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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,352 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,352
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 67
Gots: 104 | 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 jbowers56


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

Pours a relatively clear copper hue with an off white head that fades slowly from about a 2 finger height. Poured perfectly in to my flying dog glass, just filled up to the top. Decent lacing too. Pretty looking beer!

Caramel and citrus are the two dominant aromas. A little bit of toastiness and some floral notes too.

Bitterness is suprisingly high, that's the first thing i noticed. I like it. After that, the citrus and fruity qualities stand out alongside a solid caramel malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy though sufficiently carbonated for a dryish finish. For a fan of balanced, but still very hoppy APAs, this is an excellent session or quaffing beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 07:57:22 | More by jbowers56
Photo of BabyBastard

New York

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

I have waited a while to try this one. Pours a nice amber shade for an American Pale. Great lacing, some of the best I've seen in awhile.

Smell is a great balance of rich malt and a great fresh hop scent.

This brew also has a great malt mixed with superb hop bite, this has great carbonation and may be the perfect session brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 05:13:12 | More by BabyBastard
Photo of SAtaMi


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

Appearance - Thick 2-1/2" of off white creamy head. Great color golden with a red orange hue. Nice lacing also.

Smell - Caramel with lime and citrus tones.

Taste - Like the smell it has a sweet caramel mixed with lime. Has a hop filled finish that makes a great balance.

Mouthfeel - Creamy with good carbonation.

Drinkability - A very good Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 03:55:02 | More by SAtaMi
Photo of Kaiser81


3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my snifter glass

A - Pours a hazy orange with about a finger width of head. There is some light spotty lacing left on my glass.

S - Citrus, maybe some orange and lime, mixed with a bready malt sweetness. Nothing fancy, but solid.

T - Similar to the smell, but soft notes. Some citrus flavors initially jump out followed by a sweetness from the malt. There is a slight lingering bitterness on the finish.

M - Light to medium body with ample carbonation. It's not overbearing, but there is slight pricklyness on my tongue.

D - It's a solid pale ale, for sure. I could drink plenty of this, but I like beers with just a bit more bold flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 04:57:36 | More by Kaiser81
Photo of SamN


3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Wow, what a looker in this Perfect Pint glass. Perfect head atop a gorgeous orange copperish color with slight chill haze. Extremely lively and bubbly, nonstop streaming bubbles, helped no doubt by the scored glass bottom. Ridiculously beautiful color, really. Fading hues from rust to deep amber. Fine head, light tan hues on white. Slightest resiny hues, impressive hang time. This head simply will not fade. Exceptional looks for a beer.

S- This damn head gets in the way of sticking my nose in the glass, which is a shame cuz this beer's aroma is a little weak. Fruit scented hops aromas, hard to decipher. Almost dirtier, rawer hops smells, sharper somewhat. Not bad, but the smell is detached.

T- Hops forward, lacking balance between hops and barley. Not as sweet as I like hops-forward beers to be. Not overpowering, but noticeably more apparent. Bitter aftertaste, unpleasant. Leaves a raw sensation on the palette.

Too much raw sticky hops cones and too little balance for my tastes. I can see how others would like this, however, it's just not for me.

M- Quite smooth, great body and construction. Such dead on carbonation to make this a glass that absolutely requires a good glass for long pulls. However, that strong hops does leave my palette with a lasting raw feeling.

D- Almost everything was outstanding to me, except for the most important part; taste. I just don't like the taste sensation of overpowering hops with too little malt counterbalance. Other than that, a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 20:38:53 | More by SamN
Photo of chickenflea


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

A - Slightly hazy, very deep reddish amber/copper in color with a creamy bone-white head that holds well and leaves some nice lace.

S - The aroma is limited but offers some light fruit (berries & citrus) and a mild caramel and biscuit notes as well.

M - The body is medium with a very fine and gentle carbonation that leaves it surprisingly creamy in the mouth.

T - The flavor starts lightly sweet and fruity, reveals some biscuity caramel malt and bright floral hops as it warms in the mouth, and finishes dry with a lingering sweet & fruity citrus maltiness. True to its Stone heritage, the bitterness lingers well after the malts have gone away. Well balanced. The bitterness is appropriate for the style (Stone claims this beer is in the English pale ale style) but not-overdone and the maltiness & tight carbonation are exquisite.

D - This is a very nice beer and part of a long line of quality beers I had had from Stone. Right up there with Dale's pale ale as the best American pale ale I have had.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 19:10:41 | More by chickenflea
Photo of BDJake


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

A- pours a murky copperish amber with a small cap of off-white head that went away rather quickly

S- a tad bit malty, but not too overpowering, with a touch of earthy hops

T- first thing i noticed was the rich caramel malt presence, then followed up with some earthy, grapefruit-like hops and some yeast notes as well

M- fairly chewy and sticky for a pale, but with a nice dry finish

D- not quite as high as many of their beers, but still decent enough- not the typical pale ale, but then again, Stone wouldn't be the craft juggernauts they are if they brewed simply normal beers

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 18:18:29 | More by BDJake
Photo of arizcards


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

Picked up a sixer from Total Wine in late April for $8.99.

