Pacific Ale - Stone & Wood
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Ratings: 62 | Reviews: 37 | Display Reviews Only:
3.3/5 rDev -16.2%
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.
03-06-2013 07:03:13 | More by PolarBear3
3.58/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
07-15-2010 10:58:18 | More by CrazyDavros
3.58/5 rDev -9.1%
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 ,
04-15-2012 03:10:54 | More by jarmby1711
3.6/5 rDev -8.6%
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...
04-10-2012 10:17:01 | More by goodbeerallday
3.68/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
03-27-2011 13:24:14 | More by mulder1010
3.68/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
01-01-2012 03:42:27 | More by danieelol
3.71/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
10-31-2013 03:19:14 | More by maymyo77
3.73/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
12-27-2011 07:18:51 | More by MrKennedy
United Kingdom (England)
3.76/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
03-08-2014 23:59:23 | More by jazzyjeff13
3.78/5 rDev -4.1%
reviewed from notes:
thanks to brendan13 for sending this one across multiple oceans.
appearance: hazy golden yellow with 1 finger head
smell: citrus, floral
taste: crisp, clean, nothing stands out
mouthfeel: mild carbonation, light body,
drinkability: great summer beer. could drink these all day long.
03-12-2011 16:01:24 | More by THECPJ
3.8/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
06-01-2013 03:02:10 | More by soju6
3.8/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
04-20-2011 09:58:29 | More by edonovan0
Pacific Ale from Stone & Wood
88 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.