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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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Photo of LXIXME
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A caramel colored beers rests below a fairly well carbonated light tan head, that takes a minute or two to fall into a thick lacing.

Light caramel malts dominate a light aroma with some light grains and yeast coming through.

Caramel again dominates but unlike the aroma the taste has a nice light bitter hops bite to it, nothing overbearing but altogether there and quite tasty.

A decent medium body with a slight hop kick in a light dry aftertaste.

A very drinkable beer like most things Stone makes.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the darkest pale ales I've ever seen! Poured a deep ruby-orange into a tulip with two fingers of eggshell head -- very pretty. Standard pale ale aroma of grapefruit, pine, and mild caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a light, slightly thin mouthfeel. Bread and caramel up front with grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, and bitter pine on the finish.

This was one of the last widely-available brews from Stone that I tried. Nothing mind-blowing, but a solid pale ale nonetheless.

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Photo of avaldivia
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Great hazy copper color. Small head with no retention. Barely any lacing.

S: A bit of hops. The grains are on the forefront however.

T: Wow. The malts are very strong. A nice hop flavor. The flavor is very good considering the smell.

M: Thick for a pale ale. Good carbonation. Almost syrupy, but manages not to cross that line.

O: Very flavorful. Very good Pale Ale. As per usual with Stone, good but not something I could have often.

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Photo of Duff27
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Inch-tall light tan head atop a light ruby pale ale. Good head retention and some lacing.

S- Smells bready, light lemon zest.

T- Faint citrus notes. Nice bittering hops. Well balanced.

M- On the lighter side, kind of watery. Carbonation is okay.

D/O- Besides the look, I found it mostly dull and uninteresting as a whole. Easy drinking though? Yes. Made me burp a lot and I like that.

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

Typical big weighty Stone house character to start but not at all huge or grotesqe. Off white head which thins in time.
Biggish potent nose. Nice rounded full dry grapefruit taste/feel is full and robust which lasts well before taste fades. Middling length at best. Reasonable but could do with more development.
Some simple lacing too.

Like all Stone beers this is very good but this one is sort of heavy and lacking the sophistication I would expect from the style.

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

690th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint

Wife bought me a single 12oz from Trader Joes. How sweet.

App- A mix of orange, yellow, amber in a glass with a nice finger and a half head to it. Cling lings all over the place.

Smell- Mild bitter hops with a touch of citrus behind it. A little one dimensional. Not a knock at all.

Taste- One of the 1st pale ales I ever had. Nice and smooth and mellow. A little wheaty, a little malty, a little hop. Right where it should be in the profile.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. A little bit of bitter hops on the finish.

Drink- One of the 1st pales and 1st craft beers I had before venturing out. Great balance and hop note. Right where it should be as a small pale with some nice flavors.

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

Poured from bottle into pint glass.
A: Pours a medium amber color with a thick white head that disappears relatively quickly.
S: The nose a nice combination of resiny hop tones and malt sweetness, along with some almost tea-like notes.
T: The malt characters show some evidence of the use of high crystals.
M: Fairly full in terms of mouthfeel, but lacks the overall complexity and intensity of flavor
Overall, nicely done.

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

Draught @ Cambridge House: This one poured a slightly orangish-amber color. There was a decent off-white head on it that left some lacing. Decent, but slightly lighter aroma. Mainly malty with a fair amount of piney hops. The taste is good also. Nice malt body, with no sweetness. A bit of piney hops, with maybe a bit of grapefruit. Not overly bitter. Just a real nice APA.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While in SoCal I had the pleasure of trying many Stone offerings. Had this one on tap at a nice beachfront place in La Jolla.


A: A cloudy gold/amber with a small thin white head that didn't lace much.

S: Nice scents of citrus (grapefruit), hops, earthy tones of pine/florals, and a nice sweetness of brown sugar/malt.

T: The hops and citrus dominate the palate. A nice hop kick for a APA. The sweetness comes through at the end and in the aftertaste.

F: Light/Medium body. Perfect carbonation for the style. Nice aftertaste and mouth coating.

O: Very please with Stone's APA. Was most surprised by the character of the hops.

