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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,579 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,579
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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-23-2001

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Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a cloudy texture. Not much head, but good lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, light herbal hops and some sort of sugar.

T: A decent taste, with malt, hops, caramel and other sugars. A little harsh at first, but it grows on you.

M: A pretty high amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a good example of a pale ale. Not my favorite style of beer, but this one's worth trying.

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

Now that Stone has finally arrived in NC I look forward to trying all their brews I've missed on my haphazard trips to other locales, including the brewery itself. This one pours a dark copper draped in maroon highlights and a wet, thin cap of white head. The nose is medium strength floral and herbal hops against a crystal malt backround.

Some initial bitterness carries through to the aftertaste and herbal hops are a main player. The malt is also present with light caramel and roasted tones. A bit grainy in the finish. The texture is a bit thin and watery.

Definitely not Stone's best but it is a drinkable pale ale and among their most sessionable selections.

Photo of ncvbc
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper amber in color with a medium head that fades somewhat quickly, leaving some lacing down the glass. Good smell that is leaning more toward the malt than anything. Not something I expected from a Stone beer. Toasted caramel, toffee, and a subtle fruit lingering in the nose. Some citrusy hops are present but in no way overpower the malt. Upon the first taste, it seems to be the same old story. Toasted caramel, brown sugar, toffee. A light toasted bread and grain. Fruit is still present. The hops come through a little stronger than the nose may have suggested, though not until you get toward the finish. They provide a solid bitterness and good balance to this brew. Mouthfeel is good but and balanced as well. Never too sweet or too bitter, just in between the two. Could have used a touch more carbonation but otherwise a nice feel to it. Just a bit too full textured to consider it a sessionable Pale Ale. Two pints would be my limit. Big on the flavor and on the malt. I enjoyed this one but not enough to return to it often.

Photo of tbbrown
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: copper, with slight haze, a great, thick, foamy off-white head that retains and creates nice lacing to the end

Smell: Some caramel, malt nose, fruit, hop

Taste: Strong hop at the end for the style, some nice malty flavors, too

Mouthfeel: great, smooth. Great carbonation, silky, a bit more course toward the end.

Drinkability: Great, love it.

Photo of twig86
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer had a nice amber appearance with a great cream head. Smell was slightly fruity, but with a distinct hopsy sense to it. Something was a little off for me but not a bad smell. Whatever reservations I had about to smell were put to bed by the taste. The beer has a great taste. Stone Pale Ale is a quality pale ale.

Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Man I love Stone! Pours a beautiful amber with a gorgeous creamy head. Nose is fruity and sweet. Tastes like Stone. What can I say? It just tastes great - PERFECT balance. Probably the least aggressive Stone I've had - a little more accessible to multiple bottles in one sitting. I may like more carbonation, but the beer is great either way. This and Sierra Nevada are my favorite Pale Ales, no doubt.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy orangey color ale with an average foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of Cascade hops with some caramel malt also discernable. Taste is a mix between some caramel malt with some dominating Cascade hops which provide a citrusy and bitter taste. Full body with some average carbonation. Good but drinkability good have been better - too full too be a session beer and too light in terms of hops to be truly interesting.

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

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass, this beer pours a clear orangish-amber color with a white head that quickly dissipates to a thin layer that leaves a few patches of lacing after each sip.

S- A mildly spicy aroma of flowery hops with a sweet and grainy malt backbone.

T- The moderate hop bitterness fades to the same grainy malt backing that the aroma promises. The finish is clean and only slightly dry, leaving some lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue.

M- A full-bodied feel with mild carbonation bubbles.

D- Given the 5.4% ABV and the fact that the bitterness isn't over-the-top for the style, this is a highly sessionable beer.

Photo of PatrickJR
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

My first experience with Stone, as it just hit my local Total Wine today. It's got a lot of hype going for it...or working against it? We'll see!

A - Clear copper. Large, 3 finger, beige head rises with great retention. After 5+ minutes there's still a thick cap atop the beer. Lots of lacing.

S - Not what I expected, but quite good. A good bit of buttery, toffee malt is present with a slight toasty quality. Predominately floral hops ride atop with some citrus aspects.

