1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Stone Pale AleStone Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

2,543 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,543
Reviews: 963
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 77
Gots: 169 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Stone Pale Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,543 | Reviews: 963 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ericj551
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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

12 0z. bottle > 16 0z. SA glass

It's not exactly a "pale" color but it is a beautiful orange tinged deep amber with big carbonation to support a frothy, foamy, two-finger deep off-white head that appears sticky and clumpy later on.

The aroma is a hearty wheat-grain malt with solid complexity of hop aroma's, mostly very deep herbal, earthiness with a slight zest of peppercorn and mild citrus fruits. There is a subtle vanilla-like sweetness at the very end.

The flavor is very bold and hearty with an abundance of flavors you don't normally find in a breweries heavy-rotation Pale ale's...The big herbalized hop impresses me with good complexity of peppery spices and a subtle current of citric fruits and mild sweetness. This is a very nice, non-bitter hop flavor that deserves some serious pondering. The malt plays a very small role but adds some sweetness and balance very nicely.

Medium bodied, Very crisp and clean....very clean! and with that smoothness right at the end to take the edge off.

This is amoung the finer american Pale ale's your going to find, I rank it right up there with the high-bar standard Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, cool Sam Adams glass. 60 degrees because I like them that way.

Beautiful copper color, clear as can be. Off white head lasts a while and lacing is pretty good. Overall a great presentation!

A nice earthy hop aroma, like a stroll through a pine forest after a light rain. Nothing overwhelming in the hop nose, just pleasant and a bit of maly sweetness for balance. Really balanced well while not being overpowering in the least.

Tastes of those earthy hops, and caramel malt. A bit of alcohol mixes well with the bitter hop finish that does it's best to linger but fades quickly nonetheless.

Medium body, not too carbonated, a real slick mouthfeel. This is a tasty APA on the low end of hop craziness, which I appreciate. It would be my daily drinker if I could buy it in my lame State.

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

Appearance: Amber in color with a slightly off white head. Head was fairly thick and lasted most of the beer.

Smell: A Nicely balanced aroma of malt and hops, a slightly dry smell with hints floral.

Taste: A slightly dry taste with a medium amount of malt. A nice amount of hops keeps this beer very balanced. Nice bitterness for the after taste.

Mouthfeel: Good amount of body and thickness, CO2 was perfect.

Another great beer from Stone, this is a beer that I could drink all the time. Especially when I don't want a very strong beer, would buy again.

Photo of TheBeerWolf
2.83/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As you can see from my ratings this is a pretty average brew. Doesn't make you want run for cover but does not wow ya either. One of my least favorite from Stone by far. Anyway here goes.

A - Pours a reddish copper with a fizzy type head that disappears real quick.

S - Catty kind of grassy hop aroma, very slight malt aroma.

T - Nothing really dominates the flavor at all. I guess you could say its balanced in a way, but to me its dull. A small trace of the catty hops, a very small trace of malt. Some apple kind of aftertaste also.

M - The mouthfeel is medium, not watery not heavy. Carbonation is lively just a tad on the fizzy side.

D - Due to above factors I could imagine downing the sixer in a sitting. But after 1 or 2 I myself would go after something more interesting.

Other APAs I have drunk had a more defining hop character. This one does not. Its kind of weird for a company that just packs the hops in a lot of thier beers their APA is kind of a dull affair. If you want something really unoffensive this might fit the bill. Otherwise if you like a hoppy american APA with some character look somewhere else I would say.

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

This beer pours a copper hue with a medium head that dissipates over time.

The smell has floral notes of hops and a bit of malt. Also detected are some apple aromas as well. The taste has a full malt body and a pleasantly high amount of hop flavor. The hop bittterness is medium/high, yet is balanced very well and not overpowering. The aftertaste continues the hop/malt flavor with a slight malt finish.

For those who enjoy a hoppy ale, this is very delightful. I could drink a fair amount of these, although the hoppiness may prove too much for some. The balance and flavor give it good marks in my opinion. Definately recommended.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this up in Ft. Collins...I can't find Stone products anywhere in central Illinois. If anyone knows that closest place to go to pick up some Stone please beermail me.

A - Hazy apricot hued brew with a prodigious three finger head that looks like homemade old-fashioned ice cream. Loads of lace are left on the glass, and the head gets rocky and chunky after a minute or two. Head retention is outstanding.

S - Fresh fruit is the predominate aroma. "Red-delicious" apples, apricot, and a very mild touch of grapefruit. Solid and well malted....I smell some cinnamon actually. Not very assertive, but it's an extremely well balanced nose.

