Stone Pale Ale | Stone Brewing

very good
2,715 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 hustlesworth
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
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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Photo of yesyouam
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stone Pale Ale is a slightly hazy, lively, reddish light amber ale with a fluffy, waxy, lumpy, yellowish head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a grassy aroma with some light malt. here are notes of bread and pineapple. It's medium-light bodied and lively on the tongue. he finish is crisp and clean. It's well balanced, not very bitter, but quite hoppy. It's bright and fruity with notes of tropical fruit, pineapple and tangerine. It's a refreshing session ale.

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Photo of youngleo
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a nice head that hung around for a little while. Head was tan in color. Ale itself was light brown in color. Had a slight hop smell along with malt and a slight sweet caramel smell. All and all very light. Tasted verylight also. Nothing really overpowering. Just of malt, hops and maybe bread. Had a slight bitter aftertaste and left that dry feeling in the mouth. Felt thin in the mouth. Carbonation was good. I dont think I would like to make a session beer out of this one. To dry for me.

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Photo of climax
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one poured a red/copper, airly murky with

Nose is balanced well, none too strong but nice and smooth. Toasty caramel malt rests beside floral and citrus hops. A bit more strength, and lack of a slight metallic twang would have yielded a higher score.

Taste is very good, once again smooth and very well balanced. Sweet, bitter, dry, and fruity, this one's got alot in the flavor. Sweet toasty malt gets confronted with fragile but spot on hoppiness.

Body seems a bit thin. It's smooth in in the mouth, light carbonation, and finishes dry. This one's very drinkable, good flavor, but it lacks a little in some other categories. A bit more well-rounded would have made it excellent.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with a giant tan frothy head. The head is very large with great lacing that lasts. The smell is pungent with bread yeast and hops. The taste is very hearty for a pale ale with bread yeast,sweet malt,citrus and bitter hops. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing very well. This is a flavor filled pale ale that should be tried by all. Cheers.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Makes a good off white colored two finger thick cranium, great retention and stickiness, and has a hazy orangish gold colored body.

Aroma is grassy and piney with subtle hints of toffee and caramel.

Taste wise it's citrusy, with a finish of blunt husky biscuit like nuances.

This has mild prickliness, and is wetting to the palate. Overall a pretty well balanced PA, and not overly hoppy but enough to keep every sip interesting.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On going mission to try Stone's various brews. Six pack from nearby spirits stone. 10 dollar sixer.

A: Pours a dark copper with virtually no lacing or head. Not bad, but not what I was expecting.

S: Light floral, hop accent with little else. I anticipate that this is a much lighter offering than Stone's other brews.

T: Slight mix of hops and citrus notes with a minimal tart and bread-like aftertaste. Pretty decent.

M: Kind of thin, but also expected for a lighter pale ale. Less than moderate carbonation, but still fairly well balanced.

D: This is a very good session beer, and if I was going to knock back a few of something light and refreshing, this could be a go to brew.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its hard for me to review a beer I've had a bunch of times that already have more than 500 reviews on it, what could I offer to the discussion? One of my first craft beers was Stone IPA and I would drink Stone Pale Ale when the store was out of Stone IPA or when I wanted a "lighter" beer.

Beer is clear and amber in color. Tight off-white head as it falls away leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Beer has a mild aroma of citrus hops. There isn't a whole lot else going on there. Smells fine and invites me to drink.

Beer has a medium body and drinkability is high. There is an acidic finish, I don't want to say bitter, its relatively mild. There is a hint of some nutty character, overall really mild. The acid in the back makes this beer has somewhat of an odd mouthfeel. Overall its a good APA.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber color with a great head and some very nice lacing.

The mops and malts dance nicely on the nose. Great balance betweent he two.

The taste is just as balanced. Nice combination of malt and hop without being overboard on either. Great study in balance here.

Nice full-bodied brew.

Great drinkability. The balance, again, makes this beer.

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Photo of Blitzstyle
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy deep orange/copper color. 2 fingers of head on aggresive pour. Disapates and leaves some good lace behind.

Aroma is of light citrus hops that gets overpowered by the malt a bit.

