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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Pale AleStone Pale Ale

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very good

2,590 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,590
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 83
Gots: 209 | FT: 3
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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Ratings: 2,590 | Reviews: 974
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.

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.

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Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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