What is Stone Ale? It’s hop-forward, not hop-dependent. At 4.6% ABV, it’s a balance between Stone’s trademark hops, and China’s love of drinkability. Much like Stone’s birthplace of San Diego, it is laid-back yet full of character and nowhere near boring. The aroma pops with citrus, melon, malt, and a hint of white tea in the aroma. The taste has some melon, lemon, grapefruit, and stone fruit.