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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 09-04-2006

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.56/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Another sneaky little AB product.. I like how they try and hide the fact that it is part of their company. While some of these "hidden" AB products are decent (Shock Top and their amber one come to mind) this one is not one of those. It goes in the Winter Bourbon Cask Ale/Beach Bum Blonde Ale category.

Best thing about this beer is the appearance.. a nice copper color with was very appealing. The beer was way too watery and unflavorful. Not much going on for hops, no lacing or head at all, not much diff than a light beer except for the cool color. The whole organic thing doesn't mean anything to me either, so basically just a sub-standard beer.. move on.

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Photo of Vendetta
1.99/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Original Rating Date:
October 10, 2008

Pours nicely, fluffy head and a lightly colored pale ale. Smell is alright, some maltiness, but a strange metallic note. Taste is much the same, no real hop presence and faint maltiness followed by a metallic aftertaste that the nose hinted at. Another average Anheuser-Busch effort, not sure I'll ever be impressed with one of their beers at this point.

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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 argock
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear glass tumbler. Bottled-on date on bottle.

A: Clear orange-amber with 1-finger fizzy off-white head with a few arcs of lace along the top of the glass.

S: Aroma is pretty mild with only some minor caramelly malt and Fuggles-type earthy hops.

T: Taste is not objectionable, but nothing remarkable. Clean malt sweetness with faint butter is met with too-soft earthy hops.

M: Way too thin and fizzy feeling for an APA. Aftertaste is short and faint.

D: The drinkability is fine but other options should be higher on your list due to the underhopping and poor feel.

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

A; Pale amber with minimal carbonation. Soapy head doesn't retain well and leaves only traces of lace.

S: Straw and hay, plus a bit of lemony citrus.

T: Not bad. Quite mild, but well balanced and interesting. Dry malts are followed by a citrus and spice hop kick. Finishes with a lingering spicy bitterness.

M: Medium light body has the right amount of fizz.

D: Nice session beer. Isn't the most interesting beer, but still quite drinkable.

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Photo of ncbeermonger
3.55/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like the organic aspect of this beer. This pale ale is very good.

It smells crisp, and you can detect the hops on first whiff. The beer tastes like a crisp American style pale ale. It is smooth, and the fact that it is organic is forgotten because of the pleasing taste of this beer. The mouthfeel is great and helps make this a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of popery
2.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Meh. This beer just isn't very good and is somewhat confusing as a pale ale. It looks fine. Foamy head dissipated rather quickly, not leaving much behind. It smells malty. Hops are notably missing. I guess it has a balanced flavor, but I'm not certain that's a compliment here. It's mostly malt, but it's kind of like a good beer in some other style. Unfortunately, it's also a bit watery and fizzy. I wouldn't turn my nose up at a free one. Sorry, the drinkability category doesn't make a ton of sense for a lot of beers.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.47/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint of this last night at Bison County in Waltham, MA

The pint came with virtually no head. The beer was a Amber/Brown color with some reddish highlights but still seemed to border more on the brown side. Slightly hazy with no real visible carbonation. No lacing at all.

Aroma was peppery and spicy with some roasted malt tones as well.

As with the aroma I was struck by the black pepper taste. Fairly well balanced, nothing to complex. Some malt backbone, bread like flavors and a mild hop bite.

The pepper with the tingly carbonation presented an interesting and somewhat lively mouth feel.

Nice drinkability.

I guess my final verdict is that I moved onto another beer for my 2nd pint.

It's good. Not great.

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Photo of BigBry
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6 pack while vacationing in the States, not realizing (or caring) that this is a disguised A-B product. 12 oz bottle, label as pictured above.
Clear coppery orange color, slightly off-white head. Looks OK, average retention, minor lacing. Hop aroma is mild, slightly floral and grassy. The flavor is well balanced between the caramel malt and the earthy, grassy hops.
Medium body, appropriate mouthfeel for the style. All around a pretty decent English Pale Ale, would be a good sessional.

