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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,541 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,541
Reviews: 963
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 76
Gots: 168 | 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 Sam21
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of chaz410
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of biggmike
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of Beerocrat69
2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of dancinwillie
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of Jayli
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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.

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

Photo of hooliganlife
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of IronLover
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of unHipHopHead
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of feelmefoam
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of johnwarne
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beer haiku for you:

"What a nice surprise!
A California taste treat;
Winner from the West".

I have walked by this beer and brewery so many times, believing it to be one of myriad pricey but underwhelming American breweries with delusions of grandeur. To quote my dear old Aunt Sassy from the Panhandle: 'well, slap my mouth'! Extremely drinkable and tasty APA.
Such a pleasant surprise--will definitely check out more of the Stone Company's offerings.

Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a caramel color with an off-white head that is one finger thick.
smells rich of caramel malt, and a little chocolate malt. little citrus from malt.
a big caramel taste, which is what i was expecting and what i was looking forward to.
mouthfeel is good, no complaints. this is a drinkable beer that is smooth. can definitely drink a few of these.

Photo of rebel1771
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark honey color with bits of yeast floating around and a frothy head that sticks around a bit.

S: Good balance of hops and malts with the caramel malts just a bit more noticeable.

T: Malts show up first with a sweet caramel flavor followed by a slightly toasted bread flavor finishing with a nice floral hop note.

D: This is one fine brew, perfectly balanced. This brew is so good I'm gonna have to add it to my list of usual pick ups.

Photo of mralphabet
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Reddish Amber color very clear in appearance. About a finger and a 1/2 of head, that settles to a layer covering the beer. Outstanding lacing !!!! that stays on the glass till the last drop.

S: Smells like a Stone brew !! Health floral/hop aroma right up front, followed by some caramel malt notes.

T: Just like the nose here (and Just like a Stone brew)...Hops jump right in, but they are not over powering... really balances out with a sweet caramel malt right on the cusp of the floral hops. Finishes with a light hop bitter aftertaste but overall very pleasant.

M: Med bodied, carbonation is there but not to over powering. The caramel notes is making is feel a little fuller than most APA's I've had. Again very pleasant.

D: OK, I'm not a big APA or IPA kind of guy but this brew is very drinkable.... The ABV is pretty low and the balance of flavors is great. Have a couple...

Another great brew from Stone... Next Stone step for me is Ruination... and I'm looking forward to it.

Photo of hosehead83
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Color of a shiny penny, with a generous head offoam
Aroma-Biscuit, bread,subtle citrus notes
Taste-Subtle citrus, biscuit and caramel malt with a strong hop backbone and underlying hop bitterness throughout. Nicely balanced and drinkable, a more "subtle, entry-level" offering from Stone. Good to try before taking the plunge into their more adventurous, and aggressive lineup of brews.

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

Pretty pedestrian stuff for Stone. Looks the part, a little darker than a normal pale ale, minimal head and lacing. No noticeable aroma.

Taste, a mild pale, not the trademark Stone aggressive hopping. A little thicker than your average pale, more roasted malt I guess. Mouthfeel, remains sessionable, no discernable shifts throughout. Kinda pricey for what you get.

Photo of Prostman81
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a 22oz bomber of this courtesy of a really good friend who brought it back from California with him.

A: Poured a beautiful, deep red color, almost ruby. Maybe a finger of head which quickly dissapated.

S: Was expecting a little more here. No real discernable hop aroma, perhaps just a faint whiff of malt. Kind of perplexed that a SNPA has more aroma than the Stone PA.

Taste, Mouthfeel, Drinkability: This is where the beer more than makes up for the lack of hop aroma. Since this is a PA, the hops are in well balance with the malt. The malt profile on this one is great, nice hit of caramel, but not overwhelming. As the beer warmed, I noticed a fruityness come out that I hadn't picked up when first sampled. The beer has a full bodied mouthfeel, but everything works in concert so well that the bomber disappeared before I knew it. The alcohol level in this definitely allows this beer to be sessionable if wanted, but I enjoyed taking my time to savor this great west coast pale ale.

My last thoughts on this are, if Stone can make a Pale Ale with this much going on, what on earth must Arrogant Bastard taste like?

Photo of RJay
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Orange/copper with a half a finger of head that sticks around, great retention.

Aroma - Kind of weak, some biscuit and buttery malts. Not really getting any noticeable hop aroma.

Taste - Here is where I get more of the hops floral, earthy flavor and the biscuit malt.

Mouth Feel - Smooth and light, finishes dry and lightly bitter.

Drinkability - Definitely a session able beer, smooth and no harsh tastes.

Photo of Evocatus
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange amber. Head was light tan, thin, dwindled to a ring relatively quickly. Aroma was rather weak. Picked up light traces of buttery malts. Taste was great though. A mix of hoppy bitterness and biscuit tasting sweet malts. Good body and carbonation. Although the aroma left much to be desired, great taste.

Photo of jonziefle
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a cloudy brown/amber color without much visible carbonation. Two finger light khaki pillowy head, with good retention. Only okay lacing.

Smell: Strong hop profile of resiny citrus and sweet floral. Minimal in the way of malts. Moderate to above average sweetness.

Taste: Once again, a strong hop profile, but this time with a malt backbone. Spicy citrus hops with moderate bite. Good amount of sweetness, with caramel/nutty malts to finish off. Some apply juice flavor as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a subdued hop and carbonation bite. Smooth enough.

Drinkability: A very good pale ale. Very nice hop profile, with a job balance of malts and sweetness. More hoppy than other pales, but without the bitterness or harshness you can get sometimes with the IPAs

Buy Again? Yes.

Photo of jrallen34
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a dark clear gold, almost an amber tint to it. The head is light white, rises a finger. Decent retention, poor lacing.

The aroma is light, a little hops but mostly skunk.

The taste is ok, pretty boring as there is not much hops. This is crazy for me considering every other Stone beer is over-hopped.

Feel is ok, a little watery, decent bitter finish.

Nothing special here.

Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,541 ratings.