Pale Ale
Stone Brewing

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Pale Ale - American
3.86 | pDev: 11.14%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Sigmund from Norway

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 5.4%. Deep orange to amber colour, large off-white head. Strong and pleasant sweetish aroma of malts and oranges / orange marmalade, honey, fruity hops and hints of caramel. The flavour is medium sweet and malty, notes of caramel and oranges, and a firm hoppy bitterness in the finish. Some resin in the aftertaste. Very good.

Jan 05, 2021
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Pegasus from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear medium amber, with an off-white head, moderate, but retains well. The lacing is scattered and patchy.

Aroma: Bready malt, with resinous pine and medicinal hop notes, and a bit of caramel.

Taste: Opens with moderate pine hops and a nice backbone of caramel malt. Grapefruit rind notes appear later. Bready notes are also present, tending towards biscuit. Finishes with a lingering note of pine and grapefruit bitterness.

Mouth feel: Soft and very full, with slightly sharp carbonation.

Drinkability/Notes: Found while reorganizing the refrigerator, kept cold from the time of purchase. Still quite good. Hopefully, this one will return to the Stone line.

Presentation: Packaged in an enameled twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a South American-style Pilsener glass.

Oct 28, 2018
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken a while ago:

Pours copper to nearly ruby, but the darkness of it is greatly in thanks to the abundant haze. Rich tan, foamy to frothy head is large, lasting, with layers of lace. Toast, caramel, semi-tart malts, dates, a little rind on the nose. Palate is all of this as well, with other dark fruits, starting fairly sweet, finishing rindy, resinous, leafy, and leathery but also almost perfumy and soapy. All in good balance, and with mildly peppery afterbreath and a little ore toast and caramel on the aftertaste in addition to small amounts of bitterness. Medium-bodied, nearly full, with almost velvety suds, and a fair amount of tannins.

Apr 08, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap. Good beer but nothing incredible in my opinion. Maltiness and caramel with some hops. I'm confused that it says this is no longer brewed. Was that recent?

Jan 25, 2017
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crotharagain from Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Copper hue, slighlty hazy. Two fingers of foam and lacing lasts.
S - Citrus, malt and caramel
T - Slightly citrus with a malt backbone. Smooth.
F - Best feature, silky mouthfeel
O - Great value for a pale ale, nicely done.

Jul 09, 2016
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johnnyd10vt from Oklahoma

2.61/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

While I love the Stone portfolio, this one isn't my favorite. The color is beautiful dark orange with very little head. Both the smell and the taste are dominated by what I would call a Belgian swampy funkiness that isn't my favorite. Not terrible by any means, but probably not something I would order again.

May 24, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly darker gold than your average pale ale, this one comes in at 1/2" white head. Aroma is tame, least hoppy anything that says pale ale anywhere in the name for Stone.

Taste, funny, its mild, average hopping. More malt. What a throwback to the 90s. Still better than your average option at your average bar. Believe dat.

May 11, 2016
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Stone Pale Ale -brewed by Stone Brewing Co., with an ABV of 5.40% This brew pours out a nice,deep, golden amber color , with a nice white head. I really like the look of this brew. The smell of this pale ale is rich with hops, grins and malts. There is a nice amount of hops in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste , it is bold with flavors. You fisrt pick up on th hops in tis brew. Then you pick up on the nice smoothness of grains and malts. This brew has the look and smell of most pale ales o te market. I'm not saying that is a bad thing. Now for the tases , it is bold with flavors. You pick up on the , the hops aty first them the nice smoothest of grains and malts. Stone Plae ale has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about , this brew. Overall I'm giving Stone Pale Ale, a 4.25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Stone Brewing Co. , did a a nic job with this one.

Feb 23, 2016
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Andrewharemza from Australia

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colour a little bit hazy. Aroma of citrus, pine and malt. Light body and medium carbonation. Flavour of hops, fruit, caramel with bread and grain. Orange and some grapefruit. Bittersweet. A nice balance and easy to drink.

