Stone Pale Ale | Stone Brewing

Stone Pale AleStone Pale Ale
2,714 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 06-23-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Duhast500
2.78/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is cloudy dark amber with a finger or two of foamy white head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

The smell is pretty muted with some slight butterscotch flavor for just a moment.

The taste is creamy with some caramel flavor that stays for a while. This may be a bit old since I am getting no hop flavor that I can detect but just malts leading the way.

The feel of this beer is pretty light and goes down well. This was not the best Stone beer I have ever had by any means and it may be one of the lesser beers that Stone makes but overall not bad.

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Photo of dopehousex3
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has to be my favorite beer of all time! I just love the Stone brewing co. The make great tasting beers. Every Friday I go down to the brewery(wich is 2 miles away from my house lol) and get a fresh brewed 6 pack. The taste is so rich and smooth, the smell is great the color is beautyful. I would recomend anyone that love great tasting pale ales go pick this beer up.

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Photo of jmerloni
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - a dark red/brown brickish color that is much darker than most pales; good lively head with a kick that laces thick.

S - Malty. Caramel, sugary fruits, hops.

T - Malty fruits take up most of the taste with a medium bitter hoppy afterbite. Kind of disappointing. This isn't much of a pale.

M - Overexuberant and superficially pale-y. I like this mouthfeel though. It has a kick and there's something to be said for this type of bite in pales. Finishes short and dry.

D - Drinkable though a little heavier than most pales; they're sugary and kind of rich. Don't know if I'd get this again.

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Photo of david18
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've always avoided this beer because i've always known and liked Stone for their extreme beers. And although I probably won't have this over my three or four favorite pale ales, it is pretty good.

Good golden/amber color, very good aroma (not too hoppy), great flavor also not too hoppy. I'd love to try this on draft.

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

A: Amber with a light white head

S: Very light smell. Seems a bit more malty then hoppy. Floral hops are faintly noticable.

T: A slight caramel malt taste comes through but the hops are much more dominated here. Mainly an earthy hop flavor. Ends bitter and dry.

M: Moderate body, slightly creamy, above average bitterness, little spice, and not much heat.

D: Quite drinkable if you like hops.

Overall, this is a decent beer and a nice offering from Stone. Doesn't particularly stand out though.

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Photo of JoePat
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a crystle amber with a white head that leave a thick lacing as it dissipates.
Smells of a dry malt and floral hops.
Tastes of crystal malts with a slight bitterness and hop flavor.
Almost water like mouthfeel making for superior drinkablility.
This is my go to beer for a good day of craft beer drinking.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a pint glass a nearly clear copper with a good eggshell-colored head.

The nose carries notes of caramel and a slight whiff of roasted malts as well as a light citrusy and spicy hop profile.

The taste is sweet and grainy. Similar to the nose with the caramel and roastiness with delicious fruitiness. It's easy on the hops, medium/light bodied with appropriate carbonation which lend this brew to easy drinkability.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a perfect pint glass.

Pours a surprisingly dark ruddy color with a nice one finger head that fades pretty quickly. Nose is very malty and toasty, almost reminds me of an oktoberfest.

Taste is rich, sweet and sharp. Not too hoppy, but it's got a nice little bite on the finish. Very tame brew from Stone, but real easy to drink. Interesting to compare this to SNPA, very different takes of the same style from two different west coasters.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy orangish amber color with a nice white head that lingers for a little while and leaves a thick lacing on the glass as it falls.

S-the nose is lighter with a touch of grain, some pale malts, and a citrus hop backing.

T/M-very smooth and creamy, nice body, sweet caramel malts, a touch of toastedness with just a hint of pale malts giving way to a nice citrus hop with a touch of hop bitterness at the end, a fair amount of carbonatoin, and a crisp finish.

D-easy drinking and extremely smooth. well balanced as the flavors meld together in harmony.

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Photo of sitarist
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy honey color. The head is white, fluffy, and fades quickly. Lots of lacing.

S- Malt up front, sour dough pretzel, flowery, and spicy. There are some citrus notes also.

T- Sour dough pretzel, light citrus, and tropical fruits.

M- Light but not to light. Carbonation is right on, doesn't prick the tongue, just awakens it. Wet.

D- Drinkable but a little pricey. I could easly put down 6 or more of these.

F.T.- All around a great beer but there are Pale Ales just as good for much less $$$.

