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Pale AlePale 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 dbossman
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Unfortunately, we don't get Stone in Nebraska, but I brought this home from a trip to Colorado.

L: Very nice red/amber; great thick head with perfect lacing

S: Subtle citrus; there isn't a lot here but what is here is subtle and nice

T: Citrus/hops/usual APA stuff; however, there is a bit of a burnt taste going down the back end of the mouth

F: Great front but a touch watery on the way down; balanced carbonation

D: This is a nice, drinkable beer from Stone. Is it their best? No, but it's a solid brew.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a sampling goblet.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a clear amber with an average head & decent retention. Fair carbonation can be seen, and leaves some sticky broken lacing. Smells of bright/crisp grape, apple, following is a nice semi pungent grapefruit/pineapple/orange fruitiness, it's a bit spicy with herbal hop characteristics. Underlying sweet grainy, malty notes as well, mildly spicy with earthy notes overall.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of sweet grainy notes, slightly bready, soft notes of molasses, finishing flavors consist of sweet fruit juices, grapefruit, pineapple, and orange juices, and a slight earthy characteristic. Lingering finish of bread a slightly burnt biscuit like hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, smooth with a small bite to it, it's slightly crisp and lite-medium bodied. Contributes a nice crispness to the flavor profile.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Well it's pretty good if not ever so slightly underwhelming. It had a different earthy flavor characteristic with a nice roasted hop bitterness on the finish, it kind of reminded me of Winter Warmers. The appearance was definitely better than allot of APAs Ive had, and one could probably drink 2-3 pints of this tasty brew. I think I would have appreciated a slightly fuller, more slick of a mouthfeel, but overall this beer is drinkable & sessionable. Very tasty. Cheers!

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Photo of mizzourah
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- It's a somewhat hazy amber color. The head was off white and about one finger before dissipating. There wasn't much lacing.

S- When I first opened the bottle I noticed mostly hops, but when I smelled it a second time I picked up a stronger malt balance than expected. The hops are still there but it's fairly balanced.

T- The malts are sweet and present from the beginning, more so than from my past experiences with Stone. The hops provide mostly bitterness and are a bit piny. I didn't pick up any citrus, which I normally associate with pale ales from the West Coast.

M- Somewhat oily and smooth.

D- This is a well balanced brew. Stone has a reputation for massively hopping their beers but this was less hoppy than expected. The sweet malts provided a strong base and the hops were pleasantly bitter. I would have liked a little more hoppiness, but this is an extremely drinkable beer, one that I would gladly session.

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

A: Shiny copper with a touch of haze. Not a whole lot of lacing going on.

S: Cucumber or some vegetable. Obvious citrus fruit notes and almost a honey smell.

T: Raw hops are not abrasive but prickly. Hops are the dominate feature of this beer. A pleasant sweet malt provides some foundation and balance to the brew.

M: Buttery and perhaps a little heavy on the oily side.

D: This is a Stone that can be enjoyed over and over again. Drink up!

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

Pours a clear, ruby color with a foamy white head that falls slow. Nice lace.

Slight malt aroma. Somewhat metallic.

Mild hops but slightly sweet. Minimal bitter aftertaste.

Medium bodied and crisp in the mouth.

Very mild and very easy drinking. Will have again.

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Photo of greg202stewart
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to love Stone's bottle, my gf asked if I was drinking the devil's beer. The appearance is red with a nice frothy head. The smell is oakish and hoppy. The taste is rather bitter for a pale ale, but is very smooth drinking. This is a quality beer, great for the style and relatively cheap

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Photo of ProfessorCJ
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into an ale glass. 2+ fingers of slightly tan foam with pretty lacing. Good clear and definitive amber appearance. Smells like you want beer to smell like, malty with hint of hops and vegatable smells. Taste roasted grain and some chocolate undertone. It fills the mouth with flavor and feels full on the tongue it has a nice long finish that is slightly bitter. I first drank it in SD a while back and buy it whenever I find it available.

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

Pours a pleasing pale copper, almost what you'd expect from an amber ale. Thin one finger white head that quickly disappears with a fair amount of lacing left behind. Smells of sweet and toasted malts with a bit of citrusy hops trying to come through.

A pleasant sweet, roasted malt taste races across the palate followed quickly by a nice balancing of hops finishing with a slightly bitter hoppiness left in mouth. A very balanced beer, the malt lingers while the hops take over, never losing either flavor. A medium body matched with a fair amount of carbonation make this a very good beer, and is one of my favorite to introduce people to craft beer with.

