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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

2,485 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,485
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 74
Gots: 142 | 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)
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Photo of schusterbauer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

caramel and toffee coloring; head forms in an attractive rolling manner, and slightly laces the glass. smells of caramel, malt, hops, copper -- thin in the nose, and automated. tastes like you'd expect from the smell -- good, but there's nothing revealed in the taste, until the beer warms significantly and some herbal tea flavors come out. mouthfeel is respectably full; stickier than i prefer.

everything tastes natural and fresh, which is nice, but i can't help but feel like i'm drinking a calculation, not a beer. that said, it is a fine brew, and i'm sure a crowd pleaser. i've had a good number of these since stone came to michigan, and i'm sure it will find its way into my rotation now and then, especially in social situations.

schusterbauer, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of Enola
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Obtained as part of the Double Trouble Bif.

This is not my favorite Stone brew. The beer just seems too bland. Not bad, just average. The smell is creamy and the taste is hoppy bot and it has a slight adjunct taste. The mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability is good. This beer is not bad. It is, however, plain. Average for the style. Drinkable. No thumbs up or down. Medium.

Enola, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of beerphan
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle -> imperial pint
no date

Pours clear copper with a big fluffy head that settles to thin blanket. Lace is sparse sporadic gobs. Carbonation appears robust.

Nose: Citrus hops and caramel malt and some sweetness.

Taste: Light caramel malt meets a tamed bitterness. Very well balanced, the citrus hop bitterness lingers tamely.

Good mouth feel for an APA, crisp and medium.

Not the big flavors you may have come to expect from Stone, but a very well balanced APA. Very sessionable brew.

beerphan, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of brewcrew76
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a bright clear orange, light copper with two fingers of creamy off white head. Lacing clings to the side of the glass.

S - Caramel and soft citrus, flowery hops. Basic and somewhat faint but spot on for the style.

T - Sweet caramel malt and fresh baked biscuity bread followed by citrus and flowery hops. Dry with a nice hop presence but very well balanced.

M - Light to medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish.

D - Very drinkable. I feel I could drink this everyday and not get sick of it.

brewcrew76, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of AltBock
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A little 12 oz. bottle with the usual silk-screened Stone trade mark on the front. Their trade mark is that of their kneeling muscular horned gargoyle giving the drinker of this beer an evil creepy look. Sometimes the gargoyle has a pitcher of beer in his hand, but I guess he wasn't thirsty when his picture was taken. To the right is the California warning, Government warning, and then the barcode in the middle or the warnings. On the back is the definition of the word Gargoyle and the usual long Stone information paragraph about the beer and brewery. To me it's mostly just gibberish, but it's nice to see they didn't waste any space on the back of the bottle. There is a close up silk-screened picture of the kneeling muscular horned gargoyle on the neck of the bottle. I didn't see any day stamped onto the bottle, but it has to recent because this Stone beer just arrived into the state of Ohio.

Appearance: When poured into a simple mug that can be found anywhere, the beer was a deep copper orange with a head of foam that was pearl white in color and half an inch in height. It dissipated away only after 1 to 2 minutes. If left no white rings or even white spotty lace for that matter.

Smell: It had a light aroma of bitter herbal hops, a pinch of juicy fruits, and a splash of roasted caramel in the background. It took a lot of effort of swirling this beer around the glass to even get the slightest bit of smell to emerge.

Taste: For such a low alcohol Stone brew, I found this beer to very enjoyable. It's not suppose to knock me on my ass, it's just a well rounded low ABV% slightly bitter Pale Ale. In the in taste I got some bitter citrus hops followed by a few citrus fruits, and a miniature amount of roasted malts and sweet caramel. What was nice was that it wasn't overly hopped, it was just a well rounded Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel: It was very light, crisp, smooth, dry, and with a not too strong aftertaste of bitter cirrus hops. To me it was a mouthfeel that every Pale Ale should have.

Drinkability: I know it was a nice highly drinkable session beer, but for some reason I just didn't care about this beer. I don't know what it was, but it had to be something in this beer that made not care about this certain Stone brew. I don't see myself anytime in the future buying this beer again.

