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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,577 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,577
Reviews: 969
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 82
Gots: 194 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-23-2001

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

Pours a copper color with a nice pillowy egg-shell colored head that left some real nice lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is of a biscuity malt, perhaps a hint of honey, with some floral, grassy hops. The taste is a sweet malt, toasted bread with honey butter, some bittering hops to offset the malt. The feel moderate with suprisingly soft carbonation, feels a bit flat to me. Finishes fairly balanced. Just realized this is an old sample, not good for the style. Remarkably the beer held up fairly well but any hop flavor is long gone. Dang. I will update based on fresher sample.

I have a noticably fresher sample. Look and aroma are about the same but I can detect more of a flavorful hop presense. Nothing outrageous but it does blend better with the malt. The feel definitely has more carbonation, perhaps a perfect amount, not too fizzy or soft. Drinks very nice, good balance.

Photo of KBoudreau66
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color with one finger of off white head.

Smells of apple and other fruits up front with sweet malts. A little bit of toasted bread undertone. I was hoping that it would have more of a hop smell to it then it does.

This is actually a very well balanced brew. From the original smell I thought that it was going to be all over the place, but it turns out to have a good combination of sweet malts, apple, slight hops and undertones of other fruits in the mix. Has a nice crisp and dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, crisp and has a dry aftertaste.

I was not let down by Stone's version of a Pale Ale. This was excellent and very drinkable. I was expecting it to have too much of one flavor but didn't. Definitely worth the money. This is something I will drink again in the near future.

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

A: A tawny, hazy copper-orange color with a medium-sized, densely creamy off-white head. Retention is very nice, and plenty of sticky lace is left on the glass.

S: Some toasted caramel malt aromas up front. Some moderate citric (grapefruit and orange) and floral hops. Some yeasty touches as well.

T: Toasted caramel/toffee sweetness up front provides a nice initial touch. Floral hop flavors and some grapefruit citrus provide good balance, although bitterness is fairly subdued. Some more bready, yeasty flavors into the finish.

M: A medium, somewhat sticky feel. Carbonation is somewhat light. A bit of soft dryness into the finish.

D: This is a pretty tasty APA, and it's incredibly well-balanced. Surprisingly so for a Stone offering, in fact. I'm impressed, but not blown away. Still, I'd be happy to drink this anytime.

Photo of angelmonster
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Flying saucer. Poured a small off white head, light brown body, decent head retention and lacing was very good

Smell was of sweet, citrus hops with faint malt

The taste was of piny hops and grassy malt. Not too overly hoppy

There was a nice balance of carbonation, smooth going down. Semi creamy head was nice, not as light as other APA's, which i thought was nice.

Overall is a good, light, highly drinkable APA. Would recommend to people just getting into beers with generous amounts of hops

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

Poured fresh growler into a pint glass. A dark amber color with a nice white head transferred into a smaller form. Killer lacing. Smells of sweet malt are noticed first, followed by some of that W.C. hops. Gulp. Very mild and sweet on the intake, frothy as well. Little thickness makes for some great aftertaste. Drinkability is favorable for a pale ale. The combination of the maltiness and the hops are perfectly portioned, embracing for those who find hoppy beer overwhelming. This is a stellar sunshine beer in my opinion. Stone never disappoints and for that this one comes recommended.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a shade of orange-amber with a one inch off-white head. Leaves some pretty nice lacing behind after falling to a cap.

Aroma is of piney and citrusy hops, kind of orangy, with a decent malt backbone.

Taste presents some maltiness up front, though it's more bready than sweet, with the hops coming in lightly for a Stone brew in the form of citrus and pine. Finish is a nice balance of the malt and hop character.

Mouthfeel is medium, tending more towards the lighter side. It's a got a crispness to it that makes it pretty refreshing.

I'd say this is a pretty solid Pale Ale overall, though there are of course better ones out there. At around the same price for a six pack I'd just as well go with their IPA though.

Photo of UDbeernut
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Ballentine in Willoughby, Oh poured into a standard pint glass

a: dark amber color, nice sliky white head with slight retention

s: sweet fruit aroma with slight floral aroma from hops

t: sweet up front with slight bitterness from the hops forcing them selves in. Slight earthly in the aftertaste. Not a bad brew.

m&d: medium bodied beer, decent mouthfeel and drinkable beer.


Photo of SaintArnold
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz glass into a matching pint glass.
A- Appearance was a beautiful dark amber color with a sticky 2 finger foamy white head. This beer provided excellent lacing.

S- The smell wasn't as apparent as I would have like it to have been. I did detect a nice spicy, malty aroma.

T- Solid! Well balanced creamy malt flavor with spicy finish.

M- Light to medium body with great carbonation and a nice finish to it.

