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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,304 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,304
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 unHipHopHead


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

A: Pours a dark caramel color with an off white fluffy head. Mostly clear, decent lacing throughout.

S: Getting some pale malt, a little hop and a bit of sour.

T: Overall a pretty smooth taste with some slight bitterness and even a little toasted flavor. Slight lingering hop flavor. I get a touch of the usual pale flavor in this but its much more masked (some might say complex) than most pale ales.

M: Creamy and hearty. This beer really coats the mouth.

D: Fairly drinkable though a bit heavier than I expected.

Overall I was expecting much more from this beer, especially at $11 per 6 pack. I'd stick to the Stone IPA for that price.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 22:20:12 | More by unHipHopHead
Photo of feelmefoam

South Carolina

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

Stone Pale pours a beautiful burnt sunset orange color with plenty of fairer highlights when held up to the light. The beer puts up a finger of off-white head that has moderate retention and leaves some thin lacing around the glass as you drink.

The aroma is pretty fragrant and smells really nice. I can clearly distinguish some light caramel maltiness surrounded by citrus hops and also a bit of light fruitiness, like fresh peaches. Good stuff.

The flavor is different than my favorite pale ale, Sierra Nevada's Pale, but different in a good way. Where SNPA is hoppier and has more of a pine flavor, this is more balanced with caramel malts and a fruity, orange/peach hop flavor. If I had it my way, I'd keep the flavors but kick the hop bitterness up just a little bit, but this is still good.

Stone's Pale Ale has a body that is just barely a notch or two below medium that works really nicely with the perfect amount of carbonation, enough to just tickle the tongue a bit and give the beer a crisp yet smooth feel.

Overall, this is a very drinkable APA and although it didn't beat out my favorite California Pale Ale, with a few adjustments here and there, it might take the crown. Still, this is damn good beer, which is what I've come to expect from the folks at Stone.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 05:41:00 | More by feelmefoam
Photo of johnwarne


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

A beer haiku for you:

"What a nice surprise!
A California taste treat;
Winner from the West".

I have walked by this beer and brewery so many times, believing it to be one of myriad pricey but underwhelming American breweries with delusions of grandeur. To quote my dear old Aunt Sassy from the Panhandle: 'well, slap my mouth'! Extremely drinkable and tasty APA.
Such a pleasant surprise--will definitely check out more of the Stone Company's offerings.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 21:42:53 | More by johnwarne
Photo of JordonHoltzman

New York

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

pours a caramel color with an off-white head that is one finger thick.
smells rich of caramel malt, and a little chocolate malt. little citrus from malt.
a big caramel taste, which is what i was expecting and what i was looking forward to.
mouthfeel is good, no complaints. this is a drinkable beer that is smooth. can definitely drink a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 00:30:57 | More by JordonHoltzman
Photo of rebel1771


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

A: Pours a dark honey color with bits of yeast floating around and a frothy head that sticks around a bit.

S: Good balance of hops and malts with the caramel malts just a bit more noticeable.

T: Malts show up first with a sweet caramel flavor followed by a slightly toasted bread flavor finishing with a nice floral hop note.

D: This is one fine brew, perfectly balanced. This brew is so good I'm gonna have to add it to my list of usual pick ups.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 22:46:50 | More by rebel1771
Photo of mralphabet


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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Reddish Amber color very clear in appearance. About a finger and a 1/2 of head, that settles to a layer covering the beer. Outstanding lacing !!!! that stays on the glass till the last drop.

S: Smells like a Stone brew !! Health floral/hop aroma right up front, followed by some caramel malt notes.

T: Just like the nose here (and Just like a Stone brew)...Hops jump right in, but they are not over powering... really balances out with a sweet caramel malt right on the cusp of the floral hops. Finishes with a light hop bitter aftertaste but overall very pleasant.

M: Med bodied, carbonation is there but not to over powering. The caramel notes is making is feel a little fuller than most APA's I've had. Again very pleasant.

D: OK, I'm not a big APA or IPA kind of guy but this brew is very drinkable.... The ABV is pretty low and the balance of flavors is great. Have a couple...

Another great brew from Stone... Next Stone step for me is Ruination... and I'm looking forward to it.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 03:04:27 | More by mralphabet
Photo of hosehead83


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

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Color of a shiny penny, with a generous head offoam
Aroma-Biscuit, bread,subtle citrus notes
Taste-Subtle citrus, biscuit and caramel malt with a strong hop backbone and underlying hop bitterness throughout. Nicely balanced and drinkable, a more "subtle, entry-level" offering from Stone. Good to try before taking the plunge into their more adventurous, and aggressive lineup of brews.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 15:17:53 | More by hosehead83
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


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

Pretty pedestrian stuff for Stone. Looks the part, a little darker than a normal pale ale, minimal head and lacing. No noticeable aroma.

