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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

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Added by kbub6f on 06-23-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured very clean and clear. small, one finger white head that 'laced " the sides of my glass.
smells were of the outdoors, very floral from the hops with a nice, bready scent as well. the malts came through nicely.
taste was very nice. the hops dominated the tongue but their was a decent malt in the rear.
good beer to quaff all night long

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

Pours a medium dark copper color with a tan head that quickly disappears. Pine resin and citrus aromas greet you as your nose gets near the beer. Taste is of a slight malt sweetness with a shocking, for Stone, subdued hop bitterness in the finish. The hops
and malt is well balanced.

The mouthfeel is medium and contrasts with a typical UK pale ale-whose Pales I find too thin.

Drinkability is high-often gets lost for me when presented with a bigger Stone beer-however, a very solid beer.

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Photo of reeder
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

huge creamy off-white head. A thin layer lasted the entire time I drank the ale and coated the walls of the glass. an awesome caramel color that lets you know this is a serious beer.

subtle, but wonderful nose. hints of citrus. almost a bit of berries like an english pub ale. after a while i sense a bit of white wine - just a hint of the white wine scent that i get from barley wines.

first taste is just yum. the bitterness lets itself be known right away, but is never overwhelming. slowly some flavors emerge. definitely some citrus. to the point that it is quite lemony. a malty core carries the bitterness through to the end. wonderful oily texture.

overall, an exceptionally enjoyable beer. the arrogant bastard (which i love) is enjoyable in a challenging sense, like climbing up a mountain. the pale ale is enjoyable like spending a day at the beach. delicious.

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

a: amber/brown body; very limited white covering on top with light lacing

s: light grainy malts; light citrus hops

t: very grainy; apples; light hint of bitter malts

m: smooth and creamy with light carb

d: pretty mild for a west coast pale; real euro in terms of hops and flavor intensity

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Photo of ralree
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep red with a reddish white 1-finger head that has good retention and good lacing. Cloudy.

S: Powerful hops, grapefruit, caramel malt, brown sugar.

T: Great flowering hop flavor, grapefruit flavor is great, perfect bitterness. Alcohol on the swallow, a little too much. Grapefruit bitterness sticks around. Lightly toasted malt flavor is found on the swallow as well.

M: A little over-carbonated, but bearable. Almost completely non-astringent. Medium-bodied.

D: Drinks well, but It's almost too sweet to have too much of. The alcohol is a little high, but bearable. I can't see myself drinking too many of these, but it's still pretty good, and I'll buy it again.

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

12 oz bottle with a very difficult to read drink by date stamped around the bottom of the front bottle. It has the etched gargoyle artwork.

This one poured a reddish, copper, slightly hazy color with white head with a hint of beige which quickly settled down to a skim on top; not much lacing.

There was not a lot of smell when I opened the bottle; some sweet malt and faint hop aroma.

The first sip was surprising bitter upfront and followed by some malty flavor; however, as this one warmed, the malt dominated similar to a British style pale ale. There is very little complexity in the flavor with this one which is surprising as I have always enjoyed the Stone IPA. There is a slight metallic flavor that keeps this ale from being refreshing. I must report that typical of most fine ales, the subtle sweet maltiness becomes more pronounced and rounded as the ale warms.

Light to medium bodied leaving little after taste on the tongue.

This one is drinkable, despite that metallic taste, and at 5.4 % ABV it qualifies as a session ale. I expected more from Stone as this is the flagship, but it is worth trying.

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

Had this many a time before, but a current review never hurts. Had on tap at DW's Pub at one of the downtown hotels in San Diego.

20 oz glasses

I was expecting more of Stone's trademark hoppy bite but this was actually a little more subdued. Creamy even. Rich amber to brown, caramelized sugar color.

Nice malt sweetness, quite balanced given Stone's usual MO when it comes to hops. Might mark the taste down a bit but the drinkability up.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark copper in color with thin off-white head that quickly fades. Light lacing.

S - Nice citrusy hop aroma. Also a hint of some malt sweetness, maybe caramel?

T - Dominated by a citrusy hop taste but not very strong. A funky sweetness shows up as well. Something is just a little off in the taste.

M/D - Light to medium bodied with excellent carbonation. A drinkable pale ale but not my favorite and definitely the weakest offering I have had from Stone.

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

Consumed 06/17/08.

Very slightly hazy medium yellow/bronze with a creamy, off white head (that could actually be described as slightly yellow-orange, I guess) a finger high that subsides to a sticky foam before long. Good carbonation in nucleated glass.