D- Off the chart. This is a great beer and you could easily drink this all night. I must admit I have a cult-like devotion to the Stone Brewery. I love their beers and this is no exception.

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

Slightly hazy amber, with a generous ivory head. Great head retention, Great lacing on the glass.
Resiny hop aroma, big in the nose, with an undercurrent of toasty, caramel malt. Pretty clean, not too much in the way of esters aside from light pear. A lightly minerally quality.
Bold, grainy caramel malt right up front, followed quickly by a wash of assertive hop bitters. Soft pear fruitiness, a little bready, with a robust, fuller mouthfeel than most american pale ales. The hops are more woody and piny than citrusy, though there is some of that flavor, too. Mostly in the very end of the finish, on the sides of my tongue. Finishes fairly dry and clean, with only a light, piney hop bitterness.
A little pricey around my way, but a good pale ale.

Photo of Ezekiel81923
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of a mixed sixer I put together at Abe's in Bethlehem. 12oz Bottle poured in a normal pint glass.

Appearance: Nice, clear amber/copper color. One finger, semi-tan head billows up and recedes quickly. Nice sticky lacing around the glass...the kind you have to scrub off when you're done.

Aroma: Some citrus notes, but a lot more malt than I expected. Some grapefruit? or other kind of fruity notes? Nose is a little sweet.

Taste: Exceptional! A quick smack of sweet malts before a real nice citrus zest on the tongue. Malts return to finish out. Not much of an aftertaste, but finishes real smooth.

Mouthfeel: Not much bitterness to speak of. Light splash of carbonation as you swallow. Light to medium body.

Drinkability: High. This is not a heavy drink, and has a pretty sessionable ABV. I could drink many of these over the course of a night.

Overall, not quite your prototypical pale ale. Dale's Pale Ale is still my favorite, but this is an interesting take on the style that I would not hesitate to drink again.

Photo of droomyster
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful hazy amber with a small tan head. Smells good, sweeter and more complex than most pale ales: notes of caramel and toasted sweetness, citrusy hops. Taste is very chewy, with multilayered flavors starting with big malts right up front with very vibrant hops kicking in mid-palate and electrifying it, and then a long, oily finish with an evergreen hop profile that makes me think of gin. Very round and balanced. This beer reaffirms Stone's status as one of the best breweries on the West Coast.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark copper with a thin. whispy off-white head.

Nose is a bit fruity, citrus hops, sweet malt.

Taste is a bit biscuity, toasty, with a clean, citrusy bitterness complementing it. Finished with a lingering hop bitterness on the palate.

Med-light body, moderate carbonation.

Seems a bit closer to an ESB than a Pale. Nice either way, though.

Photo of DoctorDog
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Clear amber appearance. Pours with 2+ fingers of tan head, which fades gradually, leaving a thin cap. Tons of sticky lacing.

S- Smell is dominated by a moderate citrus at first, then backed by some sweet and malty notes.

T- Starts with citrusy notes, then moderately low malty sweetness. Finishes with a moderate hops bitterness.

M- Moderate carbonation. Fairly thick with a nice creaminess. Very smooth going down. Excellent.

D- Quite high. This seems like a wonderfully versatile, sessionable brew.

Future outlook: Excellent session beer that I would certainly never avoid. Next time heavy, relatively mindless drinking is afoot, this will be a consideration.

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

Beer is a beautiful, semitransparent dark amber/copper color with a good finger of off-white head that dissipates slowly, leaving only brief lacing (particularly at the bottom of the glass). I loved the aromas in this beer. Initially sweet malts, balanced out with hops. Taste is similar at first. A long sip featured brief malts at the beginning, ending in bitter, grainy hops. This beer is medium-bodied and smooth on the palate, coating my whole mouth with bitter residues. The only downside for me here was that after the first or second sip, the hops started to take over completely, making the beer more unbalanced and less flavorful towards the end of the glass. Overall, though, this is a strong an ale as I would expect from Stone. I'd easily recommend it.

Photo of gford217
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thrown in as an extra in a trade a while back, poured into a pint glass.

It's a generally impressive looking pale with a deep golden amber color with a creamy one-finger head that doesn't seems to shrink at all and leaves large sheets of lacing.

The aroma is very subtle and balance with some light fruity hops, mainly lemon zest and oranges, along with some roasted caramel malts.

The taste follows the aroma and is just as well balanced with floral and citrus hops blending very well with the caramel malt backbone.

The mouthfeel is clean and soft with little bitterness and lots of carbonation.

This is a very well-crafted and understated beer from Stone and the drinkability is high as there is nothing over-the-top about this one. Nothing groundbreaking but a very good beer.

Photo of gabe23
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear amber color with a thick, off white head. Very nice lacing.

