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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,543 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,543
Reviews: 963
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 77
Gots: 171 | 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 CanuckRover
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Peach juice orange. Nice firm white cap. Well marked lacings. Lively carbonation. Great looking beer.

Surprisingly malty aroma for a Stone product. Toffee for me right up front with grapefruit racing in just behind it.

Starts off beautifully balanced. Tough to pick apart the hops flavours and malt flavours right off the bat. True to the aroma, there's some great toffee flavour in there, but, again, the hops come into their own after a second or two. Nice sugary citrus candy with just a bit of bitter zest. Slight alcohol in the finish, which is a bit odd.

A very good APA.

Photo of HopHead84
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Stone.

A: Dark amber with a respectable beige head. The lacing and retention are also worthy of respect.

S: Caramel and biscuity malt, with notes of pine, orange, and grapefruit. Gives the impression of balance and finesse. Not a typical hop bomb of a Pale Ale you'd find around here.

T: Malt presence is biscuity and slightly toasted with some caramel notes. Hop profile is reminiscent of orange and pine. The flavor is well balanced, with a lower moderate bitterness. Smooth balanced finish.

M: Light medium in body with moderate draft carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry, smooth, and sticky.

Overall: A quality Pale Ale that leans ever so slightly in the direction of the hops.

Photo of ZeroSignal
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with freshness date poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

A - Pour is a mostly clear, light copper brown with about two inches of a light khaki head; laces like glue to the sides of the glass

S - Fruity smelling with a light toasted breadiness and a bit of a floral hop presence

T&M - Sweeter then I expected, but with a balance provided by a floral hop bite. Toasted bread and a bit of biscuity malt come through. Finish finds the hops cutting through the malt and lingering for a bit with just a touch of an oily feel

D - What can I say...a wonderful pale ale that I enjoyed until the end. It's not quite what I was expecting, and I like being pleasantly surprised.

Photo of JMad
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The beer is a nice copper/ burnt orange color with a lofty, foamy, off-white head. It smells of pine, grapefruit, sugar and caramel malt. Piney bitterness dominates the flavor profile, there are also hints of lemon, and buttered biscuits with a bready aftertaste. It has a light-medium body, there is bubbly carbonation and a dry finish. I think this might be my new favorite pale ale, it has a lingering bitterness that makes you yearn for more. I would drink this over and over again.

Photo of brew3crew
2.55/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had at jungle jims tasting with 1arrogantbastard

A-orangish in color with white head.
S-slight hops and malt. Not really much else there.
T-stone does a lot of great things, but pale ales are not one of them. Very faint hops taste. Balanced and ends hoppy
M-light and crisp
D-drinkable, if I would want to drink it...

Photo of generallee
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label lists the abv at 5.4% and there is no date.

Appearance: The body has a medium reddish/orange amber color with a slight haze and a nice one inch cap of just off white foam. The head slowly fades to a light ring and leaves a few lace rings at the top of the glass.

Smell: In the nose I pick up a little bready and caramel sweetness with a firm dose of floral like citrus and piney hops.

Taste/Palate: On the tongue there is solid base of rich caramel and bready sweetness with mild hop bitterness running thought it. It finishes much more balanced with a burst of citrus and pine like flavor fading into the background. This pale is moderately carbonated, smooth and easy drinking.

Notes: It's an all-around solid Pale Ale.

Photo of AwYeh
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into nonic pint; best by date of 3/16/11.

A: Cloudy golden amber copper color with a finger of foamy white head with decent retention. A few carbonation bubbles can be seen streaming through the cloudy beer but cease quickly after pouring.

S: Caramel malts with a bit of citrus hops. Slightly bready; overall a much less intense nose than I was expecting from Stone.

T: Caramel, bready malts are upfront once again- slightly sweet but not too much- and are followed by a lingering grapefruit hop bitterness, which is much more appreciable than the malts here.

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

D: A good beer, but it isn't one that I would particularly seek out- either as a pale ale or as one of Stone's offerings. Worth a try though, and I certainly wouldn't turn another down.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Foggy caramel body, thin white head. Very herbal, tobacco, nutty nose. Heavy tobacco taste that resonates on the back of the tongue, medium-long aftertaste of the same characteristics. Hoppy and spicey mouthfeel. Not a fan of Pale Ales, but this beer would go well after catching a buzz. Has a nice kick that might be overpowering when completely dry, but after a few drinks it works pretty well. Great for 3/4 the way through the night.

Photo of GilGarp
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 1/4/11 so that makes it about a month past prime. A little disappointing as this one was purchased from my favorite Fort Collins beer store.

