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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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Reviews: 984 | Ratings: 2,713
Photo of Ochsenblut
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recently enjoyed a six of this beer last week, but without notes on smell,taste, and mouthfeel, I was left at an impass.I personally can't analyse a beer unless it's right in front of me at the time. So I decided to get another six at my local liquor store. Here we go!

A- definite amber color to this one. pours a good 2 finger head that disapates after about 2-3 sips (one gulp).

S- It smelled, above all, sweet and malty.I nearly dipped my nose in trying to suck up every smell it had to offer, and at the very closest all I got was a faint alcohol aroma, no hoppiness to be found on the intial smell test.

T- An excellent PA, this pale warms you up with a light bready malt flavor then kicks in with the expected hop kick half way through the experience. very faint hops in the after taste that doesn't seem to clear near the back of the throat. Not unpleasant, so my philosophy is 'lets drink some more to get out that after taste. Overall, a well balanced blend of malt to hops.

M- This one is soft, and borderline creamy. Not creamy like a daught guinness, or an excellent oatmeal stout, but pleasantly so none the less.

D- I could imagine myself in an english pub drinking this to oblivion and having no imediate regrets. My only concern would be the morning after.

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Photo of Pballa4lyfe
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- cloudy, somewhat murky redish brown with a full white head

S- bitter sweet smell of hopiness

T- a nice blend of hops and malt, similar to Sierra Nevada

M- for some reason i felt as though the carbonation was a little much, but not too overwhelming, very crisp bite at the end

D- good, not too heavy, could definitely drink a few of these in a night and be completely satisfied

overall, i'd buy this beer again, i have no complaints about it..a solid choice for any night of the week

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Photo of teejay76
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours cloudy amber but settles.

Smell - It smells like a citrus malt.

Taste - It didn't start ice cold but definitely cold. It got better as it warmed.

Mouthfeel - Extremely smooth and refreshing yet with a light to medium body and decent hops aftertaste.

Drinkability - Great everyday beer. I'll add it to the rotation.

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

Appearance - Thick 2-1/2" of off white creamy head. Great color golden with a red orange hue. Nice lacing also.

Smell - Caramel with lime and citrus tones.

Taste - Like the smell it has a sweet caramel mixed with lime. Has a hop filled finish that makes a great balance.

Mouthfeel - Creamy with good carbonation.

Drinkability - A very good Pale Ale.

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Photo of luvND
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12 oz stone litho bottle
A: a little darker than i expected, copper-red
S: dry and biscuity
T: some malt and dry biscuit up front, a little hoppier than i expected for a straight pale ale but it works well
M: thin but right for the style
D: could definitely knock back a few of these but the hops seem a little out of balance on this one which cuts back on the drinkability a bit
Notes: not one of my favorite styles, but this is a nice one none the less and pretty drinkable. Stone never lets me down.

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

Presentation: 12 oz bottle with authoritative-looking gargoyle on the label.

Pours a deep, opaque auburn colour, with an attractively dense tan head. Posses a strong pine / citrus hop aroma with wondrously herbal overtones. The taste is immediately a bounty of hops, followed by touches of toasted malts, and a glance of sweetness. The hops merrily linger on your pallet for as long as you let them, with a slick, coating mouthfeel that is moderately carbonated.
Wow! This is a terribly enjoyable beer. Its gratifying hop level is balanced nicely with the subtle sweetness and the floral notes that float around. Three more words for this beer: Session, session, session!

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Photo of cocogan
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Visual: Copper in color, no head.

Aroma: Toasted malt, herbs.

Taste: Toast, caramel, alcohol esters, applesauce sweetness, finishes balanced and dry.

Mouth: Appropriate

Drunkability: Definitely a malt forward pale ale. I like it. Could go with food or by itself.

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Photo of Edruil
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into Waterford crystal pilsner glass.

Appearance - Beautiful reddish amber with a significant 2-3 finger off-white head that quickly dissipates to a finger and a half. Not much lacing to speak of but the color is gorgeous

Smell - Fruity, earthy, citrus. More malt than hops on the nose, surprising for a Stone ale. Not particularly aromatic

Taste - Bread, dark fruits, caramel, sweetness up front, with citrus fruit hops coming forward and dominating on the finish. Well balanced, but not particularly strong or aggressive for a Stone

Mouthfeel - Refreshing and crisp, light bodied, nice carbonation. Easy drinking.

Overall - This is a nice beer. It's enjoyable and easy to drink, and would make a great session beer, but not particularly outstanding. A good representative of the style, with Stone's individuality coming through in a much less subtle way than normal

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Photo of TheOtherMike
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite session brews. I can always count on enjoying this in any occasion. It is usually available in my area.

Everything about this Pale Ale is just right. Nothing is overdone or over the top. The balance of components is superb. It complements any meal. I would recommend this to anyone just beginning to explore the wide world of beer as an example of what is good beer.

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Photo of gearbike
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden pale color from the tap. Served in apint glass with a small white frothy head. Tastes of a faint caramel sweetness. Does have some mild hops but not bitter. A bit thin on the backbone. Kind of bland but went very well with pizza. Would be a great choice as a session beer with most any meal.

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Photo of tuckevalastin
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber with a light white head

S: Very light smell. Seems a bit more malty then hoppy. Floral hops are faintly noticable.

T: A slight caramel malt taste comes through but the hops are much more dominated here. Mainly an earthy hop flavor. Ends bitter and dry.

M: Moderate body, slightly creamy, above average bitterness, little spice, and not much heat.

