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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,590 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2,590
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 83
Gots: 209 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-23-2001

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Ratings: 2,590 | Reviews: 974
Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a beautiful orange-bronze with a slight 1 finger, creamy dirty beige head that despite its small nature retained pretty well. A nice thick, lustrious sheet lacing was left behind down the walls of the glass from such a small initial head. Visible carbonation was strong and aggressive at the pour but quickly gave way to a light-medium state soon after.

S: nice dry and pine, with some sweet dried caramel.

T: The initial flavor yielded a spicy, flowery hop bite balanced beautifully by a rich caramel sweetness. Some sticky sweet pine resin, pink grapefruit with a spicy hoppiness gives this a great sweet-n-spicy flavor. The finish is spicy and flowery and lingers just enough to appreciate and leave you wanting more on the next sip. A classic example by all means.

M: medium-full with a nice bittering hoppiness of grapefruit.

D: Drinkability is damm good and tasty and really enjoyed this one. A great sweet-n-spicy drink that is case worthy by all means and one I could enjoy all night.

Photo of beertunes
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of DrJay
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clear deep coppery amber beer topped by a dense light tan/off-white head. The foam showed excellent retention and left thick rings down the sides of the glass. Aroma was a nice mix of grassy/floral hops, light citrus and caramel.

There's a lot going on in the flavour. Caramel sweetness starts things off with hops becoming dominant soon after. Some fruitiness peeks through as well. Bitterness is quite strong all the way through and give it a dry, medium length finish, with a bit of piney hop resin that sticks around a while after that. Medium body and served at medium-low carbonation. The texture was smooth and delicious.

This is a great beer that I could see myself drinking on a regular basis. Lots of flavour and quite refreshing. Too bad it's made so far from home...

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of Viggo
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Coles in Buffalo.

Pours a clear copper, small white head forms, lace spots, decent retention, looks pretty standard. Smell is real nice, fresh, very malty, citrus/floral hops, very flowery, top notch pale ale. Taste is nice as well, sweet caramel malts, citrus/floral, sweet grapefruit, bit of grain, perfect balance. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, very refreshing, great pale ale.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty pedestrian stuff for Stone. Looks the part, a little darker than a normal pale ale, minimal head and lacing. No noticeable aroma.

Taste, a mild pale, not the trademark Stone aggressive hopping. A little thicker than your average pale, more roasted malt I guess. Mouthfeel, remains sessionable, no discernable shifts throughout. Kinda pricey for what you get.

Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Duff27
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Inch-tall light tan head atop a light ruby pale ale. Good head retention and some lacing.

S- Smells bready, light lemon zest.

T- Faint citrus notes. Nice bittering hops. Well balanced.

M- On the lighter side, kind of watery. Carbonation is okay.

D/O- Besides the look, I found it mostly dull and uninteresting as a whole. Easy drinking though? Yes. Made me burp a lot and I like that.

Photo of aasher
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured an amber brown with orange highlights that had a finger of head and left good sticky lacing on the glass.

S: pretty light nose which consisted of faint hops, citrus, caramel malts, and slight grassy notes.

T: the hops are a little more potent on the palate with citrus grapefruit and caramel accents that had a good malt bakcbone to give balance.

M: medium body with a good amount of prickly carbonation that had a citric and slight hop bitter finish.

D: pretty decent pale ale that was above average on the hop bit which drank very good and was tasty paired with cajun shrimp.

Photo of drummermattie02
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Brad007
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,590 ratings.