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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,433 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2,433
Reviews: 960
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 73
Gots: 127 | 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 JizackFH
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

A - This beer pours a nice clear copper color. It has a 2-finger off-white head that has great retention. The head also leaves behind some nice lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of nice caramel melts and piney hops. There are also some floral notes, as well as light fruits and some citrus. The smell is very well balanced.

T - It starts of with a nice sweet caramel maltiness. The sweetness of the malts is cut with a nice burst of piney hop bitterness. There are some notes of fruit, citrus, and a hint of butterscotch. This has a very balanced flavor, the hops just outshine the sweet malts by a little bit.

M - This has a medium body with good carbonation. It goes down easy and tastes great. There is some lingering hop bitterness in the finish.

O - This has really good drinkability. I could easily drink 6-pack of these in a night. It has great flavor and goes down very easy. This is a great APA, and I recommend trying it. I will continue to purchase these. Cheers.

JizackFH, May 09, 2011
Photo of Nugganooch
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

So the wife loves this beer and after a day at the Public House knocking a few back she wanted to pick up a 6er on the way home. $10/ea - youch!

A: Pours a much darker pale color - more of an amber. Definite mahogany and ruby tints that soften when held to the light. Thin tan head capped my pint glass with a large amount of lacing present.

S: Smells of sweet bready malts with some light nutty aromas. Noticeable spicy hop notes with some light citrus undertones.

T: Biscuity/Bready malts dominate however bittered quite nicely. Herbal and spicy citrus hop flavors present but this pale ale is definitely more malt pronounced. Clean flavors and fresh ingredients really shine here though. Finishes very dry and crisp. Refreshing.

M: Great texture with a smooth creaminess combined with a great hop bitterness that peppers the palate a bit.

D: Highly quaffable session ale for sure. Sippin in the San Diego sun.

Not my personal favorite take on the style but very well crafted and balanced none the less. Very appealing to both malt and hop lovers. Has almost a hoppy brown ale characteristic. Closer to a little Arrogant Bastard rather than the IPA in my opinion. Very sessionable. I just dont get the price point here. I mean I am a local to Stonebrew yet I can get a 6er of Lagunitas IPA or NB Ranger IPA for cheaper than their Pale? Explain that logic.

Nugganooch, May 02, 2011
Photo of BasementBer
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

A: Great amber color and an excellent off white creamy head of foam. Mild lacing and great head retention of tiny bubbles.

S: Caramel sweet in aroma and caragrain notes.

T: Caramel in the nose with bittering transition to a nice dryness that ends smoothly floral.

M: This beer has a great dryness that really carries you out from the tongue to the pockets of the mouth.

D: Definitely would go back to this pale ale as it has all the qualities i like in the style. Great color, great lacing and hops to write home about.

BasementBer, May 01, 2011
Photo of engagechad
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

Single purchased from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - Poured into DFH snifter.

Pours nice reddish amber with perfect head and nice lacing. foam is good. Smells biscuity and earthy, kind of mineraly. tastes good enough but nothing great, a little boozy bubbly going on there. Feels great, very smooth and easy to drink for the most part.

Not as good as it is on draft. Wouldn't really spend 10 bucks on a sixer.

engagechad, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of Offa
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%

Red-gold-amber, it has a med.-big off-white head slowly shrinking to a foamy ring & wisps with some nice lace.

Aroma is very West Coast but excellent, not only clean but with good depth, balance, and complexity. It has caramelized grapefruit, light pine, lemon pith, caramelized toast and caramel.

Taste is excellent example of a classic West Coast style APA, with excellent body, character, depth, balance, and complexity. It has spicy-peppery grapefruit-pine bitterness with caramel and toasty sweetness, juicy yeastiness.

Offa, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of plfahey
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep amber with some brilliant orange red hues and crystal clarity. Moderately large off-white head with good retention and some fantastic lacing.

Aroma-Interesting aroma with vegetal, minty, and herbal hop character floating over a biscuity malt foundation. Some bready notes present as well.

Flavor-Malt flavors are nutty, bready, and biscuity, before vegetal/herbal hops step in. Moderate hop bitterness sweeps through to dry the finish, leaving a lingering woody hop flavor on the palate. Not my favorite in terms of hop character.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderately high carbonation which initially prickles the tongue, before fading to a soft tongue coating scrub.

Not bad, but something in the flavor is contributing a vegetal note which just rubs me the wrong way. Might be the hops, might be a yeast byproduct (DMS maybe?), but I don't really like it. Not my favorite, but still, not a bad beer.

plfahey, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Snow81
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

Appearance: pours dark orange to a light amber

Head: Light tan frosty head

Smell: Little malty with a very subtle citric hop

Taste: Very balanced, good light heavy malts right up front with a bitter back hop

Weight: Medium body with a low amount of carbonation

Finish: Bitter hops with heavy malt

Snow81, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of KenC
4/5  rDev +3.6%

A: A very aggressive pour into a pint glass revealed a dark amber/red color. Three fingers of tan head dissipated quickly. On the way down the glass, not one bit of lacing. I was disappointed in that part.