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Photo of HugePlume
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle in a pint,

A- Hazy amber color with a yellowish hue in the light. Pours with a nice head that dissapates quick, but laces well.

S- Has a nice malty citrusy hoppy aroma that beckons you to take a sip

T- Well balanced with a nice floral hop character and an indistinct malt that breaks through initially. Has a unique tangy-ness midway through with a crisp dry bite that comes on suddenly at the end,

M- Might seem a little over carbonated at first, but that opinion is erased after a couple sips and you develop the full character of the beer.

D- Very drinkable. Low ABV yet high flavor and character impress. A good dinner desert and one more beer.... This is my first stone beer, as i had previously avoided the CA products in favor of the PNW's finest. I will certainly try more now.

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Photo of Bogie
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After visiting San Diego in 2006 and tasting this beer I was hopful that I would be able to get it here in North Texas. Well 3 years later it finally showed up in 6 packs at my local Kroger Marketplace @ $11.35 per. As far as I'm concerned it is well worth it. I have drank 2 Six packs since and think it's some of the best American Pale Ale produced. It pour perfectly and made a very nice off white head that stayed with the glass. The blend of hops and malt were just right for my taste. On Superbowl Sunday I drank the beer with Chicken wings and Sliders the beer complemented the food and was a perfect match. I think this beer would go well many difference dishes and certainly by it's self. Enjoy. FS.

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Photo of adamette
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought as a single for $1.67 at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio a few weeks ago into my Stone Leviation silver rimmed goblet. "Enjoy by 02 10 10" stamped near the bottom of the bottle.

A Nice fluffy meringue like head over a translucent copper body. Spotty lacing on the glass after repeated sips. 4.0

S Nice light malt, hops smell which is appropriate to the style. 3.5

T Light malt and hops, just like the smell suggests. The hops are possibly Centennial hops and very typical of Stone beers, they are organic/earthy/leafy rather than spike/bitter. This is a fine Pale Ale. 3.5

M Moderate with medium hops, malt and manageable ABV. The feel is a bit beefier than the average Pale Ale and that is welcomed. 3.5

D Very good, the point of this beer. 4.5

Notes: One of the classic sessionable beers out there.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow orange color with a stream of bubbles buffeting the white head. Sticky for an apa. The nose is full of hops, with citric notes leading the way past pale malts and a hint of tropical fruit as well. The flavor could be a little bolder and still fit nicely in the style. Maybe a hint of overcarbonation. The hops emerge a bit as it warms which is a pleasant development. A well balanced and nicely crafted ale in a drinkable style.

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Photo of Kelp
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy yellowish color with a decent amount of head to the beer. A nice white head with a bit of lacing left behind.

Floral hops smell dominate some citrus smells to it mild grapefruit. A slight malt smell on the end.

A hoppy, bitter taste to the brew. With a nice dry pinish finish no real lingering tastes to it.

A smooth beer with a medium body and a close to perfect carbonation to it.

This is probably my favorite of stone's pales. I could have a couple of these and enjoy them at a sitting. Not a favorite, but i would snub my nose at it.

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Photo of MOB210SA
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lush 1 finger light tan head receeds slightly, not much lacing and died down after a minuter. looks decent

Good smelling hop, clean and crisp but not entirely too fragrant.

Alright hop presence and pretty well balanced some maltiness

mouthfeel is light/medium body enjoyable amount of carb.

I could drink a 6 pack probably, its realtively light for a Stone offering and I could call this one sessionable.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a moderate orange with good head and lacing. The aroma is of some sweet malt and a bit of hops--by far the least hoppy brew that I've had from Stone. The taste is quite similar. Not that pale ales have to be super hoppy to be wonderful, but this is not quite what I expect from Stone. Nothing really stands out too much, making it fairly sessionable, but if I want sessionable Stone, I'll go for Levitation. Overall, nothing really wrong with this one (aside from my very high expectations of Stone), just nothing too good about it either.

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Photo of theghost3
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a transparent, light copper with a 1-finger white head.

The scent is caramel, grainy malts with a hint of pine hops. The taste is more hoppy than the scent reveals. There's some grapefruit & subdued piney notes along with caramel malts. The mouthfeel is light/medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. The flavors and scents are subdued, but this is still a pleasant APA. I wish the hops were a bit more prevalent.

