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 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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Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours bronze/light amber witha 2 fingers offwhite head. A little lacing & head retention

S: Slight malt nose

Taste: Malt gets run over by piney & citric hops! Bitterness from a hop tea wahes down the throat & tounge, fruittyness follows. A little caramel seeps in as well. grapefruitty hops then dominate. Finishes with caramel & grapefruit hops

MF: Medium bodied, a slight hint of pricklyness, not much. Okay balance

Pretty drinkable, an okay E/APA. Don't let the fact its made by the evil empire (AB) sway you, be objective brothers & sisters

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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 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 kimcgolf
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice copper color with medium off-white head, that lingers thru most of the galss, and leaves good lacing. Unfortunately, this was the high point of this beer. Never could get much of the fruity floral hops I would expect from a Pale Ale, and taste was unexciting as well. This was topped off by a very dry finish. I’ve had better organic beers.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stone Mill Pale Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Freshness date or brewed on Aug 30 2006 on the side label
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a light copper brown with an orange and bronze tint. Little carbonation bubbles quickly race to the top of the glass. Fluffy head head at first that transforms to a thin lace around the glass. Nice trails of webbed lacings cling and form interesting patterns.

Decent nose with whiffs of citrus hops and toasted grains.

Sweet caramel and toasted malt flavors lay the backbone with a nice Cascade hop finish. Citrus flavors like oranage and lime come through.

Overall, a nicely balanced and quite drinkable APA. Probably not something I would purchase again, but a solid option nevertheless.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: 30AUG06, which I have to assume is a “Born on” date, sampled 27SEP06. USDA organic seal, lists water, organic barley malt, hops and yeast. What is interesting to me is what it does NOT say… which is “Bud”, the brewer behind this beer.

Aroma: Hard to describe. A light citric perfume. Orange and grapefruit Sweettarts with a background earthy hop leaf. Hops come through nicely.

Appearance: Very clear amber glass briefly held a head but dropped to a constantly fed and dying thin cover that fails to lace.

Flavor: Any candy flavors are dropped quickly at the swallow. Firm hops, both bitter and flavor jump right up. Again, they are mostly citric, but some earthy qualities as well. The finish is a bit off as the bitter rises but is joined by sweetness; I have to call it a candy like finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a bit heavy on the carbonation, a bit slick in texture.

Overall Impression: Not bad, not great. The earthy bitter and candy sweet combination doesn’t really do much for me. This might benefit from some mild aging to let flavors meld a bit better. I found myself swirling the glass a bit to bleed off some of the carbonation.

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Photo of beerphan
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle -> imperial pint
bottled on: 8/21/06

I got this sample from an AB rep. My bottle says Green Valley Brewing.

Pours an orange amber with a robust quickly faded head that leaves tiny tiney patches of lace. Medium carbonation present.

Nose is mostly malt, no hops.

Taste is malt dominated without even a hint of hops. No bitterness, but a slightly dry caramelly felling left on the mouth and a tinge of banana flavor.

The mouthfeel is the highlight, it feels just about right on for a pale ale.

I guess this is drinkable if the choices are slim, but nothing exciting as the 'organic' label may lead one to believe.

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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 ThaSmokinGun
3.66/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color was a deeper reddish-amber, more like what I'd expect from an IPA. I like this one because it has a decent amount of maltiness. The malt flavor is clear, too. I don't just taste malt, I can pick up a slight caramel/smoky note from the roast, but not too much. This is one of the maltier pale ales I've had, but the maltiness does not detract from the beer at all. The smoky note is very very faint, and nowhere near the scale of peated malt or rauchbier. After reading Hophead's review, it does remind me of Maibock too.

The aroma is simple - a little bit of crisp hops, and a very very faint smell of malt. Very mild and inoffensive.

If I were to rate hoppiness on a scale of 1 to Sierra Nevada, I'd put this at about 6 or a 7. It's not extremely bitter, but there is a fair amount of hop flavor. It's enough to make the finish crisp, and the beer still tastes like hops smell without killing your taste buds. Citrus and... dunno how to describe it. Tastes like hops smell, but without the extra bitterness that comes with overboiling.

I think the best thing about this beer is its balance between malt and hops in the flavor. Imagine a grapefruit with just a little sugar, and that's the kind of balance between bittering and malt flavor.

It does not taste like the brewer added anything to the water to change the hardness.

Has a slightly bitter aftertaste, and after a few sips, the aftertaste is a little metallic. QQ.