S: Orange citrus and caramel. Maybe some bread, too.

T: The strong, up front malt made me think more of an IPA than pale ale. On the finish side, the citrus hops came into play. Rich and well balanced would be a good description.

M: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation and the nicest little bite at the finish.

O: If I were looking for an IPA, I would have been WOWed. As a pale ale, not so much. A great brew in the wrong classification.

KenC, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of Swedes21
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Appearance - clear copper, light head that disappears quickly, some nice lacing, head is a soft white. minimal carbonation

Smell - pine, fruity, floral, hops, well defined and clean

Taste - strong pine/hop taste, very good bitterness level, refreshing,

Mouthfeel - bitterness is stronger, more floral, real good volume of foam, this adds a great dynamic.

Overall - awesome beer, loved it! Was a well balanced tasting beer that went down vey easy.

Swedes21, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Stone's stuff is readily available in my area and buy their stuff all the time, but for some reason, I've never actually tried this one until now.

A: Poured a very translucent, bright orange... almost like melted Orange Sherbet. The mildly orange-brown head had some staying power and then some, and certainly it coated the glass with gusto!

S: Citrus, but not on the intense hoppy,grapefruit end.... but more like puffs of orange and candy sugar. Yep... smells like a Stone Brewing Company version of a mini hop bomb.... or Pale Ale, if you will.

T: Not as bitter as I was expecting, which was a good thing. A mild alcohol burn, but in a candy-coated sort of way. Yeasty, malty even, and with a mild citrus zing.

M: Carbonated enough for the style, the sweetness was kept in check, and it wasn't cloying in any way. The lacing was a bit ridiculous.

O: I knew Stone could do it! Actually, no I didn't. I honestly thought this was going to be another Cascade tongue bruiser, but in this case, it was good to be wrong....

Chaney, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of DoktorZee
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured in a plastic pint glass at the San Diego Zoo; definitely civilized when you can get a Stone at the zoo!

A – Small tan head resolves after a few minutes with a small amount of lacing; pours a deep brown clear ale.

S – The nose is dominated by toasty malts and has an undercurrent of pine hops.

T – The best way to describe how it tastes is “very well balanced”: a mild shot of citrus hops is overtaken by solid toasty malts leaving a slight ongoing bitterness. Not much else I could find.

M – It’s moderately carbonated and medium bodied. No really booziness or warmth.

D – This beer is practically the definition of drinkable; nicely balanced, tasty and with the right amount of thirst quenching power.

A very solid session beer in the mold of Brooklyn Lager and Sierra Nevada Pale; I’d drink this again and again at the Zoo! (And elsewhere!)

DoktorZee, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of jsh420
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

best by 06/14/11

pours bright clear amber orange with a 2 finger white head that faded to a film and left some spotted lacing

smells of juicy fruits and caramel malt

taste is very balanced - fruity hops mixed with the sweet caramel malt upfront - and then ashy bitter hops on the end - reminds me of SN anniversary ale

mouthfeel was ok - not much life to it (carbonation) very smooth

overall this is a solid pale but nothing mind blowing - it is rather pricey at $11 a sixer

jsh420, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured into a tumbler from the bottle.

Pretty much the same in appearance except lacing and stickyness is not as big.

Also the nose is smaller consisting of a simple malt it seems and a bit of bread. Doesn't smell as "bready" as on tap.

Taste is identical on tap but a little more subdued. Slight spicy hop (some grapefruit on the finish that I didn't seem to notice before).

Acceptable out of the bottle as it is on the tap, sort of the smaller younger brother though.

smakawhat, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of rootbeerman
3.9/5  rDev +1%

Had at capital ale house midlothian

A: arrived with about a finger of off white to tan head. The body is dark amber.
S: light citrus hops and some malt sweetness.
T: hops are lemony with a hint of pine. Malt sweetness is just enough to balance out the hops to an almost sweetened lemon.
M: smooth carbonation hops have a light bite on the palate but not to ipa purportions.
O: easy drinking pale ale, almost too easy as I got it to have with my food, but the beer is half gone but no food.

rootbeerman, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of BarrelO
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep amber body. Two-finger white head leaves little lacing.

S: Citrus and caramel.

T: Strong maltiness that is at turns bready and caramelly. Citrus hop notes are present, but they come with a harsh hop bit that makes it somewhat difficult to drink.

M: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation.

D: Something of an anomaly from Stone-a malt-centric beer in the English style. I'm not in love with it, but it was OK for what it was.

BarrelO, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

A - Pours a dark amber color with some slight copper hints and a nice tight light cream colored head. There is good retention.

S - Good strong malt with some nice burnt caramel and a good grassy hop aroma to compliment. A bit mild.

T & M - Like the aroma starts with a good strong malt backbone. Some bready grainy malt notes mixed in well with the caramel backbone. There is some good pine resin notes from the hops with some slight citrus notes as well on the nice bitter and quite resiny finish. Nice and medium body with some slight stickiness and a good bitter finish.

O - Great pale ale that is american but still brings honor to the good maltcentric english styles.

