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Stone Pale Ale | Stone Brewing

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Stone Pale AleStone Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.85/5
Very Good
2,714 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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
985
Ratings:
2,714
pDev:
11.17%
Bros Score:
3.93
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
330
Trade:
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Ratings: 2,714 |  Reviews: 985
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of LXIXME
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A caramel colored beers rests below a fairly well carbonated light tan head, that takes a minute or two to fall into a thick lacing.

Light caramel malts dominate a light aroma with some light grains and yeast coming through.

Caramel again dominates but unlike the aroma the taste has a nice light bitter hops bite to it, nothing overbearing but altogether there and quite tasty.

A decent medium body with a slight hop kick in a light dry aftertaste.

A very drinkable beer like most things Stone makes.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 2/16/2015. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops and dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, pine, floral, grass, caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, pine, caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp/sticky, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pale ale. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slightly hazy, very deep reddish amber/copper in color with a creamy bone-white head that holds well and leaves some nice lace. The aroma is limited but offers some light fruit (berries & citrus) and a mild caramel note. The body is medium with a very fine and gentle carbonation that leaves it surprisingly creamy in the mouth. The flavor starts lightly sweet and fruity, reveals some biscuity caramel malt and bright citrusy hops as it warms in the mouth, and finishes dry with a lingering sweet & fruity citrus maltiness. Well balanced. The bitterness is appropriate for the style but not-overdone and the maltiness & tight carbonation are exquisite. This beer caught me off guard. I was expecting something more "full throttle" from Stone's. But then it occured to me... of course they have a more straightforward beer! It's their flagship (and they do make the Smoked Porter as well). And, I actually loved it because it wasn't abusively hoppy. If it was, what would be the point of having all of their other, more aggressive beers? This is easily my favorite beer from Stone! Well-rounded, fruity, and highly drinkable.

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Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -13%

12 oz bottle consumed on BB date.
Pours clear, dark amber, with a moderate amount of carbonation bubbles rising to a durable,bone-colored head.
Aroma: some malt, more floral/herbal hops.
Flavor: follows smell. More medium malt, and perhaps more hops, than the average APA.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear reddish orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass with some light golden orange highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to . Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts and citrus/orange zest hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/orange zest and pine/resin hops. The hops impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp but slightly thin.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing with well hidden alcohol. It is flavorful and must have been pretty intense when it was initially released though there are a lot of very flavorful beers in the APA style now available and this one is not quite as intense as some of the newer entrants.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from Phocion, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange color with a thin but foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, citrus, tea and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is very well-balanced. The same elements that are in the smell, hops, citrus, caramelized malt & tea, are intricately woven together to create a robust and flavorful beer, which doesn’t seem to be done very often in this style, but it’s done here as only Stone can. The after-taste is a mild mixture of hops and sweetness.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling, this is an excellent beer to just keep knocking back continuously. Stone proves again how well they can brew. They can take even an ordinary style and make an extra-ordinary beer in it.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazingley my first try of Sone's pale,poured a clear rich copper with a clingy 1 1/2 finger white head in to a standard pint glass.Leafy hop aromas hit up front with a touch of dry malt,good complexities on the palate very well balanced leafy "green" hop intertwined with a lightly sweet malt base with the hops barely taking the lead just highly drinkable for a "standard"pale ale.Very nice hop profile wich was to be expected from Stone but very drinkable and social,well done.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a moderate orange with good head and lacing. The aroma is of some sweet malt and a bit of hops--by far the least hoppy brew that I've had from Stone. The taste is quite similar. Not that pale ales have to be super hoppy to be wonderful, but this is not quite what I expect from Stone. Nothing really stands out too much, making it fairly sessionable, but if I want sessionable Stone, I'll go for Levitation. Overall, nothing really wrong with this one (aside from my very high expectations of Stone), just nothing too good about it either.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For my taste, this stuff is hard to beat in the Pale Ale category. Tastes at first like just a lot of bitterness, but as your taste buds adjust, it's a thoroughly likeable hoppy beer.

Handsome dark amber in the pint glass. Decent head with a pleasant spritzy carbonation that lasts to the bottom of the glass. Smells of orange and honey.

Lots of resins in the hop profile but not overly bitter. Just what you want a Pale Ale to be-- light, mellow, full of fragrant hops, and easy to drink.

At the Grill at the Torrey Pines Lodge.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of smithj4
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of smcolw
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nearly perfect head that leaves a full ring of lace after every sip. Copper colored and slightly hazey.

More malty than hoppy, unusual for a Stone brew.

The balance is clearly the winning aspect of this beer. The taste starts with round lighter malts with a touch of biscuit. A hoppy bitterness soon takes over. The aftertaste is a soft puckering of a hop pellet. Good body for the style.

This could easily be my regular drinking beer. There is nothing extreme or special about this, but it is full flavored and complex.

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Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 2,714 ratings
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