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Photo of brushtachio
2.91/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

based on the other selections at this hotel bar, I had rather low expectations for this draft. It was a little better than expected but not much. Dark bar made it tough to judge appearance but whatever leeway I was prepared to give was counterbalanced by a thin to non existant head. Smell wasn't bad just barely discernable. Taste was that of a conventional mainstream PA - except for an odd metallic twang that my palate quickly adjusted to, it could just as easily been a Bass. Run of the stone mill english pale ale

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.52/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Clear deep gold, half finger head.

S- Mellow hop aroma coupled with a subtle fruitiness.

T- Good malt hop balance, neither one overpowers. Somewhat dry finish.

M- Low carbonation, smooth, a touch light.

D- Nothing offensive.

Not a bad pale ale at all. It lacks any kind of wow factor, but its pretty solid nevertheless.

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

Reviewed from notes while on vacation in Myrtle Beach

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Firm pour offers up a one finger off white head. Head diminishes very quickly, leaving a light lace. Color is a dark amber.

Nose- Almost no smell to speak off. Slightly metallic, faint citric hops.

Taste- Light hops, metallic, bitter finish. Smooth faint caramel and toffee. Citric hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Decent, dry bitter finish.

Drinkability- Good, nice pale to session with SN is still a better bet.

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Photo of scottyshades
3.17/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After seeing this at EVERY supermarket, I decided to give it a try

Tasting Date: 08/29/2008
Born on Date: 08/2008

A: Pours a cheap looking golden/straw color that is very transparent...The head is a pretty good 1 incher that leaves a spotty lace around the glass. The carbonation looks very intense from the pour, which was a medium aggressive one

S: Hops are present, notes of metal, and earthy tones are apparent. Not much to the nose to be quite honest...again, smells cheap

T: The taste is much better than the nose predicted. Hops are present, but there is a sweet note that helps balance the bitterness...I cannot exactly identify what it is, but it tastes like caramel

MF: Light in body, carbonation is intense throughout the ride. Finishes smoother than I had though, but leaves a slight bitter metallic taste

D: Decent. The carbonation is a little intense for me. I would not consider this to be a session beer

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Photo of hooligan
3.24/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another hotel bar. Common beers galore with your usual Heineken/Newcastle additions... but thankfully there was at least one batch ale offering, the bonus being I've yet to taste at this one.

Chilly hazy orange amber with a thin lispy head.

Floral, slightly medicinal with hints of peppermint, cherry, and toffee in the nose.

Mint-like grassy hop character upfront, with the same medicinal mint/fruit character found in the nose. Very sweet cherry and light toasted oats character. Hop presence lingers throughout and doesn't fade out at the end.

Nice mouthfeel, just enough "heft" without being overpoweringly thick for the style. Nice level of effervescence, appropriate for this beer.

A good pale ale, but I've truly yet to find an organic craft brew that was on par with exceptional. I visited the African themed bar to have the African beer, and ended up having a couple American microbrews. Go figure.

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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 lawman834
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Copper. The head went away too quickly.

S - Faint. Malt, no hops. Real fruity, almost like apple juice or something.

T - Odd. Super malty to me, and the afore mentioned fruit is there in a big way. There is an OK hop bite on the finish, but it's nothing to write home about.

Oh well, it's one more that I have tried, but I won't pick it up again. I can't put my finger on it. It's not that it's that bad, but I just don't really like anything about it.

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Photo of elniko
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass from bottle

A: Rich amber hue, finger of head that dissipated. High carbonation.

S: Nose mostly malty and grassy. Not terrible strong.

T & M: The best word I can use to describe this brew is crisp. I can't say there are a lot of complexities but it is refreshing mostly malty pale ale. More along the lines of English Pale Ale.

D: Definitely drinkable, I can see myself having the beer again. Being organic is very cool as well.

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Photo of Jorge
3.47/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A--Deep copper amber, thin ephemeral head of tiny bubbles

A-- Slight funk, yieldin to a crips light hoppiness; a hint of resin.

T-- Not a terribly distinct falavor: typical hoppiness for the style with well-balanced malts, hints of apple.

M--Light, refreshing, slightly acidic & bitter

D--A very drinkable beer, but not distinctive.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.33/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear, orange body with a small, diminishing, white head.

