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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 | website

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:
2,711
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.31%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
325
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 984 | Ratings: 2,711
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – For a pale ale this is really not all that pale with the beer pouring hazed, deep amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades moderately quickly leaving a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of a caramel aroma mixed with a little bit of a bready smell. Along with these aromas are some lighter smells of grassy smells as well as a little bit of a light fruit of apple and pear.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather bready and slightly grainy flavor with a hint of a grassy hop right upfront. Some caramel flavors are also upfront, with these growing slightly stronger to the middle of the taste but only increasing to later fade a bit as the taste moves on further to the end. Some of the light fruit flavors work their way onto the tongue throughout the taste all while the hop get more potent in taste. In the end the grassy and some more herbal and earthy hop flavors become more pronounced, and leave one with a rather bready and lightly sweet, sort of dank hopped pale ale flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side overall with a moderate thickness and a medium level of carbonation. For the more dank hop, mixed with sweet and bread, the feel is rather nice as it keeps with the easy drinkability of a pale of 5.4 % all while highlighting the hop nicely.

Overall – A good pale ale overall. Quite nice in hops and malt all while keeping an easy drinking feel. Rather tasty.

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Photo of Dynobolt
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this craft at San Diego zoo.. Had my wife finally sip on some quality beers so this one is special! For a pale ale.. This is class A. Stone doing work!

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Photo of Kyseber
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a 1/4 in head that dissipates after first two sips. Amber in color. .
S: very inviting baked bread smell. Yeasty. I don't detect the hops.
T: crispy solid malt throughout. Buttery aftertaste.
M: crisp bite up front melds into buttery smoothing of mouthfeel. Very light carbonation that quickly flattens but not affecting mouthfeel in a bad way.

Deliciously simple.

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Photo of ravisingh
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Half inch of head, with thick beige foam. Deep amber color, very pretty. I would give it a 9 or 10 on the SRM. Slightly hazy, but mostly clear.

S: The aroma was impressive I could smell it sitting in front of me before I even put the glass to my nose and it already smelled nice. Floral notes with a very mild rose like scent, not too strong but definitely present for hops. Malts were there in a pleasing bready scent on the second sniff. There was also a light caramel scent, not sickly sweet but there right in the pocket.

T: Immediately the hops hit me strong and bold with a grapefruit flavor followed by a coniferous woody presence. The pine was there and floral notes also. There was a definite toasty flavor. They managed to make that first sip really bold, but not too bitter or overpowering, just impressive.

F: The mouthfeel is pretty much medium, slightly dry with no astringency. Carbonation is light, but fizzy enough.

O: This was a good beer. It was expensive, but it was obvious they really took their time. You want to impress somebody with a good pale ale, this is a top contender, IMO. Cheers.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of 10Crumra
2.73/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Trooper92292
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of car2052
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of FLima
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of JohnIrving
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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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Photo of GibbonsTheBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

This is a nice, mellow, sessionable Pale Ale. Much more in the English style than in the super hoppy American style, which was a surprise considering Stone's other stuff.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy amber color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Light lacing stuck around the glass.
The smell had a nice settling sweet to bitter grassy and lemon / citrus aroma absorbing a light caramel base underneath.
The taste pretty much copied the smell and added a little bit of breadiness to the taste.
The mouthfeel was semi-smooth with a sessionable crisp light malty sweet aftertaste that led to the same sort of finish.
Overall, mmmm...good APA by a stellar company what more could one ask for.

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Photo of bfred805
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Dark amber, tan head. Not a fan of the mild body mixed with cough syrup taste. Not the worst beer I've ever had, it's a stone... But wouldn't order it again

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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 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 JuicesFlowing
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Shake pint glass.

Rusty cinnamon body, tan foamy head. Great lacing

Spicy wood, cedar, malts, hints of caramel in the nose.

Tastes just like it smells.

Thick mouthfeel, almost creamy.

Overall, very thick, spicy, chewy. Reminds me of a Rogue beer?

