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 Dogbrick
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. After trying some of Stone's "bigger" beers like Ruination, Double Bastard and the Russian Imperial Stout this one seems tame by comparison. I found both the aroma and the flavor to be rather subdued. More malt character than the typical APA but still not a bad brew. A good intro to the Stone line.

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Photo of Floydster
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Naja's place

Huge head on this one and unfortunately was served pretty warm in a non-chilled pint glass

Tasted pretty much the same as usual just with a different hop bite

Saphir is not my favorite additive any way, but it was still a pretty good beer

$6.50 was pretty steep for this one, but they said this was their first time casking this and probably their last, so I gave it a try

Go down and check it for yourslef if you get the chance

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Photo of clarkkr
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle -> tulip glass

the first thing you notice is the color of the beer. it's a blend of amber/toffee/honey shade of oragney brown with direct light on it. about a finger of head had very little retention as i drank more, and there was a fair amount of light lacing in the glass.

the smell was the least appetizing part of the beer. you can gain some very mild inferences as to the beer's body and flavor, but it is by no means aromatic. you smell a faint sweet malty scent beneath the mild hop aromas. it's a pleasant smell, but it's faintness didn't get me excited about drinking it.

the taste, however, is very exciting. it's got a good bite from mild hops that still allows the sweet malts come through. it's a good balance of tastes.

it was relatively thin and "silky," and it left a pleasant oily texture in my mouth.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean deep copper, with a tan head. Aromas that are sweet and a small amount of grapefruity hops. Smooth, small hop presenceand a dry end. It does have a small dry aftertaste. I enjoy the fact that it is not over the top, yet has a hop presence. A very nice pale.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly darker gold than your average pale ale, this one comes in at 1/2" white head. Aroma is tame, least hoppy anything that says pale ale anywhere in the name for Stone.

Taste, funny, its mild, average hopping. More malt. What a throwback to the 90s. Still better than your average option at your average bar. Believe dat.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 5.4% ABV, no date.

A - Opening a gushing bottle is never a good thing which is the case with this. Not heavily gushing but enough to spill out on two surface as I poured it hurriedly. Two fingers of off-white cream head stood at attention then slowly lowered to a thin pile on the lightly hazy orange-amber beer. A collar of thin, wispy lace hovered above the surface.

S - A noticeable aroma of hops appears right away but settles to a more balanced nose. Caramel covered biscuit malt changes again, slowly, into an old musty wood paneling and dirty malt nose with a low hop presence. A bit of citrus helps the grassiness a bit but still ends up by the wayside.

T - The lack of hops in the nose is slightly redeemed in the flavor as a slow burn of dry bitterness creeps up. Dry citrus and pine hops take center stage if anything really does. It's all pretty mellow, even the biscuity caramel malts in the background aren't very forward as they are in the nose.

M - Stone's Pale Ale is incredibly dry and actually pretty bitter too. It doesn't hit right away as much as it slowly comes in. Medium-bodied and lighter in carbonation (smooth feeling despite the gush), it goes down decently otherwise.

D - I'm a little skeptical of this bottle's freshness. I expect much more from Stone but it's hard when there is no date present. Either way, it still drinks ok for what it is now.

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Photo of endincolorado
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy Red-Amber color with lots of bubbles, off white head with low retention. Nose smells of fruity- citrus hops with orange and light floral notes. Tastes of citrusy hops with sweet malty background. Light-medium mouthfeel with fairly high carbonation. Another beer I couldn't have more than a few of, given the high carbonation.

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Photo of Onceeven
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New find at the beer store. Remarkably bright copper body under a dense off-white head. Not a lot of carbonation. The smell is subdued but resinous. Mouthfeel is light and creamy with a bright bitterness that dances acrros the tongue. The taste is prickly with a piney/citrus first note. There is a hint of orange rind, a baked maltiness follows and is well balanced. There is a lingering mineral flavor reminiscent of some British Ales.

Good but not Great

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Photo of tchenery
3.39/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz and the beer gives a nice rich amber color that when held to the light shifts to orange.

The smell is not overwhelming, but smells mostly of sweet malt.

There is an initial bitter bite that immediately gives way to some light malt flavors which are followed by a very earthy, slightly pine hop flavor. Very dry finish, smooth mouthfeel.

Not overly drinkable for me, surprisingly. I expected this to be just as flavorful as it is but a little easier going down.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle I picked up in Michigan last time I was up there, brewed at the new brewery. Pours into my glass a deep reddish orange hue with an inch of white head atop the brew. Aromas of biscuit laced caramel malts intertwine with piney, herbal hops. Earthy in a way as well. Slightly resinous.

