Stone Pale Ale | Stone Brewing

Stone Pale AleStone Pale Ale
2,714 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 06-23-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap The Village Tavern in Hammondsport, NY.

Pours a clear copper amber, with a 2 inch head, and really good thick lacing down the glass.

Smells quite hoppy, but slightly metallic. Lots of citrus zest, grapefruit and pine.

The taste is similar. The metallicness is there in the flavor too, but it's not that distracting. Fresh, clean, crisp hop flavor here, with only a little bit of sweet malt that makes the hops taste like sugar-coated grapefruit.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean, dry mouthfeel. Great mouthfeel, almost silky.

This is one of the original Stone beers, and it's still impressive.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sierra Nevada Pint Glass

Appearance: reddish brownish, hazy amber. Can't really see through it with a finger off-white head that with good lacing around.

Smell: Caramel, hazel, dark fruity notes, yet sweet and malty.

Taste: sweet orangey caramel maltiness. It's more on the malty side.

Mouthfeel: medium full-boddied with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a great APA, by far one of my favorites. It has a very rich, yet complex taste. This is an excellent session beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says "Enjoy By 10/17/13." Consumed on 8/18/13, so I believe this one's pretty fresh.

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is coppery amber with a half-finger ecru-colored head that leaves behind a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Good for an APA - some caramel malt and juicy, citrusy hops. Not overwhelmingly strong in the nose, but solid for the style and nicely balanced.

T: More malty than expected - especially from Stone. Toffee, caramel malt sweet foundation; think also of brown sugar. Finishes with some citrusy hops (more oranges or clementines than grapefruit) and a spicy, earthy hop bite that at times seems metallic. Lingering bitterness - which at times seems lemony, at times metallic - on the palate is a bit of a surprise because early on it seems so malty.

M: Medium in heft, carbonation is on the lighter/finer side of the spectrum.

O: I like it.

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3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which appears to have excellent retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a medium to dark amber which glows a medium amber when held up to the light. Considerable lacing is left behind.

Nose- Caramel and citrus from the glass. Very noticeable caramel from the bottle. This subsides rather quickly but it was nice when it lasted. Though the caramel does linger longer than any citrus notes. The citrus notes are basically undefined but present. A certain mustiness (as in an armpit/dirty socks sort of hoppiness) comes out when this beer is swirled.

Taste- Considerable malt bill for a pale ale- some aspects of a lager/pilsner. Definite cereal and grain followed by caramel. Definite citrus notes (orange and lemon) follow this with a slight finish of pine, resin, and spice. I'm guessing that the date is 09/03/13 as the hops do not seem faded. While this might be modest by today's standards, I enjoy the mellow nature of the flavor profile. There is an incredible amount of complexity and integration, that “so-called lack of presence” seems minimal. Significantly different from SNPA and Red Chair, but definitely in the same league. Stone's prices for six packs tend to run higher than Sierra and Deschutes, so I would probably still opt for those. Wood and spice comes out more and more as this beer opens up. There's a juiciness that starts to round out the entire flavor profile that really defines this beer.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with light carbonation. The syrup in the texture makes the light carbonation work.

Drinkability- Very easygoing. Subtle complexity. Stone is a little pricier but would consider this if I were looking for something a little different from my usual IPAs.

Overall- Solid APA. Must try. It will be more amenable to those who like a stronger malt bill but it is not without its hop charm.

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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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