Taste, a mild pale, not the trademark Stone aggressive hopping. A little thicker than your average pale, more roasted malt I guess. Mouthfeel, remains sessionable, no discernable shifts throughout. Kinda pricey for what you get.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 15:55:03 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Prostman81


4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a 22oz bomber of this courtesy of a really good friend who brought it back from California with him.

A: Poured a beautiful, deep red color, almost ruby. Maybe a finger of head which quickly dissapated.

S: Was expecting a little more here. No real discernable hop aroma, perhaps just a faint whiff of malt. Kind of perplexed that a SNPA has more aroma than the Stone PA.

Taste, Mouthfeel, Drinkability: This is where the beer more than makes up for the lack of hop aroma. Since this is a PA, the hops are in well balance with the malt. The malt profile on this one is great, nice hit of caramel, but not overwhelming. As the beer warmed, I noticed a fruityness come out that I hadn't picked up when first sampled. The beer has a full bodied mouthfeel, but everything works in concert so well that the bomber disappeared before I knew it. The alcohol level in this definitely allows this beer to be sessionable if wanted, but I enjoyed taking my time to savor this great west coast pale ale.

My last thoughts on this are, if Stone can make a Pale Ale with this much going on, what on earth must Arrogant Bastard taste like?

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 14:27:31 | More by Prostman81
Photo of RJay


3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Orange/copper with a half a finger of head that sticks around, great retention.

Aroma - Kind of weak, some biscuit and buttery malts. Not really getting any noticeable hop aroma.

Taste - Here is where I get more of the hops floral, earthy flavor and the biscuit malt.

Mouth Feel - Smooth and light, finishes dry and lightly bitter.

Drinkability - Definitely a session able beer, smooth and no harsh tastes.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 02:08:22 | More by RJay
Photo of Evocatus


3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange amber. Head was light tan, thin, dwindled to a ring relatively quickly. Aroma was rather weak. Picked up light traces of buttery malts. Taste was great though. A mix of hoppy bitterness and biscuit tasting sweet malts. Good body and carbonation. Although the aroma left much to be desired, great taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 21:08:54 | More by Evocatus
Photo of jonziefle

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a cloudy brown/amber color without much visible carbonation. Two finger light khaki pillowy head, with good retention. Only okay lacing.

Smell: Strong hop profile of resiny citrus and sweet floral. Minimal in the way of malts. Moderate to above average sweetness.

Taste: Once again, a strong hop profile, but this time with a malt backbone. Spicy citrus hops with moderate bite. Good amount of sweetness, with caramel/nutty malts to finish off. Some apply juice flavor as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a subdued hop and carbonation bite. Smooth enough.

Drinkability: A very good pale ale. Very nice hop profile, with a job balance of malts and sweetness. More hoppy than other pales, but without the bitterness or harshness you can get sometimes with the IPAs

Buy Again? Yes.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 03:24:41 | More by jonziefle
Photo of jrallen34


3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a dark clear gold, almost an amber tint to it. The head is light white, rises a finger. Decent retention, poor lacing.

The aroma is light, a little hops but mostly skunk.

The taste is ok, pretty boring as there is not much hops. This is crazy for me considering every other Stone beer is over-hopped.

Feel is ok, a little watery, decent bitter finish.

Nothing special here.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 23:47:01 | More by jrallen34
Photo of SShelly


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

Pale amber with a nice large poofy head.

Aroma is citrus hops with a light biscuity thing going on.

Flavor follow the aroma pretty close, with a light citrus hop flavor, light sweet malt and biscuit tucked in behind the hops, pretty mild bitterness to the whole beer. Leaves a nice citrus bitterness in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 19:39:43 | More by SShelly
Photo of LyonsHead


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep orange with a nice white head. The head retention and lacing are supreme and earn a few points for the beer

S: Full floral aroma, nothing overwhelming or complex. I don't get a lot of malt background here

T: unlike the aroma, there is a good biscuit malt background with some caramel notes as well, then come the compliment of floral, american hops.

M: Medium body, finish is adequately dry with a lingering hop finish

D: Pretty good beer overall. I'd drink it again

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 23:47:59 | More by LyonsHead
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

2.8/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is cloudy dark amber with a finger or two of foamy white head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

The smell is pretty muted with some slight butterscotch flavor for just a moment.