Smell: Very basic, extremely light aroma of toasted malts with some vague floral hints to it.

Taste: Toasted malts with a faint sweetness. Drop of apple fruitiness. Floral hops, faintly bitter. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: This one really took the "pale" and applied it to all of the beer's aspects. Not recommended.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.68/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Groggy Frogg in Southington, Conn.

A: Poured a grainy, medium amber with sparse carbonation and a thin layer of creamy white foam which left some nice sticky lace and held great retention.

S: Smells a tad sour, slightly of toasted grain and yeast with a slight floral bouquet in the nose.

T: Taste is smooth, slightly creamy toasted caramel malt with a floral bitterness from the hops in the end. Not overly impressive, and a little sweet.

M: Mouthfeel is medium and creamy, quite drinkable.

D: Drinkability is pretty decent, given the sessionable ABV and smooth, creamy taste left by the English malts. Not the best, but not a bad option on tap.

Organic or not, this is a pretty decent brew, but not overly impressive. Wolaver's offers a more impressive line of organics, but this is alright too. Worth a try.

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Photo of Offa
2.99/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is ok and fairly drinkable but ultimately it's neither interesting nor good with food.

This is copper with a medium, light tan head steadily shrinking to a thin top that leaves no lace.

The aroma is very nice and has a definite English quality about it, with bread crust, hints of fruit and pine, caramel and citrus.

The taste, unfortunately, doesn't rise to the same level. It starts out decently well, fruity with a little caramel and toasty grain, a hint of earth and citrus, and lingering bitter pine. It soon degrades, however, becoming more bland and too acloholic. With food, it is rough and alcoholic.

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Photo of aquaderek
2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It is golden orange in color and has a small off white head which dissipates immediately. The nose is slightly sulfury like cooked cabbage, some slight malt and not detectable hops. The taste is slightly acetic, and has strange hop bitterness. Not very impressed with this offering, the nose and the taste do not work well. The taste is slightly out of balance. Would not recommend this beer nor would I keep it in the fridge.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

A: Pale golden in color with a bit of an amber tinge - crystal clear at the pour. Big initial soapy white head of about an inch, but quickly dissipates to a basic ring. Some light lacing.

S: Very... basic. There are some average malt smells, a very light smell of bread, and that was about it. I could not detect any hops on the nose, which struck me as a little odd.

T&M: Moderately light malts, more dry than sweet, roll over the tongue with decent thirst quenching effect. It seems clear that there are indeed hops in the brew but the effect seems to balance the hops, but stops just short allowing for the malts to come through. The finish is basically short and malty, with linger moving to something a bit more to the dry. Overall impressions of this brew are just very average with nothing jumping out as impressive.

D: All said, this is still a relatively satisfying thirst quencher and doesn't taste bad. It just falls short in several areas and at best seems to pull itself up to average.

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Photo of PBBC
2.81/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Organic Beer. Interesting...

The presentation of this beer somehow felt wrong... I thought that it may have been my preconceptions getting the best of me... The label seems very 'rustic' looking, but in a fake way... as if someone were trying to hard to appeal to a certain aspect of the market.

The beer pours a nice light amber color with a tangy aroma... the had does not linger very long. I associated the smell more with 'tanginess' than 'hoppiness'...

The taste was not in sync with the color of the beer... the beer felt thin across the tongue, leaving a lingering film of the underdeveloped tastes... as if it had not been finished well. The hops in this beer were not very present at all... While the lightness of the beer would seem to lend well to drinkability... i would not want many of these brews in a row.

Perhaps this beer could be a gateway microbrew for light beer drinkers?

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

I went to review this beer and found it under Green Valley Brewing Company. Thats funny, the big brewery where I drank it said Budweiser on it (Fairfield, CA brewery tour). Poured a nice one finger head into a glass. The beer had a nice copper/amber color to it. Nice balance taste with an emphasis on hops I think. Overall, not a bad beer but the pale ale is not favorite style. Based on this one and some others, I think Bud can brew micros if they need to.

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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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