Served cold into a pint glass, Stone's Pale Ale is a hazy golden red color with creamy head. It's short lived, however, but it does leave a little lace behind.

Aroma is mildly hoppy, so certainly nothing like their more popular offerings, but pleasant nonetheless. Both citrus and orchard fruits come through here.

Flavor is more hoppy that expected from the aroma but about right for the brand. Nice west-coast citrusy hops are in the forefront but the sweet malty caramel rich base is excellent in it's own right.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with good carbonation.

Overall an very solid APA and one that I can only imagine would be a winner when fresh.

Photo of bboelens
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a duvel tulip.

A-A dark brown that when held to the light emits a glowing copper color with hints of orange, a huge white head sits atop, and the beer left adequate lacing.

S-A bit weak but some hops and a slight citrus smell take the forefront.

T-About on par with the smell, relatively mild, a well balanced beer, hops, citrus, a bit of carmel, this would be perfect for people starting to get into craft.

M-Medium bodied, great carbonation

D-Fantastically drinkable, a bit on the bland side, nothing too fancy, a pretty decent beer.

Photo of mltobin
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 6 pack shared with a couple non-BAs. Poured into a pint glass, the appearance is amber with a one finger head. Its smell had a medium level of hops, some citrus and grain too. The taste of this pale ale is caramel malt, hops, brown sugar. MF is medium, with a good carbonation to it and bitter finish. Drinkability is OK and it went well with some turkey sandwiches that we were eating. For me, I thought it was a good pale ale, not a great one.

Photo of dataskatt
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was not what I expected. A nice amber color. Smells grapefruity/hoppy with kind of a funky skunky smell. The taste really threw me. It has an unexpected harshly bitter/musky taste that I didn't particularly like. It's different...I'll give it that. It seems rather harsh for a pale ale...more like an IPA. Kind of funky even for an IPA. Honestly, I don't think I would buy it again...

Photo of spinrsx
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy amber/orange colour with a large size creamy beige coloured head. There is some very nice spider web lacing and the head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation on the tongue and the beer has a pretty mellow taste. There are lots of malts mixed with caramel and some light hops. The beer also has a cookie like taste and I picked up on notes of grapefruit and oranges and some pine. It finishes with a malty slightly hop-bitter aftertaste.

Drink - I enjoyed this beer more as it neared room temperature. It is an easy drinking version of Stones IPA, very sessionable. Good.. not great.

Photo of bbb099
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared with mjyoung.

A - Clear orange amber color with a moderate amount of white colored head.

S - Musky, yeasty aroma with hints of grassy hops. Unexpected and very off-putting.

T - The malt dominates throughout with a little citrusy hops on backend, creating a sweet and sour finish.

M - Light to medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

D - I was expecting a little more out of a Stone beer, but it was certainly drinkable.

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Freshness date almost illegible on bottom front of bottle, which is painted and displays an entertaining story on the back.

Pours a very slightly hazy amber-orange. A sticky-icky tannish head. Slow carb trailers.. a fine-looking brew. Smell is big-time apricot and a bit of mango. Taste is fresh and leafy, grapefruit-citrus. The twang of ripe, exotic fruits at the end, along with a pretty powerful bitter hops feeling for a pale ale. Drinks good. Feels tight and spicy, and is carbonated well. I could definitely use more malts, but this one has some other nice complexity, even though the overriding character is of hops. I can't believe it took so long for this to arrive in my area!

Photo of Shrews629
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Amber/copper color. Some burnt orange and yellow highlights adorn the bottom and sides. A very nice off white prominent head that was frothy and had very nice retention. Left plenty of lacing also. The beer appears rather hazy and cloudy.

Smell - Very well balanced aromas of caramel and biscuit. Got notes of fruity citrus along the lines of a peach or something. Grapfruit is very subtle. As the beer warms, the malt becomes the driving force and starts to define this beer.

Taste - The flavor provides a well balanced attack of the bread, bicuit malt with the caramel malt also. Some light bitterness really compliments the malt. Grapefruit stands out more in the taste and adds some fruitiness.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Smooth, crisp and dry. Blankets the palate splendidly. Makes me want for another sip.

Drinkability - What a great all around brew. Good to very good in all aspects. This would make a superb session beer in that it's easily quaffable, relatively low in ABV and really just fun to drink. A very, very nice beer.

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

Split w/ bbb099

A: A solid amber color with a medium (1/2 finger) head. It's a little on the dark side for what I was expecting, but that's not a bad thing.

S: It's got that slightly musty old shoe smell that I expect from my housemates running shoes. A slight hoppy base and a hint of malt, but not a whole lot going on here.

T: A solid hint of piney hops, with a decent malt body behind. As expected it's a relatively simple flavor, but quite good.

