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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,381 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,381
Reviews: 957
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 72
Gots: 114 | 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 arguemaniac


3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

Not nearly as much hoppy bitterness as I expected: it fact the crisp but balanced hop spice blends exceedingly well with residual malt sweetness and smooth, tasty caramel palate. Creamy, silky body with moderately active carbonation. The finish features a light graininess with a bit more of that caramel.

Very nice, like I said, I was really expecting an insane hop bite, but its very well balanced and rather straight-forward, perhaps even mellow pale ale (by American standards anyway). Nonetheless, I really enjoyed it and will have no problem finishing of the rest of the six-pack.


04-08-2007 23:40:56 | More by arguemaniac
Photo of tempest


3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

This is an interesting pale ale from Stone. There's a good amount of bitterness, but a little less crisp hops flavor than I expected - probably just doesn't have the same kind of dry-hopping as similarly respected pale ales. Looking at it, it appears more a red ale by color, but the malt backbone sinks behind the hops just right. Oddly, I'm not getting much aroma out of it. This reminds me more of Lake Placid Frostbite Pale Ale that Hazed and Infused or SNPA.

04-08-2007 00:02:40 | More by tempest
Photo of cbl2

New York

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%

4/7/2007 $8.99 6 pack 5.40% Enjoy by 6/15/07 marked on bottle.


Pours a crystal clear, rather still medium brown with slight orange notes. Topped by a thin film of off-white head that settles immediately to a persistent wispy network of lace.


Lightly toasted malt presence along with a medicinal/herbal hop sensation.


Medium bodied mouthfeel kicks off the tamest beer Stone has produced this side of the Mississippi. Very muted malt presence alongside an herbal grassiness that has always turned me off of this style. By far the most "beerlike" beer that Stone makes. I was shocked to see this in NJ (Liquor Outlet Wine Cellars in Boonton), but as the bottle states, their new expanded facilities have allowed them to make more beer. This was the first thing they brewed in that new site according to the bottle, and I'm not sure if that was a great decision or not. The hop profile is not one that I care for, and it doesn't allow the malts any room to assert themselves. Very one sided, with herbal medicinal hops ruling the roost.

04-07-2007 17:26:37 | More by cbl2
Photo of kpantz


4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

Executive Summary: Definitely the tamest beer I've had from Stone. I kinda expected that going in, but there was no way I expected it to be THIS well-behaved. Still, it's very enjoyable. There's simply nothing to argue with - it's just good.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber/copper into a pint glass. Head is off-white, about a finger thick. Nice lacing.

Smell: Grassy hops with a subtle malt backbone in the nose.

Taste: In a word - smooth. Malt profile is quite pronounced here, and the hops, while present, don't stand out. This is a mild pale ale - I'd say this is nowhere near as aggressive as something like SNPA. This is a clean tasting, highly drinkable pale. This would be good in the late afternoon on a warm day.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation - much less than I had expected. Lends almost a creaminess to it, but it's got an overall light body, so it's perceived only.

Drinkability: Probably its best trait. This is one highly sessionable beer. Flavors aren't overpowering, and the body isn't too full.

04-07-2007 00:36:50 | More by kpantz
Photo of jamie2dope


3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

Before starting this review, I just gotta say thankyou to Stone Brewing for finally bringing this beer to the east coast. I have been waiting patiently for this one for a long long time...time to indulge. Poured a somewhat dark almost honey color, with a small white lacing. In the aroma were toasted grains, honey, a bit of grassy funk, and an overall sweetness. Taste was complex in a few ways. For one, it starts off bitter as all hell, with aggressive hops, then fades into a malty sweetness. Flavors of honey and doughy yeast come to mind. The hops in this beer also have a mild fruity side to them. Mouthfeel was light to medium, and ever so drinkable. Stone never ceases to amaze me. Pretty much all of their beers are all business, they are tough, robust, and delectable. Next time the oppurtunity presents itself, a six pack of this will be bought. Cheers.

04-06-2007 22:07:31 | More by jamie2dope
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours copper with red hues. One finger plus head, with excellent retention,and lacing. Lots of bubbles. This is a good looking glass of beer! Smell is of grassy hops, with a hint of malt sweetness. Body is medium,and carbionated. Taste is a light, yet full a flavored mix of hops and malt, with an edgey slightly bitter finish.Very nice!!

