Stone Pale Ale | Stone Brewing

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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

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 BillHaverchuck
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a dark woody color, deep dark hazy amber
beautifully large foamy head
smells very woody and balanced
so crisp and refreshing, my mouth is left with a pinch from the hops as it's swallowed
great balanced pale ale, not too hoppy but just enough kick to it
this is a really great beer!

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Photo of dsa7783
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried a couple of beers from Stone brewing company and this is probably one of my favorites. For a pale Ale pours slightly darker than I expected. With a ruby red burgundy color and a modest head. Smell was very light comparable to many of the style. Taste was crisp clear and clean with slight bready flavors and a lingering caramel and maulty finish. Distinct honey sweetness present with no bitter aftertones. Easy drinkability goes down smooth. Def recommended.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another new Stone Beer, my fourth now, this is becoming such a Chore!!
What a beautiful very deep radiant copper-amber color this beer pours. The head is robust at first, not quite white – but an inviting shade of Cream. The head leaves a slug-like trail of lace as the beer was consumed (rapidly I may add!). Unlike the IPA, the hop aromas in the Pale Ale are softer and more rounded, quite subdued almost, akin to those you get in an outside Herb Garden. A grainy malt is also prevalent in the after-nose. Fantastic smooth, creamy, mouth feel, that instantly advertises this beer as a Drinkers Ale…, a Session Beer…, Highly Quaffable…, a Gallon Beer…, whatever you want to call it socially, …formally, the Drinkability is a definite “5” for me, Exceptional !. A really fruity, smooth, introduction at first, introduces a very quick sweet-malt middle leading to some hop-bitterness in the end. I also get some sweet biscuity malt and grain in the middle, that I find really helps keep this beer on an even keel. Perfect balance for a Session Beer!!!
The Fourth Stone Beer I have reviewed, the 4 empty Bomber Bottles now take pride of place in my Kitchen. This is Stones best seller apparently – I can’t think why……

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one a few months ago, drank the case so quickly that I forgot to review one. Then i was told that it was a mistake that it came to the East and that i won't be able to get it again. Well I saw a case of it again last week and grabbed it. So here goes the review before it's all gone.

Dark copper color with a nice sized head. This beer has the look of quality that you expect from Stone. Smell is fruity with some citrus zest. Also a strong backbone of caramel and biscuit malt comes through. The taste is perfectly balanced. I love Stone's hop bombs but this is just a solid balanced beer that deserves some props. Finishes with a little bit of a bitter bite, just to let you know it's a stone, and a little dry. If you look at drinkability as being able to down a bunch in a night than this is the most drinkable stone i've had. If you look at drinkablity as being "boy i could drink this beer for the rest of my life and be happy" then it's a winner also. The quality I've come to know and expect from stone. Hope this one continues to be available in PA.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-dark straw in color with a thick 1" head that becomes all fluffy like as it settles. Awesome retention, some kind of head is with the the brew all the way through. White lace on glass.

S- clean, malty and grainy. Inviting.

T- hop freakin crazy. bitterness in middle and aftertaste, surprising delightful. Very grainy and malty, some kind of sweetness in there.

M- dries up on you at the end, but the rest is great. smooth, nice body.

D- smooth with great taste, i could spend a lot of time with this one, and enjoy every mintue of it. Very distinct from other pale ales ive tried.

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Photo of dblinkhorn
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass tulip goblet.

Appearance - Slightly hazy medium amber color. The color is very spectacular on this pale ale. The head is just over a finger at first. It's white, silky, and sticky. It quickly dissipates to a constant lace that remains for the whole drink.

Smell - The scent is slightly faint, but right off the bat I can smell those signature bitter citrusy hops (can't wait to take a sip). Also, the malt aroma is in the far background, but definitely present and it smells perfect. The malt smell is rich and full.

