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 ism
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper-orange, slight haze but otherwise pure, with very tiny bubbles swimming upwards. Off-white, lush, bubbly head leaving spotty lacing. Floral hops upfront on the nose, with caramel behind.

Smooth and medium-bodied, hops edging out the sweetness, in a nicely balanced way, and fully emerging in the aftertaste with a heavy citrus punch. Slight grassiness indicative of dry-hopping. Solid lingering notes.

Finished this 22oz bomber wanting more. Smooth and just short of being too interesting, perfect for sessionability.

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Photo of bultrey
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With all of Stone's bombastic beers, it's easy to overlook the simple yet elegant pale ale. This was my best choice on draft at the bar of the hotel I recently stayed at, and I had no problem sucking down 4 or 5 of these while watching game 7 of the ALCS with a bunch of anti-Yankee fans.
What can I say about this beer except that it has remarkable balance, a trait common to many of Stone's offerings... It pours a burnt orange color with a thin head and sticky lacing. There is an excellent hoppy bite followed by nice, smooth caramel-flavored maltiness. This beer was good served in the unfortunate chilled glass, but excpetional once it warmed up.
Once again, Stone lets quality ingredients do the work for them in this flavorful and very drinkable pale ale.

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Photo of alexgash
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I vaguely remember trying this on cask at the Stone 7th Anniversary party, but it’s a little fuzzy (too much Speedway Stout that afternoon?). Anyhow, I’m sure it was great based on how much I liked the bottled version, which…
Pours a deep, yet bright, copper with a sticky, thick, light-khaki head.
Smells of maple syrup, caramel apples, and sugar, but also has a substantial hop balance to it.
Tastes much like it smells. Sweetish fruit and waffle cone malt. Hops come in, seemingly un-intimidated by the big maltiness. Bitter resin and citrus flavors carry into the finish, with lingering butterscotch/fruit. Yum. This is a big-bodied APA, that actually reminds me of some breweries IPAs. Very drinkable, just wish I had more.

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Photo of bigchris1313
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A golden-orange, tending towards orange.

Smell: Somewhat hoppy, but not that hoppy compared to Stone IPA.

Taste: This is where this beer let me down. I was hoping for the uber-hoppiness that is their IPA, but maybe I was expecting too much. It was hoppy and a little malty, but just not that hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than a Pilsner, but not much else.

Drinkability: If one were to enjoy this beer, one could surely drink it for a while; however, I only thought the was good, not great, and thus scored it accordingly.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From recently discovered notes:

Wow, I forgot to review this one for a while. So here it goes. A dark amber/copper colour with a thick white head of foam that lasts for a while and leaves very nice lace patterns on my arrogant bastard pint glass. The aroma is definately hop-heavy but the biscuity, bready malts are in there as well. The taste is hoppy up front, but this is a very balanced pale ale, especially for Stone. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and the drinkability is very good! An awesome, balanced, pale from Stone Brewing Co.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stone Pale Ale

Appearance- light brown/ orange/ amber with a decent head.
Smell- floral and citrus hops not as strong as some IPA's
Taste- very similair to Sierra Nevada but just a little more washed down. Floral hops and a grapefruit/ lemony rind taste add a little bitterness.

Overall- a basic run-of-the-mill IPA. Nothing to shout about but I would drink again.

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Photo of joecast
4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

deep, glowing burnt orange in color with a perfect sized foamy, dense head. head was extremely stable, sticking around for most of the 22oz. bottle.
inviting malty sweet, honey aroma.
nicely balanced flavor with just enough (but not too much) bitterness. absolutely full of flavors that blend together very well. hop oils and bitter chocolate made to be best of friends.
there is just no way i could get tired of drinking this. a very straight forward pale ale with no funny business.

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Photo of kmcnair
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle.

Stone Pale Ale pours a light amber color and makes a medium white head. Smell has a slightly roasted malt characteristic, but not too exciting. Flavor is interesting.. it opens up spicy and sweet, roasted, nutty and has a nice bitter hop finish. Mouthfeel is a solid medium, has a slightly sticky syrup aspect that sticks to the mouth and throat as it goes down. I like it, its a good session brew, drinkable without a doubt.

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Photo of Hunter
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper-red in the pour, with two fingers of white, uniformly layered foam. Thinly carbonated.

Nose of hops, bugglegum, and nuts. Weird, but it works.

Very smooth on the tastebuds. The malt comes through nicely, lending a sweet and silky flavor highlighted by hops. Aftertaste is smooth and clean, reminiscent of Fat Tire but better. 5.4% ABV suggests you can enjoy quite a few pints with no ill effects.

Stone continues to impress...

