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Pacific Ale - Stone & Wood

Pacific Ale
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88
very good

54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 8.82%


Brewed by:
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Australia

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brendan13 on 04-29-2009)
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into pint glass 18/3/14

A clear pale golden yellow with streams of tiny bubbles going up the side, you can pour as much head as you want really, 3 fingers of soapy foams easy to muster, good retention and lots of random soapy lace

S massive amounts of tropical fruit, heaps of pineapple, some passion fruit, and nectarine, maybe just a little green grass faint hint of pine, a little lemon, not much going on really but I love it, smells so strong though I can smell it of the table

T just a little toned down but still awesome, not a whole lot of malt going on just a little dry cereal, I see wheat on the label but wouldn't guess it, just heavy on the tropical hops I really can't complain

M light and fluffy, just a little grit, I get a little cereal and pineapple on the finish

O so fresh and hoppy, its simple but so good, light and fruity and so easy to drink, 4.4% so you can keep drinking them

I've already drank quite a few of these in my short time in OZ and I'll be drinking plenty more at this rate. Sweet session beer no doubt, this stuff just sinks into my stomach.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 03:23:51 | More by wordemupg
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2014. Picked up a little while back from Trembling Madness in York. The label mentions that this brew is inspired by the Pacific ocean and is hopped with Galaxy.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. Bottle conditioned. A bright, hazy golden hue with fine sediment and light carbonation. Yields a large head of white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of juicy hops with hints of white grape, melon, tropical fruit, citrus, subtle grass, light malt and earthy yeast. Lovely.

Tastes of fruity aromatic hops with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of white grape, pineapple, tropical fruit, citrus, grass/hay, light malt, earthy yeast and faint stewed hops. Well-attenuated, followed by a delicate bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry, with light carbonation and a decent body for the style. Would benefit from enhanced carbonation and texture. Mildly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of fruity hops, subtle bitterness and earthy yeast.

Rather nice - a refreshing, fruity pale ale. Looks decent, even though the head doesn't hang around. The aroma and flavour are a showcase for fruity hop notes and yeast, with the light malt playing second fiddle. OK body; could be livelier. I also can't help thinking that the malt presence could be beefed-up a little. Certainly very drinkable - this would be perfect on a hot day. Worth sampling if you have the chance.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 23:59:23 | More by jazzyjeff13
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maymyo77

Australia

3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was cycling around west end in Brisbane Australia when I came across a beer paradise called "The Archive". I asked the bar attendant what she recommended and she poured me a large glass of Pacific Ale.

(Like other life changing events you will always remember precise details of when you first tried Pacific Ale). I was a bit hot from exercise. It is not good karma to drink Pacific Ale without earning it-sort of like you have to ascend Borobodur first before appreciating the austerity of Nirvana with the enclosed Buddahs and Merapi in the background..

Ice cold, vibrant light yellow with a slight haze, good head retention-knockout nose with the passionfruit from the galaxy hops evident. But not too much-galaxy can be overpowering.

Taste-clean, great hop presence crisp finish-something very fresh and wholesome about the beer on tap which is not quite the same in the bottled version-I believe stone and wood put freshness at a premium. Not too much alcoholic kick-just enough.

I tried some other beers including some kind of smoky rye lambic high alcohol construction which was interesting but could just manage one small glass.

Mouthfeel? Hell-damn good mouthfeel. Overall an awesome beer but best fresh on tap-the best sessionable beer I know.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2013 03:19:14 | More by maymyo77
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Gasc0igne

Australia

3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: ~2" bleach-white head, medium retention. A little lacing. A cloudy light banana-yellow colour with quite a lot of carbonation.

S: Huge hit of passion fruit up front, I sense a bit of freshly-cut green apple in there somewhere too. Smells awfully refreshing.

T: Passion fruit at the front of the mouth, continuing from the nose I get some form of green apple puree or apple sauce on the middle of the tongue. Very slight background bitterness at the end. Very little (if any) lingering taste (maybe a little apple sauce/bitterness). Refreshing.

M: Light body and not too thin; very clean and crisp as it goes down, pleasant to drink. Just a bit too much carbonation for me but still nice.

O: A good pale ale, great for a warm night with a BBQ or some spicy food. Would be sessionable for most but the carbonation wouldn't let me. "Refreshing" is definitely the word.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 08:16:22 | More by Gasc0igne
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admiral

Australia

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

an excellent Australian beer that is full of taste and easy to drink

Taste: peach, mango, citrus and spice with a dash of the ocean.