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Photo of jgurley
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium amber with a thick, clingy head. Smell is subdued. Malt and mild hop aroma. Taste is much more aggressive. Nice and malty on the front with a quick punch of fruity hops. Pleasant bitterness on the back end. Lots of bright hops. Mouthfeel is slick and sticky with medium carbonation. Delicious. Stone is just brilliant at making these great hoppy ales and IPAs. I could down several of these.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pour a cloudy reddish orange, with a two finger head that hangs on the side of the glass

S - Fruity hoppy goodness. Some earthy pine overtones noted by the olfactory.

T - A great blend of hops and malts, sweet and fruity tasting but not in an overdone way. Biscuit notes, and citrus qualities appear as well. Slightly more malty than normal for a pale ale.

M - The mouthfeel is excellent, a great balance between carbonation and smoothness.

O- Great beer, I would highly recommend it. One of my current all time favorites. Not an overly complex beer, but close to perfect for the style.

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

With a dark bronze color, this seems fairly dark for a pale ale. Still, it’s a nice color and it sports a healthy, thick cap of foam. Smell is a bit restrained, with caramel malt and an herbal hop mixture coming through. Taste comes through a lot stronger than the aroma. You get a big kick of bitterness in the start that rides through to the finish. It’s pretty well balanced with the malts, which do seem to have a slightly darker quality than I’m used to for the style. I’m not knocking it though; it’s nice to try something a little different from all the beers emulating Sierra Nevada’s. I just checked Stone’s website, and they state this is a British pale ale, so that explains a lot. BuckeyeNation claims the hop bill is Magnum and Ahtanum; I have no idea myself, but I do like the hops being used. It’s nice to get some hoppiness that isn’t total citrus.

Overall, an enjoyable beer and a nice break from the American style. Probably won’t be a new go-to beer, but I’d be happy to have it again.

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Photo of tjsmith910
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice change up beer from all the other APA's in my feeling.

A - Red Orange in color with a 1 finger tan head that lasted appx 1 minute with beautiful lacing left.

S - I rate all beers a 3 because I have no sense of smell

T - Barley was a strong flavor here and The Hops stood out for all the right reasons.

M - Rough after taste was a surprise here because of the taste, I thought it would be a bit smoother

O - Stone Brewing co. knows what they are and how to appeal to peoples taste. Good beer to keep around here

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Photo of Ruger
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a real cloudy copper color with thick white head decent retention and moderate lacing.

S - Malts, light hops and pine more mild then a lot of stones other beers.

T - Malts, strong hops and finishes with pine and grapefruit with a little bitter aftertaste.

M - Seems to improve as the beer warms a little but overall pretty smooth medium bodied with moderate carbonation

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, it pours a copper color slight haze, nice off white thick head which has good retention and leaves a nice lace. The smell is slightly sweet caramel malt, slight hop smell, seems odd to me to have a stone without the in your face hops. Medium light feel. The taste is pretty good tasty caramel malty goodness, some hop bite on the way down, this is a very good Pale Ale, I could see me putting a few of these back in a session.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Pale Ale

Served in a pint glass @ Bardenay downtown Boise.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden honey color with nice orange highlights. Not much head or lace.

S: There is a nice base layer of caramel malt, followed by some good aromatic hops with floral notes and grapefruit.

T: Hop forward, with a good amount of pine and grapefruit. Very hoppy for an APA. The malt base is noticeable but the sweetness is kept on check by a good amount of bitterness.

MF: Fairly medium bodied. Light carbonation, and good lingering hop dryness.

O: A solid drinker and a hoppy Pale Ale. Fairly sessionable for hop heads. I'll have it again.

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Photo of vrushing88
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's amazing to think of what Stone can do with four simple ingredients.

Medium Amber color, with medium malt characteristic. It has a very light taste and a sharp but not "in your face feel."

The most relaxed easy drinking Stone Brew out there. Good beer when you would like to drink more than one or two. I'd call this a gateway beer, a must drink!

