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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: 2,685
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 18.51%
Wants: 86
Gots: 289 | 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: 2,685
Photo of ZAP
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Soft spicy/husky hop aroma...orangish with a soft creamy lace..nice mellow creamy mouthfeel...some nice fruitiness...very drinkable...thirst quenching...sweet maltiness...one of, if not THE best tasting pale ales I've had...My first stone experience is a GRAND one!!

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Photo of Immortale25
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Bottleneck says Enjoy By 01/23/14.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 3/4 inch bubbly light tan head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of surface foam. Very nice resilient webs of lacing adhere to the glass.

S- Borderline toasty malt aroma with a small tinge of hops. Husky, bready,

T- The vegetal hops are more apparent in the flavor as the bitterness comes on and lingers a bit. The malt works well in contrast providing a sturdy base. More bready notes. Lightly sweet.

M- Slightly oily from the hops and also a tad sharp. Medium carbonation with a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- A subtle pale ale that has a good balance of flavor.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – For a pale ale this is really not all that pale with the beer pouring hazed, deep amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades moderately quickly leaving a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of a caramel aroma mixed with a little bit of a bready smell. Along with these aromas are some lighter smells of grassy smells as well as a little bit of a light fruit of apple and pear.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather bready and slightly grainy flavor with a hint of a grassy hop right upfront. Some caramel flavors are also upfront, with these growing slightly stronger to the middle of the taste but only increasing to later fade a bit as the taste moves on further to the end. Some of the light fruit flavors work their way onto the tongue throughout the taste all while the hop get more potent in taste. In the end the grassy and some more herbal and earthy hop flavors become more pronounced, and leave one with a rather bready and lightly sweet, sort of dank hopped pale ale flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side overall with a moderate thickness and a medium level of carbonation. For the more dank hop, mixed with sweet and bread, the feel is rather nice as it keeps with the easy drinkability of a pale of 5.4 % all while highlighting the hop nicely.

Overall – A good pale ale overall. Quite nice in hops and malt all while keeping an easy drinking feel. Rather tasty.

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Photo of tigg924
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, bright orange-brown, 1/4 inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: hops and citrus, malt, caramel, and some sugar

Taste: toasted malt and hops in perfect balance, caramel, tea, and tobacco

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium bodied, sweet start with a slightly bitter finish, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is an exceptionally blended APA. The hops and malt just dance with each other. Very sessionable especially for the style. This is one of Stone's better offerings.

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Photo of Brenden
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a slightly hazy copper. Head retention is moderate and some decent lacing is left part of the way down the glass.
The smell is simple initially with some citrus hops and caramel malt, then subtle nuances of floral, grain and woody earth and leaf aromas rise to the nose.
Great hops bitterness up front lingers the entire way, supported by a well-formed malt backbone. There is a note of some fruits in the back as well as subtle grains. Fresh citrus and tea leaf-like hops is dominant all the way while maintaining a fair balance.
This one's surprisingly smooth up front and a little slick, though there's a bit of crispness. The body is medium and there's a gentle, unassuming coarseness in a lingering dry finish.
There's not much to take away from this one's drink ability; it certainly ought to be tried.

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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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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean deep copper, with a tan head. Aromas that are sweet and a small amount of grapefruity hops. Smooth, small hop presenceand a dry end. It does have a small dry aftertaste. I enjoy the fact that it is not over the top, yet has a hop presence. A very nice pale.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Orangish yellow color with a decent head and some pretty good lacing on the sides.

S - Sweet malts, there's really not a lot of hop presence on this one. Coming from stone I was expecting hoppier, but it's not bad.

T - Taste is like the nose, not really a ton going on here that would distinguish it from anything else. Pretty easy to get down, but not memorable.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Pretty unremarkable, but easy to get down, and can make a session of it if you want. Nothing I'd ever seak out.

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Photo of cbutova
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an orange-amber into my pint glass with creamy one finger off-white head. The head has good retention and leaves a great creamy cloud and ring. Lace is plentiful in coats wherever the head stops.

