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Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Pale AleStone Pale Ale

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very good

2,581 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,581
Reviews: 969
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 82
Gots: 197 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-23-2001

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Risser09
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of magine
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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 minterro
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of kbnooshay
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of proc
4.82/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One word to start: Impressive.

Pours out to a beautiful copper color. Aroma is that of caramel, hops and fruit. The balance to this Pale Ale is nearly perfect. The hops are tasty, not shocking, and make this beer downright, delicious. I kept humming/singing "Stone Brew" to the tune of Foghat's "Stone Blue" (for the 70s challenged, Foghat was a hard rock act.) as I drank it.

One of, if not the best pale out there. Yum. A big thanks to Murph for sending this my way.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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

NotesOct 4, 2008
Reddish brown pour,with a huge light tan head that slowly went down to a thin ring and stayed till the end. A nice subtle hop aroma,with a hint of roasted malt. The flavor is of hops,malt,and bread dough, with the amount of malt here you would expect it to be sweeter but instead it has just a nice dry hop finish,and I think I detected a slight alcohol taste at the end. Very Good , Will buy again .

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Andreji
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another hidden gem in this year's lucky american beer tour for me.

I've been intrigued by stone for a long time since i've heard of it so much over here, although it seems like the arrogant bastard has more fans than this one which is, for whatever it's worth, fantastic either way. I picked it up alongside the ABs at case and keg in boca raton because well, the gargoyle and the whole legend on the back were too appealing to resist.

pour is cloudy amber, not fully see through unless you gaze deeply into it. small dirty white head with tonnes of escalonated lacing on the sides.

pugnant hoppy nose, some roasted malt filters through. It's still more nociceptively perceivable than the olfaction itself. too subtle though. must sink nose deep into glass

Taste is immediately hoppy but balances out at first well with a sweet sensation. a carbonation rush and you're riding the hop train again. throughout. with such a strong, bitter metal aftertaste.

Beer is very enjoyable, i tuned my brain to 'hops' this trip and hven't been disappointed so far.

Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,581 ratings.