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 LittleCreature
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.5
Pours a finger of dense, cream coloured head over a slightly hazy, copper coloured body (not much pale about this one). Good head retention but no lace.

Smell - 3.5
A surprisingly balanced aroma of biscuity malt, toffee, citrus, and strangely, vanilla.

Taste - 4.5
Plenty of flavour in this one: fudgy malt backbone, slightly toasty and sweet, assertively bitter with hoppy flavours of candied orange and distinctive earthy, spicy notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Medium to full bodied with fine bead, goes down very smoothly.

Overall - 4.0
A very good beer - if it were available fresh in Australia at American prices this would be a regular purchase for me. Not a session beer, it's too flavoursome for that, but I would happily drink a couple in a sitting.

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Photo of zrab11
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice copper color with a 2 finger off white had. Alittle lacing also

S- Has a nice piney smell to it also hints or caramel and maybe some fruit

T- Has a nice sweet carmel begging followed by a bit of hops and then finishs with a nice citrus piney flavor

M-Medium body .good carbonation

D-Overall i was very pleased with this APA. Had enough going on that made me want more. I loved the hop profile and how well everything was balanced. a nice APA

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Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear reddish orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly died down but never completely faded away.
S: The smell isn’t that strong and has hints of caramel malts and citrus hops.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell but the flavors are much stronger; the initial taste has some hints of malty sweetness while there is a mild to moderate amount of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink, quite refreshing and has a lot of flavor compared to other beers in the style. I could easily have more than one of these in a sitting.

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

In 2007 I moved from San Diego to New Jersey. In San Diego I was a huge fan of Stone. I tried all their bottled beers as I found them, and I encouraged others to try the "Bastard."

Now, in New Jersey, I finally try the simple pale ale.

Overall this is a decent example of a pale ale. There is the right amount of hops and barley. It is decently balanced, but there isn't anything original or different about this beer.

There wasn't a whole lot of aroma or after-taste.

It is a decent lawn-mowing beer, but most other Stone beers are much better. Only pick this up if it is on sale.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - It pours a gorgeous satiny orange-amber hue and is capped with a pillowycap of bone-white froth; spotty lace is deposited.

S - The nose is just about split between malty and hoppy, with the scales tipped ever-so-slightly towarads malt. Sweet honey and biscuit aromas are tempered by sharp herbal hoppiness in the range of grapefruit, and cat. Meow.

T - The taste is very nice; I am gonna buck the ratings norm here and grant it near-exceptional status. The first sip proves it to be intensely flavorful, and subsequent quaffs highlight the unusual balance of the brew. There are a good deal of similarities between this beer and a good English Pale Ale; in particular because of the honey sweetness, and glory of maltiness is preferred over the exposition of a dynamic hop bouquet which is de rigueur in APA. Citrusy tea-like bitterness works for the malt, rather than the other way around. There is also an omnipresent juicy orange note that is key in terms of the intensity of flavor.

M - The feel is lightly carbonated and quite soft, yet I don't feel it is terribly enhancing.

O - Really good beer, unusually constructed for a West Coast APA.

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Photo of centbeerfest
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Strong white head that lasts. Cloudy light medium burnt orange cloudy.

Great balance of hops and a touch of orange sweetness. Little bit of lasting bitterness in the finish which pairs well with the citrus.

On the take home scale I would take home a six pack.

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Photo of Zaradog
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Visual:Dull copper color, SRM value somewhere between 13-17.

Aroma: Slightly sweet smelling, not sure where that is coming from. Also has a moderate citrusy smell (Grapefruitish) but you don't sense a bitterness from the smell.

Taste: There is definitely a bit of hops in there, but it is nearly perfectly balanced with the maltiness. I'm actually surprised at bow little bitterness I pick up. I can sense it is there but it is hidden to the entire tongue with the exception of deep in the back 1/2 way down the throat. And this bitterness comes in way late and then lingers for a while. I guess that is what they call "malt forward"

Mouth Feel: To me I think they nailed the right amount of carbonation. It borders on tingly, but isn't quite there. And to me that is a good thing.

Drink-ability: I like it enough to make it my sole drink for the night. However, I would want to either have something different at the end of the night... or just eat something. The back of the throat bitterness just lingers if you don't swallow something else to clean your throat/tongue.

Impressions: If you like Troeg's Hop Back or Two Brothers Pale Ale then this should be right up your alley.

Serving Type: Out of a bottle, poured first into a brandy snifter, then the second one was poured into a pint glass.

Reviewed on: 5/12/2011

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

Caramel-amber in color, with a huge head of off-white bubbles. Beautiful spider-web of lace, as seems the norm with Stone.

Mild hops nose, with some malts in there, too.

Taste is skillfully balanced, with some bitter qualities -- maybe some sour grapefruit, alongside darker malts that add a sweet quality. Very drinkable and enjoyable!

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Photo of cocogan
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Visual: Copper in color, no head.

