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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,580 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,580
Reviews: 969
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 82
Gots: 195 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-23-2001

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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.

Photo of mnj21655
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a clear reddish-copper in color with almost two fingers of creamy, almost pillowy, off-white head with good retention. Good aroma, touch subdued but with a solid citrus hop presence but a fair amount of toasty, bready malt. Taste is fairly good as well. Starts out moderately hoppy with a fair amount of toasty/bready malt and a bit of sweetness. The citrus hop flavor builds and soon overwhelms the malt as a very solid bitterness becomes evident. Clean fermentation character. Lingering hop flavor and bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty good with a light/medium body and moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. This is a pretty solid APA and would probably go over pretty well with just about anyone.

Photo of drizzam
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a gorgeous 12 pack Christmas offering from a friend...this is my first voyage into the world of Stone Brewing Company.

Appearance: An aggressive pour produced very little head and it didn't stay long. Of course, little head = little lacing. Color was a reddish brown and cloudy.

Smell: Not a real volatile brew. Very subtle malty bouquet. You have to strain a bit to smell what this brew is all about. That also changed a little as it warmed up in my glass, but not alot.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A little tangy...malty with a slight hop kick. I'm getting citrus, maybe orange in there? Very slight on the citrus end. Thin mouthfeel with very little carbonation.

Drinkability: Stone knows how to brew beer! Like I said, this is my first Stone and it won't be my last. I've read that their other selections are more kick-in-the-butt hoppy but this one was very nicely balanced and highly drinkable.

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

12oz to standard pint, pours a reddish amber shade, creamy off orangey white head retains excellently.

smells of sweet floral citric hops, maltiness is biscuity

tastes of bitterness, caramel biscuit malt, could be easily mistook for an ipa if the drinker didn't know it came from stone. Sweet citrus, pine, hops overpower malt but maltiness is presented quite well. Quite easy to drink but highly bitter.

mouthfeel is bitter sweetness, finish is quenching, yum - slick and easy to drink/session

Photo of jdubjacket
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pleasant amber color with a minimal head. Light hop smell with some bread. Taste is much breadier than I thought it would be. Little bit of lemon spice. Minimal malt backbone. Good amount of carbonation in this one as well. Overall, this is a great session beer to sip on, whether at home or at a tailgate.

Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a tulip

pours a clear orangey brown with an off white head.

sweet citrusy smell with a light malt backbone

taste is bitter sweet bready malt.

full mouthfeel butlight enough to make it drinkable

a solid beer from stone and quite sessionable

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

NotesOct 4, 2008
Reddish brown pour,with a huge light tan head that slowly went down to a thin ring and stayed till the end. A nice subtle hop aroma,with a hint of roasted malt. The flavor is of hops,malt,and bread dough, with the amount of malt here you would expect it to be sweeter but instead it has just a nice dry hop finish,and I think I detected a slight alcohol taste at the end. Very Good , Will buy again .

Photo of nc41
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not what I was expecting from a Stone Pale Ale. Where's the hops? Definitely slanted towards the malt, and it's easy to see why Sierra Nevada PA is the standard. Decent enough, but it's easy to get lost in the wash of American pale Ale's and this one gets lost in the wash. Not worth the price.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle from a six

A-Brilliant crimson/orange color. Moderate white head that settles with delicate lacing.

S- Malts and some citrus and floral hops. Similar to other Stone offerings, yet far more restrained.

T-Nice taste balance here with the malts balanced by a hint of pine and a nice hop bitterness in the finish. Not what I would call a dry finish, but not a bad thing. A bit slick.

M-Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. The balance carries through here as well.

D-Extremely drinkable, and probably the only Stone product that one can dare session.

I have been meaning to try this for some time, but have been prevented by its limited availablility in my area. I understand that this is their "flagship" beer, and it is indeed a good one. It exhibits many of the characteristics of their bigger badder siblings in a much more subdued way. This is one that I would recommend to some of my friends new to better beer, or who have not had the opportunity to try a Stone product. I also, would definately buy a case of this to have in the house when not in the mood for Ruination, or a Bastard.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8/2/08. Bottle. Pours a clear orange/red with a small tan head. Aroma of raisin and sweet malt. Flavor of the same sweet malt and raisin, very light floral hop presence. This doesn't taste like any pale ale I've had before. It's a little too malty/sweet for me, which normally I like, but this was too raisiny/super sweet. Just ok for me.
6/4/6/4/14 (3.4/5)

Photo of specksnreds
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much better this time around. I swore I'd never have it again, but the wife keeps it in the house, and I wanted a beer.

