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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,579 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,579
Reviews: 969
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 82
Gots: 195 | 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 Risser09
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass - Bottled in 2007

Appearance: Very deep red color with brown tones and a slight orange hue. nice 2" white head with plenty of craters and various bubble sizes.

Smell: The malt aroma is strong but there is also strawberry, plum and caramel.

Taste: Cherry flavor with lots of malt in there too. Where are all the hops? Doesn't seem at all like an APA. Anyway, toffee, caramel, nuts and black tea. The right amount of sweetness is there.

Mouthfeel: Smoothe smoothe smoothe. Gentle carbonation and slick in the mouth. Creamy finish is pleasant.

Drinkability: Great. I thought stone was the meter stick for style categorizations but maybe I was wrong. I don't see this brew as an APA. Great flavors, ample complexity, and smoothe drinkability make this one a winner.

Photo of ClassicBrad
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a very big Stone fan and this is new to me. I realize its somewhat of their flagship but I just never saw it around until I was a part of a case split and I saw it for sale by the case.

The appearance is a dark but clear brown with a light tan head that leaves a thin but reliable lace.

Smell is predominantly a sweet nutty malt note with a backnose of subtle hops.

The initial flavor of this beer is a malty nut taste. The hops (for once in a Stone brew) are actually there for balance and not shock.

The mouthfeel is unique in its separation of tastes and regions in my mouth. The sweet malts go straight down my tongue and the hop characters go around the sides and down to the back of my mouth.

Drinkability is probably the best for this brewery. I can drink a good six-pack of these guys.

Photo of BMoney575
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 7-18-07

Pours a cool and clear amber with just a hint of head that lingers on the top.

Smell is surprisingly malty, with a good kick of piney hops.

Taste is slightly sweet at first, and then slightly bitter and hoppy later. Extremely balanced and quite light on the palate. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is good, a good spiciness to go with the hops.

Drinkability is also good, nice bitterness keeps the sweetness in check.

Overall, a very well balanced beer, and a perfect pale ale. Not as bitter or hoppy as an IPA, but still very flavorful. Recommended.

Photo of jackorain
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber color with a 2 inch head good stay and stick

S-Biscuit malt and green hops dominate the nose

T-Suprising malty brew, biscuity and carmel, alittle bready malts come through as well. The middle is seeded with a mild green and citrus hop bitterness. The finish brings tha malt back but does push away the hops completely. Well balanced

M-light-to-medium body nice even creamy carboantion

D-pretty darn drinkable

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

overall, this is a nice beer, nothing spectacular, but enough going on to be likeable. poured from the uber-cool stone painted bottle, this was a deep hazy copper with a light tan head and lacing. caramel malts dominate the nose along with some subtle floral and fruity aromas. lightly sweet malts in the taste cleaned up by a moderate resiny hop bitterness. somewhat light mouthfeel and body. finishes clean and crisp. a sessionable offering from stone.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of a mixed 6pack from Wilbur's Liquors in Ft Collins.

This pours from 12oz bottle a hazy orange amber with a medium sized head of foam that dissipated quickly leaving a few islands and it has some nice lacing.

The smell is on the sweet side. I get caramel malt with just a touch of hops and some fruit.

The taste on first sip has some good malty sweetness up front with a solid backbone of hop bitterness that comes in about midway through and dominates the finish but it's not overly aggressive and I'm liking it. A few more sips in and I'm beginning to realize that this APA is all about balance and I start to notice a fruitiness in the flavour that I mentioned in the nose. Maybe cherry? Dang, this is certainly a drinkable example of the style and now I wish I had bought at least a 6pack. Oh well, I can cure that on my next trip to the Fort. ;^)

Bottom line: This a great APA that I can highly recommend. See some grab some.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber

A: Pours almost a blood-red with a thick creamy head, looks almost like a nitro-tap from the bottle, very appealing.

S: Faint hints of malt, with some robust hops, citrus.

T: Malt dominates at first but is balanced with typical West coast hop character, pine and citrus.

M: Creamy, medium-bodied, well balanced.

D: Very good, it is one of Stone's smaller beers, I was expecting a bit more hop character, but overall, it was a very good session brew.

Photo of Viggo
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Coles in Buffalo.

Pours a clear copper, small white head forms, lace spots, decent retention, looks pretty standard. Smell is real nice, fresh, very malty, citrus/floral hops, very flowery, top notch pale ale. Taste is nice as well, sweet caramel malts, citrus/floral, sweet grapefruit, bit of grain, perfect balance. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, very refreshing, great pale ale.