Jul 28, 2015
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pianoguy from Washington

3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I don't know when this beer was "retired" but my local Albertson's supermarket has them on sale today (7/26/1015) Reminds me of seeing my favorite rock band's "farewell tour"... Three years in a row ! (perhaps it's old inventory ?)

12 oz bottle(s) no discernible bottling date info

Pours a copper-peach colored body with a tan 1 inch head, some retention, decent lacing

Smell is mainly of floral hops, some pine. And a healthy dose of fresh bread like malt

Taste a nice balance of malts and hops that gives it a smooth taste, with a very slightly bitter finish

average feel

A nice pale ale There is a lot of balance between the hops and malt.

Jul 27, 2015
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username from Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The original, not the 2.0.
Enjoy by 6/3/15, so 13 days past date.

Smells rather unassuming — mostly of mild malts. Taste is a nice balance of malts and hops. Floral, piney, citrus pith. Has a drier finish that leaves a bitter, pith-like taste which another sip will alleviate easily, thus, easy-drinking. Just seems like a really solid APA.

Jun 16, 2015
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RyanK252 from California

3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Stone Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours copper amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to a light layer and laces well.

S: Floral, light fruity notes, a little citrus, toasty and bready malt.

T: Floral, citrus, grapefruit pith, pine, kinda grassy woody, a little spicy, slightly toasty, faint fruity notes towards the finish.

M: Maybe a bit towards the lighter side of medium body, moderate carbonation, rather crisp and drinkable.

O: Maybe not my favorite pale ale, but still glad I snagged a 6 pack before it faded off into the sunset.

Jun 15, 2015
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MFMB from Idaho

3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Again not a pale ale fan but didn't mind this one. Very malty taste that I enjoyed and I love San Diego! I hear it's German for a whales vagina. Stay classy Stone and stay classy San Diego.

Jun 01, 2015
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utopiajane from New York

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This poured an orangey and somewhat darker amber. Very hazy. Nice bubbles making their way to the top and a creamy head of white foam that had ample retention even though it had loose bubbles on top and a shaving cream type foam underneath. Nose is good dry malts, a touch of caramel. Woody twiggy and herbal hops. A bit nutty as it warms. Taste follows the nose all the way. The mouthfeel is medium to slightly fullish as it drinks. The bitterness in this beer is perfection. It meets the malt squarely and evenly. The beer is not that sweet so the little bit of linger that the the bitterness has is just right. I taste only a little bit of orange in this as it warms.

May 09, 2015
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – For a pale ale this is really not all that pale with the beer pouring hazed, deep amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades moderately quickly leaving a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of a caramel aroma mixed with a little bit of a bready smell. Along with these aromas are some lighter smells of grassy smells as well as a little bit of a light fruit of apple and pear.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather bready and slightly grainy flavor with a hint of a grassy hop right upfront. Some caramel flavors are also upfront, with these growing slightly stronger to the middle of the taste but only increasing to later fade a bit as the taste moves on further to the end. Some of the light fruit flavors work their way onto the tongue throughout the taste all while the hop get more potent in taste. In the end the grassy and some more herbal and earthy hop flavors become more pronounced, and leave one with a rather bready and lightly sweet, sort of dank hopped pale ale flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side overall with a moderate thickness and a medium level of carbonation. For the more dank hop, mixed with sweet and bread, the feel is rather nice as it keeps with the easy drinkability of a pale of 5.4 % all while highlighting the hop nicely.

Overall – A good pale ale overall. Quite nice in hops and malt all while keeping an easy drinking feel. Rather tasty.

Apr 17, 2015
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Dynobolt from California

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this craft at San Diego zoo.. Had my wife finally sip on some quality beers so this one is special! For a pale ale.. This is class A. Stone doing work!

