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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 DoctorDog
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Clear amber appearance. Pours with 2+ fingers of tan head, which fades gradually, leaving a thin cap. Tons of sticky lacing.

S- Smell is dominated by a moderate citrus at first, then backed by some sweet and malty notes.

T- Starts with citrusy notes, then moderately low malty sweetness. Finishes with a moderate hops bitterness.

M- Moderate carbonation. Fairly thick with a nice creaminess. Very smooth going down. Excellent.

D- Quite high. This seems like a wonderfully versatile, sessionable brew.

Future outlook: Excellent session beer that I would certainly never avoid. Next time heavy, relatively mindless drinking is afoot, this will be a consideration.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a beautiful, semitransparent dark amber/copper color with a good finger of off-white head that dissipates slowly, leaving only brief lacing (particularly at the bottom of the glass). I loved the aromas in this beer. Initially sweet malts, balanced out with hops. Taste is similar at first. A long sip featured brief malts at the beginning, ending in bitter, grainy hops. This beer is medium-bodied and smooth on the palate, coating my whole mouth with bitter residues. The only downside for me here was that after the first or second sip, the hops started to take over completely, making the beer more unbalanced and less flavorful towards the end of the glass. Overall, though, this is a strong an ale as I would expect from Stone. I'd easily recommend it.

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Photo of gford217
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thrown in as an extra in a trade a while back, poured into a pint glass.

It's a generally impressive looking pale with a deep golden amber color with a creamy one-finger head that doesn't seems to shrink at all and leaves large sheets of lacing.

The aroma is very subtle and balance with some light fruity hops, mainly lemon zest and oranges, along with some roasted caramel malts.

The taste follows the aroma and is just as well balanced with floral and citrus hops blending very well with the caramel malt backbone.

The mouthfeel is clean and soft with little bitterness and lots of carbonation.

This is a very well-crafted and understated beer from Stone and the drinkability is high as there is nothing over-the-top about this one. Nothing groundbreaking but a very good beer.

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Photo of gabe23
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear amber color with a thick, off white head. Very nice lacing.

S - Sweet, floral, and malty aroma. Some citrus in the background, but definitely doesn't smack you in the face with hops. After drinking some of Stone's bigger beers, I was surprised by the almost delicate aroma.

T - A slight sweetness at the start, followed by a mellow hop bite. Not very bitter at all, and nicely balanced. The finish is very clean with practically no aftertaste.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - This is a very easy drinker that won't knock you out with strong flavors or alcohol. Highly recommended as an everyday drinker.

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

12oz bottle pours into an American pint glass with about a finger's worth of off white head. Some lacing on the sides of the glass as I drink it down as the head slowly dissipates.

Smells as a Pale Ale should. Floral notes of hops definitely present. Malty & caramel as well.

Pale Ales are not my usual "cup of tea". However this one shines bright for me. An inital burst of hop bitterness fades nicely into the malt and then it's gone. Very little aftertaste. I find it nicely balanced.

Fairly heavy, but very smooth on the palate and somewhat chewy.

This is very drinkable for me and makes a good session beer. I'll have another please!

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Photo of xfactor9600
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- dull amber color, with half a finger of head.

S- A sweet mixture of hops and citrus notes.

T- A nice taste of malts and citrus. Not too sweet though, as there is a sort of dulling effect at the end of the sip.

M- My bottle felt a little flat carbonation wise, but after another bottle, I learned I may have just been expecting more carbonation.

D- A nice change of pace beer for me. I've been drinking a lot of SN Celebration and Hopslam, so it was nice to have a beer with less bite.

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Photo of farrago
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light orange-brown in color, fully transparent, has minimal bubble beads but the average sized head lingers well with a fine lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy but not excessively so, more roast to it than sweet caramel, slips you wheat and grain, not fruity nor spicy, perhaps a trace of lemon peel, relaxed and streamlined rather than aggressive. Light to medium-bodied, same basic profile in the mouth of hops, grains, wheat and bitters. Mild citrus tones. Dry mouth feel with the carbonation equal to the weight of the flavors. Gossamer caramel to coffee hard candy flavors. Succinct finish, doesn't appear short, just ends on a dime.

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

A- Golden amber color, about a finger of head with little to no lacing

S- Hops, a bit citrusy with a lightly sweet background.