M: Medium bodied with satisfactory carbonation.

D: A pretty solid pale ale. It's got good body, good taste, and it is very smooth. It's a very solid standard from Stone.

Photo of TCMike
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip glass. One finger of white head. It was a medium amber color, which is darker than I expected for a pale ale.

The smell was of hops, and citrus,(oranges?).

It was light-medium carb. Medium body. The taste was lightly sweet, light malts, and a bready taste with a middling presence of hops. The hops lingered a little, but not too harshly.

Good drinkability.

Photo of beerquestman
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: minimal head with a hazy burgundy color

Smell: I could smell orange peel, the hops and the smell of oak.

Taste: Has a little bitterness to it. Has a woodsy and grassy taste to it, very natural and fresh.

Mouthfeel: What I'd expect from a pale ale.

Drinkability: fairly drinkable, I'd have no problems finishing Stone Pale Ales all day long/

Photo of lisomiso
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm reviewing the bottle. Gotta say I really like this beer *on-tap* *at Stone*... but I don't get to make it there often enough and every time I open a bottle hoping for that fresh, floral experience, I end up with an overly bitter, one-dimensional brew. Maybe it's that "bon souvenir" effect - the beer's so delicious because I'm drinking it in their lovely garden. I don't know. I'm sure the freshness makes a difference, too.

The beer is not unattractive, though somewhat darker than I expect for a pale. Though even the bottled beer smells fresh, it just doesn't have that captivating floral hop profile I remember. Overly bitter on the palate, harsh without any sort of balance. It's not awful, it's not gross, but it's not pleasurable either. I'll drink a whole one - perhaps in part because each sip compels me to wash the bitterness out of my mouth, which becomes something of a fruitless effort - but I won't have a second.

Last time I had one, I drank it side-by-side with their IPA. I kept asking my friend who poured them, "are you sure this is the pale? Are you SURE?" The pale is darker and, in my opinion, has a less-balanced hop profile than the IPA. It's just not what I want from a pale ale.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a dimpled mug. Pours a clear amber color with a thick and frothy two finger off-white head that settles slowly and heavily laces the glass. Aroma is malty and sweet with notes of honey, caramel, citrus, grapefruit, spice and floral hops. Flavor is also sweet and malty with notes of floral hops, honey and caramel, bread, yeast, slight citrus and hop overtones. Generally light to medium body with a pleasing malty finish. One of my favorite Pale Ales!

Photo of tykees88
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- copper orange color, decent white head.

S- some nice pine here. the hops have a good way of tingling the nose.

T- some spice. But then we get the hops and bitterness. But a slight fruity finish too.

M- light to medium bodied. carbonation was fine.

D- it's just a bit more than average, for where I live price and other options will leave me looking past this one again.

Photo of busternuggz
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date, it may have been a little old.
Dark orange with a cream colored ~1/2" head. Retains at about 1/8" for a while.
Scents of tangerine and pine on top of typical Stone hops, some caramel malt comes out more as it warms. A little subdued.
Big, bold, and harshly bitter and astringent. A little twinge of caramel malt that doesn't blend well with the hops, some grapefruit zest. A little pine on the finish. Astringent, lingering aftertaste.
Light bodied, thin but well carbonated.
The astringency brings the drinkability way down for me, I don't need more than one of these. I'd much rather go for a more flavorful pale ale.
I know a lot of people dig Stone but I just don't like their hoppy stuff. I went at this one with an open mind but it turned out much like their other ones. Just doesn't do it for me.

Photo of theboozecruise
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at Monjunis on Highland Rd. in Baton Rouge.

Copper color, clear with a small white head. Decent look to it.

The smell is a good malt hops blend that I've come to love from the APA style. Slightly on the hop edge for this one.

The taste is a little odd. It hits hops malts hops instead of the usual malt then hops. Still slightly on the hoppy side of the blend, expected from Stone.

Good mouthfeel, great carbonation, not thin at all.

Good beer, I'm a fan.

Photo of elgiacomo
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best by Feb 16, 2011.

Pours hazy orange/amber with a large foamy off-white head that sticks around seemingly forever and leaves ring after ring of lacing.

Aroma starts with bread, toast, yeast, caramel with some grassy, floral and lightly citrus hops (lemon & orange rind). Moderate to good strength.

Flavor is much more hoppy, starting with a wave of citrus, pine and grass, good bitterness for an APA, nice malt in the middle with bread, toast and caramel, moderate sweetness, good bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, good carbonation.

Excellent pale ale, crisp, refreshing, good body but not too heavy, great balance of sweet/bitter.

Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,543 ratings.