AltBock, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clean copper amber color with a lot of bubble activity. Head is full and creamy, a full finger of light tan bubbles.

S: Soap, pine cone, caramel with minor grapefruit.

T: Caramel is the first identifiable characteristic...and really the primary through the entire beer. Very doughy with strong bready tastes. Some red apple adds some fruitiness but it really plays second fiddle. Heck, the hops are barely even present until towards the end where some citrus and a pinch of pine needles can be found. Finishes grainy with more bread thoughts.

M: Medium body with a thin and somewhat hard mouthfeel.

D: So unlike other Stone beers, but there's nothing wrong with that. This beer is easy to drink but does get slightly cloying after a while.

Westsidethreat, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of hustlemuscle
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sturdy, well-balanced pale, perhaps even tilting toward the malty side of the equation. Looks good on the pour, with a big puffy head over a hazy apricot body. Hops provide tartness, but are overpowered by the bready malts to the extant that one cannot identify which buds were used. Smooth, full bodied, and eminentaly repeatable.

hustlemuscle, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from Phocion, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange color with a thin but foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, citrus, tea and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is very well-balanced. The same elements that are in the smell, hops, citrus, caramelized malt & tea, are intricately woven together to create a robust and flavorful beer, which doesn’t seem to be done very often in this style, but it’s done here as only Stone can. The after-taste is a mild mixture of hops and sweetness.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling, this is an excellent beer to just keep knocking back continuously. Stone proves again how well they can brew. They can take even an ordinary style and make an extra-ordinary beer in it.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of MDekker
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical 12oz bottle, no freshness dates. Cool gargoyle, as usual. It poured out into a copper, translucent brew with a fat finger of off-white head that settled, leaving nice lacing. A little foam retained throughout. The aroma was dry, with little bits of banana, flowers, citrus, something herbal or so. Nothing stands out. The taste is well-balanced, with the same flavors as aromas, with some additional bready taste and a bittery finish. Good texture and consistency in the mouth. Pretty easy to put down. Nothing extraordinary here, but a solid, solid brew. I'll gladly grab more of this again.

MDekker, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of Cresant
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pooured this undated 12 oz. brown bottle into a Stone IPA glass. Achieved three fingers of fresh-pine-lumber colored head. Golden amber colored clear body supported a ring of foam after the head receeded.

Smell was very floral and spicy. Roses. Slight earthiness. Biscuits. Very aromatic.

Taste was fruity and bright. Well balanced hops bitterness and light caramel sweetness. Well constructed and rather subtle for a Stone product.

Mouthfeel was zesty, crunchy. Medium texture. Nice.

Cresant, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of montageman
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's funny how as a beer is poured you can tell it's going to be good. We just started getting Stone in Michigan and from what I've tried so far, the hype is all true. This pale ale is what I would term an all around good beer. Perfect for session drinking, a hot summer day or a cold winter night or anytime really. Poured into a pint glass - rich amber in color with a nice amount of head that slows fades into some decent lacing. Smells sweet and crisp - very inviting. Tastes sweet and malty up front with a refreshing dry finish. Mouthfeel is great for this brew - not too thin, some carbonation is welcomed here. I could see myself drinking this a whole lot in the future. This will become a staple at my household. Highly recommended.

montageman, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of zuggy9
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this pale ale. It pours a nice copper-amber with a thick off-white head and excellent retention, yielding some nice lacing. The smell is light, but with a good mix of malts, fruit and hops. The taste is quite full, with complex grains and caramel sweetness, along with the classic Stone citrus notes. It has a good body and light carbonation, finishing dry, but not overly bitter. These won't last if you share then, so stock up on them!

zuggy9, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of budsboy
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange-amber with a thin white head. What's there sticks.

Hoppy aroma, pine and citrus, mixed with sweet carmel malt and toffee.

Carmel malt sweetness followed by a quick bit of orange citrus tang and finishing with a strong tangy bitterness.

Medium-light bodied with lively carbonation.

A fairly quiet beer, easy to drink and low enough alcohol to do just that. It retains that Stone goodness, though.

budsboy, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of Applesauce1
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this at The Party Source in Bellevue, KY.

