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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 bboven
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Reddish brown cloudy body with hints of orange and pink. No head or lacing.

Aroma is earthy hops that balance well with the malt. Some alcohol coming through. Very nice.

Again, great balance between the hops and malt. The hops win out slightly, but that's fine with me.

Here's where it takes a dive. I like low carbonation, but this is too low. It's very near flat and really unappealing.

Very tasty, smells nice, but needs some work in the appearance and mouthfeel arenas.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - It has a thick pour to a head at about a half inch. The head is a medium tan and has nice stamina. The body is a bronze color that barely lets light through. Head is sticky leaving a nice lacing along the pint.

S - It has a hop aroma that does a good job of allowing a malt scent through as well.

T - There are a few different flavors here. It starts out with a mildly sweet, mostly hop beginning.It then moves to a richer hoppy flavor. There is an abrupt and forceful after-taste of straight hops.

M - The feel is actually pretty smooth for a hop filled brew. It goes down very well leaving no abrasive afterthought.

~ This is a very good beer and one that I wish was readily available in Central Wisconsin. It is nice to see this brewery has made it's way into the state even though I need to travel almost three hours to get a six pack. I will certainly recommend this beer to my friends. I'll also make sure they get their own because this sixer is mine!

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

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Copper orange and cloudy wit a thick tan head.

S - Light hops and sweet.

T - Great bite. Good piney hops, smooth with a clean finish.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer. This is one of the best Pale Ales i've had.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty, tasty beer.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (PCC in Fremont, WA) into a pint glass.

Pours a nice dark nutty color with very little head. Smells delicious, like a tasty beer. Maybe a hint of cloves. It has a long, strong hoppy finish. I could drink a few of these without complaining.

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Photo of joe1510
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

I received this as an extra in a recent trade with jraycee, thanks Justin! Stone's Pale Ale pours amber with a touch of chill haze. A one finger bone white head sits atop and fades quickly to a thin coat and collar while leaving behind patchy lacing here and there. A few random explosions of carbonation rise to the surface.

Mild caramel jumps out at me right off the bat with a light toastiness in the background. The hop profile brings along both citric and floral qualities, actually leaning toward the floral character. Sugared grapefruit brings along a candy like presence.

Flavor follows the aroma closely. The toasted grains make their presence known before the floral and citric hoppiness come forth. The caramel makes a strong showing and works to balance out this APA nicely. Although I prefer my APAs with more hop, this is still very good. Grapefruit pith shows up on the backend and lasts through the finish.

The body of this APA is medium with a healthy carbonation that keeps it feeling even lighter. The carbonation is lively enough to leave some snap down the middle of the tongue. The swallow brings along mild bitterness.

This is a highly drinkable pale ale. The near balance helps this one go down about as easy as you could ask for.

Stone makes some good beer and their Pale Ale is no exception. There's an enjoyable toastiness with a bright enough hop presence to keep this beer flowing. Thanks for the sample Justin!

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Photo of Silenus89
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass

A. Deep amber color with half inch head that leaves lacing

S. Grassy earthy hops with malt backbone

T. Pine and citrus notes. Well balanced with malts leaving it a bit grainy

MF. Medium to light bodied well balenced

D. This is a good session beer, always nice to throw this back and always willing

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

comes out a bit red. a dark amber. medium head and nice lace. the smell is very malty. very mellow hop. taste is great. hop, apple, yeast, dough, malt. very creamy. lovely density. has a buttered bread quality. very mellow. this is a fantastic go to APA. new to the brewery but everything i've had is better than the average.

had it again a year later with a bottle i had saved. stored fantastically. the malt really came out. and the nose had hints of pineapple, plum and watermelon even. simple, very low alcohol, but quite broad for the form.

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

12-ounce bottle poured into my Stone shaker pint glass yields a clear orange-copper body capped with a finger of pale ecru foam. The head recedes quickly into a bubbly ring that leaves dissolving rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell is quite inviting, with plenty of savory toasty malt, zestily highlighted with fruity, floral hops.

The taste closely follows the nose, with a rock-solid toasty malt backbone and mild floral hops with a dash of unidentified citrus. The finish is clean with a little dry, earthy bitterness. A darker, more toasted maltiness emerges as the drink warms a bit.

