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

Stone is fast becoming yet another one of my favourite breweries. They really seem to know what they're doing when it comes to producing the amber nectar. This one is no exception. A fine-looking beer with a good head that gives off plenty of citrus notes plus a hint of bready yeastiness. A nice balance on the tongue which won't scare off those who don't like anything too bitter, but there's a very nice hoppy finish as it slides down the back of the throat. It would be very easy to knock these back all night.

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Photo of timmah427
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber color with a nice foamy head.

Fresh, citrusy hop smell with notes of caramel.

Medium bodied; the hops give this one a strong ruby-red grapefruit flavor, with a hint of malt to balance it out. Leaves thick, sticky lacing as you drink. Good mouthfeel. Quite balanced and tasty. Not the boldest of beers, but execution is exceptional.

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Photo of drpimento
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a nice frothy, textured head and lots of lace. Nice amber color. Mild hop with some malt nose. Hop flavor is remarkably muted. Not bad, but nothing special. A surprise. Was expecting a lot more from the Stone. Balanced, clean pleasant finish.

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

Poured amber with thin head, surprisingly dark for a pale ale. Nice clarity.

Light citrusy hop aroma noticeable, with some faint maltiness.

Nice resinous, citrus hops in front, fading into solid, malty, bitter finish. Again, surprising. I expected something stronger tasting from Stone, although this isn't bad at all.

Medium-bodied, with even carbonation and clean finish.

Very drinkable, although it doesn't hold up as it warms. Better than most pale ales I've tried. It's similar to a lot of others, but the execution is a step above.

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Photo of changeup45
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA. Copper/amber color with an off-white head that sticks around and some really nice lacing. Aroma is citrus and some floral hops, not strong but decent. Caramel malty flavor, a little bit grainy, floral with a citrus hop bite. Very well balanced. A solid beer but I expect nothing less from Stone.

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

Pours a hazy copper color with a small beige head. Aroma is very hoppy with grapefruit, floral as well as mild sweetness. Flavor is peach, grapefruit, caramel andlight cocoa. Finishes abruptly and nicely bitter. Medium bodied, chewy texture. A more normally bittered beer from Stone.

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

Poured into pint glass

A: Rich amber, minimal head for some reason. Solid looking brew.

S: Slightly disappointed here, nose is not as strong as I would have expected. I do get some of the Cascade hops on the nose.

T & M: I have to reset my expectations for a pale ale as the Stone IPA is one of my absolute favorite brews. I think this beer represents itself well for a pale ale. The bitterness is there but this beer also has a clean crisp mouthfeel as well.

D: Definitely drinkable, not at the absolute top of my pale ale chart but solid nonetheless.

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

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A very dark brew for a pale ale. Beautiful deep red color.

Nose is some caramel sweetness, but hops are much more dominate throughout. As to be expected, this carries over into the taste, as the first few sips of this beer have a very long lingering bitter hop signature, which actually take a little getting used to. Caramel malt sweetness quickly takes a backseat to a complex hop flavor of grapefruit, grassy, and citrus flavors with a long bitter hop bite that seems to last forever. Fruity ester flavors meld nicely with the hop signature, and do a good job of keeping this highly hopped beer balanced. Moutfheel is solid, about what it should be for a good pale ale.

This kind of reminds me of a homebrew that would benefit from a bit more aging. I love hops, but this interpretation of a pale is arguably has just a bit too much hop bitterness. Still, a very solid pale ale, very rich, and with a reasonable ABV of 5.4%, I could easily have a few of these without being overwhelmed.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"California, knows how to party" - Tupac Shakur. From San Diego comes the consistently amazing Stone Brewing Company (makers of Arrogant Bastard Ale). Almost as brown as the bottle, this American Pale Ale is anything but pale. Nice head fades into a delicate lacing. Subtle aroma (hints of citrus) but medium bodied and filling in the mouth. Refreshing, crisp, not overly hopped, smooth with a dry finish. Very well balanced. Novices and sybarites alike will enjoy it.

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Photo of tredaug
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very drinkable, well-balanced brew.

Appearance - Good lacing, good retention when aggressively poured. Amber/copper color.

Smell - Faint sweetness, perhaps between brown sugar and caramel.

Taste - Mild fruity hops are followed by a slight malt sweetness that is very well-matched.

