Pale Ale | Stone Brewing

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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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Ratings: 2,715 |  Reviews: 986
Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you're used to the gigantic monsters that made Stone famous, this relatively unassuming pale ale will come as a shock.

Pours coppery with a good, fluffy head and decent lacing. The aroma is, if anything, woody, like the freshly cut branch of a sapling. There's a little pale malt in there with some earthy, grassy hops. The flavor is similar, bready and slightly woody, with floral and earthy hops. The one thing that is unmistakably Stone is the sharp bitter bite at the end that speaks of the brewery's strong touch with the hops. The mouthfeel is robust and thick, though not viscous in the least.

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

Alright, another solid brew from Stone -

Pours a nice, clear coppery amber color, with an off-white / eggshell head which dissipates rather quickly and leaves very little to no lacing.

Aroma is nice - caramel malts seem to be most noticeable, with the hops not completely covered up.

Taste is a very nice balance of malt followed by a pleasant bit of hoppiness - nothing is over the top, just very well balanced and flavorful.

Medium bodied with perfect carbonation.

Could drink it for a while - delicious stuff. This and their IPA are my go to beers!

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Photo of Bricelyn
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out of the bottle with a beautifully classic amber hue. Creates a single finger of head which quickly dissipates it has a lace that just disapears back into the beer.

The smell is malty and a slight crispness of hops

It's taste is of crisp malts up front that disapear almost too quickly into a burned Carmel with a slight bitterness from the hops at the back of the tongue.

It's mouth feel is like champagne very soft and smooth almost a velvety feel.

I not only think I Could Session this beer I am going to do so all weekend.

Great Beer Stone!!!

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Photo of necoadam
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear dark copper/amber color with a fizzy head.

Smell was a solid malt aroma, with a light sweetness in the background. Some citrus and hops mingle together. It all blended together so well.

Taste was an almost perfect balance of malts and hops with an underlying sweetness to it, but then the bitterness of the hops blended in. Nothing is overwhelming, and underwhelming too.

Mouthfeel was medium with a good check in carbonation. Finished with a little a little hops hitting the palate.

An excellent beer. A staple for pale ales for sure.

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

Served: In a bottle, poured into an ale glass.

A: It has an unfiltered and hazy body with a light amber color.

S: Smells of citrus and faint pine.

T: Tastes just how it smells. The yeast isn't as apparent but it has a nice malty citrus flavor.

M: Starts out fruity and ends with a pine aftertaste.

D: A very good pale ale indeed. I would definitely buy this beer again, most likely in a six pack instead of a single. Give it a try.

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Photo of Brenden
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a slightly hazy copper. Head retention is moderate and some decent lacing is left part of the way down the glass.
The smell is simple initially with some citrus hops and caramel malt, then subtle nuances of floral, grain and woody earth and leaf aromas rise to the nose.
Great hops bitterness up front lingers the entire way, supported by a well-formed malt backbone. There is a note of some fruits in the back as well as subtle grains. Fresh citrus and tea leaf-like hops is dominant all the way while maintaining a fair balance.
This one's surprisingly smooth up front and a little slick, though there's a bit of crispness. The body is medium and there's a gentle, unassuming coarseness in a lingering dry finish.
There's not much to take away from this one's drink ability; it certainly ought to be tried.

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Photo of noknife83
4.73/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours amber with a hint of orange, nice thick head of foam. This beer has a nice nose, and a very interesting taste, a great balance between the sweet and bitter. A lot of Pales make the mistake and have way too much of a malt taste, but not this, just enough. All in all a great, I strongly recommend this beer.

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Photo of jculler82
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle to pint glass.

Pours a semi opaque brown tinted amber, with a 2 finger cream colored frothy head that settles to a nice thick creamy cap. Good lacing as well.

Aroma is faint, biscuity malts mainly, some minimal piney hops too.

The malt (biscuity) leads the flavor profile with a subtle pineyness in the background from the hops. Hoppiness is mild for an APA for a change, which is actually very nice IMO. The aftertaste is mildly bitter.

Overall, a wonderful beer that I'll definately go back to.

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Photo of froghop
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear copper with a small off-white head, and good lacing.

smell is floral, caramel, some spice, and a little pine.

taste is of oats, malt, grain, some caramel, a little bit of cheerios, earth, and roasted nuts, ends a little dry and a little bitter.

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Photo of blackearth
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Ray's Liquors in Wauwatosa, WI. Poured bright orange with a thin white head. I detected a faint hop aroma. Light-bodied, smooth mouthfeel, with a slightly dry finish. I tasted a very mild sweetness and small hop aftertaste. This is a well balanced beer and I could drink 2 or 3 in a row. Not my favorite pale ale, but one I might buy again.

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Photo of kbuff13
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Servered from a tap into a pint glass. Poured a deep amber color with small head and decent lacing. Strong citrus hops smell. Very well balanced beer, great hop taste, very smooth with medium body. Great overall beer. One of my all time favorites.

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

A 12 ounce bottle purchased at the Beer Stop for around $2. Poured into a standard shaker glass, the ale appears a clear medium amber color with about a finger of bone white foam. Smells and tastes of grassy and citrusy hops (orange, lemon), followed by lightly toasted grains, and spicy caramel malt. Medium in both body and carbonation with a crisp finish. A decent "go to" pale ale.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: the color of the cap is white fused with caramel orange hues. The head dissipated quickly and left shreds of sticky lace. The body is a combination of hazy golden orange with caramel colors rounding out the edges, some what deep when viewed away from light

S: light nose of toffee caramel with citrus based hops. Nothing blows me away as far as the nose is concerned, seems to rely on balance

T: this beer is balanced and even. The malt profile is at the helm with a sticky caramel toffee nut character. The hops start with a sultry peppery vibe and then finish with caramelized fruitiness of oranges, grapefruits, and a squeeze of lemon. Nothing "hoptastic" in this brew, but nothing short of a balanced taste

M: the medium body is a nice compliment to the flavors and has a floating feeling on the tongue. Easy to drink

D: it is a good meaty American APA. I am so used to a chock full hop brews from Stone Brewing, this is a nice and tasty change

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Photo of teejay76
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours cloudy amber but settles.

