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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Photo of tone77
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy auburn color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by piney hops. Taste is a hop bomb. Significant bitterness throughout, no balance to speak of. Feels medium bodied and very bitter in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of rstone57
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Chameleon on a Friday after work (happy hour, but before all the kiddies showed up), poured into a pint glass.

Pours dark amber, much darker than a typical pale ale. The head is about a fingers wide white foam with minimal lacing.

Smell is malt with a dash of citrus from the hops.

Taste is great, malt with subtle hops and a mild bitterness. Medium body with minimum carbonation.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-medium to dark amber with a white head which quickly dissipates

S-subtle yeast and malt notes

T-citrus and pine with a nice bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation

O- a good pale ale with ecent flavor and balance. Good with many foods.

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Photo of Innocentexile
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz into Stone brew pint glass. fitting

A-dark amber and pretty cloudy. good head that sticks to glass

S-its got a combination of fruit, citrus. then its got an earthy smell too, almost like wood. smells inviting

T-a little bit sweet, then a bombardment of hoppy goodness that leaves your tongue satisfied. great amount of bitterness IMO. good amount of carbonation too

O-I like this one a lot, Stone sure knows how to make a good brewski. totally seeing myself indulging myself with more Stone in the future

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Photo of BeerBeatnik
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this recently and was a bit surprised. Not that it was bad, just that I wasn't surprised by it on the upside. It had a darker pale ale appearance with decent head and poured into a pint glass. There wasn't that much nose to it. Certainly not a overally hoppy pale ale. It tasted good. Fine in the mouthfeel area and overall good.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Pale Ale is...quite good...lots going on with this one. The beer pours a slightly hazy copper color with nice off-white head that is lacing like a Vicky Secret model. The smell includes fresh hops and pine. The taste is a brilliant combo of hops and malt. The hops keep the beer crisp....the malt enought to balance the hops and kept the beer creamy. The mouthfell is good...not over powering with the nice 5.4% ABV....Session....definite possibility. Overall a very good beer. Try it!

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Photo of Meshuggah135
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a frosted mug, then let sit to warm up. The smell was of hops, with a toasty smell to it as well. It was a light brown color and had a 1/4" head that didn't last too long.

The mouthfeel was light, not too chewy with light carbonation. It left a bit of a bitter taste, but overall very smooth.

The taste was pretty strong hops, especially for an ale. It also had a caramel taste to it, with a bitter taste but also a hint of sweetness.

Excellent beer, I would recommend it to anyone

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a clear medium to dark amber color with a two finger fulffy head that left some minimal lace.

S- Floral, pine, citrus, and caramel notes. Smelled goof, not particularity strong or aromatic.

T- Pretty balanced flavor profile. Floral, pine, citrus, and caramel notes. Finishes pretty bitter.

M- Really smooth and great carbonation. This beer went down very easy, very sessionable and drinkable.

O- A really nice pale ale that has a nice balance of hop flavors and malt. I have this on tap a few times and this was not quite as good as I remember it being on tap, but still a really solid pale ale.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours on the dark side of the pale ale spectrum. One finger white head, lots of lacing. Lots of little carbonation bubbles.
S- Fruity on the nose. Citrus and a slight touch of canned peaches. A bit of balancing toasted malt on the nose.
T- It's not as hoppy as on the nose. It's toasty with a slight caramel presence up front. Hops show up more in the finish.
M- Full body for a 5.4% pale ale. Medium body. I'd like it a bit drier.
O- A quite good pale ale. Verges on being a hoppy amber ale. Worth a shot all in all.

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Photo of kgotcher
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very amber color slightly hazy (dry hopped?) with off white head. "Pale" is not a word I would use for this beer. Anyway, nice head of course thick and foamy 1 finger, very durable . Active carbonation.

Aroma is pine with lemon and a slightly bready malt profile.

Taste is hop forward with light malt sweetness and quite a bitter finish.

It is good beer and I expect stone not to be shy about the hops as it is their trade mark but honestly this is so close to an IPA just slightly smoother and sweeter, I would actually call it an IPA light rather than an APA. Or maybe it is a hoppy Amber?

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

Clear golden colour with a smooth, fluffy white head. Great head retention.