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

New find at the beer store. Remarkably bright copper body under a dense off-white head. Not a lot of carbonation. The smell is subdued but resinous. Mouthfeel is light and creamy with a bright bitterness that dances acrros the tongue. The taste is prickly with a piney/citrus first note. There is a hint of orange rind, a baked maltiness follows and is well balanced. There is a lingering mineral flavor reminiscent of some British Ales.

Good but not Great

Photo of iconoklaztor
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm going to review the Stone Pale Ale 2006 Commerative Edition. This is to celebrate Stones move to the city of Escondidio, CA.

The appearance is whats most noteable to me about this beer. Its a beautiful beer. It has a color of a Kilians but the taste of a Alpha King. The smell is a little weak. Simply not much to it. Its has the faint smell of a Pale Ale. The taste sits on the tounge for a decent amount of time but feels a little thin. Its certainly drinkable but I wish I had kept it a little colder. (good thing I have another).
Overall its certainly not the best Stone but its still a good beer.

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

This brew pours a dark brown with a reddish hue. Big head which dissaptes into a decent amount of lacing. Smells of hops, hints of sweet flowers, slight bread smell and I could swear I smell a slight bit of banana. The taste seems very balanced. It ends with a small amount of bitterness. The mouthfeel is fairly thick for an APA with ample carbonation. This brew is highly drinkable, definitely my favorite APA.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle I picked up in Michigan last time I was up there, brewed at the new brewery. Pours into my glass a deep reddish orange hue with an inch of white head atop the brew. Aromas of biscuit laced caramel malts intertwine with piney, herbal hops. Earthy in a way as well. Slightly resinous.

First sip brings a caramel, biscuit malt upfront that is met by herbal, earthy, somewhat piney hops midway through. Flows down with a mild bitterness that balances nicely with the malt sweetness. The pale ale finishes clean with a light lingering caramel covered hop.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creamy smoothness. Good steady carbonation. Great mouthfeel all around for a pale ale. This is an easy drinking pale ale but I prefer a brighter hop character and this one seems a bit too earthy for me. Not a brew I'd turn to myself, I think I'll stick to my other Stone faves from now on.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Attractive coppery orange color with a dense head of foam. Medium levels of carbonation, and mild lacing in the glass.

S: Light citrus notes and hops. A touch of buttery malt and toasted grain. Overall, rather lean on the aroma side, but still appropriate; this isn't an over-the-top IPA.

T: A sweet biscuit maltiness blends with smooth, buttery husk and grain, with a lightly sweet hoppy note. Finishes rather bitter, with a slightly dry-hop aftertaste. Not bad.

M: Goes down easy, light on the palate, medium carbonation. All right on for the style.

D: Average. A solid APA, but nothing out of the ordinary here; I've come to expect a bit more from Stone Brewing. Kind of lacks balance, in my mind. Could be a sessioner for diehard fans of the APA style. Worth a try.

Photo of sstackho
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Decided to pick this one up instead of trying the Stone IPA since I needed to have some "calmer" beers for visitors. Pours a clear copper with medium head and carbonation. Aroma is a bit light and indistinct. And I have to say that the taste is also indistinct. It's difficult to put in words, since there's nothing that particularly stands out with this one. I'm a bit surprised at its relatively high ratings... (well, high overall, but a bit low for Stone.) Perhaps Stone's reputation is responsible for this? I have to say I'm disappointed with this one - and that's the first time I've ever had to say that about a Stone product. I wasn't expecting anything over the top from their APA, but was hoping for more than this.

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

Semitransparent copper ruby body. Tan creamy head with low retention and lace.
Wheat, grass, butter, pepper and a touch of honey.
Butter, wheat, pine and mild caramel taste. Good aftertaste of resin like hops especially after the beer warms abit.
Medium to full body, decent coating and slick.
Good and pleasant brew. Would make a good session beer.


Photo of malcontent
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber body with shallow head. Lacing is more or less nonexistent.

Faint citrus blends with brewed teas. Slightly damp scent.

Seems more typical of an English pale than an American; Malt character shines through with caramel notes on top of mild grapefruit. Refreshing bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is near perfect with moderate carbonation, mouth-filling thickness and a good mouth-puckering finish.

Good PA, I still maintain this is more of an EPA and not an APA but in either event this is a quality brew.

Photo of perfectkaos
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up because I never had the PA before and was interested in seeing if it was as good as the Ruination and IPA or just hype like Arrogant Bastard. Pours a dark amber with almost no head.

