Stone Pale Ale | Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 06-23-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Auraan
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gorgeous cloudy amber body with a half finger of off-white head, golden highlights when held to light and a nice trickle of bubbles. A very good looking pale ale. Scents of pine resin, wet, earthy herbal hops, floral, jasmine-like hops, a hint of tangerine, a bit of pale malt and a touch of caramel in the background. A nice, hop forward aroma that leans less towards citrus and more to resiny, floral and earthy aromas with a nice balancing malt. Flavor begins with notes of pine resin and earthy herbal hops with moderate bitterness and a low level of malt sweetness. This moves into a more bitter middle with notes of pine resin, earthy herbal hops, floral hops, hints of grapefruit peel and a touch of pale malt sweetness faintly in the background. Finish is medium-dry with notes of pine resin, grapefruit peel, light herbal hop character and a touch of biscuit-like malt. Aftertaste is dry with notes of pine resin, grapefruit peel and biscuit-like malt. A good hop forward flavor profile that uses its light malt presence to keep the flavor from becoming too bitter. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with low carbonation and a smooth feel. Very nice and quite easy to drink. Overall this is a nice pale ale. It's hoppy, yet not overly so, aromatic, flavor and smooth. It's a nice, simple drinking experience and quite good.

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Photo of seedyone
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

04/05/13 On tap. Once again something tagged a "pale ale" hits my taste buds with a solid shot of hoppiness. This time I'm disinclined to forgive. Why is this not an IPA? The IBU is in the 25-50 range (if you believe in such things) but my tongue says "Bull-Donkey". Something's gotta give. So glad to have notes at BA so I don't make this mistake again.

Mind you, I'm just not that fond of hops so this may appeal to those that are. Go figure!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear reddish orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass with some light golden orange highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to . Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts and citrus/orange zest hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/orange zest and pine/resin hops. The hops impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp but slightly thin.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing with well hidden alcohol. It is flavorful and must have been pretty intense when it was initially released though there are a lot of very flavorful beers in the APA style now available and this one is not quite as intense as some of the newer entrants.

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Photo of Sam-VW
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into CAMRA glass

Dark golden colour with thick white head, dissipates slowly leaving sticky lacing

Smells malty with a hint of hop

Tastes malty with sweet hop bitterness leaving piny aftertaste

Medium carbonation and goes down very smooth

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Photo of Premo88
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip

L: very dark red for a pale ... it's amber up to a light; 100% clear; big fluffy thick head of tan foam, at least an inch, and it sticks quite a bit

S: corn tortilla chips ... suprisingly grainy

T: sweet barley, sweet grain and a twinge of hop bite ... almost tastes like German/noble hops, spicy and earthy; very subdued hop bite.

F: strong contender for perfect ... easy drinking, plenty of carbonation, enough weight to feel like a beer but still very drinkable

O: a solid brew, not a thing wrong with it. it's got to be the darkest pale ale I've tried, definitely the darkest American pale ale -- some of the English pales get this dark red/amber, but not American pales. the nose is a bit corny/grainy, but the taste is a cool mix of that grain note with some sweet barley and just enough hops to feel like an American brew.

there are better American pales, but this is just good enough that I'll likely try it again. I like the grain notes -- it almost has an Anchor Steam feel with the toasted grain taste.

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Photo of Robjm1987
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A friend bought this beer for me; instead of my all-time favorite STONE IPA. The beer was subtle, and enjoyable, but still not comparable to there IPA.

Appearance: A nice(darker) golden-brown.
Smell: Aroma, was that of an ale... Nice beer smell.
Taste: Subtle, lightly distinctful. Above average; but not "wow".
Mouthfeel: enjoyable.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky copper gold with nice little white head.

S - fruit and bread malt with some hops.

T - Very balanced. Semi sweet malt with a slightly bitter hop finish. Orange peel.

M - Pleasantly over carbonated meets the malt medium body well.

O - Balanced feel and taste. Not over powering in any way but still packs a good amount of flavor and character. Something to drink when I'm tired of IPAs.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark copperish amber hue with a slightly off-white head that starts at nearly two fingers, but fades down to a creamy cap. Nice silky white lacing left behind. The cap retains wonderfully, fortified by dozens of carbonation bubble rising wildly to the top.

S: Aroma is a little clean, which is a bit of a surprise from Stone. What I do pick up is caramel and bready malts with some light citrus highlights and a little bit of flowery hop. I'm a fan of of powerful, knock-your-socks-off aromas, but I'm sure this would appeal to anyone a fan of the style as well as those into less in-your-face brews.

T: A well-balanced pale ale. Caramel malts and some toasted bread play nicely with the slightly reserved citrus hops. It's a bit of a game of flavor tug-o-war with neither side winning. Remains nicely in the middle. The aftertaste here is gorgeous as well—some bready malt with floral hops and a touch of bitterness.

