Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,648 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,648
Reviews: 989
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 91
Gots: 250 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-23-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 2,648 | Reviews: 989
Photo of Act25
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of lochef81
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of ONUMello
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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

Photo of jmdrpi
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of ElijahRivera
3/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Photo of Flounder57
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of heygeebee
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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.

Photo of SteadySippin
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This stone pale ale from poured from a bottle to a chilled glass.

A - Deep amber color. After pouring, it has a off white head about 2 fingers thick. Then the head settles to a thin ring. Lots of lacing with this one. Lots of bubbles floating around in there too. Beautiful looking beer.

S - Faint barley scent, with some citrus hidden in there.

T - The taste isn't bad, but definitely not expected. It has quite a bitter side to it for a pale ale. I get a lot of pine which dissipates and then the citrus flavor comes through. The bitterness stays with you from sip to swallow.

M - Feels bubbly in the mouth but easy to drink. Flavors cover the whole pallet quite nicely. Light to medium bodied.

O - I will probably buy this one again. It really surprised me though because I wasn't expecting the hops to come through like they do. I didn't enjoy the beer much at first, but the more I drink it, its quite good. Not as balanced as it probably could be, but I think thats the style that stone was going for with this one. For a pale ale with a little bite, I recommend. Oh, and the bottles are pretty sweet too.

Photo of retry4z
2.11/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This PALE ale is overhopped and overhyped. Even for a seasoned hophead, and considering that Stone helped define the West Coast style, this beer misses it's mark by miles. This is more of a brown ale than a pale ale.

This beer is unbalanced, and I would not drink it unless it was the last beer in the planet.

Photo of MrBoz21
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 40 degree bottle into pint glass

Poured with 1/3 inch creamy white head that quickly settled into a persistent foam cap with thick cream ring on glass that left lacing which crept down side of glass. Color is mild amber-copper that holds light. Nice carbonation bubbles.

Mild earthy and piney hop aroma.

Mouthfeel is moderately dry but not thin.

Balanced hop flavor with delicate bitterness that carries through mid mouth and pleasantly lingers in the throat. Not sweet, but it has a substantial malty quality with hints of biscuit. Nicely balanced and drinkable.

Overall – this is a delicious pale ale that has substance, nuance and flavorful hoppiness. While I like that it is comfortable being a pale ale, better examples of the style are more creative.

Photo of alphagnome
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color body that is both mildly hazy and incredibly active. Carbonation is in abundance, as is the bone-white head that is persistent on hanging around. Gobs upon gobs of lacing here as well.

The aroma is centered around one thing: Piney hops. Pine cones, spruce branches, and a hint of pepper. A bit boring but decent.

Taste wise, you're treated to the same experience as your nose... Plenty of pine notes and hints of pistachios. Bitterness isn't overwhelming but does sting the tongue a bit.

Medium-bodied. The body here is incredibly smooth - almost enough to balance the bitter bite. Don't for a second think you can jump from Budweiser to this though, or you're going to have a bad time. The finish is desert dry, leaving your mouth seeking the nearest oasis.

Here we have another west coast Pale that doesn't have enough balance to make it a truly enjoyable beer. Much better examples of the style exist, Bell's Two-Hearted and Three Floyd's Zombie Dust to name a few.

Photo of damndirtyape
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Best before 09/18/13.

Appearance: Hazy to translucent deep amber. 1/16" persistent off white head. Lots of delicate persistent lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, pine, orange citrus.

Taste: Pine up front, then caramel / bready malt middle, then a nice hoppy finish of pine, grapefruit and orange citrus. Very tasty and well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Nice thickness, smooth, just right carbonation. Surprisingly not a lot of hop oils sticking to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A very solid and drinkable beer. Full flavored and loaded with good aroma, I could drink another one easily if I had one. Went great with food (mexican bean & salsa + polenta casserole) and I know it would be good all by itself. I agree with the back of the bottle, probably exceedingly bold for its day, but not mega hoppy by today's standards. That being said, really well done and still a very good beer that accentuates the hops, but isn't excessively bitter. Well done.

Photo of scotorum
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy By 10/3/13, so slightly past its prime.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams nonick pint.

a: hazy dark amber topped by a beautiful tall perfectly formed off white head which receded to surface foam film and lots of lacing.

s: Mild pine.

t: Moderate pine hops forward. Good overall flavor but the malt is not very distinctive.

m: Light to moderate, leaning to light. Easy drinking.

o: A classic modern American style pale ale, in that it is on the whole more hop than malt dominated. Some balance but it is the hops which stand out. Extremely sessionable: you do want more after it's gone. Wondering if the low marks and references to maltiness in some reviews here are the result of aged bottles. Not my experience at all.

Photo of vkv822
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz : tulip

Clear amber-red ale with a thin, foamy off white head.

While still pleasant, I was surprised by the aroma. Much more malt balance than I tend to expect from Stone. Faint citric, floral hops, balanced with caramel, nutty malts.

