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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,513 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,513
Reviews: 963
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 74
Gots: 151 | 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 oberon
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazingley my first try of Sone's pale,poured a clear rich copper with a clingy 1 1/2 finger white head in to a standard pint glass.Leafy hop aromas hit up front with a touch of dry malt,good complexities on the palate very well balanced leafy "green" hop intertwined with a lightly sweet malt base with the hops barely taking the lead just highly drinkable for a "standard"pale ale.Very nice hop profile wich was to be expected from Stone but very drinkable and social,well done.

oberon, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of Minkybut
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pored this beer from the bottle to a tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer had a red color that was very pretty and a tan fat head. This beer was very clean smelling slightly hoppy. A great lager it had more of a hop taste but not overpowering like a hop bomb beer. Much like a Sam Adams but btter I thought. great lacing and good head retention. I will buy again.

Minkybut, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of willjschmidt
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle has "enjoy by 6/15/07" marked on it.

A: Medium-amber color, a bit darker than you typically see in a pale ale. I nice head forms but recedes quickly.

S: More hops and malt aroma than is typical in a pale ale.

T: Lots of sweet malt along with some caramel and nutty flavors make for a smooth start to the sip. Then quite a bit more bitter hops than is typical for this style. Definitely in a good way though. Very flavorful and very well balanced.

M: Medium-bodied and goes down smooth.

D: This is not the most drinkable of pale ale's since true to Stone's style, they made it a bit more robust and more hopped than the average brew in this style. I liked it a lot but it might be a little much for someone looking for an easy-drinking pale ale. This is one of the better pale ale's I've had. Another great brew from Stone.

willjschmidt, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very hazy burnt amber orange with a big white frothy head that slowly faded and left behind a multitude of lacey goodness in its wake. Smell is very malty. Slight hint of a citrus hoppiness in the back but main flavors were grain and musty malty bread. Taste followed a similar route, crisp clean, and the finish was very light and orange tinged in flavor. Overall this was a very quality brew and a fine pale ale. My least favorite from stone thus far, but a quality brew fronmm anyone. Could see myself throing down this on a hot summer day, very nice indeed.

mikesgroove, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of gpcollen1
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an attractive amber with a hint of orange in the color. Head stands up to an inch or so and backs down gradually. Aromas are of mild hops but hints more to the malty side of this pale one.

Taste is crisp on the tongue, carbonation starts a bit of malty sweetness streaking up the tongue. Quickly turns to a mild dry hoppiness that dries out a bit more and finishes a bit more bitter. Very mild hint of citrus on the end here and there. Definitely leaves you wanting another sip.

Well I have to say that Stone sure did make a sessionable brew here. A very nice APA. I will drink some locals more often for less but this one is quite good.

gpcollen1, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I have to say that like many other BA's on here, I'm glad to see Stone's offerings being sold in my neck of the woods now. I never had their pale ale before, and I was excited to try this. Even though it's not as full or robust as other pale ale's that I've had before, this is very enjoyable and worth the chance to taste and review on here!

This had a good pour to it - a nice orange-brown glow hue could be seen here and the head was moderate, to boot. There hasn't been any lacing on my glass, but the solid taste and clean finish more than make up for it. It's not floral and buttery like SNPA, nor overwhelming like Three Floyd's or Boulder. Instead, this has a very solid, biscutly backbone to it, a smooth hop bitterness kick in the back, and a slightly metallic taste to it, to top it off. It's simplistic in it's taste and texture, but solid at the same time.

I don't care that the ABV is 5.40% - this would make a great session beer and a good introduction for someone new to this style. The bitterness fades away slowly after each sip, but it's a decrescendo and not an indication of weakness on the crafting of this beer. It may not pack the wallop that other American Pale Ale's do, but this is Stone, and it's extremely enjoyable, nevertheless. This was worth the effort to expand east for!

JerzDevl2000, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a one-finger head that descends to a creamy, thin cover. Some broken rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of light citrus, lemony. Some vague sweet malt in background.

The taste is lemony, citric with a fair amount balancing sweet malt, though it remains more hoppy than malty. Some bready, turning leafy and grainy, notes come through. Rather watery, though the taste does come through okay. Hop flavor hangs on despite watery thinness.

It's a decent "session" ale, though I expected something more of a body to it. Doesn't stand out among APA's for me.

jwc215, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of arguemaniac
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not nearly as much hoppy bitterness as I expected: it fact the crisp but balanced hop spice blends exceedingly well with residual malt sweetness and smooth, tasty caramel palate. Creamy, silky body with moderately active carbonation. The finish features a light graininess with a bit more of that caramel.

Very nice, like I said, I was really expecting an insane hop bite, but its very well balanced and rather straight-forward, perhaps even mellow pale ale (by American standards anyway). Nonetheless, I really enjoyed it and will have no problem finishing of the rest of the six-pack.


arguemaniac, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an interesting pale ale from Stone. There's a good amount of bitterness, but a little less crisp hops flavor than I expected - probably just doesn't have the same kind of dry-hopping as similarly respected pale ales. Looking at it, it appears more a red ale by color, but the malt backbone sinks behind the hops just right. Oddly, I'm not getting much aroma out of it. This reminds me more of Lake Placid Frostbite Pale Ale that Hazed and Infused or SNPA.

tempest, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of cbl2
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4/7/2007 $8.99 6 pack 5.40% Enjoy by 6/15/07 marked on bottle.