Taste - Wow, this is a pale ale with character! Right up front the bitter, crisp, and citrusy hops come out strong, with the rich malt coming fast behind it. The end of the taste is dominated again by the hops, and the malt is again commanding the background, doing its job perfectly. The flavor is perfect for a pale ale. This brew is the benchmark by which to compare all other pale ales, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel - Again I'm amazed. The carbonation is spot on. It is medium-bodied and flows around in your mouth like smooth silk. It's very clean, very crisp, and very refreshing. Perfect again.

Drinkability - Let's just say this is one of my staple brews. For a pale ale, this is the most fantastic brew I've had. The hops are bold, the malt flavor is perfect, and it has a refreshing bitter hop aftertaste that is most pleasing.

Overall, this beer would be given a 5.0 across the board if the brew itself were perfectly clear with a more impressive head, and if the smell was a bit more pronounced. However, these slight weaknesses are far outweighed by the exceptional flavor, mouthfeel, and ease of drinking. This is a must have!

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Photo of Lothore
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a dark brown with a reddish hue. Big head which dissaptes into a decent amount of lacing. Smells of hops, hints of sweet flowers, slight bread smell and I could swear I smell a slight bit of banana. The taste seems very balanced. It ends with a small amount of bitterness. The mouthfeel is fairly thick for an APA with ample carbonation. This brew is highly drinkable, definitely my favorite APA.

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Photo of billiumk
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good looking red color with just over 2 fingers of head that retains well, nice lacing. Has a fairly mild citrus smell. Mouthfeel is relatively light with the degree of carbonation I expected. Very drinkable with good hoppy character that doesn't blow your doors off, a good session beer I think. I'm not normally a big pale ale fan but enjoyed this one and will buy again.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Pale Ale has a thin, cream-colored head, a good amount of lacing, and a hazy (after I swirled & poured in the sediment), orange appearance. The aroma is of hops, water, and bready sweetness. Taste is of piney, resinous hops, slight citrus, a little sweetness, and some faint bread. Mouthfeel is soft and medium, and Stone Pale Ale finishes refreshing, easy drinking, and mild. Overall, this is a nice, pleasant ale, and I think you should try it.


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Photo of megahurts4
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Brewing Pale Ale

Appearance: Red, very small head with good lacing.

Smell: Apples, coriander, and some floral qualities.

Taste: Floral hops, slight apple, and rich malts.

Mouthfeel: medium-light with a slight hoppiness.

This is a very good beer. It has the perfect balance between flavor and smoothness. I really like this one.

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Photo of Dmann
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of the ultimate session beers in my opinion. On tap it is especially smoothe and crisp. It poured a nice light amber color with not much head because the bartender filled up the pint to the brim! Right off the bat I could smell the scent of floral hops and a slight spice that I cannot put my finger on. The taste was very good and reminded me a bit of the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale but with a much more balanced floral hop character and a nice malt flavor as well. Seeing as how most good bars around town have this on tap, this is now the new default beer =)

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Photo of dfillius
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
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 tesguino
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the truth of all craft beer, this brewery, -clap, clap...- has an alternative graphic image, screeenprinted bottles, and its beers are really from the "el otro lado", not like the same thing -bud, bud light, miller, and others like this-, with an abuse of adjuncts and aditives, like corn, rice etc. i try this in a pint glass of course, a great taste, exceptional for me, good lacing, smell over flower hops, and disctinctive hops mouthfeel, at last, this is a good beer in the wide offer of craft beers, 92% recommended.

good save the gargoyle.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in the 22 oz. bomber, into a pint glass. The color is amber, with a white foamy head that doesn't seem to want to go anywhere. The smell is a nice hoppiness. The taste is a nice citrus hoppiness with a good and noticable caramel malt in the background. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, I could have this one all day long.

This was one that I've wanted to try for a long time, and now that I have, I'm glad I did. Stone creates another classic, and a truely great session beer. Simply fantastic, and one I'd certainly have again, and a candidate for a session beer for me.

