Skipping Stone | Uinta Brewing Company

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Skipping StoneSkipping Stone

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by JISurfer on 05-06-2012

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 65
Photo of SoulFroosh
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Just picked up lots of these on the cheap. Out of season and consequently passed their freshness date, yet still worth reviewing.

Quite surprised at first the adjunct-like smell on the nose straight away. Maybe just a freshness issue.

Taste: again, adjunct macro lager taste, but much tastier. I think the lack of freshness has imparted an off adjunct flavor to this. Overall I can sense there was much more to this beer 3 months ago. Still, very refreshing. Light, crisp, lemons, a little hop bite on the back end.

I will make sure to try this fresh next summer.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed light golden-yellow color with a nice two finger head of billowy white foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a great level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is biggest of a mix of wheat and graininess along with a decent showing of a lemon smell. Along with these aromas are some light smells of herbal and floral hop nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a lighter biscuit and cracker malt flavor along with a little bit of grass hop. As the taste advances some lemon comes to the tongue along with hints of grapefruit. The flavors all remain quite light throughout, and with a little bit of an herbal and hay flavor that arrives on the tongue at the ever end, a rather light and crisp but somewhat lightly funked flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is very light with a carbonation level that is slightly above average. While the light body was nice for creating a crisp taste, a little thicker body may have been better for the hop and funk. Even so, overall it was pretty decent, and for the abv, I think they did it right…

Overall – A crisp and refreshing beer that is quite sessionable at only 4 % abv. While the flavors are light they are overall rather nice with the brew being a good one for those summer picnics or maybe while watching a little baseball.

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Photo of Jsteez
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard American pint glass.

A-poured a decent white cream 1 inch soapy head; retention okay; carbonation present in the glass; somewhat filtered and clear; a little sticky lacing left behind; pale yellow straw in color

S-Not much, perhaps some light wafers, soda crackers, and malt. A little toasted grain.

T-toasted grains, malts, soda crackers, and buttered biscuits; slight lemon/citrus; dry aftertaste; slight sweet tingle at first, but then turns flat and has a soda water taste.

M-Crisp at one point, yet it felt like a light soda water. Easy drinking, light, and fizzy. The soda water taste ended up dominating the other flavors.

Overall, just 'meh'. It's not bad, it just isn't anything special. It is definitely better than certain adjunct lagers, and it would suffice at a backyard summer bbq; could easily quaff a few, no problem.

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Photo of jlindros
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tap at prezo in Milford.

Decent creamy frothy 1 finger head fades fairly slowly, slight hazy watery tan pilsner colored.

Nose very light, straw malts, light crisp lager note, hint pilsner malt, touch fruity lager yeast, hint grassy hops.

Taste is a bit better, more toasty pilsner malts, little straw and grain, very light malt feel, with little fruity lager note and crispness. Plenty of hops, grassy noble hops, little spicy almost American hop note, mild to fair bitterness. Finish is dry, crisp, all lingering grassy hops and fair bitterness. The noble-esque grassy leafy hops linger for quite a while.

Mouth is light bod, touch fluffy malt feel, nice carb, bit of a soft and crisp lager.

Overall ok but nothing special, malts are a but too light even for a light lager, I do like the hop profile it's quite nice and saves the beer, as well as the nice crisp soft lager notes. Nose is very light though.

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Photo of rangerman21
2.91/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance- light golden color, clear with a white head.

Smell- Hops, but only a little. Maybe some lemon. Not a great beer for sniffing.

Taste- Light and clean, slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- Crisp

Overall- Drinkable, but not overly exciting. Probably best as a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best Before 06/24/14

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Some fruitiness and graininess stand out. Nothing too complex

T: Follows the nose. Fruit and grain up front with some breadiness following through into the finish

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice, easy drinking lager. Nothing complex or wowing, but it does make for a good session brew at 4%. If they can this, it would make for a nice camping beer

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Photo of Zorro
2.61/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear yellow with a medium sized white colored head.

Smells of toasted grain and mild malt. Mild noble hop aroma mostly it is grassy.

Starts out sweet and grassy with a mild bitterness and a faint sourness. Mineral water flavors. It is a little thin.

Mouthfeel is thin.

Overall this is OK but nothing special.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.02/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a mildly hazy straw color. The head billows vibrantly at three fingers high, with a white shade. Retention isn't fantastic, but the lacing it leaves behind is fairly prevalent.

