Stone Pale Ale | Stone Brewing

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Stone Pale AleStone Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 06-23-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a light brown. Maybe a reddish color. The head is tan with a slight orange tint to it. It fades very slowly leaving very thick laces. This is probably the darkest pale ale I have ever seen. It has a floral aroma to it. The presence of malts are also apparent. There is a slight citrus scent to it as well. It tastes less hoppy that I would expect froma pale ale. It is more of an amber really. It had a very good balance of hops and malt flavor. This beer is very well balanced. It leaves a creamy feeling and citrus like taste on the palate. This beer wuld be a great session beer. It has a low alcohol content, so you could drink quite a few. Also, the flavor is not so strong and aggressive that you might get tired of it. I think I could drink this beer all night long. It is definately well worth trying.

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Photo of jbone78
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice little pale.

A- nice golden pour, mild head retention and fades.
S- very good hop smell with a toasty like scent in there too. I like.
T- Again,toasty malts with great hop blend.
M- medium carbonated well with a residual sticky sugary malty aftertaste.
D- I could do several of these in a sitting.

Overall, I like this one. I like beers that blend.


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Photo of mzwolinski
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Somewhat hazed, copper color with a thinnish but surprisingly persistant head. Leaves a great lace down the glass. Aroma is hoppy and citric, with a caramel sweetness underlying. Malt sweetness hits you up front in the mouth as well, and is noticeable throughout the beer, contributing a nice nutty flavor. The dominate taste, however, is still the slightly acidic, citric flavors of the hops. They also give the beer a pleasant oily smoothness. The beer feels medium-bodied, finishes dry, and leaves you with a nice fruity/sweet aftertaste, with lingering hints of hop bitterness. This is probably more hoppy than the average Pale Ale, but this isn't an IPA or Ruination. There's a good deal going on here besides the hops, and this is a good thing. Extremely drinkable and pleasant.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Amber hue crystal clear with a nicely formed cream head nice and bubbly leaves fine evenly patterned lacing. Aroma: Very floral in nature hops are evident they take a seat in the cockpit, but it's okay the malt backbone is the copilot. Wonderful fruity undertones with a bouqet of whole leaf flowery hops, well done. Taste: Sufficient amount of hops some may say unbalanced however for me this beer is perfect. American style pale ale boasts a fruity slightly caramel tinged malt backbone that also has the support of some juicy hop bite. Mouthfeel: To Stone this is their light beer, in reality it's a medium bodied lucious ale with mild even carbonation. Drinkability: Blessed with high marks across the board making it hellaciously consumable wow this is up there with their IPA for all around goodness.

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Photo of BaronRogue
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not pale at all, a deep rich amber with a nice head that floats for a minute or two. Enough lacing to let you know that it's a legitimate beer.

Smells slightly sweet, floral and hoppy, just like a pale ale should.

Tastes like a strong raisin-esque pilsner. Lots of flavor but light and refreshing. Doesn't get any better than this as far as standard APAs go. Sure you can go more hardcore with barleywines and IIPAs, but as far as drinkable session PAs go, this is the bar for me.

Again, refreshing and crisp, with enough gravity to feel real but not enough to weigh you down. Say goodbye to at least three once you start.

Overall, it's an upper-medium priced beer that's well worth it if you're an APA fan. Prefer this over a lot of the more intense Stone varieties, if I'm honest.

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Photo of kbuff13
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Servered from a tap into a pint glass. Poured a deep amber color with small head and decent lacing. Strong citrus hops smell. Very well balanced beer, great hop taste, very smooth with medium body. Great overall beer. One of my all time favorites.

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Photo of ZAP
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Soft spicy/husky hop aroma...orangish with a soft creamy lace..nice mellow creamy mouthfeel...some nice fruitiness...very drinkable...thirst quenching...sweet of, if not THE best tasting pale ales I've had...My first stone experience is a GRAND one!!

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Photo of lester619
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I Am pretty new to the world of craft beer. Most of my life I have drank the light yellow, watery, fizzy, canned beers that are made in a vat the size of Rhode Island that get berated on this website. I still like cheap watery beer. All I know is I love beer and this is what I want my beer to taste like. Sweet and herbal citrusy with tons of pine up front, balanced beutifully with just the right smack of bitterness. It's plenty hoppy, but not goofy hoppy. It's just great beer flavor. Fantastic drinkablility. I just wish it was two-for-one at the tavern like my light yellow fizzy watery crap. Oh well.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber with a very light tan head. Nose is of perfumed hops with the expected citrus head. Really a heavy perfume fragrance throughout. Flavor is consistently bitter in a smooth way. On the tail end a sweeter side appears. Feel has a decent carbonation, but overall feels a little bit thin; but still overall is extremely good. Great drink ability. Damn you, Stone.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.51/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - It has a thick pour to a head at about a half inch. The head is a medium tan and has nice stamina. The body is a bronze color that barely lets light through. Head is sticky leaving a nice lacing along the pint.

