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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,475 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2,475
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 73
Gots: 138 | 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 ndekke39
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served a 12 oz. bottle and decanted into a standard pint glass. Pours much darker than I would have expected for a pale ale - looks more like a scottish ale. Starts with a small foamy head that descends into a thin layer on the top and around the rim. It's a clear reddish-orange.

Aromas of sweet citrus, honey, faint herbal notes.

Taste is pretty clean. Starts a bit sweet, then blooms into mild hoppiness - more citrusy - and finishes with a stronger hop bitterness. Nice travel to the flavor.

Nice body to it - decent thickness to it without being overpowering.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. Nice balance and body to it, complex without being off the charts. A terrific session beer. It was a little darker and thicker than I expected for a pale ale, but it still worked quite well.

ndekke39, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of phattysbox
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into Duvel goblet. Amber/Orange color with a thick soapy 2 inch head. Slowly retracts to nice thin lace. Impressive stickage for the ABV.

Sweet hop smell; piney and grassy. Hop oils come through at first followed by an even maltiness. There is some "husk" flavor towards the end - but not in a bad way. Smooth and meduim bodied.

Standard sessionable Pale ale, very drinkable and will seek out as standard.

phattysbox, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber color with creamy tannish foam. Malty aroma, a touch sweet, with some herbals that suggest tea.

Bold flavor, very malty and bready, dried citrus rind/peels, moderately full-bodied. Spicy hop finish, adds an element of complexity, along with a tea-like quality. Dry, somewhat bitter finish that kept me going back for another sip. Very balanced and integrated flavors. Pretty enjoyable and session worthy.

emerge077, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of athensbeermaster
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty funny that this beer is called a pale ale. This brew has more going on then most breweries have in what they call a IPA. The Head was a good two fingers and the lacing is small.
The taste: Nice malty mouthfeel then the hops come and spice up the finish. This beer has more malt and mouthfeel than fat tire and they call that a amber ale? Cheers to Stone even if this is there bottom of the line entry level beer this just shows there runt is better than most brews best offering.

athensbeermaster, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of Beefeater57
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber-reddish, light copper in color with some gold-peach hues in light. Frothy, creme-colored head that retains quite well.

S: Malty smell, a little bready and a sweet hint. I get a little earthiness from the hops but not much.

T: Simply delicious. The malt sweetness hits quick but the hops definitely shine though in the finish. The hop flavor is great - that earthiness I sensed in the smell comes though and the bitterness sits in the aftertaste. The beer actually gets better and better the more sips I take. The aftertaste after a while leaves a toasty, nutty pretzel taste that is really nice. Basically a mild version of the IPA from Stone.

M: Great, drinks easy and sits on the tongue just fine. Good carbonation, good body.

O: Very, very good beer. The hoppiness of the beer gives it a great character and is very enjoyable to drink. Definitely one of my favorite beers.

Beefeater57, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of SilentSabre
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was even better than I was expecting. Poured a reddish colour with an eggshell coloured head; reminded me of Hopdevil, actually. Smell was nice with a candy sweetness and an equal measure of floral hops. Taste was terrific due to the fact that the hops were turned down quite a bit. They were there and certainly noticeable, but not quite so "in your face" over the top as seems to be the way any micro pale ale is these days. This was a very flavourful pale ale with a pleasant smell and easy to drink. What more do you need? Mouthfeel was very smooth and about the weight I would expect considering the style. Dazzlingly drinkable! I can't wait for Stone to be available in Ga. This will be a frequent purchase. Delicious and not quite so assertive. Wonderful!

SilentSabre, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice deep orange with a decent head and good lacing.

Aroma is a mixed bag -- fruit, malt, and grain.

Taste is a bit of a jam band -- not an orchestra. a funky progression of in your face flavors of malt, fruit, and hops (and byy the way -- no doubt about the hops being there in this one).

Mouthfeel. Here's the big surprise -- choppy flavors but no harsh edges or bite in the mouthfeel. How does that work?

I can do a couple of these and that's it. Tough food match too. A sold, well built beer, but has some oddities. Nothing bad -- strong recommendation, but not the polished product you'd expect.

OtherShoe2, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of kbnooshay
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pretty amber orange with a huge frothy tan head. There isn't that much carbonation clinging to the glass. Some nice lacing is beginning to develop. The aroma is slightly sweet, fruity and quite malty. Same goes for the taste. The hops certainly take the back seat in this stone ale. Its certainly not a very complex brew but its nice. I could see it being a good session brew. The feel is slick and moderate. Very drinkable but may get boring after a few.

kbnooshay, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of giblet
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

well, as a lover of Stone...this is not my favorite. pours very nice with about one and a half inch of head. nice carbonation, nice aroma of hop and dryness. flavor is less than what i hoped for but if i compare to the ipa than it may be fair. good lace down the glass. a good beer from an exceptional brewer. not exeptional though.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

giblet, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. A sexy looking beer poured from a tap into a pint glass. A nice tan head forms and provides a nice lace.

