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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,519 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,519
Reviews: 963
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 74
Gots: 153 | 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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Photo of mzwolinski
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Somewhat hazed, copper color with a thinnish but surprisingly persistant head. Leaves a great lace down the glass. Aroma is hoppy and citric, with a caramel sweetness underlying. Malt sweetness hits you up front in the mouth as well, and is noticeable throughout the beer, contributing a nice nutty flavor. The dominate taste, however, is still the slightly acidic, citric flavors of the hops. They also give the beer a pleasant oily smoothness. The beer feels medium-bodied, finishes dry, and leaves you with a nice fruity/sweet aftertaste, with lingering hints of hop bitterness. This is probably more hoppy than the average Pale Ale, but this isn't an IPA or Ruination. There's a good deal going on here besides the hops, and this is a good thing. Extremely drinkable and pleasant.

mzwolinski, Dec 08, 2002
Photo of brdc
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Small capped bottle, poured into a tulip.

It is a very nice, dark copper brew with a good, very light tan head with nice retention and lacing.
Nice, if not strong aroma, with bready, malty caramel notes, along with balancing fruity hoppiness.
It has a surprisingly creamy mouthfeel, opening to a very pleasant, well balanced beer with fruity, citrusy hoppiness exchaning notes with caramel maltiness.
Not complex or extreme (not its purpose), but extremely drinkable and well balanced, a great session beer. Very well done.

brdc, Sep 14, 2008
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.

BadBadger, May 01, 2007
Photo of ericj551
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Pale Ale pours a nice golden copper with a creamy head that lingers as a thin off white layer leaving a nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is delicious, sweet caramel malts, clean with a nice toasted notes. There is a nice leafy hop aroma and an allusion to bitterness. The flavor is dry with a nice malt character. Hops are dominant but not overpowering. The nice light hop flavor leaves the beer crisp, with hints of toasted malts in the aftertaste. I really wish I could drink this everyday! I hope the rumors of Stone coming to Maine are true.

ericj551, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of BaronRogue
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not pale at all, a deep rich amber with a nice head that floats for a minute or two. Enough lacing to let you know that it's a legitimate beer.

Smells slightly sweet, floral and hoppy, just like a pale ale should.

Tastes like a strong raisin-esque pilsner. Lots of flavor but light and refreshing. Doesn't get any better than this as far as standard APAs go. Sure you can go more hardcore with barleywines and IIPAs, but as far as drinkable session PAs go, this is the bar for me.

Again, refreshing and crisp, with enough gravity to feel real but not enough to weigh you down. Say goodbye to at least three once you start.

Overall, it's an upper-medium priced beer that's well worth it if you're an APA fan. Prefer this over a lot of the more intense Stone varieties, if I'm honest.

BaronRogue, May 19, 2012
Photo of Bighuge
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A nice amber with orange highlights. A nice white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Very nice herbal and grapefruit tones in the aroma. Really nice maltiness in this pale ale. A caramel maltiness I think. A good bitterness too. I usually prefer highly hopped pale ales, but this doesn't seem overly hopped and I love it. This is probably the best balanced pale ale I've had. Excellent.

Bighuge, May 18, 2002
Photo of OStrungT
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a light brown. Maybe a reddish color. The head is tan with a slight orange tint to it. It fades very slowly leaving very thick laces. This is probably the darkest pale ale I have ever seen. It has a floral aroma to it. The presence of malts are also apparent. There is a slight citrus scent to it as well. It tastes less hoppy that I would expect froma pale ale. It is more of an amber really. It had a very good balance of hops and malt flavor. This beer is very well balanced. It leaves a creamy feeling and citrus like taste on the palate. This beer wuld be a great session beer. It has a low alcohol content, so you could drink quite a few. Also, the flavor is not so strong and aggressive that you might get tired of it. I think I could drink this beer all night long. It is definately well worth trying.

OStrungT, Apr 23, 2005
Photo of kbuff13
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Servered from a tap into a pint glass. Poured a deep amber color with small head and decent lacing. Strong citrus hops smell. Very well balanced beer, great hop taste, very smooth with medium body. Great overall beer. One of my all time favorites.

kbuff13, May 15, 2009
Photo of cdkrenz
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - It has a thick pour to a head at about a half inch. The head is a medium tan and has nice stamina. The body is a bronze color that barely lets light through. Head is sticky leaving a nice lacing along the pint.

