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Stone Mill Organic Pale Ale - Green Valley Brewing Company (Crooked Creek)

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Stone Mill Organic Pale AleStone Mill Organic Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
73
okay

214 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 18.01%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Valley Brewing Company (Crooked Creek) visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-04-2006)
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Reviews by Bonhoeffer:
Photo of Bonhoeffer
3.63/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok. I'm a little confused. The beer i have in front of me is obviously the same beer reviewed by the others listed below. A "Stone Mill Organic Pale Ale" affiliated with A-B. But my bottle says its by the Green Valley Brewing Co., same as the Wild Hop, not "Crooked Creek." Is A-B pushing this under different labels in different parts of the country, or did they change their marketing company at some point?

Anyway, this is my second review in an evening of tasting craft offerings from A-B. I've already had the Wild Hop Lager, now on to the pale ale.

Call me crazy, but the conspiracy theorist in me wonders if this isn't made from the exact same wort as the Wild Hop lager, only they ferment this with American ale yeast.

I would pretty much apply all of my comments from the Wild Hop Lager review here, only this one has fruity esters from ale yeast and higher fermentation temps.

It's a nice offering, and very drinkable. And as i prefer ales to lagers, this one scores a little higher for me.

More User Reviews:
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pale golden in color with a bit of an amber tinge - crystal clear at the pour. Big initial soapy white head of about an inch, but quickly dissipates to a basic ring. Some light lacing.

S: Very... basic. There are some average malt smells, a very light smell of bread, and that was about it. I could not detect any hops on the nose, which struck me as a little odd.

T&M: Moderately light malts, more dry than sweet, roll over the tongue with decent thirst quenching effect. It seems clear that there are indeed hops in the brew but the effect seems to balance the hops, but stops just short allowing for the malts to come through. The finish is basically short and malty, with linger moving to something a bit more to the dry. Overall impressions of this brew are just very average with nothing jumping out as impressive.

D: All said, this is still a relatively satisfying thirst quencher and doesn't taste bad. It just falls short in several areas and at best seems to pull itself up to average.

Photo of Todd
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle, with a born on code of 08/08/06. Label states: Contains, water, organic barley malt, hops, yeast. USDA certified organic.

Pours a rich golden color, bight and clear with an active level of carbonation that creates a creamy, tight lacing of head. Retention is good, with a subtle stick to the glass. Aroma is clean, with a delicate and soft floral hop aroma and a background pale malt and suggestions of fruity sweetness.

Light to medium in body, with a smooth, even feel on the palate, and a bit of carbonation tingle. Thin pale malt sweetness, but some bready and toasty notes provide a bit more depth and interest. Hops are light, fresh, and a bit green in character, with soft leafy, earthy, and herbal flavors. Bitterness is quite low on this one too, with a brief smack of citric sharpness. A touch of fruity esters form as the beer warms. Husky towards the end with a dry cracker finish, that’s not overly appealing as the tannins cling to the palate for a while.

Anheuser-Busch’s launch into the market is an interesting one. While the beer is certainly nothing to rave about, it’s pedestrian enough (both in flavor and marketing) to cross the street and appeal to both the gotta-get-my-hands-on-anything-organic beer drinker and the masses. This is a very safe entry into the organic market for A-B and nonetheless still enjoyable for what it is: an organic Pale Ale.

Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a bottled on date.

A- Very pale golden amber color, clarity shines a crystal clear glow. The head drops down to a thin white lace and stick a bit to the glass.

S- Earthy hop aroma with some citric tones in the back. Hint of pale malt with a touch of fruitiness.

T&M- Slightly sharp hop bitterness with a mild citric peel bite. Very smooth with a tight crispness in a moderate body. Mild pale malt flavor, toasted grain with more a of dry malt flavor throughout. Hint of fruitiness. Hop bitterness balances the beer out leaving a sharp citric and tobacco flavor.

D- A middle of the road pale ale, a good no brainer beer to keep the palate in check and to switch things up. I would not mind having this one in the fridge here and there.

Photo of Billolick
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mega swill producers want a piece of every segment of the beer biz and this is AB little slice of the organic beer market. 12 ouncer, with a pry off cap. Pours very clear, dull orangy amber, mild hop nose. Typical medium bubble tan nose, with a smattering of slippy lacing.The taste here does not match the nose, this is a sweet, under hopped little ale. Support craft beer, not greedy giants trying to trick you into thinking this is good beer made by real people.."green Valley Brewing" ha- what a farce...thoroughly forgetable, thank god I only purchased a single bottle and not a sixer

Photo of LyonsHead
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: great deep orange color but a lousy head that was gone by the end of the first sip

S: Just an average smell of flowery hops, and slight fruity notes

T: good flavor of caramel malty sweetness. subtle toast-like notes in the middle; finishes on the citrusy side.

