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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 06-23-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of KyleVick4
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz

A: Pours with tremendous head. A good three fingers. Dissipates quickly but a small head retention lasts the entire drink. Decent belgian lacing. Pours a cloudy copper color with gold around the edges. Looks like a homebrew in a way.

S: Smells sweet and malty. A touch of hops but not much. Also picked up some carmel malt but nothing special.

T: Carmely with a nice dose of hops. Tastes a little woody, like an extremly weak single malt scotch in a way. I like it, kinda unique, the hop taste leaves you wanting another sip, not enough to really notice at first but definitly has an aftertaste that makes you think hops.

M: Nicely done. Good carbonationg for the style, with a medium mouthfeel. A little dry but definitly good. Has a full body, but drinks very easily.

D: I have almost finished the glass while reviewing. A good beer that begs for that next sip. I could see myself haveing quite a few of these before I tire of the style. Impressed by the addictivness of it.

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4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as part of BIF 43 courtesy of Zorro.

A - 1 1/2" beige head sticks around a while and then retains at 1/4". Perfectly amber beer, clear and clean. Some lacing.

S - Light citrus and some toffee that intensified in the aroma as the beer warmed.

T - Caramel. Toffee. Light bitterness. Bready malt. Love the malt profile in this pale ale.

M - Medium bodied with a nice light carbonation.

D - Excellent drinkability. Great pale ale. Would be an outstanding session brew. Bring this one to Texas ASAP!!

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Photo of
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark (for a pale) gold. Slight haze which looked like it was due to carbonation. Aroma was citrus, honey, maybe slightly grassy and a faint metallic note. The taste was an excellent balance between malt and hops -- there was some sort of butter/chocolate/caramel flavor in the middle that was very slight. Not really appropriate for style, but did not hurt it in any way. Mouthfeel was lively and drinkability was excellent. Looking forward to the other Stones in my fridge.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting that this is a Stone brew; now don't get me wrong, I absolutely love Stone, but this brew is so beautifully balanced and is not a monster in any area whatsoever. Brassy golden color with a floral aroma of caramel Granny Smith apples. Begins initially sweeter than expected, mildly sour grape and cherry notes. Chewy malt melds beautifully with an ever-so-subtle herbal hop bitterness. Carbonation tingles from front to back. So drinkable. Somewhat sweet, not insanely hoppy, unbelievably balanced. Nice.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

All of Stone's beers are BIG. However, the Pale Ale actually seems to me a little more mellow than your normal West Coast Pale Ale. That doesn't mean bad though, at all. I am a big fan of the cascade hopped west coasters, but the Magnum and Ahtanum hops here were really interesting. A much less bitter character, but still plenty of taste to them. Mine was very drinkable as the carbonation seemed on the lower side (compared to Sierra Nevada for instance). This was a good beer, with it's biggest asset being the taste, and being a little different than all the other West Coast cascaded hopped pale ales.

This pale ale just doesn't not seem crisp enough anymore, or as my palate has elvolved, and the flavor is much more malty with earthy hops that don't stand out a lot. Maybe you could say it's a real good English Pale Ale, but then again for me English Pale Ale's aren't my favorite type of beer.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler. Pretty standard appearance, dark orange and clear with a nice but thin white head. There wasn't much of a smell really, which might be an asset for a pale ale. Typically I smell a little more hops though... The taste pulls through with some hops but mostly a neutral flavor. This is perfect barbecue beer, which is how I had it.

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

Poured into pint glass.
Good color; dark amber, reddish hue when held to light. Head was about 1 1/2 fingers, did not totally vanish.
Aroma of American hops, malt, caramel and red apple.
Nice balance of hops and malt for a PA. Of course it was more hoppy than anything else. Hints of caramel and apple in the middle, nice crisp finish.
For me the IPA is better for a clean taste, but the PA is very good. Good beer from Stone.

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Photo of mghotbi
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper color with thick foamy lingering cream-colored head. Aroma of caramel malt with floral hop tones .

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky with just a touch of carbonation. Predominance of malt early, with sweet fruit (fig) tones and clean hop finish. Surprisingly dry. Perfectly balanced sweetness and bitterness. An excellent pale ale.

Very refreshing and drinkable. Another outstanding Stone product.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Zorro for this bottle.

Pours a nice dark copper with an impressive inch and a half of light tan head that lasts. Smell is a nice blend of malts and hops. Doughy scent comes through first, followed by brown sugar then the flowery, fruity hops. Taste moves along the same path from sweet malts to fruity hops. Nicely balanced. No bitterness from the hops noticed...just goes down smooth. Thin to medium body with nice carbonation. I thought it could have been a bit thicker feeling but a nice brew none the less.