T - This is nearly the epitome of balance. The malty smoothness takes hold early palate with a buttery and slightly caramel flavor. The toastiness is a great contributor but doesn't overtake. The hops come next; it's a little unfamilar to me but I'm getting a very interesting balance of grapefruit, grass, tea, and a little bit of cheese. Very good though. The hops go out on an herbal note, leaving some trace bitterness and a smidge of graininess.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. At first I was put off by the heavier body and lighter carbonation as compared to other APAs, but it works extremely well with the flavor profile, and though a little unconventional I couldn't imagine this brew any other way.

D - One of the best session beers I can think of. Extremely well balanced. Not too weak, not too intense.

Photo of atsprings
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served a crisp amber with a nice frothy head that slowly diminished to thin layer and left great lacing. The aroma was some Earthy citrus hops and sweet malts. The taste was a decent balance of sweet malts and crisp citrus hops. The beer was light, crisp, and very refreshing with decent carbonation. This one would certainly make a wonderful session beer.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A more relaxing brew than the last two I had from Stone(Arrogant Bastard and IPA)

A- A dark pale ale with a brown-orange color akin to maple. Decent 1-finger frothy head that leaves some decent lacing.

S- Awesome. Mostly citric grapefruit smell from the hops but the sweet, sugary malts also make and appearance

T- Taste is wonderfully balanced and great for a "meal beer" with a lighter flavor found in many pale ales. If you're looking for hops, you'll find hops; if you're looking for malts, you'll find malts; if you're looking for yeast byproducts, you'll find them.

M- Feels somewhat oily but still very refreshing.

D- Drinks good by itself and compliments foods like pizza very well.

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

Stone Pale Ale pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a nice amount of foam that leaving generous lacing. Aroma of biscuity malt backed up by some floral hops. Bitter at first, but not tongue trashingly so, a nice amount of piney hops and thens oem grapefruit-citrus flavor. Caramel malts pop up along with some bready, biscuit like malt and incredibly dry on the finish. Smooth, goes down easy. A definite session pale ale. Top of it's class and right up there with Sierra Nevada for the industry standard APA.

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

On tap at Daily Pint
Poured a nice yellow with a thin white head. Nose was malty, with a mix of English malts and american hops. Taste was a very fresh and floral tasting pale ale. Nice malty presence, English malts were tart,sweet and itter not overwhelming like Dales Pale Ale. A good tasting Pale.

Photo of brdc
4.62/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Small capped bottle, poured into a tulip.

It is a very nice, dark copper brew with a good, very light tan head with nice retention and lacing.
Nice, if not strong aroma, with bready, malty caramel notes, along with balancing fruity hoppiness.
It has a surprisingly creamy mouthfeel, opening to a very pleasant, well balanced beer with fruity, citrusy hoppiness exchaning notes with caramel maltiness.
Not complex or extreme (not its purpose), but extremely drinkable and well balanced, a great session beer. Very well done.

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

Stone is fast becoming yet another one of my favourite breweries. They really seem to know what they're doing when it comes to producing the amber nectar. This one is no exception. A fine-looking beer with a good head that gives off plenty of citrus notes plus a hint of bready yeastiness. A nice balance on the tongue which won't scare off those who don't like anything too bitter, but there's a very nice hoppy finish as it slides down the back of the throat. It would be very easy to knock these back all night.

Photo of timmah427
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber color with a nice foamy head.

Fresh, citrusy hop smell with notes of caramel.

Medium bodied; the hops give this one a strong ruby-red grapefruit flavor, with a hint of malt to balance it out. Leaves thick, sticky lacing as you drink. Good mouthfeel. Quite balanced and tasty. Not the boldest of beers, but execution is exceptional.

Photo of drpimento
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a nice frothy, textured head and lots of lace. Nice amber color. Mild hop with some malt nose. Hop flavor is remarkably muted. Not bad, but nothing special. A surprise. Was expecting a lot more from the Stone. Balanced, clean pleasant finish.

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

Poured amber with thin head, surprisingly dark for a pale ale. Nice clarity.

Light citrusy hop aroma noticeable, with some faint maltiness.

Nice resinous, citrus hops in front, fading into solid, malty, bitter finish. Again, surprising. I expected something stronger tasting from Stone, although this isn't bad at all.

Medium-bodied, with even carbonation and clean finish.

