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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

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

A: Poured a beautiful orange-bronze with a slight 1 finger, creamy dirty beige head that despite its small nature retained pretty well. A nice thick, lustrious sheet lacing was left behind down the walls of the glass from such a small initial head. Visible carbonation was strong and aggressive at the pour but quickly gave way to a light-medium state soon after.

S: nice dry and pine, with some sweet dried caramel.

T: The initial flavor yielded a spicy, flowery hop bite balanced beautifully by a rich caramel sweetness. Some sticky sweet pine resin, pink grapefruit with a spicy hoppiness gives this a great sweet-n-spicy flavor. The finish is spicy and flowery and lingers just enough to appreciate and leave you wanting more on the next sip. A classic example by all means.

M: medium-full with a nice bittering hoppiness of grapefruit.

D: Drinkability is damm good and tasty and really enjoyed this one. A great sweet-n-spicy drink that is case worthy by all means and one I could enjoy all night.

Photo of iuhophead87
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I've had many of Stone's brews and have never tasted their Pale Ale. I thought I would sit down and review this one.

Serving Tyoe: 12 oz Bottle

A- poured a dark orange almost rusty color with a small head which had lacing that lasted throughout the entire tasting.
S- A very floral smell with just a hint of hops. A faint caramel malt is also detected.

T- A very malty flavor with a floral hop bitterness. A very fruity finish after the strong caramel malt onset.
M- A light bodied beer with a slightly dry finish.

D- Not a great/must have beer, but could be a session beer depending on the occasion.

Photo of ITK4ever
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I didn't know what to expect. I love most of Stone's offerings, but I had never tried the APA. Stone is fairly new to Maryland. The color on the pour was a little darker and richer than I expected. Amber tones, and maltier on the nose. I picked up some hops, Centennial, I believe...maybe a little Warrior, but not as strong as the de facto for this style...Sierra Nevada. Nice lacing and a thin, but firm head. Hoppy at the start, which I love, then the malt takes over. A little stronger than I normally would like, but it lends to a good balance. Pretty clean finish for this style.

I liked it. Not my favorite as I tend more towards IPAs, but this is a good brew for friends who aren't the hop-head I am. I love Stone bottles. I don't know if you'll find it in my fridge all the time, but every so often, I'll grab a sixer when I'm in the mood.

Photo of HalfFull
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper amber with a decent frothy off-white head into a pint glass. Head doesn't linger for long, and a non-sticky lacing is present through the glass.

Offers up an earthy, slightly malty smell with just a hint of floral hops. Smell is very nice but not very profound, with little variety on the nose. Malts trump the subtle hops in this regard.

Smooth tasting, and with light/moderate carbonation yields a pleasant feel. Drinkability improves with food.

Stone's website calls this their interpretation of a British style pale ale, and I agree(they should know!). Less hoppy than many APA's, this brew offers more malt in the finish, perhaps a bit much, yet not too much, and brings forth a quasi chardonnay-like buttery close on the tongue, sans the oak of course and with a malt finish.

Recommend, especially when grilling. A bit sweet for a stand alone session brew.

Photo of luvND
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12 oz stone litho bottle
A: a little darker than i expected, copper-red
S: dry and biscuity
T: some malt and dry biscuit up front, a little hoppier than i expected for a straight pale ale but it works well
M: thin but right for the style
D: could definitely knock back a few of these but the hops seem a little out of balance on this one which cuts back on the drinkability a bit
Notes: not one of my favorite styles, but this is a nice one none the less and pretty drinkable. Stone never lets me down.

Photo of nrbw23
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a decent off white head that left a decent amount of lacing.

S- Sweet malts, Earthy smells, floral and a hint of hops.

T- A little more hoppy than the smell led on. Very nice citrus and piney hops that are balanced out with a nice malt back bone.

M- Medium in body with good carbonation.

D- Another great brew from Stone. Easy to drink Pale Ale.

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

Serving type: 12 oz bottle.

Poured a dark orange color with very little head into a pint glass.

Taste: Sweet, hoppy flavor that lasts after you swallow.

Drinkability: Very. Low ABV ensures you'll still be coherent after the first couple of these :)

Overall: A wonderful beer. One of my favorite session ales that I can find at most of my local liquor stores. Also a great introductory craft beer for your friends and family.