Smell - It smells like a citrus malt.

Taste - It didn't start ice cold but definitely cold. It got better as it warmed.

Mouthfeel - Extremely smooth and refreshing yet with a light to medium body and decent hops aftertaste.

Drinkability - Great everyday beer. I'll add it to the rotation.

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Photo of degerbah
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber that clears as it settles, not much head at all.

Wow, there is definitely a hop presence, but it's not overpowering. This is what I think an APA should be. I'm not sure I can imagine a better example of this style. The smell of th ebeer is of subtle hops, again, nothing to over-powering. The hop flavoring stays with me throughout including a lengthy aftertaste, if I have one complain against this beer, its the aftertaste. I wish it wouldn't stick around as long.

The abv is ok for the style, unfortunately the price is more than SNPA and even more than Torpedo in most stores. As a result, I'm going to have to go with Torpedo as the better beer unless I'm in a session drinking sitation.

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Photo of jbone78
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice little pale.

A- nice golden pour, mild head retention and fades.
S- very good hop smell with a toasty like scent in there too. I like.
T- Again,toasty malts with great hop blend.
M- medium carbonated well with a residual sticky sugary malty aftertaste.
D- I could do several of these in a sitting.

Overall, I like this one. I like beers that blend.


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Photo of wiseguy142
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pumpkin colored. Amazing frothy head. I would have expected more hops out of this beer, but it's really mild and subdued. Empahsis on the malt. Toasted caramel with floral hops. Toffee, brown sugar, and orange all in one. I have a hard time believing this is from California... there's actually malt in this one!

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

Pours a light amber with a dense white head. Good lacing down the glass. A nice grassy hop aroma, also some sweet malt aromas. Mostly hops up front, both grassy and citrus hop flavors. There is also a nice sweet malt flavor that comes through. Not as strong in the hops as an IPA, nicely balanced with the malt. There is a good bitterness to the finish and it lingers for a while. Good drinkability.

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Photo of FacistCannonBall
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent beer that accentuates its maltiness rather any significant hop character. Had a pint of this tonight at a local pizza joint, but this isn't my first time. It's pretty OK and not too memorable. I liked its dark amber color and moderately malty and hoppy smell. The taste is mild at most and characterized by its sweet malt profile. As far as pale ales go, I've had better that offer a richer drinking experience: Sierra Nevada comes to mind. Still, an above average beer that doesn't really stand out but will suffice when options are limited.

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Photo of hardy008
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours and brownish orange color with almost no head to it.

Smell - Citrus malts and sweet hops. Nice balance.

Taste - dry bitter hops and slightly sweet malt. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, light to medium bodied with high carbonation.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. It would be a pleasure to have a few of these.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange honey pour, near white .5 inch head, leaves to disk. Some clingly lacing and cascading bubbles.

S - Mild malt and hop blend.

T - Hoppy bitter and in your face battle with the malt. No on wins.

M - Medium body, good carb, and balance good as described in taste.

D - This is all I drink at Padre games, just wanted to see how it was in bottle.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish amber with a small head. A decent amount of lacing hangs around for a while.

The aroma is of malt and hops. The malt is overly sweet, and the hops represent a bitter, piney, herbal twang with some citrus.

The flavor is balanced and, honestly, bland until the hops give way to the malts. At that point, it becomes overly saccharine with a cake-like sweetness. Some dry nutty flavors peek through on the finish, and the aftertaste is nicely bitter and hoppy without any astringency.

I like this beer, and I think it's a choice pale ale, but coming from Stone, I'd expect something bolder, hoppier, and/or more ass-kicking. But this came with so much sweetness I'm thinking the gargoyle on the bottle needs a tutu and a training bra.

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

Appearance - Reddish-brown with a lightly tan head. Laces sporadically.

Smell - Very grainy with a touch of sugar/honey. Has a bit of a hop bite in the nose, but not a lot.

Taste - Caramel and honey with a bit of cereal grains, with a lightly bittering hop finish. Overall, its rather well balanced, possibly slightly on the sweeter side.

Mouthfeel - Oily with a moderate to heavy carbonation.

Drinkability - Solid in this department for sure. The well-balanced nature lends itself to easy drinking, and the moderate ABV makes it borderline sessionable.

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

12 oz bottle poured into Stone Imperial Pint Glass

Poured a nice copper/red with three finger head, nice retention and lacing. Smells of malts mostly with citrus overtones. Same goes for taste. Citrusy with a malty flavor with hops being on the backburner for this one. Very smooth and light for a Stone brew, carbonation is a bit heavy for me, but its not bad. Easily could be a session brew.

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Photo of cwok1980
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap with BBQ. nice look, with a good head, smell was decent. Taste was crisp, with some hops and a hint of fruit, malty. Very good mouth feel, does not leave a cotton mouth feel, not too filling, good with food. This beer is deceptive as it can creep up on you in terms of alcohol, First beer I liked from this brewery, which is good, cause I like to support CA brews.

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