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 sevenarts
3.21/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear, glimmering amber with a big, fluffy light tan head and good lacing.

S: Thick, bready malts with some piney hop bitterness.

T/M: Bready and malty, with some bitter, piney hops threaded through it. Fairly mild and simple, with a medium/light mouthfeel.

O: Not the most exciting beer or even the most exciting pale ale. Easily drinkable and moderately tasty, but nothing too special.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours somewhat darker for a pale ale. Has a rusty hue but golden amber.

Citrus, pine, grassy, dank.

Taste follows aroma. The usual piney, grassy, dank hop resins with a little bit of citrus and grainy sweet malts.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, crisp, dank, earthy.

Overall, not the greatest beer ever but decent.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 11/15/12

Appearance: Somewhere between light amber, orange, and copper - very clear - leaves some spotty lacing

Smell: So... mellow... is this really a Stone beer? - floral citrus, light fruits, some gentle pine - tons of caramel malts - lightly toasted, lightly sweet - very clean, very balanced

Taste: As mellow and quaffable as the aroma suggests - lightly sweet caramel malts, lightly toasted - clean, decidedly non-earthy - lightly fruity, with some hints of orange and tangerine - very mildly bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, very smooth, easy to drink

Overall: A benchmark for American Pale Ales

I bought this beer because I realized I hadn't had it in a while. I didn't realize that I had failed to ever review it on BA. It's actually pretty odd pale ale for Stone, in the sense that it is balanced and not particularly hoppy. It is absurdly drinkable, greater than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a sample glass.

Appearance: Deep amber color with an off-white head.

Smell: Hops, malts, citrus. Smelled great.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied and smooth. I could taste malts and hops. Great bittersweet flavor.

Overall: Good brew. I would have this one again.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark-ish amber-copper color, a bit cloudy in the middle. Thick head that, like many of Stone's beers, leaves great lacing along the glass. The nose hits with a light balance of hops (mostly citrus, slightly piney) and malts, mostly in the form of caramel and oak. The floral notes outweigh the malt character a bit, but still balance pretty well. The first hit on the palette begins with a slight taste of malts and yeast on the tongue, but quickly turns to an overtaking of hops, citrus, and bitterness. Although dominant, the hops remain somewhat "light" and are not overly-bitter. Slightly sweet from the citrus and bitter from the pine. Malts come back into play as the beer warms up, getting stronger and stronger along the way to balance the hops out nicely. Beer finishes crisp and refreshing with some residual bitter pines left on the tongue. Medium thickness, carbonated well.

Solid pale ale. Something easy to drink when you want to drink a lot of beer. Might even be safe to call this a session beer at only 5.4% ABV. I know I've done it before.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This isnt my first Stone beer, and I swear I reviewed this before, but its not showing up, so I'll review it again.

A: Beer pours an amber-orange color with a solid 1 1/2 in, bright white head that leaves some good lacing.

S: Smell comes right out of the glass and is strong. Nice, strong, hoppy aroma accompanied by some pine and citrus.

T: Initial taste gives a good hop bite with a grapefruit flavor, which is followed by pine resin and some honey-wheat in the finish.

M: Mouth is sweet and tart,giving a piney, grapefruit feel from beginning to end. Not a lot of carbonation, but is very drinkable for me.

O: Leaning toward the side of an IPA, this pale ale is one of the more common Stones that you can find. Regardless, it is a good start point for getting into the Stone variety and a very good pale ale!

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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 tjsdomer2
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer is pretty nice in appearance. Solid golden with decent foam and carbonation. Nothing spectacular, but it looks nice after pouring.

Smell: Nice subtle cedar notes to balance out the hops, which tend to be on the milder side. Good balance of pepper, lemon, and pine notes.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Great woody backbone. Definitely tastes like smoked cedar planks, but it's subtle, and not overwhelming at all. Again, the hops are balanced like the smell. Mouthfeel is smooth and balances well with the flavors.