S - It has a hop aroma that does a good job of allowing a malt scent through as well.

T - There are a few different flavors here. It starts out with a mildly sweet, mostly hop beginning.It then moves to a richer hoppy flavor. There is an abrupt and forceful after-taste of straight hops.

M - The feel is actually pretty smooth for a hop filled brew. It goes down very well leaving no abrasive afterthought.

~ This is a very good beer and one that I wish was readily available in Central Wisconsin. It is nice to see this brewery has made it's way into the state even though I need to travel almost three hours to get a six pack. I will certainly recommend this beer to my friends. I'll also make sure they get their own because this sixer is mine!

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Hops and citrus, great smell
Appearance- Pours an amber color with no sediment with a small white head.
Taste- Has a really good hop flavor that is balanced with the citrus.
Palate- This beer is a light to medium bodied with moderate carbonations and a dry finish.
Overall- A really good pale ale, nice flavor, I would drink this often..

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Some beers just need to be re-visited, kind of like a family or high school reunion. You know, just to see how much things may have changed.
Presented in a 12oz bottle taken from a case with a brewed on date of 03.27.05 on the box. Poured into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass, Stone's pale ale showed off a clear dark amber color, copious carbonation, and a firm off-white head that slowly faded down to a ¼" of foam and left sheets of lace down to the bottom of the quickly emptied glass.
The nose had a robust fruity aroma backed by toasty malts and soft floral hops. A few pulls and I was rewarded by the wonderful blend of toasted grains and sweet caramel-laced fruits. Hops are definitely mild, surprisingly so, and have a floral flavor vice the citrus bite of Stone's other brews. Quite well balanced but the malts are the main component here. The feel was medium in body and velvety smooth.
Overall, Stone's pale ale is one of my main beers of choice for a session brew or dinnertime beer. So easily quaffable and easy to pair with a good range of meals. Last night it paired nicely with grilled pork chops and baked potatoes. One of my favorite go-to beers.

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Photo of stewart124
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper color with a dense white head.

Lots of citrus and caramel in the nose with a slight oaked noted.

Full bodied and silky smooth. This has plenty of character. Tons of caramel sweetness and plenty of hoppy goodness to offer. The citrus of hops is coupled with a spice and finishes with a bunch of sweetness. Plenty of pear and apple esters add to the complexity of this APA.

There is quite a bit going on here in what Stone provides as there otherwise simple American Pale Ale. This is delicious and I wish it was offered in more locations.

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Photo of GordonQuid
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint galss.

Amber/gold w/a nice 1 inch head, ample lacing.

Taste is like the Arrogant Bastards little bullish brother. Roasty malts w/ a nice Yakima Magnum hop bitterness.

Excellent light-medium bodied Stone! Qua-fable!

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem. Pours a crystal-clear amber-red body with a good inch of persistent off-white head. Smells amazing - American C-hops (definitely Cascades) rule, but a good portion of caramel and toffee notes put forth by the malt to balance. Hops hit at first in the flavor, with grapefruit, lemongrass, pith, as malt hits toward the middle in a less obvious way with just enough caramel and toffee to balance, then going back to the hops at the finish with a slightly dry bitterness. Loud and in your face, but balanced and not overwhelming. One of the best APAs I have ever had, though if it were a bit cheaper I'd get it more often. Still good for a treat!

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Photo of Raime
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours Amber with a two finger off white head. Head retains wonderfully. Leaves tons of lacing.

S - Grapefruit, Pine, Slight hop resin, lemon, very small wheat. Smells delicious.

T - Lightly toasted malt up front, medium amount of grapefruit soon follows. Ever sp faint pine quality in the middle, and a juicy tropical fruit finish. Only thing keeping the taste from being a 5 is the fact that the malt tastes a bit stale.

M - Medium body with a medium amount of carbonation and a very slight creaminess.

O - Overall, I got this beer on clearance for $5 a six pack. I'd say it's one of the best $5 I've ever spent. It's a delicious offering from Stone, that I would definitely buy again.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Undated 12oz pored into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass.