Appearance: copper-amber color with a 1" white head
Smell: unique for a pale ale; very balanced: some hops
Taste: unique for a pale ale; some hops, but not as much as most pale ales; some malt sweetness; some lemon flavor, a little bit of pine flavor/smell
Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied
Drinability: good

This is a unique beer, and while I was expecting more from Stone, I'll give it another try in a month or so.

Applesauce1, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of radshoesbro
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours rusty amber with marginal head and good lace. floral, oily hops, almost a slight hint of honey suckle it's so sweet smelling. there is a nice hop finish to it, but just like every pale ale it really leaves me wanting a bit more punch to it. this is definately the lightest bodied beer i've had from stone thus far. this would work great for a warm summer night on a porch in rhode island. it also did well a few days after christmas in a barracks in san diego!

radshoesbro, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of quasimoto
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice copper color/ deep amber. big fluffy head that leaves lots of lace.

S - Strong papery smell of the worst hops in the world...AMARILLO!!! I hate these hops. There is a slight background of malt, but light and balanced.

T - those damn Amarillo hops kill it. Although it does get better as it warms up. The malt breakes though

M - It starts out dry slight bitternes, and some slight carbonation. Wets the mouth nicely and then returns to dry city. The bitterness has a nice touch.

D - For the style it is spot on. Balanced and smooth. Its the flavor of those hops I cant get past. Horrible. But then that is my own personal taste.

quasimoto, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of Realale
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper red. Very fine cream head settles to a somewhat sticky complete cap leaving nice lace. Looks English.

Smells English too. Toffee malt leads the way, supported by some yeasty bready notes. The hops seem more American, but are somewhat subdued, particularly for Stone. Overall, it's a very nice, surprisingly traditional package.

Medium in the mouth. The malt stars again, and it's a bit too toffee-centric for me. Some hop flavor mixes it up, and a nice bitterness kicks in mid-palate. Finish is medium, with good bitterness and some minerally, almost sulphury notes.

Mouthfeel is fine, and drinkability is hampered only by too much caramel/toffee for me. Very nice beer in its style, it's certainly not what I was expecting. Best before was sometime in January, 2007, but the exact date is smeared on the last two bottles of my six pack.

Realale, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I shouldn't be surprised coming from stone how amazingly drinkable this beer is. It is not intense and impressive lie Ruination it is assertively but not aggressively hoppy.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful amber copper color with a creamy off-white head and decent retention. Significant lacing line the glass.

Smell: Malty fruity hoppy and gentle. It is a small but friendly nose.

Taste: The taste is bigger than the nose. It is *perfectly balance with an easy feel from start to finish. Lightly toasted grain and lightly caramel flavored. Malts and brown sugar and gentle grapefruit / orange hop flavors, a top a buttery smooth center. Rich friendly delightful.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and light carbonation, dry spicy bitterness left pleasantly on the palate.

Drinkability: Simply stated I am going to look into the cost of a case. I want more.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of ypsifly
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Undated 12oz pored into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass.

Clear burnished copper with a vanilla head of two fingers. Very good retention with plenty of sticky lace.

Hoppy citrus aroma with just enough malty sweetness under neath for balance.

Malty upfront and then it fades into an equally strong citric to piny hop flavor that is again very well balanced and leaves a nice lingering hop flavor. The malts are a bit biscuity and lend another dimension of flavor. I love the balance on this one.

Moderate mouth with the right amount of carbonation. A perfectly drinkable PA that blows most of my old standbys out of the water.

ypsifly, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of GregBrewski
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with little head that went away quickly, it was sticky for the brief period it remained. The smell was compromised mostly of sweet earthy malts, floral hops, and some other sweet fruits. The taste is sweet and slightly spicy in the front, it finishes dry and spicy from the hops. A good overall mouth feel, with medium body, good balance of sweetness to bitterness.

