Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Stone Brewing Company - Stone Pale Ale

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass

From another great looking screen-printed bottle comes Stone Pale Ale from Stone Brewing Company of California. The brew pours a glowing amber with a hazy fine yeast suspension. The generous head is a creamy off-white foam. The retention is great and there's tons of lacing. The beer seems light and fruity with a hoppy nose and a moderate sweetness.

The beer is smooth right of the bat, but maintains a nice level of carbonation. Full-bodied toasted malts and a prominent hop profile define this pale ale. It's definitely in the tradition of the American Pale Ale and definitely with West Coast spirit. The hops are big, but not overly bitter. I'd say this might rival some of the lesser (in terms of hop bill) IPAs out there, but compared to Stone's own entries into the IPA category, this is relatively mild on the hop front. The finish is refreshing with some lingering hops and a tiny leather edge.

Final Verdict: B+

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