Stone Pale Ale | Stone Brewing

very good
2,714 Ratings
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 Joecaddie
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

12oz bottle

Pours a clear, copper color with a small white head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is caramel malty with a nice compliment of citrusy hops. Smells very fresh and quite evenly balanced.

Caramel malt taste upfront with a very complimentary citrusy hop flavor. A medium bitterness hits midway through which adds great balance to the malt. Very fresh taste.

Medium-light body, well carbonated.

Well now, this is a damn fine APA. From a brewery that typically tests the limits of brewing, this beer exhibits great balance in every aspect. Super easy to drink, an ideal session brew.

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Photo of Beerswag
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JRed
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear burning orange in body with off-white fluffy head that lasts. Aroma of citrus, dry grass, bready, caramel notes. Tastes of biscuits, dry grass, evolves into citrus notes, mild bitterness finishes it up. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Thick and chewy. A Stone offering that has history, mild flavor profile for modern times but still a good easy drinkin' brew.

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Photo of Timtac
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigAl18
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of adam42381
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep caramel brown with orange/red highlights. Enormous 4-5 finger creamy off-white head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Caramel malt and with just a hint of hops. Very sweet and fruity aroma. Not what I expect from a Pale Ale but it does smell good.

Taste: Caramel malt and biscuits up front followed by a fruity sweetness highlighted by oranges in the middle then a light hoppy bitterness at the finish. Dry, lightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. You could knock back several of these with no problem.

Overall: Excellent beer. Not what I typically expect from a Pale Ale, or Stone for that matter, but it is a tasty brew. I will be buying more of these in the future. I suggest you do the same.

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Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, it pours a copper color slight haze, nice off white thick head which has good retention and leaves a nice lace. The smell is slightly sweet caramel malt, slight hop smell, seems odd to me to have a stone without the in your face hops. Medium light feel. The taste is pretty good tasty caramel malty goodness, some hop bite on the way down, this is a very good Pale Ale, I could see me putting a few of these back in a session.

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Photo of TXhomebrewer
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Some beers just need to be re-visited, kind of like a family or high school reunion. You know, just to see how much things may have changed.
Presented in a 12oz bottle taken from a case with a brewed on date of 03.27.05 on the box. Poured into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass, Stone's pale ale showed off a clear dark amber color, copious carbonation, and a firm off-white head that slowly faded down to a ΒΌ" of foam and left sheets of lace down to the bottom of the quickly emptied glass.
The nose had a robust fruity aroma backed by toasty malts and soft floral hops. A few pulls and I was rewarded by the wonderful blend of toasted grains and sweet caramel-laced fruits. Hops are definitely mild, surprisingly so, and have a floral flavor vice the citrus bite of Stone's other brews. Quite well balanced but the malts are the main component here. The feel was medium in body and velvety smooth.
Overall, Stone's pale ale is one of my main beers of choice for a session brew or dinnertime beer. So easily quaffable and easy to pair with a good range of meals. Last night it paired nicely with grilled pork chops and baked potatoes. One of my favorite go-to beers.

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Photo of jtierney89
1.3/5  rDev -66.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Most expensive pale ale ever. Hazy tarnished amber with a big sticky off white head. Herbal hop nose along with soap and wood. Touches of anisette or licorice somewhere beneath.

Taste is a lot of bubblegum for some reason. Initial citric sweetness, dry herbal hoppiness and coarse dry mouthfeel. Soapy and bubblegum flavors linger. Not digging this one bit. Off-flavors seem to settle out with a couple more sips, but the flavors dont meld together any better. Whats up with this one? tough to finish.

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

Stone Pale Ale pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a nice amount of foam that leaving generous lacing. Aroma of biscuity malt backed up by some floral hops. Bitter at first, but not tongue trashingly so, a nice amount of piney hops and thens oem grapefruit-citrus flavor. Caramel malts pop up along with some bready, biscuit like malt and incredibly dry on the finish. Smooth, goes down easy. A definite session pale ale. Top of it's class and right up there with Sierra Nevada for the industry standard APA.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date into pint

Look is a clear amber with some fine suspended sediment. Smell is buscuity malt, some faint herbal and citrus hops. Taste is grain and bready malt, with bitter/spicy herbal hop flavor. Feel starts watery but finishes crisp, which offsets the heavy hop feeling.

Not my favorite pale by a mile, but I give it points for being different than expected.

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Photo of Bustersuess
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of BMoney575
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 7-18-07

Pours a cool and clear amber with just a hint of head that lingers on the top.

Smell is surprisingly malty, with a good kick of piney hops.

Taste is slightly sweet at first, and then slightly bitter and hoppy later. Extremely balanced and quite light on the palate. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is good, a good spiciness to go with the hops.

Drinkability is also good, nice bitterness keeps the sweetness in check.

Overall, a very well balanced beer, and a perfect pale ale. Not as bitter or hoppy as an IPA, but still very flavorful. Recommended.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the better pale ales I've had. Thanks to mentor for including this bottle in a trade.

The beer looks great. It is a clear and pale golden amber with a nice carbonation supporting a tall frothy white head. The foam laces to the side of the glass quite well.

The smell is good as well. Has a very bubblegum and hard candy-ish hop aroma with a little bit of floral. Behind the hop bouqet is a sweet caramel malt aroma.

The taste is wonderful and refreshing. The same hop aromas transfer very well to the tastebuds. Very melon-ish. Only a little bite from the hops, and a very well balanced caramel malt flavor. Very refreshing.

I could only ask for a bit more of a carbonated mouthfeel to help give the hop bite that extra zing. Seems a bit light in body, and quite refreshing, though it doesn't seem as crisp as something like SNPA. Either way it is just as tasty and a hell of a drinker. It is obvious that Stone put some quality ingredients into this beer as opposed to some breweries I've tried recently who just throw the cheapest crap they can find together into a brew kettle. Even something as basic as a pale malt has a noticable difference in quality. Kudos to Stone.

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Photo of rrski198
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of HopsHopenstein
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Fordknox
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"enjoy by 12 10 07"
and that's why you should always check before you buy, not while you review.

a: A slightly cloudy orange/copper body, white head, good lacing.

s: Toasted caramel malt, floral hops with some citrus too.

t: Toffee toasted malt forms the base with floral hops providing balance in the finish. Notes of citrus and black pepper lie in the middle.

m: Great mouthfeel, the body and carbonation are just right.
Very crisp and refreshing.

d: A fine APA. Great drinkability, good balance. Not as unique as some of stone's other brews, but very solid. Wish I had more than one.

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Photo of OriolesFan1008
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of BierFan
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A couple inches of tan head. Dark amber/copper colored body. Head retention is good.

Smell: Little bit of citrus, also a sort of vegetable aroma from the hops.

Taste: The malt is a kind of biscuity. Hops are rather laid back, which is unusual and refreshing to see from a Californian brewer. Medium hop bitterness.

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Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing
3.89 out of 5 based on 2,714 ratings.
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