Overall Drinkability: I like this best because of the cedar notes.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Enjoy by 10/17/12

A: Pours a clear ruby/orange with a 1 finger puffy white head. Some fisheyes in the head make it dissipate after a few minutes. Leaves some real nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Immediately get hops on the nose balanced out by a biscuity malt. Also a roastiness provides a dark fruity aroma. Has that signature Stone "oomph" of powerful malts.

T: Balanced fusion of fruity hops and roasted malts. Starts with hop but is quickly blended into a raisny malt and finishes with a lingering hop.

M: Fairly thick bodied, low carbonation. Pretty heavy for a pale ale, almost feels like a double IPA. Isnt too sticky or anything though.

Overall a very serious take on a Pale Ale. Normally I think of them as a light crisp IPA but this ones doesnt hold back.

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Photo of mjurney
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper color, lots of little sediment. Carbonation looks very active. Thick rocky head. Leaves very nice lacing behind.

Smells very fresh... citrus, piney, floral, sweet malts, fruity.

Sweet clean malts, citrusy, piney, a little caramel, fruity, slight dry-bitter finish. Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel, soft carbonation.

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Photo of drumdude73
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you haven't had Stone's Pale Ale you are really missing something special! This beer is not your typical Pale is more malty than most Pale Ale's that I have had. Great brown color, lasting head, and a nice malty, yet very well balanced flavor, makes this beer stand out from the rest! If you don't like bitter/hoppy beer and stay away from Pale Ale's, do not ignore this beer. It is not hoppy by any means and yet at the same time it is not overly sweet or malty either. Stone's Pale Ale is a well balanced beer that you will enjoy over and over again!

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Photo of mckelvin
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this American Pale Ale. It had a medium hop fruit flavor that was not over powering. Light amber in color with a clean crisp pour. A nice mild pale ale from stone. This is one of my favorite breweries. Have not tasted a beer i didn't like come out of this north county San Diego brewery. All around great brew.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/tan with a 1/4 inch creamy head, decent lacing.

Smell - Hops, pale malts, yeasty sugars, pineapple, banana, some grapes and a bready, floral aroma.

Taste - Light hops mixed with pale malts, sugars, and spices. Lots of pine, grapes, and banana. Hops are light and lighty bitter. Plenty of yeasty sugars and caramel malts. Not any alcohol present nor is it really bitter.

Mouthfeel - Light and smooth, tounge gets the light hops, pine and grapes, pale malts. Palate gets remaining hops and malts, with more yeast and sugars. Aftertaste is lighty bitter, malty and bit danky.

Overall - Smooth and easy to drink. Not as hoppy as other pales, and really, its pricy, between 11-14.99$ ive seen this for a 6-pack. Its worth a drink but there are better pales out there, and cheaper also.

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Photo of BOSMECH
3.17/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a six pack after the storm clean up, pours a dark copper/ amber / borwn color with a 2 inch head that settle down to about a 1/2 inch.

A it appears very nice with the color and the small retaining head.

S It has a very light hoppy smell not as strong as other pale ale's.

T taste is a light hop and citrus taste with a mild little bite to it.

M Mild carbonation and goes down smooth with no bad after taste that I have incured with others.

O Overall it is a good beer that I can drink again but there are others out there that are better I think.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, slightly reddish amber with a less than finger width head, average retention, and a lace that's sparse though somewhat sticky.

Smell - Smell is a touch soapy, with mild hints of citrus and floral hops and the faintest of bread or caramel malt character.

Taste - Follows the nose to some extent, though the flavors are bolder than the smell would have one believe... for better or worse. Starts mild, with a bit of bready malt, followed quickly by a twang of citrus bitterness, but somewhere after, the soapy character kicks in. It's not entirely unpleasant, but it's not a quality I find wanting in a beer. Beer finishes with lingering soapiness and fading citrus hop bitters.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with a nice, crisp, biting carbonation. Goes down fairly smooth.

Overall - I wanna like this beer... but I can't. The soapy character present is just too much to overlook. Outside the soapiness there are real positive qualities, but not enough to save it from mediocrity. It's drinkable, but not something I'd prefer to drink.... candidate for a re-review. Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood.

