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RATINGS: 1692   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Deep amber in color, Stone Pale Ale is robust and full flavored. A delicate hop aroma is complemented by a rich maltiness.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2002
It is very rare that I can sum up a beer with one word, but in the case of this fine brew, one word comes to mind: BALANCE. The malty sweetness and the hoppy bitterness coexist in a perfect symetry. Walks a wonderful line between hops and malt. Wonderful.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
document (36) - USA - DEC 13, 2002
Maybe I should try again. I didn’t get this beer at all. Just kind of run of the mill good quality pale ale; not enough hops for me, and too much malt.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2002
Pours a nice copper color with a good sized head, subtle floral aroma, good malty taste with nice hop balance, not the hoppiest of pales but quite nice

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - NOV 26, 2002
Very nice to look at, lovely complex flavor, excellent balance and finish. Would love to try this on tap, but in the mean time I’ll have another bottle please.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 4/7/02: Big head for a bottled beer...superb aroma, hops galore, sweet and puckery... and even better on tap..perhaps the best pale ale i’ve had on tap, but bottled... its slightly less hoppy and less sweet..A great californian pale ale from a great brewery..recommended... Re-rate 8/2/02: Not as godly as I once thought...still good and recommended but pale ale’s lack the complexity I now desire and require

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2002
Wow, this is really good. Please allow me to drink another bottle and come back and rerate.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
1BeerWench (3) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002 does not count
Bring it on and keep it comin’. Can’t say enough about this one. No matter what time of day it is, no matter what I may be having for lunch or dinner, it just hits the spot. It’s a damn good beer. That wonderful hoppiness, typical of Stone brews, compliments my meal at the very least. Other times it even takes it to a higher level. You can’t go wrong with this pale.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2002
One word to start: Impressive. Pours out to a beautiful copper color. Aroma is that of caramel, hops and fruit. The balance to this Pale Ale is nearly perfect. The hops are tasty, not shocking, and make this beer downright, delicious. I kept humming/singing ’Stone Brew’ to the tune of Foghat’s ’Stone Blue’ (for the 70s challened, Foghat was a hard rock act.) as I drank it. One of, if not the best pale out there. Yum.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2002
This should be better! For as good as Stone is at everything else - here is where it lacks a bit, and I am saddened by it! One nice thing is that it is thick for a pale which is interesting - but the flavor is not as kicking as it should be!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (9446) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. After trying some of Stone’s "bigger" beers like Ruination, Double Bastard and the Russian Imperial Stout this one seems tame by comparison. I found both the aroma and the flavor to be rather subdued. More malt character than the typical APA but still not a bad brew. A good intro to the Stone line.


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