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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,434 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2,434
Reviews: 960
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 73
Gots: 127 | 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 ppoitras
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%

12ozer bought as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into a Samuel Adam Boston Lager glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the cloudy reddish amber brew. Head lasts, and leaves hearty sticky lacing. Aroma is balanced, with toasty malt and lightly piney hops. Taste is the same biscuity malts sweetness upfront, and citrusy hops in the middle and on through the close. Not as balanced as the nose, more towards the hops here. Mouthfeel is not as smooth as I hoped, with overall drinkability being pretty good. Not my favorite Stone, but not a bad one either.

ppoitras, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

BillRoth, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

Mebuzzard, May 06, 2006
Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +3.6%

brandoman63, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Sun blistered clementine with a modest but pronounced bed of white lint raised above its surface. The tone isn't exactly pale, it's rather dense and transparency is severed substantially. Little bubbles result from the slightest agitations. This shares much more resemblance to traditional pale ales than most modern offerings that share the name.

Assertive, bitter hops cry out for as much attention as their toasted malty counterpart. My nose seems to give more credit to the malty scents of toasted rye bread and broiled butterscotch. The hops contribute a fair bit of pungency to the bouquet with very earthy, somewhat plant-like tones. The zesty citrus is kept to a minimum but not excused altogether.

Those same flavours reside in the taste as well - wild flowers and honeysuckle tossed in with a variety of toasted bread loafs and topped up with caramel drizzle. It's versatile in that it could qualify for easy, mindless drinking although there's enough thought put into the recipe that it wouldn't be an entirely senseless effort to take the time and reflect on it.

As is virtually always the case, the use of only barley, hops, water and yeast proves to be a rewarding one. There is no unpleasantness, no lingering astringency, no short-changing of bitter hops or sweet malts. Although I'm unsure of exactly how youthful this bottle is, I've had the beer fresh on tap and remember it being considerably more zestful and hoppy.

I'm almost tired of giving Stone constant validation for making kick-ass beer; that's just something I've come to expect of them. I think their Pale Ale speaks volumes for the brewery which promotes itself on making big and bold products. The fact that they can still offer something mild and balanced proves the brewer is just as talented as he is arrogant.

biegaman, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

smakawhat, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

A caramel colored beers rests below a fairly well carbonated light tan head, that takes a minute or two to fall into a thick lacing.

Light caramel malts dominate a light aroma with some light grains and yeast coming through.

Caramel again dominates but unlike the aroma the taste has a nice light bitter hops bite to it, nothing overbearing but altogether there and quite tasty.

A decent medium body with a slight hop kick in a light dry aftertaste.

A very drinkable beer like most things Stone makes.

LXIXME, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +3.6%

rab53, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured a dark copper hazy copper hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront whiff of oily hop that was quickly overtaken by a solid caramel aroma.

The taste was very well balanced and consisted of a husky sweet caramel malt with a drying and slightly spicy citrus hop. Soft doughy finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the thin side with a dry finish.

Overall a tasty and well balanced APA.

plaid75, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Latarnik, May 26, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

beerthulhu, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of tdm168
3.9/5  rDev +1%

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.

tdm168, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Kelp
3.9/5  rDev +1%

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.

Kelp, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of Viggo
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

Viggo, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

sendbeer, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

billab914, May 09, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

chinchill, Thursday at 01:28 AM
Photo of Bighuge
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%

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.

Bighuge, May 18, 2002
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of DrJay
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%

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...

DrJay, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +3.6%

dmorgan310, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Zaphog, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +3.6%

PEIhop, May 26, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
3.9/5  rDev +1%

2/24/2011

On tap at Stone.

A: Dark amber with a respectable beige head. The lacing and retention are also worthy of respect.

S: Caramel and biscuity malt, with notes of pine, orange, and grapefruit. Gives the impression of balance and finesse. Not a typical hop bomb of a Pale Ale you'd find around here.

T: Malt presence is biscuity and slightly toasted with some caramel notes. Hop profile is reminiscent of orange and pine. The flavor is well balanced, with a lower moderate bitterness. Smooth balanced finish.

M: Light medium in body with moderate draft carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry, smooth, and sticky.

Overall: A quality Pale Ale that leans ever so slightly in the direction of the hops.

HopHead84, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Tone
3.9/5  rDev +1%

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
Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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