On the hefty side of medium-bodied with mild carbonation, Stone's Pale Ale is a fine version of the style and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange color that is crystal clear; no cloudiness whatsoever. Nice 2-inch head with excellent retention and good lacing.

Smell is citrus (pineapple), some bread, malt. Smells sweet.

Right away there's a touch of metal with the first few sips. This dissipates after awhile. Nice hop bitterness that's not too harsh. Some malty sweetness also pulls through that makes this a very well-balanced brew.

Nice and crisp, but a bit watery. Medium amount of carbonation. This is a good session brew. Very good APA that I will visit again.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange amber with a fairly short head that fades quickly to almost nothing. Smells a bit of juicyfruit, light citrus, wax, and some sweet malt. Taste is similar. Quite juicy and with quite a bit of malt. Lack the graininess that is sometimes found in pale ales. Fairly lightly hopped, and the sweet malt more than balances against the light citrusy hops. Smooth and easily drinkable.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with red high lights. Decent head and lace.
The aroma of malts,grapefruit,caramel and some alcohol.
The taste is of biscuit malts,caramel hints,mild hops and a tad bit sweet.
The feel was a little oily,mildly bitter,medium bodied and a high carbonation. The balance was good and the brew was smooth.

Notes: No let down here. Not at their best here,but simply well done.

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Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a cloudy texture. Not much head, but good lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, light herbal hops and some sort of sugar.

T: A decent taste, with malt, hops, caramel and other sugars. A little harsh at first, but it grows on you.

M: A pretty high amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a good example of a pale ale. Not my favorite style of beer, but this one's worth trying.

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

Now that Stone has finally arrived in NC I look forward to trying all their brews I've missed on my haphazard trips to other locales, including the brewery itself. This one pours a dark copper draped in maroon highlights and a wet, thin cap of white head. The nose is medium strength floral and herbal hops against a crystal malt backround.

Some initial bitterness carries through to the aftertaste and herbal hops are a main player. The malt is also present with light caramel and roasted tones. A bit grainy in the finish. The texture is a bit thin and watery.

Definitely not Stone's best but it is a drinkable pale ale and among their most sessionable selections.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper amber in color with a medium head that fades somewhat quickly, leaving some lacing down the glass. Good smell that is leaning more toward the malt than anything. Not something I expected from a Stone beer. Toasted caramel, toffee, and a subtle fruit lingering in the nose. Some citrusy hops are present but in no way overpower the malt. Upon the first taste, it seems to be the same old story. Toasted caramel, brown sugar, toffee. A light toasted bread and grain. Fruit is still present. The hops come through a little stronger than the nose may have suggested, though not until you get toward the finish. They provide a solid bitterness and good balance to this brew. Mouthfeel is good but and balanced as well. Never too sweet or too bitter, just in between the two. Could have used a touch more carbonation but otherwise a nice feel to it. Just a bit too full textured to consider it a sessionable Pale Ale. Two pints would be my limit. Big on the flavor and on the malt. I enjoyed this one but not enough to return to it often.

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Photo of tbbrown
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: copper, with slight haze, a great, thick, foamy off-white head that retains and creates nice lacing to the end

Smell: Some caramel, malt nose, fruit, hop

Taste: Strong hop at the end for the style, some nice malty flavors, too

Mouthfeel: great, smooth. Great carbonation, silky, a bit more course toward the end.

Drinkability: Great, love it.

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Photo of twig86
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer had a nice amber appearance with a great cream head. Smell was slightly fruity, but with a distinct hopsy sense to it. Something was a little off for me but not a bad smell. Whatever reservations I had about to smell were put to bed by the taste. The beer has a great taste. Stone Pale Ale is a quality pale ale.

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Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Man I love Stone! Pours a beautiful amber with a gorgeous creamy head. Nose is fruity and sweet. Tastes like Stone. What can I say? It just tastes great - PERFECT balance. Probably the least aggressive Stone I've had - a little more accessible to multiple bottles in one sitting. I may like more carbonation, but the beer is great either way. This and Sierra Nevada are my favorite Pale Ales, no doubt.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy orangey color ale with an average foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of Cascade hops with some caramel malt also discernable. Taste is a mix between some caramel malt with some dominating Cascade hops which provide a citrusy and bitter taste. Full body with some average carbonation. Good but drinkability good have been better - too full too be a session beer and too light in terms of hops to be truly interesting.

