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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,478 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2,478
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 74
Gots: 141 | 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 BeerSox
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Deep honey amber with a bit of a red tint. A thick light tan frothy head slowly settles to a thick pollowy cap. Rings of patchy lacing.

Strong citrusy hops with a little bit of diacetyl and caramel, with a bit of standard grain mixed in.

Starts off with a thick caramel taste then slowy transitions to a crisp bitterness that lingers for a bit. A biscuity base from the malt sets everything up. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The caramel lingers a while; it even goes past the bitter flavor.

This is an exceptional beer from Stone. Everything is well balanced while being complex. Recommended.

BeerSox, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of Brad007
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with a small head (probably due to my pour). Aroma is floral and hoppy right off the bat, reminiscent of Cascades. Taste starts off strong and hoppy but towards the back of the throat, a nice, dry toastiness takes over from there. A second sip merely confirms the exact same thing. A really nice and biscuity aftertaste with just the right amount of hops and malt.

A good first beer for anyone who's never had Stone beers. Very drinkable and I love the dryness of the aftertaste as well.

Brad007, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of funkengruven
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a nice dark amber with lots of head, tons of lacing. Smell was very malty, some hops, likely the maltiest beer I've had from Stone so far. This stuff tastes pretty good, really nice balance between hop bitterness and sweet grainy malts. Pretty smooth and refreshing. Of all the Stone brews this one is likely the easiest one to drink, could make for a good gateway beer. I'd recommend this one for sure.

funkengruven, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of Overlord
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprise, surprise, a non "big tasting" beer from Stone.

As you may imagine, poured a pale, orange-ish yellow. Some grass/grapefruit hop taste layered against a stronger-than-most-pale-ales background. Extremely pleasant carbonation, nice head, very, very drinkable.

Not my favorite stone brew, but good.

Overlord, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

Pours a clear, copper color with a small white head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is caramel malty with a nice compliment of citrusy hops. Smells very fresh and quite evenly balanced.

Caramel malt taste upfront with a very complimentary citrusy hop flavor. A medium bitterness hits midway through which adds great balance to the malt. Very fresh taste.

Medium-light body, well carbonated.

Well now, this is a damn fine APA. From a brewery that typically tests the limits of brewing, this beer exhibits great balance in every aspect. Super easy to drink, an ideal session brew.

MaltyGoodness, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper hazy copper hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront whiff of oily hop that was quickly overtaken by a solid caramel aroma.

The taste was very well balanced and consisted of a husky sweet caramel malt with a drying and slightly spicy citrus hop. Soft doughy finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the thin side with a dry finish.

Overall a tasty and well balanced APA.

plaid75, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of tattooedtolley
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here in VA we just got this in not so long ago and it was a pleasant surprise, I'm not sure why it took so long to get the flagship beer of Stone here when we already had pretty much the whole line but I was stoked to try it.

The beer poured with a nice head that left some attractive lacing. Hops and malts were both present in the aroma and carried over in the same suit to the taste. This is how I like my APA's, a perfect blend of malts and hops, malts giving some complexity to the brew and the hops shining through with bitterness and that lovely hop taste.

Crisp mouthfeel and light enough in body and abv to have a good session.

Overall I wouldn't hesitate to grab a six of this when the mood strikes, however with the Stone IPA and Ruination sitting right beside it, I probably wouldn't. But this is still one of the very best APA's I've had to date.

tattooedtolley, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of oakbluff
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle courtesy of Viggo. Pours a caramel orange with an offwhite head. Faint hiff of hops in the nose. Taste- caramel malts and cascade hops- grassy and citrus. Very nicely balanced and quite tasty. Not overly hoppy, esp. for Stone. Reminds me somewhat of Alpha King with the doughy malts. Drinkability is very good. One of the better pale ale's I've had.

oakbluff, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of Floydster
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Naja's place

Huge head on this one and unfortunately was served pretty warm in a non-chilled pint glass

Tasted pretty much the same as usual just with a different hop bite

Saphir is not my favorite additive any way, but it was still a pretty good beer

$6.50 was pretty steep for this one, but they said this was their first time casking this and probably their last, so I gave it a try

Go down and check it for yourslef if you get the chance

Floydster, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of number1bum
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of NEPA BC split #6.

Pours a beautiful deep amber color with a fluffy light cream colored head. Head has excellent retention, diminishing very slowly and leaving some stick on the sides in its wake.

Smell is only subtly hoppy, with some floral and very light citrus hop scents. It's also of caramel malt, which is obviously used to attain such a deep color.

Taste is very smooth and nicely balanced. There is a really simple but solid caramel malt backbone, and the hops are only medium in bitterness. Hop flavors are citrusy and a little bit earthy/leafy. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, medium-bodied.

This is a really easy drinking, well balanced pale ale and easily the least hoppy offering from Stone (that I've had at least). Really solid pale ale choice.

number1bum, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm light copper clear body with a thick creamy head that last and last. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- This beer has a light dry toasted malt note with a finish of pine hops. The hops are soft and balance the malt. This is very atypical for stone.