Nothing really jumps out on the smell, seems to be balanced well between hops and malts. Has less of a hoppy bite than what I would have expected for an ale from Stone, but it is very drinkable. Definately a candidate for a session beer, as everything is balanced, but not overly interesting.

Certainly too pricey to be what it is intended to be.

Photo of BeerTruth
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Listening to Psychostick while I review this, so forgive me if I'm a bit angry during the review, they always bring the "best" out of me.

Pours a semi-foggy burnt amber with a nice two finger light khaki colored head that dies down to a thin layer a bit after pour. Stickiness is pretty good, here and there all over the glass. Very weak smell of pale malt and mild hops, I expected more from Stone. Taste was suprisingly weak as well, the only explaination is that I haven't had a pale ale in a while and I didn't know what to expect. Balanced yes, flavorful...not exactly. Citrus hops, hint of caramel malt, bready finish: Pleasant. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with little carbonation, but quite smooth and creamy. Good work overall, and as Psychostick says...

"Beer is good, beer is good, beer is good...and stuff"

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Going by appearance, this looks more like a red ale to me; for a pale it's pretty dark and, well, red. It pours with ample head, eventually settling to a ring around the glass. Very caramelly nose, with just a touch of citric hops. The taste is on the sweeter side, smooth and coating, slightly grainy, with a mellow hop finish. Thankfully not overcarbonated as some pales tend to be. Nothing over the top here, just a nice, sessionable pale, and another good Stone brew.

Photo of flexabull
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pleasantly surprised to see this at a local store. Looks like more Stone beers are making the long journey up here... and that of course is a good thing.

Pours a nice bright and clear amber color, with a nice white head.

Aroma has some citrus hops, a bit of sweetness. Subtle but nice.

Mild sessionable tasting brew. Seems to be in the style of a British Pale. Bright and crisp caramel malt flavors, a touch of citrus hop bitterness on the finish, and a nice underlying creaminess.

Mouthfeel is nice and full. Supple and smooth.

Very mild easy drinking Pale Ale. Not going to wow you at all... but still solid, and very session worthy.

Photo of bruachan
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first time encountering this beer. seems their more badass beers get much more exposure

nice head, off the bat. superwhite, creamy. good adhesion to the glass. below it sits a copper color that is quite nice

i'm not familiar with the hops in the aroma

i can grasp the magnum in the aroma, however. this is far from the bullys on stone's roster; it's balanced. the hop flavor is significant but reasonable. the malt doesn't get to feature quite as prominently, but it's there

Photo of williamherbert
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber-orange with a massive head. Looks very creamy from the top. Very little haze. Head goes away, but lace gladly takes its place.

Has the nice pale malt smell with an undertone of flowery, bitter hops. Good malt/hop balance. Has a dry/yeast smell. Typical malt smell, but a good one.

Very dry and male malt flavor, with a bready yeast. Somewhat fruity actually.

A very crisp, dry ale. A tiny bit bubbly, like ginger ale. Though it isn't quite as remarkable as other Stone brews, it's very good. Maybe I expected more. Dry, pale, very nice.

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

12 oz. to chalice.

pours a ruddy body with a thin, creamy head that sinks relatively quickly into a swirling film and spotted lacing. nose is quite heavy on the toasted caramel mixing well with floral, grassy hops. taste is refreshing, citric, and mildly sweet, but oddly a bit metallic, as if there's a hint of iron in here. mouthfeel is also pretty nice, well rounded, but a little sharp with the carbonation in the finish. very drinkable - a good beer, but a lot more calm and subtle (in terms of hopping) than i expected from stone.

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

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It has a cloudy, light copper color with a nice head with good retention. The aroma is hoppy and malty and balanced between the two. The flavor is a nice rich malt balanced with a strong hop presence. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation.

This is an excellent APA. It's very tasty and drinkable, good beer.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A: Body is a nice hazy tea color with visible bubbles. A head of about two fingers fades at an average rate, but leaves very good lacing down the side of the glass. This continues as I drink.

S: Pleasant smooth hop smell, not harsh. Fruity and floral. A slight sweet malt smell behind the hops.

T: More from the smell, the hops and malt are pretty well balanced, and the hops leave their distinct bitterness behind.

M: Good carbonation, relatively filling.

D: Well balanced flavors and average abv make for great drinkability.

Happy to have something more a little more low key from Stone. This is something I can buy on a regular basis and enjoy.

Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,579 ratings.