T - Way hoppier than it smells, this is loaded with fresh apple, apricot, grapefruit, and massive mandarin orange flavors! This is honestly one of the most fruity pale ales that I've had, and it's malt backbone is pretty solid too with some flavors that remind me of those Ritz crackers or the crackers you get in a little plastic wrapper with your salad.

M - Medium approaching full bodied with a full, but mellow fine carbonation. Really smooth and creamy, and it leaves an oily waxy residue on my teeth. The finish is hoppy, but not really dry, and the aftertaste goes on for days.

D - This pretty much defines balance for a pale ale. It's beautiful in the glass, but nothing about the flavors or aromas is extremely unique. Highly quaffable and well-made.

Photo of dhilltop2000
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange-copper color and is crowed by a short lasting tan head. Hints of caramel, molasses and a candy-like aroma are matched nicely with a touch of citrus and hops. Taste is mild for a Stone product. Still, plenty to keep the mouth entertained with the tameness to make it a good session beer.

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

Pours a deep dark amber with bright orange highlights. Forms a 1 1/2 finger head that fades quickly but leaves great looking, thick lacing.

Mostly a floral hop aroma with some pale bready malts in the background, and just a hint of yeast lingering as well. After swirling my glass, some citrus notes come through, mostly orange peel and grapefruit, as well as some earthy, grassy notes.

Great balance of floral hops and malts up front, leading to a toffee malt taste in the middle. More of the citrus flavors come through at the end before a moderately bitter finish.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation to ensure a smooth sip every time.

Although there are some APAs that I prefer, this is definitely a solid brew that I am psyched is finally in NH! This will surely be a staple in the beer fridge.

Photo of jockstrappy
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent copper color with a soft white head. Aroma consists of orange peel and sweet malt. Taste begins with a sweet, biscuity malt undertone, that soon makes room for a bitter citrus hop flavor that lingers in the mouth for some time. Mouthfeel is very light and slippery. Light carbonation and medium body make this beer quite sessionable in my book. APA's are my favorite style, and this is easily in the top 2 or 3 for me. Nice brew here!

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

A - cloudy, amber color with a small white head that went away after a while, leaving no lace.

S - upfront hop aroma, but sweet smell of malt is also there.

T - very well balanced pale ale, very good taste.

M - medium bodied, crisp carbonation.

D - extremely easy drinking, very enjoyable brew.

Final Note: after having had most of what Stone has to offer, I finally tried this delicious beer... what took me so long?

Photo of david131
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- The beer is slightly cloudy and orange and coppery. There is not much of a head to speak of, just some splotchy top.

S- Pine, caramel malt, a little grassy. A little bit of citrus. Very well done. Not all that aromatic.

T- A very flavorful pale ale without being overwhelming. I am actually a little surprised at how balanced and sessionable this is for being from Stone. There is a great malt backing to compliment the hops.

M- Just enough meat on the bones to be satisfying but not overwhelming. Crisp and satisfying.

D- A great sessionable pale ale. Very tasty but not overwhelming and the alcohol content is well restrained. Try it.

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

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear amber color with a nice off-white head that sticks around for a while, leaving nice lacing in it's wake.

Smell - maltiness balanced out with some floral, slightly citrusy hops.

Taste - Very balanced and smooth. Hoppy throughout but nothing overpowering, sweet, slightly biscuity malts rounding out the palette. Finishes a little dry with a nice hoppy and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Velvety mouthfeel, good carbonation, light body without being too light.

Drinkability - Extremely drinkable. One of the better APAs I have had the pleasure of having. Yum Yum.

Photo of wedge
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A good inch-an-a-half of thick, persistent foam covers a reddish-copper liquid. Soft aroma of caramel malts balanced with flowery citrus hops...surprisingly not all that hoppy. The first sip is very smooth and medium-heavy. Malt-forward but quickly balanced by a dry hoppy bitterness. Again, the hops are more subdued than anticipated, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Stone refers to it as a "southern California interpretation of the classic British pale ale style"...now the beer makes more sense. The hops, although American, are mostly earthy, leafy, and floral and the nutty malt base keeps everything in balance. The mouthfeel is almost cask-like which suits the intended style just fine. I like how Stone didn't try to go way over the top on this one. It's all about balance here.

Photo of kelticblood
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good appearance with a long lasting head that is very thick with an off-white color. The color is a cloudy dark gold. Medium amounts of lacing are seen with each sip. Nice amount of bitterness that is balanced along with the malt. The aroma is a bit weak, but does have a fresh hoppy smell along with a touch of malt. The mouthfeel is great with perfect balance of hops, bitterness, and sweet malt. Carbonation is good, but could be stronger. Nice citrus note on the finish. Overall very good and worth a second try. It is very drinkable, but very expensive. Another gem from Stone!