A nice floral and nutty aroma. That's replicated in the taste and finish. Balanced and drinkable. Its subtlety is refreshing compared to some of the over-the-top pale ales I've had recently. I would not call it session beer, but i wouldn't hesitate to have another.

Is it different this time around, or is it the taster? I don't know, but there seems to be a lot more of everything in this beer than I remember. Very nice, and I hope what I taste this evening is what I taste next time.

Photo of rgrholmes168
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

The beer poured and I did not get too much head on the beer. The color was a really nice orange/copper color. Perfect for what I was expect out of this beer. The head disappated quickly and just a small amount of lace was left along the sides.

The aroma smell very citrusy as befits a pale ale. Nothing too overpowering and I did not get any type of hop smell.

The beer has a nice caramel malt taste to it. The taste is perfectly balanced with its aroma. A slight biscuity taste to the beer, and it was not overpowering on its bitterness. True to its APA roots, the beer only has a slightly bitter aftertaste that makes you anticipate the next drink.

Very balanced and light on the palate, I would highly recommend this beer. One of the top APA's that I have tasted.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Pale Ale (bottle)
A: pours a nice vibrant bright orange color, with a light khaki colored head. Good head retention level and a fair amount of lacing.

S: nice malty aroma, some biscuit malts and some pale and amber malts. Light hint of spices. Mild hop aroma, very earthy.

T: very mild flavors, but a nice balance. Great balance with the malts and the hops. Solid pale malts, with a nice light citrus hop flavor.

M: medium bodied. Solid palate, with a good clean finish. Vibrant and crisp.

D: very drinkable beer, solid pale ale, and very enjoyable. I could put a lot of this back.

Photo of hoplover82
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I gave the appearance an average score because it almost is an amber, it's too amber to be a "pale ale" IMO.

Pours an rich clear amber color with a medium creamy tan head that leaves very good lacing.

Aroma is caramel malty with some spicy hops.

The flavor is almost like a bitter almost. Very malty with caramely and some spicy hops. Nice clean bitterness lingering.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, and creamy.

Very drinkable.

Photo of nick76
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is malty with caramel, cereal, and citrus hops. The appearance is amber with a foamy head. The flavor is bitter but balanced with caramel. The palate is smooth but not thick. Overall its a good session beer without being a tremendous beer. Still a good solid drinking beer any day.

Photo of dukedevil0
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12 oz bottle from somewhere in Cincinnati, OH area. Probably Jungle Jim's.

A: Pours a darker amber with just off white-tannish colored head and a good amount of lacing.

S: aroma is muted...slight amount of hops, caramel malts, maybe some apple

T: some of the odors come through as flavors, but it's mostly a woody, grassy, earthy taste that i'm picking up...definitely less in your face than some of the other stone ales i've had

M: full bodied, not creamy but not thin either. well balanced mouthfeel

D: easy to drink, but the flavors for me aren't preferable, they are just average and interesting so i wouldn't have drank much more than the one i had

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

I like Pale Ale, and I like this beer. Pours clear copper with a medium white head. Cascade hop and crystal malt aroma, with some caramel. Exactly what you would expect from the taste, more hops and malt than the others, with a tart aftertaste. This can be inconsistent; sometimes being a bit tangy and others sweet.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a business dinner last night and this was on tap. I've not had the opportunity to try this offering from Stone, so I grabbed a couple with dinner. I really enjoyed it.

Each pint came with a perfect finger of creamy off white head. The beer was a clear orange amber color which showed some decent retention and left a conservative amount of lace. Didn't notice much in the way of carbonation.

The aroma was a nice blend of toasted malts and bread aromas along with some citrus hop character. Pleasant and fresh, but not in your face like some of their more bold offerings.