M: Definitely the gold star aspect of this brew—the mouthfeel. A bit above medium-body, feels heavier than 5.4% ABV. Tons of creaminess with a perfect level of carbonation that's neither subdued nor demanding attention. Don't let this fool you, however... This brew is extremely quaffable and would be a breeze to session.

O: Pale ales, in all honesty, are not my style. I prefer much brasher flavors that favor one side rather than being perfectly balanced. Even with that being said, Stone, with their Pale Ale, delivers a wonderful drinking experience that proves that not all of their beers will send the faint of heart cowering away with their tail between their legs. A wonderfully balanced brew that drinks extremely easily as has become a top-contender for my summertime session choice. I look forward to spending many nights with friends on my couch, a bottle of this in my glass, and the Phillies on my tube.

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Photo of barczar
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant coppery amber with a frothy cream head that leaves spotty lacing add it slowly dissipates.

Caramel malt, nutty toast, subtle resin and citrus form the aroma. Malt seems to dominate, but there's a hint of catty funk and mint.

Flavor reveals herbal character underlying toasted caramel malt. Bitter, earthy hops counter the slight caramel sweetness mid palate and carry into the finish. There's a hint of citrus, but it's easily dominated by herbal hops.

Body and carbonation are moderate, with light alcohol warmth and a fairly harsh finish.

Far more malty than anticipated, and the hop character lacks typical west coast flavoring. The bitterness is spot-on for stone, which doesn't jive with my palate. Love the malt character and flavoring hops were decent, but too bitter for me.

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Photo of TaylorMade2014
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass. Had a nice golden brown color with a fluffy white head.

The smell was of roasted malts with a faint bit of citrus. Expected a little hop but there wasn't much there.

Heavy malt taste in the beginning. Sweet with a slight hint of orange. Slightly bitter finish.

Nice drinkable pale ale. Crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of theteleman
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was expecting more hops from the folks over at Stone. That being said, this brew is delecious. Outstanding color, a deep copper/amberish with a big fluffy white head. The head on this beer is outstanding, very much like that on Sierra Nevadas Celebration Ale. I prefer this to Stones IPA, it seems to me to be a bit more complex and balanced with the malts coming through and not so hop dominated. Very nice.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap on Mission Bay, poured into a clear plastic cup and paired with a Baja fish taco and fish a chips.
Appearance - gold, nice carbonation that builds a surprisingly creamy white head. Lacing is superb, which is surprising given the vessel!
Smell - faint citrus hops, a touch of cereal malts.
Taste - a very scaled down and very conservative Stone IPA, which seems clearly the motivation.
Feel - light but warranted.
Overall - this hit the spot and delivered on expectations.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark amber/orange with a thin off white head and moderate lacing. Very hazy with noticeable sediment.

Smell: Floral, hops, malt, citrus.

Taste: Get a little bit of pine, some hopes, malty. Strong flavor.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light, easy to drink. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: A very good beer, the sediment adds to the appearance and flavor. Similar to IPA, but not there yet, as it should be. I would definitely have again.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stone Pale Ale – Pale Ale (5.4%) - Stone Brewing Co. (California)

App: This beer pours amber to dark amber with a tan, one finger head of nice, tight foam that retains very well and leaves strong, ample lacing around the glass. Slightly hazy with some noticeable hops sediment.

Smell: Aromas of slightly under baked bread, hints of biscuit and roasted malts. Slight solvent/acetic aroma. Not a huge hop bouquet but enough to add a slight citrus nose. Not a super strong smelling beer, but overall very well balanced.

Taste: Deeply malty on the foretaste with strong notes of caramel sweetness and complexity. Hops at first are sweet and fruit like with notes of watermelon and bitter orange, but are quickly whopped on side the head with a lingering, light and fairly bitter finish. Overall this beer is pretty sweet, with the hops only really coming through in the aftertaste. While there are Pale Ales out there that I definitely enjoy more, this one is tame enough to serve to someone unfamiliar with the style. It is also very well balanced and expertly crafted, with no detectable flaws.

Mouth: Solidly medium bodied with a pleasant, round mouthfeel and carbonation. Lingering acidity from hops balances well with a heavy malt body.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Tulip Glass. 2/4/14

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Photo of dank203
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice pour into pint glass. fairly dark in color, amber brown. lots of floating sediment, unfiltered look. fluffy head, nice sticky lacing. good malt backbone on this, some juicy citrus and grapefruity hops. good bite in the finish, well rounded. good texture, light but full, juicy, pretty delicious

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Photo of Dools9
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle bb 3/10/14 poured into a shaker pint.

A: Orange amber color, poured with a fluffy off white two fingers worth of head, stuck around and left great lace on the glass.

S: Combines malt and hop nicely. Bready, caramel, toffee malt with grapefruit, orange rind, fresh earthy spiciness from the hops.

