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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,475 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2,475
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 73
Gots: 138 | 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 Tone
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, earthy malt, hops, and slight grain. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale hops, sweet malt, slight smokey flavor, and slight grain. Overall, not a "hop bomb" of a pale ale, but instead a rather good blend. The smokey/grain flavor nicely off-sets the dryness of the hops. Better than average APA - worth a try. P. S. - My first ever Stone brew and I'm rather pleased.

Tone, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of beertunes
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a light amber color with about an inch of just off-white head that had good retention, but minimal lacing. This beer was a little too dark to be "Pale".

A surprisingly malty aroma had a pleasant twinge of hops at the back. The flavor was more hop forward than the scent had led me to expect. There was bittering hop on the finish that balanced the slightly sweet malt on the front.

The body was slightly thinner than I expected but still enjoyable. This is a very drinkable beer, having more than a couple would be easy enough.

Overall, a very pleasant and enjoyable beer. This beer falls into the trap a lot of brews in this style fall into, being more of an "IPA lite", rather than just being happy as itself. Perhaps this is to be expected in a beer by Arrogant brewers.

beertunes, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Stone Brewery. The beer has a golden-brownish color with a light, airy head. There is a malt nose, and that is followed by a heavy malt flavor with bits of hop undertones. The low alcohol and lack of body make this a watery beer in mouth. There is a distinct and heavy hoppy aftertaste, with a bitter finish. The beer is fairly easy to drink because there isn't a whole lot of substance to it.

GarthDanielson, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a dark copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel and pale malts with good amounts of citrus and floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust caramel malts with very light hints of toastiness kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are good amounts of citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip very small amounts of pine hop flavors work their way into things and carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass easily and could have another.

Overall this is more malt-forward than I remember the bottle being. It's easily the least-hoppy Stone beer I've had and I could see this being a good entry into craft beer. Worth a shot if you're looking for an easy-drinking beer.

glid02, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Rhettroactive, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of Gusler
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I’m such a big fan of “Stone Brewery”, and always keep a bunch on hand, it seems a bit odd I’ve not had one of these fine Pale Ales in almost seven moths, strange. Pours a deep amber to copper color, the head is prodigious in size, frothy in texture and the lace fine sheets to coat the glass. Nose is nice a deep sweet malt, hints of caramel, and the little "Hop Flowers", I love so much. Front is malt sweet, top is middling in feel and the finish a “Hop Heads Dream”, spitefully acidic, the aftertaste dry as a desert bone and quite long lasting, ranks in my top 5 “all-time favorite Pale Ales”.

Gusler, Jan 01, 2003
Photo of Brad007
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with a small head (probably due to my pour). Aroma is floral and hoppy right off the bat, reminiscent of Cascades. Taste starts off strong and hoppy but towards the back of the throat, a nice, dry toastiness takes over from there. A second sip merely confirms the exact same thing. A really nice and biscuity aftertaste with just the right amount of hops and malt.

A good first beer for anyone who's never had Stone beers. Very drinkable and I love the dryness of the aftertaste as well.

Brad007, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

atrocity, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler. Pretty standard appearance, dark orange and clear with a nice but thin white head. There wasn't much of a smell really, which might be an asset for a pale ale. Typically I smell a little more hops though... The taste pulls through with some hops but mostly a neutral flavor. This is perfect barbecue beer, which is how I had it.

TurdFurgison, May 21, 2006
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass tumbler. Pours a medium red-orange amber. A half finger fine slightly off-white head that slowly dissipates to a light film. Aroma of herbal hops, sweet malt and a hint of citrus. Flavor of bready and caramel malts and hops. Finishes with malt and herbal hops. Light to medium bodied. Not as hop forward as other Stone brews, but appropriate for the style. A nice pale ale.

LiquidAmber, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Cynic-ale, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: somewhat cloudy deep orange-gold with a relatively thin head despite a vigorous pour.

Smell: sweet and malty with relatively little hop character, but not bad.

Taste: very malty; toasty, biscuity, bready, but not bad. Not at all what I was expecting; West Coast pale ales tend to be pretty hoppy in my experience, and coming from Stone I expected some seriously luscious lupulin, though there are some muted hops and a nice little bitterness. It was not what I was expecting, but as I drink it it grows on me; in the end it's not too bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body and, while not highly carbonated, the carbonation present is well-integrated and lends a nice creaminess to the mouthfee.