Aroma is nicely hoppy, though milder than one might expect, given Stone's reputation and/or experience with their other beers. Sweet and floral in the nose with a stern bitterness beneath.

Texture on the palate is slightly creamy (a nice surprise) and moderately carbonated. Ever-so-slightly dry finish.

Flavor is two note: sweet bready malt contrasts with floral, crisp hoppiness. Well-moderated bitterness at the end that lingers for a bit. Fairly simple and easy to drink.

This may be a sin, but I think this one is better at fridge temp than at cellar temp.

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

A: Poured a beautiful orange-bronze with a slight 1 finger, creamy dirty beige head that despite its small nature retained pretty well. A nice thick, lustrious sheet lacing was left behind down the walls of the glass from such a small initial head. Visible carbonation was strong and aggressive at the pour but quickly gave way to a light-medium state soon after.

S: nice dry and pine, with some sweet dried caramel.

T: The initial flavor yielded a spicy, flowery hop bite balanced beautifully by a rich caramel sweetness. Some sticky sweet pine resin, pink grapefruit with a spicy hoppiness gives this a great sweet-n-spicy flavor. The finish is spicy and flowery and lingers just enough to appreciate and leave you wanting more on the next sip. A classic example by all means.

M: medium-full with a nice bittering hoppiness of grapefruit.

D: Drinkability is damm good and tasty and really enjoyed this one. A great sweet-n-spicy drink that is case worthy by all means and one I could enjoy all night.

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Photo of iuhophead87
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I've had many of Stone's brews and have never tasted their Pale Ale. I thought I would sit down and review this one.

Serving Tyoe: 12 oz Bottle

A- poured a dark orange almost rusty color with a small head which had lacing that lasted throughout the entire tasting.
S- A very floral smell with just a hint of hops. A faint caramel malt is also detected.

T- A very malty flavor with a floral hop bitterness. A very fruity finish after the strong caramel malt onset.
M- A light bodied beer with a slightly dry finish.

D- Not a great/must have beer, but could be a session beer depending on the occasion.

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Photo of ITK4ever
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I didn't know what to expect. I love most of Stone's offerings, but I had never tried the APA. Stone is fairly new to Maryland. The color on the pour was a little darker and richer than I expected. Amber tones, and maltier on the nose. I picked up some hops, Centennial, I believe...maybe a little Warrior, but not as strong as the de facto for this style...Sierra Nevada. Nice lacing and a thin, but firm head. Hoppy at the start, which I love, then the malt takes over. A little stronger than I normally would like, but it lends to a good balance. Pretty clean finish for this style.

I liked it. Not my favorite as I tend more towards IPAs, but this is a good brew for friends who aren't the hop-head I am. I love Stone bottles. I don't know if you'll find it in my fridge all the time, but every so often, I'll grab a sixer when I'm in the mood.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper amber with a decent frothy off-white head into a pint glass. Head doesn't linger for long, and a non-sticky lacing is present through the glass.

Offers up an earthy, slightly malty smell with just a hint of floral hops. Smell is very nice but not very profound, with little variety on the nose. Malts trump the subtle hops in this regard.

Smooth tasting, and with light/moderate carbonation yields a pleasant feel. Drinkability improves with food.

Stone's website calls this their interpretation of a British style pale ale, and I agree(they should know!). Less hoppy than many APA's, this brew offers more malt in the finish, perhaps a bit much, yet not too much, and brings forth a quasi chardonnay-like buttery close on the tongue, sans the oak of course and with a malt finish.

Recommend, especially when grilling. A bit sweet for a stand alone session brew.

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Photo of luvND
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12 oz stone litho bottle
A: a little darker than i expected, copper-red
S: dry and biscuity
T: some malt and dry biscuit up front, a little hoppier than i expected for a straight pale ale but it works well
M: thin but right for the style
D: could definitely knock back a few of these but the hops seem a little out of balance on this one which cuts back on the drinkability a bit
Notes: not one of my favorite styles, but this is a nice one none the less and pretty drinkable. Stone never lets me down.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a decent off white head that left a decent amount of lacing.

S- Sweet malts, Earthy smells, floral and a hint of hops.

T- A little more hoppy than the smell led on. Very nice citrus and piney hops that are balanced out with a nice malt back bone.

M- Medium in body with good carbonation.

D- Another great brew from Stone. Easy to drink Pale Ale.

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

Serving type: 12 oz bottle.

Poured a dark orange color with very little head into a pint glass.

