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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

2,582 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,582
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 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.

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
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
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
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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?

Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,582 ratings.