One of the best beers coming out of Australia: is fruity and well balanced and perfect for sipping on a summers day beside the ocean - just like Byron Bay the origin of the brewery who makes the beer

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 05:50:54 | More by admiral
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jimiboi

Australia

4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy amber, with a decent head that lingers at a one-finger width, leaving gorgeous lacing down the glass. The smell is complex citrus aromas of orange, grapefruit, mandarin and tinge of funkiness. The taste is malty, passionfruity and grainy. The mouthfeel is perfectly carbonated with a smooth finish. One of my new favourite beers and beautifully crafted.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 08:49:59 | More by jimiboi
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soju6

Missouri

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a pale straw color winch a decent head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, some fruit and bit of malt sweetness.

T: Taste of citrus, some fruit and malt sweetness. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, crisp, clean and refreshing. Nicely balanced.

O: Good beer for the style that goes down easy. Comes across as very fresh and is very sessionable. Worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 03:02:10 | More by soju6
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PolarBear3

Australia

3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a light golden colour that is a touch cloudy. Has a frothy head that dimishes fairly quickly a thin film.

S - Get loads of fruity notes including pineapple, lemon, passionfruit and in particular mango and peach. Very impressive which is more like a dessert than a beer.

T - Get some of the peach and mango, but more of some bitter lemon on the finish. Not what i expected.

M - Light bodied and medium carbonation which seems rather watery.

O - Promised so much at the beginning but I was slightly disappointed overall. Is fairly watery and lacks that real hoppiness with an ordinary bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 07:03:13 | More by PolarBear3
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle carried to me lovingly in luggage from Sydney to NYC by a friend. Thanks Brianna!

Pours a pale gold, very lightly hazed, with a two finger white head that settles down slowly to a creamy band. Sparse but attractive lacing. Very nice vivid hoppy nose; lots of tropical fruits with some lesser floral and herbal notes. Very fragrant!

Very good flavor as well; toned down a little bit in terms of the hops from the aroma but this is a Pale, not an IPA, so it's fitting. The malt character is very much subdued, bringing the slightest biscuity sweetness, but stays in the background and instead allows the hops to shine through. Relatively low bitterness; tropical fruit, herbal, light floral notes continue from the aroma. Finishes quite dry.

Medium-light body with somewhat brisk carbonation. Extremely easy drinking and sessionable. Not going to hit you over the head with aggressive flavor, but instead comes at you with subtlety and refinement. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 21:10:01 | More by tobelerone
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foles

Australia

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an all-round solid pale ale. Fruity slightly pungent hops on the nose. Very pale yellow appearance. Nice crisp palate, with kiss of fruity/grassy/spicy hops. Very clean. Its a more rounded, crisper, lower abv beer in the mould of Little Creatures Pale Ale. A well made beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 10:07:38 | More by foles
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at Great Northern. This beer is such a staple of the craft beer scene, I can see it being viewed along the same lines as SNPA and other classic American brews of the 80s. It has gained so much popularity and praise in such a short time that I've been eager to give it a fair review after the amount I've consumed.

A - Pours a very light golden, very hazy as well. Decent carbonation and a quickly faiding two finger white, fluffy head. Good smacking of lace all around the glass and a film of retention.

S - Huge fruit notes. People always describe it as passionfruit, but since I really have no experience with the aroma of passionfruit, I interpret it as tropical fruits. Fruit skins, pineapple, and juicy melons are what I get from it. It does nothing for complexity or malt body, but it certainly is inviting.

T - More of the same with lot's of fruity hops. Classic Galaxy hop flavour with lot's of fruity and grassy notes.

M - Sweet fruity finish is the classic selling point of this. No bitterness. Light body and good carbonation.

O/D - A pretty awesome beer for sessioning. A great hop character with no bitterness and a fairly low alcohol content. It definitely doesn't break down any boundaries but it certainly does act as a means for people to be exposed to beer with different flavours.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2012 03:53:09 | More by tbeckett
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jarmby1711

Australia

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was a little underwhelmed with what I tried.
It starts off with a lot of fruity hoppy promise and then at the end it drifts off to a rather watery non sensation other than a run of the mill bitterness
This drifty off to nothingness that is lack of body makes it rather boring after a couple ,

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 03:10:54 | More by jarmby1711
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goodbeerallday

Australia

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours an almost royal gold/yellow colour, not huge amount of carbonation and approximately 10mm of head that resided after about 30 seconds and left next to no lacing.

S: quite typical in scent for an Australian micro brewed beer with mango but what this does have is a sweet smell of gelati.

T: very sweet and session-able with low ABV and is 1.1 standard. a slight bitterness but nothing over powering or even extremely noticeable for an APA. mango and lemon present as the smell suggested and accompanied by passion fruit.

M: very light feel which a bitterness that trickles across all parts of the pallet and eventually leaves but the fruity taste stays, quite pungent in the sense of getting the flavours of galaxy across. really very little body to this one.

