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Pacific Ale - Stone & Wood

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Pacific Ale
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BA SCORE
88
very good

62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 8.63%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Australia

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brendan13 on 04-29-2009)
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

MenInVen, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of PolarBear3
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

PolarBear3, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of Agentveba
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Agentveba, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of mungus
4/5  rDev +1.5%

mungus, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Sundaz
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Sundaz, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of hopnerd
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

hopnerd, Aug 19, 2012
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.

tobelerone, Aug 03, 2012
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.

foles, Jul 14, 2012
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.

tbeckett, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of jarmby1711
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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 ,

jarmby1711, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of goodbeerallday
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...

goodbeerallday, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of IanRiley
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

IanRiley, Jan 11, 2012
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.

danieelol, Jan 01, 2012
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.

MrKennedy, Dec 27, 2011
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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.

heygeebee, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of koolk
4/5  rDev +1.5%

koolk, Nov 24, 2011
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.

jbowers56, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of aBeeraWeek
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

aBeeraWeek, Oct 28, 2011
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.

dansmcd, Oct 25, 2011
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.

tobeerornottobe, Sep 03, 2011
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.

eric5bellies, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of Stew41
3.83/5  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%.

Stew41, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of doktorhops
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

doktorhops, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of LittleCreature
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

LittleCreature, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of edonovan0
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

edonovan0, Apr 20, 2011
Pacific Ale from Stone & Wood
88 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.