Stone Pale Ale | Stone Brewing

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Stone Pale AleStone Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States | website

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
Reviews:
984
Ratings:
2,712
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
18.51%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
327
For Trade:
2
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Photo of barczar
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant coppery amber with a frothy cream head that leaves spotty lacing add it slowly dissipates.

Caramel malt, nutty toast, subtle resin and citrus form the aroma. Malt seems to dominate, but there's a hint of catty funk and mint.

Flavor reveals herbal character underlying toasted caramel malt. Bitter, earthy hops counter the slight caramel sweetness mid palate and carry into the finish. There's a hint of citrus, but it's easily dominated by herbal hops.

Body and carbonation are moderate, with light alcohol warmth and a fairly harsh finish.

Far more malty than anticipated, and the hop character lacks typical west coast flavoring. The bitterness is spot-on for stone, which doesn't jive with my palate. Love the malt character and flavoring hops were decent, but too bitter for me.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a dark amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is OK, lacing is good. The aroma is very nice, it smells like bready malt, citrusy (orange) and grassy hops, and also a bit of caramel. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like citrusy hops (grapefruit and orange peel), bready malt and some piney hops. Good mix of malt and hops in this brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has good carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, I think this would be a good choice as a session beer as I think it's a good overall brew. It has plenty of taste and it's not too high in ABV so you can enjoy a few of these. I'd definitely buy this again, it's a good, quality classic beer.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sparse head with little retention. The color is a deep and spicey mahagony and amber, with little bubbling. The aroma is a spicey bread malt with a pronounced hop aroma. The taste has a good mixing of malt and hops. Dry mlats mixing well with flowery and citrusy hops. Easy to drink before, during, or after a meal. To bad we can't get this stuff in IL.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - looks like a decent pale ale. Darker than most pale ales with a dark red brown hue and a half inch of head that turns to a sticky lace ring clinging to all sides.

S - Smells of moderate grain, leaf hops, and a sweet underlying malt.

T - Wow it is much more bitter than I expected. Was hoping the the grains were more balanced and less bitter. It almost seems like a ESB rather than pale ale.

M - Once you get used to the grain and leaf bitterness its really light to medium bodied drink.

D - Meh I guess I was expecting this beer to be more hop forward like their IPA's but found it aggressively grainy and bitter. Really wouldn't consider getting it again.

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

Very clear deep coppery amber beer topped by a dense light tan/off-white head. The foam showed excellent retention and left thick rings down the sides of the glass. Aroma was a nice mix of grassy/floral hops, light citrus and caramel.

There's a lot going on in the flavour. Caramel sweetness starts things off with hops becoming dominant soon after. Some fruitiness peeks through as well. Bitterness is quite strong all the way through and give it a dry, medium length finish, with a bit of piney hop resin that sticks around a while after that. Medium body and served at medium-low carbonation. The texture was smooth and delicious.

This is a great beer that I could see myself drinking on a regular basis. Lots of flavour and quite refreshing. Too bad it's made so far from home...

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Photo of Immortale25
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Bottleneck says Enjoy By 01/23/14.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 3/4 inch bubbly light tan head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of surface foam. Very nice resilient webs of lacing adhere to the glass.

S- Borderline toasty malt aroma with a small tinge of hops. Husky, bready,

T- The vegetal hops are more apparent in the flavor as the bitterness comes on and lingers a bit. The malt works well in contrast providing a sturdy base. More bready notes. Lightly sweet.

M- Slightly oily from the hops and also a tad sharp. Medium carbonation with a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- A subtle pale ale that has a good balance of flavor.

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Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a cloudy texture. Not much head, but good lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, light herbal hops and some sort of sugar.

T: A decent taste, with malt, hops, caramel and other sugars. A little harsh at first, but it grows on you.