GregBrewski, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of wcudwight
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper/amber color with a so-so head and nice sticky lacing.
The aroma is subtle but good. It's more sweet than I expected.
This is mild for a Stone beer which is a good thing. This beer is exactly what it's supposed to be; a nice sessionable pale ale. Lot's of malt sweetness with some biscuity and bready flavors. The hops don't really show up until the finish with thier citrus and other berry flavors. The flavor kind of reminds me of Bigfoot in a way. We'll call it Bigfoot's younger and smaller bastardized half-brother.
The mouthfeel is full for the style with a nice creamy texture. The finish is so dry you'll need chapstick. I love beers with bone dry finishes.
Very drinkable. Nice mindless beer to throw back before bed after a long and busy day during the holiday season.
Thanks to boolshot and Marvz and the incredible Double Trouble BIF!!!

wcudwight, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of GimpyCane
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unbelievable that Stone Pale Ale has been in my face for several years now and never once did I consider having one. WOW, and I considered myself a Stonehead. Poured an amber hue with a 2 inch slightly orange head that last the entire drink. The aroma was on point with what I was tasting. Initially, my experience began with a malty sweet caramel/ maple syrup and ended semi dry with a small hint of ruby red grapefruit and lively carbonated. Unlike most Pale Ales that I've had, Stones Pale Ale seems alot tamer than most with a sweet demeanor. This brew is much like at home and will be a regular at home. Enjoy.

GimpyCane, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of mcallister
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking pale ale. A copper color with a glimmering shade of orange. An off white head hangs around for a few minutes and recedes into a thin lace.

Not what I was expecting at all from this Stone PA. Sweet malt forward aromas with the slightest hint of floral hop. Aroma is full and has a earhty edge to it.

This one really doesn't do alot for me. Very English in style. A malt forward beer but lacking the chewyness I enjoy from other malty brews. Flavors of toffee, and earthy trim, with very little hops which are floral in character.

Mouth is solid but again I prefer a beer of this style to be a bit chewier.

mcallister, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of neenerzig
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single 12 ounce bottle of this from La Cav Du Vin. Poured into my pint glass. This beer pours a clear medium amber copper color with a nice foamy head about 2 fingers thick that settles to about a finger and then half a finger thick before settling further to a decent ring lining the inside of the glass. Has some nice lacing indeed. Aromas of hops and malt are present, not much else though. Some light hints of caramel, citrus, and spice are present as well. I expected the smell to be a bit stronger. Hops and sweet malt are the tastes upfront, followed by some bitterness, and some hints of spice and citrus. The malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness are very well balanced. Has a nice crisp, smooth, and full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in a good way. As with all of Stone's beers, this one is certainly unique. It is also the most mellow, non ass kicking & non in your face type of beer that I have ever had from Stone. This is a good beer for a macro BMC drinker to try who has never had anything from Stone before. Overall I think this beer is a unique, if not good ,representation of the APA style of beer. I will drink this again. A mellow & subtle beer, especailly for Stone, but quite enjoyable as well.


neenerzig, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An extremely under rated American Pale Ale that epidomizes what the balance means between bready and caramel malts with citrusy and resiny hops. Neitehr offend, but neither back down from the challenge of balance. Bold and synergistic throughout.

Redish copper colors carry a mild haze, but explode with mousse-like head character of ivory-white foam. Stubborn and persistent until the glass is dry, the blanketed retention and lacing are as formitable and sticky as can be expected for any style.

Very rich and characterful malts (light caramel and bread crust) and compimentary hopping (citrus, pine, and resin) all apease the nose and taste buds. A well balanced blend of these characteristics captivate the nose and carry a consistent demeanor throughout the taste. All the while, showing intermitten and varying degrees of flavors: citrus one minute, then bready-toast flavors the next, then over to malty sweetness a minute later, and then back to resiny bitterness to finish. A true exploration for the taste buds from sip until malty-dry finish

With all the swirling in the mouth, the body remains rich, full, and firm. Finishing with the same semi-dry, citrus crispness that profounds me in the nose.

The beer never deviates from the Pale Ale style in order to stand out or get above the competition. Instead, relying on a well formulated recipe and quality brewing techniqes. A delicately blended brew with power and variety. Oh, by the way, one of the best appearances found in any beer, not just pale ales.

BEERchitect, Nov 20, 2006
Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,485 ratings.