Stone Mill Organic Pale Ale | Green Valley Brewing Company (Crooked Creek)

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Stone Mill Organic Pale AleStone Mill Organic Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Green Valley Brewing Company (Crooked Creek)
California, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 09-04-2006

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Photo of uncggop06
4.44/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love to try things that are organic whenever I can, but find that most of the time they are priced way higher than their non-organic counterparts, but offer a good amount more for the money. I figured with this beer, what the heck, might as well give it a shot for $6.99 which is what I would have spent for Sam Adam's or Red Hook ESB. I must say that this is a good beer. Nice and floral with some sweet malt and just the right of hops for an English PA. The smell is fantastic, I wish I had an air freshener that smelled like this! Some people say that at $1 more than most A-B products this is a ripoff, but what other A-B product would one compare this to? I'm glad that A-B decided not to put their name on this product as it would probably stop some people from buying it, and I have to give props to them for their foray into actually decent beer.

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Photo of baxterbrew
4.37/5  rDev +41%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours an amber color with a light, very carbonated head. The retention is good and evident lacing after a drink. The color is off IMO and looks more like an amber than a pale ale. The carbonation is vigorous.

S: Very nice flowery hops with a fruity undertone.

T: Also very nice. Appropriate balance, medium, earthy hop taste with a nice sweet finish. There is a hint of stale aftertaste but this might be an old bottle.

M: Creamy, very full mouthfeel. Not as carbonated as I expected from the appearance.

D: I was very impressed with this coming from A-B. Obviously it's not the best IPA on the market, but dang give the boys some credit. This is a very good brew and would make a pretty fine session beer. Thank you AB for reviving my belief in the macros.

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Photo of jballeng
4.37/5  rDev +41%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sexy weizen glass, a gorgeous copper with a two finger head. Lots of carbonation made the bubbles put on quite the song and dance - cascading majestically from the bottom of the glass for excellent head retention. Sadly the lacing was lacking.

Aroma of sweet tropical fruits, namely pineapple, and the usual malts & hops. A truly wonderful bouquet. Taste accents of hops and light fruits, again pineapple, with a delayed afterthought of hops bitterness at the back of the throat. A lot of carbonation in this one. The taste is not as sweet as the smell, which is a good thing for a pale ale. Another delayed aftertaste I got was ripe blood oranges.

A tasty and sexy organic brew.

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Photo of ryseone
4.3/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks a bit cloudy with a thin head
It smells a bit fruity with an odd twist and a fruity back
It has a crispy easy to drink quality with a nutty banana flavor and a citrusy floral hop finish it is crisp and refreshing
I felt people down this beer for its organic quality. i would love to be one of those people as i feel the word organic is added to beer to sell more beer. in this case i am wrong. this is a quallity beer with a beuatiful balance of a crisp wheaty malt and a citrus fruit like hops. it was well carbonated and did not smell or taste as bad as i pictured a"organic" hippy beer tasting.
A must try for any hefewiezzen beer lover or an IPA fan

PS i am not a speller and am to lazy to spell check feel free to hit me up in the near areas to have a beer

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Photo of RBorsato
4.22/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear golden color with a nice light tan head and light carbonation. Nice light cascade hop aroma with a touch of malt graininess. Very nicely balanced malt grains and light hop flavors. Medium bodied and smooth with a nice balanced finish.

A solid uncomplicated balanced APA.

I was not aware that this was a Redhook/A-B venture and assumed it was proabably brewed by Smuttynose due to Portsmouth being on the label. Cheers to another solid A-B offering along with the WIld Hop Lager from Green Valley in CA.

Per Label: "USDA Organic"

Bottled: 05/23/06
Tasted: 09/05/06

($6.88 / 6-pack)

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Photo of jmp491
4.18/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into a glass. I had this beer before at a festival but wasn't too impressed. This time was different... usually on tap beers are far better, but I enjoyed this bottle a lot, maybe got a good batch.

There was a very foamy, but light, one and a half inches thick head. The beer itself had a goldish/bronzish hue that is very clear. The smell was primarily hoppy, but not overpowering (not that that's a bad thing). The taste was unique, and very good. It was a light flavor, but one where you could taste the flavor of the hops. It was a very orangey hop taste, with slight undertones of grapefruit. Very good flavor that lasted long. Mouthfeel was very smooth -- it was light but finished good, not too dry. I wasn't too impressed before, but this time it drinks great. Plus, two thumbs up for it being an organic brew.

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Photo of kegger22
4.13/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Green Valley's Stone Mill Organic Pale Ale poured a light copper in color with a half inch beige head that reduced to a collar.

The aroma was lightly floral and slightly sweet. No powerful scents here.

The taste was buttery, with small hops and little malt, and as the bottle says, it actually was a nice balance (though not perfect).

The mouth feel was medium bodied, oily and well carbonated.

Drinkability was very good, low ABV and good flavor conspiring to make me want another.