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

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass, this beer pours a clear orangish-amber color with a white head that quickly dissipates to a thin layer that leaves a few patches of lacing after each sip.

S- A mildly spicy aroma of flowery hops with a sweet and grainy malt backbone.

T- The moderate hop bitterness fades to the same grainy malt backing that the aroma promises. The finish is clean and only slightly dry, leaving some lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue.

M- A full-bodied feel with mild carbonation bubbles.

D- Given the 5.4% ABV and the fact that the bitterness isn't over-the-top for the style, this is a highly sessionable beer.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

My first experience with Stone, as it just hit my local Total Wine today. It's got a lot of hype going for it...or working against it? We'll see!

A - Clear copper. Large, 3 finger, beige head rises with great retention. After 5+ minutes there's still a thick cap atop the beer. Lots of lacing.

S - Not what I expected, but quite good. A good bit of buttery, toffee malt is present with a slight toasty quality. Predominately floral hops ride atop with some citrus aspects.

T - This is nearly the epitome of balance. The malty smoothness takes hold early palate with a buttery and slightly caramel flavor. The toastiness is a great contributor but doesn't overtake. The hops come next; it's a little unfamilar to me but I'm getting a very interesting balance of grapefruit, grass, tea, and a little bit of cheese. Very good though. The hops go out on an herbal note, leaving some trace bitterness and a smidge of graininess.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. At first I was put off by the heavier body and lighter carbonation as compared to other APAs, but it works extremely well with the flavor profile, and though a little unconventional I couldn't imagine this brew any other way.

D - One of the best session beers I can think of. Extremely well balanced. Not too weak, not too intense.

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Photo of atsprings
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served a crisp amber with a nice frothy head that slowly diminished to thin layer and left great lacing. The aroma was some Earthy citrus hops and sweet malts. The taste was a decent balance of sweet malts and crisp citrus hops. The beer was light, crisp, and very refreshing with decent carbonation. This one would certainly make a wonderful session beer.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A more relaxing brew than the last two I had from Stone(Arrogant Bastard and IPA)

A- A dark pale ale with a brown-orange color akin to maple. Decent 1-finger frothy head that leaves some decent lacing.

S- Awesome. Mostly citric grapefruit smell from the hops but the sweet, sugary malts also make and appearance

T- Taste is wonderfully balanced and great for a "meal beer" with a lighter flavor found in many pale ales. If you're looking for hops, you'll find hops; if you're looking for malts, you'll find malts; if you're looking for yeast byproducts, you'll find them.

M- Feels somewhat oily but still very refreshing.

D- Drinks good by itself and compliments foods like pizza very well.

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

Stone Pale Ale pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a nice amount of foam that leaving generous lacing. Aroma of biscuity malt backed up by some floral hops. Bitter at first, but not tongue trashingly so, a nice amount of piney hops and thens oem grapefruit-citrus flavor. Caramel malts pop up along with some bready, biscuit like malt and incredibly dry on the finish. Smooth, goes down easy. A definite session pale ale. Top of it's class and right up there with Sierra Nevada for the industry standard APA.

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

On tap at Daily Pint
Poured a nice yellow with a thin white head. Nose was malty, with a mix of English malts and american hops. Taste was a very fresh and floral tasting pale ale. Nice malty presence, English malts were tart,sweet and itter not overwhelming like Dales Pale Ale. A good tasting Pale.

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Photo of brdc
4.62/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Small capped bottle, poured into a tulip.

It is a very nice, dark copper brew with a good, very light tan head with nice retention and lacing.
Nice, if not strong aroma, with bready, malty caramel notes, along with balancing fruity hoppiness.
It has a surprisingly creamy mouthfeel, opening to a very pleasant, well balanced beer with fruity, citrusy hoppiness exchaning notes with caramel maltiness.
Not complex or extreme (not its purpose), but extremely drinkable and well balanced, a great session beer. Very well done.

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Pale Ale from Stone Brewing
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