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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: 196 | 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 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.

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

Enjoyed in a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger of white head with nice retention. Clear red-amber liquid. Pretty!
S: Nice malt up front - bread and butter/buttery waffles with mellow hops behind.
T: Bitter in a strong herbal way - Cascade and Euro hops? Very nice malt sweetness also. This tastes like a hoppy Bitter, maybe an ESB or an English IPA. I would give it a 4.5 if it was an EIPA or ESB. it is not really hoppy enough to be an APA. Full flavor and delicious regardless though.
M: Very nice carbonation level. Full body. No heat. Nice dry bitterness.
D: This is a session beer all the way. Great flavor for such an easy drinker.

Edit 7/27/2013:
Had a bottle 3 months shy of it's best by date. Strongly bitter flavor in a grapefruit rind kind of way with hints of Arrogant Bastard in the finish. Not balanced enough to be sessionable - quite aggressive! Enjoyable still. Would give it a 4.25 as a "had".

Photo of Pauly2X
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Light amber, half finger head.

S- Faint citrusy hops and light hints of caramel.

T- Slightly toasted caramel at first. This quickly transisitions to some solid hops flavor that then gets balanced back out by the malt. Nicely balanced finish.

M- Quite smooth, not overcarbonated.

D- In a proper mood, a sixer would go down fast.

Great hop flavor without encroaching on an IPA in terms of bitterness, like some pale ales do. Great malt profile to boot.

Photo of Spidey13
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Stone Pale Ale pours a mostly clear, dark amber/copper color with a small off-white head. There are some nice caramel notes on the nose, along with a bit of grassy hops.

The taste starts with a good amount of sweet malt followed by a mild bitterness from the hops. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, with a medium amount of carbonation.

Until now, I had only had big beers from Stone, so I was surprised at how subdued the hops are in this pale ale. It is pretty simple, but very drinkable.

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

Stone PA has finally made it into Texas. I poured this into a small chalice glass. It's a very nice light mahogany color with a small head on top. Aroma is excellent, though more resembling a British pale ale than American: hops are present but restrained, letting a nice toasty, biscuit-like malt aroma waft from the beer. Excellent balance to the taste as well: bitterness comes through clearly, but hop flavor is light and floral. Malt takes a strong role, providing a pleasant sweetness to counterbalance the dry bitterness. A faint fruitiness is also apparent. Finish is fairly clean.

Very quaffable.

Photo of cjgator3
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at The Yard House in San Diego.

A- Pours a dark copper color with a nice off-white head. This one is a lot darker in color than most Pale Ale's.

S- The is some malt and citrusy hops with a touch of caramel.

T- The taste starts out malty with the hops coming in to spice up the finish.

M- Very nice malty mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Very drinkable, a really nice Pale Ale to sit around and drink a few pints in one sitting.

Overall, Stone Pale Ale is another solid beer from this outstanding brewery. Recommended.

Photo of ndekke39
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of phattysbox
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of athensbeermaster
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of Beefeater57
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of SilentSabre
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of kbnooshay
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of giblet
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
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.


Photo of Stinkypuss
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of dmamiano
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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

Photo of bradybeer
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of reeder
4.19/5  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.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
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

Photo of ralree
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of jkrich
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of USCTrojanBrian
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of charlzm
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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