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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,303 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,303
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 corby112


4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark amber color with golden orange hues when held to a light source. Frothy 2 finger beige head that slowly receeds into a lasting cap leaving sporadic lacing.

Citrus floral hop aroma with a nice malty butterscotch backbone. Hints of lemon peel, grapefruit, pine and caramel malt.

Very hop forward for a pale ale. Crisp floral citrus hops with lots of lemon peel, grapefruit and a nice caramel malt backbone. The malt presence is pretty prominent for the style as well. Crisp and quaffable with a slight pine dry hoppy finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 06:38:20 | More by corby112
Photo of mikel52588

New York

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

Appearance: Pours a golden/amber hue with a finger length lace on top. Heavily carbonated with slight cloudy look.

Smell: a hoppy and grapefruit citrus scent

Taste: Mildly sweet with a slightly bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Not too carbonated, crisp, leaves a malty aftertaste

Drinkability: A lighter pale ale with avg abv, its not a bad beer, deff worth a try

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 02:55:59 | More by mikel52588
Photo of craftaholic

New York

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

Appearance: Much darker than expected for a pale ale and has a lacing which grabs onto the glass with all its might.

Smell: The aroma has a strong floral overtone but also a presence of light hops

Taste: The taste is mildly sweet yet rich and there is a malty bitterness with just a touch of butterscotch.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and carbonated malt much like a waterdown signature stone.

Drinkability: Goes down as easy as most pale ales, but is a surefire step down for stone considering it doesn't pack a big punch.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 16:57:03 | More by craftaholic
Photo of bfields4


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

Dark amber body with a light lacy head.

A pale malty smell with almost a woodiness too it. A fruity hop.

A very balanced beer. The sweet woody earthy grain and caramel follow through to the taste. There's a twinge of floral hops in the aftertaste to offset the sweetness IMO this is what a pale ale should taste like.

Light carbonation and smooth body let this guy go down smooth. I couldn't ask for anything more form this guy.

IMO this is one of the best pale ales I've ever had was expecting a more hoppy offering from stone, but they nailed this one anyhow.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 03:47:25 | More by bfields4
Photo of MaxBrews


3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation 12oz Bottle poured in mug.

Appearance: Decent sized, head with soapy lacing that grips the glass. A little darker in shade then many pale ales. This has a more reddish hue then just amber.

Smell: English Pale yeast, pale malt, & mild hops. Its really a full matly nose, with tiny bits of floral, fruity and veggie like aroma

Taste: Pale malt is the first thing you taste. You can really taste the malt in this one. High quality cereal grains in this beer. Yeast seems a little overbearing. This pale ale isn't over hopped like many Pale ales today. Has a mild hopping and slight acidity to the hops, but does not border IPA territory like some. As it warms up hops become more rustic and without a doubt a pleasant beer.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body, properly carbonated. Some acidity from the hops. Well-Balanced.

Drinkability: While not my all time favorite APA, as the bros stated this is stones pay the bills beer. It really is suited for all tastes. Its not a bad one either. As far as pale ales goes this is very balanced and I don't mean that in a bland way. Its not over hopped or too intense. A great overall beer

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 19:15:29 | More by MaxBrews
Photo of ClevoPiwo


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

This is actually the first craft beer I ever tried, many years ago. It pours a nice mahogany or copper color with a nice finger's width frothy head that left lacing as it slowly dissipated down.

The aroma is of sweet malt, bread-like grains and a discernible hop presence that lends itself to a floral overtone. Overall, a very clean and balanced smell.

The taste, just like the smell, is pretty well balanced between the earthy sweetness of the malts and the floral or citric qualities of the hops. Maybe I've been spoiled by some of the more extreme hop-loaded beers, but I don't find the hop presence to be too distinct here. Overall, its a well balanced brew with a nice body and malt presence followed by a sufficiently hopped finish that lingers with a floral quality on the palate.

The beer that showed me the light once again brightens up my day! This is a fantastic session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 03:32:50 | More by ClevoPiwo
Photo of Tone


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

Pours a clear, amber color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, earthy malt, hops, and slight grain. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale hops, sweet malt, slight smokey flavor, and slight grain. Overall, not a "hop bomb" of a pale ale, but instead a rather good blend. The smokey/grain flavor nicely off-sets the dryness of the hops. Better than average APA - worth a try. P. S. - My first ever Stone brew and I'm rather pleased.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 03:43:03 | More by Tone
Photo of BlackBearForge


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

Pours a deep coppery amber with a thick off white head which leaves thick curtains of lace.

The aroma is of deep caramel malt, very rich some grassy overtones.

Taste is rich like the smell, filling the mouth initially of deep caramel malts with a fair amount of hop bitterness on the tongue with the finish. A bit of butterscotch and a sour fruit note as well. As with all good beers the flavors improve on warming becoming more balanced and rounded.

Mouthfeel is perhaps heavier than any other pale ale I've encountered. I'd rate it on the heavy side of medium, creamy and a bit slick.