First sip brings a caramel, biscuit malt upfront that is met by herbal, earthy, somewhat piney hops midway through. Flows down with a mild bitterness that balances nicely with the malt sweetness. The pale ale finishes clean with a light lingering caramel covered hop.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creamy smoothness. Good steady carbonation. Great mouthfeel all around for a pale ale. This is an easy drinking pale ale but I prefer a brighter hop character and this one seems a bit too earthy for me. Not a brew I'd turn to myself, I think I'll stick to my other Stone faves from now on.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm light copper clear body with a thick creamy head that last and last. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- This beer has a light dry toasted malt note with a finish of pine hops. The hops are soft and balance the malt. This is very atypical for stone.

T- The soft flavor of marshmallows and pale malt has a light tartness to the hops that develop into a pungent bitterness at the finish. The hops have a light pine note when it warms a bit.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a creamy texture that last as long as the head does.

D- This beer has a pretty light flavor with a soft hops flavor. There isn’t much depth to the hops and the malt is pretty light aswell.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, slightly reddish amber with a less than finger width head, average retention, and a lace that's sparse though somewhat sticky.

Smell - Smell is a touch soapy, with mild hints of citrus and floral hops and the faintest of bread or caramel malt character.

Taste - Follows the nose to some extent, though the flavors are bolder than the smell would have one believe... for better or worse. Starts mild, with a bit of bready malt, followed quickly by a twang of citrus bitterness, but somewhere after, the soapy character kicks in. It's not entirely unpleasant, but it's not a quality I find wanting in a beer. Beer finishes with lingering soapiness and fading citrus hop bitters.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with a nice, crisp, biting carbonation. Goes down fairly smooth.

Overall - I wanna like this beer... but I can't. The soapy character present is just too much to overlook. Outside the soapiness there are real positive qualities, but not enough to save it from mediocrity. It's drinkable, but not something I'd prefer to drink.... candidate for a re-review. Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood.

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Photo of champ103
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark copper/red color. A two finger light beige head forms with good retention. The foam gently recedes to a ring that sticks throughout. Light sticky lace is left behind.
S: At first, citrus and grassy hops up front. That quickly gives way to a nice toasted caramel malt aroma. Very nice.
T: Thin hops of citrus and grass. Slightly dank and soapy. Grainy cereal and brown sugar. Lightly toasted.
M/D: A medium body slightly under carbonated for me. Thin, and is lacking any kind of crispness or bite to it. Not hard to drink at all. Though probably will not be a repeat purchase for me.

This is decent. Though uneventful. This just seems a little thin for the most part. There is nothing wrong here, just did not do it for me. Worth a try, but I have had better pale ales that are locally made at that.

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Photo of Slackerville
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

More mellow in terms of hop aroma and bitterness than many other Stone offerings this beer is still tasty with balanced flavor. Color is a nice pale amber and this beer is incredibly drinkable and refreshing while still staying in the West Coast pale ale vein.

As usual Stone uses quality ingredients in terms of both malt and hops to make one of their most balanced beers. While Stone IPA is distributed across the country Stone Pale Ale continues to have more of a niche following which is fine by me.

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Photo of AltBock
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A little 12 oz. bottle with the usual silk-screened Stone trade mark on the front. Their trade mark is that of their kneeling muscular horned gargoyle giving the drinker of this beer an evil creepy look. Sometimes the gargoyle has a pitcher of beer in his hand, but I guess he wasn't thirsty when his picture was taken. To the right is the California warning, Government warning, and then the barcode in the middle or the warnings. On the back is the definition of the word Gargoyle and the usual long Stone information paragraph about the beer and brewery. To me it's mostly just gibberish, but it's nice to see they didn't waste any space on the back of the bottle. There is a close up silk-screened picture of the kneeling muscular horned gargoyle on the neck of the bottle. I didn't see any day stamped onto the bottle, but it has to recent because this Stone beer just arrived into the state of Ohio.

Appearance: When poured into a simple mug that can be found anywhere, the beer was a deep copper orange with a head of foam that was pearl white in color and half an inch in height. It dissipated away only after 1 to 2 minutes. If left no white rings or even white spotty lace for that matter.

Smell: It had a light aroma of bitter herbal hops, a pinch of juicy fruits, and a splash of roasted caramel in the background. It took a lot of effort of swirling this beer around the glass to even get the slightest bit of smell to emerge.

Taste: For such a low alcohol Stone brew, I found this beer to very enjoyable. It's not suppose to knock me on my ass, it's just a well rounded low ABV% slightly bitter Pale Ale. In the in taste I got some bitter citrus hops followed by a few citrus fruits, and a miniature amount of roasted malts and sweet caramel. What was nice was that it wasn't overly hopped, it was just a well rounded Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel: It was very light, crisp, smooth, dry, and with a not too strong aftertaste of bitter cirrus hops. To me it was a mouthfeel that every Pale Ale should have.

Drinkability: I know it was a nice highly drinkable session beer, but for some reason I just didn't care about this beer. I don't know what it was, but it had to be something in this beer that made not care about this certain Stone brew. I don't see myself anytime in the future buying this beer again.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On going mission to try Stone's various brews. Six pack from nearby spirits stone. 10 dollar sixer.