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Photo of PatronWizard
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
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 nicholas2121
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Stone Pale Ale -brewed by Stone Brewing Co., with an ABV of 5.40% This brew pours out a nice,deep, golden amber color , with a nice white head. I really like the look of this brew. The smell of this pale ale is rich with hops, grins and malts. There is a nice amount of hops in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste , it is bold with flavors. You fisrt pick up on th hops in tis brew. Then you pick up on the nice smoothness of grains and malts. This brew has the look and smell of most pale ales o te market. I'm not saying that is a bad thing. Now for the tases , it is bold with flavors. You pick up on the , the hops aty first them the nice smoothest of grains and malts. Stone Plae ale has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about , this brew. Overall I'm giving Stone Pale Ale, a 4.25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Stone Brewing Co. , did a a nic job with this one.

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Photo of JMazzic
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Golden amber color, little carbonation. About a quarter inch of head that quickly vanishes. This looks very inviting.

Smell - Great hops aroma, it'll perk you up a bit. Alcohol not too strong. Pretty refeshing smell.

Taste - Light bitter hops, not too harsh, quickly disappears. Kinda sweet aftertaste. Tingles your tastebuds, light carbonation. Refreshing, really enjoyable. Nice balance of bite and sweetness. Seems a bit sweeter as it warms up.

Mouthful - Pretty thin, tingly. Slick, and foams up nicely

Drinkability - Very nice beer. Not too bitter, goes down easy. I can drink this all day long. A good "go to" beer for a session.

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Photo of stirgy
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From The Drafting Room in Exton, Pa.

This beer poured a golden yellow with a thin white head. This was a very fresh and floral tasting pale ale. I enjoyed this one a lot and has to be my favorite Pale Ale in recent history. Strong hops and grainy aroma and more fuller bodied than, say Sierra Nevada’s Pale. Nicely done, crispy and pleasantly drinkable.

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Photo of drumdude73
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you haven't had Stone's Pale Ale you are really missing something special! This beer is not your typical Pale is more malty than most Pale Ale's that I have had. Great brown color, lasting head, and a nice malty, yet very well balanced flavor, makes this beer stand out from the rest! If you don't like bitter/hoppy beer and stay away from Pale Ale's, do not ignore this beer. It is not hoppy by any means and yet at the same time it is not overly sweet or malty either. Stone's Pale Ale is a well balanced beer that you will enjoy over and over again!

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
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 centbeerfest
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Strong white head that lasts. Cloudy light medium burnt orange cloudy.

Great balance of hops and a touch of orange sweetness. Little bit of lasting bitterness in the finish which pairs well with the citrus.

On the take home scale I would take home a six pack.

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Photo of Brent
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm certainly a fan of Stone's hop-centric offerings, but I was equally impressed with this beer, in which Stone demonstrated an abilty to hold back on the hop-horsepower while still producing a flavorful beer with bright malt flavors, tinged with caramel malt and juicy but well-balanced hop bittering. Stone managed to put quite a bit of depth into this beer, no small feat for a pale ale. A work of art.

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Photo of Phatz
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I shouldn't be surprised coming from stone how amazingly drinkable this beer is. It is not intense and impressive lie Ruination it is assertively but not aggressively hoppy.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful amber copper color with a creamy off-white head and decent retention. Significant lacing line the glass.

Smell: Malty fruity hoppy and gentle. It is a small but friendly nose.

Taste: The taste is bigger than the nose. It is *perfectly balance with an easy feel from start to finish. Lightly toasted grain and lightly caramel flavored. Malts and brown sugar and gentle grapefruit / orange hop flavors, a top a buttery smooth center. Rich friendly delightful.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and light carbonation, dry spicy bitterness left pleasantly on the palate.

Drinkability: Simply stated I am going to look into the cost of a case. I want more.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Rastabama
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Not pale, almost amber

S: Lovely Ahtanum aroma, sweet caramel malts. Hints of pepper.

T: The hops are one tone lower than the cascade not as bright but delicious, high caramel/bread sweet on the front.

M: Medium, balanced, appropriate.

O: One of the best examples of Californian APA there is. A good session or pairing beer. It is a bit on the sweet caramel side with a darker color than other APAs. I think it's wonderful and has unique character.

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Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
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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Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing
3.89 out of 5 based on 2,715 ratings.
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