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Photo of pjwilson
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

you damn so-cal bastards!, you can find this beer at every piss ant corner store. here's to hoping that stone extends the distro of this beer a bit further north. from notes:

The first beer grabbed on a recent visit to So-Cal was stone pale ale and Pizza port sharkbite red(awsome but didn't get reviewed, to busy drinking 'em down in hermosa beach, send that one up north too please!). what a great session beer.

appearacne: poured into a standard glass it is darker than excepted, leaning more towards amber and actually darker than the ipa, fantastic head.

smell:a very unstone like boozy, malty, and yeasty nose, a warm sweetness with being actually nutty. complex and inviting.

taste: another un-stone like suprise, malts. after a few of these I really took a liking to this beer. a hard to describe mix of malty malts, not that sweet, not very bitter, but somewhat bitter, a kiss of tangy hops. the beer is dark for a pale, but has none the "nutty" character of a brown. a complex yet sessionable beer. a unique beer for sure.

drinkability: a good sipper or slugger both. a very nice beer from out friends at stone. (now if they would only distrbute it outside of won't have to worry about freshiness issues up here and arizona at least, this could kick fat tire's ass)

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Photo of DogFood11
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a truly magnificent pour. Carbonation swirls around this Amber/Orange colored brew, rich tan head leaves chunky lacing. Truly inviting on every level.

Smell is hop dominated but the best part of this brew is how the hops play around with the malts and intermingle in some fruity citrus notes. Malts tend to be on the bready, doughy side of things which once again...surprise, surprise..fits this beer perfectly. Hop twanger in the aftertaste may have some shy away from this brew. It doesn't lean towards the bigger side of a Pale...this is a big pale.

Notes: Really tasty, not a session beer and not a beer I could sit around and have a few, for me a couple at a time is perfect.

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Photo of kdmorse
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Burnt orange with a tan head. Very murky with only a tiny amount of carbonation present. Far from pale by any means.

S: Woody malts with a generous dollop of hops.

T/M: Biscuity sweet malt with a fresh hop finish. Bitter and piney hops in the finish. Very big sweet and huge bitter flavors play well off one another. Balanced well for my hoppy preferences and clean ending.

D: Easy to go sip for sip with any beer. Easy to drink all 22oz in under an hour without regret or drunken stammering.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a copper-like red. Would likely be clear if not for being such a deep rust color. Slight head but lots of layered lacing. Nose is malty with a slight evergreen presence.

Flavor is malts with a mellow wood flavor. Understated hops and surprisingly to style. I was expecting more of an IPA. Creamy flavor too. Full, chewy mouthfeel that had a slight creamy feel too. Way too good and easy to drink.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a six pack of Stone Pale Ale while vacationing in Nevada. We don’t get many Stone brews in the northwest so I grabbed some when I saw it. I poured this beer in to a pint glass.

Pours a redish copper color, a little darker than I expected. A rich foamy off-white head forms which is extremely resilient and sticky. The head produces heavy lacing on the glass.

The smell is fairly strong, floral and fruity. Aroma of citrus fruit is present.

The taste is robust, but not strong or overpowering and wonderfully well balanced between the citrus flavors, malt and hops.

Mouth feel is very smooth. The beer is full-bodied but light, crisp and mildly carbonated.

This is a very VERY drinkable beer, with appealing aromas and flavors. The flavors are very well balanced. I wouldn’t mind having several of these in a session. I would certainly drink Stone Pale Ale again, and I wish I had bought more than a six pack.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey! It's quittin' time. Let's have a beer!

Appearance: Pours out a brown-orange color with a sizeable, frothy white head. This is gonna be child's play. Course, I gotta drink it first.

Smell: Hmm. Have you ever, in your life, smelled such a fruity pale ale? Honeydew melon and fresh strawberries are present, as is toffee sweetness and some faintly citrus notes.

Taste: Tangy, with a lively fruity flavor. Plenty of malt caramel sweetness in the mouth. Ends with a snappy, crisp hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Carbonation is sparkling, providing for a spiriting mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Decent and well-balanced. A noble Pale Ale.

"That's a good fssshhhaaaucking milkshake!" -- J. Travolta, _Pulp Fiction_

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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 brentk56
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear medium amber color with a frothy head; good retention and lacing

Smell: Caramel malt aroma with fruity hops in the background

Taste: Starts with caramel and biscuity flavors that are joined, mid-palate, by a fruity and herbacious bitterness; the finish is balanced between the two elements

Mouthfeel: Medium/heavy body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very different from what I would have expected from Stone, this pale ale verges on a hoppy amber in style; I'm not all that crazy about the herbacious bitterness of this brew, to be frank

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Photo of aleyeast
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a stone IPA tulip
pours copper with a covering off white head that dissapates
aroma is quite muted
bittering hops on a nice malt backbone, touch of pleastant graininess. classical to the style
easy drinking, probably a very nice beer on tap or cask

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

A - Pours a clear amber / copper with a billowy white head that lingers.

