Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

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.

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Ratings: 2,648 | Reviews: 989
Photo of Nat1975
2.91/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I just can't get over the smell

Photo of kojevergas
2.96/5  rDev -23.1%
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

Photo of bfred805
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Dark amber, tan head. Not a fan of the mild body mixed with cough syrup taste. Not the worst beer I've ever had, it's a stone... But wouldn't order it again

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Shake pint glass.

Rusty cinnamon body, tan foamy head. Great lacing

Spicy wood, cedar, malts, hints of caramel in the nose.

Tastes just like it smells.

Thick mouthfeel, almost creamy.

Overall, very thick, spicy, chewy. Reminds me of a Rogue beer?

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 quasimoto
3.04/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice copper color/ deep amber. big fluffy head that leaves lots of lace.

S - Strong papery smell of the worst hops in the world...AMARILLO!!! I hate these hops. There is a slight background of malt, but light and balanced.

T - those damn Amarillo hops kill it. Although it does get better as it warms up. The malt breakes though

M - It starts out dry slight bitternes, and some slight carbonation. Wets the mouth nicely and then returns to dry city. The bitterness has a nice touch.

D - For the style it is spot on. Balanced and smooth. Its the flavor of those hops I cant get past. Horrible. But then that is my own personal taste.

Photo of becktone
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Decided to edit the first review and give this one another go-right after doing a review on Anchor liberty. I find that I really have mixed feelings about this one.

This amber/copper pale ale pours with a nice creamy one finger head.
As the creamy slightly off white head begins to receed it leaves a wall of lacing along the edges of the glass. Head retention is alright, the head lasts but is losing mass all the while. Could be better.

The aroma of this beer suprises me. I expected hops in the foreground with some malt background influences. In this beer the nose is slightly caramel with some spicy hop character as well. Other than that this beer has a very clean, but faint aroma, that hints at a hop presence.In my opinion this beer's aroma would be imporved if it were hoppier, I feel that a hoppy aroma is a definitive factor among APAs. As this beer warms up diacetyl is becomes noticable.

This beer is again not what I expected from an American Pale Ale. The balance between malt and hops in this beer is quite nice. The hop flavor in this beer isn't what I expected from an APA, however it is still good. I would havet to say that the hop proflie is more floral and grassy as opposed to the citrus character. I don't know why but I am having a really tough time describing the flavor profile of this beer.

In the mouth this beer is medium bodied and carbonation does not interfere with the flavor profile. I didn't notice it before but it has a full creamy character that feels very nice in the mouth. It goes down very easily and I could drink it all day. However, I know for a fact that there are other APAs out there which I am definitely going to try to get my hands on.. Although I love Stone's beers this one just didn't meet my expectations. I would rather prefer to drink GLBC Burning River or SNPA over this one.

Photo of Hophead717
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not hoppy enough for my palate

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 8/6/2008 (Draft @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a reddish brown color. Creamy gray-whitish head, good lacing and seems to last. Very mild aroma, some nuttiness. Maybe some dark grapes. Fizzy, smooth not creamy. Some nutiness, some balance. Some dustiness. Mild. Some kind of fruit in tne taste, but not dark fruit. I guess I was expecting more hoppiness.

Photo of dataskatt
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was not what I expected. A nice amber color. Smells grapefruity/hoppy with kind of a funky skunky smell. The taste really threw me. It has an unexpected harshly bitter/musky taste that I didn't particularly like. It's different...I'll give it that. It seems rather harsh for a pale ale...more like an IPA. Kind of funky even for an IPA. Honestly, I don't think I would buy it again...

Photo of bbb099
3.07/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared with mjyoung.

A - Clear orange amber color with a moderate amount of white colored head.

S - Musky, yeasty aroma with hints of grassy hops. Unexpected and very off-putting.

T - The malt dominates throughout with a little citrusy hops on backend, creating a sweet and sour finish.

M - Light to medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

D - I was expecting a little more out of a Stone beer, but it was certainly drinkable.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Attractive coppery orange color with a dense head of foam. Medium levels of carbonation, and mild lacing in the glass.

S: Light citrus notes and hops. A touch of buttery malt and toasted grain. Overall, rather lean on the aroma side, but still appropriate; this isn't an over-the-top IPA.

T: A sweet biscuit maltiness blends with smooth, buttery husk and grain, with a lightly sweet hoppy note. Finishes rather bitter, with a slightly dry-hop aftertaste. Not bad.

M: Goes down easy, light on the palate, medium carbonation. All right on for the style.

D: Average. A solid APA, but nothing out of the ordinary here; I've come to expect a bit more from Stone Brewing. Kind of lacks balance, in my mind. Could be a sessioner for diehard fans of the APA style. Worth a try.

Photo of Mark
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

I thought I'd give this a try snce I had heard good things about this brewerys products. On the second sip the taste was empty, almost watery. I think I might have a bad batch although there was decent head retention and lace on my glass? I might take it back and exchange it. THE "good" sip featured a nice hoppy tang though it did taste similar to other west oast ales. All in all nothing special and a bit of a letdown

Photo of ITK4ever
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I didn't know what to expect. I love most of Stone's offerings, but I had never tried the APA. Stone is fairly new to Maryland. The color on the pour was a little darker and richer than I expected. Amber tones, and maltier on the nose. I picked up some hops, Centennial, I believe...maybe a little Warrior, but not as strong as the de facto for this style...Sierra Nevada. Nice lacing and a thin, but firm head. Hoppy at the start, which I love, then the malt takes over. A little stronger than I normally would like, but it lends to a good balance. Pretty clean finish for this style.

