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 hoplover82
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I gave the appearance an average score because it almost is an amber, it's too amber to be a "pale ale" IMO.

Pours an rich clear amber color with a medium creamy tan head that leaves very good lacing.

Aroma is caramel malty with some spicy hops.

The flavor is almost like a bitter almost. Very malty with caramely and some spicy hops. Nice clean bitterness lingering.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, and creamy.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of nick76
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is malty with caramel, cereal, and citrus hops. The appearance is amber with a foamy head. The flavor is bitter but balanced with caramel. The palate is smooth but not thick. Overall its a good session beer without being a tremendous beer. Still a good solid drinking beer any day.

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Photo of dukedevil0
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12 oz bottle from somewhere in Cincinnati, OH area. Probably Jungle Jim's.

A: Pours a darker amber with just off white-tannish colored head and a good amount of lacing.

S: aroma is muted...slight amount of hops, caramel malts, maybe some apple

T: some of the odors come through as flavors, but it's mostly a woody, grassy, earthy taste that i'm picking up...definitely less in your face than some of the other stone ales i've had

M: full bodied, not creamy but not thin either. well balanced mouthfeel

D: easy to drink, but the flavors for me aren't preferable, they are just average and interesting so i wouldn't have drank much more than the one i had

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

I like Pale Ale, and I like this beer. Pours clear copper with a medium white head. Cascade hop and crystal malt aroma, with some caramel. Exactly what you would expect from the taste, more hops and malt than the others, with a tart aftertaste. This can be inconsistent; sometimes being a bit tangy and others sweet.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a business dinner last night and this was on tap. I've not had the opportunity to try this offering from Stone, so I grabbed a couple with dinner. I really enjoyed it.

Each pint came with a perfect finger of creamy off white head. The beer was a clear orange amber color which showed some decent retention and left a conservative amount of lace. Didn't notice much in the way of carbonation.

The aroma was a nice blend of toasted malts and bread aromas along with some citrus hop character. Pleasant and fresh, but not in your face like some of their more bold offerings.

Flavor was quite enjoyable and very well balanced. The malt flavor was nice. I'd say more bread like than sweet caramel. A touch of sweetness, but not anywhere close to too much.. There was some hop character but again, it played nice with the malt... I noticed the same malt character as some of the my favorite IPA's. Not saying this tasted like an IPA, it didn't. But there were some similarities to a Two Hearted or Founder's Centennial's malt character...(with more muted hops than these IPAs) Stone IPA focuses on the Hops, Stone APA is one that provides the perfect balance of Malt and Hops. Well done.

The mouth feel was bright and the tight/subtle carbonation brought some additional life to the party. Medium/light in body.

Very drinkable. Very enjoyable. I would definitely have this again. Might be a very good beer to provide as an intro to the Craft Beer world, and I don't mean that to slight this beer. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Vendetta
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Original Rating Date:
September 4, 2008

Smells great, lots of light fruity, flowery aroma. Pours a copper/amber with a bubbly head. Taste reminds me a lot of Sierra Nevada's brew. Lots of light fruit, citrus, apricot, some peach. Lots of malt, only a bit of hops. Very good stuff here.

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

Pours a rusty red/orange with a foamy, creamy head that exhibits excellent retention. Bubbles are scarce in the liquid, but something is feeding the long-lasting head.

Oddly enough, I'm getting a kind of lager-y vibe to the aroma. Must be me. Certainly not a hop-blast or a malt-bomb, this pale ale is largely fruity in aroma, with a faint cinnamon spiciness and only traces of hops.

Most of the aroma is echoed on the tongue. Cinnamon toast, Waffle-Os cereal, tart fruits and a dash of dessert spices all swirled together in the flavor. There's a green bitterness in the finish, something I'd describe as the stem part of the flower, as it's fragrant and flowery but somewhat astringent. Mostly it's the tart/sour essence in the finish that I could do without.

Mouthfeel is as it should be for the style, light to medium body with a nibble of healthy carbonation and a soft, subtle texture.

Weird to come away from a Stone beer and not be blown away, but I've had better pale ales, although there's hardly anything to feel let down about either.

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Photo of wescj
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

Thin head from the pour, but otherwise great retention and a nice, sticky lace. Color is a deep orange/amber with a dark haze, similar to wildflower honey.

Smells suprisingly malty, but with a good and citrusy hop background. Also some caramel and other roasted notes.

Taste is smooth, with little bite and a hoppy aftertaste. A bit oily, and very well balanced. Some fruitiness typical of a pale ale.

Crisp, light and smooth mouthfeel. Drinkable enough, though I might not want several. Good beer, all around.