T- The soft flavor of marshmallows and pale malt has a light tartness to the hops that develop into a pungent bitterness at the finish. The hops have a light pine note when it warms a bit.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a creamy texture that last as long as the head does.

D- This beer has a pretty light flavor with a soft hops flavor. There isn’t much depth to the hops and the malt is pretty light aswell.

rhoadsrage, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of rousee
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first tried this beer when I was out in San Diego but they are now bottling it and it is readily available in Boston but it is kind of steep at $10.50 or so for a sixpack.

Nice amber color.Good head retention and nice light lace on the glass.Smell is exactly as it should be for this style. Somewhat dry and cedar like. A good maltiness and fairly blanced. Elements of saltwater also apparent on the nose.

A good hop kick is noticed up front and then it smooths out with the malt taking over. Some elements of caramel and cedar type taste as well. Very drinkable and true to style.

rousee, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of GreenWBush
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one must’ve just made its triumphant arrival in the Buckeye state because suddenly six-packs are showing up everywhere. While I was glad to see it, I found it rather silly that a 5.4 percent pale ale would cost two dollars more than a 6.8 IPA! Ratcheting up production? Or is it the Levitation that is relatively rare? I digress.

From the new brewery, best before 1/17/07. Quite fresh. Physical presence is immaculate polished bronze. Streaming bubbles under a clingy white head.

Aroma is sedate, at least by Stone standards. Fresh, clean, and clear (wait, isn’t that a Budweiser ad?) and its hop profile reminds me a bit of tapered-off IPA.

I’ve drank a million pale ales in my time and it takes something special to get my attention at this point. This one does; it’s the rare pale ale that’s excitingly hoppy and malty…you don’t get sick of either of the strong and competing flavors. Crisp, hoppy, but not thin or overly bitter.

This could easily convince people to come over to the darkside. Really good.

GreenWBush, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one eventually; I've had the Ruination and the IPA and figured I should finish my Stone Pales triumvirate. I've stayed away from the Pale Ales lately because of their generally weaker flavors - not true of this one. Pours a solid amber color with a good finger of white head on top that sticks around. Nose is pretty mild, but mostly fruity hops come through with some caramel malt. Flavor is complex and fantastic: lots of fruity hops throughout the drink (they actually come to dominate more later on in the drink), citrus, pine, and then a nicely balanced amount of toffee malt. Feel is amazingly full-bodied for the style, very filling in the mouth with good carbonation. This one is one of the best APAs I've ever had, perhaps beaten by the fantastic Hoppe from Southern Tier. I'll defintely be picking this one up again.

soupyman10, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of abcsofbeer
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a signature 12 oz painted label bottle. The color of this pale ale is a cloudy deep orange and it is topped off by a thin white head. The head falls to a crown on top and leave very little lacing.

The aroma is at first hard to pinpoint but has hints of citrus and hop oils. Towards the bottom of the glass, I detected some sweet honey in the aroma. The taste is dry and fairly hoppy and has a sharp bitter aftertaste. The flavor is also slightly fruity followed by a mild peppery tanginess.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very dry with a fair amount of carbonation. I call this one a good pale ale and I, one that I enjoyed very much.

abcsofbeer, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of mmmbeer
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. The beer is medium copper in color, with a mild haze, and two fingers of off-white head that leaves nice lacing. Citrus, green hops, and pine in the aroma, all of which become more pungent as I drink. On the palate, it's predominantly citric/piney, and leafy green hops that impart a medium bitterness, but there are also hints of toasted malts and what tastes like noble hops - very tasty. Medium body and carbonation, with a dry, medium to long finish. Overall a nice and bitter, easy to drink pale ale.

mmmbeer, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean deep copper, with a tan head. Aromas that are sweet and a small amount of grapefruity hops. Smooth, small hop presenceand a dry end. It does have a small dry aftertaste. I enjoy the fact that it is not over the top, yet has a hop presence. A very nice pale.

OWSLEY069, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of Atlas1
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A late night review from the Stone brewery. A welcome nightcap indeed.

Pours a deep, dark copper/amber color with a one-finger off-white head that leaves behind some trace elements of the lacy stuff. Lots of bubbles here, keeping the head alive; good to see. The nose is light and fruity with an abundance of what I perceive as strawberries. Malted strawberries, that is. Some candied sugar and some faint caramel in the nose as well. A very distant orange scent. The taste pretty much follows suit, but contains more of a hop presence than the smell. Fruity up front, with some mellow sweetness, but the hops kick in soon after and provide much of the middle and end to this tasty treat. Mouthfeel is solid, but nothing special, with a dry finish.

Another good beer from the folks at Stone, although I wouldn't call this one great. I like this, and will gladly drink it again in the future, but I wouldn't necessarily say it's the best pale ale I've ever had. Nothing about it really stands out and cries for attention. Still, it's a nice beer. Try it if you haven't yet.

Atlas1, Aug 10, 2007
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a deep red amber with a frothy white head and plenty of lacing.

