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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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189 Reviews

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Reviews: 189
Hads: 214
Avg: 3.09
pDev: 17.8%
Wants: 3
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-04-2006

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Reviews: 189 | Hads: 214
Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty safe stuff. Solid and simple in the medium malt profile, and plenty of hop character that allows bittering and earthiness to precedent. A clear copper hue with a moderate head retention that fades quickly. Increased carbonation that becomes prickly and efforvescent. Medium body with a light metalic note and a bitter bite towards the finish. Has a mild caramelly sweetness and a grassy finish. Can't really go wrong, but little to differentiate this from many other decent pale ales.

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Photo of zeff80
2.41/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a reddish/orange color with a foamy, off-white, one-finger head. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled sweet. It was also very grassy and had an aroma of apples.

T - It had a good sweet malt flavor, but there was an odd spice.

M - It was crisp and sharp. It was light to medium-bodied.

D - This was an okay beer. There was just an odd spicy aftertaste.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tangerine skin orange with sheets of fine bubbles hurrying up to a sun-bleached sandstone colored cap. The foam looks like it'll last a while since the surface bubbles aren't popping as rapidly as they're being added to from below. Thin, ragged, sudsy fingers of lace have now appeared, as if to point out the above average look of the beer.

I know that English pale ales, despite the fact that this one was brewed in America, aren't usually as hoppy as their APA counterparts. Even so, Stone Mill is underhopped. In fact, it's so deficient in aroma generally that I'm unable to appreciate much at all, much less take a stab at the hop bill.

This is an okay beer, but it damn sure isn't a pale ale as I typically think of the style. It's more like a malt-dominant amber. The flavor profile consists of toasted grain and caramel that is crackery crisp rather than bready or sweet. There's also a modicum of earthy hoppiness (probably English in origin) that is more interested in providing bitterness than flavor.

There isn't much here to hang your hat on. The flavor is supremely balanced and supremely uninteresting. Sterile is a word that comes to mind. It's as if the brewers tweaked the recipe until they eliminated any vestige of a personality. In case you're wondering, my lack of enthusiasm has nothing to do with the fact that Green Valley (Crooked Creek) is an A-B subsidiary; or something along those lines.

The mouthfeel is a small step up since it lacks any real negatives. It's definitely on the lighter end of the pale ale spectrum though. The initially fizzy carbonation settles down in time and is just right in the bottom half of the bottle.

Stone Mill Organic Pale Ale has a forgettable name and a forgettable label. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that the flavor is forgettable as well. So what was it that prompted me to buy it? I forget. Unless you're curious about the brewer (and the brewer behind the brewer), I'd suggest that you forget it too.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.02/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poors a light copper, no head, no lace at all. Smell is mildly hops, slight citrus to it. Taste is relatively ok, not alot jumping out at me, but still nice,, Pretty well carbonated and not at all a bad beer, but nothing spectacular. Very drinkable for like a party or something, but wouldn't really sit down to enjoy this.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.33/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear, orange body with a small, diminishing, white head.

Smell: Very basic, extremely light aroma of toasted malts with some vague floral hints to it.

Taste: Toasted malts with a faint sweetness. Drop of apple fruitiness. Floral hops, faintly bitter. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: This one really took the "pale" and applied it to all of the beer's aspects. Not recommended.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +31.7%
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!!!

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.56/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Another sneaky little AB product.. I like how they try and hide the fact that it is part of their company. While some of these "hidden" AB products are decent (Shock Top and their amber one come to mind) this one is not one of those. It goes in the Winter Bourbon Cask Ale/Beach Bum Blonde Ale category.

Best thing about this beer is the appearance.. a nice copper color with was very appealing. The beer was way too watery and unflavorful. Not much going on for hops, no lacing or head at all, not much diff than a light beer except for the cool color. The whole organic thing doesn't mean anything to me either, so basically just a sub-standard beer.. move on.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, honey, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with sweet with flavors of honey, citrus and caramel. Then there's a decent hops bitterness that comes in but there isn't much balance. The malt character is on the thin side for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are several other beers in the style that are better and several other organic beers that are better as well.

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Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev +16.5%
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

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Photo of smcolw
3.11/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Soda pop like head (large bubbles) that dies quickly. Neutral amber, clear.

Typical pale ale aroma--the malt has a slight sweetness to it; hop is present but muted.

Good hop on the initial sip. The hop is the main ingredient in the swallow and aftertaste as well. Midway, though, there is a metalic taste that is distracting. The malt portion of the brew is very dry. Overall, good body and carbonation.

A so-so pale ale--the metalic flavors and the unimpressive head detracts from an otherwise safe brew.