Photo of akogrady
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Opaque copper/light rust color with a short head. Head left quickly, but lacing lasted.

S - Very light smell. Hoppy with a floral or citrus backing. Not a lot of smell there, overall, making undertones hard to pick out.

T - The hops are nicely rounded out with a citrus or floral backing. A generally softer hops bite than with a lot of pale ales. Makes the beer more flexible. Overall a good flavor.

M - Full body, medium carbonation. Fairly smooth.

D - Drinkable. No more, no less.

Photo of Hokies
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic. Pours a deep copper color with some haze. Their is a small head that disappears quickly with some slight lacing. Smells very malty with a heavy does of spice and some hops. The beer starts with a malt taste then quickly goes over to the hops and spice and finishes dry. Their is moderate carbonation in the beer and leaves an oily coating on the tongue. This is nice pale that I could drink all night.

Photo of Taffle
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A copper, amber coloration and malty head give this pale a great appearance.

After literally dipping my shnoz in the foam, I took away some subtle hops and fruitiness. A bit orangy and tangy citric.

Hops were there, but not much. A lot of zest from the fruit. Really smooth and not too much bite - just perfect.

A bit more to this beer than was expecting. The flavors are wonderful and the mouthfeel was great. Perfect carbonation and body on the palate.

Stone still doesn't seize to amaze me with their products. This is probably my new favorite pale ale. Everything seems to be moderate and perfected. Love this brew.

Photo of philbe311
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Rich bronze color... Dancing carbonation... Solid head... Looks rich and complex...

S - As expected mild hops and malt at first smell... Upon further examination there is hints of cedar and citrus...

T - A mild very refeshing pale ale... Subtly complex... Hoppy, yet well balanced...

M - Creamy and smooth... Excellent balance... Very refreshing...

D - A perfect session beer... Kudos to Stone and an exceptionally well crafted Pale Ale...

Photo of kush6875
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into a DT goblet:

appearance: rich copper color with thick creamy head.

smell: a nice blend of hops an malts goin on here, little bit woody

taste: very balanced pale ale with a great rich taste. very full malt flavor up front with a nice hopped finish. very fresh

mouthfeel: what it should be not too heavy not to light. just right for a pale ale

drinkabilty: at 5.4% alc this brew is easily sessionable. would go great with a burger. another great brew from stone that i feel is greatly overlooked.

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

A: Copper colored with very thin offwhite head

S: Very citrus like smell with some herbs and spicing in the background. As it warms the deep caramel and biscuit smell arises.

T/M: Wonderfully hopped with spicy bitter hops, some citrus. The high carbonation adds to the citrus and pine as the beer first hits the palatte. As the beer rolls across the sides of the tongue some small amount of biscuit and malt comes in but is not dominant. Finishes with a very herbal and spicy finish.

D: Very good beer and highly hopped. Love to drink these.

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

Clear copper color with a slight head. Pale malt aroma with a trace of hops. Nice balanced malt/hop profile with some nice, juicy hop notes tingeing the taste buds. Nice flavor. A toned down version of their IPA, but retaining the hop flavors in a more nuanced presentation. Highly sessionable. A good beer. Cheers.

Photo of Pencible
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This staple beer poured a hazy light brown with tan head. It smelled like a good mix of mild pine hops and malt. Its flavor was a nice, smooth blend of caramel malt and mild copper hops. It was watery with slight carbonation and a mild, clean bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very mellow, drinkable, and clean drink combining for a great pale ale.

Photo of ChrisCastillo
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brilliantly clear, deep orange/amber, modest white head leaving some belgian lacing on pint glass.

Aroma: Sweet toasted malt and sticky/resinous american hops fight each-other for majority, well balanced aroma.

Flavor: a fresh floral and crisp hop flavor to begin, dark caramel and biscuit-like malts soon follow. Bitterness kicks in at the end, perfectly offsetting the malt sweetness.

Mouth-feel: medium, carbonation is well suited for this style of beer (not too much, not too little).

Overall: well crafted pale ale, great balance of toasted maltiness and fresh hoppiness. I initially thought this beer was going to be a little on the hoppy/bitter side (Stone beers tend to be hop bombs), but alas this pale ale is quite remarkably balanced.

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

Opened 22 fluid ounce "Bomber" Bottle, poured into Nonic Glass. I love the fact that Stone uses painted bottles, however this means I can't recycle them for my own use - oh well.