M: just a light-bodied beer. Not overly smooth! Doesn't really do anything special for me.

D: this beer definitely grew on me as the session went on but it never really blew me away. As far as pale ale's are concerned its good but not great! Drinkability is alright though, you could definitely have a few! It wasn't like I wanted to put it down.

Photo of Bamabrew22
3.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this one out a few weeks ago on a trip to Tennessee, since I've never seen this in AL.

appearance: coppery amber with good head retention.

smell: spicy hops with a hint of maltiness. definitive hop presence.

taste: good. sharp hop backbite, which I loved, balanced by a subtle malt sweetness.

mouthfeel: paints and covers the palate well; a substantial brew

drinkability: a good-tasting beer. easily enjoyed anytime of the year.

Photo of Kraken
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes while on vacation in Myrtle Beach

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Firm pour offers up a one finger off white head. Head diminishes very quickly, leaving a light lace. Color is a dark amber.

Nose- Almost no smell to speak off. Slightly metallic, faint citric hops.

Taste- Light hops, metallic, bitter finish. Smooth faint caramel and toffee. Citric hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Decent, dry bitter finish.

Drinkability- Good, nice pale to session with SN is still a better bet.

Photo of ADR
3.68/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear lighter copper appearance, big pillowy head on a hard pour, pretty decent duration but with large bubbles. Spare, spotty laces. Aroma of brown sugar, some definite orangey citrus, even some rind. Mouthfeel is on the light side, but has some heft to it, carbonation level is about medium. Flavor follows the aroma, a slight malt sense but not very distinctive on the tongue but a definite hoppy presence with a sharp twang to it. The close is best, nicely bitter in the aftertaste. Not a standout, but meets the Pale Ale style perfectly well. The price point is a bit high, making it a beer that wouldn't be my choice as many more local types are better and cost less.

Photo of SetarconeX
3.43/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish lager with a strangely uniform, if somewhat thin head on it. Doesn't really smell like much of anything. Tastes alright, your typical somewhat hoppy pale ale, but unfortunately more watery than I would really like this beer to be. Oddly enough, it probably has more distinct hop flavor than the same brewery's current only other option, their 'hop ale."

I do like the fact it's organically produced, but this one's going to need a bit more oomph before it becomes something I'll drink regularly.

Photo of Jorge
3.43/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A--Deep copper amber, thin ephemeral head of tiny bubbles

A-- Slight funk, yieldin to a crips light hoppiness; a hint of resin.

T-- Not a terribly distinct falavor: typical hoppiness for the style with well-balanced malts, hints of apple.

M--Light, refreshing, slightly acidic & bitter

D--A very drinkable beer, but not distinctive.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

AP: Clear, vibrant deep amber color, very active with streams of bubbles making a thick 1/8" high constant head.

Nose: balance is the key here, hearty malt with grains and wheat, mild earthy hop scent.

Taste: A malted barley and wheat flavor at first balanced well with a mild herbal and slightly leafy hop finish.

MF: Medium body, feels rather substantial on the pallate with a good active bite.

DA: Worth a shot.

Photo of jmz62565
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a honey color with a small head that disapates very quickly leaving no lacing. The smell hits you right away with a strong "bisquity" aroma, but very soon the smell seems to disappear completely. The taste has a sweet malt, a slight hop presence, and floral flavors. The m/f is light and creamy with all the flavors mixing well. Not a bad beer, yet lacking in some big areas.

Photo of cokes
2.17/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It pours to a golden-tinted copper with a modest bleached khaki head that shows a bit of stickiness.
Toasted grain nose with a big bubblegum/fruit punch presence. I'm not sure where the hops are at, as it smell one-sidedly sweet.
Toasty, a little, at its onset into the mouth. Then the sweetness is ushered forth, more concord grapey here, but still with somewhat bizarre notions of Hawaiian Punch and Bubble Yum, and then caramel as it warms. It turns a bit astringency and metallic late, as the only notable hop contributions. They ain't tasty, but at least they sheer off some of the tacky sweetness.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. It's a bit sticky with the sugary qualities, but otherwise the build is about right.
The balance is way out of whack, English-styled or not. Bad is bad. And so is this.

Photo of Guardian
3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Copper color, a bit of head

S- Very average, slight floral smell

T- Again....average...not good, but not bad

M- Dare I say it again? Average. Nothing remarkable...light feeling

D- Quite possible to drink a few of these, but the beer is so average that I would probably not buy a six-pack to do so.

