Friday, March 29, 2013
It took me a long time to finally try Stone's basic pale ale because, as much as I love Stone, simple ales are usually not my thing. I like extreme styles and usually don't have the ability to appreciate subtle styles. Thankfully, Stone just doesn't do subtle. Even this pale ale is malty, hoppy and aggressive. Some people might call it a bit obvious. I call it delicious. Stone Pale Ale pours an orange/brown color with about a finger of head, and the aroma is malty and bitter at once, with the hops right up front. The flavor brings the hops up to the forefront and then closes with that rich, bready malt that demands the next sip right away. Stone Brewery is incapable of making me unhappy.