Pacific Ale - Stone & Wood

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Pacific Ale
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88
very good

69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
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...

Photo of jbowers56
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of MrKennedy
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with a large lasting head.
Nose shows loads of orange blossom, lemon, kiwi fruit and passion fruit with subtle sweet clean malt underneath. Reminds me of pavlova for some reason.
Similarly fruity flavours but the malt is more noticeable with sweet cookie-dough characters.
Carbonation is a little too high.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of tobeerornottobe
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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3.76/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of foles
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of joecast
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at a beer tasting. managed two glasses before it kicked :(

quite pale yellow with a bit of haze making it sort of glow. fluffy white head, medium carbonation.

incredibly fresh hop aroma. absolutely unbelievable. must try these galaxy hops for my homebrew soon. this must have been a prety fresh batch, the brewer mentioned they add 1.5g/L at flameout and it is noticeable.

what lets this beer down is the lack of balance with the hopping. while quite aromatic, the bitterness really is low and the flavor is lower than you are led to believe. certainly not bad by any stretch, just that it could be much much better.

anyway, as another reviewer mentions, this beer is brewed specifically for the area where it is made. and for that i am sure it fits perfectly, but as a standalone beer, it leaves you feeling short changed.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of juju7
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Keeping this beer in perspective is the key. It is made in Byron for the purpose of drinking in such a beachside town. For that purpose, it is a fantastic beer. Very pale yellow with a little head. Big lemony notes with some serious passionfruit, fresh hop action. Very refreshing with high carbonation and minimal bitterness. Reminiscent of Little Creatures Bright Ale. I enjoyed this beer at the Northern at Byron on a beautiful sunny day just the way you're supposed to and it really hit the spot.

Photo of mulder1010
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ML poured into a perfect pint

A-- Poured a clear straw yellow color. Lots of visible carbonation shown in this. Half finger of bright white head. Maybe one finger of head on swirling.

S-- Pineapple, mango, passion fruit, and lemon grass. Really makes me think of a Pavlova when I smell this. Really good use of Galaxy hops in this. Just small bits of spice in this for good measure.

T-- Lots of fresh cut grass and lemon grass. Not overly big but subtle and long lasting. Grass does die off and go to lemon pretty quick.

M-- Light bodied and high carbonation. Not overly complex though. Gets a bit sour after a while and the qualities that stand out with the grass change to lemon. More like candied sprite actually.

D-- Total session beer. Can have several. Probably better to have a bit colder though to mask the lemon that kind of eats at the beer. Not nearly as good as say LCPA or Hargraves Hill makes but a good drop. Prefect for summer though. Addendum--- After thinking about it was not as fond of beer as first thought. Did not like the dishwasher finish to this. Much better cold than warm.

Photo of soju6
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of tobelerone
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Pacific Ale from Stone & Wood
88 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.