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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

2,542 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,542
Reviews: 963
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 76
Gots: 169 | 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 MrDave
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- clean copper with a dense, light tan head. Respectable lacing and outstanding retention. One of the finer looking pales I have seen

S- Citrus fruits and fresh bready malts. Pine hops invigorate the nose as well, with a health does of sweet caramel and molasses to finishing things off.

T- Earthy, citrus, and bitter. Straight forward as there are no real surprises here. Biscuity malts make for a well rounded balance. Touch of dry spice. Simple, but refined. Balance seems to be what I keep coming back to here.

M- Dry, mid to light body that is about par for the course of this style...but bouldering on heavy.

O- Not necessarily spectacular in my opinion, but about as solid as an APA gets. Not as bold as I am accustomed to with Stone, but a sure fire go to brew when you want something for any occasion without breaking the bank. The balance and consistency of this one should not be overlooked. Well done.

Photo of delta490
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- a nice, clear deep amber with a big pillowy off-white head. Some visible carbonation

S- rich caramel malt with some nice citrus hops in the background

T- a nice blend of the caramel maltiness and hops. The hops is subtle but pleasant.

M- A nice fullness and a slight tickle from the carbonation

O- a really good Pale Ale. Nothing really blows you away, but it's just good all around.

Photo of Kaveman
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle pored into my Stone Imperial pint glass picked up at the brewery last summer

A - A copper amber, with 2 fingers of head, and nice sticky lace all over the glass. Very impressive for a Pale Ale

S - Malty grain up front, some citrus notes from the hops, and a slight booze aroma.

T - A very hoppy pale ale. Nice citrus notes, with a very strong malt backbone. Very well balanced. Smooth, and crisp.

M - Well carbonated, crisp mouth feel.

O - About as good as a Pale Ale can get in my opinion. Well balanced, hoppy, smooth.

Photo of Artjsantos
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. This brew pours a deep amber hue with a centimeter-thick off-white head that settles to a thin film on the surface. Lacing is very sticky and quite attractive. Nose is slightly grainy, with hints of caramel and honey. Hops linger in the backround with floral, fruity character. Flavor of the beer is much like the smell, yet more balanced. Caramel and cereal grains meld with grassy, floral notes. A medium bodied pale with above average flavor and finish. It's certainly sessionable and an excellent example of the style.

Photo of fmccormi
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Zorro for this bottle.

Pours a nice dark copper with an impressive inch and a half of light tan head that lasts. Smell is a nice blend of malts and hops. Doughy scent comes through first, followed by brown sugar then the flowery, fruity hops. Taste moves along the same path from sweet malts to fruity hops. Nicely balanced. No bitterness from the hops noticed...just goes down smooth. Thin to medium body with nice carbonation. I thought it could have been a bit thicker feeling but a nice brew none the less.

Photo of kornkid8600
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Risser09
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass - Bottled in 2007

Appearance: Very deep red color with brown tones and a slight orange hue. nice 2" white head with plenty of craters and various bubble sizes.

Smell: The malt aroma is strong but there is also strawberry, plum and caramel.

Taste: Cherry flavor with lots of malt in there too. Where are all the hops? Doesn't seem at all like an APA. Anyway, toffee, caramel, nuts and black tea. The right amount of sweetness is there.

Mouthfeel: Smoothe smoothe smoothe. Gentle carbonation and slick in the mouth. Creamy finish is pleasant.

Drinkability: Great. I thought stone was the meter stick for style categorizations but maybe I was wrong. I don't see this brew as an APA. Great flavors, ample complexity, and smoothe drinkability make this one a winner.

Photo of bsm80x
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of bobhits
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Stone does not have a bad beer in their line up. Outside of the 07 vertical epic (which isn't ready to be fully judged) I can't remember one that wasn't at the very least interesting. That said this is far from a great pale ale.

Reddish amber in color with a HUGE fluffy head, lacing everywhere...you really can't look much better than this. Maybe a bit more carbonation but exceptional is an understatement.

The nose is soft sweet amber malt.

The flavor is a mix of citrus and bread. Soft pale. The hops and malt are balanced to a fault. Look stone, you make amazing hoppy beers. You're amber is a dry hopped under 5% alcohol masterpiece. This beer desperately needs something else to make it work. I am a huge fan of APA's....really it is second to IPA in my book and it's close. There are some amazing APA's. This isn't one of them.

This is a drinkable beer. It's a touch thick for drinking a bunch of.

The mouth is rather nice. So much carbonation, silky but thin enough to drink a few.

I'm bias for stone beers. LOVE them. I'm bias for hops, and this doesn't do it. Sorry stone, you missed on this beer. It's a darn good beer, but for an APA and for Stone...this is unacceptable!

Photo of IPAIsaac
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of cardinals22
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of magine
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Dark orange with off white head - small head remains, minimal lacing.

Smells of hops, slight citrus smell.

The brew tastes of hops, some citrus undertones a bready taste to a degree. Very smoth and crisp very balanced. Very refreshing - has a some what earthy taste to it as well.

This is a very drinkable, very balanced pale ale. One of the better ones that I have had.

Photo of dgeebs07
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of harsley
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of pearljam118
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of assman79
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of kbnooshay
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pretty amber orange with a huge frothy tan head. There isn't that much carbonation clinging to the glass. Some nice lacing is beginning to develop. The aroma is slightly sweet, fruity and quite malty. Same goes for the taste. The hops certainly take the back seat in this stone ale. Its certainly not a very complex brew but its nice. I could see it being a good session brew. The feel is slick and moderate. Very drinkable but may get boring after a few.

Photo of jnardone235
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Roger85
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of kjrod20
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a tulip

pours a clear orangey brown with an off white head.

sweet citrusy smell with a light malt backbone

taste is bitter sweet bready malt.

full mouthfeel butlight enough to make it drinkable

a solid beer from stone and quite sessionable

Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,542 ratings.