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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 ddaedalus
3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quite simply, far too much sulphur. And whilst not a bad beer, not an American Pale Ale as listed here, so either incorrectly categorized or not to style. Some Inconsistency between brews, especially between kegs and bottles

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Photo of PolarBear3
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours sunny yellow with thin white head. Aroma is the best part of this beer- juicy tropical fruit galore. You get pineapple, mango, peach, grapefruit, mandarin. Combined with a fresh, citrus hoppy aroma as well. Taste is lovely and light, Sweet refreshing finish with light bitterness, lively carbonation.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
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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Photo of jarmby1711
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
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 ,

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Photo of goodbeerallday
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
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...

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a nice solid offering from Stone & Wood. The beer poured a clear yellow with white head that left some lace. The scent had mild citrus lemon. The taste was slightly bitter through out the drink but had a touch of citrus and finished clean. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid beer.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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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Photo of maymyo77
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.

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Photo of danieelol
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.



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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.77/5  rDev -5%
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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Photo of soju6
3.77/5  rDev -5%
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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Photo of AgentMunky
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a half litre bottle into a wine glass.

Cloudy milky yellow with light head and heavy effervescence.
It smells distantly of tropical fruit. Pretty muted.
Light and lightly sour. Tart lemon and dryish yeast.
Surprising flavors. I like it. It's not exceptional, but it's great drinking. Good summer beer.

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Photo of Gasc0igne
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of edonovan0
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Stew41
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
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%.

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