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Photo of Auraan
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gorgeous cloudy amber body with a half finger of off-white head, golden highlights when held to light and a nice trickle of bubbles. A very good looking pale ale. Scents of pine resin, wet, earthy herbal hops, floral, jasmine-like hops, a hint of tangerine, a bit of pale malt and a touch of caramel in the background. A nice, hop forward aroma that leans less towards citrus and more to resiny, floral and earthy aromas with a nice balancing malt. Flavor begins with notes of pine resin and earthy herbal hops with moderate bitterness and a low level of malt sweetness. This moves into a more bitter middle with notes of pine resin, earthy herbal hops, floral hops, hints of grapefruit peel and a touch of pale malt sweetness faintly in the background. Finish is medium-dry with notes of pine resin, grapefruit peel, light herbal hop character and a touch of biscuit-like malt. Aftertaste is dry with notes of pine resin, grapefruit peel and biscuit-like malt. A good hop forward flavor profile that uses its light malt presence to keep the flavor from becoming too bitter. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with low carbonation and a smooth feel. Very nice and quite easy to drink. Overall this is a nice pale ale. It's hoppy, yet not overly so, aromatic, flavor and smooth. It's a nice, simple drinking experience and quite good.

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Photo of seedyone
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

04/05/13 On tap. Once again something tagged a "pale ale" hits my taste buds with a solid shot of hoppiness. This time I'm disinclined to forgive. Why is this not an IPA? The IBU is in the 25-50 range (if you believe in such things) but my tongue says "Bull-Donkey". Something's gotta give. So glad to have notes at BA so I don't make this mistake again.

Mind you, I'm just not that fond of hops so this may appeal to those that are. Go figure!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear reddish orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass with some light golden orange highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to . Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts and citrus/orange zest hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/orange zest and pine/resin hops. The hops impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp but slightly thin.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing with well hidden alcohol. It is flavorful and must have been pretty intense when it was initially released though there are a lot of very flavorful beers in the APA style now available and this one is not quite as intense as some of the newer entrants.

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Photo of Sam-VW
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into CAMRA glass

Dark golden colour with thick white head, dissipates slowly leaving sticky lacing

Smells malty with a hint of hop

Tastes malty with sweet hop bitterness leaving piny aftertaste

Medium carbonation and goes down very smooth

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Photo of Premo88
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip

L: very dark red for a pale ... it's amber up to a light; 100% clear; big fluffy thick head of tan foam, at least an inch, and it sticks quite a bit

S: corn tortilla chips ... suprisingly grainy

T: sweet barley, sweet grain and a twinge of hop bite ... almost tastes like German/noble hops, spicy and earthy; very subdued hop bite.

F: strong contender for perfect ... easy drinking, plenty of carbonation, enough weight to feel like a beer but still very drinkable

O: a solid brew, not a thing wrong with it. it's got to be the darkest pale ale I've tried, definitely the darkest American pale ale -- some of the English pales get this dark red/amber, but not American pales. the nose is a bit corny/grainy, but the taste is a cool mix of that grain note with some sweet barley and just enough hops to feel like an American brew.

there are better American pales, but this is just good enough that I'll likely try it again. I like the grain notes -- it almost has an Anchor Steam feel with the toasted grain taste.

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Photo of Robjm1987
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A friend bought this beer for me; instead of my all-time favorite STONE IPA. The beer was subtle, and enjoyable, but still not comparable to there IPA.

Appearance: A nice(darker) golden-brown.
Smell: Aroma, was that of an ale... Nice beer smell.
Taste: Subtle, lightly distinctful. Above average; but not "wow".
Mouthfeel: enjoyable.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky copper gold with nice little white head.

S - fruit and bread malt with some hops.

T - Very balanced. Semi sweet malt with a slightly bitter hop finish. Orange peel.

M - Pleasantly over carbonated meets the malt medium body well.

O - Balanced feel and taste. Not over powering in any way but still packs a good amount of flavor and character. Something to drink when I'm tired of IPAs.

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Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing
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