Mouthfeel - The hops and light carbonation immediately bite the tongue, leading to a aftertaste of slightly sweet herbal breadiness. Demonstrates a soft bubbliness that adds to the body of the beer.

Drinkability - Very drinkable - light enough for a hot day, character enough for any casual drinking. Not an especially unique beer, but a very well-made example of a American-styled Pale Ale.

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Photo of PatronWizard
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From bomber to glass. Just sat down for lunch. The wife made me a dual cheese turkey sandwich (cheddar AND pepperjack, God bless her). And I'm predisposed to thinking Stone beer rules. This is going to be a good lunch.

Pour a perfect bronze copper meld. Beautiful head. Retention, lacing, adorable!

Smells like good beer. Some caramel, light hops. I just know this is gonna be delicious.

I was right-delicious. The hops are a bit subdued for Stone but great flavor anyway.

Ridiculously drinkable. Seriously, I want to give it a 5.5 - it will probably be gone before my sandwich. I can't help it; good stuff.

OK, so I finished the sandwich first. Left with about 6 oz to enjoy while typing in my review.

Who the hell invented this hobby? They should be knighted! Or sainted! Or at least pat on the back. I say 2012 Olympic Beer Brewing! Who do I have to kill to be a judge?

Overall: You'll be sorry if you buy only one bottle.

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Photo of dfillius
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed in a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger of white head with nice retention. Clear red-amber liquid. Pretty!
S: Nice malt up front - bread and butter/buttery waffles with mellow hops behind.
T: Bitter in a strong herbal way - Cascade and Euro hops? Very nice malt sweetness also. This tastes like a hoppy Bitter, maybe an ESB or an English IPA. I would give it a 4.5 if it was an EIPA or ESB. it is not really hoppy enough to be an APA. Full flavor and delicious regardless though.
M: Very nice carbonation level. Full body. No heat. Nice dry bitterness.
D: This is a session beer all the way. Great flavor for such an easy drinker.

Edit 7/27/2013:
Had a bottle 3 months shy of it's best by date. Strongly bitter flavor in a grapefruit rind kind of way with hints of Arrogant Bastard in the finish. Not balanced enough to be sessionable - quite aggressive! Enjoyable still. Would give it a 4.25 as a "had".

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Light amber, half finger head.

S- Faint citrusy hops and light hints of caramel.

T- Slightly toasted caramel at first. This quickly transisitions to some solid hops flavor that then gets balanced back out by the malt. Nicely balanced finish.

M- Quite smooth, not overcarbonated.

D- In a proper mood, a sixer would go down fast.

Great hop flavor without encroaching on an IPA in terms of bitterness, like some pale ales do. Great malt profile to boot.

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Photo of Spidey13
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Stone Pale Ale pours a mostly clear, dark amber/copper color with a small off-white head. There are some nice caramel notes on the nose, along with a bit of grassy hops.

The taste starts with a good amount of sweet malt followed by a mild bitterness from the hops. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, with a medium amount of carbonation.

Until now, I had only had big beers from Stone, so I was surprised at how subdued the hops are in this pale ale. It is pretty simple, but very drinkable.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone PA has finally made it into Texas. I poured this into a small chalice glass. It's a very nice light mahogany color with a small head on top. Aroma is excellent, though more resembling a British pale ale than American: hops are present but restrained, letting a nice toasty, biscuit-like malt aroma waft from the beer. Excellent balance to the taste as well: bitterness comes through clearly, but hop flavor is light and floral. Malt takes a strong role, providing a pleasant sweetness to counterbalance the dry bitterness. A faint fruitiness is also apparent. Finish is fairly clean.

Very quaffable.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at The Yard House in San Diego.

A- Pours a dark copper color with a nice off-white head. This one is a lot darker in color than most Pale Ale's.

S- The is some malt and citrusy hops with a touch of caramel.

T- The taste starts out malty with the hops coming in to spice up the finish.

M- Very nice malty mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Very drinkable, a really nice Pale Ale to sit around and drink a few pints in one sitting.

Overall, Stone Pale Ale is another solid beer from this outstanding brewery. Recommended.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served a 12 oz. bottle and decanted into a standard pint glass. Pours much darker than I would have expected for a pale ale - looks more like a scottish ale. Starts with a small foamy head that descends into a thin layer on the top and around the rim. It's a clear reddish-orange.

Aromas of sweet citrus, honey, faint herbal notes.