Pours a crystal clear, rather still medium brown with slight orange notes. Topped by a thin film of off-white head that settles immediately to a persistent wispy network of lace.


Lightly toasted malt presence along with a medicinal/herbal hop sensation.


Medium bodied mouthfeel kicks off the tamest beer Stone has produced this side of the Mississippi. Very muted malt presence alongside an herbal grassiness that has always turned me off of this style. By far the most "beerlike" beer that Stone makes. I was shocked to see this in NJ (Liquor Outlet Wine Cellars in Boonton), but as the bottle states, their new expanded facilities have allowed them to make more beer. This was the first thing they brewed in that new site according to the bottle, and I'm not sure if that was a great decision or not. The hop profile is not one that I care for, and it doesn't allow the malts any room to assert themselves. Very one sided, with herbal medicinal hops ruling the roost.

cbl2, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of kpantz
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Executive Summary: Definitely the tamest beer I've had from Stone. I kinda expected that going in, but there was no way I expected it to be THIS well-behaved. Still, it's very enjoyable. There's simply nothing to argue with - it's just good.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber/copper into a pint glass. Head is off-white, about a finger thick. Nice lacing.

Smell: Grassy hops with a subtle malt backbone in the nose.

Taste: In a word - smooth. Malt profile is quite pronounced here, and the hops, while present, don't stand out. This is a mild pale ale - I'd say this is nowhere near as aggressive as something like SNPA. This is a clean tasting, highly drinkable pale. This would be good in the late afternoon on a warm day.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation - much less than I had expected. Lends almost a creaminess to it, but it's got an overall light body, so it's perceived only.

Drinkability: Probably its best trait. This is one highly sessionable beer. Flavors aren't overpowering, and the body isn't too full.

kpantz, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of jamie2dope
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Before starting this review, I just gotta say thankyou to Stone Brewing for finally bringing this beer to the east coast. I have been waiting patiently for this one for a long long time...time to indulge. Poured a somewhat dark almost honey color, with a small white lacing. In the aroma were toasted grains, honey, a bit of grassy funk, and an overall sweetness. Taste was complex in a few ways. For one, it starts off bitter as all hell, with aggressive hops, then fades into a malty sweetness. Flavors of honey and doughy yeast come to mind. The hops in this beer also have a mild fruity side to them. Mouthfeel was light to medium, and ever so drinkable. Stone never ceases to amaze me. Pretty much all of their beers are all business, they are tough, robust, and delectable. Next time the oppurtunity presents itself, a six pack of this will be bought. Cheers.

jamie2dope, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of riversider76
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper with red hues. One finger plus head, with excellent retention,and lacing. Lots of bubbles. This is a good looking glass of beer! Smell is of grassy hops, with a hint of malt sweetness. Body is medium,and carbionated. Taste is a light, yet full a flavored mix of hops and malt, with an edgey slightly bitter finish.Very nice!!

riversider76, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of EStreet20
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite excited to finally see this in Jersey.

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

A - Pours out a beautiful reddish amber color, nearly transparent, with a foamy two finger head that's nearly white in color.

S - Nice grassy hop smell with a some sweet malt aroma as well.

T - Tastes extremely smooth. Best word I can think of for this brew. Nice bready malt balancing out a very slight citrusy/grassy hop character. Finishes clean.

M - Nice medium/light body.

D - This screams out to be sessioned. A nice pale with some real balance. Could definitely be a nice summer companion pale ale.

Notes: This beer was definitely not what I expected from Stone, but in a way that pleasantly surprised me. I love aggressively hopped pale ales, which is what I was expecting, but this gives a smoother brew. Having this available gives me more slection in picking pale ales out as my favorites have always been hoppier varieties (SNPA, Alpha King, Sly Fox, etc.) This will be a nice alternative to pick up for days when I want a smoother, easy on the palate, pale.

EStreet20, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of Dubbercody
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Newly available up her in Portland and I’m glad to see it on the shelves even if it is a bit overpriced at $8.99 a sixer. Amber, sweet and soft and easy as heck to drink. I like it a lot, but with so many other fantastic APAs out here I’ll have to wait to find it on sale to pick up some more of this.

Dubbercody, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of sleazo
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark golden amber. Decent head. retention so so

Smell is highly of malty fresh baked bread.

Taste. Bread like sweet yeast followed up with dry hop finish.

Mouthfeel is medium body proper carbonation.

