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 tone77
3.21/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy auburn color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by piney hops. Taste is a hop bomb. Significant bitterness throughout, no balance to speak of. Feels medium bodied and very bitter in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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

This is an interesting pale ale from Stone. There's a good amount of bitterness, but a little less crisp hops flavor than I expected - probably just doesn't have the same kind of dry-hopping as similarly respected pale ales. Looking at it, it appears more a red ale by color, but the malt backbone sinks behind the hops just right. Oddly, I'm not getting much aroma out of it. This reminds me more of Lake Placid Frostbite Pale Ale that Hazed and Infused or SNPA.

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Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of LoveStout
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid malt scent that is complimented with an equally good hop aroma. It's slightly bitter smelling with some citrus notes. The taste is great! It has a wonderful mix of malts and hops that goes down smooth and finishes bitter with some hop residue. It has enough malts to balance the hops, but they really shine through all the way to finish; very nice. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good American pale ale. It's got it all; a fine drinking beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The third of six beers taking place in the Unorganized Invitational is Stone Pale Ale. This is the beer that started it all for Stone Brewing, and I've enjoyed their other products, but this is the first time I've had thier Pale Ale, so what's the wait? Let's get this on:

Poured into a pint glass, its color is a deep caramel and orangish with a nice head. In the smell was caramel, biscuits, and citrus notes. The flavor was enjoyable with toasty breads. Hop flavor is mild and kicks in with grapefruit and lemon flavors. As the beer warms, it gets a fruity flavor. A dry, grainy finish ends each sip of the beer.

A nice, pleasant, and sessionable offering from Stone. That's the good news. The bad news is it's score won't be enough to overtake Anchor Bock for the early lead.

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Photo of Sweffin
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a great mix of hops and malt. I get a lot of orange and pine along with some caramel malt. The flavor is not as hoppy as the aroma. I get some toffee, earthy hops and orange citrus hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of outoffocus
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of plaid75
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper hazy copper hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront whiff of oily hop that was quickly overtaken by a solid caramel aroma.

The taste was very well balanced and consisted of a husky sweet caramel malt with a drying and slightly spicy citrus hop. Soft doughy finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the thin side with a dry finish.

Overall a tasty and well balanced APA.

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

A. A sexy looking beer poured from a tap into a pint glass. A nice tan head forms and provides a nice lace.

S. The trademark Stone barley and hops style.

T. A nicely balanced pale ale. Sweet malts bordering on the fruity side with ample hops. A good tasting brew.

M. Medium to full bodied. Smooth and delicious.

D. Very good here. The ABV is appropriate for sessions and this is indeed a beer worth seeking out.

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

Pours orange amber with a fairly short head that fades quickly to almost nothing. Smells a bit of juicyfruit, light citrus, wax, and some sweet malt. Taste is similar. Quite juicy and with quite a bit of malt. Lack the graininess that is sometimes found in pale ales. Fairly lightly hopped, and the sweet malt more than balances against the light citrusy hops. Smooth and easily drinkable.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: somewhat cloudy deep orange-gold with a relatively thin head despite a vigorous pour.

Smell: sweet and malty with relatively little hop character, but not bad.

Taste: very malty; toasty, biscuity, bready, but not bad. Not at all what I was expecting; West Coast pale ales tend to be pretty hoppy in my experience, and coming from Stone I expected some seriously luscious lupulin, though there are some muted hops and a nice little bitterness. It was not what I was expecting, but as I drink it it grows on me; in the end it's not too bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body and, while not highly carbonated, the carbonation present is well-integrated and lends a nice creaminess to the mouthfee.

Drinkability: a good beer, but rather sweet for my taste, especially in this style. I'm sure this would be great paired with something unctuous like a steak or bacon.

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

Sun blistered clementine with a modest but pronounced bed of white lint raised above its surface. The tone isn't exactly pale, it's rather dense and transparency is severed substantially. Little bubbles result from the slightest agitations. This shares much more resemblance to traditional pale ales than most modern offerings that share the name.

Assertive, bitter hops cry out for as much attention as their toasted malty counterpart. My nose seems to give more credit to the malty scents of toasted rye bread and broiled butterscotch. The hops contribute a fair bit of pungency to the bouquet with very earthy, somewhat plant-like tones. The zesty citrus is kept to a minimum but not excused altogether.

Those same flavours reside in the taste as well - wild flowers and honeysuckle tossed in with a variety of toasted bread loafs and topped up with caramel drizzle. It's versatile in that it could qualify for easy, mindless drinking although there's enough thought put into the recipe that it wouldn't be an entirely senseless effort to take the time and reflect on it.

As is virtually always the case, the use of only barley, hops, water and yeast proves to be a rewarding one. There is no unpleasantness, no lingering astringency, no short-changing of bitter hops or sweet malts. Although I'm unsure of exactly how youthful this bottle is, I've had the beer fresh on tap and remember it being considerably more zestful and hoppy.

I'm almost tired of giving Stone constant validation for making kick-ass beer; that's just something I've come to expect of them. I think their Pale Ale speaks volumes for the brewery which promotes itself on making big and bold products. The fact that they can still offer something mild and balanced proves the brewer is just as talented as he is arrogant.

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

22 oz. bomber

A: Pours almost a blood-red with a thick creamy head, looks almost like a nitro-tap from the bottle, very appealing.

S: Faint hints of malt, with some robust hops, citrus.

T: Malt dominates at first but is balanced with typical West coast hop character, pine and citrus.

M: Creamy, medium-bodied, well balanced.

D: Very good, it is one of Stone's smaller beers, I was expecting a bit more hop character, but overall, it was a very good session brew.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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