Photo of mempath
2.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

nice head, lacing, light amber color

smell is more malt and ... hops? smells like a 'limited' macro lager...a little too sweet smelling (of course, it's an engish PA-style)

wish the hops would do something, but the maltiness is actually not as sweet as the smell implicates. that's actually a plus. still, a bit too sweet in the first few moments. simply a turn off, but for the style, i can't over-judge it. thus, an 'average'...

mouthfeel is thin, carbonation is a bit high (nice) but crispness just doesn't deliver as i'd hope. i feel like i am rooting for something we all know is mediocre.

would be highly drinkable under specific circumstances: crawfish, crabs, spicey shrimp, tomato soup with half a bottle of tabasco in it...but on its own, not a quaffable, solo flying permit kind of brew.

disappointing and not really one to recommend. heck, i am Green and this is organic. i'd rather have an Old Milwaukee.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: This is an English style pale ale, and it should be enjoyed in the 45-55ºF temperature range. That said, typical Brit-pale ale. Clear orange-copper body beneath an off-white head. Average retention and minor lacing. Nose is somewhat metallic and fruity with a subtle edge of buttery diacetyl, reminiscent of a Bateman's XXX in a way - or at least some other English yeast strain. Hops are mild, floral and grassy... Fuggles? It's medium-light bodied and smooth with a fine, moderate carbonation as appropriate for the style. The flavor offers a nice, softly caramelish and biscuity malt base for the fruity/metallic/buttery yeast character and grassy, leafy, and floral hops to play on. It's balanced in the composition of its flavors, and perfectly backed by a solid bitterness that's omnipresent but never oversteps its bounds. Quite an eye-opener!!! I haven't enjoyed a pint of English pale ale this good in years, and it really takes me back in time. Oddly, I can't place the beer that I'm thinking it reminds me of. Is it John Courage? Whatney's Red Barrel? I'm thinking now that the Bateman's is much more bloody. Regardless, it's really nice, perfectly brewed, and has the bonus of being organic! In fact, if there's anything that I could find wrong here, it might be that it's just a little too clean and perfect! ;) I could easily make this a session ale for a night of darts out with the lads. Kudos!!!

Photo of cjgator3
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish amber color with a fizzy white head that quickly dissapears. Aroma is a slight amount of malt behind a pleasant citrus aroma. Taste is pretty thin but there is a good amount of balance between the malt and hops. While this is a little more bland than I would have liked, it is still a decent brew that is pretty drinkable and would make a good session.

Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours bronze/light amber witha 2 fingers offwhite head. A little lacing & head retention

S: Slight malt nose

Taste: Malt gets run over by piney & citric hops! Bitterness from a hop tea wahes down the throat & tounge, fruittyness follows. A little caramel seeps in as well. grapefruitty hops then dominate. Finishes with caramel & grapefruit hops

MF: Medium bodied, a slight hint of pricklyness, not much. Okay balance

Pretty drinkable, an okay E/APA. Don't let the fact its made by the evil empire (AB) sway you, be objective brothers & sisters

Photo of Backer2004
3.73/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First time I saw this one on tap, never heard of it before, so why not? Definitely a balanced pale ale, with a nice amount of hoppiness that does not cry out over the top. Very easy to drink. Did not ralize this was organic but nonetheless it would be a good choice if it's on special somewhere, but will not be one of my faves.

Photo of xmahns
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A lackluster well-balanced attempt at a pale from AB. I have no bias for organic beer, just appreciate good beer (well made, well balanced) whether or not it's organic. So for pales, nice stab. Good cereal malt notes, nice hop aroma and flavor. Nothing crazy here.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is decent--an orange body with copper highlights. A thin, yet well maintained white head. Weak and bland aroma of subtle hops and metallic notes. Medium bodied ale. Biscuity malts, sweet toffy and toasted wheat bread all tasted up front. Sharp hops, tender crispiness with a dry malt and twangy tobacco feeling. Decent fruity hops, though not powerful, graze the palate. Carbonation increases during warming which detracts a bit. The palate is left clean. Certainly nothing wrong with this offering, in fact, worth having on hand here and there. Never mind the AB-mask.

Photo of aluskungs
2.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours into my glass and it fizzes like ginger ale. Not very appealing. There is a head but it leaves soon after without a trace. No head at all, anywhere. Crystal clear, possible over filtered.

There is a smell of corn, grain, but no hops for a pale ale. Weird.

The taste is bit bland. Drinkable, a little over carbonated, could be hiding flavors. Less carbonation and filtration could bring out some flavor and smell. All in all a good not great Pale Ale.

I was all excited to try some organic beer! But my excitement faded like the head on this beer.

Photo of EagleTalon
1.73/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours to a thin white head and clear medium amber color. Aroma is mostly old hops, CO2 and stale malt. Flavor is malt dominant with hop bitterness to balance, however, it deteriorates in the finish with metallic and astringent overtones. The metallic taste just builds up to intolerable levels.

Photo of jaredtp
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

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Stone Mill Organic Pale Ale from Green Valley Brewing Company (Crooked Creek)
73 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.