D-Easy drinking brew. Good example of the style and one you could easily session. I could go for a more pronounced hop bite, but this is still good.

sleazo, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
2.6/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a hazy copper amber with a thin head and minimal lacing. Head lasts hardly a minute. Over-browned toast is all I could pick up for my first few sniffs of this beer, but then I was able to make out a weak hop presence. Flavor starts off with a lot of bready toastiness (natch), with light citrus, and a solid finishing bitter. Decent enough, but an odd, almost "homebrew-like" yeastiness prevails in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is definitely the strong point of this beer. Very smooth with a moderate body. Hardly any stickiness left on the palate. Really disappointed in this pale ale.

goochpunch, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of lehows
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Bobbique, this offering from Stone poured a hazy light amber color with a nice and soft white head. Good retention with some minor lacing. Not a whole lot going on in the nose surprisingly. Very very faint touch of grassy hops. Taste was clean and light, with mildly citrus hops and some bready malt. Decent mouthfeel. Overall a very drinkable pale ale but nothing extraordinary here. Not Stone's best but its a good beer.

lehows, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of peabody
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a really clear reddish amber with very little suds. Slight lacing occurs.
Smell is caramel and citrus orange peel. Hops and yeast in the background but very prominent.
Taste is a watery dark and sweet initial flavor then the alcohol hits with bitter hops at the end
Mouthfeel is a bit watery but still leaves a clean palate.
Drinkability is high here. It's a great beer that won't fill you up so you can drink a few in a row.

peabody, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy shade of orange-copper, generating a dense and creamy pale biege head, easily three fingers tall. Outstanding retention keeps a rocky cap for almost half the glass and leaves behind big sticky gobs of lace. Toasted crystal malt and light grassy hop aroma with some citrus/grapefruit just pulling thorugh. First sip has a touch of pale malt sweetness and a husky grain taste. Light caramel and pilsener malt come out slowly just before a snappy and herbal american hop flavor. Not unbalanced, but certainly a west-coast level bitterness for a pale ale. Semi-drying aftertaste shows some grapefruit and tea-like hop character but fleeting and not overly-bold. Light-medium bodied and gently crisp-a very smooth and inviting mouthfeeel. Finishes with a hint of butterscotch, mildly residual caramel and tame ale fruitiness that will vanish before it becomes distracting. This is a damn fine session beer with high drinkability and a flavor profile worthy of the Stone name.

PBRstreetgang, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of guitarmage
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Crystal clear copper, big rocky white head, inviting, bubbly. Perfect looking ale.

Smell: Light malt, bready and yeasty, grassy, pungent.

Taste: Subtle malt character, flavors are light and in the background, grassy hops, very faint citrus, juicy, then a biscuity finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, lightly carbonated, nitro creaminess but still a crisp edge, super drinkable and smooth.

Drinkability: This is a really easy drinking APA, not big and hoppy, not really sweet, but this makes it really balanced and easy drinking. Mouthfeel is outstanding.

guitarmage, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of Mdog
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy amber, nice head and retention.

Smell: Citrusy smell.

Taste: A little bite of citrus, then caramel and breadiness. Has a earthy hop bite at the end like an ESB.

Drinkability: Sessionable but not my favorite flavor profile.

A friend sent this as a surprise gift to me. I've had Stone's more aggressive offerings but not this one before now. It surprised me in that it reminded me of an ESB or other English ale due to the earthy hop aftertaste. I'm glad to have tried it even though it's not my favorite.

Mdog, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of BBM
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on cask at BoBBQue. It poured a golden amber color, clear, with a big, pillowy white head that stuck around the entire time. Nice lacing, as well. The aroma was fairly standard, leafy, hints of citrus and caramel.

The taste was leafy and grassy hops up front, with an oily, bitter finish. It's not an overwhelming hop presence, though. Slight hints of citrus and fruits, but they are not really the focus hear. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the finish was clean. This is certainly a drinkable, well-crafted pale ale. Worth a try.

BBM, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with Phatz.

A: The pale ale has a robust color, a dark amber that has equal parts red and orange. The head is thick and, from initial appearances, laces nicely in the glass.

S: The overwhelming aroma is grainy, cereal malts, slightly bready. There is a hint of hoppiness underlying those malts.

T: The ale is heavy on the cereal malts, showing off a grainy, liquid bread that has a fairly short finish. There is a small hop presence but it struggles to overcome the malts. Unfortunately, I find that neither one really stands out very well.

M: The mouthfeel is fairly nondescript, showing off the muted flavor of a pale ale.

D: This is Stone's least memorable brew, in my opinion. It seems like they do best when pushing the boundaries rather than fitting in.

akorsak, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of prototypic
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice two finger head which sits atop a deep red to amber colored brew. Stone brews are great. Even their look screams attitude.

Smell: Not a great deal to speak of. I am picking up some hops and citrus notes. It also features hints of toffee or caramel. This one is light on smell though.

Taste: Nice blend of malt and hops. Definitely leaves a dry taste in my mouth. Good bitter taste to it. The citrus undertones and toffee taste are also present. Alcohol is not overly strong and I like the carbonation level.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Good, smooth beer. I could drink a few of these. Overall, it's definitely not my favorite pale ale. I also think it's one of the weaker Stone offerings. It's definitely a good beer. It just doesn't overwhelm like many of the Stone brews do. But, that's not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it's one of the few Stones I could session.

prototypic, Feb 26, 2007
Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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