Rich, fresh hoppy aroma with some nice orange and grapefruit notes. Solid.

Crisp light malt with just a hint of well attenuated caramel malt. Fresh grapefruity hops with a balanced bitterness. Well crafted.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A really nice, well balanced Pale Ale with great hop character. A solid beer from Stone.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Piccadilly in Champaign, IL.
No best before date.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Pours a 2cm head of very light tan, small bubbles. Head dissipates to a thin lacing on top of the body throughout the entire time beer is in the glass. Body is a semi-transparent, fairly dark, copper-orange color. Carbonation visible, supporting the persistent head. Lacing is in large sheets with a few spots. Very nice overall.

Aroma of low-impact malt flavors with some light combinations of citrus hop scents. OK, but fairly muted.

First taste that comes across is some malt flavors closely followed by bittering hops and some light pine resin. A more intense malt presence (caramel) wells up behind the pine, lasting through the close. Aftertaste is largely bitter, with a bit of toasted malt in the background. I was expecting more from this Stone brew.

Medium bodied, but at the border at slightly too heavy for the style. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, a delight, carbonation not overpowering, just right for the body's heft. Dry finish.

Stone's pale ale sticks to the style with accuracy, though is a bit unchallenging. The potency of their Arrogant Bastard does not seem to imply that they mean to follow this with every release. Still, a more-than-adequate APA, though I will probably stick to others in the future.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: A cloudy amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big five finger off white head with very good retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Smell: A mixture of citrus and floral hops. Some grapefruit, orange peel, and lemon zest with a good amount of pine resin. Strong presence of caramel malts and toffee. Pretty balanced between the hops and malts.

Taste: Starts with the citrus hops and pine resin with notes of grapefruit, orange, and lemon. The malts follow with lots of caramel and toffee. Pretty bready and herbal. Full flavor from the hops and malts. Both are nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

Overall: A very nice pale ale from Stone. Full flavored and well balanced.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a cloudy, ruby/amber color with a soapy white head of 3 fingers. Very good retention and lacing.

S - Incredibly floral hops nose. Familiar centennial/cascade hops aromas. General maltiness buried beneath.

T - Big caramel malty taste with a nice citrus balance. A bit of grapefruit on the finish. Far better balanced than the nose predicted, but still quite bitter on the finish.

M - Quite smooth and medium bodied. Works well with the flavors.

D - A nice APA. Clean and is quite bitter. That being said, I think it could benefit from more malt character.

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Photo of buck1futter
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- really dark amber orange, golden in the reflection. long lasting slighty off white head that last through out the drink. gets kinda small at the end but that doesn't really matter.

s-sweet butter with citrus. really nice. maybe a very very light brown sugar smell.

t-mmmm good. probably my 2nd fav. pale ale. goes down very good nice hop bitterness to top off the peak of the malt sweetness which is fantastic. some what bready but this beer is really really balanced, most balanced pale ale around.

m-slight cream very hearty yet goes done really smooth.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a deep amber color, pretty cloudy, with a large, bubbly off-white head which leaves sheets of lace.

The nose is fairly light, and has pale malt and a bit of citrusy hops. You might expect a big scent from a Stone Beer, but their Pale Ale sticks pretty close to style.

The taste starts with a light pale malt front, light and fruity, with some citrus and grapefruit notes from the hops. Finishes bitter but nothing too intense.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Hazed & Infused.

A: Hazy amber with lots of tiny bubbles. Giant, creamy, white head that lasted more than a few minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Some malt and citrus hops. A bit too mild.

T: Moderate sweetness and hop bitterness. Toasted caramel malt and bitter hop finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with silky smooth feel. Soft carbonation.

O: A little too bitter on the finish for my taste, but still pretty good. I liked the Hazed & Infused slightly better.

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Photo of BlastBeats
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a nice copper color with a sizable off-white head that clings well to the side of the glass.

Smell: pleasant floral scents and hop aromas.

Taste: some measured fruit and a bready finish, but there's a commanding hop bitterness up front that seems reluctant to loosen its hold on the beer. Although I usually enjoy generously hopped beers, I prefer APA's with more balance. The hops seem a bit overpowering..