S. The trademark Stone barley and hops style.

T. A nicely balanced pale ale. Sweet malts bordering on the fruity side with ample hops. A good tasting brew.

M. Medium to full bodied. Smooth and delicious.

D. Very good here. The ABV is appropriate for sessions and this is indeed a beer worth seeking out.

Stinkypuss, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of dmamiano
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured very clean and clear. small, one finger white head that 'laced " the sides of my glass.
smells were of the outdoors, very floral from the hops with a nice, bready scent as well. the malts came through nicely.
taste was very nice. the hops dominated the tongue but their was a decent malt in the rear.
good beer to quaff all night long

dmamiano, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of bradybeer
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium dark copper color with a tan head that quickly disappears. Pine resin and citrus aromas greet you as your nose gets near the beer. Taste is of a slight malt sweetness with a shocking, for Stone, subdued hop bitterness in the finish. The hops
and malt is well balanced.

The mouthfeel is medium and contrasts with a typical UK pale ale-whose Pales I find too thin.

Drinkability is high-often gets lost for me when presented with a bigger Stone beer-however, a very solid beer.

bradybeer, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of reeder
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

huge creamy off-white head. A thin layer lasted the entire time I drank the ale and coated the walls of the glass. an awesome caramel color that lets you know this is a serious beer.

subtle, but wonderful nose. hints of citrus. almost a bit of berries like an english pub ale. after a while i sense a bit of white wine - just a hint of the white wine scent that i get from barley wines.

first taste is just yum. the bitterness lets itself be known right away, but is never overwhelming. slowly some flavors emerge. definitely some citrus. to the point that it is quite lemony. a malty core carries the bitterness through to the end. wonderful oily texture.

overall, an exceptionally enjoyable beer. the arrogant bastard (which i love) is enjoyable in a challenging sense, like climbing up a mountain. the pale ale is enjoyable like spending a day at the beach. delicious.

reeder, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: amber/brown body; very limited white covering on top with light lacing

s: light grainy malts; light citrus hops

t: very grainy; apples; light hint of bitter malts

m: smooth and creamy with light carb

d: pretty mild for a west coast pale; real euro in terms of hops and flavor intensity

hoegaardenhero, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of ralree
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep red with a reddish white 1-finger head that has good retention and good lacing. Cloudy.

S: Powerful hops, grapefruit, caramel malt, brown sugar.

T: Great flowering hop flavor, grapefruit flavor is great, perfect bitterness. Alcohol on the swallow, a little too much. Grapefruit bitterness sticks around. Lightly toasted malt flavor is found on the swallow as well.

M: A little over-carbonated, but bearable. Almost completely non-astringent. Medium-bodied.

D: Drinks well, but It's almost too sweet to have too much of. The alcohol is a little high, but bearable. I can't see myself drinking too many of these, but it's still pretty good, and I'll buy it again.

ralree, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of jkrich
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a very difficult to read drink by date stamped around the bottom of the front bottle. It has the etched gargoyle artwork.

This one poured a reddish, copper, slightly hazy color with white head with a hint of beige which quickly settled down to a skim on top; not much lacing.

There was not a lot of smell when I opened the bottle; some sweet malt and faint hop aroma.

The first sip was surprising bitter upfront and followed by some malty flavor; however, as this one warmed, the malt dominated similar to a British style pale ale. There is very little complexity in the flavor with this one which is surprising as I have always enjoyed the Stone IPA. There is a slight metallic flavor that keeps this ale from being refreshing. I must report that typical of most fine ales, the subtle sweet maltiness becomes more pronounced and rounded as the ale warms.

Light to medium bodied leaving little after taste on the tongue.

This one is drinkable, despite that metallic taste, and at 5.4 % ABV it qualifies as a session ale. I expected more from Stone as this is the flagship, but it is worth trying.

jkrich, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of USCTrojanBrian
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this many a time before, but a current review never hurts. Had on tap at DW's Pub at one of the downtown hotels in San Diego.

20 oz glasses

I was expecting more of Stone's trademark hoppy bite but this was actually a little more subdued. Creamy even. Rich amber to brown, caramelized sugar color.

Nice malt sweetness, quite balanced given Stone's usual MO when it comes to hops. Might mark the taste down a bit but the drinkability up.

USCTrojanBrian, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark copper in color with thin off-white head that quickly fades. Light lacing.

S - Nice citrusy hop aroma. Also a hint of some malt sweetness, maybe caramel?

T - Dominated by a citrusy hop taste but not very strong. A funky sweetness shows up as well. Something is just a little off in the taste.

