Stone Pale Ale | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
87
very good
2,715 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
Ratings:
2,715
Reviews:
985
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.31%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
330
For Trade:
1
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Photo of haddyhustle302
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of nolanstout
4.82/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of this beer in a build your own six pack set up a few weeks ago. My father had always told me Stone made some of the best beers he had ever tasted so I decided to take his advice and try Stone Pale Ale.

It was a very rich and rewarding beer to drink so a couple nights ago I picked up a six pack of Stone Pale Ale. If you haven't had this beer before. Try it. You won't regret it.

The look of the beer is similar to many pale ales although it is a bit darker than what most people would consider a "pale ale." This is probably because of the complexity of the hops in the beer. This complexity pays heavy dividends for the ale. The taste was complex, yet not too complex, and the mouthfeel was also satisfying in a slightly refreshing but also slightly spicy way.

The best part of this beer, in my opinion, was the smell. The hard work that the people at Stone brewing company put into this beer's creation is most evident in the complexity of the smell of this ale from when it is freshly poured till the final sip.

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Photo of jonathaniler
3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of sailorastro
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Overall: It's more bitter than most pale ales, but no less enjoyable. A great addition in Stone's collection of beers.

Appearance: Dark amber color as clear as stained glass. Pours a two-finger white head. Less lace than expected.

Smell: Thyme; lemonbalm; medicinal; wheat.

Taste: Fruity tartness hits the tastebuds first, followed by a whisper of bitters in the back.

Mouthfeel: Medium crisp body with a smooth finish that goes right to the point--a perfect finish for its taste.

Sampled from a standard pint glass.

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Photo of XavierMuskies
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of tdmccarthy
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -22.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz bottle with a BB of 11/01/12, so it's just out of date. Acquired through the power of the internets. Love the silk-screen gargoyle label.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A rich orange-amber with considerable yeast sediment and low carbonation. Forms a small, off-white head of foam that rapidly reduces to a surface layer. Aroma of sweet malt and a nice blend of aromatic hops. Notes of pine, faint citrus, caramel and yeast.

Tastes of sweet malt with stacks of aromatic hops and a light bitter finish. Notes of pine, caramel, sugar and dry yeast. A harsh stewed hop flavour upon swallowing. The impression is that the hop character has faded. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, but somewhat flat and lacking in depth. Quite astringent; dries the palate. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops and malt.

Not bad, but imperfect. The malt and hops are quite well balanced, with plenty of fruity aroma. However, the hop flavour seems attenuated, possibly by age. Also, the harsh background bitterness detracts from the overall character. A decent American pale ale, but not outstanding.

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Photo of TouchOfEvil
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of rdub
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of TheBigE5
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bottle into a sniffer. Thin white head, about a half finger. Perfectly clear light brown amber color.

S - Very hoppy in the nose, floral, sweet. A bit of malty notes. Great smelling beer.

T - Perfectly balanced. Malty at first, the the hops enter later. A bit of sweetness in the finish.

M - Smooth mouthfeel, not overcarbonated. Get a little bit of tingle in your throat. Very drinkable.

O - Wow, great nose and perfectly balanced. Add its drinkability. Excellent beer.

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Photo of PhineasGage
5/5  rDev +28.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Jordanbryan10
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of dandmc24
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of OleJohnnieAle
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of denver10
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange-amber with a nice head. Smells hoppy with earthiness and florals. The hops assert their presence in the flavor with a distinct mild level of bitterness, piney. Some sweetness from the malt is there. Balanced but this has always felt, to me as a non-hophead, to be a hop forward pale ale. But I like it, it's assertive but not too strong. This was one of my first american pale ales and remains one of my favorites for the style. This isn't a beer I go to all that often, but usually once a year I do have to go out of my way to pick up a 6'er of this and always enjoy it.

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