S: Rather simplistic, as expected. Pale malts help back up mild hops, seemingly both German (grassy, sulfury) and 'Merican (herbal, citrusy) in their qualities. Serviceable, no more, no less.

T: Like I said, simple. It's little more than pale malts and a kiss of hoppiness. To be fair, there hops aren't entirely one note, hitting a middle ground between grassy noble and citrusy 'Merican flavors. There isn't a ton of flavor, but it's not quite 'watery'.

M: Heavy and viscous. No wait, I meant light and crisp. It's a bit too tingly and astringent in feel, though. High carbonation is expected, making it very easy to drink.

O: This is far more conducive to simple, mindless drinking than sitting down and reviewing it - because really, there isn't much to review here. Still, quite decent for a 4% lager.

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Photo of metter98
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear pale yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light aromas of pale malts are present in the nose along with some hints of grassy hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of pale and biscuit-like malts along with notes of grassy malts. There is a light amount of bitterness and slight hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, a little smooth and very clean on the palate with a moderate amount of visible carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and isn't a bad selection for the style. I could see this as being a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Spikester
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by date 8/01/2013 Just made it!
Pours clear gold with a fat finger of white foamy head. Good amount of lacing.
Smell is grassy hops bready malts.
Taste is mildly bitter hops with a modest supporting malt base.
Mouthfeel is medium, slightly dry finish. Could use a bit more carbonation.
Overall a very good pale lager given the 4% abv. Not a big beer by any means but given the competition at this level it is quite good.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.86/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Best Before: 08/01/13.

Appearance: Pours a light yellow body with a tall, brief cap of white suds.

Smell: Very light, very mild pale maltiness with the faintest touch of honey-brushed white bread. Modest hints of dried flowers and citrus, too.

Taste: Meager malts, with ultra light tastes of baguette, honey water, and toasted grain. Light light light. Minor citrus with dried florals, dried spicy herbs with sufficient bitterness to temper the initial sweet hints. Drying, reasonably crisp finish with a lingering hint of sweet, floral lemon.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Decent, refreshing, which was all I was asking of it.

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Photo of vkv822
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz : tulip
best before: 08-01-13

Clear, golden yellow with a thick, foamy white.

Grassy hops, crackery, bready malt in both the nose and palate.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

A solid pale lager, nothing particularly interesting, but still enjoyable flavors.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I spotted this in the cooler at the Friendly Greek recently and decided to use it to fill out a mixed-sixer. I like both that the Greek has really expanded their beer inventory and that Uinta is so widely available here in PA.

From the bottle: "Earth, Wind and Beer Launched by Uinta Brewing Co. Salt Lake City Utah"; "For best flavor enjoy in a glass"; "Brewed with renewable power Wind & Solar"; "Summer Lager"; "Keep Cold".

My pour initially created a fluffy two fingers of bone-white head, but the retention was not there. I will say that it left some nice lacing in its wake, however. Color was a sunshine-yellow with NE-plus quality clarity and I could see the future, specifically, Sa, 21 Feb 2015 and my joint birthday celebration with Val MidWest, accompanied by Ma Petite Abeille. Nose was very grassy with a light underlying biscuit maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium, full for a lager, and the taste remained grassy with a honey sweetness. Finish was semi-dry, very tasty and pleasant with the malty/grassy hops flavor commingling nicely. I would drink this any time of year from a CAN and it would be a good CANdidate for National Session Beer Day, started by my FerMentor.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a light bright orange yellow color, clear with a 1/4 inch of fizzy white head. Smells of lager yeasts, some hops, creme pop, and some bread. Taste if anything is clean and somewhat refreshing but I didn't find it very interesting. Body is light and ABV is quite session able. If you are into light lagers and pilsners this may be a great summer beer for you but I couldn't see getting it again.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.62/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a pilsner glass at Ray's in Utah. Paired with a burger and fries. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of no cream and okay retention. Thin and weak. Colour is a clear pale yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Fresh crisp barley, clean malts, and some cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: Full bodied malted barley, clean bland malts, and some light cream. Flavorful for a lager, but still somewhat bland. Simple. Not subtle.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and crisp. Heavily overcarbonated. Too thick for a lager. Sharp and biting.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. I wouldn't bother with it again. An underwhelming effort from Uinta. Still, it's a better option in Utah than most other lagers, and it pairs decently with food.