D: Quite drinkable if you like hops.

Overall, this is a decent beer and a nice offering from Stone. Doesn't particularly stand out though.

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Photo of bfred805
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Dark amber, tan head. Not a fan of the mild body mixed with cough syrup taste. Not the worst beer I've ever had, it's a stone... But wouldn't order it again

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Photo of mghotbi
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper color with thick foamy lingering cream-colored head. Aroma of caramel malt with floral hop tones .

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky with just a touch of carbonation. Predominance of malt early, with sweet fruit (fig) tones and clean hop finish. Surprisingly dry. Perfectly balanced sweetness and bitterness. An excellent pale ale.

Very refreshing and drinkable. Another outstanding Stone product.

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Photo of GregBrewski
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with little head that went away quickly, it was sticky for the brief period it remained. The smell was compromised mostly of sweet earthy malts, floral hops, and some other sweet fruits. The taste is sweet and slightly spicy in the front, it finishes dry and spicy from the hops. A good overall mouth feel, with medium body, good balance of sweetness to bitterness.

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Photo of dhilltop2000
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange-copper color and is crowed by a short lasting tan head. Hints of caramel, molasses and a candy-like aroma are matched nicely with a touch of citrus and hops. Taste is mild for a Stone product. Still, plenty to keep the mouth entertained with the tameness to make it a good session beer.

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Photo of Silenus89
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass

A. Deep amber color with half inch head that leaves lacing

S. Grassy earthy hops with malt backbone

T. Pine and citrus notes. Well balanced with malts leaving it a bit grainy

MF. Medium to light bodied well balenced

D. This is a good session beer, always nice to throw this back and always willing

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Photo of bcastine
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

I drank this along with a Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale as a comparison. Next let me say this is/was the first Stone brew that didn't live up to my expectations. Next to no head retention, and no lacing. Malt was cloying especially when sampled back to back with the shoals. The stone had a kool-aid sweetness to the malt, and was less hoppy then the smutty and didn't balance out as nicely. The stone was all sweetness with no bitterness, maybe an old bottle? Not a typical stone brew. Doesn't live up to the scores here imho, especially when compared directly to other APA's.

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

A - A hazy golden amber with a thin lace

S - Slight hints of citrus hops and a hint of maltiness

T - Slightly malty up front with a piney hop finish

M - Light body for easy drinking

D - This is a session beer for sure.

Notes: Not as bold as the other stone brews which is nice. Good to see that not every brew needs to push the limits.

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Photo of FacistCannonBall
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent beer that accentuates its maltiness rather any significant hop character. Had a pint of this tonight at a local pizza joint, but this isn't my first time. It's pretty OK and not too memorable. I liked its dark amber color and moderately malty and hoppy smell. The taste is mild at most and characterized by its sweet malt profile. As far as pale ales go, I've had better that offer a richer drinking experience: Sierra Nevada comes to mind. Still, an above average beer that doesn't really stand out but will suffice when options are limited.

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

Poured from bottle into an ale glass. 2+ fingers of slightly tan foam with pretty lacing. Good clear and definitive amber appearance. Smells like you want beer to smell like, malty with hint of hops and vegatable smells. Taste roasted grain and some chocolate undertone. It fills the mouth with flavor and feels full on the tongue it has a nice long finish that is slightly bitter. I first drank it in SD a while back and buy it whenever I find it available.

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Photo of MonkeymooTJ
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Dark orange with an amber/red haze. A two finger head retains well and a light carbonation level can be seen rising to the top


A 60/40 malt to hop level. Malts are toasty/sweet with a hint of butterscotch. Hops smell of fresh cut pine and a slight cirtrus.


A moderate initial bitterness level. A good balance of piney hops and toasty malts. A bit of spice is also detectable.


A light body that is a bit dry. There is a definite lack of carbonation and not much aftertaste left behind


It was ok. Good promise with initial bitterness and balance of malts. But it wares off and falls a little flat. It fits the style of a pale but I think some of Stones other offerings are far superior

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Photo of sellmeagod
2.91/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Usually it is Stone's job to kick your butt and make you wonder why you came to drink it, then realize that's exactly why you're drinking it, man up and emerge triumphant.

With this one, the ale does not nearly accomplish this.

Yes it's a Pale Ale, but a bit of reddishness gives it a good look (that matches the bottle, nice!). Smelling the hops and barley, you drink down a regular and not even offensive hoppy taste. Why? Stone, I want you to crush me!

Sure you could drink 'em often, but the taste is a bit too bland to make each sip desirable, and at 5.4 abv there's no reason to stay with this one.

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Photo of RonKoch
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Isn't this the standard by which all other American Pale Ale's should be measured? They've been making this recipe since July 1996, according to wording on the bottle, which is to say, for eons, considering the fast changing American craft beer market. Nice caramel malt flavors are the sweet to the bitter of this hop heavy ale.

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Photo of noknife83
4.73/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours amber with a hint of orange, nice thick head of foam. This beer has a nice nose, and a very interesting taste, a great balance between the sweet and bitter. A lot of Pales make the mistake and have way too much of a malt taste, but not this, just enough. All in all a great, I strongly recommend this beer.

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

Had this recently and was a bit surprised. Not that it was bad, just that I wasn't surprised by it on the upside. It had a darker pale ale appearance with decent head and poured into a pint glass. There wasn't that much nose to it. Certainly not a overally hoppy pale ale. It tasted good. Fine in the mouthfeel area and overall good.

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Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing
3.89 out of 5 based on 2,713 ratings.
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