While not one of the all time great beers, I really enjoyed Stone Mill OPA. I'm not sure if the reason this gets such a bad knock is because of the Anheuser-Busch connection. I would definitely try this again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: This is an English style pale ale, and it should be enjoyed in the 45-55ºF temperature range. That said, typical Brit-pale ale. Clear orange-copper body beneath an off-white head. Average retention and minor lacing. Nose is somewhat metallic and fruity with a subtle edge of buttery diacetyl, reminiscent of a Bateman's XXX in a way - or at least some other English yeast strain. Hops are mild, floral and grassy... Fuggles? It's medium-light bodied and smooth with a fine, moderate carbonation as appropriate for the style. The flavor offers a nice, softly caramelish and biscuity malt base for the fruity/metallic/buttery yeast character and grassy, leafy, and floral hops to play on. It's balanced in the composition of its flavors, and perfectly backed by a solid bitterness that's omnipresent but never oversteps its bounds. Quite an eye-opener!!! I haven't enjoyed a pint of English pale ale this good in years, and it really takes me back in time. Oddly, I can't place the beer that I'm thinking it reminds me of. Is it John Courage? Whatney's Red Barrel? I'm thinking now that the Bateman's is much more bloody. Regardless, it's really nice, perfectly brewed, and has the bonus of being organic! In fact, if there's anything that I could find wrong here, it might be that it's just a little too clean and perfect! ;) I could easily make this a session ale for a night of darts out with the lads. Kudos!!!

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Photo of jmbranum
4.02/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(This is a review of the 3.2 ABW version of the beer sold in Oklahoma grocery/convenience stores).

I was excited to see an organic beer for sale at my local Albertson's. (but was diappointed to find ou that the "Green Valley Brewing Company" is really an A-B brand) But anyway, I do like this much better than the brand's other offering (Wild Hop Lager)

The beer pours a crystal clear light amber color in the glass. It has the same coppery tone as the Wild Hop but looks much lighter. The head is quickly disappeared.

The aroma is nice and clean, with a hint of fruit and malt.

The taste is pretty light. I like it because it has a fresh cleanness too it. I can pick up some fruity notes, maybe even some very subtle apricots, but that might just be my imagination because it is pretty faint. The hops are half-way decent, not a strong as most American Pale Ales but about right for an English style. Sweeter than I expected.

Overall this is a great session beer. Not a super-star beer, but definitely a step up from that crappy Wild Hop lager. The big difference is that this actually tastes like a craft beer, unlike the Wild Hop lager that had that funky macro after taste.

I would recommend this as the best 3 point beer on the market, just a bit above Boulevard Wheat. And of course knowing that the field that grew the barley that went into this beer didn't have pesticides sprayed on it make this an even more enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm going to show my beer-snobbery by saying I'm surprised this is an A-B affiliated brewery. A very nice pale ale, leaning toward the English style with a bit more hops punch than average. Very sturdy malt, a touch heavy on the tongue. Hops aren't crisp, but they are lively.

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Photo of Shaw
3.98/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite of AB's new organic brews because it's hoppier.

It is a lovely amber color with a foamy head and plenty of carbonation.

It has a nice, lightly hoppy aroma. That aroma carries over to the flavor. There are also notes of fruit that mix with the malt flavors.

The body is creamy and quite good.

The drinkability of this beer is excellent.

Say what you will about AB, this is a fine beer. And for a cost-conscious buyer, it's cheaper than Sierra Nevada, and it's made with organic malt. I plan to make this a regular purchase.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.95/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

It appeared crystal clear and amber with a 3/4inch white head that quickly shrank away to a fine lacing.

It had a moderate smell of hops.

It had a well balanced taste of hops and malt with a moderate hoppy aftertaste. A medium body that went down smooth.

I found it to be a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Portertime
3.92/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is actually an Anheuser product although they don't want to admit it. I thought it wasn't bad at all for a USDA certified organic brew. The taste was fairly flavorful for a pale and nothing like a typical Bud product. It was refreshing and I didn't mind sipping on it. I've found I do like organic beers such as Butte Creek Porter.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.88/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium bronzed body, lots of carbonation coming to the surface from the middle of the beer, looks cool. Nice off-white head, ok lacing.

Smell: Light hoppiness and biscuit maltiness. None too pungent.

Taste: Good hoppiness for the style, maybe a little too sweet with caramel. A little metallic twang. For the style, it is pretty good. Not offensive andvery drinkable. One of the better AB disguised beers I have tried.

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Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid malt scent that boasts of pale and some bisquit malts. It's balanced with a mild hop aroma. The taste is good also. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes clean and bitter. The hop finish is quite nice. It's a bit grainy with some residual sweetness; probably some light crystal 10L. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good brew. It's highly drinkable with a well balanced flavor and aroma.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.87/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought this being unaware of it being an AB product. The price was reasonable, and it was one the only new things on the shelves. Kind of decieving, but at least it's fresh. It was brewed 2 weeks ago.