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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer #16 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

This is a very earthy and grainy kind of lager. Hearty tones make this less of a sipper than I would have figured. Overall, it's okay, but not something I would really suggest or go back to. So, overall, it's so- so. Tick another one off for the Utah brews.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clean/clear golden pale yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger foamy head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some sweetness, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, and malty. Medium body. A nice summer brew/thirst quencher.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear pale gold, with several fingers of billowy bright-white head. This retains with a thick creamy dollop of froth right in the middle of the glass, which leaves back a lot of rich and sticky lacing. The aroma smells leafy in the nose, with some mineral notes and green citrus. A doughy sweetness mixes in from behind to give this an earthy twang in the nose.

The taste is leafy bitterness and green citrus, which gives this a crisp feel throughout. A supportive bready sweetness sits along the back and I’m starting to get a bit more lemon flavor from this as things warm up. This is dry and bitter on the finish but is fairly clean here throughout the bulk of the profile. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with a smooth crisp creaminess to the carbonation that gives this quenching feel in the mouth.

I enjoyed this, especially for a Pale Lager. It was smooth and clean tasting with a hop profile that really gave this a nice crisp drinkable feel. I could see this really hitting the spot on a warm summer day.

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Photo of Larski
3.76/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After pouring, I was slightly disappointed with the small head and unremarkable aroma. But the color and especially the light, clean taste won me over. It was quenching with a faint, lovely lemon touch on the tongue and a very slight bitter aftertaste. Would certainly buy more throughout the summer.

I purchased the variety 12-pack because of the recent bottling date of 07/05/2012, to taste this unknown Summer Lager, and for the Cutthroat Pale Ale, which I like very much.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 12th June 2012. $1.49 single from the Village Pump.

A clear straw yellow with a dense, brilliantly white head that has excellent retention and nice lacing, this is a great-looking lager. The nose is pretty solid. This smells more along the lines of a Czech pils than a pale lager, with a blend of dusty, lemony, earthy hops, light doughy malts and a touch of honey, all very cleanly fermented. There's some melon as well.

The palate opens lightly bittered with an excellent blend of flavoring and bittering hops. The earthy and dusty flavor notes perfectly match the lemony bitterness. A blend of pilsner malt, honey and a little corn lend some sweetness (a little out of balance given the low hop profile). Rather wonderfully clean IMO, the water profile here is very soft and works nicely with the hops. If I were to nitpick, I would say that this needs more flavor hops and less malt, but really, this light bodied beer is perfectly enjoyable as is. Moderately carbonated (not nearly enough IMO), this beer is clean and refreshing, but not quite crisp enough. This is significantly better than other pale lagers I've had recently (Flying Dog's Underdog and NB's Shift), and I'd recommend this.

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Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow in the glass with an attractive foamy cap. Pleasantly sudsy in the mouth.

The stuff does have a nice hoppy touch. It's pretty much right on for the style, so you can't complain about the watery, slight flavor. Rather lemony, with a tart touch. Totally drinkable and nicely carbonated. A faint malty flavor somehow comes through. Not as much of the club soda taste as many other beers. It's "beery" in a nice way, pale as it is.

From the 12 oz bottle bought at Emigration Market in Salt Lake, which has a nice selection of single beers. Bottled on 06/12/12.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale straw body, very clear, with a thick white head.

S- Grass, lemon and pale malt.

T- Fairly balanced pale lager, with hops and malt coming through faintly.

M- Light body, crisp and clean.

O- Good for a hot day, but not something that will blow you away flavor-wise.

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Photo of tdm168
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sawmill Taproom in Raleigh

A - neon yellow with a thin, soft, white head that has good retention

S - lager yeast and faint lemon

T - faint lemon, lager yeast, faint grains, grassy

M - medium bodied, crisp

This is a nice, lighter, easy drinking summer lager. It's consistent, to style, and smooth. It's a solid summer offering.

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Photo of JISurfer
2.77/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty much an average beer, nothing to get too excited about, not much complexity. Then again, if you are looking for a lawn mower beer, do you want complexity. Wasn't that impressed with the look of this beer, especially since the head was super fizzy and disapated very quickly. Taste was very slight malt and corn, not much hops at all. All in all, this would be a good beer for a hot day at the beach or doing yard work. Don't get this, expecting to be blown away by deep, complex flavors. This is more of a quencher than anything.

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Skipping Stone from Uinta Brewing Company
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