04-04-2007 23:09:01 | More by riversider76
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%

Quite excited to finally see this in Jersey.

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

A - Pours out a beautiful reddish amber color, nearly transparent, with a foamy two finger head that's nearly white in color.

S - Nice grassy hop smell with a some sweet malt aroma as well.

T - Tastes extremely smooth. Best word I can think of for this brew. Nice bready malt balancing out a very slight citrusy/grassy hop character. Finishes clean.

M - Nice medium/light body.

D - This screams out to be sessioned. A nice pale with some real balance. Could definitely be a nice summer companion pale ale.

Notes: This beer was definitely not what I expected from Stone, but in a way that pleasantly surprised me. I love aggressively hopped pale ales, which is what I was expecting, but this gives a smoother brew. Having this available gives me more slection in picking pale ales out as my favorites have always been hoppier varieties (SNPA, Alpha King, Sly Fox, etc.) This will be a nice alternative to pick up for days when I want a smoother, easy on the palate, pale.

04-03-2007 01:40:50 | More by EStreet20
Photo of Dubbercody


3.48/5  rDev -9.8%

Newly available up her in Portland and I’m glad to see it on the shelves even if it is a bit overpriced at $8.99 a sixer. Amber, sweet and soft and easy as heck to drink. I like it a lot, but with so many other fantastic APAs out here I’ll have to wait to find it on sale to pick up some more of this.

04-02-2007 00:48:34 | More by Dubbercody
Photo of sleazo

New York

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

A- Pours a dark golden amber. Decent head. retention so so

Smell is highly of malty fresh baked bread.

Taste. Bread like sweet yeast followed up with dry hop finish.

Mouthfeel is medium body proper carbonation.

D-Easy drinking brew. Good example of the style and one you could easily session. I could go for a more pronounced hop bite, but this is still good.

03-26-2007 21:16:01 | More by sleazo
Photo of goochpunch


2.6/5  rDev -32.6%

Pours out a hazy copper amber with a thin head and minimal lacing. Head lasts hardly a minute. Over-browned toast is all I could pick up for my first few sniffs of this beer, but then I was able to make out a weak hop presence. Flavor starts off with a lot of bready toastiness (natch), with light citrus, and a solid finishing bitter. Decent enough, but an odd, almost "homebrew-like" yeastiness prevails in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is definitely the strong point of this beer. Very smooth with a moderate body. Hardly any stickiness left on the palate. Really disappointed in this pale ale.

03-25-2007 03:54:23 | More by goochpunch
Photo of lehows

New York

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%

On cask at Bobbique, this offering from Stone poured a hazy light amber color with a nice and soft white head. Good retention with some minor lacing. Not a whole lot going on in the nose surprisingly. Very very faint touch of grassy hops. Taste was clean and light, with mildly citrus hops and some bready malt. Decent mouthfeel. Overall a very drinkable pale ale but nothing extraordinary here. Not Stone's best but its a good beer.

03-23-2007 19:48:48 | More by lehows
Photo of peabody


4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours out a really clear reddish amber with very little suds. Slight lacing occurs.
Smell is caramel and citrus orange peel. Hops and yeast in the background but very prominent.
Taste is a watery dark and sweet initial flavor then the alcohol hits with bitter hops at the end
Mouthfeel is a bit watery but still leaves a clean palate.
Drinkability is high here. It's a great beer that won't fill you up so you can drink a few in a row.

03-23-2007 01:07:52 | More by peabody
Photo of PBRstreetgang


4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

Pours a hazy shade of orange-copper, generating a dense and creamy pale biege head, easily three fingers tall. Outstanding retention keeps a rocky cap for almost half the glass and leaves behind big sticky gobs of lace. Toasted crystal malt and light grassy hop aroma with some citrus/grapefruit just pulling thorugh. First sip has a touch of pale malt sweetness and a husky grain taste. Light caramel and pilsener malt come out slowly just before a snappy and herbal american hop flavor. Not unbalanced, but certainly a west-coast level bitterness for a pale ale. Semi-drying aftertaste shows some grapefruit and tea-like hop character but fleeting and not overly-bold. Light-medium bodied and gently crisp-a very smooth and inviting mouthfeeel. Finishes with a hint of butterscotch, mildly residual caramel and tame ale fruitiness that will vanish before it becomes distracting. This is a damn fine session beer with high drinkability and a flavor profile worthy of the Stone name.