Taste is pretty clean. Starts a bit sweet, then blooms into mild hoppiness - more citrusy - and finishes with a stronger hop bitterness. Nice travel to the flavor.

Nice body to it - decent thickness to it without being overpowering.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. Nice balance and body to it, complex without being off the charts. A terrific session beer. It was a little darker and thicker than I expected for a pale ale, but it still worked quite well.

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

12oz bottle poured into Duvel goblet. Amber/Orange color with a thick soapy 2 inch head. Slowly retracts to nice thin lace. Impressive stickage for the ABV.

Sweet hop smell; piney and grassy. Hop oils come through at first followed by an even maltiness. There is some "husk" flavor towards the end - but not in a bad way. Smooth and meduim bodied.

Standard sessionable Pale ale, very drinkable and will seek out as standard.

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Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber color with creamy tannish foam. Malty aroma, a touch sweet, with some herbals that suggest tea.

Bold flavor, very malty and bready, dried citrus rind/peels, moderately full-bodied. Spicy hop finish, adds an element of complexity, along with a tea-like quality. Dry, somewhat bitter finish that kept me going back for another sip. Very balanced and integrated flavors. Pretty enjoyable and session worthy.

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

Pretty funny that this beer is called a pale ale. This brew has more going on then most breweries have in what they call a IPA. The Head was a good two fingers and the lacing is small.
The taste: Nice malty mouthfeel then the hops come and spice up the finish. This beer has more malt and mouthfeel than fat tire and they call that a amber ale? Cheers to Stone even if this is there bottom of the line entry level beer this just shows there runt is better than most brews best offering.

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Photo of Beefeater57
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber-reddish, light copper in color with some gold-peach hues in light. Frothy, creme-colored head that retains quite well.

S: Malty smell, a little bready and a sweet hint. I get a little earthiness from the hops but not much.

T: Simply delicious. The malt sweetness hits quick but the hops definitely shine though in the finish. The hop flavor is great - that earthiness I sensed in the smell comes though and the bitterness sits in the aftertaste. The beer actually gets better and better the more sips I take. The aftertaste after a while leaves a toasty, nutty pretzel taste that is really nice. Basically a mild version of the IPA from Stone.

M: Great, drinks easy and sits on the tongue just fine. Good carbonation, good body.

O: Very, very good beer. The hoppiness of the beer gives it a great character and is very enjoyable to drink. Definitely one of my favorite beers.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was even better than I was expecting. Poured a reddish colour with an eggshell coloured head; reminded me of Hopdevil, actually. Smell was nice with a candy sweetness and an equal measure of floral hops. Taste was terrific due to the fact that the hops were turned down quite a bit. They were there and certainly noticeable, but not quite so "in your face" over the top as seems to be the way any micro pale ale is these days. This was a very flavourful pale ale with a pleasant smell and easy to drink. What more do you need? Mouthfeel was very smooth and about the weight I would expect considering the style. Dazzlingly drinkable! I can't wait for Stone to be available in Ga. This will be a frequent purchase. Delicious and not quite so assertive. Wonderful!

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice deep orange with a decent head and good lacing.

Aroma is a mixed bag -- fruit, malt, and grain.

Taste is a bit of a jam band -- not an orchestra. a funky progression of in your face flavors of malt, fruit, and hops (and byy the way -- no doubt about the hops being there in this one).

Mouthfeel. Here's the big surprise -- choppy flavors but no harsh edges or bite in the mouthfeel. How does that work?

I can do a couple of these and that's it. Tough food match too. A sold, well built beer, but has some oddities. Nothing bad -- strong recommendation, but not the polished product you'd expect.

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

Poured a pretty amber orange with a huge frothy tan head. There isn't that much carbonation clinging to the glass. Some nice lacing is beginning to develop. The aroma is slightly sweet, fruity and quite malty. Same goes for the taste. The hops certainly take the back seat in this stone ale. Its certainly not a very complex brew but its nice. I could see it being a good session brew. The feel is slick and moderate. Very drinkable but may get boring after a few.

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Photo of giblet
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

well, as a lover of Stone...this is not my favorite. pours very nice with about one and a half inch of head. nice carbonation, nice aroma of hop and dryness. flavor is less than what i hoped for but if i compare to the ipa than it may be fair. good lace down the glass. a good beer from an exceptional brewer. not exeptional though.

suckem up and movem out.


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Pale Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 2,715 ratings