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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

2,517 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,517
Reviews: 963
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 74
Gots: 153 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

GreenMountainBoy, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of Shilt
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Shilt, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of DenverHopHead
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap on Mission Bay, poured into a clear plastic cup and paired with a Baja fish taco and fish a chips.
Appearance - gold, nice carbonation that builds a surprisingly creamy white head. Lacing is superb, which is surprising given the vessel!
Smell - faint citrus hops, a touch of cereal malts.
Taste - a very scaled down and very conservative Stone IPA, which seems clearly the motivation.
Feel - light but warranted.
Overall - this hit the spot and delivered on expectations.

DenverHopHead, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of watermelonman
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a great dark orange and brown that was practically glowing. The medium head lasted fairly well, and left a few big lines of lace.

The smell is very nice, being full of rich malt and slightly floral hops. The taste is also quite good, being rich up front and fairly bitter in the finish. While the hops are definitely assertive, they are somewhat less sharp than in comparable beers. I think this suits the style very well. The mouthfeel is pleasing while the drinkability is very good.

I believe this is what every other american pale ale wishes it was.

watermelonman, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of Dave1999
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep reddish amber with a foamy white head.

The smell is citrusy and slightly sweet. Very faint and subtle.

The taste is quite bitter, piney and citrusy.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall a decent hoppy pale ale. I would never pick it over an ipa though.

Dave1999, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of nitter
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

nitter, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of gmendez1122
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

gmendez1122, May 03, 2014
Photo of Bfarr
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear copper with a tan frothy head. Earthy, floral aromas backed by a light sweetness. Spicy taste up front with the earthy taste mixed with light caramel and a bitter hop and pale malt finish. Balance is definitely tipped in the balance of hops but a crisp mouthfeel makes it fairly refreshing.

Definitely a good tasting beer but not exactly what I look for in a pale ale. Pretty hoppy and certainly a fairly dark color, it tastes good but I'd rather just go for an IPA if I want hops. I did enjoy the aromas and spiciness quite a bit and it was very easy to drink.

Bfarr, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of Mark
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

I thought I'd give this a try snce I had heard good things about this brewerys products. On the second sip the taste was empty, almost watery. I think I might have a bad batch although there was decent head retention and lace on my glass? I might take it back and exchange it. THE "good" sip featured a nice hoppy tang though it did taste similar to other west oast ales. All in all nothing special and a bit of a letdown

Mark, Jun 24, 2001
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

BdubleEdubleRUN, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of Auraan
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gorgeous cloudy amber body with a half finger of off-white head, golden highlights when held to light and a nice trickle of bubbles. A very good looking pale ale. Scents of pine resin, wet, earthy herbal hops, floral, jasmine-like hops, a hint of tangerine, a bit of pale malt and a touch of caramel in the background. A nice, hop forward aroma that leans less towards citrus and more to resiny, floral and earthy aromas with a nice balancing malt. Flavor begins with notes of pine resin and earthy herbal hops with moderate bitterness and a low level of malt sweetness. This moves into a more bitter middle with notes of pine resin, earthy herbal hops, floral hops, hints of grapefruit peel and a touch of pale malt sweetness faintly in the background. Finish is medium-dry with notes of pine resin, grapefruit peel, light herbal hop character and a touch of biscuit-like malt. Aftertaste is dry with notes of pine resin, grapefruit peel and biscuit-like malt. A good hop forward flavor profile that uses its light malt presence to keep the flavor from becoming too bitter. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with low carbonation and a smooth feel. Very nice and quite easy to drink. Overall this is a nice pale ale. It's hoppy, yet not overly so, aromatic, flavor and smooth. It's a nice, simple drinking experience and quite good.

Auraan, Aug 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

heerboth, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of mralphabet
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Reddish Amber color very clear in appearance. About a finger and a 1/2 of head, that settles to a layer covering the beer. Outstanding lacing !!!! that stays on the glass till the last drop.

S: Smells like a Stone brew !! Health floral/hop aroma right up front, followed by some caramel malt notes.

T: Just like the nose here (and Just like a Stone brew)...Hops jump right in, but they are not over powering... really balances out with a sweet caramel malt right on the cusp of the floral hops. Finishes with a light hop bitter aftertaste but overall very pleasant.

M: Med bodied, carbonation is there but not to over powering. The caramel notes is making is feel a little fuller than most APA's I've had. Again very pleasant.

D: OK, I'm not a big APA or IPA kind of guy but this brew is very drinkable.... The ABV is pretty low and the balance of flavors is great. Have a couple...

Another great brew from Stone... Next Stone step for me is Ruination... and I'm looking forward to it.

mralphabet, Mar 29, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The beer is a nice copper/ burnt orange color with a lofty, foamy, off-white head. It smells of pine, grapefruit, sugar and caramel malt. Piney bitterness dominates the flavor profile, there are also hints of lemon, and buttered biscuits with a bready aftertaste. It has a light-medium body, there is bubbly carbonation and a dry finish. I think this might be my new favorite pale ale, it has a lingering bitterness that makes you yearn for more. I would drink this over and over again.

JMad, Feb 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Michaeldmanley, Apr 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Focusf111, Jun 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

ShepardCommander, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

kkrez, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of NCSUdo
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A: Slightly hazy deep golden under a full white head. Good lace and retention.

S: Nice hoppy nose with a sweet malt background. Hops are mostly piney and earthy, nothing over the top, with some hints of citrus. Very nice nose for a pale ale.

T: Sweet and some bicuity maltiness up front followed by a nice citrus and bitter hops. Very smooth and very refreshing taste. Not a whole a lot going on except a very well balanced pale ale.

M/D: Carbonation is low but the body is on the light side of medium and very smooth and creamy, with some hints of hop oils. Drinkability is excellent as this one goes down smooth and isn't going to floor you too quickly.

NCSUdo, Dec 28, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

abcramer, Mar 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

blknikon, May 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

EigenBeer, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of TicoCali
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

TicoCali, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of ohtheguilt
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

ohtheguilt, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of beermanbrian
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one a few months ago, drank the case so quickly that I forgot to review one. Then i was told that it was a mistake that it came to the East and that i won't be able to get it again. Well I saw a case of it again last week and grabbed it. So here goes the review before it's all gone.

Dark copper color with a nice sized head. This beer has the look of quality that you expect from Stone. Smell is fruity with some citrus zest. Also a strong backbone of caramel and biscuit malt comes through. The taste is perfectly balanced. I love Stone's hop bombs but this is just a solid balanced beer that deserves some props. Finishes with a little bit of a bitter bite, just to let you know it's a stone, and a little dry. If you look at drinkability as being able to down a bunch in a night than this is the most drinkable stone i've had. If you look at drinkablity as being "boy i could drink this beer for the rest of my life and be happy" then it's a winner also. The quality I've come to know and expect from stone. Hope this one continues to be available in PA.

beermanbrian, May 04, 2007
Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,517 ratings.