T: Caramel and toffee malt lay the foundation, hops bring grapefruit, citrus, and spiciness flavors.

M: Medium bodied, has the ale softness, drinks nicely.

O: Have not had this since I started drinking craft over two years ago. Its a very solid, sessionable pale ale offering, and one I would revisit in the future.

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Photo of Act25
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting around to this. Stone trumps every brewer currently for my palate, and this basic bread-winner is amazing.

A: 5 for starters it's as perfect a look on a pale ale as you could imagine. If one in 1000 pale ales gets a 5, this is it. Mousse-like ivory head, a pillow that lasts and laces. Cherry copper body. Great weight.
S: I could just sniff this one. It's laid back compared to IPAs, but as it should be. Better as she warms.
T: Great tingling balance of malt and hops, creamy and satisfying. many tight facets of flavor: Citrus, bread, cracker, pepper, pine, Perfect finish
MF: Already said: Creamy, long, tingly, long finish. As good a finish on any beer in the Pale Ale Class.

A wonder. Must try. A favorite.

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Photo of lochef81
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This apa from Stone pours a rich copper amber hue with a frothy white head that lasts for a few minutes and resolves to a gentle white film and lacing. The aroma is very well balanced between malty sweet and hoppy bitter. The body is light to medium and very very drinkable. This is definitely a sessionable beer. The flavor follows the nose. Very smooth and well balanced. No particular notes sticking out. Just smooth enjoyable well crafted beer. This is not like the in your face beers I have come to love and expect from Stone but it us an incredibly well made and crafted ale. One of the best apas iI've had.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass, just past its freshness date of 12/23/13
A: Orange-color, one-finger head
S: Pineapple, citrus hops, malt and a hint of caramel
T: Earthy notes up front, the malt/hops are a bit light and take a back seat. Not bad I've just come to expect Stone's beers to be bolder
M: Medium-bodied, crisp, light carbonation
O: I'll try it again within the freshness window and re-review. As is, far from a bad beer just a bit light for Stone. Easy to drink, I could see this as a good intro to Stone but for those not as fond of bold hops

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle , Best By date of 1/14/14 stamped on bottle.

pours amber in color, clear. thin off-white head, but great head retention. aroma is mostly sweet malt, with just a bit of earthiness. taste is bready malt, really no hop flavor detected at all. decent mouthfeel, fairly full. medium carbonation.

overall - a decent Pale Ale, but I expected something hoppier from Stone. I would how far out they date this beer, if it started any hoppier.

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Photo of ElijahRivera
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed based on tasting notes from a blind pale ale tasting.

12 oz. bottle inside a paper bag poured into a plastic tasting cup.

A- Dark copper color.

S- Sweet, boozy, not much hops aroma.

T- Tastes like it has some age on it, boozy, sweet, stale and lacking hop flavors, but still retaining a good amount of bitterness.

M- Full for the style. Not much carbonation.

O- Realized this one was past the date after the tasting. Still drinkable, although not at all what it was supposed to be. Also, a worthwhile experience to blindly compare fresh and not so fresh pale ales to hone one's palate. I'm a lot better about checking dates now.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy copper color with some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toasted malts, caramel, a bit fruity, and a little citrus

Taste: A little grapefruit, chewy and toasted malts some fruitiness, caramel, and mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A bit smooth, a little chewy, some mild hop bitterness, light bodied, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty standard pale ala. Was expecting more hops from these guys, but wondering where they went when compared with beers in their portfolio.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Warner's. BB 21/10/13.

Briefly, good dark amber colour, truly off-white head though, with unappealing large bubbles and scummy lace. Little on nose, and taste is apricots, grapefruits, somewhat stale, doughy malts, but still hoppy. Not a zesty Pale Ale.

Not maybe the best purchase, now I have seen the date, and has not kept as well as it's higher ABV brothers I have tried. Solid.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Bottleneck says Enjoy By 01/23/14.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 3/4 inch bubbly light tan head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of surface foam. Very nice resilient webs of lacing adhere to the glass.

S- Borderline toasty malt aroma with a small tinge of hops. Husky, bready,

T- The vegetal hops are more apparent in the flavor as the bitterness comes on and lingers a bit. The malt works well in contrast providing a sturdy base. More bready notes. Lightly sweet.

M- Slightly oily from the hops and also a tad sharp. Medium carbonation with a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- A subtle pale ale that has a good balance of flavor.

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Photo of delta490
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- a nice, clear deep amber with a big pillowy off-white head. Some visible carbonation

S- rich caramel malt with some nice citrus hops in the background

T- a nice blend of the caramel maltiness and hops. The hops is subtle but pleasant.

M- A nice fullness and a slight tickle from the carbonation

O- a really good Pale Ale. Nothing really blows you away, but it's just good all around.

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Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 981 ratings.