I liked it. Not my favorite as I tend more towards IPAs, but this is a good brew for friends who aren't the hop-head I am. I love Stone bottles. I don't know if you'll find it in my fridge all the time, but every so often, I'll grab a sixer when I'm in the mood.

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 maddogruss
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours an amber body with no significant head. Has a small lacing along the top of the beer with some lacing along the sides of the mug as I drained the beer, but that was about it.

S: A slightly malty smell. Nothing of great evidence to note.

T: Slightly malty taste, but, similar to the smell, nothing overpowering. I expected a little bit more of a malt flavor.

M: A little on the thin side, but pretty smooth and crisp.

D: A pretty drinkable beer. Easy going down and a decent taste. A more robust malt taste, or maybe even some hints of bittering hops, would have made this brew a much stronger pale ale.

Photo of SamN
3.14/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Wow, what a looker in this Perfect Pint glass. Perfect head atop a gorgeous orange copperish color with slight chill haze. Extremely lively and bubbly, nonstop streaming bubbles, helped no doubt by the scored glass bottom. Ridiculously beautiful color, really. Fading hues from rust to deep amber. Fine head, light tan hues on white. Slightest resiny hues, impressive hang time. This head simply will not fade. Exceptional looks for a beer.

S- This damn head gets in the way of sticking my nose in the glass, which is a shame cuz this beer's aroma is a little weak. Fruit scented hops aromas, hard to decipher. Almost dirtier, rawer hops smells, sharper somewhat. Not bad, but the smell is detached.

T- Hops forward, lacking balance between hops and barley. Not as sweet as I like hops-forward beers to be. Not overpowering, but noticeably more apparent. Bitter aftertaste, unpleasant. Leaves a raw sensation on the palette.

Too much raw sticky hops cones and too little balance for my tastes. I can see how others would like this, however, it's just not for me.

M- Quite smooth, great body and construction. Such dead on carbonation to make this a glass that absolutely requires a good glass for long pulls. However, that strong hops does leave my palette with a lasting raw feeling.

D- Almost everything was outstanding to me, except for the most important part; taste. I just don't like the taste sensation of overpowering hops with too little malt counterbalance. Other than that, a great beer.

Photo of BOSMECH
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a six pack after the storm clean up, pours a dark copper/ amber / borwn color with a 2 inch head that settle down to about a 1/2 inch.

A it appears very nice with the color and the small retaining head.

S It has a very light hoppy smell not as strong as other pale ale's.

T taste is a light hop and citrus taste with a mild little bite to it.

M Mild carbonation and goes down smooth with no bad after taste that I have incured with others.

O Overall it is a good beer that I can drink again but there are others out there that are better I think.

Photo of Damian
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA

Poured a hazy, reddish-amber with a one-finger, off white, foamy head that faded to a thick ring of lace.

The aroma was rather mild. Smooth, buttery German malts and some fruitiness were initially detectable, along with a slight metallic tinge. (Very lager-ish, in some regards.) As the beer warmed, the fruitiness became more apparent.

The taste was subtle yet well balanced. A touch of malty creaminess was noticeable up front before the beer turned slightly bitter mid-palate. Some fruity notes became noticeable as the beer warmed. A citrusy, slight hop bite was apparent on the back end. The finish was somewhat hoppy and bitter with a smooth, buttery, malty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, fairly smooth and creamy.

Overall, this was definitely the least exciting Stone offering I have had to date, yet it was one of the most sessionable.

Photo of browniewithnuts
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark amberish color, kind of murky in the glass. 1/2 inch head which dispersed pretty quickly with a circular white foam remaining around the glass. Decent carbonation.

S: Not much coming through in the smell for me. Mostly smelling biscuity malts coming through with slight hop presence in the smell.

T: Hop bitterness comes through at first but the taste changes quickly. The maltiness comes through quickly and takes over the palate. There is a little more bitterness on the back end before the taste fades with a crisp, clean finish

M: Light clean body, slightly over carbonated but not overwhelmingly so. Decent mouth feel.

O: An average Pale Ale. Nothing really stood out with it but nothing really offended the senses.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stone Pale Ale

Appearance- light brown/ orange/ amber with a decent head.
Smell- floral and citrus hops not as strong as some IPA's
Taste- very similair to Sierra Nevada but just a little more washed down. Floral hops and a grapefruit/ lemony rind taste add a little bitterness.

Overall- a basic run-of-the-mill IPA. Nothing to shout about but I would drink again.

Photo of Enola
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Obtained as part of the Double Trouble Bif.

This is not my favorite Stone brew. The beer just seems too bland. Not bad, just average. The smell is creamy and the taste is hoppy bot and it has a slight adjunct taste. The mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability is good. This beer is not bad. It is, however, plain. Average for the style. Drinkable. No thumbs up or down. Medium.

Photo of rattleweed
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paid a little more for this so was expecting something but didn't get it. I mean it was good but nothing worth the extra coin for me.
A - a bit hazy, dark honey color with an off -white head that doesn't stick around long.
S - light, pleasant smell
T - clean, not sweet, not anything really, nice not too overpowering bitterness after.
M - medium carbonation and squeezes the tongue a little so the tastebuds pop...just not much for them to do.
D - the clean dry taste and slight bitter finish made for an easily downable pint. good just not that special for me.

Photo of gearbike
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden pale color from the tap. Served in apint glass with a small white frothy head. Tastes of a faint caramel sweetness. Does have some mild hops but not bitter. A bit thin on the backbone. Kind of bland but went very well with pizza. Would be a great choice as a session beer with most any meal.

Photo of tone77
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy auburn color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by piney hops. Taste is a hop bomb. Significant bitterness throughout, no balance to speak of. Feels medium bodied and very bitter in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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