1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Stone Pale AleStone Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

2,301 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,301
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 63
Gots: 83 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Stone Pale Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,301 | Reviews: 956 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of brandoman63
brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-20-2011 03:34:46 | More by brandoman63
Photo of superspak
superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best by 6/22/11. Pours cloudy red-orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a decent lacing cap. Some decent lacing sticks to the glass as well. Aromas of caramel, orange, pine, and some grapefruit as well. Aromas are on the weak side, but what is there is fairly nice. Taste of caramel, grapefruit, orange, pine, and some spice. A decent amount of bitterness is present on the finish and lingers for a bit with pine and citrus flavors. Very nice balance as well, with very smooth drinkability as expected. Medium carbonation and body. No alcohol noticed in the taste or finish. Overall a very nice pale ale, even though it has a bit of age on it. Very delicious and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 20:50:15 | More by superspak
Photo of rab53
rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-09-2011 04:28:25 | More by rab53
Photo of plaid75
plaid75

New York

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 01:57:37 | More by plaid75
Photo of beerthulhu
beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 22:47:53 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Viggo
Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2007 00:39:20 | More by Viggo
Photo of Bighuge
Bighuge

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2002 11:46:28 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 15:55:03 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of smakawhat
smakawhat

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 03:14:47 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Latarnik
Latarnik

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-26-2014 13:02:57 | More by Latarnik
Photo of DrJay
DrJay

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2005 02:37:21 | More by DrJay
Photo of LXIXME
LXIXME

New Mexico

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 21:31:07 | More by LXIXME
Photo of Kelp
Kelp

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 01:03:04 | More by Kelp
Photo of tdm168
tdm168

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2011 16:30:47 | More by tdm168
Photo of glid02
glid02

Georgia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2010 00:38:35 | More by glid02
Photo of Mebuzzard
Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 19:52:01 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of sendbeer
sendbeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-21-2012 20:01:34 | More by sendbeer
Photo of Gusler
Gusler

Arizona

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”.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2003 07:54:42 | More by Gusler
Photo of beertunes
beertunes

Washington

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2010 11:27:56 | More by beertunes
Photo of Tone
Tone

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 03:43:03 | More by Tone
Photo of Brad007
Brad007

Vermont

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 22:58:30 | More by Brad007
Photo of PEIhop
PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-26-2013 00:32:30 | More by PEIhop
Photo of HopHead84
HopHead84

California

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 04:17:17 | More by HopHead84
Photo of TurdFurgison
TurdFurgison

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 22:08:25 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of dmorgan310
dmorgan310

Panama

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-12-2014 05:15:05 | More by dmorgan310
Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,301 ratings.