Stone Pale Ale

Stone Pale Ale

Rated 3.743 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Stone Brewing Co.

Escondido, CA, United States

Style:  American Pale Ale

5.4% Alcohol by Volume

41 International Bittering Units

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Our flagship ale, Stone Pale Ale is our Southern California interpretation of the classic Britsh pale ale style. Deep amber in color, Stone Pale Ale is robust and full flavored. A delicate hop aroma is complemented by a rich maltiness. This is an ale for those who have learned to appreciate distinctive flavor. 1st Release Date: July 1996. Hop Variety: Columbus & Ahtanum Stats: ALC/VOL 5.4%, 41 IBUs

ID: 6605 Last updated 3 days ago Added to database 19 years ago

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Overall Percentile98.2
Style Rank11 of 1851
Style Percentile99.4
Lowest Score2.5
Highest Score4.7
Average Score3.781
Weighted Score3.743
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • IABEERGUY 371 reviews
    rated 3.4 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Copper pour with a nice head. Sweet smell of fruit and pine. Nice hoppy, piney bitterness that is balanced nicely with the malt flavor. A very drinkable pale ale but I wasn't as blown away with it as I thought I would be.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 3.7 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Can't believe I'm just now trying this one. Almost clear deep amber pour with a well-sustained white head that leaves tons of lacing. Earthy hops aroma upfront, a touch of grapefruit and pine, and generous caramel malts. Taste mimics the aroma with earthy hops first immediately followed by nice sweet caramel maltiness then a very slight bitter linger, much like an English Pale Ale. Very tasty, not a freaking hop-bomb like lots of Stones. Recommended.

  • MITCHFORGIE 683 reviews
    rated 2.5 8 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Seems brit in style, but bigger. Maybe a brit pale ale on steriods? Seems a bit acrid and skunky, could be a dirty glass I guess, on tap at Green Dragon, Portland. Must have had a bad beer, my numbers and impressions reflect no one elses.

  • PORTERHOUSE 544 reviews
    rated 3.8 8 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    Smells fresh with some sulpher notes. Pours big and thick. Fat foam head that just won't go away. Taste like wheat, grain and malt. Where's the hops for gods sake? The finish is plain and dry. This is a straight grain brew if you like that sort of thing. Not bad at all but not what I expected for a pale ale. I think someone forgot to add the hops.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 4.1 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This has been on my wish list for a couple years now, but did not get around to it because a little pricey and tried other things. Grabbed a single to sample first, but worth $2 a beer IMO.....barely though. Could be at the top of my APA list, right up there with Stoudts. I find the two very similar all-around. A murky medium orangish color. Aroma of pine and citrus, but not as strong as their IPA. Flavor is well balanced....leaning slightly towards the hops vs. malt. What I really like about these is the mouthfeel, very smooth, crisp, refreshing, however you want to describe it. Something that I will return to for sure!

  • MISSSIPLESS 147 reviews
    rated 3.5 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    This was the winner in a recent APA tasting held by a friend who's a BJCP member. It was middle of the road for me. It had a little bit of everything....good colour, decent citrusy aroma, decent body, and nice flavour.........but nothing that to me stood out and said 'wow'!

  • AIRFORCE1 680 reviews
    rated 3.4 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours a dark amber with a very large white head. Aroma is typical of its style. Taste is full bodied but a tad bit too metallic. Settles down to a smooth beer. Not too bad.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 3.1 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Nice color but a lot of amber for a pale ale. Malty sweet nose, not very hoppy at all. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. Flavor is grassy, with some malt and hops. It's beer flavored beer I guess, other than that nothing really spectacular here. You expect more from Stone, so despite other high reviews, go buy something else.

  • SHREWS824 218 reviews
    rated 4.0 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Amber/copper color. Some burnt orange and yellow highlights adorn the bottom and sides. A very nice off white prominent head that was frothy and had very nice retetnion. Left plenty of lacing also. The beer appears rather hazy and cloudy. Very well balanced aromas of caramel and biscuit. Got notes of fruity citrus along the lines of a peach or something. Grapefruit is very subtle. As the beer warms the malt becomes the driving force and starts to define this beer. The flavor provides a well balanced attack of the bread, biscuit malt with the caramel malt. Some lighter bitterness really compliments the malt. Grapefruit stands out more in the taste and adds some fruitiness. Medium mouthfeel. Smooth, crisp and dry. Blankets the palate splendidly. Makes me want for another sip. What a great all around brew. Good to very good in all aspects. This would make a superb session beer in that it's easily quaffable, relatively low in ABV and really just fun to drink. A very, very nice beer.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    An Orange colored beer with a big frothy textured off white head. Some hang time. Settles into a light dusting of film on the sides of the glass and gentle cap atop the body. The nose is subtle caramel and some citrus. The taste is bolder and a well balanced caramel sweetness and citric bitterness. Another medium bodied winner from Stone

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