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Photo of tigg924
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, bright orange-brown, 1/4 inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: hops and citrus, malt, caramel, and some sugar

Taste: toasted malt and hops in perfect balance, caramel, tea, and tobacco

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium bodied, sweet start with a slightly bitter finish, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is an exceptionally blended APA. The hops and malt just dance with each other. Very sessionable especially for the style. This is one of Stone's better offerings.

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

This one pours an orange copper color that is closer to what you'd expect from a red ale. A half inch of white head. Smells of malt and a hint of citrus. Tastes primarily of malt with a moderate does of citrus in there. Leans closer to a red ale in flavor, but that's not a bad thing, and the flavor gets better as it warms up. Carbonation is just right, and this is very drinkable.

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

Beer pours a deep copper /orange color with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly, decent lacing left in glass. Smell is of mildly sweet malt with a citrus hops aroma. Taste is sweet malt upfront with a mild citrus hop flavor following. Carbonation was good and beer was medium bodied.

A solid Pale Ale but nothing extraordinary. Well balanced.

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a very hazy, orange/amber color with a small, white head that left behind some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled very floral with hints of citrus. A nice malty aroma, as well.

T - It really hits you with a bitter hop bite for an APA. Great burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp yet smooth. A medium-bodied pale ale.

D - This is a great pale ale, one of the most flavorful brews of this style that I've ever tried.

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

a: a frothy off-white head is maintained atop the deep orange-amber colored ale, good lacing clings to the glass

s: biscuity malt aroma with a considerable scent of unsweetened tea, even a nuance of lemon in there, earthy pine bark and citrus hop aromas

m: medium carbonation and body

t: tasty toffee and biscuit malt base with toasted whole grain bread and perhaps some glimpses of darker roasts, full flavored but without any distracting sweetness - pleasantly on the drier side of things actually, reminiscent of unsweetened tea, hops moderate for the style - earthy evergreen with some watery citrus, mild bitterness in the finish

d: could handle a few of these no problem

single from Westover Market, Arlington, VA

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Photo of Goldopelgt
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Decent straw/light amber color with a quickly fading whitish head...some lacing, but nothing too exciting...

S- Some maltiness and citrus characters along with some hops...not bad, but nothing too special.

T- Somewhat sweet...sort of what it smelled like...pretty well balanced, but not enough hops for me...

M- Medium bodied...decent carbonation...nothing extraordinary, but nothing bad...

D- All in all another good brew by Stone, but nothing too special...still beats the hell out of most of the APA's out there...

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Dark orange with off white head - small head remains, minimal lacing.

Smells of hops, slight citrus smell.

The brew tastes of hops, some citrus undertones a bready taste to a degree. Very smoth and crisp very balanced. Very refreshing - has a some what earthy taste to it as well.

This is a very drinkable, very balanced pale ale. One of the better ones that I have had.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Appearance: Orangey with a slight haze and a very short lived head. Would like it to be more clear.

Smell: Surprising. Lots of floral hops and sweetness.

Taste: Nice bitterness up front. Hoppy but balanced with pretty assertive malt flavor and some sweetness. It finishes almost completely clean. Its very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: It lacks a little in the mouthfeel department, but its just an APA. Its not watery, just a bit thin. Again, after you swallow, you almost can't tell you just took a sip of beer.

Drinkability: I just grabbed this out of the fridge after cutting the lawn and I'm glad I did. I've never bought this before because I've always gone for Stone's "bigger" offerings. This is a great beer for what it is, and it doesnt try to be anything else. A real nice APA.

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Photo of thekanna
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Bourbon in Adams Morgan, Washington D.C.

A: Nice turbid yellow with visible yeast particles and good head retention that leaves lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Faint, clean smell with hints of hops and citrus fruits. Even fainter sweet malts hovering in the background.

T: Nicely balanced flavor of almost roasted hoppiness and sweet maltiness. There are also hints of pepper, fresh-cut flowers and grapefruit.

M: Not too heavy body with medium carbonation to go along. Bitterness numbs the mouth, but nothing like what other Stone products (i.e. Ruination IPA) can do to your palate.

D: Overall, great beer to drink... and have a lot of.

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

Appearance is amber with a nice head with good retention. Not a surprise..this is a Stone's product

Aroma is of citrus hops on the milder side, and some malts

Tastes good. Balance between the hops and the malts are very good. Good hop profile, and bitterness too

Mouthfeel is great...body is medium and the carbonation is just right

Drinkabilty: has a lot going for it...I could have a couple with ease


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

A - Pours a clear, orangish-amber color. Nice head retention and leaves moderate lacing.