S - It has a hop aroma that does a good job of allowing a malt scent through as well.

T - There are a few different flavors here. It starts out with a mildly sweet, mostly hop beginning.It then moves to a richer hoppy flavor. There is an abrupt and forceful after-taste of straight hops.

M - The feel is actually pretty smooth for a hop filled brew. It goes down very well leaving no abrasive afterthought.

~ This is a very good beer and one that I wish was readily available in Central Wisconsin. It is nice to see this brewery has made it's way into the state even though I need to travel almost three hours to get a six pack. I will certainly recommend this beer to my friends. I'll also make sure they get their own because this sixer is mine!

cdkrenz, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of adkirkish
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured clear amber, with a thick and persistent frothy white head.

Aroma: Pale malt, with a floral / bitter hop aroma that overwhelms the malts. No diacetyl / off aromas.

Flavor: The balance of this beer is dominantly hops, but it is supported well with the malt through the body. This beer has a backbone ;) The two compliment each other very well. Finish is a lingering hop bitterness.

M: Medium body, carbonation and mouthfeel, no astringency or warmth on the palate. Appropriate to style.

O: Perfect impression as far as American Pale Ales go ;)

adkirkish, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of jperry4848
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%

jperry4848, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Amber hue crystal clear with a nicely formed cream head nice and bubbly leaves fine evenly patterned lacing. Aroma: Very floral in nature hops are evident they take a seat in the cockpit, but it's okay the malt backbone is the copilot. Wonderful fruity undertones with a bouqet of whole leaf flowery hops, well done. Taste: Sufficient amount of hops some may say unbalanced however for me this beer is perfect. American style pale ale boasts a fruity slightly caramel tinged malt backbone that also has the support of some juicy hop bite. Mouthfeel: To Stone this is their light beer, in reality it's a medium bodied lucious ale with mild even carbonation. Drinkability: Blessed with high marks across the board making it hellaciously consumable wow this is up there with their IPA for all around goodness.

WVbeergeek, Apr 13, 2004
Photo of jbone78
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice little pale.

A- nice golden pour, mild head retention and fades.
S- very good hop smell with a toasty like scent in there too. I like.
T- Again,toasty malts with great hop blend.
M- medium carbonated well with a residual sticky sugary malty aftertaste.
D- I could do several of these in a sitting.

Overall, I like this one. I like beers that blend.

-Bye

jbone78, May 07, 2009
Photo of codyb1991
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%

codyb1991, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of ZAP
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Soft spicy/husky hop aroma...orangish with a soft creamy lace..nice mellow creamy mouthfeel...some nice fruitiness...very drinkable...thirst quenching...sweet maltiness...one of, if not THE best tasting pale ales I've had...My first stone experience is a GRAND one!!

ZAP, May 25, 2002
Photo of lester619
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I Am pretty new to the world of craft beer. Most of my life I have drank the light yellow, watery, fizzy, canned beers that are made in a vat the size of Rhode Island that get berated on this website. I still like cheap watery beer. All I know is I love beer and this is what I want my beer to taste like. Sweet and herbal citrusy with tons of pine up front, balanced beutifully with just the right smack of bitterness. It's plenty hoppy, but not goofy hoppy. It's just great beer flavor. Fantastic drinkablility. I just wish it was two-for-one at the tavern like my light yellow fizzy watery crap. Oh well.

lester619, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber with a very light tan head. Nose is of perfumed hops with the expected citrus head. Really a heavy perfume fragrance throughout. Flavor is consistently bitter in a smooth way. On the tail end a sweeter side appears. Feel has a decent carbonation, but overall feels a little bit thin; but still overall is extremely good. Great drink ability. Damn you, Stone.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of GordonQuid
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint galss.

Amber/gold w/a nice 1 inch head, ample lacing.

Taste is like the Arrogant Bastards little bullish brother. Roasty malts w/ a nice Yakima Magnum hop bitterness.

Excellent light-medium bodied Stone! Qua-fable!

GordonQuid, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of Milkysunshine
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Milkysunshine, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of crwrunner
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

crwrunner, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

ordybill, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of EighthElement
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

EighthElement, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of Dwtucker90
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Dwtucker90, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of wilfonzo
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

wilfonzo, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Saxboy10
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Saxboy10, Mar 02, 2014
Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,519 ratings.