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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,475 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,475
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 73
Gots: 138 | 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 argock
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serve on-tap in 16oz pint glass

A: Rich copper color with ample off-white head

S: Faint caramel and fruit

T: Malty and sweet with nice bitter hops finish. Nice balanced with pleasant roasted caramel aftertaste with a little sting.

M: Highly carbonated and medium-bodied. Reasonably smooth except for the zip of the hop finish.

D: Smooth enough to spend an afternoon with.

argock, May 03, 2007
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy red-orange body, topped by two-fingers-plus of rocky off-white foam. Good lacing.

Mild, pleasant fruity aroma mixes with biscuits. Nicely balanced.

Nice thick slather of malt begins the taste. Fruit builds across the tongue, as a bitter edge forms at the edge of the tongue and across the rof of the mouth. Sharp bitter bite at the swallow, though not overly caustic. You might even call it balanced.

Nice light to medium mouthfeel. Easy drinkability.

The hop masters at Stone manage to keep this in pale ale territory while still supplying a bit of bite. Recommended, of course.

RonfromJersey, May 02, 2007
Photo of BadBadger
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stone's Pale Ale is an outstanding beer. It pours a nice semi-dark copper color. The head is descent sized, though somewhat short lasting. The smell is mildly of a fruity nature. The taste is nicely balanced, a little sweet and a little bitter, nothing overwhelming here-just right. This beverage is a highly drinkable beer, definitely worthy of bringing home from the beer store, if you are fortunate enought to locate some.

BadBadger, May 01, 2007
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Beverage Depot on Northern Blvd. in Flushing Queens.
Pours quite pretty. Rich chestnut/amber color with a light tan head that leaves a decent amount of lacing upon the glass (a cervoise in this case).
Smells fresh and mostly malty, oddly enough. I was expecting quite a bit more in the way of hops given the Stone penchant for hops; kind of a pleasant surprise to find a balanced scent.
Same sort of deal with the flavor. Hops are there but the malts are quite solid. Fresh rye bread and cracker with some pine overtones. Think Sam Adams Boston Lager or Brooklyn lager, but more so... and, of course, not a lager.
The hops in this brew speak up mostly in a long, resinous finish with some oily textures. This still manages to be pretty refreshing though the non-initiated might find it to be otherwise.
Stone's pale ale could easily make it into my regular rotation assuming I can find it regularly. This easily makes it into my top ten, if not top five pale ales. Rich and well balanced, yet still light enough to make a night out of it.

ommegangpbr, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of DGryger
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: One finger tannish white head above a slightly murky brownish orange body

Smell: Heavy grapefruit citrus. Spicy biscuit notes. Some pepper.

Taste: Balanced well for a pale ale. Slightly fruity taste. Rich malt creaminess and the hop sharpness combine for a very pleasant experience. I am not sure if it is really considered “to style” for a pale ale, but it is rather tasty.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, not as crisp as I would expect for a pale ale. A little creamy, maybe slightly oily too.

Drinkability: Drinkable and tasty. I would look for this again.

DGryger, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep amber in color with copper hues. Micro bubble head pors two fingers thick. Decent retention. Nice thin and sticky lacing.

S: Citus. Floral hops. Caramel malts. Fresh Bread.

T: Soft citus or grapefruit taste up front and raw hops that tickle the tongue. Rich caramel malts come in to play and give a good balancing effect. Fruity flavors are taken over by biscut or fresh baked bread finish.

M: Crisp and clean. Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: I was a bit disappointed with this offering from Stone. I think their reputation for going hop crazy played into my review of this brew. A well balanced APA and I did enjoy it for what it is worth.

Tyrawlings, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of SixpointJMH
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice looking crisp copper colour wit ha medium to large head that's frothy and much sticker than expected.

The aroma is sweet and surprisingly maltier than it is hoppy, but simple all around. Caramel blends well with a bit of floral and some citrus from the hops. It's a tad weak overall but still very nice.

The flavour kind of flip flops the aroma a bit, and is bigger too, but never overpowering. Hops shine through a bit more here, but never push IPA territory. Floral and citrus notes again, although the former is much more noticeable. The malt balances everything nicely with the caramel. There's also a biscuit/bread thing going on here that cuts through everything nicely and adds more balance whilst providing good flavour at the same time. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a bit of creaminess here and there.

I had this out out in Vegas a while back and, while I enjoyed it, I was a bit underwhelmed. A second sampling did the trick. It's got flavour, it's got balance, and its easy drinking. This is decidedly un-Stone like but that's not a bad thing, yet at the same time this is exactly what I would expect from them in a stab at a simple quaffable pale ale.

SixpointJMH, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of WesWes
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid malt scent that is complimented with an equally good hop aroma. It's slightly bitter smelling with some citrus notes. The taste is great! It has a wonderful mix of malts and hops that goes down smooth and finishes bitter with some hop residue. It has enough malts to balance the hops, but they really shine through all the way to finish; very nice. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good American pale ale. It's got it all; a fine drinking beer.

WesWes, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of Damian
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA

Poured a hazy, reddish-amber with a one-finger, off white, foamy head that faded to a thick ring of lace.

The aroma was rather mild. Smooth, buttery German malts and some fruitiness were initially detectable, along with a slight metallic tinge. (Very lager-ish, in some regards.) As the beer warmed, the fruitiness became more apparent.

The taste was subtle yet well balanced. A touch of malty creaminess was noticeable up front before the beer turned slightly bitter mid-palate. Some fruity notes became noticeable as the beer warmed. A citrusy, slight hop bite was apparent on the back end. The finish was somewhat hoppy and bitter with a smooth, buttery, malty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, fairly smooth and creamy.

Overall, this was definitely the least exciting Stone offering I have had to date, yet it was one of the most sessionable.

