Stone Pale Ale | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
87
very good
2,715 Ratings
Stone Pale AleStone Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,715
Reviews:
985
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.31%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
330
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 2,715 |  Reviews: 985
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good amber colour and head, floral hop aroma, and well-malted taste. Medium mouthfeel. Drying spicy finish.Appropriate carbonation. Quite drinkable.
Another very good Stone brew, very good pale, fresh from California courtesy of Rudolf. Radekfest #8.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice clear copper color with a 1 inch tan head that fades to a very thin layer. Lacing is decent.

S - This beer poured with a very metallic smell. There is a citrus zest hops smell and to a lesser extent a malt smell.

T - Slightly bitter hop taste followed by the biscuit like malts.

M - Crisp and clean with decent carbonation. The hops leave an oil that coat the mouth.

D - This is a good beer that I think would be better suited to go with some sort of meal than by itself.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a cool pale ale, i view this one as sort of a hybrid between the english and the american pales. pours rather red for a pale ale, big fluffy head too. smells like english malts and caramel, but also a very robust oily hop vibe. flavor is hops prominently, in the american vein, but dusty english malts in the body. love this mix. almost an ipa, but more going on here. highly rated for a reason. mouthfeel is good, a little heavy than most pale ales. a sixpack might be a stretch, but i like a good challenge. pricey but a nice example of what a pale ale can still offer. thanks for this one stone

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a golden color with a strong looking head on it. The lacing is pretty good. The smell of the beer has a nice hop aroma and a light malt aroma in there too. The taste was a little disappointing for a stone brew in my opinion. The mouthfeel isn't too bad, but still overall this is probably my least favorite Stone brew.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear reddish orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly died down but never completely faded away.
S: The smell isn’t that strong and has hints of caramel malts and citrus hops.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell but the flavors are much stronger; the initial taste has some hints of malty sweetness while there is a mild to moderate amount of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink, quite refreshing and has a lot of flavor compared to other beers in the style. I could easily have more than one of these in a sitting.

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

An extremely under rated American Pale Ale that epidomizes what the balance means between bready and caramel malts with citrusy and resiny hops. Neitehr offend, but neither back down from the challenge of balance. Bold and synergistic throughout.

Redish copper colors carry a mild haze, but explode with mousse-like head character of ivory-white foam. Stubborn and persistent until the glass is dry, the blanketed retention and lacing are as formitable and sticky as can be expected for any style.

Very rich and characterful malts (light caramel and bread crust) and compimentary hopping (citrus, pine, and resin) all apease the nose and taste buds. A well balanced blend of these characteristics captivate the nose and carry a consistent demeanor throughout the taste. All the while, showing intermitten and varying degrees of flavors: citrus one minute, then bready-toast flavors the next, then over to malty sweetness a minute later, and then back to resiny bitterness to finish. A true exploration for the taste buds from sip until malty-dry finish

With all the swirling in the mouth, the body remains rich, full, and firm. Finishing with the same semi-dry, citrus crispness that profounds me in the nose.

The beer never deviates from the Pale Ale style in order to stand out or get above the competition. Instead, relying on a well formulated recipe and quality brewing techniqes. A delicately blended brew with power and variety. Oh, by the way, one of the best appearances found in any beer, not just pale ales.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a ruddy copper colour, with two fingers of pock-marked white head, which disappears fairly quickly, leaving a bit of lacing. The smell is of slightly grainy malt. The taste is cereal grain malt, with a light pine hop essence. There is an above-average amount of carbonation, and a dry, quick finish. This is the mildest product from Stone that I've had, and is very easy to drink. It is still full-bodied, and sessionable, I would imagine.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of kojevergas
2.96/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

5.40% ABV confirmed. Bottle acquired at Trader Joe's. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I figure a brewery with as much funding and manpower as Stone wouldn't screw up a pale ale.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger beige-khaki colour head of fair cream, decent thickness, and pretty good (~4 minute) retention. Body colour is a clear textbook copper. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Predictable for the style; this is what one thinks of when one thinks of a pale ale. Nothing unique or special here, but there are no overt flaws.

Sm: I like the refined caramel malt backbone; it's more evocative than in most pale ales. Light generic floral hops. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. Not a lot going on here; I hope there's more to the flavour. An average strength aroma.

T: Okay. Caramel malt and floral hops. There's a subtlety to the execution. (Stone, subtlety - what?). It's a simple beer but it's well put together. I wouldn't go so far as to call it balanced - after all this is Stone - but it's not bad. Built decently. I expected severe over-hopping in classic Stone fashion, but this is surprisingly underhopped for the style. It's kind of a malt-focused beer, actually. Still, its simplicity holds it back. Not quite refreshing. No alcohol or yeast comes through. A bit too bitter on the finish.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too dry on the finish, killing the refreshing feel. Decent thickness. Okay presence on the palate. Overcarbonated. Suits the flavours generally at best.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. Rather pedestrian. Hides its ABV well. I doubt I'd get it again unless the only other offerings were macro-shite. It's by no means a bad beer; it's just mundane.

High C

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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 emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber color with creamy tannish foam. Malty aroma, a touch sweet, with some herbals that suggest tea.

Bold flavor, very malty and bready, dried citrus rind/peels, moderately full-bodied. Spicy hop finish, adds an element of complexity, along with a tea-like quality. Dry, somewhat bitter finish that kept me going back for another sip. Very balanced and integrated flavors. Pretty enjoyable and session worthy.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy orangey color ale with an average foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of Cascade hops with some caramel malt also discernable. Taste is a mix between some caramel malt with some dominating Cascade hops which provide a citrusy and bitter taste. Full body with some average carbonation. Good but drinkability good have been better - too full too be a session beer and too light in terms of hops to be truly interesting.

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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Going by appearance, this looks more like a red ale to me; for a pale it's pretty dark and, well, red. It pours with ample head, eventually settling to a ring around the glass. Very caramelly nose, with just a touch of citric hops. The taste is on the sweeter side, smooth and coating, slightly grainy, with a mellow hop finish. Thankfully not overcarbonated as some pales tend to be. Nothing over the top here, just a nice, sessionable pale, and another good Stone brew.

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a very hazy, orange/amber color with a small, white head that left behind some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled very floral with hints of citrus. A nice malty aroma, as well.

T - It really hits you with a bitter hop bite for an APA. Great burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp yet smooth. A medium-bodied pale ale.

D - This is a great pale ale, one of the most flavorful brews of this style that I've ever tried.

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Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing
3.89 out of 5 based on 2,715 ratings.
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