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Photo of meathookjones
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with the standard stone silk screen design. I have no idea why this and their levitation ale never make it to out here but all their other brews and seasonals do. So this was ordered online. This one pours a great orange amber color with a good-sized head of off white. As the head disappears it leaves a beautiful lacing around the glass and beer. The aroma is predominantly citrus hops with a trailing sweetness from the malt. The taste of sweet malt briefly starts this one before the hop rush kicks in. The finish is a hop bitterness that counter balances the malts nicely. Mouthfeel is unusually thick for a pale ale but I like it, there is also a good amount of carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer as most are from stone and is a great pale ale. It really makes me wonder more why this isn’t as abundant in stores as the rest of their line. Oh well its definitely worth a try for anyone that comes across it.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – The beautiful, deep orangish-brown body tells of a nice malt balance and the head is big and full. It left cool-looking pits of foam on top of the liquid as it settled.

Smell – The aroma here is subdued and consists mostly of light fruits and toasty malts. I can pick up some citrus and floral hopping, but they are small and difficult to read.

Taste – The dryish hops come on a bit more at the taste, but the big malt body rules this road. It is fruity and tangy almost like a red/amber ale.

Mouthfeel – At least medium in the body with some good carbonation and a lively mouthfeel.

Drinkability – I really enjoyed drinking this ale, but it wasn’t what I was expecting. I know it’s not an IPA or a dry-hopped SoCal monster hop bomb, but I would have preferred a bit more balance.

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Photo of oggg
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an earthy amber color. It’s slightly cloudy. It has a nice soft head that leaves a pleasant lace on the pint glass.

The firm aroma of west coast hops wafts up, mixed in with some sweet malt.

This beer hits with a refreshing hop bite and mild carbonation. The hop flavor is layered and complex. Citrus and grass at once. The best part comes next. Through the firm hoppiness, an even firmer maltiness, caramel and toast, surges. So tasty! The bitterness fades to a lingering drone, leaving a semi-dry finish.

Medium bodied, subtle alcohol, great balance and boldness of flavor. Super pale ale. It would make a great everyday beer, except that it makes most other beers look feeble.

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Photo of IceAce
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The body of this beer is a medium-copper color with excellent clarity. When poured into a .5 litre beer-clean pub glass it produced a rocky 2+ fingers of navajo white foam. The subsequent lacing can only be described as outstanding...a testiment to great malt.

Aroma: Like most Left-Coast style pale ales, the nose is predominantly hops with just a hint of the malt as an undertone.

Taste: From the onset, this beer has balance rivaled only by those high-wire guys with Barnam & Bailey. By Stone standards, the hops are understated just enough to let the other flavor profiles shine through...a real treat!

Mouthfeel: This beer manages to embrace the palate without overpowering and seems weightless on the tongue without being thin. Excellent!

Drinkability: All day & all name the time and the place!

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Photo of filabrazilia
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper with a thick tan head. The lace sheets the glass nicely. This is a good looking beer.

Sweet malt grabs the nose in the first whif. Carmel, toffee and rich maple all are part of the aroma.

The taste starts out sweet and rich but is quickly countered by a sharp hop finish. The bitterness balances the sweetness nicely.

This is a pretty thick Pale Ale--it is creamy and smooth like a milkshake. The hops leave a profound statement on the tongue.

This is a wonderful beer that leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of bditty187
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, coppery-bronze in hue, an off-white head reached two fingers in height. This is a very lovely looking beer. It had steadfast head retention, it took a moment before it started to collapse, and a firm cap remained throughout consumption. The subsequent lacing was very webby and quite rampant. The nose says “Pale Ale” but it doesn’t shout at me with hops alone, yes there are the typical hoppy notes of citrus, flowers, and pine. But the caramel malt is more than just a passing fad. The bouquet is well rounded and very inviting with modest potency. Like the nose suggested, the palate confirmed, this is a Pale Ale! Hell yeah! The bitterness is firm but not out of hand, citursy and piney hops flavors start the taste off on the right food, caramel, slightly toasty malts follows, ale fruitiness too, and by the finish the hops and malt blend in perfect harmony. This is quite the flavorful Pale Ale, very balanced and one of the best representations of the style I have ever had. Medium in body. Natural, soft but filling carbonation, the mouthfeel is very encompassing, relaxing. This is an ideal beer to drink on a regular basis. Stone Pale Ale is every bit as tasty as SNPA. When I was in Fort Collins I was smart enough to purchase a six-pack of this nectar, I figured this would make a great beer to chill with in the hotel (it was). I did save one bottle to review. Now I realize I should have bought two six-packs or a case or a one-way plane ticket to San Diego.

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Photo of konabrewer
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was flawless. Beautiful amber with a head that couldn't be beaten down.

The smell was peaches and grapefruit. Quite delightful

The Taste was pure heaven with hints of earth and sweet malt mixed with the fruity esters and fruity hops

The finish leaves me a little hanging out there waiting for it to knock me over, but this is the most drinkable of any Stone beer by far.