M/D - Light to medium bodied with excellent carbonation. A drinkable pale ale but not my favorite and definitely the weakest offering I have had from Stone.

ckeegan04, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of charlzm
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 06/17/08.

Very slightly hazy medium yellow/bronze with a creamy, off white head (that could actually be described as slightly yellow-orange, I guess) a finger high that subsides to a sticky foam before long. Good carbonation in nucleated glass.

Aroma is nicely hoppy, though milder than one might expect, given Stone's reputation and/or experience with their other beers. Sweet and floral in the nose with a stern bitterness beneath.

Texture on the palate is slightly creamy (a nice surprise) and moderately carbonated. Ever-so-slightly dry finish.

Flavor is two note: sweet bready malt contrasts with floral, crisp hoppiness. Well-moderated bitterness at the end that lingers for a bit. Fairly simple and easy to drink.

This may be a sin, but I think this one is better at fridge temp than at cellar temp.

charlzm, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a beautiful orange-bronze with a slight 1 finger, creamy dirty beige head that despite its small nature retained pretty well. A nice thick, lustrious sheet lacing was left behind down the walls of the glass from such a small initial head. Visible carbonation was strong and aggressive at the pour but quickly gave way to a light-medium state soon after.

S: nice dry and pine, with some sweet dried caramel.

T: The initial flavor yielded a spicy, flowery hop bite balanced beautifully by a rich caramel sweetness. Some sticky sweet pine resin, pink grapefruit with a spicy hoppiness gives this a great sweet-n-spicy flavor. The finish is spicy and flowery and lingers just enough to appreciate and leave you wanting more on the next sip. A classic example by all means.

M: medium-full with a nice bittering hoppiness of grapefruit.

D: Drinkability is damm good and tasty and really enjoyed this one. A great sweet-n-spicy drink that is case worthy by all means and one I could enjoy all night.

beerthulhu, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of iuhophead87
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I've had many of Stone's brews and have never tasted their Pale Ale. I thought I would sit down and review this one.

Serving Tyoe: 12 oz Bottle

A- poured a dark orange almost rusty color with a small head which had lacing that lasted throughout the entire tasting.
S- A very floral smell with just a hint of hops. A faint caramel malt is also detected.

T- A very malty flavor with a floral hop bitterness. A very fruity finish after the strong caramel malt onset.
M- A light bodied beer with a slightly dry finish.

D- Not a great/must have beer, but could be a session beer depending on the occasion.

iuhophead87, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of ITK4ever
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I didn't know what to expect. I love most of Stone's offerings, but I had never tried the APA. Stone is fairly new to Maryland. The color on the pour was a little darker and richer than I expected. Amber tones, and maltier on the nose. I picked up some hops, Centennial, I believe...maybe a little Warrior, but not as strong as the de facto for this style...Sierra Nevada. Nice lacing and a thin, but firm head. Hoppy at the start, which I love, then the malt takes over. A little stronger than I normally would like, but it lends to a good balance. Pretty clean finish for this style.

I liked it. Not my favorite as I tend more towards IPAs, but this is a good brew for friends who aren't the hop-head I am. I love Stone bottles. I don't know if you'll find it in my fridge all the time, but every so often, I'll grab a sixer when I'm in the mood.

ITK4ever, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of HalfFull
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper amber with a decent frothy off-white head into a pint glass. Head doesn't linger for long, and a non-sticky lacing is present through the glass.

Offers up an earthy, slightly malty smell with just a hint of floral hops. Smell is very nice but not very profound, with little variety on the nose. Malts trump the subtle hops in this regard.

Smooth tasting, and with light/moderate carbonation yields a pleasant feel. Drinkability improves with food.

Stone's website calls this their interpretation of a British style pale ale, and I agree(they should know!). Less hoppy than many APA's, this brew offers more malt in the finish, perhaps a bit much, yet not too much, and brings forth a quasi chardonnay-like buttery close on the tongue, sans the oak of course and with a malt finish.

Recommend, especially when grilling. A bit sweet for a stand alone session brew.

HalfFull, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of luvND
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12 oz stone litho bottle
A: a little darker than i expected, copper-red
S: dry and biscuity
T: some malt and dry biscuit up front, a little hoppier than i expected for a straight pale ale but it works well
M: thin but right for the style
D: could definitely knock back a few of these but the hops seem a little out of balance on this one which cuts back on the drinkability a bit
Notes: not one of my favorite styles, but this is a nice one none the less and pretty drinkable. Stone never lets me down.

luvND, May 30, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a decent off white head that left a decent amount of lacing.

S- Sweet malts, Earthy smells, floral and a hint of hops.

T- A little more hoppy than the smell led on. Very nice citrus and piney hops that are balanced out with a nice malt back bone.

M- Medium in body with good carbonation.

D- Another great brew from Stone. Easy to drink Pale Ale.

nrbw23, May 30, 2008
Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,475 ratings.