Beer pours an amber color with a nice 3 finger head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is a mild blend of malts and floral hops. Taste is well balanced, bready malts greet the palate balanced nicely by a mild grapefruit hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and very satisfying in the finish. Drinkability is quite good, sessionable at 5.4 abv, tasty yet not overwhelming on the palate. I was shocked when i recently discovered i had not officially reviewed this beer. It has been a favorite PA over the years!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 22:54:52 | More by arizcards
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

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

12oz brown bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem. Pours a crystal-clear amber-red body with a good inch of persistent off-white head. Smells amazing - American C-hops (definitely Cascades) rule, but a good portion of caramel and toffee notes put forth by the malt to balance. Hops hit at first in the flavor, with grapefruit, lemongrass, pith, as malt hits toward the middle in a less obvious way with just enough caramel and toffee to balance, then going back to the hops at the finish with a slightly dry bitterness. Loud and in your face, but balanced and not overwhelming. One of the best APAs I have ever had, though if it were a bit cheaper I'd get it more often. Still good for a treat!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 01:02:48 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of lacqueredmouse


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

On tap at Monk's Kettle, San Francisco.

Pours a surprisingly dark copper, amber colour, with a decently thick head of white foam. Some lacing, but the head collapses to a film.

Nose is disappointingly weak, with some muted resinous hops and a slight caramel malt sweetness. Not a huge amount overall, but what it has is pleasant enough.

Taste is similar - certainly not the hop level I expect from an APA (for example Sierra Nevada Pale), but with a slight bite of bitterness on the back, and a rounded caramel malt flavour. Some light astringency. Mouthfeel is carbonated, but not overtly.

It's a pretty tame beer this one. In comparison to most "American" style pale ales made in Australia, it's certainly lacking in hop character - it's also lacking in character compared to some of the other American examples I've had. Little Creatures tastes more like an IPA in comparison, for example. But it's drinkable enough. Just not particularly exciting.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2010 07:26:08 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of Haybeerman


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

A: Bright, clear copper color. Poured a 2 finger tan head that dissipated to an even skim. Laced in rings.

S: Light floral hops and some fruity esters. Citrus and a little roasted malt.

T: Esters more prominent than in nose. Transitions quickly to roasted malts. Well-balanced bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Again, balance is the hallmark.

D: Very sessionable APA. No one aspect out of balance, but not what I'd call full flavored.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 21:47:49 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of Sam21


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

12 oz into pint glass. "Best by" 6/02/10.

Appearance - Copper body with a healthy white head. Good retention. Good lacing. Fantastic looking beer. Just looks inviting.

Smell - Fruity esters, some floral hops, a hint of citrus, and a little toasted malt in the back. Not an in your face aroma, but I find it inviting in its simplicity.

Taste - Fruity esters up front with a prominently strawberry feel. Fades slowly into lightly toasted malt before being balanced out by a pleasantly balanced hop finish. Really well rounded flavor profile. Perfectly balanced pale ale. Was not expecting this from a brewery like Stone.

Mouth Feel - Medium bodied. Real smooth texture. Good carbonation that does not stand out against the body at all.

Drinkability - Highly drinkable beer. Very balanced full flavor American pale ale. A great anytime beer. I'm really impressed with this because I approached it expecting a hoppy pale ale and instead was met by a balanced, expertly crafted, and quaffable pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 05:48:18 | More by Sam21
Photo of chaz410

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

One of my FAVORITE pale ales ever!
pours a deep amber/brown body wiht a light tan head.
Smells of toasted biscuits and grainey roasted malts. Some caramel laced through the nose as well as some faint earthy hops.
Taste is clean and balanced. Very rich in toasted biscuit malt and rich caramel character. Thick but still refreshing with some nice piney and reisiny hop notes throughout the mouthfeel.
Finishes thick and fades to dry.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 03:53:30 | More by chaz410
Photo of biggmike


3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an attractive amber/copper color with small white head that vanished rather quickly. Not much of an aroma, not very malty and just a bit of hops. Flavor is a bit weak as well. Not much of a malt background and just a little hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is good and beer is very smooth which makes it easy to drink, but I was expecting much more from this beer. Decent.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 12:09:51 | More by biggmike
Photo of Beerocrat69


2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straightforward copper color with a white head. Nice lace on the glass. Smelled malty and slightly fruity, but not much hop aroma at all. Tasted somewhat bland - a bland, non-variety specific sort of bitterness, no perceived caramel background or malt nuttiness. Finished dry and felt medium-bodied. Drinkability was just sort of average. Not a bad beer, but nothing to write home about either.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 23:34:15 | More by Beerocrat69
Photo of KickInTheChalice


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

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

Appearance: Stone Pale Ale pours an amber copper color, slightly hazy. By far the most appealing part of the appearance is the tall, pillowy, sexy off-white head. Tons of sticky lace and carbonation visibly replenishes the head from the bottom.