Very drinkable, although it doesn't hold up as it warms. Better than most pale ales I've tried. It's similar to a lot of others, but the execution is a step above.

Photo of changeup45
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA. Copper/amber color with an off-white head that sticks around and some really nice lacing. Aroma is citrus and some floral hops, not strong but decent. Caramel malty flavor, a little bit grainy, floral with a citrus hop bite. Very well balanced. A solid beer but I expect nothing less from Stone.

Photo of kmeves
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color with a small beige head. Aroma is very hoppy with grapefruit, floral as well as mild sweetness. Flavor is peach, grapefruit, caramel andlight cocoa. Finishes abruptly and nicely bitter. Medium bodied, chewy texture. A more normally bittered beer from Stone.

Photo of elniko
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass

A: Rich amber, minimal head for some reason. Solid looking brew.

S: Slightly disappointed here, nose is not as strong as I would have expected. I do get some of the Cascade hops on the nose.

T & M: I have to reset my expectations for a pale ale as the Stone IPA is one of my absolute favorite brews. I think this beer represents itself well for a pale ale. The bitterness is there but this beer also has a clean crisp mouthfeel as well.

D: Definitely drinkable, not at the absolute top of my pale ale chart but solid nonetheless.

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

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A very dark brew for a pale ale. Beautiful deep red color.

Nose is some caramel sweetness, but hops are much more dominate throughout. As to be expected, this carries over into the taste, as the first few sips of this beer have a very long lingering bitter hop signature, which actually take a little getting used to. Caramel malt sweetness quickly takes a backseat to a complex hop flavor of grapefruit, grassy, and citrus flavors with a long bitter hop bite that seems to last forever. Fruity ester flavors meld nicely with the hop signature, and do a good job of keeping this highly hopped beer balanced. Moutfheel is solid, about what it should be for a good pale ale.

This kind of reminds me of a homebrew that would benefit from a bit more aging. I love hops, but this interpretation of a pale is arguably has just a bit too much hop bitterness. Still, a very solid pale ale, very rich, and with a reasonable ABV of 5.4%, I could easily have a few of these without being overwhelmed.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"California, knows how to party" - Tupac Shakur. From San Diego comes the consistently amazing Stone Brewing Company (makers of Arrogant Bastard Ale). Almost as brown as the bottle, this American Pale Ale is anything but pale. Nice head fades into a delicate lacing. Subtle aroma (hints of citrus) but medium bodied and filling in the mouth. Refreshing, crisp, not overly hopped, smooth with a dry finish. Very well balanced. Novices and sybarites alike will enjoy it.

Photo of tredaug
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very drinkable, well-balanced brew.

Appearance - Good lacing, good retention when aggressively poured. Amber/copper color.

Smell - Faint sweetness, perhaps between brown sugar and caramel.

Taste - Mild fruity hops are followed by a slight malt sweetness that is very well-matched.

Mouthfeel - The hops and light carbonation immediately bite the tongue, leading to a aftertaste of slightly sweet herbal breadiness. Demonstrates a soft bubbliness that adds to the body of the beer.

Drinkability - Very drinkable - light enough for a hot day, character enough for any casual drinking. Not an especially unique beer, but a very well-made example of a American-styled Pale Ale.

Photo of PatronWizard
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From bomber to glass. Just sat down for lunch. The wife made me a dual cheese turkey sandwich (cheddar AND pepperjack, God bless her). And I'm predisposed to thinking Stone beer rules. This is going to be a good lunch.

Pour a perfect bronze copper meld. Beautiful head. Retention, lacing, adorable!

Smells like good beer. Some caramel, light hops. I just know this is gonna be delicious.

I was right-delicious. The hops are a bit subdued for Stone but great flavor anyway.

Ridiculously drinkable. Seriously, I want to give it a 5.5 - it will probably be gone before my sandwich. I can't help it; good stuff.

OK, so I finished the sandwich first. Left with about 6 oz to enjoy while typing in my review.

Who the hell invented this hobby? They should be knighted! Or sainted! Or at least pat on the back. I say 2012 Olympic Beer Brewing! Who do I have to kill to be a judge?

Overall: You'll be sorry if you buy only one bottle.

Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,579 ratings.