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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,519 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,519
Reviews: 963
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 74
Gots: 153 | 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 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.

elgiacomo, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of billiumk
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good looking red color with just over 2 fingers of head that retains well, nice lacing. Has a fairly mild citrus smell. Mouthfeel is relatively light with the degree of carbonation I expected. Very drinkable with good hoppy character that doesn't blow your doors off, a good session beer I think. I'm not normally a big pale ale fan but enjoyed this one and will buy again.

billiumk, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of shand
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

A pretty decent looking pale, it's a brown-copper color with two fingers of head that retains decently and laces well. The smell is just about the perfect blend of hops and malts. Smells great without hitting me over the head. The taste follows the nose, it's a very balanced blend of hops and malts. The hops aren't strong hops, they're instead relaxed floral hops. The malts are fairly caramel-sweet, stopping the beer from being a very bitter pale.

The mouthfeel is on the more medium-bodied side, but fairly carbonated. It's also a decently drinkable pale, just a little sweeter than I like. This is a decent pale ale, it doesn't quite stack up to Sierra Nevada's flagship, but it's worth drinking. Freshness codes would probably help a lot, I have no idea how old this beer is.

shand, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of TheOtherMike
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite session brews. I can always count on enjoying this in any occasion. It is usually available in my area.

Everything about this Pale Ale is just right. Nothing is overdone or over the top. The balance of components is superb. It complements any meal. I would recommend this to anyone just beginning to explore the wide world of beer as an example of what is good beer.

TheOtherMike, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Stone Brewery. The beer has a golden-brownish color with a light, airy head. There is a malt nose, and that is followed by a heavy malt flavor with bits of hop undertones. The low alcohol and lack of body make this a watery beer in mouth. There is a distinct and heavy hoppy aftertaste, with a bitter finish. The beer is fairly easy to drink because there isn't a whole lot of substance to it.

GarthDanielson, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of hopsolutely
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Neither the stereotypical American nor British Pale Ale, however a nice blend of characteristics from both genres. Malty yet hoppy, subtly aromatic yet full flavour profile with an equally subtly bitter finish.

No hop bomb, but definitely a potential session beer. Would like to find it on keg or cask, to see if the flavour profile expands... but in the meantime, would purchase another bottle!

hopsolutely, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of cjacobsen
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a clear, golden color with a white head that lingers for a brief while.

Smells floral, hops, alcohol.

Taste is of pale light malt and hops. It's got a rich flavor that hints at flowers, malts, and definite flavoring hops with bitters spread out in there. Some honey-esque quality is in there that hangs around on the back of your tongue.

Its bitter and strikes your palate but it doesn't kill your mouth.

Its a different pale ale than most pales that I've had and that is a good thing. Great session beer if I do say so myself.

cjacobsen, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of stewart124
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper color with a dense white head.

Lots of citrus and caramel in the nose with a slight oaked noted.

Full bodied and silky smooth. This has plenty of character. Tons of caramel sweetness and plenty of hoppy goodness to offer. The citrus of hops is coupled with a spice and finishes with a bunch of sweetness. Plenty of pear and apple esters add to the complexity of this APA.

There is quite a bit going on here in what Stone provides as there otherwise simple American Pale Ale. This is delicious and I wish it was offered in more locations.

stewart124, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of mbusster88
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into perfect pint glass.

A: Great burnt orange color with a nice off white head. A decent amount of carbonation but not an overwhelming amount.

S: Good hop profile here, some floral and pine notes in the nose.

T/M: Get a big hop character up front, but then a mellow caramel toffee flavor in the back of the tongue. Decent mouth feel, but not very much by way of hop bite or palate cleansing. Like the balance of the hop and malt characters, but not over the top.

D: Great beer, but nothing way over the top or to get excited about.

mbusster88, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of fsimcox
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent, amber color. Fluffy white foamy head dissipates quickly, leaving about 2 mm of foam. Very nice lacing.

Smells of hops, earthy tones, and some pine cone and citrus. Not overpowering, but crisp and refreshing.

Taste is hops, citrus, roasted malt, and the citrus and roasted hints linger. A mildly bitter grapefruit aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a little creaminess upfront, some carbonation, and a dry finish.

A refreshing beer, and very drinkable if you enjoy hops.

fsimcox, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of PicoPapa
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a semi-translucent amber color with a medium sized head. Lots of sticky lacing. Aromas of citrus, predominantly orange, grain and some caramel. Flavors of orange, breadiness and some bitterness. Not too hoppy. Decent Pale Ale. Drinkable but doesn't have those usual characteristics that you will find in most Stone brews.

PicoPapa, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of curasowa
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with 3 fingers of tan, fluffy head that fades slowly with chunky lacing. Big floral and citrus hops dominate the aroma with some breadyness in the background. The taste is smooth and almost creamy with a nice, medium body. Slightly sweet up front, then giving way to resinous hop bitterness on the back end leading to a slightly lingering finish. Good balance and drinkability make this a great PA.

curasowa, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a an orange amber hue, slight haze, with a slim beige head.

Smell -- Grapefruit, pine resin, pale bready malts with a dab of honey sweetness. Not too shabby.

Taste -- First impressions are that of faint citrus, specifically grapefruit pith and orange zest. Pronounced resinous hop bitterness throughout that is in proportion to the style. Well-malted with bready pale malt and a very mild honey sweetness that allows the citrus hop flavors to shine. Well played, Stone.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with an abundance of prickly carbonation. A bit sharp on the tongue.

Drinkability -- Yet another ale that blurs the line between APA and IPA. It's actually reminiscent of a well-faded Stone IPA, not to say that this is a bad thing. Certainly one of the better APA's I've had, but I wouldn't put it up against the likes of Daisy Cutter, Alpha King, or even Moon Man.

yeahnatenelson, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of Samp01
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange amber with a nice white head. Aroma of earthy citrusy hops, some sweet malt, caramel. Taste is citrusy bitter hops, some sweet bready malt. Palate is medium body, nice carbonation, smooth texture. Finish is citrusy earthy bitterness with some sweet bready caramel maltiness. Overall a very nice, smooth, easy drinking Pale Ale

Samp01, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of ne0m00re
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11/03/10- Had this one on-tap at Mohawk in Columbus.
A: Copper amber, good cream lacing with a collar and film.
S: Dry caramel toasted bread, resiny green mild hops, mild fig, nice.
T: Creamy, slight copper bitterness, green resiny grapefruit hops surface. OK.
M: Creamy/frothy/pretty good.
D: Good.

ne0m00re, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of mainlyale
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle - wonderful head that stayed for a while - smells of brown sugar and caramel - taste similar - not at all bitter - good balance - left me wanting more - color was a great dark amber. Too bad the brewery is across the country from where I live - I'd love to visit it someday.

mainlyale, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of yankiac
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 18, 2010
Photo of TangTKE402
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 13, 2010
Photo of micromaniac129
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 08, 2010
Photo of Pballa4lyfe
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 07, 2010
Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,519 ratings.