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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
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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 RblWthACoz
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber with a very light tan head. Nose is of perfumed hops with the expected citrus head. Really a heavy perfume fragrance throughout. Flavor is consistently bitter in a smooth way. On the tail end a sweeter side appears. Feel has a decent carbonation, but overall feels a little bit thin; but still overall is extremely good. Great drink ability. Damn you, Stone.

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Photo of russpowell
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured amber/orange with a1" white head. Great lacing & average head retention

S: Earthy hops give way to malty sweetness

T: Earthy hops (peppery) up front then a thick malty base. Some citrus notes, then a nice hoppy/malty biscuitty finish

MF: Medium body with good carbonation & real good balance

Drinks very easy, this a nice counter statement to many of the big beers that I love from Stone, just goes to show small & sensible can be beautiful too! Yum

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Amber hue crystal clear with a nicely formed cream head nice and bubbly leaves fine evenly patterned lacing. Aroma: Very floral in nature hops are evident they take a seat in the cockpit, but it's okay the malt backbone is the copilot. Wonderful fruity undertones with a bouqet of whole leaf flowery hops, well done. Taste: Sufficient amount of hops some may say unbalanced however for me this beer is perfect. American style pale ale boasts a fruity slightly caramel tinged malt backbone that also has the support of some juicy hop bite. Mouthfeel: To Stone this is their light beer, in reality it's a medium bodied lucious ale with mild even carbonation. Drinkability: Blessed with high marks across the board making it hellaciously consumable wow this is up there with their IPA for all around goodness.

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Photo of smcolw
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nearly perfect head that leaves a full ring of lace after every sip. Copper colored and slightly hazey.

More malty than hoppy, unusual for a Stone brew.

The balance is clearly the winning aspect of this beer. The taste starts with round lighter malts with a touch of biscuit. A hoppy bitterness soon takes over. The aftertaste is a soft puckering of a hop pellet. Good body for the style.

This could easily be my regular drinking beer. There is nothing extreme or special about this, but it is full flavored and complex.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 2/16/2015. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops and dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, pine, floral, grass, caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, pine, caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp/sticky, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pale ale. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dense, murky, dark orange color...a thick, creamy head...
Nose is fruity, and floral, vibrant and sweet, hops are nice, mellow, and very attractive, without standing out too much. Perfectly mild pale ale aroma. Zesty and citric, nice and fresh.
Taste...very nice. All those flavors found in the nose return on the palate. A certain spiciness sticks it out right next to the easy-going fruitiness, and, if you'll allow me, I'm reminded of a barleywine flavor, but without the alcohol. Mellow and tasty, light to medium in body, pleasant finish. Extraordinarily drinkable and smooth, but never skimping on taste!
What an appealing pale ale, I'm glad that Stone has such a friendly offering to appeal to those who aren't always aching for an abundance of hops and challenging flavors, something to keep the taps flowing and the coffers filled, allowing them to make those bad bastards we all love!

Big-sized doffing of the topper to El Bummerino for providing the bomber!

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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 jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a one-finger head that descends to a creamy, thin cover. Some broken rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of light citrus, lemony. Some vague sweet malt in background.

The taste is lemony, citric with a fair amount balancing sweet malt, though it remains more hoppy than malty. Some bready, turning leafy and grainy, notes come through. Rather watery, though the taste does come through okay. Hop flavor hangs on despite watery thinness.

It's a decent "session" ale, though I expected something more of a body to it. Doesn't stand out among APA's for me.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its hard for me to review a beer I've had a bunch of times that already have more than 500 reviews on it, what could I offer to the discussion? One of my first craft beers was Stone IPA and I would drink Stone Pale Ale when the store was out of Stone IPA or when I wanted a "lighter" beer.

Beer is clear and amber in color. Tight off-white head as it falls away leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Beer has a mild aroma of citrus hops. There isn't a whole lot else going on there. Smells fine and invites me to drink.

Beer has a medium body and drinkability is high. There is an acidic finish, I don't want to say bitter, its relatively mild. There is a hint of some nutty character, overall really mild. The acid in the back makes this beer has somewhat of an odd mouthfeel. Overall its a good APA.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear reddish orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass with some light golden orange highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to . Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts and citrus/orange zest hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/orange zest and pine/resin hops. The hops impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp but slightly thin.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing with well hidden alcohol. It is flavorful and must have been pretty intense when it was initially released though there are a lot of very flavorful beers in the APA style now available and this one is not quite as intense as some of the newer entrants.

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Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid malt scent that is complimented with an equally good hop aroma. It's slightly bitter smelling with some citrus notes. The taste is great! It has a wonderful mix of malts and hops that goes down smooth and finishes bitter with some hop residue. It has enough malts to balance the hops, but they really shine through all the way to finish; very nice. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good American pale ale. It's got it all; a fine drinking beer.

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Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer at North Hills 11/18/11.

Pours a medium amber with a quarter in of thin, soft, white head that has good retention. The nose has faint malt notes and a floral hop aroma. The taste opens with a light maltyness and finishes with a floral, faint hop character. There are also faint notes of fruit here, primarily apples. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

This is an easy drinking, sessionable beer. The flavor profile is mild and simple, but it's clean, balanced, and delicious.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a great mix of hops and malt. I get a lot of orange and pine along with some caramel malt. The flavor is not as hoppy as the aroma. I get some toffee, earthy hops and orange citrus hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/11/05- Received via BA member RKhaze upon return from SoCal.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dating. Poured into my Stone Ruination pint glass.