A: Pours a dark copper with virtually no lacing or head. Not bad, but not what I was expecting.

S: Light floral, hop accent with little else. I anticipate that this is a much lighter offering than Stone's other brews.

T: Slight mix of hops and citrus notes with a minimal tart and bread-like aftertaste. Pretty decent.

M: Kind of thin, but also expected for a lighter pale ale. Less than moderate carbonation, but still fairly well balanced.

D: This is a very good session beer, and if I was going to knock back a few of something light and refreshing, this could be a go to brew.

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Photo of beertunes
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a light amber color with about an inch of just off-white head that had good retention, but minimal lacing. This beer was a little too dark to be "Pale".

A surprisingly malty aroma had a pleasant twinge of hops at the back. The flavor was more hop forward than the scent had led me to expect. There was bittering hop on the finish that balanced the slightly sweet malt on the front.

The body was slightly thinner than I expected but still enjoyable. This is a very drinkable beer, having more than a couple would be easy enough.

Overall, a very pleasant and enjoyable beer. This beer falls into the trap a lot of brews in this style fall into, being more of an "IPA lite", rather than just being happy as itself. Perhaps this is to be expected in a beer by Arrogant brewers.

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Photo of JesteR14
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- This beer looks great in a tumbler. Very large tan head that is fluffy and clings to the glass. Beautiful copper/orange color that has no carbonation acting after pour

S- This beer has a good smell of hops and malt, not strong but its there. Toasted malts and for some reason i get a faint taste of apple..

T- Good pale ale that has a great balance of hops and malts.

M- Creamy and smooth. Malts linger on the tongue with slight hop bitterness in the background. Not my personal feel but great beer.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty translucent mahogany with a fluffy head that quickly dissipates. Good carbonation. Smells pretty light, some floral hops and a hint of wheats. Taste is also a bit light, very slight nuttiness almost with a gradually prominent floral hoppiness. Good drinker, i'd have it again, rather punchy for a pale ale.

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Photo of mjhorn
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Was a deep copper color with a thick white head, which dissipated pretty quickly leaving just enough foam for some nice lacing to coat the glass. Overall look is great. Aroma is somewhat restrained, a slight touch of hops but mostly the malt coming through here, a little caramel or maybe toffee. Taste starts just a tad sweet but quickly taken over by the bitterness of the hops. A bit too much for my taste as I don't even get a lot of flavor from the hops here, just the bitterness. Finishes very dry with lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is fairly light bodied with somewhat heavy carbonation. Drinkability takes a hit for me as even the lingering bitterness is enough to make it a little rough.

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Photo of Phelps
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks: super cloudy amber-yellow with a sticky, dense head about two fingers tall and shock-white that grips the walls in soapy spatters.

Smells: bright, but a little muted. Leans heavily toward the west coast hops, with lots of citrusy grapefruits and oranges. Malt is only present in the faint background scent of saltine crackers.

Tastes: unexpected. It opens with a very light earthy hoppiness, soil-like, with a subtle bitterness and none of the hop bite I'd expect. Flavors of bubblegum and saltines emerge mid-palate, while a light honey sweetness rounds out the finish.

Feels: nice and smooth. The body's just a shade under medium and lightly carbonated.

Drinks: not how I expected. A good alternative when all other choices are BMC, but I need mo' bitter!

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Photo of Duff27
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Inch-tall light tan head atop a light ruby pale ale. Good head retention and some lacing.

S- Smells bready, light lemon zest.

T- Faint citrus notes. Nice bittering hops. Well balanced.

M- On the lighter side, kind of watery. Carbonation is okay.

D/O- Besides the look, I found it mostly dull and uninteresting as a whole. Easy drinking though? Yes. Made me burp a lot and I like that.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A-Thick 2.5 finger offwhite head. Clouded dark orange color. Spotty lacing.

S- Hoppy and grassy. Nice bitter smell.

T- Strangely sweet. Bitter as well, as is fitting for the APA. Very refreshing flavor.

M- Light in body, crisp finish. Little carbonation.

O-The classic. Good beer, not great in my opinion. A bit too watery for my taste.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Warner's. BB 21/10/13.

Briefly, good dark amber colour, truly off-white head though, with unappealing large bubbles and scummy lace. Little on nose, and taste is apricots, grapefruits, somewhat stale, doughy malts, but still hoppy. Not a zesty Pale Ale.

Not maybe the best purchase, now I have seen the date, and has not kept as well as it's higher ABV brothers I have tried. Solid.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty pedestrian stuff for Stone. Looks the part, a little darker than a normal pale ale, minimal head and lacing. No noticeable aroma.

Taste, a mild pale, not the trademark Stone aggressive hopping. A little thicker than your average pale, more roasted malt I guess. Mouthfeel, remains sessionable, no discernable shifts throughout. Kinda pricey for what you get.

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Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing
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