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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,329 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,329
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 65
Gots: 91 | 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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3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Pale Ale (bottle)
A: pours a nice vibrant bright orange color, with a light khaki colored head. Good head retention level and a fair amount of lacing.

S: nice malty aroma, some biscuit malts and some pale and amber malts. Light hint of spices. Mild hop aroma, very earthy.

T: very mild flavors, but a nice balance. Great balance with the malts and the hops. Solid pale malts, with a nice light citrus hop flavor.

M: medium bodied. Solid palate, with a good clean finish. Vibrant and crisp.

D: very drinkable beer, solid pale ale, and very enjoyable. I could put a lot of this back.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2008 20:48:14 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle poured into a pint glass with lunch.
Before this, only on tap so this is as good a time as any to official review it.
Bottle Graphics: 6/10. Typical Stone.

A: Lightest of amber with a popping foamy head. The lacing was nonexistent, but I blame the glass. Other than that, this is a looker.

S: Considerable amount of malts, tinges of caramel sweetness. Surely not a hop bomb. Easy going.

T: I feel like this beer gets unfairly panned some because its not the bastard. It doesnt claim to be, its the little tiny cousing of the AB, yet mighty delicious in its own right.

Caramel sweetness is clear cut. Quite odd in that some sips have some piney flavors and some are completely absent. Not the west coast essence I have come to adore, but still tasty.

M: A little bit too light, could use another level of fluffy texture. Hunting for the chew. Crisp with the bitterness I was looking for finally coming through at the bottom of the glass.

D: Enjoyable. Perfect for having with a meal in the afternoon as a preamble to some heavier stuff waiting in the wings.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 00:07:47 | More by marcpal
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-20-2012 07:56:05 | More by MarioM
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

06-13-2013 02:02:06 | More by MPSTARR
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date-stamped! Yes! Thank you Stone, for taking care of my one reservation about buying your beer. Awesome. Now, can you call Rogue, please?

Clear darkish orangy-red with a big head that is more airy than I usually like to see on my beers, but it stays for a while and clings some too. Nice earthy toasty aroma, on the subtle side, but very nice. Full-flavored yet very very drinkable, which seems to be a Stone specialty. Strong bitterness gives this healthy malt a run for its money. Sweetish at first, giving way to herbal and earthy hop tingle. Bitter hoppy finish makes you want another sip.

Great stuff. This will be a regular of mine when I want a tasty session brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 00:56:10 | More by waughbrew
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3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

S: Musty, grapefruity , a little malt. About average.

A: It's a standard pale ale with a sticky lace. Amber, slightly cloudy. Looks good.

M: Watery, not much to grip, washed really clean, little bitterness in the aftertaste with a malty finish

T: Grapefuity hops muted with a malty base then mostly water after. *shrug*

D: There's no doubt that it's a good APA , but compared with some of the others, this makes a better than average drinker, and not much else. For the $$$, there is better/cheaper out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 06:03:15 | More by Ricochet
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-26-2013 15:47:29 | More by harsley


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass,
Listening to:
Bluegrass/ Seldom Scene Cannonball

A= A nice cloudy, deep copper hue, great lacing and head retention. off-white head color

S= A pine, flowery note.

T= Good malt/hop balance, with a nice lingering aftertaste.

M= Creamy, and smooth, light on the overall time spent on the tongue is pleasant.

D= The drinkablity is good, a warm weather or cold weather brew.

Overall= Nice overall balance of maltiness, a good beer for any time of day!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 18:12:51 | More by GDBEERMAN
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-08-2013 03:13:50 | More by kjrod20
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

09-06-2012 13:53:31 | More by bradfordjohnson
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

10-10-2012 22:20:50 | More by GaryMarkle84
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

08-31-2013 08:04:28 | More by ChicagoShakeAndBake26
Photo of GreenWBush


4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one must’ve just made its triumphant arrival in the Buckeye state because suddenly six-packs are showing up everywhere. While I was glad to see it, I found it rather silly that a 5.4 percent pale ale would cost two dollars more than a 6.8 IPA! Ratcheting up production? Or is it the Levitation that is relatively rare? I digress.