O: stone & wood is probably one of if not the most session-able beer ive had in Australia and is quite and enjoyable beer, one i will buy and have bought for a long time. in saying this the bottled pacific doesnt do justice to what a great beer it is. on tap it is decisively more enjoyable although they seem to capture the smell more in bottle.

To be honest it taste like they have changed this beer a little bit. used to get a lot more out of it now lacking a bit of something...

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 10:17:01 | More by goodbeerallday
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danieelol

Australia

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a really light yellow. Wheat beer-esque (it has wheat in it so that makes sense). Looks really light bodied with nice head and lacing.

Nose is metal, mango, Splice ice creams. Also some distinct herbal hops. Smell varies quite a bit, have this on tap recently and out of two bottles and in this bottle I get a slight bit of unpleasant fishiness. Apart from that, it's generally a poster child for Galaxy hops.

Taste is lots more mangoes, peaches. Really watery, almost no body.

Mouthfeel is thin, actually not a massive amount of carbonation, _maybe_ medium.

Looks great but lacks substance. I actually think the lack of body or hop bite in the taste hinders drinkability in the long run. If this had a bit more body, carb and bittering hops, it could be even better. Still a lifesaver at the pub, except when it's hideously overpriced.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 03:42:27 | More by danieelol
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MrKennedy

Australia

3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle from Old Bar Cellars, poured into a small tumbler.

Light golden colour with a white head of foam. Lacking a fair bit of the cloudiness that I can remember the draught version to have. Good head retention, not a lot of lacing.

Smells of mainly lychee with passionfruit. This bottle has still about 8 months left on the best before but isn't as fresh as I've encountered before on tap. Still interesting.

Taste is predominantly passionfruit and tastes fresher than the smell. Good display of the galaxy hop variety.

Very drinkable, body is light and more suited to the climate it was designed for (i.e. Byron Bay and its surrounds). Hop bitterness is negligible and helps keep this very sessionable.

Decent single hop APA, the bottled version doesn't seem to hold up as well as the draught versions at certain pubs (Riverview, Balmain; Pacific, Yamba). Better on tap, but there is plenty of worse Aussie craft you can buy at the bottleshop.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 07:18:51 | More by MrKennedy
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heygeebee

Australia

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting til summer to review this one.

Pours a two finger head over the palest of strw bodies. Delightful pillowy white head with fine fine bubbles. Little lacing.

Intial aromas of ripe passionfruit, zesty, citrussy.

Taste is mild and balanced, akin to Coopers Pale but more subtle. Passionfruit dominates. Bitterness grows.

Moutfeel is light, no surprise @ 4.4%. Well carbonated.

Overall, yep, as good as they say. Could drink all night. Kudos to getting this much flavour out of this much ABV as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 07:09:15 | More by heygeebee
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jbowers56

Australia

4.8/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looks good, thin white head that doesnt hang around in a big way, but still leaves a little layer and some nice lacing. Straw coloured body - slightly cloudy.

Pineapple and passionfruit from the galaxy hops and a touch of malt body makes those fruity aromas seem really nice and sweet.

Flavour-wise I cannot fault this beer. It's not a big IPA, it has never come in to contact with a barrel and it hasn't been innoculated with Brettanomyces - and I am so thankful for this. A perfectly balanced, light bodied beer which is a wonderful break for any beer lover or enthusiast from all the extreme beers out there. This is what I go to when I am in the mood to just enjoy a beer as a refreshing, cold beverage on a hot day without having too much to think about. Simple, flavoursome and effective.

An absolute cracker of a beer, and one that is distinctively Australian in style and appeal.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 05:05:25 | More by jbowers56
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aBeeraWeek

Australia

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lightly frothed almost white head sits above a very pale golden straw coloured beer. There is a nice cloudiness that helps give a hint of glow from the pale. The head didn’t last particularly long with some slight lacing.

A refreshing nose, initially floral, but with a sweet passionfruit coming through and some slight citrus zing as well.

The passionfruit is still there on the taste but with more of the citrus (grapefruit flavours) coming through. A nice grassy hops taste with a very lightly smoked after taste.

A light beer with enough carbonation to keep the mouthfeel interesting. It’s light enough to get through a few of these throughout an evening or afternoon.

Will definitely be drinking more of these heading into summer. Light and easy drinking, but with plenty there to keep the taste buds excited.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2011 22:32:04 | More by aBeeraWeek
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dansmcd

Australia

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A flimsy little head disappears within a few seconds. Very pale with a light cloudiness. Looks like a cider.

S - A nice blend of floral and fruity hops, aromas of passionfruit and grapefruit are strong.

T - Follows the nose, with some sweet apple to boot.

M - Tangy, zesty, clean and crisp. Light to moderate body. High carbonation.