PA pours a nice rich head of 1.5" which holds at 1" with lacing on the glass. Brew is amber colored with nice haze.

Smell is of malts and light hoppyness - slight citrus. Taste is hoppy, with again, a light piney/citrus taste. Bubbles are present but not obnoxious. Well balanced and great finish. Very drinkable. This beer is one of my favorites and I was shocked that I had never reviewed it.

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

A: Dark copper brown with minimal head and light lacing...

S: Subtle citrus and piney hops... some grain and soft caramel like malts..

T: Slightly more hoppy then most pales... the citrus and pine hops were a nice treat up front and left a nice bitter finish

M: Crisp finish. Medium body with light carbonation.

D: A good sessionable pale... nothing too fancy going on here.. just a solid brew..

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

If any PA could be considered an IPA, it's this one.

Dark brown. I had a ruination right after this one and it was significantly lighter, almost yellow compared.


A malt backbone is present, which is not the case in their IPA. A good balance.

Very strong flavors and mouthfeel. Full and tasty. Lots of drinkability in this one!

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

Pours a light cinnamon brown with an amazing 3 finger light tan head. Smells like like sweet dough and floral hops. Taste is a shock for such a small beer. First tastes like peaches in a caramel glaze with brown sugar mixed in. Follows with nice hops and a grainy finish. Very impressive. Mouthfeel is oh so smoth with a great balance of malt and carbination. Drinkability is a very good. Definately would drink a six of this with NO problem. Stone does it again!!

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

Brilliant orange color with a fluffy tan head. Nice sticky lacing forms rings on the glass as the beer slowly dwindles. Surprisingly un-hoppy for a Stone beer, both in nose and flavor. Malt is toasty, caramely, and well balanced against the citrus hops. Unexpected but welcome restraint. Extremely easy to drink due to its low alcohol, smooth mouthfeel, and balance.

Photo of jeremyd365
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a darker orange-brown with minimal head that dispersed quickly.

The smell of hops was obvious but not strong or overwhelming at all--really got put your nose to it.

Feels slighty bitter and bubbly in the mouth.

The taste in a strong, hoppy one, slightly bitter. You can tell the alcohol is there but not strongly.

Definitely drinkable and would recommend.

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

My favorite APA, my standby fall back Ale. Great balanced copper colored Pale Ale. This brew pours great with good head retention very drinkable with sweet caramel malts, followed up with a healthy dose of hops and a semi-dry clean finish. Just a great Standard that I use to measure other APA's and always seem to grab for a Stone Pale Ale over most of the other (some times bigger & more flavorful) beers in the fridge.

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

I had this one with dinner - roma tomatoes stuffed with herbed orzo, onions, and creminis with melted goat cheese and pecorino romano, drizzled in a balsamic reduction with roasted acorn squash. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a traditional pint glass.

Appearance: Copper penny hue, slightly misty, with a slightly off-color, 1.5-finger, creamy foam head. Good retention, bubbly carbonation. Very inviting.

Smell: Very west-coast, I dig it - earthy and vegetal, sprucey hops mix with faint fruity notes and a sweet, solid caramel foundation.

Taste: A distinctively American hop profile - jagged leafy, oily hops are very prominent up front, fruity hop notes are also present and intermingle with a textbook buttery/grainy backbone that has occasional flourishes of roasted nuttiness. A very raw, rustic taste, but one I enjoy very much.

Mouthfeel: Silky and creamy, but not because of the carbonation - there's a lot of oily hops in here, and it's not unpleasant, but it's definitely noticeable on the palette.

Drinkability: Great - low in alcohol, high in taste, and goes well with most everything. The perfect Friday afternoon beer.

Great blue-collar kinda beer. A pretty complex but untamed hop profile makes for an interesting, decidedly west-coast pale ale. Recommended.

Photo of smcolw
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nearly perfect head that leaves a full ring of lace after every sip. Copper colored and slightly hazey.

More malty than hoppy, unusual for a Stone brew.

The balance is clearly the winning aspect of this beer. The taste starts with round lighter malts with a touch of biscuit. A hoppy bitterness soon takes over. The aftertaste is a soft puckering of a hop pellet. Good body for the style.

This could easily be my regular drinking beer. There is nothing extreme or special about this, but it is full flavored and complex.

Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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