Aroma: Toasted malt, herbs.

Taste: Toast, caramel, alcohol esters, applesauce sweetness, finishes balanced and dry.

Mouth: Appropriate

Drunkability: Definitely a malt forward pale ale. I like it. Could go with food or by itself.

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

A - This beer pours a nice clear copper color. It has a 2-finger off-white head that has great retention. The head also leaves behind some nice lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of nice caramel melts and piney hops. There are also some floral notes, as well as light fruits and some citrus. The smell is very well balanced.

T - It starts of with a nice sweet caramel maltiness. The sweetness of the malts is cut with a nice burst of piney hop bitterness. There are some notes of fruit, citrus, and a hint of butterscotch. This has a very balanced flavor, the hops just outshine the sweet malts by a little bit.

M - This has a medium body with good carbonation. It goes down easy and tastes great. There is some lingering hop bitterness in the finish.

O - This has really good drinkability. I could easily drink 6-pack of these in a night. It has great flavor and goes down very easy. This is a great APA, and I recommend trying it. I will continue to purchase these. Cheers.

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

So the wife loves this beer and after a day at the Public House knocking a few back she wanted to pick up a 6er on the way home. $10/ea - youch!

A: Pours a much darker pale color - more of an amber. Definite mahogany and ruby tints that soften when held to the light. Thin tan head capped my pint glass with a large amount of lacing present.

S: Smells of sweet bready malts with some light nutty aromas. Noticeable spicy hop notes with some light citrus undertones.

T: Biscuity/Bready malts dominate however bittered quite nicely. Herbal and spicy citrus hop flavors present but this pale ale is definitely more malt pronounced. Clean flavors and fresh ingredients really shine here though. Finishes very dry and crisp. Refreshing.

M: Great texture with a smooth creaminess combined with a great hop bitterness that peppers the palate a bit.

D: Highly quaffable session ale for sure. Sippin in the San Diego sun.

Not my personal favorite take on the style but very well crafted and balanced none the less. Very appealing to both malt and hop lovers. Has almost a hoppy brown ale characteristic. Closer to a little Arrogant Bastard rather than the IPA in my opinion. Very sessionable. I just dont get the price point here. I mean I am a local to Stonebrew yet I can get a 6er of Lagunitas IPA or NB Ranger IPA for cheaper than their Pale? Explain that logic.

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Photo of BasementBer
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Great amber color and an excellent off white creamy head of foam. Mild lacing and great head retention of tiny bubbles.

S: Caramel sweet in aroma and caragrain notes.

T: Caramel in the nose with bittering transition to a nice dryness that ends smoothly floral.

M: This beer has a great dryness that really carries you out from the tongue to the pockets of the mouth.

D: Definitely would go back to this pale ale as it has all the qualities i like in the style. Great color, great lacing and hops to write home about.

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Photo of engagechad
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single purchased from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - Poured into DFH snifter.

Pours nice reddish amber with perfect head and nice lacing. foam is good. Smells biscuity and earthy, kind of mineraly. tastes good enough but nothing great, a little boozy bubbly going on there. Feels great, very smooth and easy to drink for the most part.

Not as good as it is on draft. Wouldn't really spend 10 bucks on a sixer.

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Photo of Offa
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red-gold-amber, it has a med.-big off-white head slowly shrinking to a foamy ring & wisps with some nice lace.

Aroma is very West Coast but excellent, not only clean but with good depth, balance, and complexity. It has caramelized grapefruit, light pine, lemon pith, caramelized toast and caramel.

Taste is excellent example of a classic West Coast style APA, with excellent body, character, depth, balance, and complexity. It has spicy-peppery grapefruit-pine bitterness with caramel and toasty sweetness, juicy yeastiness.

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Photo of plfahey
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep amber with some brilliant orange red hues and crystal clarity. Moderately large off-white head with good retention and some fantastic lacing.

Aroma-Interesting aroma with vegetal, minty, and herbal hop character floating over a biscuity malt foundation. Some bready notes present as well.

Flavor-Malt flavors are nutty, bready, and biscuity, before vegetal/herbal hops step in. Moderate hop bitterness sweeps through to dry the finish, leaving a lingering woody hop flavor on the palate. Not my favorite in terms of hop character.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderately high carbonation which initially prickles the tongue, before fading to a soft tongue coating scrub.

Not bad, but something in the flavor is contributing a vegetal note which just rubs me the wrong way. Might be the hops, might be a yeast byproduct (DMS maybe?), but I don't really like it. Not my favorite, but still, not a bad beer.

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Photo of Snow81
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours dark orange to a light amber

Head: Light tan frosty head

Smell: Little malty with a very subtle citric hop

Taste: Very balanced, good light heavy malts right up front with a bitter back hop

Weight: Medium body with a low amount of carbonation

Finish: Bitter hops with heavy malt

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

A: A very aggressive pour into a pint glass revealed a dark amber/red color. Three fingers of tan head dissipated quickly. On the way down the glass, not one bit of lacing. I was disappointed in that part.