From the new brewery, best before 1/17/07. Quite fresh. Physical presence is immaculate polished bronze. Streaming bubbles under a clingy white head.

Aroma is sedate, at least by Stone standards. Fresh, clean, and clear (wait, isn’t that a Budweiser ad?) and its hop profile reminds me a bit of tapered-off IPA.

I’ve drank a million pale ales in my time and it takes something special to get my attention at this point. This one does; it’s the rare pale ale that’s excitingly hoppy and malty…you don’t get sick of either of the strong and competing flavors. Crisp, hoppy, but not thin or overly bitter.

This could easily convince people to come over to the darkside. Really good.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 01:19:37 | More by GreenWBush
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-23-2011 18:39:36 | More by CB2maltygoodness
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-21-2014 01:11:33 | More by DavidHume
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3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Hazed & Infused.

A: Hazy amber with lots of tiny bubbles. Giant, creamy, white head that lasted more than a few minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Some malt and citrus hops. A bit too mild.

T: Moderate sweetness and hop bitterness. Toasted caramel malt and bitter hop finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with silky smooth feel. Soft carbonation.

O: A little too bitter on the finish for my taste, but still pretty good. I liked the Hazed & Infused slightly better.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 00:19:15 | More by SolipsismalCat
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-23-2013 20:43:29 | More by MrDave
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3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

well, as a lover of Stone...this is not my favorite. pours very nice with about one and a half inch of head. nice carbonation, nice aroma of hop and dryness. flavor is less than what i hoped for but if i compare to the ipa than it may be fair. good lace down the glass. a good beer from an exceptional brewer. not exeptional though.

suckem up and movem out.


Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 22:25:01 | More by giblet
Photo of bboven


3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Reddish brown cloudy body with hints of orange and pink. No head or lacing.

Aroma is earthy hops that balance well with the malt. Some alcohol coming through. Very nice.

Again, great balance between the hops and malt. The hops win out slightly, but that's fine with me.

Here's where it takes a dive. I like low carbonation, but this is too low. It's very near flat and really unappealing.

Very tasty, smells nice, but needs some work in the appearance and mouthfeel arenas.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 00:54:48 | More by bboven
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4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, no dating.

Pours a murky bronze with billowing white head.
Equal amounts of malt and hops to the nose, with sweet, fruity tinge.
Fruity, biscuit malt meets a sharp, herbal hop. Hop bite mellows, leaving a dry yet crisp finish. Notes of toffee, tea-leaf and cherry make up the flavor.
Very full in body. Hoppy yet smooth; this one is bulkier than most IPAs.
Wonderfully balanced yet complex pale ale. This one picks up where the SNPA classic left off. Possibly the best of the "regular" pale ales brewed in the US.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 12:46:03 | More by Natural510
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-10-2013 21:42:06 | More by nitter
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-21-2013 03:56:00 | More by themind
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

02-06-2012 14:41:39 | More by meanmutt
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3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: the color of the cap is white fused with caramel orange hues. The head dissipated quickly and left shreds of sticky lace. The body is a combination of hazy golden orange with caramel colors rounding out the edges, some what deep when viewed away from light

S: light nose of toffee caramel with citrus based hops. Nothing blows me away as far as the nose is concerned, seems to rely on balance

T: this beer is balanced and even. The malt profile is at the helm with a sticky caramel toffee nut character. The hops start with a sultry peppery vibe and then finish with caramelized fruitiness of oranges, grapefruits, and a squeeze of lemon. Nothing "hoptastic" in this brew, but nothing short of a balanced taste

M: the medium body is a nice compliment to the flavors and has a floating feeling on the tongue. Easy to drink

D: it is a good meaty American APA. I am so used to a chock full hop brews from Stone Brewing, this is a nice and tasty change

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 04:06:07 | More by Magpie14
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-16-2012 18:31:43 | More by Hoagie1973
Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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