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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

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Added by kbub6f on 06-23-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange amber with a surprisingly dense foamy head.

Aroma is mellow citrus hop and toasted malt.

Taste is a complex bready toasted caramel malt with a lot of subtle flavor. Then a pleasant sweet tropical fruitiness - notably orange and melon. Finishes with a spicy, earthy bitterness with lingering tobacco notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall smooth and flavorful. A great example of an APA. Easy to drink with a lot of subtle flavor that I look for in lower gravity beers. Hops are apologetically west coast in character without being overpowering.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle. Freshness date is "01/17/12." Website states that this is a "Southern California interpretation of the classic British pale ale style."

Produces an amber-reddish tan with noticeable light carbonation and a small head that quickly turns into a ring. Not bad.

Huge malty notes rather than hoppy ones in the aroma, which is quite unusual for Stone comparing this to all of their other beers. There are still refreshing orange peel notes, as well as a sugary finish. Caramel and honey aromas bounce around. Nevertheless, it does indeed smell what I would consider a good pale ale to be - although in this case indeed more as an English bitter rather than a California-style APA.

Some initial sips and tastings, reality strikes: this is still bitter, despite high maltiness, yet it DOES have the same body and flavor of many great English bitters I've had. Grainy and slightly buiscuty, good hoppy citrus and floral flavors following behind, and substantial carbonation to make it thick and welcoming (for me, at least). While cold, it's pretty fruity and bready, but warmer it manages to be a little too malty for my liking - at least when I'm buying a Stone product.

Might not be my favorite offering of Stone, and definitely not what I would personally consider to be a representative example of the West coast APA style - although that doesn't matter, as they've pulled off the beer they intended to make here. It is a good quality product that is sure to be a crowd pleaser to those that couldn't stand Arrogant Bastard, as well as other intense products by Stone. Not sure why they consider this to be one of their flagship beers when they're so renowned for their hops and crazy recipes, but it still stands as a good beer that I would recommend a try.

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