Pacific Ale - Stone & Wood

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Pacific Ale
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BA SCORE
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 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 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.

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 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%.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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 burnheartsMKE
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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 Finite
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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 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 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 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 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 juju7
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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.

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