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Stone Pale Ale | Stone Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good
984 Reviews
Stone Pale AleStone Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 06-23-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
984
Ratings:
2,713
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.31%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
329
For Trade:
2
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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 5.4% ABV, no date.

A - Opening a gushing bottle is never a good thing which is the case with this. Not heavily gushing but enough to spill out on two surface as I poured it hurriedly. Two fingers of off-white cream head stood at attention then slowly lowered to a thin pile on the lightly hazy orange-amber beer. A collar of thin, wispy lace hovered above the surface.

S - A noticeable aroma of hops appears right away but settles to a more balanced nose. Caramel covered biscuit malt changes again, slowly, into an old musty wood paneling and dirty malt nose with a low hop presence. A bit of citrus helps the grassiness a bit but still ends up by the wayside.

T - The lack of hops in the nose is slightly redeemed in the flavor as a slow burn of dry bitterness creeps up. Dry citrus and pine hops take center stage if anything really does. It's all pretty mellow, even the biscuity caramel malts in the background aren't very forward as they are in the nose.

M - Stone's Pale Ale is incredibly dry and actually pretty bitter too. It doesn't hit right away as much as it slowly comes in. Medium-bodied and lighter in carbonation (smooth feeling despite the gush), it goes down decently otherwise.

D - I'm a little skeptical of this bottle's freshness. I expect much more from Stone but it's hard when there is no date present. Either way, it still drinks ok for what it is now.

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Photo of endincolorado
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy Red-Amber color with lots of bubbles, off white head with low retention. Nose smells of fruity- citrus hops with orange and light floral notes. Tastes of citrusy hops with sweet malty background. Light-medium mouthfeel with fairly high carbonation. Another beer I couldn't have more than a few of, given the high carbonation.

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Photo of Onceeven
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New find at the beer store. Remarkably bright copper body under a dense off-white head. Not a lot of carbonation. The smell is subdued but resinous. Mouthfeel is light and creamy with a bright bitterness that dances acrros the tongue. The taste is prickly with a piney/citrus first note. There is a hint of orange rind, a baked maltiness follows and is well balanced. There is a lingering mineral flavor reminiscent of some British Ales.

Good but not Great

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Photo of AwYeh
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into nonic pint; best by date of 3/16/11.

A: Cloudy golden amber copper color with a finger of foamy white head with decent retention. A few carbonation bubbles can be seen streaming through the cloudy beer but cease quickly after pouring.

S: Caramel malts with a bit of citrus hops. Slightly bready; overall a much less intense nose than I was expecting from Stone.

T: Caramel, bready malts are upfront once again- slightly sweet but not too much- and are followed by a lingering grapefruit hop bitterness, which is much more appreciable than the malts here.

M: Medium-bodied and lightly carbonated; smooth, with a slightly sticky, slightly dry finish.

D: A good beer, but it isn't one that I would particularly seek out- either as a pale ale or as one of Stone's offerings. Worth a try though, and I certainly wouldn't turn another down.

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Photo of clarkkr
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle -> tulip glass

the first thing you notice is the color of the beer. it's a blend of amber/toffee/honey shade of oragney brown with direct light on it. about a finger of head had very little retention as i drank more, and there was a fair amount of light lacing in the glass.

the smell was the least appetizing part of the beer. you can gain some very mild inferences as to the beer's body and flavor, but it is by no means aromatic. you smell a faint sweet malty scent beneath the mild hop aromas. it's a pleasant smell, but it's faintness didn't get me excited about drinking it.

the taste, however, is very exciting. it's got a good bite from mild hops that still allows the sweet malts come through. it's a good balance of tastes.

it was relatively thin and "silky," and it left a pleasant oily texture in my mouth.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean deep copper, with a tan head. Aromas that are sweet and a small amount of grapefruity hops. Smooth, small hop presenceand a dry end. It does have a small dry aftertaste. I enjoy the fact that it is not over the top, yet has a hop presence. A very nice pale.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of Floydster
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Naja's place

