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Pacific Ale - Stone & Wood

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Pacific AlePacific Ale

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very good

43 Reviews
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Reviews: 43
Hads: 81
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brendan13 on 04-29-2009

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Photo of jbowers56
4.77/5  rDev +20.2%
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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Photo of jimiboi
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.

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Photo of kitch
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 330ml bottle was dated best before 7 October 2015 and was poured into a pint glass.

A: The beer poured a hazy pale yellow with a one finger big bubble head that disappears fairly quickly.
S: Excellent aromas! Very tropical fruit forward especially mango, pineapple, orange, peach and apricot.
T: Like the nose, the taste is of tropical fruits. Mainly mango and peach with a slight bitter lemon finish.
M: Light bodied, crisp, medium carbonation, refreshing.
O: This was a good beer, very easy to drink and great for a hot summers day.

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Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sea-foam head that quickly dissipates.

Baked pears in sugar-syrup on the nose. Fruity, but light.

Ice cold, subtle hints of the Galaxy hop; tropical, again fruity. Super light and refreshing. Wonderfully carefree mouthfeel neither modest nor extreme, but confident in knowing how to please; doesn't overwhelm or underperform. Like a pale ale in a pilsner costume or vice versa; definitely role-playing on my taste buds.

Why did I only buy one bottle? Seriously, I could drink this all day; sun beating down, burning me, without a care in the world.

The ideal summer session beer.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale straw colour, light haze and an odd uneven bead through the body but head remains steady. White and very generous - like, over the top. Sinks quite quickly but some huge clumps of lace are left behind. Pretty decent beer, if a little unusual, even slapdash, in places.

Very fruity and spicy on the nose. Lots of tart green apple notes, with rich passionfruit, pineapple and hints of lemongrass. Very tropical - hoppy, piney and fresh. A beauty.

Taste is very enjoyable, with plenty of fruity notes from very early on. The nose is potent enough to just blend into the first pangs of flavour. Plenty of green apple with citric notes, pineapple and green peppercorns faint on the back. Hint of lemongrass and slight bready grain notes on the mid. Finish is not strong but fresh and tasty with nice fruity aftertaste. Such a lovely thirst quenching beer, with great flavours blended well to create a nice journey from start to finish.

Mouthfeel is not bad, nothing exciting but nice enough texture to get this very pleasant beer down smoothly.

This is a drinkable as hell beer. There are imperfections here and there but flavour and aroma are lovely and fresh and I could just slam down glass after glass of this stuff.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of Finite
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Cloudy pale yellow in colour with a big thick white head, great lacing and good retention.

S- Streaming from the quality head is one of the best aromas I have smelt in a beer. Big and powerful passionfruit and fruit salad hop aroma, Galaxy are used but I smell Nelson Sauvin too. Not alot of malt in the aroma but it doesn't need it for me. I could smell this beer all day. Ive smelt alot of beers and never given one such a high score. I have started to think that I was expecting too much. Not so. The Stone and Wood boys have proved its possible.

T- While crisp, tasty and unoffensive the flavour is a slight let down after the dizzying highs of the aroma. Hops are fresh as you can expect and the malt is clean with hints of banana and other wheat like notes.

M- Clean and medium body mouthfeel, the wheat addition makes this a surprisingly nice basis for a summer ale. Nice Thinking.

D- Top marks. I could drink this all day, if I could bring my nose away from it. One of Australia's best summer ales by far.

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Photo of aBeeraWeek
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.17/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of LittleCreature
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.

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Photo of juju7
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

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Photo of admiral
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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

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Photo of tobelerone
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Harts Pub in the Rocks.

Slightly hazed, but wonderfully light and clean pale yellow colour, with a solid head of fine bubbled white. Pleasant lacing giving some nice patterns down the glass. Lots of carbonation. Looks very pleasant indeed.

Nose is lovely with passionfruit and honeydew melon. Really genuinely fruity and refreshing and pleasant. It's also not overly sweet, just giving this fresh green tropical character that is clear and clean. Wonderful.