Appearance- Golden approaching amber pour. Nice thick and creamy white head with very good lacing.

Smell- Very laid back. Light hops and light malt. Hmmmm, suprised at this.

Taste- Wow, an actual mellow beer from Stone! Was waiting for the hops to destroy my pallete and the malt to follow after. What I got was a very tame and well balanced pale ale. Not to hoppy, not to malty. Right in between...nice.

Mouthfeel- Pretty well carbonated.

Drinkability- This could be a very easy session beer. Not as good as some of my favorites IMO, but still a great example of a truly balanced pale ale.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler from the bottle.

Pretty much the same in appearance except lacing and stickyness is not as big.

Also the nose is smaller consisting of a simple malt it seems and a bit of bread. Doesn't smell as "bready" as on tap.

Taste is identical on tap but a little more subdued. Slight spicy hop (some grapefruit on the finish that I didn't seem to notice before).

Acceptable out of the bottle as it is on the tap, sort of the smaller younger brother though.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice, slightly hazy, copper color. Pours with a dense white head. Not as aromatic as I was hoping. There is a nice bitterness up front, as I take my first sip, it is accompanied by some biscuit - malty notes. There seems to be a lot of complexity missing here. A straight forward pale ale with not real defining characteristics. It is not balanced enough to work on a subtle level. It is certainly bitter, fairly clean flavors (light fruit, malt and some hoppy flavor contributions). Seems to be missing that certain Stone 'pizzazz'. Overall a decent beer, but I was hoping for something with a bit more definition. I need to see if I can get a known fresh bottle of this, to see if perhaps this is just past it's prime.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, purchased about 20 miles from the brewery in SoCal., no freshness info to be had. Pours typical almond amber, clear, with an off white puffy loose head that leaves some thick, sticky lacing. This is perhaps the mellowist and most sessionable of the Stone products. Moderate hop package, compared to the hop monsters prevelant in the S.D. area. Pleasant, approachable, balanced ale, layers of malt, British style, nice, Stone with training wheels.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The third of six beers taking place in the Unorganized Invitational is Stone Pale Ale. This is the beer that started it all for Stone Brewing, and I've enjoyed their other products, but this is the first time I've had thier Pale Ale, so what's the wait? Let's get this on:

Poured into a pint glass, its color is a deep caramel and orangish with a nice head. In the smell was caramel, biscuits, and citrus notes. The flavor was enjoyable with toasty breads. Hop flavor is mild and kicks in with grapefruit and lemon flavors. As the beer warms, it gets a fruity flavor. A dry, grainy finish ends each sip of the beer.

A nice, pleasant, and sessionable offering from Stone. That's the good news. The bad news is it's score won't be enough to overtake Anchor Bock for the early lead.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.
Good color; dark amber, reddish hue when held to light. Head was about 1 1/2 fingers, did not totally vanish.
Aroma of American hops, malt, caramel and red apple.
Nice balance of hops and malt for a PA. Of course it was more hoppy than anything else. Hints of caramel and apple in the middle, nice crisp finish.
For me the IPA is better for a clean taste, but the PA is very good. Good beer from Stone.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber

A: Pours almost a blood-red with a thick creamy head, looks almost like a nitro-tap from the bottle, very appealing.

S: Faint hints of malt, with some robust hops, citrus.

T: Malt dominates at first but is balanced with typical West coast hop character, pine and citrus.

M: Creamy, medium-bodied, well balanced.

D: Very good, it is one of Stone's smaller beers, I was expecting a bit more hop character, but overall, it was a very good session brew.

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Photo of tempest
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an interesting pale ale from Stone. There's a good amount of bitterness, but a little less crisp hops flavor than I expected - probably just doesn't have the same kind of dry-hopping as similarly respected pale ales. Looking at it, it appears more a red ale by color, but the malt backbone sinks behind the hops just right. Oddly, I'm not getting much aroma out of it. This reminds me more of Lake Placid Frostbite Pale Ale that Hazed and Infused or SNPA.

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

A. A sexy looking beer poured from a tap into a pint glass. A nice tan head forms and provides a nice lace.

S. The trademark Stone barley and hops style.

T. A nicely balanced pale ale. Sweet malts bordering on the fruity side with ample hops. A good tasting brew.

M. Medium to full bodied. Smooth and delicious.

D. Very good here. The ABV is appropriate for sessions and this is indeed a beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of Kelp
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy yellowish color with a decent amount of head to the beer. A nice white head with a bit of lacing left behind.

Floral hops smell dominate some citrus smells to it mild grapefruit. A slight malt smell on the end.

A hoppy, bitter taste to the brew. With a nice dry pinish finish no real lingering tastes to it.

A smooth beer with a medium body and a close to perfect carbonation to it.

This is probably my favorite of stone's pales. I could have a couple of these and enjoy them at a sitting. Not a favorite, but i would snub my nose at it.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange amber with a fairly short head that fades quickly to almost nothing. Smells a bit of juicyfruit, light citrus, wax, and some sweet malt. Taste is similar. Quite juicy and with quite a bit of malt. Lack the graininess that is sometimes found in pale ales. Fairly lightly hopped, and the sweet malt more than balances against the light citrusy hops. Smooth and easily drinkable.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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