Photo of TheOtherMike


5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite session brews. I can always count on enjoying this in any occasion. It is usually available in my area.

Everything about this Pale Ale is just right. Nothing is overdone or over the top. The balance of components is superb. It complements any meal. I would recommend this to anyone just beginning to explore the wide world of beer as an example of what is good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 04:57:26 | More by TheOtherMike
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

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

Poured on-tap at the Stone Brewery. The beer has a golden-brownish color with a light, airy head. There is a malt nose, and that is followed by a heavy malt flavor with bits of hop undertones. The low alcohol and lack of body make this a watery beer in mouth. There is a distinct and heavy hoppy aftertaste, with a bitter finish. The beer is fairly easy to drink because there isn't a whole lot of substance to it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2010 05:59:29 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Neither the stereotypical American nor British Pale Ale, however a nice blend of characteristics from both genres. Malty yet hoppy, subtly aromatic yet full flavour profile with an equally subtly bitter finish.

No hop bomb, but definitely a potential session beer. Would like to find it on keg or cask, to see if the flavour profile expands... but in the meantime, would purchase another bottle!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 22:10:00 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of cjacobsen


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

Beer is a clear, golden color with a white head that lingers for a brief while.

Smells floral, hops, alcohol.

Taste is of pale light malt and hops. It's got a rich flavor that hints at flowers, malts, and definite flavoring hops with bitters spread out in there. Some honey-esque quality is in there that hangs around on the back of your tongue.

Its bitter and strikes your palate but it doesn't kill your mouth.

Its a different pale ale than most pales that I've had and that is a good thing. Great session beer if I do say so myself.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 22:11:46 | More by cjacobsen
Photo of stewart124


4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper color with a dense white head.

Lots of citrus and caramel in the nose with a slight oaked noted.

Full bodied and silky smooth. This has plenty of character. Tons of caramel sweetness and plenty of hoppy goodness to offer. The citrus of hops is coupled with a spice and finishes with a bunch of sweetness. Plenty of pear and apple esters add to the complexity of this APA.

There is quite a bit going on here in what Stone provides as there otherwise simple American Pale Ale. This is delicious and I wish it was offered in more locations.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 02:09:31 | More by stewart124
Photo of mbusster88

New York

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into perfect pint glass.

A: Great burnt orange color with a nice off white head. A decent amount of carbonation but not an overwhelming amount.

S: Good hop profile here, some floral and pine notes in the nose.

T/M: Get a big hop character up front, but then a mellow caramel toffee flavor in the back of the tongue. Decent mouth feel, but not very much by way of hop bite or palate cleansing. Like the balance of the hop and malt characters, but not over the top.

D: Great beer, but nothing way over the top or to get excited about.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 03:57:06 | More by mbusster88
Photo of fsimcox


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent, amber color. Fluffy white foamy head dissipates quickly, leaving about 2 mm of foam. Very nice lacing.

Smells of hops, earthy tones, and some pine cone and citrus. Not overpowering, but crisp and refreshing.

Taste is hops, citrus, roasted malt, and the citrus and roasted hints linger. A mildly bitter grapefruit aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a little creaminess upfront, some carbonation, and a dry finish.

A refreshing beer, and very drinkable if you enjoy hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 19:11:41 | More by fsimcox
Photo of PicoPapa


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

12oz bottle. Pours a semi-translucent amber color with a medium sized head. Lots of sticky lacing. Aromas of citrus, predominantly orange, grain and some caramel. Flavors of orange, breadiness and some bitterness. Not too hoppy. Decent Pale Ale. Drinkable but doesn't have those usual characteristics that you will find in most Stone brews.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 05:09:41 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of curasowa

New York

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

Pours a copper color with 3 fingers of tan, fluffy head that fades slowly with chunky lacing. Big floral and citrus hops dominate the aroma with some breadyness in the background. The taste is smooth and almost creamy with a nice, medium body. Slightly sweet up front, then giving way to resinous hop bitterness on the back end leading to a slightly lingering finish. Good balance and drinkability make this a great PA.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 00:07:34 | More by curasowa
Photo of yeahnatenelson


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

Appearance -- Pours a an orange amber hue, slight haze, with a slim beige head.

Smell -- Grapefruit, pine resin, pale bready malts with a dab of honey sweetness. Not too shabby.

Taste -- First impressions are that of faint citrus, specifically grapefruit pith and orange zest. Pronounced resinous hop bitterness throughout that is in proportion to the style. Well-malted with bready pale malt and a very mild honey sweetness that allows the citrus hop flavors to shine. Well played, Stone.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with an abundance of prickly carbonation. A bit sharp on the tongue.

Drinkability -- Yet another ale that blurs the line between APA and IPA. It's actually reminiscent of a well-faded Stone IPA, not to say that this is a bad thing. Certainly one of the better APA's I've had, but I wouldn't put it up against the likes of Daisy Cutter, Alpha King, or even Moon Man.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 00:24:48 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange amber with a nice white head. Aroma of earthy citrusy hops, some sweet malt, caramel. Taste is citrusy bitter hops, some sweet bready malt. Palate is medium body, nice carbonation, smooth texture. Finish is citrusy earthy bitterness with some sweet bready caramel maltiness. Overall a very nice, smooth, easy drinking Pale Ale

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 16:58:43 | More by Samp01
Photo of ne0m00re


3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11/03/10- Had this one on-tap at Mohawk in Columbus.
A: Copper amber, good cream lacing with a collar and film.
S: Dry caramel toasted bread, resiny green mild hops, mild fig, nice.
T: Creamy, slight copper bitterness, green resiny grapefruit hops surface. OK.
M: Creamy/frothy/pretty good.
D: Good.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2010 05:30:25 | More by ne0m00re
Photo of mainlyale


4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle - wonderful head that stayed for a while - smells of brown sugar and caramel - taste similar - not at all bitter - good balance - left me wanting more - color was a great dark amber. Too bad the brewery is across the country from where I live - I'd love to visit it someday.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 22:49:28 | More by mainlyale
Photo of yankiac


4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A hazy golden amber with a thin lace

S - Slight hints of citrus hops and a hint of maltiness

T - Slightly malty up front with a piney hop finish

M - Light body for easy drinking

D - This is a session beer for sure.

Notes: Not as bold as the other stone brews which is nice. Good to see that not every brew needs to push the limits.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 01:08:54 | More by yankiac
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