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Stone Pale Ale | Stone Brewing

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3.85/5
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2,714 Ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
985
Ratings:
2,714
pDev:
11.17%
Bros Score:
3.93
 
 
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Gots:
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Ratings: 2,714 |  Reviews: 985
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of russpowell
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured amber/orange with a1" white head. Great lacing & average head retention

S: Earthy hops give way to malty sweetness

T: Earthy hops (peppery) up front then a thick malty base. Some citrus notes, then a nice hoppy/malty biscuitty finish

MF: Medium body with good carbonation & real good balance

Drinks very easy, this a nice counter statement to many of the big beers that I love from Stone, just goes to show small & sensible can be beautiful too! Yum

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey! It's quittin' time. Let's have a beer!

Appearance: Pours out a brown-orange color with a sizeable, frothy white head. This is gonna be child's play. Course, I gotta drink it first.

Smell: Hmm. Have you ever, in your life, smelled such a fruity pale ale? Honeydew melon and fresh strawberries are present, as is toffee sweetness and some faintly citrus notes.

Taste: Tangy, with a lively fruity flavor. Plenty of malt caramel sweetness in the mouth. Ends with a snappy, crisp hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Carbonation is sparkling, providing for a spiriting mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Decent and well-balanced. A noble Pale Ale.

"That's a good fssshhhaaaucking milkshake!" -- J. Travolta, _Pulp Fiction_

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Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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?

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Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with a silk screen painted label of the "Stone Brewing Gargoyle" which wards off impurities that would otherwise taint the sanctity of the brew.

Appearance: Copper in colour with a very faint haze ... a crisp tiny bubbled lace fades a little yet retains to the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Ripe fruit with hints of citrus (from the hops), a little bit of veggie/floral hop and a touch of caramel in the nose.

Taste: Medium bodied and semi crisp up front, then an assertive somewhat coarse America hop bitterness shows that it is going to be the dominant one. The rustic hops play with the malt a bit letting them show malt sweetness and a hint of nutty/biscuity malt upon the tongue. A bit high with the fruity esters, perhaps the only flavour the hops don't dominate. Even in the after taste there is a lingering and dominant leafy/bitter hop flavour with a pinch of grain and residual sweetness which help to finish this brew off.

Notes: A richly hopped brew that takes pride in the west coast style ... definite good drinking here for a seasoned hop head, might be a bit too much for someone that wants a balanced pale ale.

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Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very hazy burnt amber orange with a big white frothy head that slowly faded and left behind a multitude of lacey goodness in its wake. Smell is very malty. Slight hint of a citrus hoppiness in the back but main flavors were grain and musty malty bread. Taste followed a similar route, crisp clean, and the finish was very light and orange tinged in flavor. Overall this was a very quality brew and a fine pale ale. My least favorite from stone thus far, but a quality brew fronmm anyone. Could see myself throing down this on a hot summer day, very nice indeed.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A beautiful deep amber w/ slowly rising bubbles and a massive white 3 finger head that is cloud fluffy and lace giving.

S - Odors of apricots, walnuts, pears and blood oranges as well as subtle nutmeg and herbal scents arrive at the nostrills.

M - An extremely pleasant balance of bitter and creamy smoothness meld into a swirly pinwheel of floating layers. I found myself swishing my tonque to and fro inside my mouth like a hooked muskie trying to glean more while allowing it to saturate.

T - Awesome toasted and nutty nuances lavish the fruited ale highlites in caontast. Spices and tingling crisp citrus hops present a stunning sideshow while not distracting a bit.

D - A wonderfully smooth, yet vibrant american pale that says multitudes in small phrases. Clean and well built, yet dynamic and tongue enlightening.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a light amber color with a finger of two of white head and some nice lacing.

S: Nowhere near as hoppy as many of the other Stone beers, but that probably works out for the best. It's still got a nice citrus and floral hop character along with a bit of pine. A fair amount of toasted and caramel malts providing sweetness.

T: The flavor is lightly sweet with a lot of bread and toast, a bit caramel forward, too. Citrus hops with a light pine bitterness and some floral character lightens things up.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Not an overly aggressive pale, but a good, solid pale ale.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Pale Ale is...quite good...lots going on with this one. The beer pours a slightly hazy copper color with nice off-white head that is lacing like a Vicky Secret model. The smell includes fresh hops and pine. The taste is a brilliant combo of hops and malt. The hops keep the beer crisp....the malt enought to balance the hops and kept the beer creamy. The mouthfell is good...not over powering with the nice 5.4% ABV....Session....definite possibility. Overall a very good beer. Try it!

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer at North Hills 11/18/11.

Pours a medium amber with a quarter in of thin, soft, white head that has good retention. The nose has faint malt notes and a floral hop aroma. The taste opens with a light maltyness and finishes with a floral, faint hop character. There are also faint notes of fruit here, primarily apples. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

This is an easy drinking, sessionable beer. The flavor profile is mild and simple, but it's clean, balanced, and delicious.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
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 InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 2,714 ratings
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