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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 Gusler
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I’m such a big fan of “Stone Brewery”, and always keep a bunch on hand, it seems a bit odd I’ve not had one of these fine Pale Ales in almost seven moths, strange. Pours a deep amber to copper color, the head is prodigious in size, frothy in texture and the lace fine sheets to coat the glass. Nose is nice a deep sweet malt, hints of caramel, and the little "Hop Flowers", I love so much. Front is malt sweet, top is middling in feel and the finish a “Hop Heads Dream”, spitefully acidic, the aftertaste dry as a desert bone and quite long lasting, ranks in my top 5 “all-time favorite Pale Ales”.

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

Stone comes to Maine. In a pint glass, this beer was an amber color, with an off-white head, and a fair amount of lacing. It had a floral aroma. Nice piney taste, with a bit of a malt presence. Assertive without being intrusive. Nice drinkable beer, will buy more of these.

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Photo of Suds
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one is a clear and copper colored brew. The head is white and leaves a nice lace. The smell is clean and balanced with both malt and hop qualities. Herbal and earthy in aroma...some underlying stone fruit.m the taste is more assertive....bitter ans strong. On the dry side, but lots of malt flavor. Hop resin and flavor is prominent throughout. Full body and satisfying.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I haven't drank this in years but its impending cancellation spurred me to revisit. Amber color, good head. Aroma is pretty nice, a bready maltiness that almost seems English until you taste it. More malt in the flavor and a crisp slight hop touch.

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Photo of ZAP
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Soft spicy/husky hop aroma...orangish with a soft creamy lace..nice mellow creamy mouthfeel...some nice fruitiness...very drinkable...thirst quenching...sweet maltiness...one of, if not THE best tasting pale ales I've had...My first stone experience is a GRAND one!!

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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 BMMillsy
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours copper with one finger white head. Aroma is nicely floral, with a nice citrus and strong malt backbone. Bittersweet finish with the hops follows an up front sweetness, toffee, biscuits, fruits, hint of citrus and mango. Easy drinking, medium carbonation, slightly resiny. Good example of the style. Nice beer.

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Photo of Pencible
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This staple beer poured a hazy light brown with tan head. It smelled like a good mix of mild pine hops and malt. Its flavor was a nice, smooth blend of caramel malt and mild copper hops. It was watery with slight carbonation and a mild, clean bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very mellow, drinkable, and clean drink combining for a great pale ale.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy orangish amber color with a nice white head that lingers for a little while and leaves a thick lacing on the glass as it falls.

S-the nose is lighter with a touch of grain, some pale malts, and a citrus hop backing.

T/M-very smooth and creamy, nice body, sweet caramel malts, a touch of toastedness with just a hint of pale malts giving way to a nice citrus hop with a touch of hop bitterness at the end, a fair amount of carbonatoin, and a crisp finish.

D-easy drinking and extremely smooth. well balanced as the flavors meld together in harmony.

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Photo of FLima
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker amber color with a thick beige one finger head with short retention and leaving some laces.
Malty and caramely aroma with undertones of citrusy hops. I was expecting something bolder.
Malty flavor with notes of mild citrusy hops, spices, grass, biscuit and toasted malts and cinnamon. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbo.
Balanced Pale Ale, not like an APA that is more like an IPA but with less body. It is maltier, but still bitter and spicer. They kept their original recipe, almost 20 years ago, and those were different times. That said it is not that tamed compared to old school.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear amber with a frothy and not too persistent head. Aroma is strong and has a nice balance of malt and hops, leaning towards malt. Flavor is surprisingly hoppy, but not quite like an IPA - malt and hops contribute equally to the flavor, and hop bitterness is minimal. Texture is smooth and delightful.

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Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in color with a slight haze. Off-white cap of foam with some nice retention.

Lightly bready malt with honey, but the hops are what stand out in the smell. Some citrus and pine resin.

At the top end of hoppy for the style. Citrus and pine with a decent malt backbone to add some sweetness. A west coast pale ale that lives up to the name.

Smooth, with a light-medium body. Carbonation is mostly soft.

A very hop forward pale that is also very drinkable. It has a hop profile like some IPA's, but enough malt to keep the hops in check. I would call this a really good beer.

