Pale Ale | Stone Brewing

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Pale AlePale Ale

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 06-23-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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1/5  rDev -74%

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1/5  rDev -74%

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1/5  rDev -74%

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1/5  rDev -74%

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1.3/5  rDev -66.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Most expensive pale ale ever. Hazy tarnished amber with a big sticky off white head. Herbal hop nose along with soap and wood. Touches of anisette or licorice somewhere beneath.

Taste is a lot of bubblegum for some reason. Initial citric sweetness, dry herbal hoppiness and coarse dry mouthfeel. Soapy and bubblegum flavors linger. Not digging this one bit. Off-flavors seem to settle out with a couple more sips, but the flavors dont meld together any better. Whats up with this one? tough to finish.

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Photo of Alfred
1.42/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I'm no English major, but to enunciate just how this beer affected my life in a positive light would be a dissatisfaction to the community at large. This Pale sucked. No need to banter.
It tasted like licorice that was kept in a car, during the Summer, while the sun watched Oprah.
It tasted thick, too sweet, and had no bite.
Stone blesses their own name vowing that there are no foreign adulterants within the liquid drink; If you ask me, I'd rather drink water.

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Photo of Nixon
1.92/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This was my first Stone beer and I really wanted to like it but I didn't care for this beer at all.

The foamy head was rocky, showing a good fermentation. The color is good...dark amber to brown...but it was very cloudy and loaded with oversized floating particles.

It tasted as if all the body and residual sweetness had been fermented out of the beer so I didn't get much of a malty flavor.

There wasn't much, if any, hop flavor either. But there was an excessive amount of overly bitter what seemed to be hop 'punishment' in the beer.

I went ahead and drank the entire bottle and started in on a 2nd one to see if I could change my opinion. I got about 2 swallows into it and ended up dumping it.

It was a $10 6-pack and as I was pouring that 2nd bottle down the drain it felt as if the mostly naked Hellboy-type character silkscreened onto the bottle was staring at me and saying "sucker".

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2/5  rDev -48.1%

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2/5  rDev -48.1%

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2/5  rDev -48.1%

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2/5  rDev -48.1%

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2.08/5  rDev -46%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Photo of retry4z
2.11/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This PALE ale is overhopped and overhyped. Even for a seasoned hophead, and considering that Stone helped define the West Coast style, this beer misses it's mark by miles. This is more of a brown ale than a pale ale.

This beer is unbalanced, and I would not drink it unless it was the last beer in the planet.

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2.32/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: dark amber color with very thin head which dissipated quickly, almost no lacing, light carbonation.

SMELL: metallic and caramel.

TASTE: caramel and malty with a metallic hop profile.

PALATE: light carbonation medium body.

OVERALL: this is not a beer I would buy again. For a pale ale it was far too malty and the hops were metallic tasting, in an unpleasant way.

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2.47/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a reddish copper with a frothy head. Light lacing.

S: Great aroma of floral hops and citrus

T: Mellow hops taste with a malty flavor that tastes like stale, soggy Cherrios. This just tastes off.

M: Fairly light in body with moderate carbonation.

D: This has some potential, but the flavor is just plain bad. This barely passes as drinkable.

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2.47/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

We conducted a blind taste test between this beer and 4 other popular American Pale Ales: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Deschutes Mirror Pond Ale, Stone Pale Ale, Firestone Double Barrel Ale, and Boulder Hazed & Infused.

Check it out:

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of JohnIrving
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

An odd beer for Stone. You think they'd want to make the hoppiest pale ale of all time, but instead they made what might be the maltiest. Those tricksters.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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2.59/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a hazy copper amber with a thin head and minimal lacing. Head lasts hardly a minute. Over-browned toast is all I could pick up for my first few sniffs of this beer, but then I was able to make out a weak hop presence. Flavor starts off with a lot of bready toastiness (natch), with light citrus, and a solid finishing bitter. Decent enough, but an odd, almost "homebrew-like" yeastiness prevails in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is definitely the strong point of this beer. Very smooth with a moderate body. Hardly any stickiness left on the palate. Really disappointed in this pale ale.

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