Smell: Soft sweet caramel malt. Caramel. Some floral hops.

Taste: The malt is sweet and biscuity, with a caramel taste. Floral hops with a touch of citrus step in to take control. The finish is mostly bitter, but a touch sweet as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and balanced, slightly crisp. There is not a time when I feel that any one presence overwhelms me, even if the end is somewhat bitter. Hop oil starts to accrue in the mouth midway through the glass.

Drinkability: Even though it is a bit hoppy, there is still a great balance here, which is a bit of a conundrum. Part of the appeal with Stone's beers is that they are unbalanced monsters daring you to taste them. This is pleasant, but I cannot consider it among their top offerings.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 05:24:40 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of EgadBananas


3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep coppery color with a stark white finger and a half of head. Laces up well.

Smells rather earthy. Some pinier hops and a plethora of citrus aromas.

Taste is similar, but a bit more complex. Very earthy, or woodsy, with notes of pine, and lots of different citrus tastes. Grapefruit, orange peel, maybe a hint of lemon. Nice bit of floral hops, as expected from Stone. I've unfortunately had much more flavorful, intriguing pales, though this is still very good.

The feel is leaning towards medium bodied, which is nice. It's clean and crisp at the same time.

May not be the most stellar offering, but its still very good, and smooth. Over and over is no problem with this brew regardless.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 22:24:59 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of dancinwillie


3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. in Chimay goblet (only clean glass found.)

A color considerably darker than "pale." More of an amber. Nonetheless it looks good. 1/4 inch head retreats quickly, leaving only a hint that it was even there.
Reserved aroma of sweet barley malt is detected. A tiny thread of pine wafts, but other than that, no hops.
A sip reveals a stronger hop presence, but not by much. My first reaction is "needs more hops," but then I take style into consideration. Yes, it's from Stone, but it's also an APA. It's tasty, and not beating me in the face to prove it. There's piney resinous hops, but also a bit of floral underpinnings. The malt profile is pretty, tasty, just strong and sweet enough to provide a counterbalance to the hopping. Effervescent and refreshing, smooth and unoffensive. A perfect beer for drinking on a Friday afternoon.
I thought I wanted more hops, but I feel like I got exactly what I needed. A very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 20:19:37 | More by dancinwillie
Photo of Jayli


3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to this brew...

A: This beer pours a clear deep copper color with a one finger of off white foamy head. Head retains nicely leaving wispy, sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Nose was very caramel malt heavy with just a touch of floral hops.

T: Taste starts with a heavy dosage of caramel malt flavoring with the middle filled out with a biscuit, bready flavoring. Finish is slightly of floral hops.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, some what creamy, somewhat oily.

D: Goes down easily, relatively tasty, an ok representation of the style, though a the malt flavoring outweighed any hop flavoring.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 17:23:16 | More by Jayli
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice clear copper color with a 1 inch tan head that fades to a very thin layer. Lacing is decent.

S - This beer poured with a very metallic smell. There is a citrus zest hops smell and to a lesser extent a malt smell.

T - Slightly bitter hop taste followed by the biscuit like malts.

M - Crisp and clean with decent carbonation. The hops leave an oil that coat the mouth.

D - This is a good beer that I think would be better suited to go with some sort of meal than by itself.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 05:00:47 | More by UCLABrewN84


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass,
Listening to:
Bluegrass/ Seldom Scene Cannonball

A= A nice cloudy, deep copper hue, great lacing and head retention. off-white head color

S= A pine, flowery note.

T= Good malt/hop balance, with a nice lingering aftertaste.

M= Creamy, and smooth, light on the overall time spent on the tongue is pleasant.

D= The drinkablity is good, a warm weather or cold weather brew.

Overall= Nice overall balance of maltiness, a good beer for any time of day!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 18:12:51 | More by GDBEERMAN
Photo of hooliganlife


3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

HUGE thanks to Greg Koch/Stone for bringing this to the Schlafly Tap Room and sharing this with us.

Pour was moderate copper color with a light white head.

light pine hops with a dominate bready malt flavor. a bit of citrus lingers, bits of orange and grapefruit.

light pine hops again but with a dominant malt flavor. lots of bread and dryness. light citrus kick in the finish

full bodied, light carbonation. smooth and easy.

ive had this many times but always eluded to review this. easy drinking, light, but not my favorite Stone offering. I usually go for a few of the others in the main line up.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 13:06:52 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of IronLover


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

Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a thin head. Caramel and orange aromas. A rush of malt and hop flavor when tasted that quickly dissipated. Spicy, peppery, light clove undertones in the flavor. Nice refreshing carbonation that ushers in the pale ale hoppy flavor. Would make a nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 12:38:17 | More by IronLover
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
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