T- Taste was pretty straightforward with hops, piney, a bit citrusy once again, a hint of malts. Overall pretty decent.

M- Pretty smooth. Light bodied, good carbonation.

D- I could definitely kick back a few of these. Alcohol content isn't too high, a decent brew overall.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: suprisingly amber to orange. cloudy

smell: loaded hops, very pundgent

taste: beautiful, loud bitterness, rich flavor

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty but a thick taste that I didnt like much

drinkability: not fast, a slow drinking pale ale

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

Still haven't had a bad beer from stone, hope this holds true.

Pours a hazy amber color with a small head that leaves some lacing down the side of my glass. Smells of hops and citrus, tastes mostly the same. Not much malt flavor, so its a bit unbalanced. A bit on the thin side, but a very drinkable beer.

Not as great as other Stone beers, but not disappointing.

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep hazy amber, with a finger-and-a-half bubbly white head. Left a decent bit of lacing. A thin amount of the head lingered for most of the glass

Smell: Hops, straw, and tart citrus.

Taste: This beer tasted surprisingly watered-down. Hops came through in the aftertaste, and a tart sweetness came through, but there didn't seem to be much else to it. Almost no malt flavor came through. The taste seems kind of unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, yet fairly thin.

Drinkability: It was easy to drink, but the flavor wasn't nearly as full as I would have expected. I might try another bottle at some point just to make sure my palate's not off, but my comments seem to be in line with most of the reviews.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery brown color into my Sam Adams glass. The pour did not produce much head or lacing.

Smell is rather complex for an APA. I expected a stronger hop presence, but this one has more of a malt backbone with a hint of citrus and some breadiness.

Taste is smooth and balanced. This may be the most balanced APA I've ever tasted. Nice crisp finish.

Smooth and full in the mouth. Again everything is in balance.

Great drinking APA. One of the better ones that I've had the pleasure of drinking. Due to the balance in the brew and the relatively low ABV, this is a good choice for a session brew.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pour was a nice light copper/red with a two finger frothy head that quickly dissapated and left only a trace of lace on the glass.

The smell is heavy in fruity citrus with a slight hop undertone, hints of floral in the rear of the nose.

The drink starts with a sweet, citrus flavor not unlike the smell. Followed by a quick bite of hops. The finish is clean and crisp with only a trace of hops.

Quite a good pale ale, lacked the body I usually think of in a pale ale but still quite drinkable and very enjoyable.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a clear reddish-copper in color with almost two fingers of creamy, almost pillowy, off-white head with good retention. Good aroma, touch subdued but with a solid citrus hop presence but a fair amount of toasty, bready malt. Taste is fairly good as well. Starts out moderately hoppy with a fair amount of toasty/bready malt and a bit of sweetness. The citrus hop flavor builds and soon overwhelms the malt as a very solid bitterness becomes evident. Clean fermentation character. Lingering hop flavor and bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty good with a light/medium body and moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. This is a pretty solid APA and would probably go over pretty well with just about anyone.

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Photo of drizzam
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a gorgeous 12 pack Christmas offering from a friend...this is my first voyage into the world of Stone Brewing Company.

Appearance: An aggressive pour produced very little head and it didn't stay long. Of course, little head = little lacing. Color was a reddish brown and cloudy.

Smell: Not a real volatile brew. Very subtle malty bouquet. You have to strain a bit to smell what this brew is all about. That also changed a little as it warmed up in my glass, but not alot.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A little tangy...malty with a slight hop kick. I'm getting citrus, maybe orange in there? Very slight on the citrus end. Thin mouthfeel with very little carbonation.

Drinkability: Stone knows how to brew beer! Like I said, this is my first Stone and it won't be my last. I've read that their other selections are more kick-in-the-butt hoppy but this one was very nicely balanced and highly drinkable.

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

12oz to standard pint, pours a reddish amber shade, creamy off orangey white head retains excellently.

smells of sweet floral citric hops, maltiness is biscuity

tastes of bitterness, caramel biscuit malt, could be easily mistook for an ipa if the drinker didn't know it came from stone. Sweet citrus, pine, hops overpower malt but maltiness is presented quite well. Quite easy to drink but highly bitter.

mouthfeel is bitter sweetness, finish is quenching, yum - slick and easy to drink/session

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

Pours a pleasant amber color with a minimal head. Light hop smell with some bread. Taste is much breadier than I thought it would be. Little bit of lemon spice. Minimal malt backbone. Good amount of carbonation in this one as well. Overall, this is a great session beer to sip on, whether at home or at a tailgate.

