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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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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

345 reviews as of this tasting. I will say that APAs are not a style I buy often and this was a gift from a friend at a party last week. I expected a hoppier than anything beer based on other Stone offerings but to my surprise this was a wonderfully balanced, nice modest hopped beautiful looking beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of elgiacomo
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best by Feb 16, 2011.

Pours hazy orange/amber with a large foamy off-white head that sticks around seemingly forever and leaves ring after ring of lacing.

Aroma starts with bread, toast, yeast, caramel with some grassy, floral and lightly citrus hops (lemon & orange rind). Moderate to good strength.

Flavor is much more hoppy, starting with a wave of citrus, pine and grass, good bitterness for an APA, nice malt in the middle with bread, toast and caramel, moderate sweetness, good bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, good carbonation.

Excellent pale ale, crisp, refreshing, good body but not too heavy, great balance of sweet/bitter.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with the standard stone silk screen design. I have no idea why this and their levitation ale never make it to out here but all their other brews and seasonals do. So this was ordered online. This one pours a great orange amber color with a good-sized head of off white. As the head disappears it leaves a beautiful lacing around the glass and beer. The aroma is predominantly citrus hops with a trailing sweetness from the malt. The taste of sweet malt briefly starts this one before the hop rush kicks in. The finish is a hop bitterness that counter balances the malts nicely. Mouthfeel is unusually thick for a pale ale but I like it, there is also a good amount of carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer as most are from stone and is a great pale ale. It really makes me wonder more why this isn’t as abundant in stores as the rest of their line. Oh well its definitely worth a try for anyone that comes across it.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of seedyone
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

04/05/13 On tap. Once again something tagged a "pale ale" hits my taste buds with a solid shot of hoppiness. This time I'm disinclined to forgive. Why is this not an IPA? The IBU is in the 25-50 range (if you believe in such things) but my tongue says "Bull-Donkey". Something's gotta give. So glad to have notes at BA so I don't make this mistake again.

Mind you, I'm just not that fond of hops so this may appeal to those that are. Go figure!

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Photo of Knoxrb12
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of cdkrenz
4.51/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - It has a thick pour to a head at about a half inch. The head is a medium tan and has nice stamina. The body is a bronze color that barely lets light through. Head is sticky leaving a nice lacing along the pint.

S - It has a hop aroma that does a good job of allowing a malt scent through as well.

T - There are a few different flavors here. It starts out with a mildly sweet, mostly hop beginning.It then moves to a richer hoppy flavor. There is an abrupt and forceful after-taste of straight hops.

M - The feel is actually pretty smooth for a hop filled brew. It goes down very well leaving no abrasive afterthought.

~ This is a very good beer and one that I wish was readily available in Central Wisconsin. It is nice to see this brewery has made it's way into the state even though I need to travel almost three hours to get a six pack. I will certainly recommend this beer to my friends. I'll also make sure they get their own because this sixer is mine!

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Photo of blabaer
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Kenai4
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

Poured a clear old penny color with frothy white head building about one and a half fingers high. Does not stick around to much and leaves some lacing.
The smell is very inviting, with caramel and sweet malts dominating.
Tasting this beer, those caramel and malty flavors greet you up front, but being nicely checked by some flowery hops in the middle. In the end some mild bitterness finishes this beer.
Overall a nice specimen.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of BJasny
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of Auraan
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gorgeous cloudy amber body with a half finger of off-white head, golden highlights when held to light and a nice trickle of bubbles. A very good looking pale ale. Scents of pine resin, wet, earthy herbal hops, floral, jasmine-like hops, a hint of tangerine, a bit of pale malt and a touch of caramel in the background. A nice, hop forward aroma that leans less towards citrus and more to resiny, floral and earthy aromas with a nice balancing malt. Flavor begins with notes of pine resin and earthy herbal hops with moderate bitterness and a low level of malt sweetness. This moves into a more bitter middle with notes of pine resin, earthy herbal hops, floral hops, hints of grapefruit peel and a touch of pale malt sweetness faintly in the background. Finish is medium-dry with notes of pine resin, grapefruit peel, light herbal hop character and a touch of biscuit-like malt. Aftertaste is dry with notes of pine resin, grapefruit peel and biscuit-like malt. A good hop forward flavor profile that uses its light malt presence to keep the flavor from becoming too bitter. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with low carbonation and a smooth feel. Very nice and quite easy to drink. Overall this is a nice pale ale. It's hoppy, yet not overly so, aromatic, flavor and smooth. It's a nice, simple drinking experience and quite good.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Unfortunately, we don't get Stone in Nebraska, but I brought this home from a trip to Colorado.

L: Very nice red/amber; great thick head with perfect lacing

S: Subtle citrus; there isn't a lot here but what is here is subtle and nice

T: Citrus/hops/usual APA stuff; however, there is a bit of a burnt taste going down the back end of the mouth

F: Great front but a touch watery on the way down; balanced carbonation

D: This is a nice, drinkable beer from Stone. Is it their best? No, but it's a solid brew.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of aaronh
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant orange copper color topped by a lovely thick cream head. Aroma of floral hops and lightly roasted malt sweetness. Taste shows good bitterness, both citrus and somewhat floral/perfume in nature. Well balanced by a smooth malt sweetness that hints a caramel. Mouthfeel is good, not thin but not extremely rich either. Drinakbility is very good. Perhaps a little less bitterness would make this a touch better, but then less bitter wouldn't be much like a Stone brew, would it? Give this not-so-pale ale a try. If you like Stone (and who doesn't?), you'll like this slightly lighter (everything is relative) offering. That said, many IPA's wish they were this hoppy and this good. I'm about ready to give up all beers other than those from my Fab Five breweries. And each beer from Stone puts me a step closer to that day.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in the 22 oz. bomber, into a pint glass. The color is amber, with a white foamy head that doesn't seem to want to go anywhere. The smell is a nice hoppiness. The taste is a nice citrus hoppiness with a good and noticable caramel malt in the background. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, I could have this one all day long.

This was one that I've wanted to try for a long time, and now that I have, I'm glad I did. Stone creates another classic, and a truely great session beer. Simply fantastic, and one I'd certainly have again, and a candidate for a session beer for me.

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Photo of SenatorSpaceman
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of Tballz420
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a deep amber color, pretty cloudy, with a large, bubbly off-white head which leaves sheets of lace.

The nose is fairly light, and has pale malt and a bit of citrusy hops. You might expect a big scent from a Stone Beer, but their Pale Ale sticks pretty close to style.

The taste starts with a light pale malt front, light and fruity, with some citrus and grapefruit notes from the hops. Finishes bitter but nothing too intense.

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Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing
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