Huge head on this one and unfortunately was served pretty warm in a non-chilled pint glass

Tasted pretty much the same as usual just with a different hop bite

Saphir is not my favorite additive any way, but it was still a pretty good beer

$6.50 was pretty steep for this one, but they said this was their first time casking this and probably their last, so I gave it a try

Go down and check it for yourslef if you get the chance

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Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%

12 oz bottle consumed on BB date.
Pours clear, dark amber, with a moderate amount of carbonation bubbles rising to a durable,bone-colored head.
Aroma: some malt, more floral/herbal hops.
Flavor: follows smell. More medium malt, and perhaps more hops, than the average APA.

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Photo of SpencerT
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy caramel body sits under an off-white thin head.
Typical Pale Ale scents of the malts is paired with a citrus aroma.
The flavor is sweet with a good balance of hops. The bite at the end is a nice touch. The clean finish makes for good mouth-feel.
Smooth and easy drinking, this is a good intro into the Pale Ale style.

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Photo of Moose90
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best By: Sept 26 2012
Tasted: Feb 3 2013 . . . oops

A – Medium/Dark amber color. Strong 1" head stays around and leaves lacing, nice cream white foam.

S – Malt, lots of it, crystal malts, biscuity and thats about it. The hops have obviously faded considerably.

T – Some bitter hops here, but the biscuity and heavy malt character comes through and dominates. This is almost sweaty on the malt level.

M – Seems over-carbonated. It is crisp enough, but it has a sticky lingering malty aftertaste.

O – Just average, may be due to the date of the bottle, but the major notes on this one are malts and more malts. Its not bad, but not sure I'd seek out a freshie.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. After trying some of Stone's "bigger" beers like Ruination, Double Bastard and the Russian Imperial Stout this one seems tame by comparison. I found both the aroma and the flavor to be rather subdued. More malt character than the typical APA but still not a bad brew. A good intro to the Stone line.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle , Best By date of 1/14/14 stamped on bottle.

pours amber in color, clear. thin off-white head, but great head retention. aroma is mostly sweet malt, with just a bit of earthiness. taste is bready malt, really no hop flavor detected at all. decent mouthfeel, fairly full. medium carbonation.

overall - a decent Pale Ale, but I expected something hoppier from Stone. I would how far out they date this beer, if it started any hoppier.

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Photo of nickadams2
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Pale amber in color with a thin off beige head.Lacing up and down the glass.

S_Sweet malt and faint hops.

T_Not as sweet as indicated by the smell. Grainy,bready malt up front. Faint piny hops on the back end. Pretty bland.

M_Full bodied and smooth. Goes down easy.

D_Best characteristic of this beer. Good session beer.

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep hazy amber, with a finger-and-a-half bubbly white head. Left a decent bit of lacing. A thin amount of the head lingered for most of the glass

Smell: Hops, straw, and tart citrus.

Taste: This beer tasted surprisingly watered-down. Hops came through in the aftertaste, and a tart sweetness came through, but there didn't seem to be much else to it. Almost no malt flavor came through. The taste seems kind of unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, yet fairly thin.

Drinkability: It was easy to drink, but the flavor wasn't nearly as full as I would have expected. I might try another bottle at some point just to make sure my palate's not off, but my comments seem to be in line with most of the reviews.

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Photo of devinoconnor
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Considering the Stone IPA is one of my favorite brews, the Stone Pale Ale is rather uneventful.

Pours a reddish brown color with little head from the bottle. Smell is caramel and subtle hops. A little yeast in the taste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and well balanced...

Overall, a nice pale ale but it could some more hops.

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Photo of rarbring
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy amber brew, an off-white head with little lacing and good curtains.

Smelling of porridge, syrup, grass and pine.

Starting with toffee and sweet bread, black currant, some grape-fruit peel.

Little carbonation, small bubbles, soft with a medium body, slightly dry.

Good balance, good craft!

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Photo of xfactor9600
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- dull amber color, with half a finger of head.