I think I will have to drink a few more of these before I really have a handle on the drinkability of this beer. It's quite good but a bit richer than other pale ales I'm used to. I have an idea once I'm used to it it will be quite drinkable indeed!

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 22:34:55 | More by BlackBearForge
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Had this on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York. Poured not so pale, with a rich amber body and a frothy white head, with some retention and a few spots of lace. Restrained aroma of grapefruit, berries and sweet malt is somewhat reminiscent of a dialled back IPA. Nicely balanced taste, with the hops more toned down than you'd expect from Stone. Some good sweet malt, light floral notes and candied grapefruit. Certainly an easy drinker. Medium body and carb.

I liked it, at least as a session beer. It certainly doesn't have the character of other Stone brews, but shows some admirable restraint, and it would be easy to knock a few of these back on a hot, sunny day.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2009 14:25:55 | More by bobsy
Photo of ToddT


4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Copper colored with a large beige head. Head is fluffy, long lasting and leaves distinct rings of lace on the glass.

S- Mild hops pine and grapefruit as well as some malt.

T- Much more taste that one would have thought from the aroma. Sweet malt at first followed by the bite of hops, nice balance. Complex and delicate finish with caramel, tannin, and hops and in a nice interplay.

M- Medium in body well carbonated. Crisp and clean finish with a minimal hop oil residue.

D- Very easy drinking, no hint of the 5.4% ABV.

This is definitely a session beer with lots of taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 20:36:35 | More by ToddT
Photo of WalrusJockey

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into Duvel tulip.

A- fills the glass up with head, like a Duvel would. Very impressive. Color is crisp auburn-to-brown, head is thick and slightly cream colored.

S- lots of aromatic, citrus hops, a waft of alcohol aroma, and some roasty malt, all in together.

T- gradual sweetness enters the palate, gradually framed by aromatic hops. Gradually the picture turns bitter. Swallow is clean, leading into more bitter hops, which quickly fade leaving only a slightly hoppy, hint of malt aftertaste. Some water flavor is present throughout. Malt presence is minimal, but ballance isn't lost. A bready/cracker malt profile hints through in the aftertaste, occasionally.

M- light, but not too light for the style. Could be a bit...more.

D- pretty good. Might buy again, but then again I might not. Nothing to complain about, though. To be honest, spending 11$ for 6 of these is hard, when 6 SNPAs is only 9$, but it wasn't money wasted.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 01:13:53 | More by WalrusJockey
Photo of bcastine

New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

I drank this along with a Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale as a comparison. Next let me say this is/was the first Stone brew that didn't live up to my expectations. Next to no head retention, and no lacing. Malt was cloying especially when sampled back to back with the shoals. The stone had a kool-aid sweetness to the malt, and was less hoppy then the smutty and didn't balance out as nicely. The stone was all sweetness with no bitterness, maybe an old bottle? Not a typical stone brew. Doesn't live up to the scores here imho, especially when compared directly to other APA's.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 17:12:24 | More by bcastine
Photo of GordonQuid


4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint galss.

Amber/gold w/a nice 1 inch head, ample lacing.

Taste is like the Arrogant Bastards little bullish brother. Roasty malts w/ a nice Yakima Magnum hop bitterness.

Excellent light-medium bodied Stone! Qua-fable!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 18:24:46 | More by GordonQuid
Photo of dbossman


4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Unfortunately, we don't get Stone in Nebraska, but I brought this home from a trip to Colorado.

L: Very nice red/amber; great thick head with perfect lacing

S: Subtle citrus; there isn't a lot here but what is here is subtle and nice

T: Citrus/hops/usual APA stuff; however, there is a bit of a burnt taste going down the back end of the mouth

F: Great front but a touch watery on the way down; balanced carbonation

D: This is a nice, drinkable beer from Stone. Is it their best? No, but it's a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 19:27:09 | More by dbossman
Photo of PintOHops


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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a sampling goblet.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a clear amber with an average head & decent retention. Fair carbonation can be seen, and leaves some sticky broken lacing. Smells of bright/crisp grape, apple, following is a nice semi pungent grapefruit/pineapple/orange fruitiness, it's a bit spicy with herbal hop characteristics. Underlying sweet grainy, malty notes as well, mildly spicy with earthy notes overall.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of sweet grainy notes, slightly bready, soft notes of molasses, finishing flavors consist of sweet fruit juices, grapefruit, pineapple, and orange juices, and a slight earthy characteristic. Lingering finish of bread a slightly burnt biscuit like hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, smooth with a small bite to it, it's slightly crisp and lite-medium bodied. Contributes a nice crispness to the flavor profile.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Well it's pretty good if not ever so slightly underwhelming. It had a different earthy flavor characteristic with a nice roasted hop bitterness on the finish, it kind of reminded me of Winter Warmers. The appearance was definitely better than allot of APAs Ive had, and one could probably drink 2-3 pints of this tasty brew. I think I would have appreciated a slightly fuller, more slick of a mouthfeel, but overall this beer is drinkable & sessionable. Very tasty. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 01:38:29 | More by PintOHops
Photo of mizzourah


4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- It's a somewhat hazy amber color. The head was off white and about one finger before dissipating. There wasn't much lacing.