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Photo of Graebner
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a little head that never completely disappears. A few bubble columns.

Smells of malts and a little hops and a little alcohol.

Taste is...really sweet up front, almost like a maibock or something. Surprising. Banana-ey fruitness and a little hops on the finish. Not bad. Different.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy, and the hops only manage to really come through well after youve swallowed, which makes for a lot of lingering bitter.

Drinkability is fair, I expect it would sit on your stomach somewhat heavily. Probly worth a try, probly not worth going out of your way for.

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
3.63/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok. I'm a little confused. The beer i have in front of me is obviously the same beer reviewed by the others listed below. A "Stone Mill Organic Pale Ale" affiliated with A-B. But my bottle says its by the Green Valley Brewing Co., same as the Wild Hop, not "Crooked Creek." Is A-B pushing this under different labels in different parts of the country, or did they change their marketing company at some point?

Anyway, this is my second review in an evening of tasting craft offerings from A-B. I've already had the Wild Hop Lager, now on to the pale ale.

Call me crazy, but the conspiracy theorist in me wonders if this isn't made from the exact same wort as the Wild Hop lager, only they ferment this with American ale yeast.

I would pretty much apply all of my comments from the Wild Hop Lager review here, only this one has fruity esters from ale yeast and higher fermentation temps.

It's a nice offering, and very drinkable. And as i prefer ales to lagers, this one scores a little higher for me.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium copper colour with a moderate sized semi-creamy head. Stickiness is surprisingly non-existent.

The aroma is a bit floral and a bit earthy. There's perhaps a hint of fruity sweetness in the mix as well. Not bad but a touch on the bland side.

The flavour isn't half bad, and is definitely in the English style. Earthy, somewhat toasted malt slightly leads the way here over a floral hop taste that is complimented by the same touch of fruit flavour that was present in the aroma. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and light to medium bodied overall for a fairly average experience.

This one was better overall quality-wise than the Wild Hop Lager, but I enjoyed the Wild Hop a bit more, primarily because English Pale Ales aren't really my thing. Within the style, this one is fairly decent but nothing to rave about. Much like the Wild Hop, its a very basic crossover brew and really nothing more. At the very least its an interesting if underwhelming offering from Anheuser-Busch.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a honey color with a small head that disapates very quickly leaving no lacing. The smell hits you right away with a strong "bisquity" aroma, but very soon the smell seems to disappear completely. The taste has a sweet malt, a slight hop presence, and floral flavors. The m/f is light and creamy with all the flavors mixing well. Not a bad beer, yet lacking in some big areas.

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Photo of Todd
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle, with a born on code of 08/08/06. Label states: Contains, water, organic barley malt, hops, yeast. USDA certified organic.

Pours a rich golden color, bight and clear with an active level of carbonation that creates a creamy, tight lacing of head. Retention is good, with a subtle stick to the glass. Aroma is clean, with a delicate and soft floral hop aroma and a background pale malt and suggestions of fruity sweetness.

Light to medium in body, with a smooth, even feel on the palate, and a bit of carbonation tingle. Thin pale malt sweetness, but some bready and toasty notes provide a bit more depth and interest. Hops are light, fresh, and a bit green in character, with soft leafy, earthy, and herbal flavors. Bitterness is quite low on this one too, with a brief smack of citric sharpness. A touch of fruity esters form as the beer warms. Husky towards the end with a dry cracker finish, that’s not overly appealing as the tannins cling to the palate for a while.

Anheuser-Busch’s launch into the market is an interesting one. While the beer is certainly nothing to rave about, it’s pedestrian enough (both in flavor and marketing) to cross the street and appeal to both the gotta-get-my-hands-on-anything-organic beer drinker and the masses. This is a very safe entry into the organic market for A-B and nonetheless still enjoyable for what it is: an organic Pale Ale.

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Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a bottled on date.

A- Very pale golden amber color, clarity shines a crystal clear glow. The head drops down to a thin white lace and stick a bit to the glass.

S- Earthy hop aroma with some citric tones in the back. Hint of pale malt with a touch of fruitiness.

T&M- Slightly sharp hop bitterness with a mild citric peel bite. Very smooth with a tight crispness in a moderate body. Mild pale malt flavor, toasted grain with more a of dry malt flavor throughout. Hint of fruitiness. Hop bitterness balances the beer out leaving a sharp citric and tobacco flavor.

D- A middle of the road pale ale, a good no brainer beer to keep the palate in check and to switch things up. I would not mind having this one in the fridge here and there.

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