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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Pale AleStone Pale Ale

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very good

979 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 979
Hads: 2,680
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 18.51%
Wants: 89
Gots: 274 | 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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Reviews: 979 | Hads: 2,680
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy orangey color ale with an average foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of Cascade hops with some caramel malt also discernable. Taste is a mix between some caramel malt with some dominating Cascade hops which provide a citrusy and bitter taste. Full body with some average carbonation. Good but drinkability good have been better - too full too be a session beer and too light in terms of hops to be truly interesting.

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Photo of giblet
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

well, as a lover of Stone...this is not my favorite. pours very nice with about one and a half inch of head. nice carbonation, nice aroma of hop and dryness. flavor is less than what i hoped for but if i compare to the ipa than it may be fair. good lace down the glass. a good beer from an exceptional brewer. not exeptional though.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of busternuggz
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date, it may have been a little old.
Dark orange with a cream colored ~1/2" head. Retains at about 1/8" for a while.
Scents of tangerine and pine on top of typical Stone hops, some caramel malt comes out more as it warms. A little subdued.
Big, bold, and harshly bitter and astringent. A little twinge of caramel malt that doesn't blend well with the hops, some grapefruit zest. A little pine on the finish. Astringent, lingering aftertaste.
Light bodied, thin but well carbonated.
The astringency brings the drinkability way down for me, I don't need more than one of these. I'd much rather go for a more flavorful pale ale.
I know a lot of people dig Stone but I just don't like their hoppy stuff. I went at this one with an open mind but it turned out much like their other ones. Just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of rawfish
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark burnt amber color, thin head, half a finger that is stark white. Average retention but it only leaves a few flecks of suds on the glass.

Stale bread, pale malt, adjunct and caramel. Thin with a grassy hay hop overtone. Something like a light fruit and fruit aroma wafting around in the glass as well.

Pale malt that has a good dose of toasted bread. Grassy and hay hops that have an immediate drying effect that comes off as chalky and stark. Raw and grain husks abound in the malt department. I was expecting more.

Easy to put down and it releases from the palate quickly readying it for more. Sessionable body and active carbonation for the style.

For a pale it's average but I was expecting much more from stone. Chalky and dry but otherwise very easy to drink with adequate malt and bitterness. The price tag will keep me from buying more.

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Photo of pigc
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light dirty orange with three finger head.

S - Grainy malts. Slight citrus notes.

T - Bready malts. Very little hop presence. Grainy, almost watery.

M - Thin and watery.

O - I think this bottle may be past it's drink by date. Cannot read on bottle. Would like to try this beer fresh and compare.

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Photo of drpimento
3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a nice frothy, textured head and lots of lace. Nice amber color. Mild hop with some malt nose. Hop flavor is remarkably muted. Not bad, but nothing special. A surprise. Was expecting a lot more from the Stone. Balanced, clean pleasant finish.

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Photo of froghop
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear copper with a small off-white head, and good lacing.

smell is floral, caramel, some spice, and a little pine.

taste is of oats, malt, grain, some caramel, a little bit of cheerios, earth, and roasted nuts, ends a little dry and a little bitter.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

S: Musty, grapefruity , a little malt. About average.

A: It's a standard pale ale with a sticky lace. Amber, slightly cloudy. Looks good.

M: Watery, not much to grip, washed really clean, little bitterness in the aftertaste with a malty finish

T: Grapefuity hops muted with a malty base then mostly water after. *shrug*

D: There's no doubt that it's a good APA , but compared with some of the others, this makes a better than average drinker, and not much else. For the $$$, there is better/cheaper out there.

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Photo of RickS95
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of JDV
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murky deep amber color with medium offwhite semi-lasting head. Smell is fairly mild, lightly hopped, and more heavily scented from the caramel sweetness than anything. Definitely a sweeter pale with light, almost blandish hop notes, and a slight burnt caramel bittersweetness. Somewhat rich for a pale, and reminded me much more of an ESB than any pale I've had before. Could have again, but I wouldn't go out of the way for it. Decent beer.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a coppery-orange color. Clear with a light tan head, 1/2" high before it dissipates to a ring and islands. A bit darker than most pale ales.
Smell is hops and malt with a hint of citrus.
Taste is hops, light malt(more in aftertaste), hints of caramel,and citrus/lemon.
Crisp with a good-sized hop bite for a plae ale. Hops holds strong in the aftertaste with some malt and citrus, though both are light.
A good beer but a bit hoppier than the style average, more IPA-like.