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

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Cloudy, light oak/caramel in color. Creamy, firm slightly off-white head with a good stability. Thin rings of lacing with good strength.

Clean, floral hops with faint hints of citrus. Lightly phenolic must. Clean and fragrant bready malt aroma.

Light, floral hops up-front with a lemon, green apple touch. There's a very thin layer of lingering yeast with the lasting hop character. Clean, toasted maltiness; bread-like, which lasts into the aftertaste.

A light, medium in body; clean and smooth which really allows this Pale's balance of flavors to show.

Mellow yet flavorful; a real easy to drink Pale, whose focus is more on balance than on hop intensity.

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

12oz bottle into nonic.

Deep honey amber with a bit of a red tint. A thick light tan frothy head slowly settles to a thick pollowy cap. Rings of patchy lacing.

Strong citrusy hops with a little bit of diacetyl and caramel, with a bit of standard grain mixed in.

Starts off with a thick caramel taste then slowy transitions to a crisp bitterness that lingers for a bit. A biscuity base from the malt sets everything up. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The caramel lingers a while; it even goes past the bitter flavor.

This is an exceptional beer from Stone. Everything is well balanced while being complex. Recommended.

Photo of Brad007
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with a small head (probably due to my pour). Aroma is floral and hoppy right off the bat, reminiscent of Cascades. Taste starts off strong and hoppy but towards the back of the throat, a nice, dry toastiness takes over from there. A second sip merely confirms the exact same thing. A really nice and biscuity aftertaste with just the right amount of hops and malt.

A good first beer for anyone who's never had Stone beers. Very drinkable and I love the dryness of the aftertaste as well.

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

This poured a nice dark amber with lots of head, tons of lacing. Smell was very malty, some hops, likely the maltiest beer I've had from Stone so far. This stuff tastes pretty good, really nice balance between hop bitterness and sweet grainy malts. Pretty smooth and refreshing. Of all the Stone brews this one is likely the easiest one to drink, could make for a good gateway beer. I'd recommend this one for sure.

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

Surprise, surprise, a non "big tasting" beer from Stone.

As you may imagine, poured a pale, orange-ish yellow. Some grass/grapefruit hop taste layered against a stronger-than-most-pale-ales background. Extremely pleasant carbonation, nice head, very, very drinkable.

Not my favorite stone brew, but good.

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

12oz bottle

Pours a clear, copper color with a small white head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is caramel malty with a nice compliment of citrusy hops. Smells very fresh and quite evenly balanced.

Caramel malt taste upfront with a very complimentary citrusy hop flavor. A medium bitterness hits midway through which adds great balance to the malt. Very fresh taste.

Medium-light body, well carbonated.

Well now, this is a damn fine APA. From a brewery that typically tests the limits of brewing, this beer exhibits great balance in every aspect. Super easy to drink, an ideal session brew.

Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper hazy copper hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront whiff of oily hop that was quickly overtaken by a solid caramel aroma.

The taste was very well balanced and consisted of a husky sweet caramel malt with a drying and slightly spicy citrus hop. Soft doughy finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the thin side with a dry finish.

Overall a tasty and well balanced APA.

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

Here in VA we just got this in not so long ago and it was a pleasant surprise, I'm not sure why it took so long to get the flagship beer of Stone here when we already had pretty much the whole line but I was stoked to try it.

The beer poured with a nice head that left some attractive lacing. Hops and malts were both present in the aroma and carried over in the same suit to the taste. This is how I like my APA's, a perfect blend of malts and hops, malts giving some complexity to the brew and the hops shining through with bitterness and that lovely hop taste.

Crisp mouthfeel and light enough in body and abv to have a good session.

Overall I wouldn't hesitate to grab a six of this when the mood strikes, however with the Stone IPA and Ruination sitting right beside it, I probably wouldn't. But this is still one of the very best APA's I've had to date.

Photo of oakbluff
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle courtesy of Viggo. Pours a caramel orange with an offwhite head. Faint hiff of hops in the nose. Taste- caramel malts and cascade hops- grassy and citrus. Very nicely balanced and quite tasty. Not overly hoppy, esp. for Stone. Reminds me somewhat of Alpha King with the doughy malts. Drinkability is very good. One of the better pale ale's I've had.

Photo of Floydster
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Naja's place

Huge head on this one and unfortunately was served pretty warm in a non-chilled pint glass

Tasted pretty much the same as usual just with a different hop bite

Saphir is not my favorite additive any way, but it was still a pretty good beer

$6.50 was pretty steep for this one, but they said this was their first time casking this and probably their last, so I gave it a try

Go down and check it for yourslef if you get the chance

Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,543 ratings.