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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,338 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,338
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 66
Gots: 94 | 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 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
Photo of velosuds


4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. Single purchased at John's Market for $1.89.

A-Pours a beautiful golden amber with a two finger, off-white head with excellent retention and copious lacing. Among the best appearing APAs I have enjoyed.

S-Somewhat subdued, but nicely balanced between lightly toasted caramel malt and citrusy hops.

T-Modestly hoppy with a bread-like malt backbone. Very true to style, but I admit a prejudice for more hops.

M-Very smooth, well balanced, and refreshing. The look and feel of this beer are outstanding.

D-A good APA. Very easy drinking. I would readily drink this again. This would make a good introduction to craft beer for the BMC crowd. Well done Stone.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 03:44:02 | More by velosuds
Photo of NODAK


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell here is mostly of citrus, a bit of hops. Not quite as powerful as I'd imagined.

Taste on the body is primarily of a bit of citrus with hops that have a decent punch to them considering style, but definitely not overbearing (as Stone is known to do sometimes). The grapefruit hoppiness lasts a bit into the aftertaste, but is accompanied but a pretty heavy amount of sweet grain.

A pretty drinkable pale ale here. I expected perhaps a bit more of an extreme hoppy pale ale and came away with a beer that was a bit more restrained with decent balance. I'll take this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 02:04:14 | More by NODAK
Photo of cmannes


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

12oz poured into a Surlyfest Stein.

Appearance: Amber, slight haze. White head, lots of lacing.

Aroma: Citrus, the hops sneaking into the smell.

Taste: Citrus comes thru. So do the hops. A nice sweet yet bitter finish. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: Very nice, not too thin, good amount of fizz.

Overall: Very tasty, Good APA. Would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 23:11:39 | More by cmannes
Photo of TangTKE402

New York

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Nice 2-finger head appeared, then settled to a wispy film around the edges of the beer. Decent lacing endured. Beer is rusty brown in color with a slight haze.

Smell is malty, bready, and has hints of raisins or dried fruit. Nothing substantial, but better than most pale ales.

Flavor is clean up front with lots of crisp malts and some fruity notes. Not sweet exactly, but not dry either. The swallow brings more bitter notes with some yeast flavors lingering.

Mouthfeel is pleasant. This is full-bodied enough for you to feel its substance without being overbearing. Clean feel throughout with a little effervescence.

This is a drinkable beer. It doesn't have an overwhelming flavor profile that will knock you out, and it goes down smooth enough to put a few back pleasantly.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 23:34:15 | More by TangTKE402
Photo of micromaniac129


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

Amber in color, clear without a lot of carbo's.
Agood amount of foaminess.
Balance aroma of hops and malts, hops are earthy and citrusy not overpowering.
A nice tasting brew with bready maltiness, and good bitter hop flavor nothing in particular hop wise just a bitter flavor. Dry finish.
A balanced beer with a nice body to it.
There's some lacing down the glass.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 11:50:04 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of megahurts4


4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Brewing Pale Ale

Appearance: Red, very small head with good lacing.

Smell: Apples, coriander, and some floral qualities.

Taste: Floral hops, slight apple, and rich malts.

Mouthfeel: medium-light with a slight hoppiness.

This is a very good beer. It has the perfect balance between flavor and smoothness. I really like this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 05:45:17 | More by megahurts4
Photo of Cheesemoose


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

Poured into my pint glass. 2 fingers of head with a good bit of lacing, with the head dissipating into a nice film that remains throughout. Hazy orange/amber with a white head.

Floral hop aroma, with a bit of bitterness in the background. A bit of malty sweetness hiding behind the hops. The smell of citrus prevails, though there is a dry malt coming through in the presence of something similar to crackers. All smells are balanced, making it quite approachable.

Hops come out very strong from the gate, with a good bit of bitterness, very reminiscent of most West Coast styles. Has a strong backbone of malts that comes off quite well, with a nice return of the hops. Citrus flavors prevail again, paired with the dry toasted nature of the malts.

