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RATINGS: 1721   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2004
This Pale pours out to a coppery fused amber color with an overall clearish tone to it and glowing strong with a small yet thick and lustery dark beige head that sits just a bit on top before going to the way side. Lacing in minimal thin strings and globs. Aroma is mostly toasty malts, whole grains, wild rice, very clean, with a bit of floral grassyness. Taste is quite nice, beautifully rendered toasty malted front with favorable whole grain and biscuity tones with a great dryness that lasts and lasts. Hops keep a charge of wood bits and floral grasses which really help peak that dryness and the bitterness is fully in check with just a nudge of dried grapefruit and hop resin giving the perfect amount of balance. Feel is milding smooth and toasty dry with a medium body overall with just enough bite in the hop profile and enough malted structure for a well balanced symphony of splendor in the taste buds. Very good stuff! Great drying qualities throughout and nice melded flavors. Quaffable indeed, surely a sessionable ale here. Yum!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
billk (353) - Coeur dAlene, Idaho, USA - MAR 16, 2004
bottle, 22oz. Clear medium amber/copper in color with a big beige/tan head that fell down a bit too soon, moderate lace. Nose is fresh with roasted caramel and nice subtle hop aroma. Sweet, malty, almost stickey, fresh roasted amber/caramel flavor complemented nicely with fresh hops. Rich, creamy, clean, straight foreward, quality flavor. Just entering the full bodied category. Like being in a tasting room of a quality brewery. Amazing that it came from a bottle. I prefer a drier, more bitter, spicier ale but this is definately on my drink again list.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
igneous1 (1535) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2004
acquired from cquiroga. color is hazy, orangey copper. head is thin, light beige. hops in the aroma are mildly citrusy, mildly earthy. flavor is not as i expected, there is a slight roasty quality and a grainy quality. citrusiness (not even a word!) doesn't really show up in the flavor. thanks to cquiroga!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - FEB 17, 2004
A nice subtle hop and malt aroma with an orange hue and a small head. Slightly sweet and fresh on the nose as well. It starts out carbonated, goes into a sweeter malty middle, and then finishes with a nice hop presence. The bitterness always persists and even gets stronger through the glass. There aren't many bad things you could say about this beer. Very solid and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2005 fantastic! "familiar stone hop bite" with a cleaner, watery complement that aids a simple idea. not herbal, not belgian-like, just clean micro fun. nice. no crazy grapefruit flavor, caramel festival, etc... its good, clean and simple. i wish this is available everywhere, itd be my pale ale. / UPDATE from San Diego trip last weekend: i bought a 6r, and even on tap, there seemed to be this tap water quality that i didnt like, and it was a bit like granite. meh. downrated.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
That familiar Stone hop bite is there right at the beginning, but it smooths out to a nice drinkable brew. Tastes like a tame Arrogant Bastard.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2046) - Salinas, California, USA - JAN 26, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2004 I thought as far as the looks for my ideal beer this hit it right on. The bitterness was present during the entire beer, hops, and malt are definatly present, a pretty good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beaver (1746) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2003
The Stone Pale Ale poured a slightly cloudy, copper-orange with a medium off-white head that quickly went to a lacing that stuck to the glass on the way down. It had a faint grassy, hoppy smell. The initial taste was some bitterness with a touch of citrus. It had a pretty strong bitter finish that mellowed as I drank it (the draft version was also mellower and smoother). Overall, this was a fine specimen of a pale ale, which is not my favorite style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2003
A nice, slightly hazy, copper color. Pours with a dense white head. Not as aromatic as I was hoping. There is a nice bitterness up front, as I take my first sip, it is accompanied by some biscuit - malty notes. There seems to be a lot of complexity missing here. A straight forward pale ale with not real defining characteristics. It is not balanced enough to work on a subtle level. It is certainly bitter, fairly clean flavors (light fruit, malt and some hoppy flavor contributions). Seems to be missing that certain Stone 'pizzazz'. Overall a decent beer, but I was hoping for something with a bit more definition. I need to see if I can get a known fresh bottle of this, to see if perhaps this is just past it's prime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 26, 2003
Deep crimson amber color with a nice layer of puffy head and a small skim of lacing. The aroma is lightly hoppy with a sweet, almost caramel mix with an almost cinnamon nose. Flavor is perfectly balanced with this mainstream stone offering. This is a great beer which could be the "redefined" SNPA of past hoppy lore.

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