Taste is also clean but slightly weaker. There's fruit on the palate for sure, but there's little body and only minimal hop character. I feel some extra bitterness on the back would extend the palate and increase the flavour overall, but it's still very pleasant. Mouthfeel is delicious - smooth on entry but bubbling with carbonation on the back to spritz things up.

This is an absolutely sublimely refreshing and drinkable beer. It has such a clean and quaffable profile. Also, staying clean increases its sessionability. I can't wait until summer to drink this - I feel that is its peak season.

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Photo of SmashPants
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Format: a solid brown 330mL bottle with a decent label.

Appearance: pale gold in colour with a light haze, some fine carbonation visible. A small white head hangs about at a half-finger. Looks pretty darn good.

Aroma: a very crisp and clean aroma of tropical fruits - I can pick passionfruit, pineapple and some stone fruits - with a floral note behind. Smells very tasty and very refreshing.

Taste: a bit softer here than on the nose, but definitely the same profile dominated by tropical fruits with a touch of floral and some sweet malts here also.

Aftertaste: still some fruits here with a touch of bitterness from the hops. Pretty much spot-on.

Mouth feel: moderate in body with a spritely carbonation that brings those flavours through nicely. A little smooth, and certainly very drinkable.

Overall: a very nice example of the American Pale Ale style. The tropical fruits up front make for a literally and figuratively pleasant shift from the usual citrus and pine. At AU$70 a case I would say this one is definitely worth it.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

NOTE: This beer has improved recently and needs to be rereviewed. Newer reviews are indicative of the current quality of Pacific Ale.

Intense hop aroma with the Galaxy hops providing a pleasant pineapple and passionfruit character. Very sweet from the hops.

Crystal clear, straw colour. Actually a bit pale for an APA but probably spot on if they are aiming for the "Draught" ale they say on the label. The small white head doesn't last long at all.

The initial flavour is of pineapple and passionfruit (such a classic Australian combination and so apt to come from the Galaxy hops). This flows through a very soft malt and into a slightly off-putting backpalate. The flavour isn't rough as much as it is almost rotten (like very overripe fruit).

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Just a little bit too spritzy and gassy for me.

Not a bad beer by any means. There is lots of good here but it falls down a little bit in the overall composition of the flavours and the over carbonation.

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Photo of tobeerornottobe
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
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.

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Photo of foles
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.

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Photo of joecast
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of ADZA
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After trying my first brew from this brewery i was hesitant to give this a try but i thought better and decided i cant judge a brewery on just one beer alone and to be honest im glad i did,it pours a murky pale straw hue with sparkling carbonation that leaves behind a crisp,carbonated one finger head and a ring of lacing,the smell to this brew is what really entices me to want to take a nice sip out of it with aromas of pineapple,passionfruit,peach and melon and to be quite honest smells very similar to the cool drink PASSIONNA,it has an average mouthfeel for the style which is rather light but yet very sessionable indeed with tastes of pineapple and passionfruit first up followed by a light tropical fruit finish with no bitterness at all whatsoever and to be quite honest i forget that im a drinking a beer its that drinkable its not funny,overall im so glad i gave this brewery another go as it a brew that is made perfectly for our climate and lifestyle and i will definately revisit this beer in a heartbeart very impressed cheers.

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Photo of brendan13
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours quite a hazy light straw colour with a 1.5cm white head that falls away quite quickly.
S - Big wallop of fruity hops; peach and passionfruit followed by some light wheat malt notes.
T - Fruity hops much like the smell with some floral notes as well. Light pale and wheat malt flavours come through as well.
M - Fairly light bodied with a high carbonation. Quite a refreshing beer.
D - A tasty and very refreshing beer. Highly sessionable.

For the record it's not brewed to be a classic APA but as they don't actually classify it as a particular style I thought APA was closest due to the fruity hop character.

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Pacific Ale from Stone & Wood
88 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.