Taste: Sweet, hoppy flavor that lasts after you swallow.

Drinkability: Very. Low ABV ensures you'll still be coherent after the first couple of these :)

Overall: A wonderful beer. One of my favorite session ales that I can find at most of my local liquor stores. Also a great introductory craft beer for your friends and family.

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

A - Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Opaque copper/light rust color with a short head. Head left quickly, but lacing lasted.

S - Very light smell. Hoppy with a floral or citrus backing. Not a lot of smell there, overall, making undertones hard to pick out.

T - The hops are nicely rounded out with a citrus or floral backing. A generally softer hops bite than with a lot of pale ales. Makes the beer more flexible. Overall a good flavor.

M - Full body, medium carbonation. Fairly smooth.

D - Drinkable. No more, no less.

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Photo of Hokies
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic. Pours a deep copper color with some haze. Their is a small head that disappears quickly with some slight lacing. Smells very malty with a heavy does of spice and some hops. The beer starts with a malt taste then quickly goes over to the hops and spice and finishes dry. Their is moderate carbonation in the beer and leaves an oily coating on the tongue. This is nice pale that I could drink all night.

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Photo of Taffle
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A copper, amber coloration and malty head give this pale a great appearance.

After literally dipping my shnoz in the foam, I took away some subtle hops and fruitiness. A bit orangy and tangy citric.

Hops were there, but not much. A lot of zest from the fruit. Really smooth and not too much bite - just perfect.

A bit more to this beer than was expecting. The flavors are wonderful and the mouthfeel was great. Perfect carbonation and body on the palate.

Stone still doesn't seize to amaze me with their products. This is probably my new favorite pale ale. Everything seems to be moderate and perfected. Love this brew.

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Photo of philbe311
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Rich bronze color... Dancing carbonation... Solid head... Looks rich and complex...

S - As expected mild hops and malt at first smell... Upon further examination there is hints of cedar and citrus...

T - A mild very refeshing pale ale... Subtly complex... Hoppy, yet well balanced...

M - Creamy and smooth... Excellent balance... Very refreshing...

D - A perfect session beer... Kudos to Stone and an exceptionally well crafted Pale Ale...

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Photo of kush6875
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into a DT goblet:

appearance: rich copper color with thick creamy head.

smell: a nice blend of hops an malts goin on here, little bit woody

taste: very balanced pale ale with a great rich taste. very full malt flavor up front with a nice hopped finish. very fresh

mouthfeel: what it should be not too heavy not to light. just right for a pale ale

drinkabilty: at 5.4% alc this brew is easily sessionable. would go great with a burger. another great brew from stone that i feel is greatly overlooked.

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

A: Copper colored with very thin offwhite head

S: Very citrus like smell with some herbs and spicing in the background. As it warms the deep caramel and biscuit smell arises.

T/M: Wonderfully hopped with spicy bitter hops, some citrus. The high carbonation adds to the citrus and pine as the beer first hits the palatte. As the beer rolls across the sides of the tongue some small amount of biscuit and malt comes in but is not dominant. Finishes with a very herbal and spicy finish.

D: Very good beer and highly hopped. Love to drink these.

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

Clear copper color with a slight head. Pale malt aroma with a trace of hops. Nice balanced malt/hop profile with some nice, juicy hop notes tingeing the taste buds. Nice flavor. A toned down version of their IPA, but retaining the hop flavors in a more nuanced presentation. Highly sessionable. A good beer. Cheers.

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

This staple beer poured a hazy light brown with tan head. It smelled like a good mix of mild pine hops and malt. Its flavor was a nice, smooth blend of caramel malt and mild copper hops. It was watery with slight carbonation and a mild, clean bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very mellow, drinkable, and clean drink combining for a great pale ale.

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Photo of ChrisCastillo
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brilliantly clear, deep orange/amber, modest white head leaving some belgian lacing on pint glass.

Aroma: Sweet toasted malt and sticky/resinous american hops fight each-other for majority, well balanced aroma.

Flavor: a fresh floral and crisp hop flavor to begin, dark caramel and biscuit-like malts soon follow. Bitterness kicks in at the end, perfectly offsetting the malt sweetness.

Mouth-feel: medium, carbonation is well suited for this style of beer (not too much, not too little).

Overall: well crafted pale ale, great balance of toasted maltiness and fresh hoppiness. I initially thought this beer was going to be a little on the hoppy/bitter side (Stone beers tend to be hop bombs), but alas this pale ale is quite remarkably balanced.

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Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 2,714 ratings
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