S- The first thing I notice is good fruit hop aroma. Behind that is some slightly caramel light malt. Definitely a slight nutty hint to it. Definitely a good balance of malt and hops in a simple aroma of good strength.

T- Much more malty than I expected from Stone. The malt is slightly caramel, bready and an tiny bit nutty (like a brown). The hops which take a back seat (not too far) lend fruit, citrus and earthy flavors. A moderate bitterness lingers on the palate.

MF- Light body that is pretty creamy. The moderate carbonation is silky smooth and refreshing, leaves you wanting more. Moderate bitterness on the palate. Pretty much spot on for an APA, although a bit less bitterness would make it perfect.

DB- This is a refreshing, flavorful pale ale. The price is pretty good and so is the balance between hops and malt. If the bitterness was toned down ever so slightly this would be in the ranks of SNPA. A great summer six pack or just something to get out of the cooler on the fly.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I haven't drank this in years but its impending cancellation spurred me to revisit. Amber color, good head. Aroma is pretty nice, a bready maltiness that almost seems English until you taste it. More malt in the flavor and a crisp slight hop touch.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This Pale pours out to a coppery fused amber color with an overall clearish tone to it and glowing strong with a small yet thick and lustery dark beige head that sits just a bit on top before going to the way side. Lacing in minimal thin strings and globs.

Aroma is mostly toasty malts, whole grains, wild rice, very clean, with a bit of floral grassyness.

Taste is quite nice, beautifully rendered toasty malted front with favorable whole grain and biscuity tones with a great dryness that lasts and lasts. Hops keep a charge of wood bits and floral grasses which really help peak that dryness and the bitterness is fully in check with just a nudge of dried grapefruit and hop resin giving the perfect amount of balance.

Feel is milding smooth and toasty dry with a medium body overall with just enough bite in the hop profile and enough malted structure for a well balanced symphony of splendor in the taste buds. Very good stuff! Great drying qualities throughout and nice melded flavors. Quaffable indeed, surely a sessionable ale here. Yum!
Thanks goes out to xlperro for the bottles!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone comes to Maine. In a pint glass, this beer was an amber color, with an off-white head, and a fair amount of lacing. It had a floral aroma. Nice piney taste, with a bit of a malt presence. Assertive without being intrusive. Nice drinkable beer, will buy more of these.

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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 RoyalT
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – The beautiful, deep orangish-brown body tells of a nice malt balance and the head is big and full. It left cool-looking pits of foam on top of the liquid as it settled.

Smell – The aroma here is subdued and consists mostly of light fruits and toasty malts. I can pick up some citrus and floral hopping, but they are small and difficult to read.

Taste – The dryish hops come on a bit more at the taste, but the big malt body rules this road. It is fruity and tangy almost like a red/amber ale.

Mouthfeel – At least medium in the body with some good carbonation and a lively mouthfeel.

Drinkability – I really enjoyed drinking this ale, but it wasn’t what I was expecting. I know it’s not an IPA or a dry-hopped SoCal monster hop bomb, but I would have preferred a bit more balance.

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Photo of Pencible
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This staple beer poured a hazy light brown with tan head. It smelled like a good mix of mild pine hops and malt. Its flavor was a nice, smooth blend of caramel malt and mild copper hops. It was watery with slight carbonation and a mild, clean bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very mellow, drinkable, and clean drink combining for a great pale ale.

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Photo of gford217
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thrown in as an extra in a trade a while back, poured into a pint glass.

It's a generally impressive looking pale with a deep golden amber color with a creamy one-finger head that doesn't seems to shrink at all and leaves large sheets of lacing.

The aroma is very subtle and balance with some light fruity hops, mainly lemon zest and oranges, along with some roasted caramel malts.

The taste follows the aroma and is just as well balanced with floral and citrus hops blending very well with the caramel malt backbone.

The mouthfeel is clean and soft with little bitterness and lots of carbonation.

This is a very well-crafted and understated beer from Stone and the drinkability is high as there is nothing over-the-top about this one. Nothing groundbreaking but a very good beer.