M: A pretty high amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a good example of a pale ale. Not my favorite style of beer, but this one's worth trying.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brownish oranage with cap of white head, good retention and lacing. Scent is of west coast hops (grapefruit and citrus) and a somewhat unexpectedly large whiff of carmel malts. Taste is forward of the sweet carmel matls with the muted hop profile bringing up he rear. Makes me wonder how fresh this bottle is. Medium bodied, lighter than normal carbonation. A good beer, but not as light, crisp and refreshing as other West Coast Pale Ales, definitely more malt forward.

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Photo of Brad007
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with a small head (probably due to my pour). Aroma is floral and hoppy right off the bat, reminiscent of Cascades. Taste starts off strong and hoppy but towards the back of the throat, a nice, dry toastiness takes over from there. A second sip merely confirms the exact same thing. A really nice and biscuity aftertaste with just the right amount of hops and malt.

A good first beer for anyone who's never had Stone beers. Very drinkable and I love the dryness of the aftertaste as well.

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Photo of tigg924
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, bright orange-brown, 1/4 inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: hops and citrus, malt, caramel, and some sugar

Taste: toasted malt and hops in perfect balance, caramel, tea, and tobacco

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium bodied, sweet start with a slightly bitter finish, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is an exceptionally blended APA. The hops and malt just dance with each other. Very sessionable especially for the style. This is one of Stone's better offerings.

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Photo of Viggo
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Coles in Buffalo.

Pours a clear copper, small white head forms, lace spots, decent retention, looks pretty standard. Smell is real nice, fresh, very malty, citrus/floral hops, very flowery, top notch pale ale. Taste is nice as well, sweet caramel malts, citrus/floral, sweet grapefruit, bit of grain, perfect balance. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, very refreshing, great pale ale.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A nice amber with orange highlights. A nice white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Very nice herbal and grapefruit tones in the aroma. Really nice maltiness in this pale ale. A caramel maltiness I think. A good bitterness too. I usually prefer highly hopped pale ales, but this doesn't seem overly hopped and I love it. This is probably the best balanced pale ale I've had. Excellent.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty pedestrian stuff for Stone. Looks the part, a little darker than a normal pale ale, minimal head and lacing. No noticeable aroma.

Taste, a mild pale, not the trademark Stone aggressive hopping. A little thicker than your average pale, more roasted malt I guess. Mouthfeel, remains sessionable, no discernable shifts throughout. Kinda pricey for what you get.

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

Clear golden colour with a smooth, fluffy white head. Great head retention.

Rich, fresh hoppy aroma with some nice orange and grapefruit notes. Solid.

Crisp light malt with just a hint of well attenuated caramel malt. Fresh grapefruity hops with a balanced bitterness. Well crafted.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A really nice, well balanced Pale Ale with great hop character. A solid beer from Stone.

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Photo of drpimento
3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a nice frothy, textured head and lots of lace. Nice amber color. Mild hop with some malt nose. Hop flavor is remarkably muted. Not bad, but nothing special. A surprise. Was expecting a lot more from the Stone. Balanced, clean pleasant finish.

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Photo of mltobin
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 6 pack shared with a couple non-BAs. Poured into a pint glass, the appearance is amber with a one finger head. Its smell had a medium level of hops, some citrus and grain too. The taste of this pale ale is caramel malt, hops, brown sugar. MF is medium, with a good carbonation to it and bitter finish. Drinkability is OK and it went well with some turkey sandwiches that we were eating. For me, I thought it was a good pale ale, not a great one.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a dark clear gold, almost an amber tint to it. The head is light white, rises a finger. Decent retention, poor lacing.

The aroma is light, a little hops but mostly skunk.

The taste is ok, pretty boring as there is not much hops. This is crazy for me considering every other Stone beer is over-hopped.

Feel is ok, a little watery, decent bitter finish.

Nothing special here.