Damian, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A beautiful deep amber w/ slowly rising bubbles and a massive white 3 finger head that is cloud fluffy and lace giving.

S - Odors of apricots, walnuts, pears and blood oranges as well as subtle nutmeg and herbal scents arrive at the nostrills.

M - An extremely pleasant balance of bitter and creamy smoothness meld into a swirly pinwheel of floating layers. I found myself swishing my tonque to and fro inside my mouth like a hooked muskie trying to glean more while allowing it to saturate.

T - Awesome toasted and nutty nuances lavish the fruited ale highlites in caontast. Spices and tingling crisp citrus hops present a stunning sideshow while not distracting a bit.

D - A wonderfully smooth, yet vibrant american pale that says multitudes in small phrases. Clean and well built, yet dynamic and tongue enlightening.

Slatetank, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was a 12 oz bottle into pint glass

the appearance was a nice amber color that had a white head that falls to a thin veil towards the end
the smell is of hops and smells a little sweet i think not sure,
the taste is great its much more subtle than other stone beers, and probably so that this beer is more approachable and makes more money than the bigger beers, which allows them to make the bigger beers. anyway this one is a good solid beer that is very easy to drink and enjoy. its a must try as a session beer.

Redwood21, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazingley my first try of Sone's pale,poured a clear rich copper with a clingy 1 1/2 finger white head in to a standard pint glass.Leafy hop aromas hit up front with a touch of dry malt,good complexities on the palate very well balanced leafy "green" hop intertwined with a lightly sweet malt base with the hops barely taking the lead just highly drinkable for a "standard"pale ale.Very nice hop profile wich was to be expected from Stone but very drinkable and social,well done.

oberon, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of Minkybut
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pored this beer from the bottle to a tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer had a red color that was very pretty and a tan fat head. This beer was very clean smelling slightly hoppy. A great lager it had more of a hop taste but not overpowering like a hop bomb beer. Much like a Sam Adams but btter I thought. great lacing and good head retention. I will buy again.

Minkybut, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of willjschmidt
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle has "enjoy by 6/15/07" marked on it.

A: Medium-amber color, a bit darker than you typically see in a pale ale. I nice head forms but recedes quickly.

S: More hops and malt aroma than is typical in a pale ale.

T: Lots of sweet malt along with some caramel and nutty flavors make for a smooth start to the sip. Then quite a bit more bitter hops than is typical for this style. Definitely in a good way though. Very flavorful and very well balanced.

M: Medium-bodied and goes down smooth.

D: This is not the most drinkable of pale ale's since true to Stone's style, they made it a bit more robust and more hopped than the average brew in this style. I liked it a lot but it might be a little much for someone looking for an easy-drinking pale ale. This is one of the better pale ale's I've had. Another great brew from Stone.

willjschmidt, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very hazy burnt amber orange with a big white frothy head that slowly faded and left behind a multitude of lacey goodness in its wake. Smell is very malty. Slight hint of a citrus hoppiness in the back but main flavors were grain and musty malty bread. Taste followed a similar route, crisp clean, and the finish was very light and orange tinged in flavor. Overall this was a very quality brew and a fine pale ale. My least favorite from stone thus far, but a quality brew fronmm anyone. Could see myself throing down this on a hot summer day, very nice indeed.

mikesgroove, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of gpcollen1
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an attractive amber with a hint of orange in the color. Head stands up to an inch or so and backs down gradually. Aromas are of mild hops but hints more to the malty side of this pale one.

Taste is crisp on the tongue, carbonation starts a bit of malty sweetness streaking up the tongue. Quickly turns to a mild dry hoppiness that dries out a bit more and finishes a bit more bitter. Very mild hint of citrus on the end here and there. Definitely leaves you wanting another sip.

Well I have to say that Stone sure did make a sessionable brew here. A very nice APA. I will drink some locals more often for less but this one is quite good.

gpcollen1, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I have to say that like many other BA's on here, I'm glad to see Stone's offerings being sold in my neck of the woods now. I never had their pale ale before, and I was excited to try this. Even though it's not as full or robust as other pale ale's that I've had before, this is very enjoyable and worth the chance to taste and review on here!

This had a good pour to it - a nice orange-brown glow hue could be seen here and the head was moderate, to boot. There hasn't been any lacing on my glass, but the solid taste and clean finish more than make up for it. It's not floral and buttery like SNPA, nor overwhelming like Three Floyd's or Boulder. Instead, this has a very solid, biscutly backbone to it, a smooth hop bitterness kick in the back, and a slightly metallic taste to it, to top it off. It's simplistic in it's taste and texture, but solid at the same time.

I don't care that the ABV is 5.40% - this would make a great session beer and a good introduction for someone new to this style. The bitterness fades away slowly after each sip, but it's a decrescendo and not an indication of weakness on the crafting of this beer. It may not pack the wallop that other American Pale Ale's do, but this is Stone, and it's extremely enjoyable, nevertheless. This was worth the effort to expand east for!

JerzDevl2000, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a one-finger head that descends to a creamy, thin cover. Some broken rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of light citrus, lemony. Some vague sweet malt in background.

The taste is lemony, citric with a fair amount balancing sweet malt, though it remains more hoppy than malty. Some bready, turning leafy and grainy, notes come through. Rather watery, though the taste does come through okay. Hop flavor hangs on despite watery thinness.

It's a decent "session" ale, though I expected something more of a body to it. Doesn't stand out among APA's for me.

jwc215, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of arguemaniac
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


arguemaniac, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tempest, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of cbl2
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

cbl2, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of kpantz
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

kpantz, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of jamie2dope
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jamie2dope, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of riversider76
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!!

riversider76, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of EStreet20
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

EStreet20, Apr 03, 2007
Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,475 ratings.