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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

2,567 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,567
Reviews: 967
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 80
Gots: 184 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-23-2001

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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.

Photo of dsa7783
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried a couple of beers from Stone brewing company and this is probably one of my favorites. For a pale Ale pours slightly darker than I expected. With a ruby red burgundy color and a modest head. Smell was very light comparable to many of the style. Taste was crisp clear and clean with slight bready flavors and a lingering caramel and maulty finish. Distinct honey sweetness present with no bitter aftertones. Easy drinkability goes down smooth. Def recommended.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber with a very light tan head. Nose is of perfumed hops with the expected citrus head. Really a heavy perfume fragrance throughout. Flavor is consistently bitter in a smooth way. On the tail end a sweeter side appears. Feel has a decent carbonation, but overall feels a little bit thin; but still overall is extremely good. Great drink ability. Damn you, Stone.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A: Slightly hazy deep golden under a full white head. Good lace and retention.

S: Nice hoppy nose with a sweet malt background. Hops are mostly piney and earthy, nothing over the top, with some hints of citrus. Very nice nose for a pale ale.

T: Sweet and some bicuity maltiness up front followed by a nice citrus and bitter hops. Very smooth and very refreshing taste. Not a whole a lot going on except a very well balanced pale ale.

M/D: Carbonation is low but the body is on the light side of medium and very smooth and creamy, with some hints of hop oils. Drinkability is excellent as this one goes down smooth and isn't going to floor you too quickly.

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bomber into pint glass. Pours rusty-orange with nice thick head, good retention and lace, and some particles in suspension as well. Smell initally is of hops, not too strong, but some grains are present as well as a grassy aroma. Taste was a little bland for me. It seemed to be more malty, grassy, and grainy rather than any hops. Hops were there, but very subtle. Moderate carbonation and a thick mouthfeel, leaves behind a plesant aftertaste and oily feeling in the mouth. Overall my least favorite offering from Stone but still a good beer, I think that says a lot about that brewery.

Photo of Traquairlover
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Slightly hazy orange brown, small head, good lacing.

S = Tropical fruits, hops, strong scents.

T = Strong hops but well balanced by an equally strong sweet malt, lemons, oranges, long lasting bitter finish.

M = Carbonation is a little strong when swishing around my mouth, light to medium body, coats the tongue well.

D = A good beer. I'd be happy with this whether I wanted one good tart beer or several.

Photo of ppoitras
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12ozer bought as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into a Samuel Adam Boston Lager glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the cloudy reddish amber brew. Head lasts, and leaves hearty sticky lacing. Aroma is balanced, with toasty malt and lightly piney hops. Taste is the same biscuity malts sweetness upfront, and citrusy hops in the middle and on through the close. Not as balanced as the nose, more towards the hops here. Mouthfeel is not as smooth as I hoped, with overall drinkability being pretty good. Not my favorite Stone, but not a bad one either.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a killer pale ale.

It pours slightly hazy orange color with a fantastic eggshell froth that drapes the glass in lace. Citric hops and honeyish malts make up the nose. The taste is chock full of fragrant, pithy, grapefruity hops. A slight woody/herbal notion is also detectable. Perfect balance is acheived by a generous dose of cookie dough malts. Hop bitterness is restrained, ensuring this brew never strays into IPA range. The mouthfeel is light and generously, yet delicately carbonated. Floral hops and a bit of bitterness make up the finish.

One of the best Pale Ales Ive yet tried. Definitely worth a try, it rivals SNPA in deliciousness.

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

It pours a slightly hazy and carbonated golden amber. A full finger of pillowy off-white head settles to frothy islets. Dangles of lacing droop along the inside of the glass.

The aroma is basic and balanced, with caramel and biscuit malt, a mellow fruitiness, dry citrus, and a light air of resin.

Upon tasting, the malt is caramel and berry sweet. Next in an orderly march is a homey hop presence of lightly crisp grapefruit, lighter mandarin orange, and misty pine. Residual malt replays with a dab of biscuit and a glance of grain sweetness. The finish is smooth and clean with a crisp, dry character. It's fundamental, basic, and enjoyable.

A bit north of light bodied, the malt has a slight viscosity, and a clean glow wraps it up.

Stone usually comes up big, but they can come up capably smaller and still damned good. It's the kind of pale ale most pale ales want to be. Everything about it makes it eminently and pleasurably drinkable. I could get into some trouble with this one. Glass houses be damned, I'm throwing back a few more Stones, thank you very much.

Photo of Ricochet
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

S: Musty, grapefruity , a little malt. About average.

A: It's a standard pale ale with a sticky lace. Amber, slightly cloudy. Looks good.

M: Watery, not much to grip, washed really clean, little bitterness in the aftertaste with a malty finish

T: Grapefuity hops muted with a malty base then mostly water after. *shrug*

D: There's no doubt that it's a good APA , but compared with some of the others, this makes a better than average drinker, and not much else. For the $$$, there is better/cheaper out there.

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

Nice looking printed bottle. Makes me think I should have kept the other Stone bottles I've sampled.
Aroma is fresh hops of grassy quality, but also a solid malt background that kinda' sweet and biscuit/toast. Very nice.
Head is a little muted and settles to a flat cap very quickly. Orange amber and slightly cloudy.
Nice blending of malt and hops. Nice coating of bitterness and hops on tongue with a soft bitterness that hangs around for a bit, with a load of flavor. Fairly malt based for style. Hops flavor similar to aroma.
Smooth ale with slightly prickly bubbles
Nicely flavored and complex for style.
Thanks for the bottle John.

Photo of fitzy84
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Moan and Dove. This pale had a murky, amber-red appearance with a head that quickly laced. It had the typical citrus aromas expected in a pale ale. Once sipped, the taste of bitter-citrus remains the general flavor of the drink. A nice carbonation allows this to be refreshingly drank throughout the night. A great crisp pale ale from Stone.

Photo of HugoGrim
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish golden brown body with an off white head which dissipates into a lacy film dotted with clusters of bubbles.

Aromas of caramel, sweet grains, a touch of citrus, and a light accent of hops. A very rich delicious nose to this beer.

Flavor is much darker, fuller, richer, and hoppier than your everyday APA, but what else would you expect from Stone? Much more like a lightly hopped IPA really. Excellently balanced. Hops are spicy. Finish is dry and spicy with a touch of ginger.

Photo of Redrover
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I’ve just returned from a trip to San Diego and was able to resample this beer at numerous establishments. I must say it is better than I remembered. It pays to revisit beers!

Served in a standard pint, the beer is dark bronze with a beige head.

The aroma is of citrus, malts and caramel.

The taste is bracing with both pine and citrus notes. The beer is well balanced with malts adding a slightly sweet grainy taste. Hints of caramel

The mouth is sturdy and slightly oily. I like how this beer coats your mouth. Very easy drinking session beer here!

Photo of ericj551
4.62/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Pale Ale pours a nice golden copper with a creamy head that lingers as a thin off white layer leaving a nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is delicious, sweet caramel malts, clean with a nice toasted notes. There is a nice leafy hop aroma and an allusion to bitterness. The flavor is dry with a nice malt character. Hops are dominant but not overpowering. The nice light hop flavor leaves the beer crisp, with hints of toasted malts in the aftertaste. I really wish I could drink this everyday! I hope the rumors of Stone coming to Maine are true.

Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,567 ratings.