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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,430 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,430
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 yankiac
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

yankiac, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of velosuds
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

velosuds, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of NODAK
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

NODAK, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of cmannes
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

cmannes, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of TangTKE402
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

TangTKE402, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of micromaniac129
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

micromaniac129, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of megahurts4
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%

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.

megahurts4, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of Cheesemoose
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

Cheesemoose, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of Pballa4lyfe
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

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

Pballa4lyfe, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

rfgetz, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of Phelps
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%

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!

Phelps, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of bundy462
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

bundy462, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of beorn7676
3.9/5  rDev +1%

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.

beorn7676, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of bobhits
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

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!

bobhits, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

WYVYRN527, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of ADZA
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

ADZA, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

Trying to catch up on my notes from the past 6 weeks or so... Reviewed from notes.

Pours an orangey copper color with a light tan head. Great retention and excellent lacing.

Smelling some hops-- fresh crisp hops overshadow the malty sweetness.

Good flavor. Sweet malts and the classic Stone bittering hops that we all know and appreciate.

The body is very nice. Excellent carbonation. Medium/full with a slight prickly feel.

Not something I will reach for in too many situations-- but goes well with standing at the grill!

AleWatcher, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a great mix of hops and malt. I get a lot of orange and pine along with some caramel malt. The flavor is not as hoppy as the aroma. I get some toffee, earthy hops and orange citrus hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of adam42381
4.13/5  rDev +7%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep caramel brown with orange/red highlights. Enormous 4-5 finger creamy off-white head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Caramel malt and with just a hint of hops. Very sweet and fruity aroma. Not what I expect from a Pale Ale but it does smell good.

Taste: Caramel malt and biscuits up front followed by a fruity sweetness highlighted by oranges in the middle then a light hoppy bitterness at the finish. Dry, lightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. You could knock back several of these with no problem.

Overall: Excellent beer. Not what I typically expect from a Pale Ale, or Stone for that matter, but it is a tasty brew. I will be buying more of these in the future. I suggest you do the same.

adam42381, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of EricHeff
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%

I just joined BA and this is my first review so if you have any hints on how to express myself better please let me know.

The beer pours out nicely with a two finger head. It has an orangey/red tint to it that I find very appealing in a good pale ale. The smells are great, but the taste I find to be a little normal. I am by no means a hop-head, but I defiantly expected and wanted a hopper taste to it.
It has a very easy drinkability to it but I have to say that when I am looking for another Pale Ale I will probably skip this one and go for something with a little more flavor to it.

EricHeff, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of sellmeagod
2.93/5  rDev -24.1%

Usually it is Stone's job to kick your butt and make you wonder why you came to drink it, then realize that's exactly why you're drinking it, man up and emerge triumphant.

With this one, the ale does not nearly accomplish this.

Yes it's a Pale Ale, but a bit of reddishness gives it a good look (that matches the bottle, nice!). Smelling the hops and barley, you drink down a regular and not even offensive hoppy taste. Why? Stone, I want you to crush me!

Sure you could drink 'em often, but the taste is a bit too bland to make each sip desirable, and at 5.4 abv there's no reason to stay with this one.

sellmeagod, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of dogfishandi
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. pours an amber/copper color with one finger of off white head. pretty poor retention, a little bit of lace.

not a huge aroma, but it smells like a nice balance. lots of caramel and toasted malt balanced by piney, earthy, and citrus hops.

the taste reflects the aroma pretty well. nothing too spectacular to taste, but it works. cirtusy, earthy, piney hops balanaced by some caramel malt. a little more hoppy than malty.

medium to light body. carb feels decent. a touch watery at times.

this is pretty drinkable beer, but there are much better more available pale ales out there. i wouldnt really try hard to seek this out again. ive had this before and it is much better when it is super fresh.

dogfishandi, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of inlimbo77
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottle states enjoy by October 2010.

A: Deep amber color. Fairly clear. Good carbonation. Two finger head. Some lacing.

S: Got some mild hops and malt.

T: Good hop taste but not overly hoppy like other CA crafts. I get the malt and some mild fruits.

M: Smooth....almost watery, in a good way.

D: Solid release from Stone. Very drinkable. I think I could have a few of these. Good ale, but Stone has better offerings.

inlimbo77, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of BillHaverchuck
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%

poured into a dark woody color, deep dark hazy amber
beautifully large foamy head
smells very woody and balanced
so crisp and refreshing, my mouth is left with a pinch from the hops as it's swallowed
great balanced pale ale, not too hoppy but just enough kick to it
this is a really great beer!

BillHaverchuck, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of nickadams2
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%

A_Pale amber in color with a thin off beige head.Lacing up and down the glass.

S_Sweet malt and faint hops.

T_Not as sweet as indicated by the smell. Grainy,bready malt up front. Faint piny hops on the back end. Pretty bland.

M_Full bodied and smooth. Goes down easy.

D_Best characteristic of this beer. Good session beer.

nickadams2, Aug 20, 2010
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