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Photo of FacistCannonBall
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent beer that accentuates its maltiness rather any significant hop character. Had a pint of this tonight at a local pizza joint, but this isn't my first time. It's pretty OK and not too memorable. I liked its dark amber color and moderately malty and hoppy smell. The taste is mild at most and characterized by its sweet malt profile. As far as pale ales go, I've had better that offer a richer drinking experience: Sierra Nevada comes to mind. Still, an above average beer that doesn't really stand out but will suffice when options are limited.

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Photo of bcastine
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

I drank this along with a Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale as a comparison. Next let me say this is/was the first Stone brew that didn't live up to my expectations. Next to no head retention, and no lacing. Malt was cloying especially when sampled back to back with the shoals. The stone had a kool-aid sweetness to the malt, and was less hoppy then the smutty and didn't balance out as nicely. The stone was all sweetness with no bitterness, maybe an old bottle? Not a typical stone brew. Doesn't live up to the scores here imho, especially when compared directly to other APA's.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a golden color with a strong looking head on it. The lacing is pretty good. The smell of the beer has a nice hop aroma and a light malt aroma in there too. The taste was a little disappointing for a stone brew in my opinion. The mouthfeel isn't too bad, but still overall this is probably my least favorite Stone brew.

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Photo of biggmike
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an attractive amber/copper color with small white head that vanished rather quickly. Not much of an aroma, not very malty and just a bit of hops. Flavor is a bit weak as well. Not much of a malt background and just a little hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is good and beer is very smooth which makes it easy to drink, but I was expecting much more from this beer. Decent.

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Photo of nickadams2
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Pale amber in color with a thin off beige head.Lacing up and down the glass.

S_Sweet malt and faint hops.

T_Not as sweet as indicated by the smell. Grainy,bready malt up front. Faint piny hops on the back end. Pretty bland.

M_Full bodied and smooth. Goes down easy.

D_Best characteristic of this beer. Good session beer.

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep hazy amber, with a finger-and-a-half bubbly white head. Left a decent bit of lacing. A thin amount of the head lingered for most of the glass

Smell: Hops, straw, and tart citrus.

Taste: This beer tasted surprisingly watered-down. Hops came through in the aftertaste, and a tart sweetness came through, but there didn't seem to be much else to it. Almost no malt flavor came through. The taste seems kind of unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, yet fairly thin.

Drinkability: It was easy to drink, but the flavor wasn't nearly as full as I would have expected. I might try another bottle at some point just to make sure my palate's not off, but my comments seem to be in line with most of the reviews.

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Photo of devinoconnor
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Considering the Stone IPA is one of my favorite brews, the Stone Pale Ale is rather uneventful.

Pours a reddish brown color with little head from the bottle. Smell is caramel and subtle hops. A little yeast in the taste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and well balanced...

Overall, a nice pale ale but it could some more hops.

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Photo of rarbring
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy amber brew, an off-white head with little lacing and good curtains.

Smelling of porridge, syrup, grass and pine.

Starting with toffee and sweet bread, black currant, some grape-fruit peel.

Little carbonation, small bubbles, soft with a medium body, slightly dry.

Good balance, good craft!

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Photo of xfactor9600
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- dull amber color, with half a finger of head.

S- A sweet mixture of hops and citrus notes.

T- A nice taste of malts and citrus. Not too sweet though, as there is a sort of dulling effect at the end of the sip.

M- My bottle felt a little flat carbonation wise, but after another bottle, I learned I may have just been expecting more carbonation.

D- A nice change of pace beer for me. I've been drinking a lot of SN Celebration and Hopslam, so it was nice to have a beer with less bite.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%

12 oz bottle consumed on BB date.
Pours clear, dark amber, with a moderate amount of carbonation bubbles rising to a durable,bone-colored head.
Aroma: some malt, more floral/herbal hops.
Flavor: follows smell. More medium malt, and perhaps more hops, than the average APA.

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Photo of SpencerT
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy caramel body sits under an off-white thin head.
Typical Pale Ale scents of the malts is paired with a citrus aroma.
The flavor is sweet with a good balance of hops. The bite at the end is a nice touch. The clean finish makes for good mouth-feel.
Smooth and easy drinking, this is a good intro into the Pale Ale style.

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Photo of Moose90
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. After trying some of Stone's "bigger" beers like Ruination, Double Bastard and the Russian Imperial Stout this one seems tame by comparison. I found both the aroma and the flavor to be rather subdued. More malt character than the typical APA but still not a bad brew. A good intro to the Stone line.

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Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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