Pale Ale
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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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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another new Stone Beer, my fourth now, this is becoming such a Chore!!
What a beautiful very deep radiant copper-amber color this beer pours. The head is robust at first, not quite white – but an inviting shade of Cream. The head leaves a slug-like trail of lace as the beer was consumed (rapidly I may add!). Unlike the IPA, the hop aromas in the Pale Ale are softer and more rounded, quite subdued almost, akin to those you get in an outside Herb Garden. A grainy malt is also prevalent in the after-nose. Fantastic smooth, creamy, mouth feel, that instantly advertises this beer as a Drinkers Ale…, a Session Beer…, Highly Quaffable…, a Gallon Beer…, whatever you want to call it socially, …formally, the Drinkability is a definite “5” for me, Exceptional !. A really fruity, smooth, introduction at first, introduces a very quick sweet-malt middle leading to some hop-bitterness in the end. I also get some sweet biscuity malt and grain in the middle, that I find really helps keep this beer on an even keel. Perfect balance for a Session Beer!!!
The Fourth Stone Beer I have reviewed, the 4 empty Bomber Bottles now take pride of place in my Kitchen. This is Stones best seller apparently – I can’t think why……

Oct 15, 2002
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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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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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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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Jeffrey-Pulver from New York

4.9/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is my go to beer. Very flavorful and crisp. Perfect beer for a hot day, or anytime in matter of fact. If you want a good beer look no further.

Mar 18, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear reddish orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly died down but never completely faded away.
S: The smell isn’t that strong and has hints of caramel malts and citrus hops.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell but the flavors are much stronger; the initial taste has some hints of malty sweetness while there is a mild to moderate amount of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink, quite refreshing and has a lot of flavor compared to other beers in the style. I could easily have more than one of these in a sitting.

May 27, 2011
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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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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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FLima from Brazil

3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker amber color with a thick beige one finger head with short retention and leaving some laces.
Malty and caramely aroma with undertones of citrusy hops. I was expecting something bolder.
Malty flavor with notes of mild citrusy hops, spices, grass, biscuit and toasted malts and cinnamon. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbo.
Balanced Pale Ale, not like an APA that is more like an IPA but with less body. It is maltier, but still bitter and spicer. They kept their original recipe, almost 20 years ago, and those were different times. That said it is not that tamed compared to old school.

Nov 19, 2014
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant, flawless, coppery orange with a head that is the epitome of quality. It's light ecru in color with a slight orangish cast and is impressively firm and sticky. It deflates tantalizingly slowly and deposits thick slabs of foam as it does so. The lace begins to melt even before being disturbed by my drinking, but it's still a lovely display.

The nose doesn't venture anywhere near hoptastic IPA-land. Having said that, I can't fault a beer for staying true to its APA roots. It's wonderfully balanced with lightly toasted caramel working in concert with citrusy, floral hops. While it doesn't leap out of the glass, I don't have to go in after it either.

Stone Pale Ale is balanced on the palate as well. I was going to say 'balanced to a fault', but that isn't entirely fair. This is clearly a well-crafted pale ale that doesn't quite fit my most preferred flavor profile. The firm, toffee-like malt backbone is easily the equal of the hop side of the equation. I'm not in love with the hop bill (Magnum and Ahtanum), although it does make this beer unique.

The middle is akin to brown sugar-crusted grapefruit, while the finish is more orange fruity and slightly more hoppy. Even so, it stays pretty damn balanced all the way to the bitter end. The medium mouthfeel is beautifully structured with a willowy, wispy, supple feel. Mouthfeel is one of the best indicators of true brewing talent as far as I'm concerned.

Stone Pale Ale, like all Stone beer, is wonderful stuff. I'd tweak it a little here and there, but as is, it's a delicious, perfectly balanced pale ale that is exceedingly drinkable. As I pour the last few ounces into my pint glass, I find myself wishing that I had another bomber waiting in the wings. What better recommendation is there than that?

Jun 22, 2005
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51mmz0rz from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A: Body is a nice hazy tea color with visible bubbles. A head of about two fingers fades at an average rate, but leaves very good lacing down the side of the glass. This continues as I drink.

S: Pleasant smooth hop smell, not harsh. Fruity and floral. A slight sweet malt smell behind the hops.

T: More from the smell, the hops and malt are pretty well balanced, and the hops leave their distinct bitterness behind.

M: Good carbonation, relatively filling.

D: Well balanced flavors and average abv make for great drinkability.

Happy to have something more a little more low key from Stone. This is something I can buy on a regular basis and enjoy.

May 19, 2007
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bfields4 from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber body with a light lacy head.

A pale malty smell with almost a woodiness too it. A fruity hop.

A very balanced beer. The sweet woody earthy grain and caramel follow through to the taste. There's a twinge of floral hops in the aftertaste to offset the sweetness IMO this is what a pale ale should taste like.

Light carbonation and smooth body let this guy go down smooth. I couldn't ask for anything more form this guy.

IMO this is one of the best pale ales I've ever had was expecting a more hoppy offering from stone, but they nailed this one anyhow.

Aug 26, 2009
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jgurley from Florida

4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium amber with a thick, clingy head. Smell is subdued. Malt and mild hop aroma. Taste is much more aggressive. Nice and malty on the front with a quick punch of fruity hops. Pleasant bitterness on the back end. Lots of bright hops. Mouthfeel is slick and sticky with medium carbonation. Delicious. Stone is just brilliant at making these great hoppy ales and IPAs. I could down several of these.

Jul 19, 2011
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Moredrinkin from New York

5/5  rDev +29.5%

Dec 09, 2011
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centbeerfest from Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Strong white head that lasts. Cloudy light medium burnt orange cloudy.

Great balance of hops and a touch of orange sweetness. Little bit of lasting bitterness in the finish which pairs well with the citrus.

On the take home scale I would take home a six pack.

May 14, 2011
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greencovesteve from North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 21, 2015
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ubenumber2 from Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Jun 22, 2013
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MJSJr from California

3.72/5  rDev -3.6%

Oct 18, 2014
REY_CORTEZ from New York

3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 02, 2015
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aratcliffe from Kansas

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

Jan 24, 2016
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

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

Good amber colour and head, floral hop aroma, and well-malted taste. Medium mouthfeel. Drying spicy finish.Appropriate carbonation. Quite drinkable.
Another very good Stone brew, very good pale, fresh from California courtesy of Rudolf. Radekfest #8.

Apr 04, 2005
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jilly425 from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +29.5%

Dec 05, 2011
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secondtooth from Indiana

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramel-amber in color, with a huge head of off-white bubbles. Beautiful spider-web of lace, as seems the norm with Stone.

Mild hops nose, with some malts in there, too.

Taste is skillfully balanced, with some bitter qualities -- maybe some sour grapefruit, alongside darker malts that add a sweet quality. Very drinkable and enjoyable!

May 13, 2011
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kybeerdrinker from Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Jan 29, 2014
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