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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

2,350 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,350
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 67
Gots: 103 | 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 jpro

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alright, another solid brew from Stone -

Pours a nice, clear coppery amber color, with an off-white / eggshell head which dissipates rather quickly and leaves very little to no lacing.

Aroma is nice - caramel malts seem to be most noticeable, with the hops not completely covered up.

Taste is a very nice balance of malt followed by a pleasant bit of hoppiness - nothing is over the top, just very well balanced and flavorful.

Medium bodied with perfect carbonation.

Could drink it for a while - delicious stuff. This and their IPA are my go to beers!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 19:56:03 | More by jpro
Photo of ZenAgnostic


3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Foggy caramel body, thin white head. Very herbal, tobacco, nutty nose. Heavy tobacco taste that resonates on the back of the tongue, medium-long aftertaste of the same characteristics. Hoppy and spicey mouthfeel. Not a fan of Pale Ales, but this beer would go well after catching a buzz. Has a nice kick that might be overpowering when completely dry, but after a few drinks it works pretty well. Great for 3/4 the way through the night.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2011 08:13:27 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of mjurney


4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper color, lots of little sediment. Carbonation looks very active. Thick rocky head. Leaves very nice lacing behind.

Smells very fresh... citrus, piney, floral, sweet malts, fruity.

Sweet clean malts, citrusy, piney, a little caramel, fruity, slight dry-bitter finish. Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel, soft carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 23:22:28 | More by mjurney
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-20-2012 07:56:05 | More by MarioM
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

04-08-2013 22:25:23 | More by Michaeldmanley
Photo of Lothore


4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a dark brown with a reddish hue. Big head which dissaptes into a decent amount of lacing. Smells of hops, hints of sweet flowers, slight bread smell and I could swear I smell a slight bit of banana. The taste seems very balanced. It ends with a small amount of bitterness. The mouthfeel is fairly thick for an APA with ample carbonation. This brew is highly drinkable, definitely my favorite APA.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2007 06:41:03 | More by Lothore
Photo of Elfastball7

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-14-2011 22:32:43 | More by Elfastball7
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-10-2012 01:55:44 | More by larryarms847
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4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It has a cloudy, light copper color with a nice head with good retention. The aroma is hoppy and malty and balanced between the two. The flavor is a nice rich malt balanced with a strong hop presence. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation.

This is an excellent APA. It's very tasty and drinkable, good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 01:32:03 | More by scoobybrew
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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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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

03-25-2014 04:54:52 | More by brpendergast85
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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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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-23-2011 18:39:36 | More by CB2maltygoodness
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

09-06-2012 13:53:31 | More by bradfordjohnson
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-23-2013 20:43:29 | More by MrDave
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

08-31-2013 08:04:28 | More by ChicagoShakeAndBake26
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

10-10-2012 22:20:50 | More by GaryMarkle84
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

02-06-2012 14:41:39 | More by meanmutt
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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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-10-2013 21:42:06 | More by nitter
Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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