Stone Tepee Pale Ale - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Stone Tepee Pale AleStone Tepee Pale Ale

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 150
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-02-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of bobarito
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clean glass. A slight citrusy american hop character just barely peeks past the malty, bready aroma. Not a whole lot of head and what was there diminished down to a thin topper on the beer. It's a nice medium golden color but has some sort of haze going on. Not sure if it will go away as the beer warms a little, and there probably won't be any left to find out...

Has a smooth malty backbone with well balanced citrus hop flavor and a bitterness that just seems to show up in the middle and ride all the way through the aftertaste. I'd guess about 30IBU? The mouth feel is great, clean. If it were possible, I would definitely have another... (680 characters)

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice gold with a whole lotta suspended stuff in there, with a decent head down to a thing wispy film, and some nice lacing. The hop aroma is a bit fruity, though a bit odd, not grapefruit or lemon rind, more like peach skin, and its not my favorite. Little malts around here, kind of weak.

Taste is a bit odd to me, like the hop kiddies grew into hippy stoners and got all super herbal on me, its woody, and the malts are hard and rough. Now, I like my herbal woody tones as much as the next guy, but its just a bit much with this one. The mouth is pretty solid, carbonation is just right, with good body and dry finish. But I still just don't like this one, and I shouldn't judge this subjectively like this, but it is what it is, and its a dislike for this beer.

The thanks go to nflmvp for this one. (816 characters)

Photo of mac56
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The word that comes to mind with this one is "balance". There's no denying this is an APA, but it's exceptionally smooth - not just a hop delivery medium. The grapefruity hop thing is remarkably subdued, and blends well with the bready background. I agree with the poster who detects a buttery note too.

All in all, a really pleasant surprise. If this were available in Lake Wobegon, I think it'd be my session beer. (419 characters)

Photo of jhammerly
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to jpm30 for adding this to the trade.

A hazy, golden body with hints of orange in it. A cream colored head that recedes to a thin ring leaving minimal lacing down the sides. Citrus hops hit the nose very delicately. Bitter hop taste with a touch of lemon and grapefruit which lingers nicely on the tongue a bit. The only negative about this beer is that there is a slight wateriness to the body. Medium body that makes this a good, drinkable beer. Very good. (469 characters)

Photo of Realale
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orangish-gold. Off-white head settles quickly to an incomplete cap.

Light citric hops lead the nose, with some nice orange zest the predominant note. Good spiciness from the yeast. Solid biscuity malt supports. Solid APA nose.

Medium in the mouth, and a let down from the nose. The malt is the star here, but it's pretty diffuse. A bit of orangey hop flavor adds some complexity, and there is a decent level of bitterness that kicks in on the mid-palate, but there's really not much to it. Finish is of decent length with the bitterness eventually overcoming the malt.

Very fine carbonation, but it is at a relatively high level. When combined with the mineral profile of the beer, it really accentuates the hops at the expense of the malt. Drinkability is okay, it's just not a particularly captivating beer. That said, I'd happily have a session with it. (865 characters)

Photo of thaichile
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber colored brew with not much head. Nose is citric and somewhat hoppy. Flavor continues with muted grapefruit and sequestered hops which is just fine in an APA. Bitterness pretty much throughout peaking in the finish. Thanks to Jeff Krenner for the bottle. (259 characters)

Photo of sacrelicio
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a hazy orange candy color with a good solid head. Lacing is present, but not in a huge way.

The smell is of fruity hops, with notes of citrus, banana, pineapple, apples and cherry. Very nice. Pine notes come through as well along with toasty grain notes.

The taste is much more citrusy, with lemon, lime and orange rind flavors and a good deal of bitterness. Much like a Sierra Pale. Also some pina colada like flavors. Very tropical. Herbs like sage, oregano and basil are in there too, along with some breadiness.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing without being watery. The drinkability is through the roof. Great session beer and reasonably priced. (676 characters)

Photo of bjohnson
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Sampled 9.2.06

A: Pours a slightly cloudy copper color. Peach hues. Ever so slight head. Not retention and no lace
S: Light citrus fruit aromas with a good bready malt background.
T/M: Wonderful fruit hop notes followed by a nice malty infusion. Creamy on the palate—slightly buttery. Faint bitter ending. Very smooth with an excellent finish. A solid pale ale. Good body and carbonation levels.
D: I smell session brew. This would be in my regular rotation if I could get it. (503 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks jpm30. Mild copper colour, bit of white head, and lace remaining in glass. Some grapefruit aroma arising above a lagerish smell. Light mouthfeel with strong carbonation and carbonation bubbles that satisfy palate but are a tad aggressive on the tongue. Dry bitter aftertaste.A better than average beer. (309 characters)

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a Tyranena "Legendary" sampler 12-pack for the 4th. Good way to try a few of their brews I've yet to try and enjoy the ones I know I love.