The taste is creamy with some caramel flavor that stays for a while. This may be a bit old since I am getting no hop flavor that I can detect but just malts leading the way.

The feel of this beer is pretty light and goes down well. This was not the best Stone beer I have ever had by any means and it may be one of the lesser beers that Stone makes but overall not bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 04:08:07 | More by Duhast500
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5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has to be my favorite beer of all time! I just love the Stone brewing co. The make great tasting beers. Every Friday I go down to the brewery(wich is 2 miles away from my house lol) and get a fresh brewed 6 pack. The taste is so rich and smooth, the smell is great the color is beautyful. I would recomend anyone that love great tasting pale ales go pick this beer up.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 05:42:05 | More by dopehousex3
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3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - a dark red/brown brickish color that is much darker than most pales; good lively head with a kick that laces thick.

S - Malty. Caramel, sugary fruits, hops.

T - Malty fruits take up most of the taste with a medium bitter hoppy afterbite. Kind of disappointing. This isn't much of a pale.

M - Overexuberant and superficially pale-y. I like this mouthfeel though. It has a kick and there's something to be said for this type of bite in pales. Finishes short and dry.

D - Drinkable though a little heavier than most pales; they're sugary and kind of rich. Don't know if I'd get this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 03:28:37 | More by jmerloni
Photo of david18

New York

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've always avoided this beer because i've always known and liked Stone for their extreme beers. And although I probably won't have this over my three or four favorite pale ales, it is pretty good.

Good golden/amber color, very good aroma (not too hoppy), great flavor also not too hoppy. I'd love to try this on draft.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 22:35:38 | More by david18
Photo of tuckevalastin


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

A: Amber with a light white head

S: Very light smell. Seems a bit more malty then hoppy. Floral hops are faintly noticable.

T: A slight caramel malt taste comes through but the hops are much more dominated here. Mainly an earthy hop flavor. Ends bitter and dry.

M: Moderate body, slightly creamy, above average bitterness, little spice, and not much heat.

D: Quite drinkable if you like hops.

Overall, this is a decent beer and a nice offering from Stone. Doesn't particularly stand out though.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 02:53:43 | More by tuckevalastin
Photo of JoePat


4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a crystle amber with a white head that leave a thick lacing as it dissipates.
Smells of a dry malt and floral hops.
Tastes of crystal malts with a slight bitterness and hop flavor.
Almost water like mouthfeel making for superior drinkablility.
This is my go to beer for a good day of craft beer drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 01:25:06 | More by JoePat
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd


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

Pours into a pint glass a nearly clear copper with a good eggshell-colored head.

The nose carries notes of caramel and a slight whiff of roasted malts as well as a light citrusy and spicy hop profile.

The taste is sweet and grainy. Similar to the nose with the caramel and roastiness with delicious fruitiness. It's easy on the hops, medium/light bodied with appropriate carbonation which lend this brew to easy drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 03:11:06 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
Photo of kingcrowing


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

12oz bottle poured into a perfect pint glass.

Pours a surprisingly dark ruddy color with a nice one finger head that fades pretty quickly. Nose is very malty and toasty, almost reminds me of an oktoberfest.

Taste is rich, sweet and sharp. Not too hoppy, but it's got a nice little bite on the finish. Very tame brew from Stone, but real easy to drink. Interesting to compare this to SNPA, very different takes of the same style from two different west coasters.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 18:56:50 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of cpetrone84


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

A-Hazy orangish amber color with a nice white head that lingers for a little while and leaves a thick lacing on the glass as it falls.

S-the nose is lighter with a touch of grain, some pale malts, and a citrus hop backing.

T/M-very smooth and creamy, nice body, sweet caramel malts, a touch of toastedness with just a hint of pale malts giving way to a nice citrus hop with a touch of hop bitterness at the end, a fair amount of carbonatoin, and a crisp finish.

D-easy drinking and extremely smooth. well balanced as the flavors meld together in harmony.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 23:48:19 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of sitarist


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

A- Pours a cloudy honey color. The head is white, fluffy, and fades quickly. Lots of lacing.

S- Malt up front, sour dough pretzel, flowery, and spicy. There are some citrus notes also.

T- Sour dough pretzel, light citrus, and tropical fruits.

M- Light but not to light. Carbonation is right on, doesn't prick the tongue, just awakens it. Wet.

D- Drinkable but a little pricey. I could easly put down 6 or more of these.

F.T.- All around a great beer but there are Pale Ales just as good for much less $$$.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 01:42:13 | More by sitarist
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