Light citrus hop taste light malt sweetness. Kinda light on taste.

Medium body somewhat creamy. Easy to drink and good to but ill stick with other stone products.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copperish amber color with a small head that sticks around for a while and leaves a medium amount of lacing.

Aroma is lightly hoppy upfront with a bit of caramel malt hanging around as well.

Taste reveals light notes of caramel and pine all around. A little bit of citrus hits in the middle and sticks around into the aftertaste, but as a whole, this isn't quite as flavorful as many of Stone's other offerings.

Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Overall, feels like it may be lacking in body just a little. This still comes out very good and sessionable, but not one of my favorites from Stone.

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Photo of spencerw
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy medium copper color with minimal head and very little lacing.

S- Not a very powering scent if any at all. Smells very light with some minor citrus and hop. I really had to get close and smell several times to come up with something.

T- Light on the hop flavor yet nice, very subtle malt and some very light citrus flavor. Doesn't strike me as a very powerful APA. Extremely light tasting but very good.

M- Very light and light body. Light carbonation.

D- First Stone's beer I have tried. Extremely drinkable. Goes down very smooth and very innocent. Not much to it!

Was looking forward to trying this beer. Overall it is a great beer. Would go very well with a piece of white fish or poultry. Very simple and taste very good. I will for sure buy this again and or order it if ever on tap. I definitely recommend trying it. Could almost pass for a lager.

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Photo of DarrellK
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Right off the top this is one great looking pour. The head is white anf full and leaves a nice lace.

The color is sort of a Jim Beam whiskey hue that looks outstanding with the head.

The aroma is subdued with a tad of hop

The taste is a nice combination of hops and a bit of malt but overall not outstanding, but OK for the style.

Mouth is again about average for a pale ale.

The finish is dry with a little hop.

The look is much better than the overall taste but still a beer worth trying

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper with a big tight tan head. Plenty of lacing left on the glass.

Smells of some fruitiness mixed with some citrus hops and toasted malts.

Tastes of the toasted malt followed by some citrus hops. Pretty light on the palate and not what I expected from Stone.

Mouthfeel is a good medium with plenty of carbonation that has a creamy feel.

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Photo of Nixon
1.92/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This was my first Stone beer and I really wanted to like it but I didn't care for this beer at all.

The foamy head was rocky, showing a good fermentation. The color is good...dark amber to brown...but it was very cloudy and loaded with oversized floating particles.

It tasted as if all the body and residual sweetness had been fermented out of the beer so I didn't get much of a malty flavor.

There wasn't much, if any, hop flavor either. But there was an excessive amount of overly bitter what seemed to be hop 'punishment' in the beer.

I went ahead and drank the entire bottle and started in on a 2nd one to see if I could change my opinion. I got about 2 swallows into it and ended up dumping it.

It was a $10 6-pack and as I was pouring that 2nd bottle down the drain it felt as if the mostly naked Hellboy-type character silkscreened onto the bottle was staring at me and saying "sucker".

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Photo of erz316
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle into old speckled hen glass.

A - a slightly turbid coppery orange colour with a one finger light orange head.

S - very strong hop aroma: floral, a bit of grapefruit. quite simple but potent.

T - a hoppy but well malted brew. grainy finish, with a malty and lightly sweet aftertaste. initial is a large malt body with some bitter ad citric hops

MF&D - good body, ample carbonation. quite drinkable.

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Photo of vdread
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Stone Pale Ale
bottle to glass

pours a rich amber with tight white head. some haziness near the top. may have been from the way i poured it. smells simply of hops and floral fruitiness. the taste is balanced and good for a pale ale. more malt than i'm used to. somewhat spicy. slightly astringent aftertaste. mouthfeel is a little slick and dry. drinkability is good.

in my opinion, not Stone's best beer, but much better than most other pale ales i've tried to date.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Cloudy amber color with moderate head formation. Didn't really give me any lacing on my glass.

S- Not a very forward smell; kind of light, hoppy with some citrus.

T- Light on the hop flavor, a little malty and some citrus flavors though the citrus is very understated. Overall, not a very flavorful APA.