Pours a dark golden yellow, crystal clear with a good couple of fingers of white head that fade rather quickly without a trace. Nose is predominantly fruity/floral hops with an impression of caramel backing malts in the finish. Flavor profile is simple and to the point with bittering hops, some sweet fruit notes, a solid caramel malt backbone and a bit of a metallic twinge in the finish. Mouthfeel is light, smooth and crisp on the tongue. This is drinkable as all get out, a little Sierra Nevada here in Wisconsin. I've sucked down this bottle almost faster than I could write this review. Nothing spectacular, and can't quite stand up to their Bitter Woman, but sessionable for sure. Nothing but solid coming out of Lake Mills. (884 characters)

Photo of maundythirsty
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color, clear as a bell. Mustered a half-inch white head and a thin ring around the glass fed by sporadic, single rising bubbles.

Sweet smell of malt and a mild grassy hint of hops. Taste continues the malt, which holds up a steady hop addition that comes out peppery with a touch of grapefruit juice.

Balanced and accessible with a watery mouthfeel and enough carbonation that it won't freak out the squares. It's a pleasant pale, and may prove a welcome change in the future from envelope-pushing IPAs and DIPAs. (526 characters)

Photo of hanco005
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, indicating that it was bottled on 1 Nov 05 (also with 00006320 on it) poured into a pint glass

A—pours mostly clear surburst orange, with a thin wispy off white head that fades away to a thin sheet, lacing is produced that resembles tear drops.

S—floral and fruity hops are balanced well with some sweet candy notes, some hidden spicy, very fragrant and inviting

T—again as with the smell, floral and fruity hops are balanced well with some sweet candy notes, finishes on the dry side, this is a great tasting beer

M—it’s very smooth, but a just a little bit flat, medium bodied

D—a very solid pal ale and worth seeking out. I will drive back to WI for this for sure. (702 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma shows a sweet light malt character surrounded by a soft grassy hops. Simple and nice.
Gold, clear with a smallish fizzy head that dies otu to a spotty thin layer.
Flavor is much more dominated by hops than the aroma. Very dry. Moderately high bitternes that finishes long. Light sweet malt presented quickly and shortly up front.
Carbonation isn't/wasn't dispersed well. I poured as I usually do and the carbonation was intense. After stirring the beer it softend quite a bit and actually became quite nice. Body was appropriated moderate.
Solid drinking APA. Balance seems off a bit. A good regular drinking beer, but not axceptional. (646 characters)

Photo of battlekow
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first American pale ale was Lakefront's Cream City, which I, in my beer infancy, I mistook for a Spotted Cow-style Cream Ale. I was horrified by the bitterness and gave the rest of the six-pack to my friend's father. Now, having educated my palate somewhat, I'm about to tackle another Wisconsin APA. Admittedly, I am not a hophead (yet--as it seems most people eventually become one), and I have little experience with this style, but I'm going to give it a shot.

Appearance: Stone Tepee pours a clear, reddish-golden color, with a nice head and excellent lacing. Very attractive.

Smell: There's some malt and some hops here, but the hops are the dominant scent. However, it's not overwhelming or unpleasant.

Taste: Malty upfront, but bitterness wins the day. Flavor is clean and dry. Hoppiness isn't my favorite thing, but this isn't bad at all, quite smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, the thickness is about what I would expect from the flavor.

