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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Reviews: 985 | Ratings: 2,715
Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a dark amber color with a very heavy cap of white foam. The aroma fits the bill for the style and invites you in. The beer lays down easy with a caramel malt backbone and a heavy hand of bitter, citrus hops. Highly drinkable, very tasty, and well balanced.

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Photo of ckollias
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours an orangish-brown hue with a nice, frothy, 3-finger, white head that slowly dissipates down the slide of the glass ending in a solid lace.

S: Mild hoppy and malt aroma

T: More bitter than sweet with a solid malt backbone and decent hoppy profile blended nicely together.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Another good brew by Stone – easily drinkable and went down smooth.

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Photo of BaronRogue
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not pale at all, a deep rich amber with a nice head that floats for a minute or two. Enough lacing to let you know that it's a legitimate beer.

Smells slightly sweet, floral and hoppy, just like a pale ale should.

Tastes like a strong raisin-esque pilsner. Lots of flavor but light and refreshing. Doesn't get any better than this as far as standard APAs go. Sure you can go more hardcore with barleywines and IIPAs, but as far as drinkable session PAs go, this is the bar for me.

Again, refreshing and crisp, with enough gravity to feel real but not enough to weigh you down. Say goodbye to at least three once you start.

Overall, it's an upper-medium priced beer that's well worth it if you're an APA fan. Prefer this over a lot of the more intense Stone varieties, if I'm honest.

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

On tap at the brewery. The beer arrives a crystal clear golden amber color with a nice 1.5 finger white head, good retention, and decent lacing. The nose is mild but approachable with earthy hop character along with a gentle pale 2-row malt base. According to the tour guide only 2 malts used (2-row and crystal 60? Not sure he wouldn't confirm). The flavor is nice and easy drinking. The hops again are a little earhty in character with the malt base providing a pleasant flavor. Mildly bitter, very approachable. Lighter bodied and well carbonated. Overall, this is an easy drinking Pale. Amazing that when it was introduced it was a hop bomb of sorts and now that seems to be the norm, a trendsetter.

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Photo of JeleReviews
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looked absolutely amazing. A gorgeous red tint to the deep clear gold color. An impressive two finger head that sets slowly. It has lacing that lasts the entire beer.

S: Earthy and subtle.

T: A very earthy and easy pale ale. It has just enough kick.

M: I think this was well blended. The beer was a little oily feeling. Pretty clean finish.

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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 BMMillsy
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours copper with one finger white head. Aroma is nicely floral, with a nice citrus and strong malt backbone. Bittersweet finish with the hops follows an up front sweetness, toffee, biscuits, fruits, hint of citrus and mango. Easy drinking, medium carbonation, slightly resiny. Good example of the style. Nice beer.

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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 calicaliente
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an dark orange color with a medium sized white head and above avearge lacing. Smell is heavy grapefruit citrus and biscuit. Taste is not very complex but pleasent with malt sweetness and fruitiness, backed by a grapefruit bitternss. Mouthfeel is medium with good drinkability.

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

Golden amber brew with less than a fingers worth of head, and neither opaque or clear. The head does prove to be rather persistent. Smell includes some sweet malt with a faint mix of citrus, floral, and spicy notes. The hops comes on stronger in the taste than it did in the smell, at least initially drowning out everything else. Once i got past the bitter, there is some caramel malty support going on to back up the taste. Nice mouth feel.

This meets my expectations of a pale ale rather well. While a bit on the bitter side, it is still a balanced beer. I'm looking forward to trying more of the beers from Stone when i can get my hands on them.

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Photo of jojoluvsbeer
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a big fluffy head that forms into a thin ring around the glass. Spotty lacing throughout. Floral hop aroma with some pale bready malts in the background. Taste is similar with full malt flavor up front with a nice hopped finish. Seems pretty balanced. Medium bodied.

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Photo of Permalater
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

At first a very nice looking beer with a nice creamy looking head. The smell was not one I'd come to expect from a pale ale, somewhat off smelling to me but clean and fresh. When the beer actually hit my tongue for the first time I was a little disappointed by the result. It's not the actual taste that put me off but rather the strange, lingering bitterness that felt bland and unpleasant. It just worked to mask all the other flavors of the beer, which if I could taste, I'm sure it would be great! I love Stone brewery and will always continue to buy from them, but this is one you will not find me buying again any time soon.

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Photo of Swim424
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into cigar city pint glass from 12oz bottle

A-Pours a Beautiful amber red. Small nice white head. Can see what appears to be a good amount of suspended materials in the beer.

S-smells awesome. Nice hoppy floral scent, mixed with a great sweet malt smell.

T-A nice hop floral flavor up front mixed well with a malt sweetness that hangs with you all the way through till the end, where the bitterness decides to make it self ever so slightly present.

MF-medium body. A bit thin, a bit of creaminess to it. A nice carbonation, maybe a tad high, but fits the beer very well.

O-this is a very nice beer. Nothing exceptional, nothing stands out, except the awesome smell, but one I could never turn down, and could enjoy anytime of the year.

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

A - Orangey. Pretty white textured head that sticks around. Loads of lacing.

S - Malty sugar sweet. Later there's almost an orange smell but more floral, kind of faint.

T - Lighty sweet, full malt flavor. Bitterness not even really detectable until the afterswallow, and still not much, which suits this non-hop guy just fine. Hoppy burps.

M - Slightly soft

O - Very nice. An easy drinker with full flavor and a tasteful hop level. I'd even pull the hops back a bit in the aftertaste if possible and then call it super.

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

12 oz bottle, no bottle date, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours an amber caramel color, topped with a couple fingers of creamy tan head, leaves great lacing.