Loved it!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Amber hue crystal clear with a nicely formed cream head nice and bubbly leaves fine evenly patterned lacing. Aroma: Very floral in nature hops are evident they take a seat in the cockpit, but it's okay the malt backbone is the copilot. Wonderful fruity undertones with a bouqet of whole leaf flowery hops, well done. Taste: Sufficient amount of hops some may say unbalanced however for me this beer is perfect. American style pale ale boasts a fruity slightly caramel tinged malt backbone that also has the support of some juicy hop bite. Mouthfeel: To Stone this is their light beer, in reality it's a medium bodied lucious ale with mild even carbonation. Drinkability: Blessed with high marks across the board making it hellaciously consumable wow this is up there with their IPA for all around goodness.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy golden copper color. Medium sized foamy off white head and noticeable carbonation. Left a bit of lace. Smells of sweet malt, caramel, lots of fruit and spicy hops.
Sweet, slightly earthy malt at the beginning. Caramel and fruits show up in the middle. Finishes bittersweet with an almost honey sweetness nicely balanced by a zippy hop bitterness.
Medium bodied with a full round mouthfeel. Seemed at the edge of having a bit to much carbonation. Would make an outstanding session Pale Ale.

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper colored brew.

Smell is clean with lots of malt in the smell, faint tea aroma.

Taste is sweet and very hoppy, but not so much so that it is only a one flavor beer like Arrogant Bastard. Nice malt flavor and a bit spicy, sharp bitterness finishes the flavor. Faint citrus flavors and tea are also in this one.

Mouthfeel is good.

A strong but drinkable brew.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This Pale pours out to a coppery fused amber color with an overall clearish tone to it and glowing strong with a small yet thick and lustery dark beige head that sits just a bit on top before going to the way side. Lacing in minimal thin strings and globs.

Aroma is mostly toasty malts, whole grains, wild rice, very clean, with a bit of floral grassyness.

Taste is quite nice, beautifully rendered toasty malted front with favorable whole grain and biscuity tones with a great dryness that lasts and lasts. Hops keep a charge of wood bits and floral grasses which really help peak that dryness and the bitterness is fully in check with just a nudge of dried grapefruit and hop resin giving the perfect amount of balance.

Feel is milding smooth and toasty dry with a medium body overall with just enough bite in the hop profile and enough malted structure for a well balanced symphony of splendor in the taste buds. Very good stuff! Great drying qualities throughout and nice melded flavors. Quaffable indeed, surely a sessionable ale here. Yum!
Thanks goes out to xlperro for the bottles!

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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 palliko
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am hooked. Whenever I go to the liquor store now, I HAVE to bring home a six-pack of Stone Pale Ale. Period. It is amazing. I love IPA's so I tried Stone's IPA first, wonderful, but a little too strong for a session beer for most folks, as is Arrogant Bastard. If you like IPA, this is as strong as a NORMAL IPA. Which is why I like it: the slap of grapefruit hops hits your nose like Christmas. Perfect: head, lacing, malt balance, dry finish. And HOPS. You are going to love this beer!

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Photo of Crosling
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stone Pale Ale poured a dark dingy orange with a modest white head that laced up well throughout the session. Beautiful color!

Faint fruits in the aroma, slight caramel and a lot of citrus flavors in the nose. This really doesn't smell that well to be honest.

Lovely flavor! Really drinkable and a great session beer for sure. Starts pretty sweet with some tropical fruit flavors. Caramel comes out in the mid-palate. Sharp hops on the finish, slightly bitter but very pleasant. The most moderate beer Stone offers. Very mild and a good "warm up" to the rest of their beers.

Not bad.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Stone Pale Ale poured a slightly cloudy, copper-orange with a medium off-white head that quickly went to a lacing that stuck to the glass on the way down. It had a faint grassy, hoppy smell. The initial taste was some bitterness with a touch of citrus. It had a pretty strong bitter finish that mellowed as I drank it (the draft version was also mellower and smoother). Overall, this was a fine specimen of a pale ale, which is not my favorite style.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice, slightly hazy, copper color. Pours with a dense white head. Not as aromatic as I was hoping. There is a nice bitterness up front, as I take my first sip, it is accompanied by some biscuit - malty notes. There seems to be a lot of complexity missing here. A straight forward pale ale with not real defining characteristics. It is not balanced enough to work on a subtle level. It is certainly bitter, fairly clean flavors (light fruit, malt and some hoppy flavor contributions). Seems to be missing that certain Stone 'pizzazz'. Overall a decent beer, but I was hoping for something with a bit more definition. I need to see if I can get a known fresh bottle of this, to see if perhaps this is just past it's prime.

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Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing
3.89 out of 5 based on 2,714 ratings.
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