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Photo of marcpal
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle poured into a pint glass with lunch.
Before this, only on tap so this is as good a time as any to official review it.
Bottle Graphics: 6/10. Typical Stone.

A: Lightest of amber with a popping foamy head. The lacing was nonexistent, but I blame the glass. Other than that, this is a looker.

S: Considerable amount of malts, tinges of caramel sweetness. Surely not a hop bomb. Easy going.

T: I feel like this beer gets unfairly panned some because its not the bastard. It doesnt claim to be, its the little tiny cousing of the AB, yet mighty delicious in its own right.

Caramel sweetness is clear cut. Quite odd in that some sips have some piney flavors and some are completely absent. Not the west coast essence I have come to adore, but still tasty.

M: A little bit too light, could use another level of fluffy texture. Hunting for the chew. Crisp with the bitterness I was looking for finally coming through at the bottom of the glass.

D: Enjoyable. Perfect for having with a meal in the afternoon as a preamble to some heavier stuff waiting in the wings.

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Photo of Shaw
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice copper in color with a pretty head that's about a quarter-inch in height.

It has a light smell of grainy malt and vegetal hops.

The taste is nicely bitter, but well under control, with a good bread-like malt flavor. This is what a pale ale should taste like: nothing over the top here.

The body is very good, with lots of substance.

Overall this is a fine pale ale. However, I don't see myself drinking it a lot, because of its high price here in Florida: $11 a six-pack. I'd rather spend my money on Stone's exceptional beers.

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Photo of Drew966
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Pale Ale pours a reddish copper with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is nice if not particularly aggresive, caramel malt and floral hops are evident. There is a toasted malt quality to the flavor which is balanced nicely with the hops.

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

First time I've seen this in Oregon. As a big fan of Pale Ales I had to try this one. Pours full amber with a modest off-white head. Minimal lacings. Aroma is quite bold caramel and floral hops. This is a restrained PA from a company best known for their big hop beers. Actually I think the hops seem less bold because of the large amount of tasty malts in this brew. Anyway I appreciate the balance of this beer. Thanks Stone for making a well rounded very drinkable APA. I just wish it's price was closer to Deschutes Mirror Pond. Ah well there is shipping and distance to big added. I live about 120 miles from Bend and more like 1000 mi. to Escondido. The town which was the butt of Fred Sanford's jokes on many occassions.

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Amber with a slight haze, the finger white foamy head lasts and lasts... Sheets all the way down.

S - Floral hops (roses?) are right on par with a caramel and cracker finish. Rose cracker perfume anyone?

T - Mild hops bite and medium bitterness up front, with a dry malty finish. Very clean and refreshing.

M - Light to medium bodied, slick/oily ending. Nice carbonation.

D - Very high. The price is the only thing keeping this beer out of the mainstream.

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

12oz bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $2.11. First time I'd seen this.

Poured a dark amber color, with an inch of off-white foam. Head hung around for a while and left lots of lace.

Initially this smelled like an IPA, with a sharp, piney hop scent the overriding characteristic. As it warmed up, this got quite a bit more malty.

Like in the nose, the first sips were dominated by piney hop flavor. As it warmed up, however, a bitter, herbal hoppiness also kicked in. The two distinct hop flavors were matched by an emerging, strong malty backbone.

Medium bodied, with a lightly oily mouthfeel.

Very drinkable beer that needs to sit for a few minutes to be appreciated. I would definitely buy this regularly if it were a little cheaper, but at what I paid for it, I'll be sticking to Laughing Dog as my regular go-to pale ale.

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Photo of MerkinMan
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A good looking glass of beer. The color is what I would want from a typical pale ale (not an APA), and the head settles into a nice quarter inch.

S: Both hop and malt aromas are mild. It smells to me like Stone's aim was to make a balanced session beer -- what a pale ale (to me) is meant to be.

T: Exactly what I expected after smelling it. Very balanced with a little caramel hint in the finish. Hops are mild, and lean more toward British varieties than the American west coast.

MF: Lacks a little in the body department.

D: Very much. I like the way Stone has interpreted this style, especially since it is so misinterpreted in the United States.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a ruddy copper colour, with two fingers of pock-marked white head, which disappears fairly quickly, leaving a bit of lacing. The smell is of slightly grainy malt. The taste is cereal grain malt, with a light pine hop essence. There is an above-average amount of carbonation, and a dry, quick finish. This is the mildest product from Stone that I've had, and is very easy to drink. It is still full-bodied, and sessionable, I would imagine.