JoEBoBpr, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a nice hazy copper color with a decent creamy 1/4 inch head that disseminates but leaves some good lesson around the glass. The beer taste of toasted caramel malt with some grain. Butter and biscuit. The hop aroma is good. It's a blend of fruity oily hops.

Taste slightly like it is brewed in wood. The taste is similar to the smell. Dark malts with a nice citric backing. The mouthfeel is chewy and has a smooth finish.

This is an autumn ale, leafy and woody. It's not hard to drink this ale, make sure you are a malt head as this beer was much more of a barley based drink than I expected. The hops could be brought up a notch. It's a good session beer, but not as finely balanced as the California classic Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of Jinholic
3.9/5  rDev +1%

Appearance - Copper/red body with an off white head only got 1 finger and it died pretty fast very light lacing.

Smell - Yeast and hops smells good just not very complex.

Taste - Very nice bitter sweet hop taste all the way and kind of taste the yeast but its a weak note.

Mouthfeel - Medium body smooth while its cold and it gets almost creamy after I let it warm up.

Overall - I like it would still rather have an IPA over an APA any day but I would never complain about it. Lovely brew here go grab one for yourself and check it out.

Jinholic, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of bsp77
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Best by date of June 8, 2011.

Appearance: Clear amber with moderate, foamy off-white head.

Smell: Grainy and toasted malt, nice orange-driven citrus and some spiciness.

Taste: Very citrusy and fruity, with orange, grapefruit and possible some darker fruits as well. Semi-sweet overall, with a malt backbone of caramel, toasted and grainy malts. Turns more spicy and bitter on the finish with lingering grapefruit and pine. Well balanced.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, fairly creamy body, very dry on the finish.

Overall: One of the best APAs I have had. Complex, yet very drinkable. Slightly bitter but the sweet core keeps it well balanced. This beer actually improves my opinion of Stone more than all the extreme beers. Making a mouth-wrenching IPA or Strong Ale is easier than the subtle balance needed for this APA.

bsp77, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of clarkkr
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%

12oz bottle -> tulip glass

the first thing you notice is the color of the beer. it's a blend of amber/toffee/honey shade of oragney brown with direct light on it. about a finger of head had very little retention as i drank more, and there was a fair amount of light lacing in the glass.

the smell was the least appetizing part of the beer. you can gain some very mild inferences as to the beer's body and flavor, but it is by no means aromatic. you smell a faint sweet malty scent beneath the mild hop aromas. it's a pleasant smell, but it's faintness didn't get me excited about drinking it.

the taste, however, is very exciting. it's got a good bite from mild hops that still allows the sweet malts come through. it's a good balance of tastes.

it was relatively thin and "silky," and it left a pleasant oily texture in my mouth.

clarkkr, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Golden in color with a slight haze. Off-white cap of foam with some nice retention.

Lightly bready malt with honey, but the hops are what stand out in the smell. Some citrus and pine resin.

At the top end of hoppy for the style. Citrus and pine with a decent malt backbone to add some sweetness. A west coast pale ale that lives up to the name.

Smooth, with a light-medium body. Carbonation is mostly soft.

A very hop forward pale that is also very drinkable. It has a hop profile like some IPA's, but enough malt to keep the hops in check. I would call this a really good beer.

jera1350, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of tubacharlie
4/5  rDev +3.6%

A fluffy, off-white four-finger head tops this brew, which is a slightly hazy honey-amber color.

The flowery citrus aroma of fresh hops jumps to the nose at first sniff. At first gulp, the taste expands on the aroma with more hop intensity and grapefruit accents mellowed by the cereal and bread flavors of the grain. A hint of sweetness is not enough to mute the dry after bite of hops.

Pretty good example of the style. Handily washed down a polish sausage with cheese.

tubacharlie, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of WillieJenkins
3.9/5  rDev +1%

A: Amber, copper color with a finger of foamy white head with decent retention.

S: Caramel malts with a bit of citrus hops

T: Slightly sweet with roasted malt, followed by a lingering bitterness.

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

D: An above average beer. I would not turn this one down, but finish is too dry to have more than one.

WillieJenkins, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of JesteR14
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%

A- This beer looks great in a tumbler. Very large tan head that is fluffy and clings to the glass. Beautiful copper/orange color that has no carbonation acting after pour

S- This beer has a good smell of hops and malt, not strong but its there. Toasted malts and for some reason i get a faint taste of apple..

T- Good pale ale that has a great balance of hops and malts.

M- Creamy and smooth. Malts linger on the tongue with slight hop bitterness in the background. Not my personal feel but great beer.

JesteR14, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of Brunite
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

Appearance - Amber/copper color with off-white head that left CHUNKS of foam on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Nice balance of caramel and biscuit along with a bit of hoppiness.

Taste - Sweetness of the malt comes through first, followed by some shape bitterness. The finish is a bread biscuit with lingering malt sweetness. Balanced.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Crisp & dry on the backside.

Drinkability - A nice all around brew. Good to very good in all aspects. Good balance of flavors and low ABV make this one to remember.

Brunite, Mar 18, 2011
Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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