O - Very easy drinking and refreshing. Would go down a real treat on a hot day. Like it.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 00:21:00 | More by dansmcd
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tobeerornottobe

Australia

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Local Taphouse, Darlinghurst on 02/09/2011.

Just cleansing off after the Mikkeller 1000 IBU light! I have had this beer several times before but it's now time to review it.

This beer actually looks refreshing, although maybe that's fait accompli given the above. Bubbly frothy head and it has a lemony appearance in the glass. Not exactly clear but this suggests there is also some substance to the beer. Smells and tastes so refreshing because any flavours are there in moderation, not as dominant characteristics. Sweet floral hops are what I find here. Smell and taste blend well - I'm not that into beers that have a substantial difference between smell and taste, except as the occasional surprise. This beer has all the nice hop character of a decent standard IPA but is much more drinkable.

This is the beer that might just convince anyone who's only had macro beers before that craft beers are worth exploring.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2011 01:40:46 | More by tobeerornottobe
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Stella tulip.

A - Pours a clear pale straw colour with a nice White one fingered head that reduces to a film.

S - Really nice grassy pine aromas from the bottle with a touch of vanilla sweetness. Once poured a tiny bit of malt comes out.

T - Nice grapefruit citrus flavours dominate, but it is nicely complimented by some sweetnes and grassy hops. Very well structured beer.

M - Light body with full carbonation, a little sticky on the finish.

O - This is a very sessionable beer that has heaps of flavour. Thouroughly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 12:47:05 | More by eric5bellies
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Stew41

Australia

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Way way better than a tasting on tap in Byron Bay some 2 years ago. Lovely light fluffy structure with the most delicate honey, citrus and cut grass. Quite fizzy right throughout and some mild spice to finish. Forget about extreme beers - some of the best stuff recently released in Australia is well under 5%.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2011 08:59:39 | More by Stew41
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doktorhops

Australia

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Today we have some good beers to review after the last raft of average ales, and to begin with there is the indefatigable and gregarious (for it's alcohol content) brew from Stone & Wood; Pacific Ale!

Poured from a 500ml almost-a-pint bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: The body is an oddly inviting murky light yellow, looks like cloudy apple juice. The fluffy white head dissipated from 2cm to a 0.5cm lacing. All-in-all not a bad looking ale.

S: There's a really strong peach and nectarine aroma wafting from this brew that says "sit down, take a load off, enjoy!". That hit of hops aside there is a sweetness that can likely be ascribed to the malts used but this ale isn't giving much away in that department. A great start so far nonetheless.

T: Hops are very noticeable straight from the get-go, however they don't assail you like some hop driven brews do. The malt provides a base but the hops are the star here. The flavour is a sour apple which provides an interesting contrast to the expected sweet peach. Stone fruit and apple is the main theme with this ale, and not a bad theme at all in my opinion!

M: A bit lighter than expected for the style but still alright. The carbonation I found is a little too excited though.

D: A great job overall! Only thing that feels lacking to me is the alcohol strength (which would be perfect at around 5% ABV), and consequentially the flavour is slightly weaker. Otherwise I would have awarded this an A+, as it ticks all the boxes of a great brew for me. Excellent session starter beer.

Food match: Zesty food would pair great with this beer like Tapas or Greek cuisine. I could imagine this beer would go down great with a Haloumi platter and some lemon potatoes!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 07:53:35 | More by doktorhops
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LittleCreature

Australia

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.0
Cloudy golden colour, small but long lasting white head.

Smell - 4.0
Fruity and floral hop aromas dominate, definite sweetness on the nose and just a little pale malt aroma.

Taste - 4.0
Big hoppy flavours, just enough bitterness for balance. Quite delicious, though to me this is a golden/summer/blond ale rather than an APA.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Light to medium bodied with small bead, very smooth and easy drinking.

Overall - 4.5
A fantastic session beer and even better on draught, one of the country's best.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2011 08:59:52 | More by LittleCreature
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edonovan0

Australia

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale, clear straw/yellow with a large, light pure white head that holds brilliantly. Huge carbonation in this.

Good aromas ... can notice this across the room. Big fruity notes, with Passionfruit being dominant, maybe some orange peel with others noticeable but not enough to be picked out. Can already tell that it will be refreshing. Perfectly Australian.

The taste doesn't live up to the levels the smell set. It's good, but nothing overly adventurous, a safe beer even. The Passionfruit is still there, but lacks longevity, as if it's missing a big hop kick. The hops don't really feature in this.

It's very light feel, but overly carbonated.

Perfect Australian summer session beer ... refreshing, light with enough flavour to get your attention. Probably not deserving of the Critics #1 Aussie beer, but its still very nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 09:58:29 | More by edonovan0
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Pacific Ale from Stone & Wood
88 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.