S- A sweet mixture of hops and citrus notes.

T- A nice taste of malts and citrus. Not too sweet though, as there is a sort of dulling effect at the end of the sip.

M- My bottle felt a little flat carbonation wise, but after another bottle, I learned I may have just been expecting more carbonation.

D- A nice change of pace beer for me. I've been drinking a lot of SN Celebration and Hopslam, so it was nice to have a beer with less bite.

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Photo of biggmike
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an attractive amber/copper color with small white head that vanished rather quickly. Not much of an aroma, not very malty and just a bit of hops. Flavor is a bit weak as well. Not much of a malt background and just a little hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is good and beer is very smooth which makes it easy to drink, but I was expecting much more from this beer. Decent.

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Photo of bcastine
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

I drank this along with a Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale as a comparison. Next let me say this is/was the first Stone brew that didn't live up to my expectations. Next to no head retention, and no lacing. Malt was cloying especially when sampled back to back with the shoals. The stone had a kool-aid sweetness to the malt, and was less hoppy then the smutty and didn't balance out as nicely. The stone was all sweetness with no bitterness, maybe an old bottle? Not a typical stone brew. Doesn't live up to the scores here imho, especially when compared directly to other APA's.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a golden color with a strong looking head on it. The lacing is pretty good. The smell of the beer has a nice hop aroma and a light malt aroma in there too. The taste was a little disappointing for a stone brew in my opinion. The mouthfeel isn't too bad, but still overall this is probably my least favorite Stone brew.

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Photo of JDV
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murky deep amber color with medium offwhite semi-lasting head. Smell is fairly mild, lightly hopped, and more heavily scented from the caramel sweetness than anything. Definitely a sweeter pale with light, almost blandish hop notes, and a slight burnt caramel bittersweetness. Somewhat rich for a pale, and reminded me much more of an ESB than any pale I've had before. Could have again, but I wouldn't go out of the way for it. Decent beer.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a coppery-orange color. Clear with a light tan head, 1/2" high before it dissipates to a ring and islands. A bit darker than most pale ales.
Smell is hops and malt with a hint of citrus.
Taste is hops, light malt(more in aftertaste), hints of caramel,and citrus/lemon.
Crisp with a good-sized hop bite for a plae ale. Hops holds strong in the aftertaste with some malt and citrus, though both are light.
A good beer but a bit hoppier than the style average, more IPA-like.

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Photo of FacistCannonBall
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent beer that accentuates its maltiness rather any significant hop character. Had a pint of this tonight at a local pizza joint, but this isn't my first time. It's pretty OK and not too memorable. I liked its dark amber color and moderately malty and hoppy smell. The taste is mild at most and characterized by its sweet malt profile. As far as pale ales go, I've had better that offer a richer drinking experience: Sierra Nevada comes to mind. Still, an above average beer that doesn't really stand out but will suffice when options are limited.

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Photo of RickS95
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It's only partially got the look I was expecting. It's the darkest pale ale I've seen. The pour is a clearish, medium brown with some lighter hints of red. Not exactly pale. However, the head is a thing of beauty. A couple fingers of light beige bubbles. Really resembles an IPA with the look of meringue up top. Seriously long retention and a huge mess of lace.

Lacks the smell of a pale ale as well. Very malt forward on the nose. Faint bits of floral, but really it's nutty and malty like a brown ale (looks like one too).

Nothing to write home about. Again, very malty. Kind of a nutty taste (brown ale?). Has an earthy taste, likely some dirty pine. Floral hops appear in the finish.

Being an APA from Cali, I expected an ale bursting with citrus. Not so much. Mostly earthy and bitter. More of a savory, resiny hop than a splash of tropical fruit. Medium bodied, the alcohol is barely present.

Overall, it's a decent beer, but nothing to write home about and a bit of a disappointment. It's not hard to drink, just doesn't look or taste like a pale ale from California.

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Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing
3.89 out of 5 based on 2,713 ratings.
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