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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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Mini4x, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “ENJOY BY” date printed on the shoulder is “12.24.12.” Rats! Only two months late.

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is hazy, orange-tinted amber. Two fingers of dense, eggshell-colored head dissipated slowly to leave a thick, spotted lacing, ring around the edge, and trails of foam along the glass.

Smell: Mild citrus intermingled with malts and faint cardboard. This bottle is showing its age. Nonetheless, there are aromas of orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime, some exotic fruit, light pine or spruce, and sweet caramel.

Taste: Despite this bottle’s age, the flavor is still pretty solid. Most of the hops may have fallen out, though. It is a mellow balance between mild citrus and the malts. Orange, lemon, pepper spice, pine, toasted malts, toffee, and caramel. It offers a floral bitterness that lingers as an aftertaste.

Drinkability: I will definitely buy a fresher bottle in the future, but this “old” one was still pretty good.

TheQuietMan22, Mar 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Duvel, Mar 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

spycow, Mar 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Beerswag, Mar 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

ryser2k, Mar 06, 2013
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2.94/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

5.40% ABV confirmed. Bottle acquired at Trader Joe's. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I figure a brewery with as much funding and manpower as Stone wouldn't screw up a pale ale.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger beige-khaki colour head of fair cream, decent thickness, and pretty good (~4 minute) retention. Body colour is a clear textbook copper. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Predictable for the style; this is what one thinks of when one thinks of a pale ale. Nothing unique or special here, but there are no overt flaws.

Sm: I like the refined caramel malt backbone; it's more evocative than in most pale ales. Light generic floral hops. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. Not a lot going on here; I hope there's more to the flavour. An average strength aroma.

T: Okay. Caramel malt and floral hops. There's a subtlety to the execution. (Stone, subtlety - what?). It's a simple beer but it's well put together. I wouldn't go so far as to call it balanced - after all this is Stone - but it's not bad. Built decently. I expected severe over-hopping in classic Stone fashion, but this is surprisingly underhopped for the style. It's kind of a malt-focused beer, actually. Still, its simplicity holds it back. Not quite refreshing. No alcohol or yeast comes through. A bit too bitter on the finish.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too dry on the finish, killing the refreshing feel. Decent thickness. Okay presence on the palate. Overcarbonated. Suits the flavours generally at best.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. Rather pedestrian. Hides its ABV well. I doubt I'd get it again unless the only other offerings were macro-shite. It's by no means a bad beer; it's just mundane.

High C

kojevergas, Mar 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

bcsbeer, Mar 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

monarch34, Mar 04, 2013
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3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours an orangish-copper color with an inch thick head that dissipates instantly, leaving a pretty good lacing.

Smell - Sweet but also bitter, a slight funk, and alcohol.

Taste - It has a very nice sweetness to it, kind of like grapefruit. The hops taste like pine to me. There is a slight mustiness, like the aroma. And there is a very light alcohol flavor in the finish, kind of similar to a whiskey ale. I think this might be brewed in oak barrels as well?

Mouthfeel - Has a pretty thick feel with medium carbonation.

Overall - It's pretty easy to drink on.

jsisko01, Mar 01, 2013
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3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers of head on a cloudy, dark straw colored body.
The aroma is a faint grain smell.
The taste starts malty then switches to moderate pine/grapefruit bitterness; finishes with a mild sweetness. Great profile.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's a straight up pale ale, can't lose with this one.

Fatehunter, Feb 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

williamjbauer, Feb 26, 2013
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plinythederek, Feb 25, 2013
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3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Bottle says to 'enjoy by 04/03/13'. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a nice ruby copper color with about two fingers worth of fluffy off-white creamy head.

S - Light bready malts with a faint whiff of citrus hops in the background. Not a complex smell, but not off-putting either. Smells lightly refreshing and inviting.

T - Taste follows the nose, lots of nice bready malts paired with a hint of grapefruit hops and a bit of fresh lemon / orange. The bottle says it best, itself, at describing this beer claiming it is "nearly on the modest side". It is a much more tame beer than a lot of the raging hop assaults that Stone Brewing releases. A nice change of pace. Nicely balanced with a nice light body.

M - Smooth and clean mouthfeel. Just a very slight bitter hop aftertaste.

Overall, it is highly drinkable at only 5.40% abv, lightly bodied, and remarkably well-balanced. Definitely a nice take on the style by Stone, I would have it again.

Stone Pale Ale ---3.5/5

mfnmbvp, Feb 24, 2013
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boudreaux, Feb 21, 2013
Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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