03-22-2007 07:39:20 | More by PBRstreetgang
Photo of guitarmage


4.3/5  rDev +11.4%

Appearance: Crystal clear copper, big rocky white head, inviting, bubbly. Perfect looking ale.

Smell: Light malt, bready and yeasty, grassy, pungent.

Taste: Subtle malt character, flavors are light and in the background, grassy hops, very faint citrus, juicy, then a biscuity finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, lightly carbonated, nitro creaminess but still a crisp edge, super drinkable and smooth.

Drinkability: This is a really easy drinking APA, not big and hoppy, not really sweet, but this makes it really balanced and easy drinking. Mouthfeel is outstanding.

03-22-2007 07:12:07 | More by guitarmage
Photo of Mdog


3.53/5  rDev -8.5%

Appearance: Hazy amber, nice head and retention.

Smell: Citrusy smell.

Taste: A little bite of citrus, then caramel and breadiness. Has a earthy hop bite at the end like an ESB.

Drinkability: Sessionable but not my favorite flavor profile.

A friend sent this as a surprise gift to me. I've had Stone's more aggressive offerings but not this one before now. It surprised me in that it reminded me of an ESB or other English ale due to the earthy hop aftertaste. I'm glad to have tried it even though it's not my favorite.

03-21-2007 22:20:28 | More by Mdog
Photo of BBM

New York

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

Had this one on cask at BoBBQue. It poured a golden amber color, clear, with a big, pillowy white head that stuck around the entire time. Nice lacing, as well. The aroma was fairly standard, leafy, hints of citrus and caramel.

The taste was leafy and grassy hops up front, with an oily, bitter finish. It's not an overwhelming hop presence, though. Slight hints of citrus and fruits, but they are not really the focus hear. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the finish was clean. This is certainly a drinkable, well-crafted pale ale. Worth a try.

03-21-2007 16:15:06 | More by BBM
Photo of akorsak


3.55/5  rDev -8%

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with Phatz.

A: The pale ale has a robust color, a dark amber that has equal parts red and orange. The head is thick and, from initial appearances, laces nicely in the glass.

S: The overwhelming aroma is grainy, cereal malts, slightly bready. There is a hint of hoppiness underlying those malts.

T: The ale is heavy on the cereal malts, showing off a grainy, liquid bread that has a fairly short finish. There is a small hop presence but it struggles to overcome the malts. Unfortunately, I find that neither one really stands out very well.

M: The mouthfeel is fairly nondescript, showing off the muted flavor of a pale ale.

D: This is Stone's least memorable brew, in my opinion. It seems like they do best when pushing the boundaries rather than fitting in.

03-09-2007 02:16:00 | More by akorsak
Photo of prototypic


3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

Appearance: Pours a nice two finger head which sits atop a deep red to amber colored brew. Stone brews are great. Even their look screams attitude.

Smell: Not a great deal to speak of. I am picking up some hops and citrus notes. It also features hints of toffee or caramel. This one is light on smell though.

Taste: Nice blend of malt and hops. Definitely leaves a dry taste in my mouth. Good bitter taste to it. The citrus undertones and toffee taste are also present. Alcohol is not overly strong and I like the carbonation level.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Good, smooth beer. I could drink a few of these. Overall, it's definitely not my favorite pale ale. I also think it's one of the weaker Stone offerings. It's definitely a good beer. It just doesn't overwhelm like many of the Stone brews do. But, that's not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it's one of the few Stones I could session.

02-26-2007 02:38:43 | More by prototypic
Photo of blitz134


3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

Hazy caramel orange. Off-white head. Kinda small initially, but left a quarter inch of resistant foam. Good retention as with most of Stone's brews.

Smell is sweet, caramel and some raw candy sugar. Hops are quite subdued in the aroma as compared to their other stuff. Floral hops are the predominant aroma that I get with a bit of herbalness. I found the aroma quite weak and not overly complex.