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

Enjoyed at My Place Restaurant in Newtown, CT this one pours a clear light copper color with a very healthy off-white head and great lacing. The aroma offers a mild pine hop with a vague banana nut malt. Very mild but nice. The flavor is also mild but it brings a light citrus bite and crispy bread with some quiet caramel underpinnings. This not a sweet treat of an APA. It's pretty acidic, sort of spicey, a bit dry. I do pick up some more general fruitiness and banana as I get near the end. It's on the aqueous side, fairly carbonated and easy drinking if the taste suits you. It was a little dissapointing to me considering it's from Stone. Not memorable or compelling but certainly an OK option and worth a try.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark-ish amber-copper color, a bit cloudy in the middle. Thick head that, like many of Stone's beers, leaves great lacing along the glass. The nose hits with a light balance of hops (mostly citrus, slightly piney) and malts, mostly in the form of caramel and oak. The floral notes outweigh the malt character a bit, but still balance pretty well. The first hit on the palette begins with a slight taste of malts and yeast on the tongue, but quickly turns to an overtaking of hops, citrus, and bitterness. Although dominant, the hops remain somewhat "light" and are not overly-bitter. Slightly sweet from the citrus and bitter from the pine. Malts come back into play as the beer warms up, getting stronger and stronger along the way to balance the hops out nicely. Beer finishes crisp and refreshing with some residual bitter pines left on the tongue. Medium thickness, carbonated well.

Solid pale ale. Something easy to drink when you want to drink a lot of beer. Might even be safe to call this a session beer at only 5.4% ABV. I know I've done it before.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy light amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is a nice balance of malt and hops. There is some nice caramel notes with ample grapefruit, and a little pine. The taste is just as balanced as the aroma with the same profile. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a nice APA, but nothing spectacular. I could, however, probably session this, and thoroughly enjoy the session.

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

The color is a slightly hazy copper. Head retention is moderate and some decent lacing is left part of the way down the glass.
The smell is simple initially with some citrus hops and caramel malt, then subtle nuances of floral, grain and woody earth and leaf aromas rise to the nose.
Great hops bitterness up front lingers the entire way, supported by a well-formed malt backbone. There is a note of some fruits in the back as well as subtle grains. Fresh citrus and tea leaf-like hops is dominant all the way while maintaining a fair balance.
This one's surprisingly smooth up front and a little slick, though there's a bit of crispness. The body is medium and there's a gentle, unassuming coarseness in a lingering dry finish.
There's not much to take away from this one's drink ability; it certainly ought to be tried.

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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 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 AgentZero
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Orangish yellow color with a decent head and some pretty good lacing on the sides.

S - Sweet malts, there's really not a lot of hop presence on this one. Coming from stone I was expecting hoppier, but it's not bad.

T - Taste is like the nose, not really a ton going on here that would distinguish it from anything else. Pretty easy to get down, but not memorable.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Pretty unremarkable, but easy to get down, and can make a session of it if you want. Nothing I'd ever seak out.

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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 Fatehunter
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers of head on a cloudy, dark straw colored body.
The aroma is a faint grain smell.
The taste starts malty then switches to moderate pine/grapefruit bitterness; finishes with a mild sweetness. Great profile.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's a straight up pale ale, can't lose with this one.

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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 MattyG85
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: A cloudy amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big five finger off white head with very good retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Smell: A mixture of citrus and floral hops. Some grapefruit, orange peel, and lemon zest with a good amount of pine resin. Strong presence of caramel malts and toffee. Pretty balanced between the hops and malts.

Taste: Starts with the citrus hops and pine resin with notes of grapefruit, orange, and lemon. The malts follow with lots of caramel and toffee. Pretty bready and herbal. Full flavor from the hops and malts. Both are nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

Overall: A very nice pale ale from Stone. Full flavored and well balanced.

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Photo of gford217
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thrown in as an extra in a trade a while back, poured into a pint glass.

It's a generally impressive looking pale with a deep golden amber color with a creamy one-finger head that doesn't seems to shrink at all and leaves large sheets of lacing.

The aroma is very subtle and balance with some light fruity hops, mainly lemon zest and oranges, along with some roasted caramel malts.

The taste follows the aroma and is just as well balanced with floral and citrus hops blending very well with the caramel malt backbone.

The mouthfeel is clean and soft with little bitterness and lots of carbonation.

This is a very well-crafted and understated beer from Stone and the drinkability is high as there is nothing over-the-top about this one. Nothing groundbreaking but a very good beer.

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

Pours a copper color with a nice pillowy egg-shell colored head that left some real nice lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is of a biscuity malt, perhaps a hint of honey, with some floral, grassy hops. The taste is a sweet malt, toasted bread with honey butter, some bittering hops to offset the malt. The feel moderate with suprisingly soft carbonation, feels a bit flat to me. Finishes fairly balanced. Just realized this is an old sample, not good for the style. Remarkably the beer held up fairly well but any hop flavor is long gone. Dang. I will update based on fresher sample.

I have a noticably fresher sample. Look and aroma are about the same but I can detect more of a flavorful hop presense. Nothing outrageous but it does blend better with the malt. The feel definitely has more carbonation, perhaps a perfect amount, not too fizzy or soft. Drinks very nice, good balance.

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Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing
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