M- Not bitter at all. Goes down very smoothly

D- Probably the most drinkable of Stone's beers that I have had. I could easily drink this all night and end up incredibly drunk. Probably the best part of the beer is how easy it is to drink!

Overall, unremarkable compared to other APA's and to other Stone beers. Worth a try and I will probably get it again the next time I am looking to get smashed on craft beer, but will probably not drink another one by itself.

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Photo of jdg204
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out perusing for brews at Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem and took the opportunity to pick up one of the Stone lineup I hadn't yet tried.

A: Thick amber color with a frothy head that left good lacing.

S: Malty with a bit of citrus in the background.

T: Starts with caramel and biscuity flavors that are joined by an herby, resiny, piney bitter flavor. Not a big fan of the hop combo.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation, not the smoothest of drinks.

D: Gotta give Stone some credit for their unique take on the classic Pale Ale, but this really didn't resonate with me. The hop combo created an odd overly resin flavor. I'm surprised I finally found a Stone that I didn't like but don't go out of your way to get this one.

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Photo of unclejimbay
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Stone Pale Ale
Stone Brewing Company
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
ABV: 5.40 %

9/26/09 - reviewed from a sixer w/ CG on a Pork Chop grill night! bottle>pint glass


The appearance of this brew was the standout charaterstic. Copper in color, with an excellent pillowtop head, that reduced to a nice fluffy cap. Impressive lace remains throughout entire beer.
Mild hop aroma on a pronounce caramel/malt foundation. Medium range caramel malt aroma is evident.
Taste is more hop fwd than the aroma. Pale ALe appropriate taste.
Medium-high carbonation, medium-thin body, light finish.
Caramel suggestions throughout entire beer, hops show up to the party to support the good time. A nice example of an APA, but a bit too pricey IMHO. I would rather drink Sierra any day and save $3 on the six pack.

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Photo of lester619
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I Am pretty new to the world of craft beer. Most of my life I have drank the light yellow, watery, fizzy, canned beers that are made in a vat the size of Rhode Island that get berated on this website. I still like cheap watery beer. All I know is I love beer and this is what I want my beer to taste like. Sweet and herbal citrusy with tons of pine up front, balanced beutifully with just the right smack of bitterness. It's plenty hoppy, but not goofy hoppy. It's just great beer flavor. Fantastic drinkablility. I just wish it was two-for-one at the tavern like my light yellow fizzy watery crap. Oh well.

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Photo of albern
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really good APA that hits all the right notes and is interesting enough and complex enough to have me coming back for more. It pours a every so hazy orangey amber color with a nice creamy off white head, decent lacing, decent retention. The nose is cereal grains, sweet malts, and leafy hops.

The beer is smooth, refreshing, with some caramel flavors, some graininess underneath, a touch of taut and citrusy hop to add some zest on the back end. The beer is creamy, a bit oily on the tongue, it has a nice acerbic linger into the finish and the leafy hop dries things up enough to make this interesting. It is a medium bodied beer, and the citrus acerbicness is actually quite nice the way it plays off the grainy malts underneath. This is a nice beer all the way around. I'm suprised I haven't tried it before, but it is the type of beer you see quite often in the cooler but just assume you've had it before. L'Chaim.

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Photo of far333
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orangey copper with a thick beige head that rises up to a creamy cap but then settles out quickly.

Aroma of doughey malt and floral hops.

Subtle flavor of biscuity malt, nutty, with notes of corn and cinnamon and grassy undertones. Subtle hops of flowers and citrus.

Full and even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Tasty and drinkable, good pale ale.

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Photo of kegger22
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, reddish brown with a one finger head that faded to a skin. The aroma was lightly malt, little more. The taste was on the weak side too. There was some citrus and a little sugary sweet, a slightly bitter aftertaste...barely. The feel was light bodied with mild carbonation. Drinkability was very good, session beer. Not what I expected from Stone, more like the offering from a lower tier brewery.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy light amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is a nice balance of malt and hops. There is some nice caramel notes with ample grapefruit, and a little pine. The taste is just as balanced as the aroma with the same profile. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a nice APA, but nothing spectacular. I could, however, probably session this, and thoroughly enjoy the session.

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Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing
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