The appearance is pale copper in color. Frothy medium sized head with good retention. Smell is nice and fragrant. Sweet caramel, citric and herbal hops, all stacked ontop an earthy malt base. The smell is excellent overall. Now for the taste. Upfront has a solid malt base. Earthy with a borderline caramel sweetness. Citric and herbacous hops attack the mouth, providing a nice tangy bitterness. Aftertaste is very subdued, yet quite pleasent. Earthy malt, along with receding citric bitterness. Mouthfeel is tingly, and coating. Drinkability is damn good, these go down smooth.

AB or not, this is a solid English Pale Ale. I was expecting much less. Instead what I got was tasty, with a lot of flavor profile. It's almost spot on for the style. Way to go AB, your best product yet.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my first consumption of an organic beer where I was focused on, and thinking about the beer qualities to be rated.
This beer poured a generous head that had above average staying power. Moderate clear amber color that made for a pleasant appearance.
Malt hop balance definitly leaned on the malt side in both smell and taste, but hops came though in slightly bitter after taste. Slight caramel oder as well.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy. A good beer that you will want to take your time and enjoy.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty safe stuff. Solid and simple in the medium malt profile, and plenty of hop character that allows bittering and earthiness to precedent. A clear copper hue with a moderate head retention that fades quickly. Increased carbonation that becomes prickly and efforvescent. Medium body with a light metalic note and a bitter bite towards the finish. Has a mild caramelly sweetness and a grassy finish. Can't really go wrong, but little to differentiate this from many other decent pale ales.

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Photo of Suds
3.77/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 ounce bottle, this brew is a clear and deep bronze color with a very slim (and quickly fading) head. The aroma is faint, with a sweet bready character. There’s a little malt and caramel, with a bit of a fruity-ale quality. It’s a well balanced beer, with a substantial malt presence up front and a crisp bitterness in the finish. Toasted malts and earthiness are central to the flavor. Medium body and relatively low carbonation. This is a good beer, certainly an East-coast pale ale. I’d certainly have it again.

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Photo of skeetermoses
3.75/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

All in all this one impressed me, I did not know it was an Anhieser Busch product. Drank this one with a steak and a side of potatoes. Not too bad, I figure this one could go well with chicken or soup, I am going to try to find this one around town. Give it a second try overall, highly recomend this one. Very smooth.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.73/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First time I saw this one on tap, never heard of it before, so why not? Definitely a balanced pale ale, with a nice amount of hoppiness that does not cry out over the top. Very easy to drink. Did not ralize this was organic but nonetheless it would be a good choice if it's on special somewhere, but will not be one of my faves.

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Photo of stockingcpl
3.73/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This selection poured rather well. Good head with of white foam. A little lacing highlighted with spiderwebbing on the surface. Color is a deep honey.

Smell: There is a rather light malty blend with aromatic hops. Interesting. There is a heartiness to this brew.

Taste: The flavor curve is excellent. Nice pop of hops with malt touches. There is a great bitterness that sustains well with out aftertaste. Good job here.

Mouthfeel: As mentioned earlier the taste curve is excellent. The palate is not crouded but the flavors. Also, sustain does linger. Quite well executed. I'm impressed.

Drinkability: This brew is well designed and executed. Excellent taste. Light enough for the ladies yet enough taste or the experienced drinkers. I'm very impressed.


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Photo of bruachan
3.72/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

the head didn't have much hope. the retention just isn't there. the glass could be unclean, perhaps, but judging by what did pop up it was gonna die anyway

the aroma is sweet and the sweetness is abundant. the hops play along in their woody way, producing a bit of lemon zing. they are more prevalent in the flavor, and the bitterness strong. it's fairly balanced, though not exciting. i can dig it, though. certainly could drink a few of these

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Photo of jbsteiny
3.72/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light orange in my glass with a thin head and light lacing. Interesting aroma -- I'm getting butterscotch malt and orange hops. Complex taste. It starts off bitter, but that fades and a delightful sweet citrus flavor rises. Very long finish. I was surprised to see that this was an A-B product -- and organic? A strange world we live in. Medium body and well-carbonated. There's something off-putting about this beer that makes me glad that I didn''t get a whole sixpack, but it's hard to put my finger on it. Probably won't buy it again for home consumption, but it's much better than most macro swill.

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Photo of ADR
3.68/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear lighter copper appearance, big pillowy head on a hard pour, pretty decent duration but with large bubbles. Spare, spotty laces. Aroma of brown sugar, some definite orangey citrus, even some rind. Mouthfeel is on the light side, but has some heft to it, carbonation level is about medium. Flavor follows the aroma, a slight malt sense but not very distinctive on the tongue but a definite hoppy presence with a sharp twang to it. The close is best, nicely bitter in the aftertaste. Not a standout, but meets the Pale Ale style perfectly well. The price point is a bit high, making it a beer that wouldn't be my choice as many more local types are better and cost less.

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Stone Mill Organic Pale Ale from Green Valley Brewing Company (Crooked Creek)
3.1 out of 5 based on 216 ratings.
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