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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

2,477 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,477
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 73
Gots: 140 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Mat_Rampson, Feb 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Alek, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of Mojo
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> World Market tulip glass.

This offering pours up a deep gold/medium amber with a small half finger head, no real retention, and bits of lacing. The nose is kind of pine, bread, and citrus. Taste is a very sweet almost apple juice flavor on the initial sip giving way to a grapefruitiness and finally a spicy hop finish. Mouthfeel is pleasant. This is a good one, maybe not the best ever, but solid.

Mojo, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 03/19/13.

Appearance: Slight chill haze on a straight up copper colored beer. Head is off-white, rocky, and massive. Drops to a small cap and big chunky collar. Sheets, splotches, and spots of lacing mark the glass with each sip.

Smell: A nice balance of leafy, slightly earthy notes and citrus. Some grapefruit with a touch of pine lingering in the back. Solid malt backbone is biscuity with a good amount of caramel malt sweetness. A bit of caramelized sugar. Backing floral notes. A touch of ale yeast. Light toasted element.

Taste: Leafy flower. Drink the meadow. Raw hop leaf with a backing punch of citrus zest, pith, and oily pine. Some straight backing bitterness. Malts are nicely balanced, sweet, but not overbearing. Slightly toasted with a great caramelized malt sweetness. Finishes on the hoppy side (surprise!).

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Body runs medium with a moderate carbonation. Clean.

Overall: Are you sure Stone made this?

A nicely hopped APA. A bit restrained for Stone, but it's appreciated here. Drinkable and still carries that distinct Stone finish. I need to remember to drink this as a go to APA.

Goblinmunkey7, Feb 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Flashyspoons, Feb 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Feb 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

DukeX13, Feb 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

arfenhouse, Feb 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

pfaucett, Feb 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Efay, Feb 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Devinph, Feb 08, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Gu3mom, Feb 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

SamfordHall, Feb 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

KeyWestGator, Feb 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

dbl_delta, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Groomsy
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic. "Enjoy by" date is 02.18.13.

This APA pours a very attractive light amber color and is topped by a frothy off-white head of two fingers. Per the style, the head sticks around for a while and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. Some yeast particles (and hop residue?) lingers in the body of the beer, giving it some haze.

Definitely a West Coast style nose on this one - the first thing I notice is a sweet grapefruit/citrus character. There's some floral freshness behind that. The malt hangs in the balance and provides a nice, caramel contrast to the very apparent hop aromas. For some reason, I also think of orange rinds when smelling this? A well-balanced American pale ale. Not totally citrusy, as some others are.

Some strong malt sweetness hits the front of the tongue with flavors of freshly milled grain, but this is quickly balanced by some juicy fruity flavors mid-palate - citrus, predictably. Some floral, slightly pine-like bitterness finishes out the beer, with some of the citrus character still hanging out. Nice bitter and strong finish of this one.

The mouthfeel of this beer is excellent and refreshing. Mildly carbonated, it has a dry finish and the body is a medium consistency. The dry finish leaves some of the hoppy flavors lingering behind.

A great American pale ale. This is by all means a "go to." While not as outrageous as some of Stone's other beers, this shows that they can indeed make a very good "standard" ale.

Groomsy, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of Moose90
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best By: Sept 26 2012
Tasted: Feb 3 2013 . . . oops

A – Medium/Dark amber color. Strong 1" head stays around and leaves lacing, nice cream white foam.

S – Malt, lots of it, crystal malts, biscuity and thats about it. The hops have obviously faded considerably.

T – Some bitter hops here, but the biscuity and heavy malt character comes through and dominates. This is almost sweaty on the malt level.

M – Seems over-carbonated. It is crisp enough, but it has a sticky lingering malty aftertaste.

O – Just average, may be due to the date of the bottle, but the major notes on this one are malts and more malts. Its not bad, but not sure I'd seek out a freshie.

Moose90, Feb 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

kingmaker, Feb 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

yossarian14, Jan 29, 2013
Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,477 ratings.