S- Pale biscuity malts, floral hops, a bit of citrus,

T- Grassy floral hops with some citrus, has a bready caramel malt center, bitter finish.

M- Medium bodied, smooth feel, very drinkable.

O- A very nice straightforward pale ale.

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

Best by: 22APR12

Pours a nice copper ale with a sheet of white foam and excellent clarity leaving some decent lace. A somewhat spicy smell with an unusually english malt profile from this brewery. There some aromas of prune and citrus. Flavor is malty with again spicy hops and a good english (almost high end ESB) malt character. Really nice flavor, just not what I expected from this brewery. Medium bodied with moderate carb and an off-dry finish. Nice pale ale, really dig the take. Not all flashy like some of todays offerings.

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Photo of tony223366
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice, 2+ fingers of off-white creamy head. Eventually it turns rocky and is really dramatic in appearance. Nice lacing occurs almost immediately. The color is really nice. It's a rich caramel that has more red than brown. Clarity is spot on and there's nice action from the carbonation.

S: Smell is mostly citrus from the hops and some nice, sweet caramel malts. It is a bit more subdued than I would like though.

T: This is a surprisingly well balanced pale ale from stone. It is certainly hoppy but there was a very careful hand in deciding the malt level. The first thing that strikes you is a bright, delicious hop almost entirely composed of citrus. But then the malts kick in... sweet and caramel, rich and roasty. It finishes with a nice bitterness and a shockingly clean finish.

M: Light to medium carbonation and smooth body.

O: Wow, this was the first time I've had Stone's pale ale and I was expecting a beer that barely qualifies as a pale. But they were surprisingly even in creating this beer. There's no harshness to it at all. It'd be perfect with practically any meal. The finish is clean and delicious. This beer is a beauty

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

A: 1/4" quickly diminishing white head over cloudy deep amber fizzy liquid.

S: Caramel malt with a perfumy and citrusy hop aroma.

T: Perfumy floral hop presence with some citrus up front with a biscuity and nutty malt. Very clean tasting.

M: Crisp with medium viscosity and a delicate carbonation.

O: Very easily drinkable, wasn't expecting the perfumy and floral hop presence though.

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Photo of rangerred
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is an almost clear medium copper with a 1.5 finger off-white head. Really good lacing and head retention.

Smell is a lot maltier that I thought it would be. Some nice biscuit along with spicy, earthy hops dominate. A little caramel in there too.

The flavor is quite malty from the get go with caramel being most noticeable. Spicy hops are there in the background with a light to moderate bitterness appearing about halfway through and lingering through the finish.

Overall I was a little disappointed there wasn't more hop flavor to this. The malt just seemed to overwhelm the hops that were there. A solid APA, though.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass tumbler. Pours a medium red-orange amber. A half finger fine slightly off-white head that slowly dissipates to a light film. Aroma of herbal hops, sweet malt and a hint of citrus. Flavor of bready and caramel malts and hops. Finishes with malt and herbal hops. Light to medium bodied. Not as hop forward as other Stone brews, but appropriate for the style. A nice pale ale.

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Photo of Treebs
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served in a footed ale glass. Enjoy by date of 5/02/2012

A: Pours a clear amber with a one finger off white head that recedes to a thin collar and leaves some splotchy lace.

S: The nose is very balanced. Solid biscuit and pale malts with a light citrus rind hop presence. There is a slight hay also.

T: The taste is more of the same. Balanced with just a touch more bready and pale malts. The hop presence is a a combination of some orange and grass.

M: Light bodied with a light mouthfeel and nice carbonation. Drinkability is high.

O: A very solid, balanced and easily drinkable pale ale. Not much else to say.

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

A 12 oz bottle pored into my Stone Imperial pint glass picked up at the brewery last summer

A - A copper amber, with 2 fingers of head, and nice sticky lace all over the glass. Very impressive for a Pale Ale

S - Malty grain up front, some citrus notes from the hops, and a slight booze aroma.

T - A very hoppy pale ale. Nice citrus notes, with a very strong malt backbone. Very well balanced. Smooth, and crisp.

M - Well carbonated, crisp mouth feel.

O - About as good as a Pale Ale can get in my opinion. Well balanced, hoppy, smooth.

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Photo of beer272
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - appearance was good. Nice carbonation that lasted with some lacing.

S - Hops pretty dominate.

T - taste was nice. hops were forward and the malt took a back seat.

M - Good mouth feel.

O - I'll admit I am not a hop fan. This is one of Stone's year around beers.

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

this beer is good. it pours a darker than most pale ales amber brown color with a thick creamy head that leaves near perfect lacing. the smell has a very sweet butterscotch and fruity smell it reminds me of fermenting apples. the taste is similar to the smell at fist and flows into a small bite of hops with some faint bitterness that lasts briefly. the feel in the mouth is more creamy than crisp but that's not to say it is lacking any carbonation. i will definatly be picking this one up in my next mixed six pack i grab. Cheers.

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Photo of jhtipton
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When reviewing this one has to dismiss any other Stone beers they have had before, especially of they are lovers of the hop as I am. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my trusty affligem chalice. I love the appearance a bit darker than a "pale" ale but a beautiful two finger head and a deep orange. Nose is nice malts and slight grassy piney. No definitely not a ruination but I can enjoy a beer afterwards without having to bump up the IBU. Nice mix of British PA and California PA. Malty with a eccentric piney aftertaste. Light to medium bodied with the enduring oily hops. Overall an excellent Pale Ale. Definitely great for a sunny afternoon session without killing you for the evening. Cheers.

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