S - Hmm... I expected more of a nose on this thing. Fruity hops and malts - almost a sweetness to the aroma.

T - I think my pallete has been tainted with all these IPA I've been drinking lately but this one doesn't have the pow I was expecting but I don't think this is what Stone was trying to do. Slight piny and fruity hops with a sweet malt backbone. Almost candy like.

M - Moderately carbonated. Smooth and refreshing with a slight bitterness on the back to crisp things up.

D - Although I was expecting more of a 'west coast' presence, this is one tasty offering from Stone. I'm not a HOP head but I do personally prefer more of a hop profile in my APAs. An extremely sessionable beer. Solid 4's all around. This might be the beer I use to get my BMC friends to cross over.

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

Being one of Stone's line-up of fine ales that I rarely buy ( I much prefer an Arrogant B. or O.Guardian ), thought I'd give it a taste from the tap since I haven't had it in a while. Not to mention, my buddy was taking care of the tab...what da hell, why not ?

Alrighty then, the pint is a nice darkish amber to copper with a fat finger of white, frothy head that's lasting. Rings of fine lacing as you go.

Smells good, balanced malt and hop with a floral and fruity aroma. Consistant as always, same stuff they bottle but just a bit fresher.

A good tasting, medium bodied, well rounded flavor, the ingredients blend and mask the alcohol well. Hops and malt balanced equally making this ale satisfying and easy to drink.

This would be a good stepping-stone to the stronger ales that Stone has to offer, good stuff !

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Photo of bgraney
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich honey/amber color with small white bubbly head. Very nice to look at. Found myself gazing at it as one would with a fireplace or ocean view.
A hint of everything in the aroma, even a slight alcohol scent. The individual aromas come together and project an excellent collective whole.
Very tasty hop/fruit blend right off the bat but the lack of a lingering flavor was a little disappointing.
I found myself searching for any signs of an aftertaste but came up empty.
This is one you can stick with for the entire day/night. Excellent beer.

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Photo of orfeu
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper with sheets of active carbonation streaming upwards; massive ecru foam head. Aromas of mellow hops, biscuity malt and fain diacetyl character (?). Wow, the hops in this are way understated for a Stone beer (yes, I know this is a Pale Ale and not an IPA). They're much "earthier" than piney/citrusy -- no Cascades in this one, I imagine. Biscuity malt flavor is sturdily present, and yes, I'm picking up a definite butter flavor as well. All of this leads me to think this is a very "English" beer. Quite unexpected from such a paradigmatic "West Coast" American brewery. Smooth mouthfeel, extremely quaffable. If this were available more regularly back East (and, not to mention for the price they get it in Arizona or CA), I'd stock up on this regularly. Pleasant surprise from a cherished brewery.

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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 neonbrown82
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the better pale ales I've had. Thanks to mentor for including this bottle in a trade.

The beer looks great. It is a clear and pale golden amber with a nice carbonation supporting a tall frothy white head. The foam laces to the side of the glass quite well.

The smell is good as well. Has a very bubblegum and hard candy-ish hop aroma with a little bit of floral. Behind the hop bouqet is a sweet caramel malt aroma.

The taste is wonderful and refreshing. The same hop aromas transfer very well to the tastebuds. Very melon-ish. Only a little bite from the hops, and a very well balanced caramel malt flavor. Very refreshing.

I could only ask for a bit more of a carbonated mouthfeel to help give the hop bite that extra zing. Seems a bit light in body, and quite refreshing, though it doesn't seem as crisp as something like SNPA. Either way it is just as tasty and a hell of a drinker. It is obvious that Stone put some quality ingredients into this beer as opposed to some breweries I've tried recently who just throw the cheapest crap they can find together into a brew kettle. Even something as basic as a pale malt has a noticable difference in quality. Kudos to Stone.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear, summery gold-red with a nicely forming eggshell white head that leaves intricate lacing down the surface of the glass.

Smells of butterscotch, honey and fresh-cut grass, a warm, sweet, enticing smell.

Taste is homey and malty; It has a significant character of grass - a wheaty, malty flavor, a honeylike sweetness - it's backed up with a small, nicely balacing bitterness of piney hops, This beer has a very full flavor, but is very easy to drink - tasty and unoffensive.

Smooth and slightly spicy mouthfeel - finishes slick with a small lingering sweetness and bitterness.

This is a nice one - Stone continues to be my favorite brewery - my favorite Californian brewery, at least. A San Diego staple.

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