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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

2,590 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,590
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 83
Gots: 209 | FT: 3
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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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Ratings: 2,590 | Reviews: 974
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.

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

The third of six beers taking place in the Unorganized Invitational is Stone Pale Ale. This is the beer that started it all for Stone Brewing, and I've enjoyed their other products, but this is the first time I've had thier Pale Ale, so what's the wait? Let's get this on:

Poured into a pint glass, its color is a deep caramel and orangish with a nice head. In the smell was caramel, biscuits, and citrus notes. The flavor was enjoyable with toasty breads. Hop flavor is mild and kicks in with grapefruit and lemon flavors. As the beer warms, it gets a fruity flavor. A dry, grainy finish ends each sip of the beer.

A nice, pleasant, and sessionable offering from Stone. That's the good news. The bad news is it's score won't be enough to overtake Anchor Bock for the early lead.

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

From a 12oz. bottle this one pours a nice ruby hinted amber with a beige head that laced pretty well.

It possessed a balanced aroma of malts and grassy hops. Not too strong to me at the moment, but nicely balanced.

On the tongue, the hops come through a bit more, and their a bit more citrusy. Just the kind of thing I expect and enjoy.

This one is not too extreme. I suppose Stone decided they needed a session beer and came out with this one. I actually haven't gotten around to reading the bottle yet. But its fairly smooth and medium to light bodied and I could easily enjoy a session with it.

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

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a burnt orange with about a finger of head.

Smell: Grapefruit and a toast malt aroma is also present. Very balanced smell.

Taste: Starts with a grapefruit/hop flavor up front and then move to a toast malt. Finishes like it starts with hops. Also leaves a slight sweetness on my lips and tongue.

Mouthfeel: Good Mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: I could have a few of these in a sitting.

This is the first stone beer that I have tried and it is good. I look forward to trying their other offerings.

Photo of waughbrew
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date-stamped! Yes! Thank you Stone, for taking care of my one reservation about buying your beer. Awesome. Now, can you call Rogue, please?

Clear darkish orangy-red with a big head that is more airy than I usually like to see on my beers, but it stays for a while and clings some too. Nice earthy toasty aroma, on the subtle side, but very nice. Full-flavored yet very very drinkable, which seems to be a Stone specialty. Strong bitterness gives this healthy malt a run for its money. Sweetish at first, giving way to herbal and earthy hop tingle. Bitter hoppy finish makes you want another sip.

Great stuff. This will be a regular of mine when I want a tasty session brew.

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

Had this one a few months ago, drank the case so quickly that I forgot to review one. Then i was told that it was a mistake that it came to the East and that i won't be able to get it again. Well I saw a case of it again last week and grabbed it. So here goes the review before it's all gone.

Dark copper color with a nice sized head. This beer has the look of quality that you expect from Stone. Smell is fruity with some citrus zest. Also a strong backbone of caramel and biscuit malt comes through. The taste is perfectly balanced. I love Stone's hop bombs but this is just a solid balanced beer that deserves some props. Finishes with a little bit of a bitter bite, just to let you know it's a stone, and a little dry. If you look at drinkability as being able to down a bunch in a night than this is the most drinkable stone i've had. If you look at drinkablity as being "boy i could drink this beer for the rest of my life and be happy" then it's a winner also. The quality I've come to know and expect from stone. Hope this one continues to be available in PA.

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

Serve on-tap in 16oz pint glass

A: Rich copper color with ample off-white head

S: Faint caramel and fruit

T: Malty and sweet with nice bitter hops finish. Nice balanced with pleasant roasted caramel aftertaste with a little sting.

M: Highly carbonated and medium-bodied. Reasonably smooth except for the zip of the hop finish.

D: Smooth enough to spend an afternoon with.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy red-orange body, topped by two-fingers-plus of rocky off-white foam. Good lacing.

Mild, pleasant fruity aroma mixes with biscuits. Nicely balanced.

Nice thick slather of malt begins the taste. Fruit builds across the tongue, as a bitter edge forms at the edge of the tongue and across the rof of the mouth. Sharp bitter bite at the swallow, though not overly caustic. You might even call it balanced.

Nice light to medium mouthfeel. Easy drinkability.

The hop masters at Stone manage to keep this in pale ale territory while still supplying a bit of bite. Recommended, of course.