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

From 12oz Bottle

Poured into Sam Adams glass

A: Deep, clear amber/orange color. You could also say copper. On a hard pour, I got a finger of relatively creamy head that mostly dissipated in about 90 seconds leaving a decent lacing on the glass and a thin head. As I drank my glass down, lacing continued to stick.

S: malty scent, relatively strong, slightly toasty. A hop smell is also forward.

T: taste is malty and bitter. The hop bitterness is very forward. It is balanced well with the strong malt flavors.

M: Has a medium body. The carbonation is good. The hoppy aftertaste lingers but not in a bad way.

O: This is a very drinkable pale ale if you are into stronger flavors, especially hops. For all the forward flavor, it is still well balanced and relatively clean tasting. It’s not an introductory pale ale however. It is aggressive for a pale. I have had a lot of this beer, and it pairs quite well with almost any meal.

I will try not to use ‘relatively’ three times in the next review.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a Surly nonic glass a nice caramel copper color with a 2 finger off whtie head. The aroma is rather light but I get ntoes of toast and tropical fruit, maybe pineapple or mango, also caramel. Medium mouthfeel. Sweet caramel and light brown sugar upfront with a nice hop bitter kick in the middle. Head leaves some lace as it settles. Overall, pretty easy drinking. No notice of the ABV. Some bitterness lingers.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.22/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Draught at our hotel in San Diego). Pours clear copper color with tan head. Moderate carbonation. Aroma is heavy malts, citrus, and resin. Taste is semi-sweet with some moderate bittering hops. Thin and a bit watery, its has an oily texture. Ok beer.

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Photo of herman77
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark orange with amberish hues. Decent sized khaki colored head that lasts. Good lacing.

S: A good mix of hops and malt. Carmel, slightly toasted sweeter malt with citrus hops. Smells good for a pale ale.

T: Again, a great mix and balance of hops and malt. Starts off with a quick kiss of citrus hops, then the lightly toasted carmel and sweet bready malts come through. In the finish, the hops are back to provide a nice bite that lingers for a bit. Makes you want another sip right away.

M: Medium to lighter body, good amount of carbonation.

O: An awesome pale ale. Great drinkability and balance. Might be my new go to beer, wish it was a bit cheaper though.

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Photo of samwello
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I put this exceptional beer right there with "Victory Prima Pils" I just love the quality comming from America these days! This beer has a burnt dark chocolate hop flavor that will make your tongue twist and curl around every drop. It is intuitively obvious to the beer loving taste bud that this is one fine quality beer. The fermentation and aroma are superior to other beers. The after taste runs away too quickly... making one chase after that perfect flavor. YUM! Publix mix a 6 pack purchase is how I stumbled upon this beauty. 4 were throw aways, one was good, and this one was life changing!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a golden color with a strong looking head on it. The lacing is pretty good. The smell of the beer has a nice hop aroma and a light malt aroma in there too. The taste was a little disappointing for a stone brew in my opinion. The mouthfeel isn't too bad, but still overall this is probably my least favorite Stone brew.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great looking beer, amber and clear with a monster head and great lacing.

Complex malty smells dominate, primarily caramel malts, with an underture of hoppiness.

A tasty and complex malt backbone is accented by a surprisingly stronger hops presence than I expected from the smell, yet the balance isn't compromised. A mild piney grapefruit accent finishes out the taste.

Feel is slightly slick, wet, and very easy to drink, almost too easy. Bitterness lingers but isn't too strong or overpowering, balance is maintained.

"Stone" is all you have to say on this one. I've never had a stone beer that I didn't like, or wouldn't be happy to drink anytime, anywhere.

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Photo of MonkeymooTJ
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Dark orange with an amber/red haze. A two finger head retains well and a light carbonation level can be seen rising to the top


A 60/40 malt to hop level. Malts are toasty/sweet with a hint of butterscotch. Hops smell of fresh cut pine and a slight cirtrus.


A moderate initial bitterness level. A good balance of piney hops and toasty malts. A bit of spice is also detectable.


A light body that is a bit dry. There is a definite lack of carbonation and not much aftertaste left behind


It was ok. Good promise with initial bitterness and balance of malts. But it wares off and falls a little flat. It fits the style of a pale but I think some of Stones other offerings are far superior

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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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