The best way I can describe the aroma is it has real earthy malt notes with a touch of apple.

The taste is lighter than expected and more malty than hoppy with an earthiness to it. I also sense a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Light mouthfeel with light carbonation.

A very drinkable beer and a nice pale ale, Still, I expected even more knowing it comes from Stone.

Monkeyknife, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of jmalex
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Everywhere I go, I always see Stone IPA, Ruination, Arrogant Bastard, and Smoked Porter, and every once in awhile I come across an Old Guardian or a Double Bastard. So imagine my surprise when I saw this modest, unassuming bottle of Stone Pale Ale. I didn't even know this beer existed!

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Stone shaker a barely hazy amber with some olivey-yellow highlights. The head starts at one finger high and drops to a thin but full coverage of bubbles across the surface.

SMELL: The aroma is pretty heavy on the malty side. The smells of pale and lightly caramelized malts comes through loudly. Not to be outdone though, citrusy and piny hops hold their own through the aroma. Smells like mini Arrogant Bastard.

TASTE: The initial taste is a very balanced pale ale with a fantastic pale malt flavor. The hops come on in mid-taste and begin to overpower with resinous piny flavors. The finish is smooth and clean with just a few remnants of citrus hop flavor.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is fairy light except for a slight syrupy quality. Carbonation level is perfect at a slightly higher than normal level.

DRINKABILITY: This is a nice easy-drinking beer that suffers a bit from lack of balance. Like so many west coast beers, the hops are pushed a bit more than usual. Otherwise, it's great and very sessionable.

Stone makes some really nice beers, including this one. If I'm in the mood for an easy drinking hoppy beer though, I'd turn to Stone IPA before this one. And if I'm in the mood for a balanced pale ale, I'm turning elsewhere as well.

jmalex, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of scruffwhor
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sparse head with little retention. The color is a deep and spicey mahagony and amber, with little bubbling. The aroma is a spicey bread malt with a pronounced hop aroma. The taste has a good mixing of malt and hops. Dry mlats mixing well with flowery and citrusy hops. Easy to drink before, during, or after a meal. To bad we can't get this stuff in IL.

scruffwhor, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of quikfish13
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear amber with a very frothy off white head. Very decent amount of carbonation.

S: Very nice fruity scents. With apple seeming to be the most dominant of the hoppy aromas. Some earthy and floral notes as well.

T: Not as overloaded with hops as other pale ales (Great Lakes Burning river comes to mind) but a nice citrus taste none the less. A very nice earthy malt taste comes in the middle and leaves a nice aftertaste.

M: Not overpowering and enough to let you know your drinking beer. Leaves a clean finish.

D: Excellent beer and one I would recommend if your trying to get a buddy into craft brews.

quikfish13, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of Gatch
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at the Beer Garden in May and it was phenomenal. But from the bottle, it might be a different story.

A medium burnt red w/ a thick head.

Fruity malts w/ a hint of olives, which was strange.

Very familiar Stone taste. Something about their brews are different and unique. Definitely not as hoppy as some Pale Ale's can get but it's really balanced. The hops are present at first and then it fades into a sugary malt.

The mouthfeel is consistent and smooth and the drinkability is fantastic. The carbonation isn't very strong and the flavors linger just enough to leave you wanting another sip. For people who enjoy the big beers from Stone, this is a great beer to relax with and give your taste buds a break. Stone is such a consistent brewer and now that I've tried their Pale Ale, I've realized they can produce on any level of the brewing spectrum.

Gatch, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of Risser09
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass - Bottled in 2007

Appearance: Very deep red color with brown tones and a slight orange hue. nice 2" white head with plenty of craters and various bubble sizes.

Smell: The malt aroma is strong but there is also strawberry, plum and caramel.

Taste: Cherry flavor with lots of malt in there too. Where are all the hops? Doesn't seem at all like an APA. Anyway, toffee, caramel, nuts and black tea. The right amount of sweetness is there.

Mouthfeel: Smoothe smoothe smoothe. Gentle carbonation and slick in the mouth. Creamy finish is pleasant.

Drinkability: Great. I thought stone was the meter stick for style categorizations but maybe I was wrong. I don't see this brew as an APA. Great flavors, ample complexity, and smoothe drinkability make this one a winner.

Risser09, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of ClassicBrad
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a very big Stone fan and this is new to me. I realize its somewhat of their flagship but I just never saw it around until I was a part of a case split and I saw it for sale by the case.

The appearance is a dark but clear brown with a light tan head that leaves a thin but reliable lace.

Smell is predominantly a sweet nutty malt note with a backnose of subtle hops.

The initial flavor of this beer is a malty nut taste. The hops (for once in a Stone brew) are actually there for balance and not shock.

The mouthfeel is unique in its separation of tastes and regions in my mouth. The sweet malts go straight down my tongue and the hop characters go around the sides and down to the back of my mouth.

Drinkability is probably the best for this brewery. I can drink a good six-pack of these guys.

ClassicBrad, Jul 23, 2007
Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,478 ratings.