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Photo of FLima
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker amber color with a thick beige one finger head with short retention and leaving some laces.
Malty and caramely aroma with undertones of citrusy hops. I was expecting something bolder.
Malty flavor with notes of mild citrusy hops, spices, grass, biscuit and toasted malts and cinnamon. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbo.
Balanced Pale Ale, not like an APA that is more like an IPA but with less body. It is maltier, but still bitter and spicer. They kept their original recipe, almost 20 years ago, and those were different times. That said it is not that tamed compared to old school.

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Photo of illidurit
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant orange color with a fluffy tan head. Nice sticky lacing forms rings on the glass as the beer slowly dwindles. Surprisingly un-hoppy for a Stone beer, both in nose and flavor. Malt is toasty, caramely, and well balanced against the citrus hops. Unexpected but welcome restraint. Extremely easy to drink due to its low alcohol, smooth mouthfeel, and balance.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy light amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is a nice balance of malt and hops. There is some nice caramel notes with ample grapefruit, and a little pine. The taste is just as balanced as the aroma with the same profile. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a nice APA, but nothing spectacular. I could, however, probably session this, and thoroughly enjoy the session.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From recently discovered notes:

Wow, I forgot to review this one for a while. So here it goes. A dark amber/copper colour with a thick white head of foam that lasts for a while and leaves very nice lace patterns on my arrogant bastard pint glass. The aroma is definately hop-heavy but the biscuity, bready malts are in there as well. The taste is hoppy up front, but this is a very balanced pale ale, especially for Stone. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and the drinkability is very good! An awesome, balanced, pale from Stone Brewing Co.

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Photo of Suds
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one is a clear and copper colored brew. The head is white and leaves a nice lace. The smell is clean and balanced with both malt and hop qualities. Herbal and earthy in aroma...some underlying stone fruit.m the taste is more assertive....bitter ans strong. On the dry side, but lots of malt flavor. Hop resin and flavor is prominent throughout. Full body and satisfying.

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Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in color with a slight haze. Off-white cap of foam with some nice retention.

Lightly bready malt with honey, but the hops are what stand out in the smell. Some citrus and pine resin.

At the top end of hoppy for the style. Citrus and pine with a decent malt backbone to add some sweetness. A west coast pale ale that lives up to the name.

Smooth, with a light-medium body. Carbonation is mostly soft.

A very hop forward pale that is also very drinkable. It has a hop profile like some IPA's, but enough malt to keep the hops in check. I would call this a really good beer.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another new Stone Beer, my fourth now, this is becoming such a Chore!!
What a beautiful very deep radiant copper-amber color this beer pours. The head is robust at first, not quite white – but an inviting shade of Cream. The head leaves a slug-like trail of lace as the beer was consumed (rapidly I may add!). Unlike the IPA, the hop aromas in the Pale Ale are softer and more rounded, quite subdued almost, akin to those you get in an outside Herb Garden. A grainy malt is also prevalent in the after-nose. Fantastic smooth, creamy, mouth feel, that instantly advertises this beer as a Drinkers Ale…, a Session Beer…, Highly Quaffable…, a Gallon Beer…, whatever you want to call it socially, …formally, the Drinkability is a definite “5” for me, Exceptional !. A really fruity, smooth, introduction at first, introduces a very quick sweet-malt middle leading to some hop-bitterness in the end. I also get some sweet biscuity malt and grain in the middle, that I find really helps keep this beer on an even keel. Perfect balance for a Session Beer!!!
The Fourth Stone Beer I have reviewed, the 4 empty Bomber Bottles now take pride of place in my Kitchen. This is Stones best seller apparently – I can’t think why……

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Photo of Gmann
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours copper with one finger white head. Aroma is nicely floral, with a nice citrus and strong malt backbone. Bittersweet finish with the hops follows an up front sweetness, toffee, biscuits, fruits, hint of citrus and mango. Easy drinking, medium carbonation, slightly resiny. Good example of the style. Nice beer.

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Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 979 ratings.