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Photo of rawfish
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark burnt amber color, thin head, half a finger that is stark white. Average retention but it only leaves a few flecks of suds on the glass.

Stale bread, pale malt, adjunct and caramel. Thin with a grassy hay hop overtone. Something like a light fruit and fruit aroma wafting around in the glass as well.

Pale malt that has a good dose of toasted bread. Grassy and hay hops that have an immediate drying effect that comes off as chalky and stark. Raw and grain husks abound in the malt department. I was expecting more.

Easy to put down and it releases from the palate quickly readying it for more. Sessionable body and active carbonation for the style.

For a pale it's average but I was expecting much more from stone. Chalky and dry but otherwise very easy to drink with adequate malt and bitterness. The price tag will keep me from buying more.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date into pint

Look is a clear amber with some fine suspended sediment. Smell is buscuity malt, some faint herbal and citrus hops. Taste is grain and bready malt, with bitter/spicy herbal hop flavor. Feel starts watery but finishes crisp, which offsets the heavy hop feeling.

Not my favorite pale by a mile, but I give it points for being different than expected.

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Photo of jtierney89
1.3/5  rDev -66.6%
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 Burlyn
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Red amber with a half inch fine tan head

Malty and citrus scent

Sweet at first. Gives way to bitter citrus hops and a little maltiness

highly carbonated and a little chalky. Not as smooth as i was expecting

Overall very drinkable but there are others out there which i prefer much more.

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Photo of Alfred
1.42/5  rDev -63.5%
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 JamesMN
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark caramel body and off-white head with large carbonation bubbles.

Aroma: Citrus hops and caramel malt.

Taste: Nice complexity for such a simple style. Citrus bitterness up front and a good blend of slightly bready caramel with finishing hops at the end. Leaves you with a good amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation. Not quite as smooth as I had expected. Highly drinkable.

Final Thoughts: I've only had a few of the offerings from Stone and while I can't say that this is their best, it is definitely a good take on the style and memorable.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviews live.

Appears a bit dark, coppery, good lacing, light tan head.

Smells malty, a flash of some citrus hop, but not much.

Taste is equal to the aroma, clean malts, light tangerine citrus flavor.

Texture is smooth, light, easy to drink, my favorite part of the beer.

Overall, I guess I am used to a more citrus flavored APAs, as I feel that this was just ok. They nailed the texture, but everything else was key.


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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a dark copper (darker than most pale ales), with a big billowy head with great retention and lacing. Scents are a very nice blend of citrus and bread. The taste is more malt-forward than the the scent implies, and more so than many other pale ales - bready and earthy, with a slight floral hops bitterness to provide balance. Good mouthfeel for the style. Not the best product offered by Stone, nor the best pale ale available, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For my taste, this stuff is hard to beat in the Pale Ale category. Tastes at first like just a lot of bitterness, but as your taste buds adjust, it's a thoroughly likeable hoppy beer.

Handsome dark amber in the pint glass. Decent head with a pleasant spritzy carbonation that lasts to the bottom of the glass. Smells of orange and honey.

Lots of resins in the hop profile but not overly bitter. Just what you want a Pale Ale to be-- light, mellow, full of fragrant hops, and easy to drink.

At the Grill at the Torrey Pines Lodge.

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Photo of Edruil
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into Waterford crystal pilsner glass.

Appearance - Beautiful reddish amber with a significant 2-3 finger off-white head that quickly dissipates to a finger and a half. Not much lacing to speak of but the color is gorgeous

Smell - Fruity, earthy, citrus. More malt than hops on the nose, surprising for a Stone ale. Not particularly aromatic

Taste - Bread, dark fruits, caramel, sweetness up front, with citrus fruit hops coming forward and dominating on the finish. Well balanced, but not particularly strong or aggressive for a Stone

Mouthfeel - Refreshing and crisp, light bodied, nice carbonation. Easy drinking.

Overall - This is a nice beer. It's enjoyable and easy to drink, and would make a great session beer, but not particularly outstanding. A good representative of the style, with Stone's individuality coming through in a much less subtle way than normal

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