Stone Pale Ale | Stone Brewing

Stone Pale AleStone Pale Ale
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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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Ratings: 2,714 |  Reviews: 985
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of Tballz420
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of BigRedDog
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bobhits
2.76/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Stone does not have a bad beer in their line up. Outside of the 07 vertical epic (which isn't ready to be fully judged) I can't remember one that wasn't at the very least interesting. That said this is far from a great pale ale.

Reddish amber in color with a HUGE fluffy head, lacing really can't look much better than this. Maybe a bit more carbonation but exceptional is an understatement.

The nose is soft sweet amber malt.

The flavor is a mix of citrus and bread. Soft pale. The hops and malt are balanced to a fault. Look stone, you make amazing hoppy beers. You're amber is a dry hopped under 5% alcohol masterpiece. This beer desperately needs something else to make it work. I am a huge fan of APA's....really it is second to IPA in my book and it's close. There are some amazing APA's. This isn't one of them.

This is a drinkable beer. It's a touch thick for drinking a bunch of.

The mouth is rather nice. So much carbonation, silky but thin enough to drink a few.

I'm bias for stone beers. LOVE them. I'm bias for hops, and this doesn't do it. Sorry stone, you missed on this beer. It's a darn good beer, but for an APA and for Stone...this is unacceptable!

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Briken
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear copper with a tan frothy head. Earthy, floral aromas backed by a light sweetness. Spicy taste up front with the earthy taste mixed with light caramel and a bitter hop and pale malt finish. Balance is definitely tipped in the balance of hops but a crisp mouthfeel makes it fairly refreshing.

Definitely a good tasting beer but not exactly what I look for in a pale ale. Pretty hoppy and certainly a fairly dark color, it tastes good but I'd rather just go for an IPA if I want hops. I did enjoy the aromas and spiciness quite a bit and it was very easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with a dense white head. Good lacing down the glass. A nice grassy hop aroma, also some sweet malt aromas. Mostly hops up front, both grassy and citrus hop flavors. There is also a nice sweet malt flavor that comes through. Not as strong in the hops as an IPA, nicely balanced with the malt. There is a good bitterness to the finish and it lingers for a while. Good drinkability.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One pint on tap in a mug.

Nice copper-colored beer, darker than most pale ales. A slight bit hazy and with a creamy white head. Has a nice, strong aroma of nice, bitter hops, citrus, and malts as well. The taste is similar -- nicely balanced citrusy hops with lighter malts. A bit of grainyness as well. Medium-bodied with a nice level of carbonation. Although certainly rather strong, it is a very drinkable and enjoyable. It often seems that Stone tries to go over-the-top with their beers, but this is a really solid offering from them that has impressed me.

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4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- murky burnt orange glows brightly when held up to the window. buff colored head is just amazing lookin as it deflates moderately quickly to a thick disk of cream n bubbles and sticky spotty lace.

S- mineral water, and sweet caramel malt, toffee, cassia, and marshmallow, almost nutty, subtle toasty and earthy hop aromas are in there too. if their aim was to go british, so far this is a real stand up job. becomes ever so buttery as it warms. like real creamery butter that's been clarified.

T- caramel sweet with a nice dose of bitterness throughout. not intense or overwhelming, and exceptionally balanced. the best part for me is the solid marshmallow malt sweetness that plays along with the bitterness, something that i also noticed in their IPA. woodsy and toffee notes hide in there as well with the herbal zesty mild hop flavor. finishes the same way it started but with a hint of butterscotch, grapefruit, and pine.

MF- all this talk about marshmallows, and this one really feels like a marshmallow, if there could be such a thing as a cold melted marshmallow. soft and creamy, and perfectly carbonated at that just below medium level. there is no question of the malt quality and content here.

D- when i think of my ideal pale ale/IPA flavors, it always somehow goes back to stone IPA and barrelhouse cumberland pale ale. the dry crisp hoppy sierra nevada-esque ones have their place and time, but these british influenced toffee sweet versions really do it for me. stone pale ale fits that bill and hopefully, will be making a regular appearance from now on.

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Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 71.2% out of 100 with 2,714 ratings
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