Drinkability: Honestly, I wasn't looking forward to trying this, as I didn't feel I'd worked by way up to such hoppy styles yet. I didn't know if I ever would. However, this is an easy-drinking APA, bitter but not assaulting. (1,192 characters)

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out a cloudy orange color with a whole lot of suspended particles. The aroma is very much like apricot. Very sweet smelling. The flavor is very sweet at first. This is definitely more of a malty pale ale than a hoppy one. Lots of complex fruit flavors, especially apricot. Becomes bitter in the finish. Full bodied for a pale ale. Pretty good drinkability. According to the bottle, this is an American style pale ale that celebrates American hops, but it tastes like an English style pale ale to me. (515 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost imperceptibly hazy apricot-amber with a beauteous French vanilla head that is densely creamy and spatters the glass with thick sheets of noncontiguous lace. The cap descends remarkably slowly, dropping no lower than a fat one finger until I'm well into the pint.

The nose is hoptastic, as befits a beer by the brewers of Bitter Woman. Naturally, it's scaled back a few notches compared to the IPA, but it's plenty aromatic in its own right. The hops are of the citric variety with plenty of pineapple in heavy syrup to keep things interesting.

Stone Tepee is a very nice pale ale that is at least as close to a IPA as it is to the stated style. While the malt backbone is sturdy enough, there's little malt flavor to get in the way of the hop enjoyment. It isn't a tongue shredder by any means, but hops outweigh malt by at least 2:1.

Tyranena's website informs the interested reader that this is a 32 IBU beer. I have no reason to doubt that, but each little individual IBU is put to great use. The flavor profile consists of candied white grapefruit zest and spruce sap, both of which maintain their pungency throughout the entirety of the medium-long finish. The body is medium-full for the style and matches the assertive flavor quite well.

I've only had two Tyranena beers to date, but color me impressed. I have a few more on hand (thanks to Skidz) and can't wait to crack them open. It's too bad that Tyranena only distributes in the state of Wisconsin. More BAs should get the chance to try one of the better APAs that I've had in quite some time. (1,575 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce rather squat brown glass bottle. Neck label is generic in presentation and has a date of ‘30DEC03’ on it in black print. The main label lists the beer as ‘Stone Tepee Pale Ale’ and has a picture of the mysterious stone tepees that now lie 60 ft below the surface of Rock Lake, Jefferson County, Wisconsin. Lots of marketing blurb to the left of the label and a simpler explanation to the right “Stone Tepee Ale is brewed in the tradition of an American pale ale. This beer celebrates the American hop, with its characteristic bitterness, flavor and aroma”. No listed strength.

Appearance: Another creamy looking head quickly forms on the pour, but it also loosens quickly to a more relaxed state, but hangs around at the ¼” thick collar mark for the rest of the drink. Golden lager color when backlit, it is perfectly lucid and the lacing on the glass gives a very Pilsner look. Fine bubbled carbonation at average levels.

Nose: Peeled citrus and lots of other fresh fruits in the nose. Pineapples, melon, oranges, lemons and a hint of fleshy peach fill the nasal cavity. Very fresh in its aroma and immensely attractive.

Taste: Lots of fruit again with some woody bitterness that is appealing and fascinates. At times it is hard to dissect exactly what all the familiar flavors are. Sharp apricots, fleshy peaches, acetic lemons, mouth-watering melons all rise in the middle. The end has a timber feel, like that from chewing on a wooden tooth pick too long, yet this seems to add fiber somehow. Sinuous astringency as a fresh bitterness fills the latter third. Dry mouth after the swallow that echoes with the lingering bitterness of fresh hops. Superb!

Mouthfeel: Nicely rounded and smooth yet with enough zest to enthrall and retain interest. Medium to Above-Average body that is consistently aided by a feel of fresh fruits at all times.

Drinkability: I wouldn’t mind another one of these, very quaffable, if not to just keep trying to work out what all the flavors are, you know them all, but it’s just hard to break them out at times.

Overall: An excellent offering and a very nice turn on the American Pale Ale. So often APA’s are “killed” with ‘over-the-top’ hops on the West Coast, so it is such a pleasure to try one that is a little more thoughtful in its use of the hop.

This Drinks Extremely Well and is Highly Enjoyable.