Photo of BadBadger
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stone's Pale Ale is an outstanding beer. It pours a nice semi-dark copper color. The head is descent sized, though somewhat short lasting. The smell is mildly of a fruity nature. The taste is nicely balanced, a little sweet and a little bitter, nothing overwhelming here-just right. This beverage is a highly drinkable beer, definitely worthy of bringing home from the beer store, if you are fortunate enought to locate some.

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Beverage Depot on Northern Blvd. in Flushing Queens.
Pours quite pretty. Rich chestnut/amber color with a light tan head that leaves a decent amount of lacing upon the glass (a cervoise in this case).
Smells fresh and mostly malty, oddly enough. I was expecting quite a bit more in the way of hops given the Stone penchant for hops; kind of a pleasant surprise to find a balanced scent.
Same sort of deal with the flavor. Hops are there but the malts are quite solid. Fresh rye bread and cracker with some pine overtones. Think Sam Adams Boston Lager or Brooklyn lager, but more so... and, of course, not a lager.
The hops in this brew speak up mostly in a long, resinous finish with some oily textures. This still manages to be pretty refreshing though the non-initiated might find it to be otherwise.
Stone's pale ale could easily make it into my regular rotation assuming I can find it regularly. This easily makes it into my top ten, if not top five pale ales. Rich and well balanced, yet still light enough to make a night out of it.

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

Appearance: One finger tannish white head above a slightly murky brownish orange body

Smell: Heavy grapefruit citrus. Spicy biscuit notes. Some pepper.

Taste: Balanced well for a pale ale. Slightly fruity taste. Rich malt creaminess and the hop sharpness combine for a very pleasant experience. I am not sure if it is really considered “to style” for a pale ale, but it is rather tasty.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, not as crisp as I would expect for a pale ale. A little creamy, maybe slightly oily too.

Drinkability: Drinkable and tasty. I would look for this again.

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

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep amber in color with copper hues. Micro bubble head pors two fingers thick. Decent retention. Nice thin and sticky lacing.

S: Citus. Floral hops. Caramel malts. Fresh Bread.

T: Soft citus or grapefruit taste up front and raw hops that tickle the tongue. Rich caramel malts come in to play and give a good balancing effect. Fruity flavors are taken over by biscut or fresh baked bread finish.

M: Crisp and clean. Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: I was a bit disappointed with this offering from Stone. I think their reputation for going hop crazy played into my review of this brew. A well balanced APA and I did enjoy it for what it is worth.

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice looking crisp copper colour wit ha medium to large head that's frothy and much sticker than expected.

The aroma is sweet and surprisingly maltier than it is hoppy, but simple all around. Caramel blends well with a bit of floral and some citrus from the hops. It's a tad weak overall but still very nice.

The flavour kind of flip flops the aroma a bit, and is bigger too, but never overpowering. Hops shine through a bit more here, but never push IPA territory. Floral and citrus notes again, although the former is much more noticeable. The malt balances everything nicely with the caramel. There's also a biscuit/bread thing going on here that cuts through everything nicely and adds more balance whilst providing good flavour at the same time. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a bit of creaminess here and there.

I had this out out in Vegas a while back and, while I enjoyed it, I was a bit underwhelmed. A second sampling did the trick. It's got flavour, it's got balance, and its easy drinking. This is decidedly un-Stone like but that's not a bad thing, yet at the same time this is exactly what I would expect from them in a stab at a simple quaffable pale ale.

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

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid malt scent that is complimented with an equally good hop aroma. It's slightly bitter smelling with some citrus notes. The taste is great! It has a wonderful mix of malts and hops that goes down smooth and finishes bitter with some hop residue. It has enough malts to balance the hops, but they really shine through all the way to finish; very nice. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good American pale ale. It's got it all; a fine drinking beer.

Photo of Damian
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA

Poured a hazy, reddish-amber with a one-finger, off white, foamy head that faded to a thick ring of lace.

The aroma was rather mild. Smooth, buttery German malts and some fruitiness were initially detectable, along with a slight metallic tinge. (Very lager-ish, in some regards.) As the beer warmed, the fruitiness became more apparent.

The taste was subtle yet well balanced. A touch of malty creaminess was noticeable up front before the beer turned slightly bitter mid-palate. Some fruity notes became noticeable as the beer warmed. A citrusy, slight hop bite was apparent on the back end. The finish was somewhat hoppy and bitter with a smooth, buttery, malty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, fairly smooth and creamy.

Overall, this was definitely the least exciting Stone offering I have had to date, yet it was one of the most sessionable.

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Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,590 ratings.