Flavor was quite enjoyable and very well balanced. The malt flavor was nice. I'd say more bread like than sweet caramel. A touch of sweetness, but not anywhere close to too much.. There was some hop character but again, it played nice with the malt... I noticed the same malt character as some of the my favorite IPA's. Not saying this tasted like an IPA, it didn't. But there were some similarities to a Two Hearted or Founder's Centennial's malt character...(with more muted hops than these IPAs) Stone IPA focuses on the Hops, Stone APA is one that provides the perfect balance of Malt and Hops. Well done.

The mouth feel was bright and the tight/subtle carbonation brought some additional life to the party. Medium/light in body.

Very drinkable. Very enjoyable. I would definitely have this again. Might be a very good beer to provide as an intro to the Craft Beer world, and I don't mean that to slight this beer. I really enjoyed it.

Photo of Vendetta
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Original Rating Date:
September 4, 2008

Smells great, lots of light fruity, flowery aroma. Pours a copper/amber with a bubbly head. Taste reminds me a lot of Sierra Nevada's brew. Lots of light fruit, citrus, apricot, some peach. Lots of malt, only a bit of hops. Very good stuff here.

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

Pours a rusty red/orange with a foamy, creamy head that exhibits excellent retention. Bubbles are scarce in the liquid, but something is feeding the long-lasting head.

Oddly enough, I'm getting a kind of lager-y vibe to the aroma. Must be me. Certainly not a hop-blast or a malt-bomb, this pale ale is largely fruity in aroma, with a faint cinnamon spiciness and only traces of hops.

Most of the aroma is echoed on the tongue. Cinnamon toast, Waffle-Os cereal, tart fruits and a dash of dessert spices all swirled together in the flavor. There's a green bitterness in the finish, something I'd describe as the stem part of the flower, as it's fragrant and flowery but somewhat astringent. Mostly it's the tart/sour essence in the finish that I could do without.

Mouthfeel is as it should be for the style, light to medium body with a nibble of healthy carbonation and a soft, subtle texture.

Weird to come away from a Stone beer and not be blown away, but I've had better pale ales, although there's hardly anything to feel let down about either.

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

Served on tap at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

Thin head from the pour, but otherwise great retention and a nice, sticky lace. Color is a deep orange/amber with a dark haze, similar to wildflower honey.

Smells suprisingly malty, but with a good and citrusy hop background. Also some caramel and other roasted notes.

Taste is smooth, with little bite and a hoppy aftertaste. A bit oily, and very well balanced. Some fruitiness typical of a pale ale.

Crisp, light and smooth mouthfeel. Drinkable enough, though I might not want several. Good beer, all around.

Photo of marcpal
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle poured into a pint glass with lunch.
Before this, only on tap so this is as good a time as any to official review it.
Bottle Graphics: 6/10. Typical Stone.

A: Lightest of amber with a popping foamy head. The lacing was nonexistent, but I blame the glass. Other than that, this is a looker.

S: Considerable amount of malts, tinges of caramel sweetness. Surely not a hop bomb. Easy going.

T: I feel like this beer gets unfairly panned some because its not the bastard. It doesnt claim to be, its the little tiny cousing of the AB, yet mighty delicious in its own right.

Caramel sweetness is clear cut. Quite odd in that some sips have some piney flavors and some are completely absent. Not the west coast essence I have come to adore, but still tasty.

M: A little bit too light, could use another level of fluffy texture. Hunting for the chew. Crisp with the bitterness I was looking for finally coming through at the bottom of the glass.

D: Enjoyable. Perfect for having with a meal in the afternoon as a preamble to some heavier stuff waiting in the wings.

Photo of Shaw
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice copper in color with a pretty head that's about a quarter-inch in height.

It has a light smell of grainy malt and vegetal hops.

The taste is nicely bitter, but well under control, with a good bread-like malt flavor. This is what a pale ale should taste like: nothing over the top here.

The body is very good, with lots of substance.

Overall this is a fine pale ale. However, I don't see myself drinking it a lot, because of its high price here in Florida: $11 a six-pack. I'd rather spend my money on Stone's exceptional beers.

Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,580 ratings.