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Photo of Cmack15
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 16 oz bottle into a pint glass and got a nice 2 finger lacing head. Aroma is not overpowering but a nice clean mild hoppy presence. The beer has a nice medium body to it that like all the other aspects of the beer is well balanced. The malt comes through initally but then finishes equally with the hops to give you a real pleasurable beer. Great session beer.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Slightly cloudy amber brown.

S: Light hops, light citrus, with a slight note of what I can only describe as Chinese food.

T: Caramel body with a smoky, woody character boasting hints of black cherry and vanilla somewhere in there. Finishes again with caramel.

D: Awesome six-pack candidate.

Value: Fair price for a good pale ale.

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Photo of beertunes
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a light amber color with about an inch of just off-white head that had good retention, but minimal lacing. This beer was a little too dark to be "Pale".

A surprisingly malty aroma had a pleasant twinge of hops at the back. The flavor was more hop forward than the scent had led me to expect. There was bittering hop on the finish that balanced the slightly sweet malt on the front.

The body was slightly thinner than I expected but still enjoyable. This is a very drinkable beer, having more than a couple would be easy enough.

Overall, a very pleasant and enjoyable beer. This beer falls into the trap a lot of brews in this style fall into, being more of an "IPA lite", rather than just being happy as itself. Perhaps this is to be expected in a beer by Arrogant brewers.

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Photo of bbkd3b
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dare I say this is the best looking beer I've ever seen? It pours a deep amber-red with great clarity and awesome carbonation. Nice 1.5-finger white head with great retention that leaves just fantstic lacing.

Smell: It's got a fruity/hoppy aroma. There's orange citrus, an earthy aroma of some sort. Oh, and those hops add a nice touch, too.

Taste: Hops on impact, but it gives way to a frutier taste that makes up the main part of it. A real citrus flavor, almost sour in a way. There's great balance here, and a nice pleasant aftertaste, too.

Mouthfeel: Disappointing all other things considered. Carbonation was too sharp and the body was thin. Not quite watery, but thin. Average.

Drinkability: Fantastic, really. It's not a heavy beer, and I could keep drinking it as long as I had one.

Overall/notes: Wow... just wow. This is a great beer! It's a shame I haven't found any Stone in Columbia, but when I get back, I'm scouring the town! A great APA.

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Photo of Durge
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at My Place Restaurant in Newtown, CT this one pours a clear light copper color with a very healthy off-white head and great lacing. The aroma offers a mild pine hop with a vague banana nut malt. Very mild but nice. The flavor is also mild but it brings a light citrus bite and crispy bread with some quiet caramel underpinnings. This not a sweet treat of an APA. It's pretty acidic, sort of spicey, a bit dry. I do pick up some more general fruitiness and banana as I get near the end. It's on the aqueous side, fairly carbonated and easy drinking if the taste suits you. It was a little dissapointing to me considering it's from Stone. Not memorable or compelling but certainly an OK option and worth a try.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the B. A nice pint... looking forward to it. Freezing outside.

A - Amber body, white head.

S - Lots of fruit, citrus, orange, melon.

T - Fruity sweetness, nice hop finish.

M - Medium Body - Lots of carbonation.

D - Well balanced pale ale. Nice and smooth.

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

A- murky burnt orange glows brightly when held up to the window. buff colored head is just amazing lookin as it deflates moderately quickly to a thick disk of cream n bubbles and sticky spotty lace.

S- mineral water, and sweet caramel malt, toffee, cassia, and marshmallow, almost nutty, subtle toasty and earthy hop aromas are in there too. if their aim was to go british, so far this is a real stand up job. becomes ever so buttery as it warms. like real creamery butter that's been clarified.

T- caramel sweet with a nice dose of bitterness throughout. not intense or overwhelming, and exceptionally balanced. the best part for me is the solid marshmallow malt sweetness that plays along with the bitterness, something that i also noticed in their IPA. woodsy and toffee notes hide in there as well with the herbal zesty mild hop flavor. finishes the same way it started but with a hint of butterscotch, grapefruit, and pine.

MF- all this talk about marshmallows, and this one really feels like a marshmallow, if there could be such a thing as a cold melted marshmallow. soft and creamy, and perfectly carbonated at that just below medium level. there is no question of the malt quality and content here.

D- when i think of my ideal pale ale/IPA flavors, it always somehow goes back to stone IPA and barrelhouse cumberland pale ale. the dry crisp hoppy sierra nevada-esque ones have their place and time, but these british influenced toffee sweet versions really do it for me. stone pale ale fits that bill and hopefully, will be making a regular appearance from now on.

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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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