A massive Cheers! to BigHuge for this one. Very nice. (2,451 characters)

Photo of ADR
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy sub amber gold appearance, generous 1/2 inch head on a hard pour. Simple but ample lace patterns. Aroma is slightly fruity, with some sense of pizza dough. Very well-balanced for an American Pale, especially as it leans toward Pacific Northwest citrus hopping rather than herbal bittering. Lighter bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet bready malt, and just a light pink grapefruit hoppiness hit a note that's just dang drinkable. Rounds out with just the slightest pear sweetness at the finish. I tend to like 'em just a bit bigger, but this is a well-crafted beer. (578 characters)

Photo of jeffboo
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another hoppy winner from a smaller Wisconsin brewer. Stone Tepee is golden with a nice white head. The aroma is flowers and citrus with a hint of caramel malt. It has a med/light body with a good depth of hop flavors, lemon rind stands out. It finishes crisp and toasty with a balancing of hop bitterness. A very easy drinking Pale ale. (337 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Tyranena offering.... Pours a medium golden color, with an ever-so-slight haze to it. Head produced is about 1" at the outset, yet then recedes to a fine, thin white layer. Some lace sticks to the glass as well.
Nose is a combo of bready, light malts and some mild floral hops, with a bit more of the malt being accentuated. Body was just about at the medium level, and the carbonation level was fairly low, allowing the bier an easy transit across the tongue.
Unlike the nose, the flavor seems to lean more toward the hops. The bready, crackery malt aspect is still present, yet a somewhat citrusy hop flavor comes well into play. Aftertaste is not too long-lasting, yet it has a pleasing flavor nonetheless. My kudos to ZAP for this fairly nice session-style bier. Prosit!!

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy orange in color, with a large, creamy head.
Aroma: citrusy, fruity: peach, apricot, pineapple, zesty, hoppy, and very uplifting, dazzling, enticing.
On the palate, lush, sweet, malty. Medium body. Great balance. Overall, full of consistently delivering flavor. Tasty, tasty, tasty! I was happy with this beer all the way down, every inch and ounce.
Quite unique in flavor, this one, and resoundingly delightful. I would happily enjoy these day after day, if they would just find a way across the border! (523 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stone Tepee is one pow-wow of a pale! Great stuff!
Color is a very nice hazy, pale golden gold hue with a thin white head fading out to leave bubbles on the edge and leaves all sorts of inkblot-like spotty lacing. Looks yummy! Smells yummy too, nice citrusy floral character up front, it smells quite fresh and clean and has a slight sweetness lingering in the back. Yummy taste of bright, but dulled, zesty hops, "paled" perfectly in smoothness with a citrusy tang smoothness and the sweet malt layer fits right in there making this one easy drinker. With a good firm, solid medium body and gets slightly airy dry in the finish. A sensational Pale, beautifully bittered, in every aspect. Great job Tyranena on putting this one together! In a word, "Yummy"

thanks big time, jeffboo (785 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another dandy from this Tyranena..man this brewery rocks....an easy drinking perfect Pale Ale...it is a vibrant gold in color with a white lace that nicely coats the glass....these bad boys really slide down nicely...they have a nice citrus aroma, and a great, but subdued citrus accented flavor...Very well balanced...the malt fits the hops perfectly....all I can say about this one is it's one of my favorite easy drinking pale ale's.. (437 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a bright golden with a large suspension of fine particles. A small head turns into a film quickly. There's a definite pungency to the aroma of this brew. Pretty nice. The hops also add a little citric character to the nose. This is one APA that celebrates the hop in moderation. It's definitely present and definitely enjoyable, but not in excess. I get some really nice herbalness and pungency from the hops in this one. The malt backbone is solid in this APA. Provides a firmness and a solid body. This is a high quality brew. Very enjoyable and drinkable.

Tyranena is a brewery to take note of in Wisconsin. I've had about 8 beers form them and they have been consistently good to very good. (724 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not the wildest american pale ale out there, but its beautiy lies in its restraint.
Stone Tepee throws a semi-hazy golden body with a lasting creamy head. It hits the nose with some metallic hop notes.
The hop taste shows up and bring with it some pleasing juicy floral and citrus flavors. This is laid down on top of the lovely biscuity malts. There is a subtle sweetness that makes this beer stand out. This is about as well balanced as an APA gets.
Stone Tepee screams "session". Glad to have it widely available here in the Madison area. Definately one of my fall-backs....but a treat in it's own right.

But as a word of warning to the hopheads out there...this is NOT a super-charged hopped up beer (compared to other APA's). The hops are certainly featured, but are not as aggressive as in many beers of this style. But I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great, well-balanced brew. (914 characters)

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Stone Tepee Pale Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.