Drinkability: a good beer, but rather sweet for my taste, especially in this style. I'm sure this would be great paired with something unctuous like a steak or bacon.

flagmantho, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of drummermattie02
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

drummermattie02, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of scruffwhor
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sparse head with little retention. The color is a deep and spicey mahagony and amber, with little bubbling. The aroma is a spicey bread malt with a pronounced hop aroma. The taste has a good mixing of malt and hops. Dry mlats mixing well with flowery and citrusy hops. Easy to drink before, during, or after a meal. To bad we can't get this stuff in IL.

scruffwhor, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of WoodBrew
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Pale Ale is...quite good...lots going on with this one. The beer pours a slightly hazy copper color with nice off-white head that is lacing like a Vicky Secret model. The smell includes fresh hops and pine. The taste is a brilliant combo of hops and malt. The hops keep the beer crisp....the malt enought to balance the hops and kept the beer creamy. The mouthfell is good...not over powering with the nice 5.4% ABV....Session....definite possibility. Overall a very good beer. Try it!

WoodBrew, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of Bitterbill
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of a mixed 6pack from Wilbur's Liquors in Ft Collins.

This pours from 12oz bottle a hazy orange amber with a medium sized head of foam that dissipated quickly leaving a few islands and it has some nice lacing.

The smell is on the sweet side. I get caramel malt with just a touch of hops and some fruit.

The taste on first sip has some good malty sweetness up front with a solid backbone of hop bitterness that comes in about midway through and dominates the finish but it's not overly aggressive and I'm liking it. A few more sips in and I'm beginning to realize that this APA is all about balance and I start to notice a fruitiness in the flavour that I mentioned in the nose. Maybe cherry? Dang, this is certainly a drinkable example of the style and now I wish I had bought at least a 6pack. Oh well, I can cure that on my next trip to the Fort. ;^)

Bottom line: This a great APA that I can highly recommend. See some grab some.

Bitterbill, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of avalon07
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a cloudy texture. Not much head, but good lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, light herbal hops and some sort of sugar.

T: A decent taste, with malt, hops, caramel and other sugars. A little harsh at first, but it grows on you.

M: A pretty high amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a good example of a pale ale. Not my favorite style of beer, but this one's worth trying.

avalon07, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of jrallen34
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a dark clear gold, almost an amber tint to it. The head is light white, rises a finger. Decent retention, poor lacing.

The aroma is light, a little hops but mostly skunk.

The taste is ok, pretty boring as there is not much hops. This is crazy for me considering every other Stone beer is over-hopped.

Feel is ok, a little watery, decent bitter finish.

Nothing special here.

jrallen34, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 5.4% ABV, no date.

A - Opening a gushing bottle is never a good thing which is the case with this. Not heavily gushing but enough to spill out on two surface as I poured it hurriedly. Two fingers of off-white cream head stood at attention then slowly lowered to a thin pile on the lightly hazy orange-amber beer. A collar of thin, wispy lace hovered above the surface.

S - A noticeable aroma of hops appears right away but settles to a more balanced nose. Caramel covered biscuit malt changes again, slowly, into an old musty wood paneling and dirty malt nose with a low hop presence. A bit of citrus helps the grassiness a bit but still ends up by the wayside.

T - The lack of hops in the nose is slightly redeemed in the flavor as a slow burn of dry bitterness creeps up. Dry citrus and pine hops take center stage if anything really does. It's all pretty mellow, even the biscuity caramel malts in the background aren't very forward as they are in the nose.

M - Stone's Pale Ale is incredibly dry and actually pretty bitter too. It doesn't hit right away as much as it slowly comes in. Medium-bodied and lighter in carbonation (smooth feeling despite the gush), it goes down decently otherwise.

D - I'm a little skeptical of this bottle's freshness. I expect much more from Stone but it's hard when there is no date present. Either way, it still drinks ok for what it is now.

BeerFMAndy, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Boone757, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

tone77, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

vfgccp, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of Haybeerman
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright, clear copper color. Poured a 2 finger tan head that dissipated to an even skim. Laced in rings.

S: Light floral hops and some fruity esters. Citrus and a little roasted malt.

T: Esters more prominent than in nose. Transitions quickly to roasted malts. Well-balanced bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Again, balance is the hallmark.

D: Very sessionable APA. No one aspect out of balance, but not what I'd call full flavored.

Haybeerman, May 14, 2010
Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,475 ratings.