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Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 30 Aug 06 - tasted in early Oct 06.

Pours light copper with a thin white head that has decent retention and leaves some froth along the glass.

The smell is of floral, almost perfumy, citrusy hops. It's very mild.

The taste is of bitterish hops with a sweetish barley backbone. Some subtle breadiness is evident at times. Some vague citrus peel is present. The flavors are mild and basic. Good balance between hops and malt.

It has a creamy smoothness. The body is on the light side, but not watery.

The ingredients are basic - and that's what it is - a mild, basic pale ale. Makes for a fine "session" brew.

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Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid malt scent that boasts of pale and some bisquit malts. It's balanced with a mild hop aroma. The taste is good also. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes clean and bitter. The hop finish is quite nice. It's a bit grainy with some residual sweetness; probably some light crystal 10L. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good brew. It's highly drinkable with a well balanced flavor and aroma.

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Photo of Billolick
3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
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

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Photo of plaid75
3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a subtle citrus hop aroma and a good light grain.

The taste was pretty well balanced, but subtle as well. There was a soft fruity and grassy hop and a pale malt backbone.

The mouthfeel was average.

Overall a good shot at the style. Nothing that will challenge the craft world, but on or near par with the other macro craft offerings.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ahhh it was mediocre. Had from bottle at Claim Jumper Scottsdale. Poured as a typical pale, noy much head carbonation or lacing. Very little aroma. The taste was a little citrousy and floral. Not really complex with backbone. I have had better Pales but I have had worse to. In a pinch it would be good.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Starts with a slight sweetness, surprisingly smooth for a pale, late hoppy/bitter finish. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.14/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle a medium gold with a large head of foam
that hung around for the entire session as a thick layer with some lacing.

The smell is a mix of sweet malt and hop bitterness but it's on the light side.

The taste is the same as the nose but the hop bittering is a little more pronounced than what the malt is offering. There's some citrus there and it's definitely on the bitter side but it's not hitting my palate in a way that I'd like and, there's finally some semi sweet malt hitting my taste buds after a few more sips. This one's kind of a strange tasting Pale Ale overall...I wonder if it's because it's organic?

Bottom line: An interesting interpretation of the style but one I'll probably not revisit.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.52/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of Durge
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Iced tea color with a thin head and good lacing throughout. It has a crisp smell of oats and apple with some carmel and malt. It has a clean wheat flavor, some more malt and dry grass. It is a little thin but has a peppery carbonation that works alright. It's very passable but not memorable. Could drink plenty of them with no offending qualities, if that's what floats your boat.

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Photo of drpimento
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured with almost no head and no lace. What little head there was left quick time. Aroma was light and unremarkable. Light body and a bit overcarbonated. Nice deep clear amber color though. Slighty hoppy and quite fruity flavor. A bit of malt. Boring finish.

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Photo of ZAP
2.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light amber color...perfumey candy sugar like nose...odd...

Taste is a little better...a light sweet citrus flavor along the lines of mandarin orange...but the taste is not strong...also some candy sugar like sweetness..

Body is on the light side of medium...finishes slightly dry...

Kind of an odd take on a pale ale....not horrible but nothing I would drink again.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.68/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a clear copper/amber color with a medium thin and creamy white head with quick dissipation. Little lacing is evident. Mildly malty and hoppy aroma. Light-bodied and moderately malty with a light hops presence as well. Very little else going on in the flavor department. The finish is mildly hoppy with a touch of spice. This is a forgettable beer.

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Photo of popery
2.63/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Meh. This beer just isn't very good and is somewhat confusing as a pale ale. It looks fine. Foamy head dissipated rather quickly, not leaving much behind. It smells malty. Hops are notably missing. I guess it has a balanced flavor, but I'm not certain that's a compliment here. It's mostly malt, but it's kind of like a good beer in some other style. Unfortunately, it's also a bit watery and fizzy. I wouldn't turn my nose up at a free one. Sorry, the drinkability category doesn't make a ton of sense for a lot of beers.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.22/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear golden color with a nice light tan head and light carbonation. Nice light cascade hop aroma with a touch of malt graininess. Very nicely balanced malt grains and light hop flavors. Medium bodied and smooth with a nice balanced finish.

A solid uncomplicated balanced APA.

I was not aware that this was a Redhook/A-B venture and assumed it was proabably brewed by Smuttynose due to Portsmouth being on the label. Cheers to another solid A-B offering along with the WIld Hop Lager from Green Valley in CA.

Per Label: "USDA Organic"

Bottled: 05/23/06
Tasted: 09/05/06

($6.88 / 6-pack)

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Stone Mill Organic Pale Ale from Green Valley Brewing Company (Crooked Creek)
72 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.