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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 jmdrpi
3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle , Best By date of 1/14/14 stamped on bottle.

pours amber in color, clear. thin off-white head, but great head retention. aroma is mostly sweet malt, with just a bit of earthiness. taste is bready malt, really no hop flavor detected at all. decent mouthfeel, fairly full. medium carbonation.

overall - a decent Pale Ale, but I expected something hoppier from Stone. I would how far out they date this beer, if it started any hoppier.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard pint. Pour was copper in color with a 1/2 inch fluffy white head that dissipated into a 1/4 inch froth within 30 seconds, settling into a thin consistent skim. Consistent lacing throughout the tasting. Scent of hops with floral undertones. As soon as it touched my tongue, experienced a slightly acidic bite, not at all unpleasant, followed by more hops (but not overwhelming), slightly bready undertones and a clean tart/slightly acidic finish. Nice mouthfeel - good balance as well as decent amount of carbonation. Very sessionable pale ale.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a dark copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel and pale malts with good amounts of citrus and floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust caramel malts with very light hints of toastiness kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are good amounts of citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip very small amounts of pine hop flavors work their way into things and carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass easily and could have another.

Overall this is more malt-forward than I remember the bottle being. It's easily the least-hoppy Stone beer I've had and I could see this being a good entry into craft beer. Worth a shot if you're looking for an easy-drinking beer.

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

A- Pours an orange-amber into my pint glass with creamy one finger off-white head. The head has good retention and leaves a great creamy cloud and ring. Lace is plentiful in coats wherever the head stops.

S- The first thing I notice is good fruit hop aroma. Behind that is some slightly caramel light malt. Definitely a slight nutty hint to it. Definitely a good balance of malt and hops in a simple aroma of good strength.

T- Much more malty than I expected from Stone. The malt is slightly caramel, bready and an tiny bit nutty (like a brown). The hops which take a back seat (not too far) lend fruit, citrus and earthy flavors. A moderate bitterness lingers on the palate.

MF- Light body that is pretty creamy. The moderate carbonation is silky smooth and refreshing, leaves you wanting more. Moderate bitterness on the palate. Pretty much spot on for an APA, although a bit less bitterness would make it perfect.

DB- This is a refreshing, flavorful pale ale. The price is pretty good and so is the balance between hops and malt. If the bitterness was toned down ever so slightly this would be in the ranks of SNPA. A great summer six pack or just something to get out of the cooler on the fly.

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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 Darkmagus82
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – For a pale ale this is really not all that pale with the beer pouring hazed, deep amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades moderately quickly leaving a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of a caramel aroma mixed with a little bit of a bready smell. Along with these aromas are some lighter smells of grassy smells as well as a little bit of a light fruit of apple and pear.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather bready and slightly grainy flavor with a hint of a grassy hop right upfront. Some caramel flavors are also upfront, with these growing slightly stronger to the middle of the taste but only increasing to later fade a bit as the taste moves on further to the end. Some of the light fruit flavors work their way onto the tongue throughout the taste all while the hop get more potent in taste. In the end the grassy and some more herbal and earthy hop flavors become more pronounced, and leave one with a rather bready and lightly sweet, sort of dank hopped pale ale flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side overall with a moderate thickness and a medium level of carbonation. For the more dank hop, mixed with sweet and bread, the feel is rather nice as it keeps with the easy drinkability of a pale of 5.4 % all while highlighting the hop nicely.

Overall – A good pale ale overall. Quite nice in hops and malt all while keeping an easy drinking feel. Rather tasty.

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Photo of champ103
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark copper/red color. A two finger light beige head forms with good retention. The foam gently recedes to a ring that sticks throughout. Light sticky lace is left behind.
S: At first, citrus and grassy hops up front. That quickly gives way to a nice toasted caramel malt aroma. Very nice.
T: Thin hops of citrus and grass. Slightly dank and soapy. Grainy cereal and brown sugar. Lightly toasted.
M/D: A medium body slightly under carbonated for me. Thin, and is lacking any kind of crispness or bite to it. Not hard to drink at all. Though probably will not be a repeat purchase for me.

This is decent. Though uneventful. This just seems a little thin for the most part. There is nothing wrong here, just did not do it for me. Worth a try, but I have had better pale ales that are locally made at that.

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Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing
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