Nicely balanced beer. A lot of malt flavor in this with some yeast bread and a little caramel sweetness. The unrefined sugar in the nose doesn't present itself here. Hops are again a bit floral and there is a definate herbal, earthy hit at the end. Finishes fairly clean with only the slightest bit of lingering dirty bitterness. There are some fleeting hints of alcohol that show up every now and then.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Coats well and there is just enough crispness from the carbonation. Overall this is a pretty drinkable pale ale and quite toned down compared to most of their other brews. I'd drink this if it was more readily available, although there are more flavorful offerings out there.

02-21-2007 00:08:35 | More by blitz134
Photo of Brent


4.43/5  rDev +14.8%

I'm certainly a fan of Stone's hop-centric offerings, but I was equally impressed with this beer, in which Stone demonstrated an abilty to hold back on the hop-horsepower while still producing a flavorful beer with bright malt flavors, tinged with caramel malt and juicy but well-balanced hop bittering. Stone managed to put quite a bit of depth into this beer, no small feat for a pale ale. A work of art.

02-18-2007 20:48:56 | More by Brent
Photo of Stoneman78


4.3/5  rDev +11.4%

A- Deep amber hue, creamy white head that is mostly diminishing, tiny thin particles, slight lacing

S- Nose is malty and caramel with some subtle citrus hoppiness

T- Very light caramel malt predominates throughout, short dry hoppiness very subtle in the finish. Well balanced and enjoyable. Spoke with a Stone employee who said this beer has won recent competitions as an ESB, go figure.

M- Smooth, medium body with a short, dry finish, soft carbonation

D- Great, easy-drinking APA (ESB?). This is a very refreshing beer that I will continue to enjoy. I have also found this is a great 'gateway' craft beer for friends used to the macrobrews. I took some friends to the Stone Brewery and the hoppy IPAs were too much for most of them, but they all enjoyed this beer. One friend even bought a case of Stone Pale Ale the following week (this is a Texan who only drinks Bud!). If that isn't an endorsement, I don't know what is. . .

02-15-2007 02:51:38 | More by Stoneman78
Photo of schusterbauer


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

caramel and toffee coloring; head forms in an attractive rolling manner, and slightly laces the glass. smells of caramel, malt, hops, copper -- thin in the nose, and automated. tastes like you'd expect from the smell -- good, but there's nothing revealed in the taste, until the beer warms significantly and some herbal tea flavors come out. mouthfeel is respectably full; stickier than i prefer.

everything tastes natural and fresh, which is nice, but i can't help but feel like i'm drinking a calculation, not a beer. that said, it is a fine brew, and i'm sure a crowd pleaser. i've had a good number of these since stone came to michigan, and i'm sure it will find its way into my rotation now and then, especially in social situations.

02-02-2007 18:11:48 | More by schusterbauer
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North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -17.6%

Obtained as part of the Double Trouble Bif.

This is not my favorite Stone brew. The beer just seems too bland. Not bad, just average. The smell is creamy and the taste is hoppy bot and it has a slight adjunct taste. The mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability is good. This beer is not bad. It is, however, plain. Average for the style. Drinkable. No thumbs up or down. Medium.

01-27-2007 03:20:26 | More by Enola
Photo of beerphan


4/5  rDev +3.6%

12oz bottle -> imperial pint
no date

Pours clear copper with a big fluffy head that settles to thin blanket. Lace is sparse sporadic gobs. Carbonation appears robust.

Nose: Citrus hops and caramel malt and some sweetness.

Taste: Light caramel malt meets a tamed bitterness. Very well balanced, the citrus hop bitterness lingers tamely.

Good mouth feel for an APA, crisp and medium.

Not the big flavors you may have come to expect from Stone, but a very well balanced APA. Very sessionable brew.

01-16-2007 01:56:50 | More by beerphan
Photo of brewcrew76


4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

A - Pours a bright clear orange, light copper with two fingers of creamy off white head. Lacing clings to the side of the glass.

S - Caramel and soft citrus, flowery hops. Basic and somewhat faint but spot on for the style.

T - Sweet caramel malt and fresh baked biscuity bread followed by citrus and flowery hops. Dry with a nice hop presence but very well balanced.

M - Light to medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish.

D - Very drinkable. I feel I could drink this everyday and not get sick of it.

01-15-2007 22:12:59 | More by brewcrew76
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