Apr 13, 2015
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Kyseber from Alabama

3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a 1/4 in head that dissipates after first two sips. Amber in color. .
S: very inviting baked bread smell. Yeasty. I don't detect the hops.
T: crispy solid malt throughout. Buttery aftertaste.
M: crisp bite up front melds into buttery smoothing of mouthfeel. Very light carbonation that quickly flattens but not affecting mouthfeel in a bad way.

Deliciously simple.

Apr 13, 2015
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ravisingh from Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Half inch of head, with thick beige foam. Deep amber color, very pretty. I would give it a 9 or 10 on the SRM. Slightly hazy, but mostly clear.

S: The aroma was impressive I could smell it sitting in front of me before I even put the glass to my nose and it already smelled nice. Floral notes with a very mild rose like scent, not too strong but definitely present for hops. Malts were there in a pleasing bready scent on the second sniff. There was also a light caramel scent, not sickly sweet but there right in the pocket.

T: Immediately the hops hit me strong and bold with a grapefruit flavor followed by a coniferous woody presence. The pine was there and floral notes also. There was a definite toasty flavor. They managed to make that first sip really bold, but not too bitter or overpowering, just impressive.

F: The mouthfeel is pretty much medium, slightly dry with no astringency. Carbonation is light, but fizzy enough.

O: This was a good beer. It was expensive, but it was obvious they really took their time. You want to impress somebody with a good pale ale, this is a top contender, IMO. Cheers.

Mar 26, 2015
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ArrogantB from Colorado

3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I haven't drank this in years but its impending cancellation spurred me to revisit. Amber color, good head. Aroma is pretty nice, a bready maltiness that almost seems English until you taste it. More malt in the flavor and a crisp slight hop touch.

Mar 25, 2015
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10Crumra from Texas

2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic glass.

Dark amber in color, very little head or lacing.

I found the aromas somewhat off-putting. Burnt wood and caramel notes with only faint hoppy aromas.

Taste was rather bland with some caramel and woody notes. Below average.

Maybe I just wasn't expecting these flavors in a pale ale but I did not enjoy this beer. It is the first I have had in a while that I know I won't buy again. I might try the "2.0" version when it comes out to see how stone changes this brew.

Mar 09, 2015
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superspak from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 2/16/2015. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops and dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, pine, floral, grass, caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, pine, caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp/sticky, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pale ale. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Feb 28, 2015
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Trooper92292 from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really amazing Pale Ale. I could drink this all day. Took me a few sips to really get into the taste because I'm more of a hop head but I really like it.

Feb 14, 2015
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Gajo74 from New York

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a moderate foam head. The head dissipates quickly but leaves some lacing.
Strong aroma of caramel malts. There is a mild amount of citrus and pine hops.
The taste feels mostly malt forward. Chewy caramel malts dominate. Yet, it is not particularly sweet, as the citrus and pine add balance and mild bitterness.
Medium bodied with a chewy and full malt texture. The finish is dry.
I think my bottle was old as I feel that the hops presence was somewhat subdued. However, I can see how with a brighter hops presence, this would be of greater quality.

Jan 30, 2015
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car2052 from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to pint glass.

A: Clear amber, with a small 1/2 in. head. that diminishes to a ring of foam.
S: Pine and Grapefruit. Hint of orange. Perfumy.
T: Nice hop presence, with the pine and grapefruit coming out well. Slightly toasted malt compliments the hops. Some hints of dark fruits. Balanced.
M: Light to medium feel. Very slight aftertaste.
O: A nice hoppy, yet balanced pale ale. Ideal for IPA drinkers who want a slightly more sessionable option.

Jan 22, 2015
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Tuck_leepulin from Texas

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber

Smell: Clean aroma of biscuit and pale malts

Taste: Bready flavors of malt, biscuit and some toffee notes with a hoppy, dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium

Overall: I am impressed by how malt forward this is especially compared to the rest of Stone's offerings. Anyone who is fond of malt-forward amber ales will love this.

Jan 04, 2015
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