S: Orange citrus and caramel. Maybe some bread, too.

T: The strong, up front malt made me think more of an IPA than pale ale. On the finish side, the citrus hops came into play. Rich and well balanced would be a good description.

M: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation and the nicest little bite at the finish.

O: If I were looking for an IPA, I would have been WOWed. As a pale ale, not so much. A great brew in the wrong classification.

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Photo of Swedes21
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - clear copper, light head that disappears quickly, some nice lacing, head is a soft white. minimal carbonation

Smell - pine, fruity, floral, hops, well defined and clean

Taste - strong pine/hop taste, very good bitterness level, refreshing,

Mouthfeel - bitterness is stronger, more floral, real good volume of foam, this adds a great dynamic.

Overall - awesome beer, loved it! Was a well balanced tasting beer that went down vey easy.

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

Stone's stuff is readily available in my area and buy their stuff all the time, but for some reason, I've never actually tried this one until now.

A: Poured a very translucent, bright orange... almost like melted Orange Sherbet. The mildly orange-brown head had some staying power and then some, and certainly it coated the glass with gusto!

S: Citrus, but not on the intense hoppy,grapefruit end.... but more like puffs of orange and candy sugar. Yep... smells like a Stone Brewing Company version of a mini hop bomb.... or Pale Ale, if you will.

T: Not as bitter as I was expecting, which was a good thing. A mild alcohol burn, but in a candy-coated sort of way. Yeasty, malty even, and with a mild citrus zing.

M: Carbonated enough for the style, the sweetness was kept in check, and it wasn't cloying in any way. The lacing was a bit ridiculous.

O: I knew Stone could do it! Actually, no I didn't. I honestly thought this was going to be another Cascade tongue bruiser, but in this case, it was good to be wrong....

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

Poured in a plastic pint glass at the San Diego Zoo; definitely civilized when you can get a Stone at the zoo!

A – Small tan head resolves after a few minutes with a small amount of lacing; pours a deep brown clear ale.

S – The nose is dominated by toasty malts and has an undercurrent of pine hops.

T – The best way to describe how it tastes is “very well balanced”: a mild shot of citrus hops is overtaken by solid toasty malts leaving a slight ongoing bitterness. Not much else I could find.

M – It’s moderately carbonated and medium bodied. No really booziness or warmth.

D – This beer is practically the definition of drinkable; nicely balanced, tasty and with the right amount of thirst quenching power.

A very solid session beer in the mold of Brooklyn Lager and Sierra Nevada Pale; I’d drink this again and again at the Zoo! (And elsewhere!)

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Photo of jsh420
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

best by 06/14/11

pours bright clear amber orange with a 2 finger white head that faded to a film and left some spotted lacing

smells of juicy fruits and caramel malt

taste is very balanced - fruity hops mixed with the sweet caramel malt upfront - and then ashy bitter hops on the end - reminds me of SN anniversary ale

mouthfeel was ok - not much life to it (carbonation) very smooth

overall this is a solid pale but nothing mind blowing - it is rather pricey at $11 a sixer

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Photo of imbibehour
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler from the bottle.

Pretty much the same in appearance except lacing and stickyness is not as big.

Also the nose is smaller consisting of a simple malt it seems and a bit of bread. Doesn't smell as "bready" as on tap.

Taste is identical on tap but a little more subdued. Slight spicy hop (some grapefruit on the finish that I didn't seem to notice before).

Acceptable out of the bottle as it is on the tap, sort of the smaller younger brother though.

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

Had at capital ale house midlothian

A: arrived with about a finger of off white to tan head. The body is dark amber.
S: light citrus hops and some malt sweetness.
T: hops are lemony with a hint of pine. Malt sweetness is just enough to balance out the hops to an almost sweetened lemon.
M: smooth carbonation hops have a light bite on the palate but not to ipa purportions.
O: easy drinking pale ale, almost too easy as I got it to have with my food, but the beer is half gone but no food.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep amber body. Two-finger white head leaves little lacing.

S: Citrus and caramel.

T: Strong maltiness that is at turns bready and caramelly. Citrus hop notes are present, but they come with a harsh hop bit that makes it somewhat difficult to drink.

M: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation.

D: Something of an anomaly from Stone-a malt-centric beer in the English style. I'm not in love with it, but it was OK for what it was.

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

A - Pours a dark amber color with some slight copper hints and a nice tight light cream colored head. There is good retention.

S - Good strong malt with some nice burnt caramel and a good grassy hop aroma to compliment. A bit mild.

T & M - Like the aroma starts with a good strong malt backbone. Some bready grainy malt notes mixed in well with the caramel backbone. There is some good pine resin notes from the hops with some slight citrus notes as well on the nice bitter and quite resiny finish. Nice and medium body with some slight stickiness and a good bitter finish.

O - Great pale ale that is american but still brings honor to the good maltcentric english styles.

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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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