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, adequate carbonation.

Overrall: Not a bad choice by any means, just not one of my favorite APA's.. and certainly not worth raving about. That said, it's still probably better than the majority of APA's on the shelf..

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Photo of AgentZero
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Orangish yellow color with a decent head and some pretty good lacing on the sides.

S - Sweet malts, there's really not a lot of hop presence on this one. Coming from stone I was expecting hoppier, but it's not bad.

T - Taste is like the nose, not really a ton going on here that would distinguish it from anything else. Pretty easy to get down, but not memorable.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Pretty unremarkable, but easy to get down, and can make a session of it if you want. Nothing I'd ever seak out.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap into a pint glass at Urbn Coal Fired Pizza in San Diego (North Park). Had about an inch of head. Minimal lacing, but lots of film on the side of the glass. Color was caramel amber.

Light caramel malts. Some citrus in there, too, maybe lemon zest? A bit disappointing on the nose overall.

First taste was bitter hops. Caramel makes an appearances, too, along with some light pine. Much better than the smell.

Medium body. Bitter, but fairly smooth.

A pretty good beer overall, but not as good as I thought from before. Rating a lot of good beers since will do that.

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Photo of tito42
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. "Enjoy by 8/1/2011" etched on bottle, so I'm a little late.

A: Unfiltered and iced tea in color, with a thick, foamy, copper-hued head that has excellent retention and lacing.

S: Hops with a grapefruit/citrus aroma, a touch of caramel and a hint of diacetyl. A slight must, perhaps from being late to the party?

T: Very hoppy for the style. Caramel malts are present, but hops sits in the throne here for sure. A pungent, earthy hops finish.

M: Decent malt backbone, a little watery in the middle, and a nice drying hops finish.

O: Too bitter for me per the style, but perhaps this is due to me being three weeks past the "best by" date. I'd be willing to give this one another go with a fresher bottle. Picked up in a "mix 'n match" sixer, obviously it was available due to age.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a light amber color with a finger of two of white head and some nice lacing.

S: Nowhere near as hoppy as many of the other Stone beers, but that probably works out for the best. It's still got a nice citrus and floral hop character along with a bit of pine. A fair amount of toasted and caramel malts providing sweetness.

T: The flavor is lightly sweet with a lot of bread and toast, a bit caramel forward, too. Citrus hops with a light pine bitterness and some floral character lightens things up.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Not an overly aggressive pale, but a good, solid pale ale.

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Photo of thatruth
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purchased a single 12 oz just to try from the Beer Junction in West Seattle. poured into pint glass.

A: pours reddish brown with orange tint, slightly hazy effect, minimal head, minimal lacing.

S: not much there other than a cedar and burnt orange peel aroma.

T: apple cider vibe without the tang, orange peels, hops from some far corner of the world (that's a good thing).

M: slightly frothy on-bringing followed by a wet and smooth finish. comfortable, nothing too bright or dull.

O: minimalistic pale ale from a complex brewery, most simple and toned down of their brews I've had yet, should be a great introduction for a transition into "craft brewery".

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Photo of fank2788
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Bright red copper, quite clear with a huge frothy head and lots of lacing. The smell is citrus and floral hops with a bit of a metallic or yeasty character in there as well. The taste follows the smell with the main players being the hops, maybe more floral flavors than what is found in other west coast pale ales and IPAs but regardless the focus of the beer is clear. The malt is in there as well but only for support of the hops and seems to be mainly comprised of just typical caramel malts. I would have liked it to be a bit more well rounded. This beer has a moderate body and carbonation the finish is quite dry and puckering. Overall this is a good beer, but to me the APA style should yield beers that are good for a session and this one doesn't seem to fit that bill. It appears that other reviewers are finding more malt than I do, could have something to do with the age of the beers I have, they are getting close to the best by date.

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

Poured a clear old penny color with frothy white head building about one and a half fingers high. Does not stick around to much and leaves some lacing.
The smell is very inviting, with caramel and sweet malts dominating.
Tasting this beer, those caramel and malty flavors greet you up front, but being nicely checked by some flowery hops in the middle. In the end some mild bitterness finishes this beer.
Overall a nice specimen.

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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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