The taste follows the nose for the most part.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

A decent beer, nothing unpleasant, but not necessarily anything exciting either.

Photo of RickS95
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It's only partially got the look I was expecting. It's the darkest pale ale I've seen. The pour is a clearish, medium brown with some lighter hints of red. Not exactly pale. However, the head is a thing of beauty. A couple fingers of light beige bubbles. Really resembles an IPA with the look of meringue up top. Seriously long retention and a huge mess of lace.

Lacks the smell of a pale ale as well. Very malt forward on the nose. Faint bits of floral, but really it's nutty and malty like a brown ale (looks like one too).

Nothing to write home about. Again, very malty. Kind of a nutty taste (brown ale?). Has an earthy taste, likely some dirty pine. Floral hops appear in the finish.

Being an APA from Cali, I expected an ale bursting with citrus. Not so much. Mostly earthy and bitter. More of a savory, resiny hop than a splash of tropical fruit. Medium bodied, the alcohol is barely present.

Overall, it's a decent beer, but nothing to write home about and a bit of a disappointment. It's not hard to drink, just doesn't look or taste like a pale ale from California.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- clean copper with a dense, light tan head. Respectable lacing and outstanding retention. One of the finer looking pales I have seen

S- Citrus fruits and fresh bready malts. Pine hops invigorate the nose as well, with a health does of sweet caramel and molasses to finishing things off.

T- Earthy, citrus, and bitter. Straight forward as there are no real surprises here. Biscuity malts make for a well rounded balance. Touch of dry spice. Simple, but refined. Balance seems to be what I keep coming back to here.

M- Dry, mid to light body that is about par for the course of this style...but bouldering on heavy.

O- Not necessarily spectacular in my opinion, but about as solid as an APA gets. Not as bold as I am accustomed to with Stone, but a sure fire go to brew when you want something for any occasion without breaking the bank. The balance and consistency of this one should not be overlooked. Well done.

Photo of SteveB24
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance; the least impressive feature of this beer,color is a medium brown, medium carbonation and almost no head.

smell; very nice, bread with some banana and maybe a hint of pineapple.

taste; brief malty notes quickly followed by a wave of pleasant, hoppy bitterness. the tropical notes in the smell lack in the taste, but are found in the aftertaste which is nice.

mouthfeel; nice carbonation, slightly dry finish but still pretty smooth.

overall; definitely a solid beer, good for beginners in the hoppy ale world, unfortunately, and this is my opinion, it does not stand out among lots of other similar pale ales, bordering forgettable.

Photo of a0lbudman
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- dark amber in color with an off white foam
S-it really had no smell that stood out
T- was the best part of the beer, it had a hop tatst that I like, but was not overpowering in the aftertatse, a clean tatse
M-was refreshing
O- I can see why this is Stones best selling brand look foward to getting a 6 pack

Photo of HoppyBastard
2.32/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: dark amber color with very thin head which dissipated quickly, almost no lacing, light carbonation.

SMELL: metallic and caramel.

TASTE: caramel and malty with a metallic hop profile.

PALATE: light carbonation medium body.

OVERALL: this is not a beer I would buy again. For a pale ale it was far too malty and the hops were metallic tasting, in an unpleasant way.

Photo of brewbattles
2.47/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

We conducted a blind taste test between this beer and 4 other popular American Pale Ales: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Deschutes Mirror Pond Ale, Stone Pale Ale, Firestone Double Barrel Ale, and Boulder Hazed & Infused.

Check it out:

Photo of SFACRKnight
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into the old reliable oskar blues shaker pint.
Pours an amber tinged brown with an off white head. Tons of caramel on the nose backed up with spicy hops, a hint of citrus zest. Tastes exactly like it smells. Tons of. Caramel malty goodness with overtones of earthy hops and a citrus zest bitterness softly bringing it all together. Pretty thick mouthfeel for an APA in part because of the sweetness. Overall I enjoy this beer. Easy drinking and probably my favorite stone offering so far.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap The Village Tavern in Hammondsport, NY.

Pours a clear copper amber, with a 2 inch head, and really good thick lacing down the glass.

Smells quite hoppy, but slightly metallic. Lots of citrus zest, grapefruit and pine.

The taste is similar. The metallicness is there in the flavor too, but it's not that distracting. Fresh, clean, crisp hop flavor here, with only a little bit of sweet malt that makes the hops taste like sugar-coated grapefruit.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean, dry mouthfeel. Great mouthfeel, almost silky.

This is one of the original Stone beers, and it's still impressive.

Photo of Tonmeister
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sierra Nevada Pint Glass

Appearance: reddish brownish, hazy amber. Can't really see through it with a finger off-white head that with good lacing around.

Smell: Caramel, hazel, dark fruity notes, yet sweet and malty.

Taste: sweet orangey caramel maltiness. It's more on the malty side.

Mouthfeel: medium full-boddied with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a great APA, by far one of my favorites. It has a very rich, yet complex taste. This is an excellent session beer.

Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,648 ratings.