A bit of carbonation but very much a sessionable Pale Ale. More enjoyable that SN, no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 23:24:20 | More by Cheesemoose
Photo of Pballa4lyfe


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

A- cloudy, somewhat murky redish brown with a full white head

S- bitter sweet smell of hopiness

T- a nice blend of hops and malt, similar to Sierra Nevada

M- for some reason i felt as though the carbonation was a little much, but not too overwhelming, very crisp bite at the end

D- good, not too heavy, could definitely drink a few of these in a night and be completely satisfied

overall, i'd buy this beer again, i have no complaints about it..a solid choice for any night of the week

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 23:37:39 | More by Pballa4lyfe
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 19:45:41 | More by rfgetz
Photo of Phelps


3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks: super cloudy amber-yellow with a sticky, dense head about two fingers tall and shock-white that grips the walls in soapy spatters.

Smells: bright, but a little muted. Leans heavily toward the west coast hops, with lots of citrusy grapefruits and oranges. Malt is only present in the faint background scent of saltine crackers.

Tastes: unexpected. It opens with a very light earthy hoppiness, soil-like, with a subtle bitterness and none of the hop bite I'd expect. Flavors of bubblegum and saltines emerge mid-palate, while a light honey sweetness rounds out the finish.

Feels: nice and smooth. The body's just a shade under medium and lightly carbonated.

Drinks: not how I expected. A good alternative when all other choices are BMC, but I need mo' bitter!

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2010 22:59:15 | More by Phelps
Photo of bundy462


3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Somewhere between leather and amber. Very clean and bright with a nice frothy tan head.

S: Very malty and sweet. Caramel and citrus notes. All smells are tame, pretty clean overall.

T: Very bitter considering the nose. A long lingering bitterness over a very clean body. Hops are the flat bittering type, not the piny type.

M: Smooth and clean, goes down pretty easy.

O: Good brew, sub par when compared to the rest of the Stone lineup.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 01:40:50 | More by bundy462
Photo of beorn7676


3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mild aroma of yeast and slight malt, pleasant but mellow. Pours a beautiful amber orange with modest off white head that settles to a thin ring. minor lacing. Taste is semi sweet malt with raisin, hops in the background. Finish is dry with a nice little hop bite. A pretty laid back beer for Stone, but I enjoy that about it. One of the better Pale ales out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 05:10:46 | More by beorn7676
Photo of bobhits


2.75/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Stone does not have a bad beer in their line up. Outside of the 07 vertical epic (which isn't ready to be fully judged) I can't remember one that wasn't at the very least interesting. That said this is far from a great pale ale.

Reddish amber in color with a HUGE fluffy head, lacing everywhere...you really can't look much better than this. Maybe a bit more carbonation but exceptional is an understatement.

The nose is soft sweet amber malt.

The flavor is a mix of citrus and bread. Soft pale. The hops and malt are balanced to a fault. Look stone, you make amazing hoppy beers. You're amber is a dry hopped under 5% alcohol masterpiece. This beer desperately needs something else to make it work. I am a huge fan of APA's....really it is second to IPA in my book and it's close. There are some amazing APA's. This isn't one of them.

This is a drinkable beer. It's a touch thick for drinking a bunch of.

The mouth is rather nice. So much carbonation, silky but thin enough to drink a few.

I'm bias for stone beers. LOVE them. I'm bias for hops, and this doesn't do it. Sorry stone, you missed on this beer. It's a darn good beer, but for an APA and for Stone...this is unacceptable!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 10:58:22 | More by bobhits
Photo of WYVYRN527


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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. This brew pours a deep amber hue with a centimeter-thick off-white head that settles to a thin film on the surface. Lacing is very sticky and quite attractive. Nose is slightly grainy, with hints of caramel and honey. Hops linger in the backround with floral, fruity character. Flavor of the beer is much like the smell, yet more balanced. Caramel and cereal grains meld with grassy, floral notes. A medium bodied pale with above average flavor and finish. It's certainly sessionable and an excellent example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 00:51:17 | More by WYVYRN527
Photo of ADZA


4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a nice light copper hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a two finger cream couloured head and sporadic lacing here and there,the first smell i get is toffee,caramel malts followed up by some spicy,herbal hops,the mouthfeel is just above average and has tastes of toffee malts,maple syrup,marzipan,passionfruit and finishes with a hint of medicinal,herbal hops but the bitterness is nicely counteracted to really leave you with a hop hit without the bitterness,overall a nice drop that really doesnt push any boundaries but would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 09:29:28 | More by ADZA
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