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Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a tulip

pours a clear orangey brown with an off white head.

sweet citrusy smell with a light malt backbone

taste is bitter sweet bready malt.

full mouthfeel butlight enough to make it drinkable

a solid beer from stone and quite sessionable

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

NotesOct 4, 2008
Reddish brown pour,with a huge light tan head that slowly went down to a thin ring and stayed till the end. A nice subtle hop aroma,with a hint of roasted malt. The flavor is of hops,malt,and bread dough, with the amount of malt here you would expect it to be sweeter but instead it has just a nice dry hop finish,and I think I detected a slight alcohol taste at the end. Very Good , Will buy again .

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Photo of nc41
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not what I was expecting from a Stone Pale Ale. Where's the hops? Definitely slanted towards the malt, and it's easy to see why Sierra Nevada PA is the standard. Decent enough, but it's easy to get lost in the wash of American pale Ale's and this one gets lost in the wash. Not worth the price.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle from a six

A-Brilliant crimson/orange color. Moderate white head that settles with delicate lacing.

S- Malts and some citrus and floral hops. Similar to other Stone offerings, yet far more restrained.

T-Nice taste balance here with the malts balanced by a hint of pine and a nice hop bitterness in the finish. Not what I would call a dry finish, but not a bad thing. A bit slick.

M-Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. The balance carries through here as well.

D-Extremely drinkable, and probably the only Stone product that one can dare session.

I have been meaning to try this for some time, but have been prevented by its limited availablility in my area. I understand that this is their "flagship" beer, and it is indeed a good one. It exhibits many of the characteristics of their bigger badder siblings in a much more subdued way. This is one that I would recommend to some of my friends new to better beer, or who have not had the opportunity to try a Stone product. I also, would definately buy a case of this to have in the house when not in the mood for Ruination, or a Bastard.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8/2/08. Bottle. Pours a clear orange/red with a small tan head. Aroma of raisin and sweet malt. Flavor of the same sweet malt and raisin, very light floral hop presence. This doesn't taste like any pale ale I've had before. It's a little too malty/sweet for me, which normally I like, but this was too raisiny/super sweet. Just ok for me.
6/4/6/4/14 (3.4/5)

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Photo of specksnreds
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much better this time around. I swore I'd never have it again, but the wife keeps it in the house, and I wanted a beer.

A nice floral and nutty aroma. That's replicated in the taste and finish. Balanced and drinkable. Its subtlety is refreshing compared to some of the over-the-top pale ales I've had recently. I would not call it session beer, but i wouldn't hesitate to have another.

Is it different this time around, or is it the taster? I don't know, but there seems to be a lot more of everything in this beer than I remember. Very nice, and I hope what I taste this evening is what I taste next time.

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Photo of rgrholmes168
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

The beer poured and I did not get too much head on the beer. The color was a really nice orange/copper color. Perfect for what I was expect out of this beer. The head disappated quickly and just a small amount of lace was left along the sides.

The aroma smell very citrusy as befits a pale ale. Nothing too overpowering and I did not get any type of hop smell.

The beer has a nice caramel malt taste to it. The taste is perfectly balanced with its aroma. A slight biscuity taste to the beer, and it was not overpowering on its bitterness. True to its APA roots, the beer only has a slightly bitter aftertaste that makes you anticipate the next drink.

Very balanced and light on the palate, I would highly recommend this beer. One of the top APA's that I have tasted.

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

Stone Pale Ale (bottle)
A: pours a nice vibrant bright orange color, with a light khaki colored head. Good head retention level and a fair amount of lacing.

S: nice malty aroma, some biscuit malts and some pale and amber malts. Light hint of spices. Mild hop aroma, very earthy.

T: very mild flavors, but a nice balance. Great balance with the malts and the hops. Solid pale malts, with a nice light citrus hop flavor.

M: medium bodied. Solid palate, with a good clean finish. Vibrant and crisp.

D: very drinkable beer, solid pale ale, and very enjoyable. I could put a lot of this back.

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