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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,581 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,581
Reviews: 969
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 82
Gots: 197 | 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 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.

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

The Stone Pale Ale poured an amber color with a thin foam head and some occasional lacing. The aromas was a malty caramel which was mmm good. The taste was balanced between the piney hoppiness and the malt finish. In the mouth there was a good bitterness that stayed on the tongue for a good while. Overall a solid pale ale.

Photo of jkdrummer
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice medium head that quicks disappeared -- little lace.

Red in color, more like an Irish Red beer.

Weak carb, sweet with some citrus character. Weak hop flavor. Caramel is present. Thin in body too. Not really impressed with this one. Can't recommend it. Just an average session ale.

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

After pouring a pint of this one, there was an average, off-white, frothy head that lasted.

Color was a light amber.

Aroma: Average malts present. Some caramel and straw. Light hops with a hint of grass. Very light yeast with some wood in there too.

It had a medium body, creamy texture, some carbonation with a metallic finish.

Flavor duration was short, so no bad aftertaste. Moderately sweet and slightly bitter.

Pretty good for Stone, not one of their best though.

Photo of asabreed
2.64/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange yellow from the yeast that actually went into the pour, as there's still a bit on the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Mild hop aromas without much malt at all. And some alcohol. What's going on here?

Taste: All bitterness without much balance. Mild malt flavors come in with the finish.

Mouthfeel: Watery and slick with throughout with a weird sudden burst of carbonation at the end. Weird.

Drinkability: I'm not sure if I got an old bottle or what (because it was a single bottle purchase in a mixed 6-pack in a store), but this just isn't good. It doesn't taste bad necessarily, but just very bland, boring, and oddly balanced. I won't be trying this again unless someone else buys it, because I don't want to make the same mistake twice if it's not just the bottle. A disappointment from Stone overall.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

345 reviews as of this tasting. I will say that APAs are not a style I buy often and this was a gift from a friend at a party last week. I expected a hoppier than anything beer based on other Stone offerings but to my surprise this was a wonderfully balanced, nice modest hopped beautiful looking beer.

Photo of JDV
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murky deep amber color with medium offwhite semi-lasting head. Smell is fairly mild, lightly hopped, and more heavily scented from the caramel sweetness than anything. Definitely a sweeter pale with light, almost blandish hop notes, and a slight burnt caramel bittersweetness. Somewhat rich for a pale, and reminded me much more of an ESB than any pale I've had before. Could have again, but I wouldn't go out of the way for it. Decent beer.

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

Malty, toasty, caramel/butterscotch aroma with some piney hop character. Clear amber with mostly lasting off-white head. Minimal lacing. Malty, fruity, spicy hop flavor with some diacetyl/butterscotch and caramel notes and a mellow bitterness. Effervescent palate, semi-creamy mothfeel with a nicely lingering finish and aftertaste.

Photo of JackWeizen
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pale ale poured a light copper hue, with just the slightest trace of haze and a very thin head that is gone after one sip. Smells of hop resin, and pale malt. Taste is awesome. Balanced, crisp, simple. This is the kind of beer I want to drink with lunch, or with dinner in front of the TV. Session beer with good flavor. I don't feel the need to look for complex flavors, although they might be there. Carbonation is right on. Really a shame about the lack of head.

Photo of SpencerT
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy caramel body sits under an off-white thin head.
Typical Pale Ale scents of the malts is paired with a citrus aroma.
The flavor is sweet with a good balance of hops. The bite at the end is a nice touch. The clean finish makes for good mouth-feel.
Smooth and easy drinking, this is a good intro into the Pale Ale style.

Photo of berserker256
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice copper-colored beer with a moderate white head. Pleasing malty aroma with a sweet sort of quality to go along with the hopped scent. Very good taste. Nice balance of hops and sweet malt. I detect a slight fruity presence. The beer is very well balanced. A lot of times with pale ales or IPAs there's one overpowering flavor... usually pine tree or hops, but this beer has an excellence proportion of flavors. Very good.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Nice looking- amber/red color, slightly cloudy. Nice head - cream colored, long lasting. Good aroma- seems to startr out with some piney hops, then smooth out with malt. Nice balanced beer, tastewise also. Decent hop bite, but also very smooth. What a nice lingering flavor. This definitely may be the perfect session beer. Once again not let down by stone at all!

Photo of atrus138
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish amber color, with tinges of orange when held up to light. Off white head that is in it for the long haul. Decent lacing. Smell is predominately hops, mostly piney and citrusy. However, there is a nice bready backbone that offers some balance. Taste is very well balanced. There is a noticeable bitterness present in the hops, though the malts offer a flavor akin to sweet bread. They work together very well here. Mouthfeel is pleasant. Light to medium body. Very smooth and oily to boot. This is the perfect session beer.

It amazes me that even Stone's standard fare is so good. They deserve the reputation they've garnered for themselves.

Photo of tayner
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle.

Poured a medium amber color with a nice white bubble head that settled to a ring. not much lacing is noticed, however.

Smell isnt as strong as i expected, perhaps because i had the double bastard yesterday, but it was of hops and sweet malts.

