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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,327 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2,327
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 65
Gots: 91 | 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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BeerOps

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-23-2013 19:30:36 | More by BeerOps
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BeerSnobery

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-20-2013 21:50:55 | More by BeerSnobery
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JimmyFlatRock

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-28-2013 00:03:38 | More by JimmyFlatRock
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SHCC

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-02-2012 04:29:30 | More by SHCC
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kb2250

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-26-2013 18:11:05 | More by kb2250
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swgwilt

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

01-11-2014 22:39:44 | More by swgwilt
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Smarty_Pints

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-23-2014 02:42:25 | More by Smarty_Pints
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Hopnotic_John

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-20-2014 03:09:01 | More by Hopnotic_John
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galileo8

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-22-2013 22:20:24 | More by galileo8
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Giantspace

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-30-2013 01:51:32 | More by Giantspace
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tdmccarthy

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

01-31-2012 16:45:41 | More by tdmccarthy
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alexknuckles

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-16-2013 19:58:49 | More by alexknuckles
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dgherm

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-27-2013 11:23:53 | More by dgherm
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mpayne5

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-09-2013 15:52:58 | More by mpayne5
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CraftMe14

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-03-2014 18:05:13 | More by CraftMe14
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Jen-P

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-02-2014 01:41:26 | More by Jen-P
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dogfishandi

New York

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. pours an amber/copper color with one finger of off white head. pretty poor retention, a little bit of lace.

not a huge aroma, but it smells like a nice balance. lots of caramel and toasted malt balanced by piney, earthy, and citrus hops.

the taste reflects the aroma pretty well. nothing too spectacular to taste, but it works. cirtusy, earthy, piney hops balanaced by some caramel malt. a little more hoppy than malty.

medium to light body. carb feels decent. a touch watery at times.

this is pretty drinkable beer, but there are much better more available pale ales out there. i wouldnt really try hard to seek this out again. ive had this before and it is much better when it is super fresh.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 22:20:44 | More by dogfishandi
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samtrillo

California

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky copper gold with nice little white head.

S - fruit and bread malt with some hops.

T - Very balanced. Semi sweet malt with a slightly bitter hop finish. Orange peel.

M - Pleasantly over carbonated meets the malt medium body well.

O - Balanced feel and taste. Not over powering in any way but still packs a good amount of flavor and character. Something to drink when I'm tired of IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 07:12:07 | More by samtrillo
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Gmann

New York

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color with a nice pillowy egg-shell colored head that left some real nice lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is of a biscuity malt, perhaps a hint of honey, with some floral, grassy hops. The taste is a sweet malt, toasted bread with honey butter, some bittering hops to offset the malt. The feel moderate with suprisingly soft carbonation, feels a bit flat to me. Finishes fairly balanced. Just realized this is an old sample, not good for the style. Remarkably the beer held up fairly well but any hop flavor is long gone. Dang. I will update based on fresher sample.

Update:
I have a noticably fresher sample. Look and aroma are about the same but I can detect more of a flavorful hop presense. Nothing outrageous but it does blend better with the malt. The feel definitely has more carbonation, perhaps a perfect amount, not too fizzy or soft. Drinks very nice, good balance.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 04:52:35 | More by Gmann
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HattedClassic

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very good lasting head. Tons of lacing and a nice clear amber color.

Smell: Malts predominately top the hops but not bad at all.

Taste: Bitter with some malty undertones.

Mouthfeel: Smooth.

Overall: A very good pale ale but can come off as an IPA at least for me anyway. I think the bitterness needs to be toned down a little bit.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 21:29:38 | More by HattedClassic
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many months old. Reddish dark amber hue. fine lacing off-white cover. Soft cedar hops unveil a generous maltiness (caramelic) in the nose. Biscuity malts are the main flavor on the palate, but never dominating. Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Great mouthfeel. Soft floral hops change into a resinous earthiness covers the teeth in the finish, but all remains mellow and diplomatic. Surprisingly well balanced, but perhaps unexciting as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2005 00:26:23 | More by Rastacouere
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Ezekiel81923

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of a mixed sixer I put together at Abe's in Bethlehem. 12oz Bottle poured in a normal pint glass.

Appearance: Nice, clear amber/copper color. One finger, semi-tan head billows up and recedes quickly. Nice sticky lacing around the glass...the kind you have to scrub off when you're done.

Aroma: Some citrus notes, but a lot more malt than I expected. Some grapefruit? or other kind of fruity notes? Nose is a little sweet.

Taste: Exceptional! A quick smack of sweet malts before a real nice citrus zest on the tongue. Malts return to finish out. Not much of an aftertaste, but finishes real smooth.

Mouthfeel: Not much bitterness to speak of. Light splash of carbonation as you swallow. Light to medium body.

Drinkability: High. This is not a heavy drink, and has a pretty sessionable ABV. I could drink many of these over the course of a night.

Overall, not quite your prototypical pale ale. Dale's Pale Ale is still my favorite, but this is an interesting take on the style that I would not hesitate to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 19:56:18 | More by Ezekiel81923
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shand

Florida

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

A pretty decent looking pale, it's a brown-copper color with two fingers of head that retains decently and laces well. The smell is just about the perfect blend of hops and malts. Smells great without hitting me over the head. The taste follows the nose, it's a very balanced blend of hops and malts. The hops aren't strong hops, they're instead relaxed floral hops. The malts are fairly caramel-sweet, stopping the beer from being a very bitter pale.

The mouthfeel is on the more medium-bodied side, but fairly carbonated. It's also a decently drinkable pale, just a little sweeter than I like. This is a decent pale ale, it doesn't quite stack up to Sierra Nevada's flagship, but it's worth drinking. Freshness codes would probably help a lot, I have no idea how old this beer is.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 00:31:44 | More by shand
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tykees88

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- copper orange color, decent white head.

S- some nice pine here. the hops have a good way of tingling the nose.

T- some spice. But then we get the hops and bitterness. But a slight fruity finish too.

M- light to medium bodied. carbonation was fine.

D- it's just a bit more than average, for where I live price and other options will leave me looking past this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 03:52:13 | More by tykees88
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Atlas1

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A late night review from the Stone brewery. A welcome nightcap indeed.

Pours a deep, dark copper/amber color with a one-finger off-white head that leaves behind some trace elements of the lacy stuff. Lots of bubbles here, keeping the head alive; good to see. The nose is light and fruity with an abundance of what I perceive as strawberries. Malted strawberries, that is. Some candied sugar and some faint caramel in the nose as well. A very distant orange scent. The taste pretty much follows suit, but contains more of a hop presence than the smell. Fruity up front, with some mellow sweetness, but the hops kick in soon after and provide much of the middle and end to this tasty treat. Mouthfeel is solid, but nothing special, with a dry finish.

Another good beer from the folks at Stone, although I wouldn't call this one great. I like this, and will gladly drink it again in the future, but I wouldn't necessarily say it's the best pale ale I've ever had. Nothing about it really stands out and cries for attention. Still, it's a nice beer. Try it if you haven't yet.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2007 03:13:28 | More by Atlas1
Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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