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Photo of kinger
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What's this, a basic pale ale by Stone? Well knowing this would be good based on never having a mediocre brew from these guys I didn't hesitate on getting this one. Anything but basic this APA excells all of my expectations. Aroma is incredibly malty well backed by some calm hops. Beautiful pour rich color, large head that sticks around, and thick lacing. The huge malt is easily felt, this is thick and full for this style. Fantastic taste still can't believe how malty this one is. The hops are very mellow well received although not expected considering this brewers appetite for extremes. All around great brew, very drinkable could make a wonderful session beer.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Pours clear amber with just over a finger of white foam. Relatively low retention that goes to a sheet of bubbles pretty quickly. Lacing was light.

Hops are the first aroma to infiltrate the nostrils but a nice deep inhale also reveals a nice mid-toast malt. Hops are mostly citrus.

For any other brewery this would probably pass for an IPA. Plenty of hoppy bitterness and flavor on the tongue but there is a nice solid malty backbone to this brew that keeps everything in check. Carbonation is rather brisk but not overly so, contributing nicely to the overall texture. Finish is still nicely hopped with a nice linger, but not too long.

Nice offering from Stone. Not my favorite but still a great beer. It seems clear that they pulled back a bit on the hops for this one, perhaps trying to appeal to larger audience? Overall the balance is still very good with a great hop highlight. Cheers to Stone!

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Photo of Baileyuk
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Left my noted behind, but it was just drank so I am going ahead anyway.

Overall this was a good beer, by no way my favorite stone beer though. The apperance started well, a light head but lacing was superb throughout and was perfect. Color was graet also.

The taste was okay, more like an English Pale Pale or English IPA. The hops were in the aroma but definately had a malty smell. The taste also had noticeable hops, but were well balanced. There was a biscuity malt tone. There was somethingmissinghere though.

Carbonation was good. It was a solid beer, not as special as other stone offerings. Maybe this was lowered a little though due to higher expectations of stone beers. I would drink this one again but there would be a lot more in front of it.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear amber with a frothy and not too persistent head. Aroma is strong and has a nice balance of malt and hops, leaning towards malt. Flavor is surprisingly hoppy, but not quite like an IPA - malt and hops contribute equally to the flavor, and hop bitterness is minimal. Texture is smooth and delightful.

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

Appearance- Pours with very little head. Beer is a beautiful amber color with lots of carbonation.

Smell- Hops and malt right off the bat, slightly spicy.

Taste- Reasonably bitter, the hops from the nose are certainly present here. Pine and citrus notes, tart and crisp but not puckering. Just enough malt to balance out, solid brew.

Mouthfeel- Pretty solid here as well, this is a solid APA.

Drinkability- Easily one of the best APA's Ive ever had, totally refreshing. I don't often go for APA's but this one is worth a revisit!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone comes to Maine. In a pint glass, this beer was an amber color, with an off-white head, and a fair amount of lacing. It had a floral aroma. Nice piney taste, with a bit of a malt presence. Assertive without being intrusive. Nice drinkable beer, will buy more of these.

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Photo of gabeerfan
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, orangy-amber. Pillowy off-white head that falls to a thin cap and ring.
This being a Stone, the hops come across the nose first. But not overwhelming. Some grapefruit/orange rind, but more grass and pine. Lots of caramel malt aroma, with hints of brown sugar in there too.
Flavors almost seem reversed in intesity. Malts hit the tongue first followed by a more subtle hoppiness than I was expecting from a Stone. Caramel and brown sugar are the main malt flavors with grassy, piney hops with bits of grapefruit.
Medium-light mouthfeel. Hops linger for a bit, but not too long.
Good drinkability. Not as palate crushing as some West Coast APA's and IPA's can be. Good balance of sweet and bitter.
This would be a great session beer. Also, a pretty good gateway beer because of the more subtle flavors. This will become a regular.

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Photo of gearbike
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden pale color from the tap. Served in apint glass with a small white frothy head. Tastes of a faint caramel sweetness. Does have some mild hops but not bitter. A bit thin on the backbone. Kind of bland but went very well with pizza. Would be a great choice as a session beer with most any meal.

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

Stone Pale Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a Harpoon IPA glass

Pours a tan colored brown - looks like well brewed tea. A rocky head forms on top leaving trails of stick lace on the side of the glassware.

Pleasant aroma of malts and floral hops.

What a solid beer. Flavors of rich caramel malts with a strong hoppy finish. The mouthfeel provides a biscuity backbone. Aggressively hopped with profound citrus notes of lime and orange.

Yet another friggin' great beer from Stone. This is a well-balanced, session oriented type brew.

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Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing
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