Taste was better than i anticipated. sweet malt flavor that is balanced nicely by a citrus, earthy hop profile. I was pleasantly surprised not to be hit with a flowery hop flavor from the smell.

Plent of carbonation, but not overdone. the hops dry the palate and make you come back for more.

this one is easy to drink, and at 5.4% it is relatively sessionable. I could drink a couple bombers in a night if i wasnt driving.

Photo of zerofear13
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another winner from Stone! Darker gold color, nice frothy head. Smells of malts and hops, but with a stinging alcohol undertone. Tastes heavenly. The malts and hops are well balanced, and unlike other "pale ales," this one seems to focus more on the malts/hops rather than additional flavors. There are some dark fruits and herbal hints, but not overpowering. Lastly, there is a relatively strong and warming alcohol taste. Overall, I can't say enough good things about Stone. Just another great beer from them.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"enjoy by 12 10 07"
and that's why you should always check before you buy, not while you review.

a: A slightly cloudy orange/copper body, white head, good lacing.

s: Toasted caramel malt, floral hops with some citrus too.

t: Toffee toasted malt forms the base with floral hops providing balance in the finish. Notes of citrus and black pepper lie in the middle.

m: Great mouthfeel, the body and carbonation are just right.
Very crisp and refreshing.

d: A fine APA. Great drinkability, good balance. Not as unique as some of stone's other brews, but very solid. Wish I had more than one.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of the best APAs I've had. Interesting, cloudy orange/tan in the glass, with some head retention, but a nice lacing the whole glass through. Taste was a fascinating balance of floral/fruity hops, deep malt, and a touch of sweetness that made it extremely drinkable. One could easily blow through a bunch of these in a session and enjoy every swallow. Fantastic.

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

12oz bottle poured into SA glass.

A: hazy copper with a one + finger off-white head and medium carbonation. nice lacing down the glass.

S: floral, caramel and fruity

T: malt up front and finishes with some mild hop bitterness. light fruity/citrus taste

M: medium bodied that leaves some slickness in the mouth

D Great beer. I could drink a few of these. Pizza is almost here, maybe I will.

Photo of claytri
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a slightly cloudy gold with tints of amber, it developed a small white head. The aroma has some sweetness over a hop base. The taste is suprisingly malty with a nice hop bitterness that quickly steps up and gives a nice dry finish. The feel is light and dry. A very drinkable APA, and one I will be sampling again.

Photo of PhageLab
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Hazy red coloration, produced a two tip layer of froth. Lacing and retention were spot on. Impressive presentation from Stone as always.

S - Sweet citrus notes make the nose, while a nice breath of hops finishes the aroma. Should be a candle for this one.

T - Mostly pine hop profile with a malty backing. Smooth citrusy finish. A little one sided, I just didn't find much complexity in this one.

M - Light to medium body, on the creamy side, leaves oily traces.

D - Pretty decent, but I gave a low score here because the entire time I said to myself, "why drink this when I could have an IPA?" perhaps it's just me though. A decent beer, and worth a try, but for practically the same price you could get their IPA which has tons of flavor. Could be perfect as a gateway beer for their bigger brews though.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty nice color...amber and golden brown. nice head, even from a bottle. The taste was "yeasty" however. Maybe it was the bottle I had...but based on other reviews I think this beer has some more potential. I would like to try it again...

Photo of Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard pint. Pour was copper in color with a 1/2 inch fluffy white head that dissipated into a 1/4 inch froth within 30 seconds, settling into a thin consistent skim. Consistent lacing throughout the tasting. Scent of hops with floral undertones. As soon as it touched my tongue, experienced a slightly acidic bite, not at all unpleasant, followed by more hops (but not overwhelming), slightly bready undertones and a clean tart/slightly acidic finish. Nice mouthfeel - good balance as well as decent amount of carbonation. Very sessionable pale ale.

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep reddish amber color with an inch of medium bubbled foam that dissipates to a layer and leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma is biscuit and bready suggesting a sweet malty flavor. Taste is not as sweet as I suspected from the biscuit aroma. Actually a nicely balanced flavor with a dry to bitter finish. Feels moderate in the mouth with refreshing carbonation.

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

A: Pours a deep amber color. 5 fingers of head from the 2 bottles poured into my Sam Adam's Octoberfest glass.

S: Sweet malt and hops. Has that earthy Stone smell as well which is nice.

T: Sweet for a pale. The malt is right up front and strong as it should be. The hops linger in the aftertaste. Very crisp.

M: Light to med body with good carb. Feels nice and fresh in my mouth.

D: Super drinkable. Not the best from Stone but very good.


Photo of maddogruss
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours an amber body with no significant head. Has a small lacing along the top of the beer with some lacing along the sides of the mug as I drained the beer, but that was about it.

S: A slightly malty smell. Nothing of great evidence to note.

T: Slightly malty taste, but, similar to the smell, nothing overpowering. I expected a little bit more of a malt flavor.

M: A little on the thin side, but pretty smooth and crisp.

D: A pretty drinkable beer. Easy going down and a decent taste. A more robust malt taste, or maybe even some hints of bittering hops, would have made this brew a much stronger pale ale.

Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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