S - Sweet, floral, and malty aroma. Some citrus in the background, but definitely doesn't smack you in the face with hops. After drinking some of Stone's bigger beers, I was surprised by the almost delicate aroma.

T - A slight sweetness at the start, followed by a mellow hop bite. Not very bitter at all, and nicely balanced. The finish is very clean with practically no aftertaste.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - This is a very easy drinker that won't knock you out with strong flavors or alcohol. Highly recommended as an everyday drinker.

Photo of spithrash
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle pours into an American pint glass with about a finger's worth of off white head. Some lacing on the sides of the glass as I drink it down as the head slowly dissipates.

Smells as a Pale Ale should. Floral notes of hops definitely present. Malty & caramel as well.

Pale Ales are not my usual "cup of tea". However this one shines bright for me. An inital burst of hop bitterness fades nicely into the malt and then it's gone. Very little aftertaste. I find it nicely balanced.

Fairly heavy, but very smooth on the palate and somewhat chewy.

This is very drinkable for me and makes a good session beer. I'll have another please!

Photo of xfactor9600
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- dull amber color, with half a finger of head.

S- A sweet mixture of hops and citrus notes.

T- A nice taste of malts and citrus. Not too sweet though, as there is a sort of dulling effect at the end of the sip.

M- My bottle felt a little flat carbonation wise, but after another bottle, I learned I may have just been expecting more carbonation.

D- A nice change of pace beer for me. I've been drinking a lot of SN Celebration and Hopslam, so it was nice to have a beer with less bite.

Photo of farrago
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light orange-brown in color, fully transparent, has minimal bubble beads but the average sized head lingers well with a fine lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy but not excessively so, more roast to it than sweet caramel, slips you wheat and grain, not fruity nor spicy, perhaps a trace of lemon peel, relaxed and streamlined rather than aggressive. Light to medium-bodied, same basic profile in the mouth of hops, grains, wheat and bitters. Mild citrus tones. Dry mouth feel with the carbonation equal to the weight of the flavors. Gossamer caramel to coffee hard candy flavors. Succinct finish, doesn't appear short, just ends on a dime.

Photo of kbeals
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden amber color, about a finger of head with little to no lacing

S- Hops, a bit citrusy with a lightly sweet background.

T- Taste was pretty straightforward with hops, piney, a bit citrusy once again, a hint of malts. Overall pretty decent.

M- Pretty smooth. Light bodied, good carbonation.

D- I could definitely kick back a few of these. Alcohol content isn't too high, a decent brew overall.

Photo of CampusCrew
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: suprisingly amber to orange. cloudy

smell: loaded hops, very pundgent

taste: beautiful, loud bitterness, rich flavor

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty but a thick taste that I didnt like much

drinkability: not fast, a slow drinking pale ale

Photo of patobandito
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still haven't had a bad beer from stone, hope this holds true.

Pours a hazy amber color with a small head that leaves some lacing down the side of my glass. Smells of hops and citrus, tastes mostly the same. Not much malt flavor, so its a bit unbalanced. A bit on the thin side, but a very drinkable beer.

Not as great as other Stone beers, but not disappointing.

Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep hazy amber, with a finger-and-a-half bubbly white head. Left a decent bit of lacing. A thin amount of the head lingered for most of the glass

Smell: Hops, straw, and tart citrus.

Taste: This beer tasted surprisingly watered-down. Hops came through in the aftertaste, and a tart sweetness came through, but there didn't seem to be much else to it. Almost no malt flavor came through. The taste seems kind of unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, yet fairly thin.

Drinkability: It was easy to drink, but the flavor wasn't nearly as full as I would have expected. I might try another bottle at some point just to make sure my palate's not off, but my comments seem to be in line with most of the reviews.

Photo of AgingWarrior
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery brown color into my Sam Adams glass. The pour did not produce much head or lacing.

Smell is rather complex for an APA. I expected a stronger hop presence, but this one has more of a malt backbone with a hint of citrus and some breadiness.

Taste is smooth and balanced. This may be the most balanced APA I've ever tasted. Nice crisp finish.

Smooth and full in the mouth. Again everything is in balance.

Great drinking APA. One of the better ones that I've had the pleasure of drinking. Due to the balance in the brew and the relatively low ABV, this is a good choice for a session brew.

Photo of coasterfreak75
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pour was a nice light copper/red with a two finger frothy head that quickly dissapated and left only a trace of lace on the glass.

The smell is heavy in fruity citrus with a slight hop undertone, hints of floral in the rear of the nose.

The drink starts with a sweet, citrus flavor not unlike the smell. Followed by a quick bite of hops. The finish is clean and crisp with only a trace of hops.

Quite a good pale ale, lacked the body I usually think of in a pale ale but still quite drinkable and very enjoyable.

Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,577 ratings.