Clear burnished copper with a vanilla head of two fingers. Very good retention with plenty of sticky lace.

Hoppy citrus aroma with just enough malty sweetness under neath for balance.

Malty upfront and then it fades into an equally strong citric to piny hop flavor that is again very well balanced and leaves a nice lingering hop flavor. The malts are a bit biscuity and lend another dimension of flavor. I love the balance on this one.

Moderate mouth with the right amount of carbonation. A perfectly drinkable PA that blows most of my old standbys out of the water.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This Pale pours out to a coppery fused amber color with an overall clearish tone to it and glowing strong with a small yet thick and lustery dark beige head that sits just a bit on top before going to the way side. Lacing in minimal thin strings and globs.

Aroma is mostly toasty malts, whole grains, wild rice, very clean, with a bit of floral grassyness.

Taste is quite nice, beautifully rendered toasty malted front with favorable whole grain and biscuity tones with a great dryness that lasts and lasts. Hops keep a charge of wood bits and floral grasses which really help peak that dryness and the bitterness is fully in check with just a nudge of dried grapefruit and hop resin giving the perfect amount of balance.

Feel is milding smooth and toasty dry with a medium body overall with just enough bite in the hop profile and enough malted structure for a well balanced symphony of splendor in the taste buds. Very good stuff! Great drying qualities throughout and nice melded flavors. Quaffable indeed, surely a sessionable ale here. Yum!
Thanks goes out to xlperro for the bottles!

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a bright clear orange, light copper with two fingers of creamy off white head. Lacing clings to the side of the glass.

S - Caramel and soft citrus, flowery hops. Basic and somewhat faint but spot on for the style.

T - Sweet caramel malt and fresh baked biscuity bread followed by citrus and flowery hops. Dry with a nice hop presence but very well balanced.

M - Light to medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish.

D - Very drinkable. I feel I could drink this everyday and not get sick of it.

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Photo of Brad007
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with a small head (probably due to my pour). Aroma is floral and hoppy right off the bat, reminiscent of Cascades. Taste starts off strong and hoppy but towards the back of the throat, a nice, dry toastiness takes over from there. A second sip merely confirms the exact same thing. A really nice and biscuity aftertaste with just the right amount of hops and malt.

A good first beer for anyone who's never had Stone beers. Very drinkable and I love the dryness of the aftertaste as well.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pour a cloudy reddish orange, with a two finger head that hangs on the side of the glass

S - Fruity hoppy goodness. Some earthy pine overtones noted by the olfactory.

T - A great blend of hops and malts, sweet and fruity tasting but not in an overdone way. Biscuit notes, and citrus qualities appear as well. Slightly more malty than normal for a pale ale.

M - The mouthfeel is excellent, a great balance between carbonation and smoothness.

O- Great beer, I would highly recommend it. One of my current all time favorites. Not an overly complex beer, but close to perfect for the style.

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Photo of oggg
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an earthy amber color. It’s slightly cloudy. It has a nice soft head that leaves a pleasant lace on the pint glass.

The firm aroma of west coast hops wafts up, mixed in with some sweet malt.

This beer hits with a refreshing hop bite and mild carbonation. The hop flavor is layered and complex. Citrus and grass at once. The best part comes next. Through the firm hoppiness, an even firmer maltiness, caramel and toast, surges. So tasty! The bitterness fades to a lingering drone, leaving a semi-dry finish.

Medium bodied, subtle alcohol, great balance and boldness of flavor. Super pale ale. It would make a great everyday beer, except that it makes most other beers look feeble.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty, tasty beer.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (PCC in Fremont, WA) into a pint glass.

Pours a nice dark nutty color with very little head. Smells delicious, like a tasty beer. Maybe a hint of cloves. It has a long, strong hoppy finish. I could drink a few of these without complaining.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of HugePlume
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle in a pint,

A- Hazy amber color with a yellowish hue in the light. Pours with a nice head that dissapates quick, but laces well.

S- Has a nice malty citrusy hoppy aroma that beckons you to take a sip

T- Well balanced with a nice floral hop character and an indistinct malt that breaks through initially. Has a unique tangy-ness midway through with a crisp dry bite that comes on suddenly at the end,

M- Might seem a little over carbonated at first, but that opinion is erased after a couple sips and you develop the full character of the beer.

D- Very drinkable. Low ABV yet high flavor and character impress. A good dinner desert and one more beer.... This is my first stone beer, as i had previously avoided the CA products in favor of the PNW's finest. I will certainly try more now.

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Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing
3.89 out of 5 based on 2,715 ratings.
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