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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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

Photo of wordemupg
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of THECPJ
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Cheers,

The CPJ

Photo of dgilks
3.98/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of tbeckett
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of ADZA
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

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.

Photo of heygeebee
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of brendan13
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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.

Photo of Agentveba
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of dansmcd
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of danieelol
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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.

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.

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