S - Toasted biscuit and caramel malt aromas balanced with some crisp fruity, citrus hoppiness.

T - Grainy biscuit-like and caramel malts up front balancing a spicy, floral, citrus hoppiness. Mildly bitter finish. Very balanced flavor.

M - Medium-bodied with crisp carbonation. Slightly watery feel, but still enjoyable overall.

D - Well-balanced with some nice flavors going on. I'm generally not too huge on pale ales, but this is a solid offering, and could definitely make for a nice session beer. Probably the mildest of the Stone brews that I've tried, but another good one nonetheless.

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

Have this all the time, got a case from Costco (woohoo San Diego!) and poured into a glass.

Appearance: Great, amber-y color with several fingers worth of head and foam. Looks like a pale ale should, in my opinion. Frothy head that dissipates over time leaving a nice coat of lacing as it recedes.

Smell: Nothing special, really pretty mild citrus and malt without much really jumping out. Hops is mild and almost untraceable.

Taste: Solid, with very nice balance of hops and malt and mild citrus. In comparison to the IPA, it's very, very mild both in ABV and flavor, but still pleasant and rather light. Alcohol is mild in the flavor, but still leaves a trace after swallowing.

Mouthfeel: Nothing extraordinary. Carbonated, smooth, and finishes clean, but the flavor is pretty mild in-mouth.

Drinkability: Easily sessionable as the alcohol is mild and doesn't feel too heavy. Great with a light BBQ or simply having a few, just not something I would open on a special occasion as the hops just aren't strong enough to be my cup of tea.

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Photo of JamesP123
2.83/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

A. A dark amber/light copper color with 2 finger sof off white head. Medium lacing down the glass.

S. PIcking up some sweet malt and a good amount of dark fruits: Dates, raisins. Not much hop essence coming through.

T. I am wondering how old the 6-pack is. Not getting any real hop flavor at all, mostly sweet maltiness like toffee and ripe dark fruits. Not bad, not that good. Overall not what I was expecting from a pale ale, nor what I prefer. I think the bottles may be really old.

M. Medium bodied, moderate carbination

D. Overall not my cup of tea, or ale in this case. Not really bad, but was expecting a lot more from this beer. May buy one more down the road to see if this was a old batch, but would much rather have a Dales Pale, SNPA or many other PA's before this one.

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

Have had this on many occassions but most recently at the Flying Saucer Houston. Review from notes taken. Poured into a pint glass. Appears a orange-brown color with a thick white head. Very fruity in the aroma with lots of citrus combined with caramel, toffee, and other frutis I cant tell - all mixed together. Starts of with malty sweetnes and ends with a nice hoppy bitter finish. Awesome Pale Ale.

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Photo of thirdeye11
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: poured from draft tap at Capitol Pub into a Shiner pint glass.

A: the name belies the color, dark amber, 1 finger head that recedes to bubbles in 2-3 minutes, and lacing is just ok. Some but not much.

S: citrus hoppy smells, grapefruit perhaps, nice mellow malts, maybe even orange peel oil. Pretty nice.

T: not that hoppy but it is there. Nicely balanced with the malt, no lingering bitterness. Citrus is present but not as much as in the smell.

M: slightly undercarbonated but creamy and a little watery.

D: very high. No super outstanding lingering flavors so it's super high. Could drink this all night.

A recommended simple pale ale that's well constructed and smooth.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this in a bottle at Grech's Millbrook Inn in Pond Eddy, NY. Not too much head. Smell was fairly light with caramel notes. Tasted similar, almost gingery but light and watery. Very lightly hopped. Decent ale, would make a good session beer, not overwhelming.

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

poured from a bottle to a guinness tulip: a hard-ish pour yields a finger of white soapy foam. the head recedes quickly a small ring of bubbly lace. some lace clings to the glass. the body is somewhat cloudy, not turbid though, orangish color. pockets of small bubbles are releasing below the surface.

i catch some hops in the aroma, and a nice crisp malt smell. they're actually in somewhat of a nice balance, which i didn't expect from a stone beer (guess i'm used to all the bigger beers they do).

the taste has a good balance to it. you get both malt (but not much sweetness from it) and hop flavor and bitterness. it's actually quite a nice harmony.

the mouthfeel is just right for this one. a nice medium body. not too much carbonation so that it's still got some bubbles and not an oil slick.

easy drinking. a good session beer for those that prefer a dry pale ale.

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