S- When I first opened the bottle I noticed mostly hops, but when I smelled it a second time I picked up a stronger malt balance than expected. The hops are still there but it's fairly balanced.

T- The malts are sweet and present from the beginning, more so than from my past experiences with Stone. The hops provide mostly bitterness and are a bit piny. I didn't pick up any citrus, which I normally associate with pale ales from the West Coast.

M- Somewhat oily and smooth.

D- This is a well balanced brew. Stone has a reputation for massively hopping their beers but this was less hoppy than expected. The sweet malts provided a strong base and the hops were pleasantly bitter. I would have liked a little more hoppiness, but this is an extremely drinkable beer, one that I would gladly session.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 22:29:45 | More by mizzourah
Photo of DeathbySexyBT


4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Shiny copper with a touch of haze. Not a whole lot of lacing going on.

S: Cucumber or some vegetable. Obvious citrus fruit notes and almost a honey smell.

T: Raw hops are not abrasive but prickly. Hops are the dominate feature of this beer. A pleasant sweet malt provides some foundation and balance to the brew.

M: Buttery and perhaps a little heavy on the oily side.

D: This is a Stone that can be enjoyed over and over again. Drink up!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 15:28:56 | More by DeathbySexyBT
Photo of dstc


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

Pours a clear, ruby color with a foamy white head that falls slow. Nice lace.

Slight malt aroma. Somewhat metallic.

Mild hops but slightly sweet. Minimal bitter aftertaste.

Medium bodied and crisp in the mouth.

Very mild and very easy drinking. Will have again.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 19:45:52 | More by dstc
Photo of greg202stewart

Rhode Island

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

Got to love Stone's bottle, my gf asked if I was drinking the devil's beer. The appearance is red with a nice frothy head. The smell is oakish and hoppy. The taste is rather bitter for a pale ale, but is very smooth drinking. This is a quality beer, great for the style and relatively cheap

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 18:28:39 | More by greg202stewart
Photo of ProfessorCJ


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

Poured from bottle into an ale glass. 2+ fingers of slightly tan foam with pretty lacing. Good clear and definitive amber appearance. Smells like you want beer to smell like, malty with hint of hops and vegatable smells. Taste roasted grain and some chocolate undertone. It fills the mouth with flavor and feels full on the tongue it has a nice long finish that is slightly bitter. I first drank it in SD a while back and buy it whenever I find it available.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 19:47:43 | More by ProfessorCJ
Photo of iammatt


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

Pours a pleasing pale copper, almost what you'd expect from an amber ale. Thin one finger white head that quickly disappears with a fair amount of lacing left behind. Smells of sweet and toasted malts with a bit of citrusy hops trying to come through.

A pleasant sweet, roasted malt taste races across the palate followed quickly by a nice balancing of hops finishing with a slightly bitter hoppiness left in mouth. A very balanced beer, the malt lingers while the hops take over, never losing either flavor. A medium body matched with a fair amount of carbonation make this a very good beer, and is one of my favorite to introduce people to craft beer with.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 01:15:57 | More by iammatt
Photo of tigg924


3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, bright orange-brown, 1/4 inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: hops and citrus, malt, caramel, and some sugar

Taste: toasted malt and hops in perfect balance, caramel, tea, and tobacco

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium bodied, sweet start with a slightly bitter finish, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is an exceptionally blended APA. The hops and malt just dance with each other. Very sessionable especially for the style. This is one of Stone's better offerings.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 12:59:19 | More by tigg924
Photo of PhxHorn


4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours an orange copper color that is closer to what you'd expect from a red ale. A half inch of white head. Smells of malt and a hint of citrus. Tastes primarily of malt with a moderate does of citrus in there. Leans closer to a red ale in flavor, but that's not a bad thing, and the flavor gets better as it warms up. Carbonation is just right, and this is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 17:21:44 | More by PhxHorn
Photo of rugerj


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

Beer pours a deep copper /orange color with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly, decent lacing left in glass. Smell is of mildly sweet malt with a citrus hops aroma. Taste is sweet malt upfront with a mild citrus hop flavor following. Carbonation was good and beer was medium bodied.

A solid Pale Ale but nothing extraordinary. Well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 14:39:58 | More by rugerj
Photo of zeff80


4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a very hazy, orange/amber color with a small, white head that left behind some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled very floral with hints of citrus. A nice malty aroma, as well.

T - It really hits you with a bitter hop bite for an APA. Great burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp yet smooth. A medium-bodied pale ale.

D - This is a great pale ale, one of the most flavorful brews of this style that I've ever tried.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 15:30:28 | More by zeff80
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