Stone Tepee Pale Ale | Tyranena Brewing Company

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Stone Tepee Pale AleStone Tepee Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 04-02-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 152 |  Reviews: 102
Photo of gdhawley
5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of woodychandler
4.75/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My pour produced a finger-and-a-half's worth of rocky, eggshell- white head with decent retention. Color was a deep, golden- yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was quite hoppy, even grassy. Mouthfeel was medium with a definite hop bite on the tongue. This was an outstanding flavor for an APA. In many parts of the South, they would consider this an IPA. Finish was crip, dry, and bitter with hops. More, please, sir!

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Photo of tavernjef
4.6/5  rDev +23%
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

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Photo of scaliasux
4.52/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Light amber. Just a little bit hazy. Medium tall white head that lingers.

Smell - Light to medium caramel malt and citrusy hops. Not as hoppy as many APAs but strikes an appetizing balance.

Taste - Hops are more prominent than suggested by the aroma. Malt is light, sweet and bready. Hops are pronounced - getting kind of a mix of grassy and citrus. Even so, the hops in this one aren't as overpowering as some APAs. Though a little different from the aroma, the taste of this beer strikes a nice, if hoppy, balance. Quaffable.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full. Smooth finish.

Drinkability - One of my favorite breweries. Not one of my favorite styles. Still, I was intrigued enough to take home a full growler.

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Photo of xymyl
4.48/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark gold to medium copper color with a dense cloud-like slightly off-white 1 finger head that lasts a long time slowly fading to a 1/8 inch film. Good carbonation and very clear with bits of yeast tumbling around and clinging to the glass.

Smell is a perfectly balanced duet of hop and malt with both taking center stage alternately. Caramel, Orange, Bread & Butter, Floral & Spice notes.

Taste adds a soft sweetness that brings everything together with a strong nutty, woody taste and ending with a refreshingly dry hop bitterness.

Medium bodied beer but a bit tricky as it finishes feeling so much lighter than it starts. A great item and I'm glad I picked it up. It is exceedingly drinkable to the point that I could probably survive on this beer alone - and like it.

Overall, it's a beer you can ponder or drink without thinking and still thoroughly enjoy.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.48/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A= pours a light honey color. A little yellow and a little orange. The head is pretty much nonexistant though which is dissapointing.
S= some grapefruity hops smells like cascades??? There's a little pale malt presence as well.
T= very smooth with a touch of pale malt sweetness balanced by a touch of hop bitterness and some citrus grapefruit flavors. Very well balances and delicious. What more could you want from an APA. Fits the style to a tee without overhopping or over malting.
M= great crisp and refreshing
D= awesome. A very well balanced beer tats just soo smooth and refreshing its silly.

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Photo of ZAP
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another dandy from this this brewery easy drinking perfect Pale 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..

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Photo of sacrelicio
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of darklordlager
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had at the brewery. From notes:

Pours a clear light tan with bright bubbles with some stickage.
Fresh, grassy scent. Mostly 2-row malt which gives it a crisp aroma. With the taste it delivers light, fresh grain (2-row) with a light hop bitterness backing it up. A very delicate pale ale, and one that I could see being very easily sessioned.

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Photo of Derek
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewery info:
Original Gravity: 1.056
Final Gravity: 1.012
International Bittering Units: 32
Color (SRM): 6.0
Malt: 2-row, Vienna, Caramel
Hops: Cascade, Mt. Hood

The hop flavour is fairly unique, so I had to look that up!

A: Copper-bronze with an off-white head, some retention, good lace.

S: Citrus, rind & spice with hints of floral & grassy hop aroma's and an underlying breadyness.

T: Grapefruit citrus, spice, grass & hints of floral & pine hops. Great breadyness, nuts and subtle toffee flavours from the malt. Really well-rounded.

M: Body is on the high side of moderate, with a crisp, relatively dry finish.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of Homerbag
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light gold color with thick head that stuck around.
Has a sweet side from the malts and some good honey and the classic Tyranena hop bitterness.
Taste is a full of flavor. Light sweet malt and honey hit you first, then an excellent hop bite.
This beer feels good all the way, great carbonation, refreshing.
This has become one of my favorite APAs. In my opinion, Tyranena uses hops better than any of the Wisconsin brewers. This is great practice for bitter woman or hop whore.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.3/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +15%
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!

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Photo of RickS95
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bit more pale than some of the newer pale ales out there that tend to be darker. This is a hazy peach color, just opaque enough that you can see silhouettes through the bottle, but little else. The head is a finger thick, bright white, and retains pretty well. The head is fluffy and inconsistent, with peaks like an IPA. A nice lace is left behind.

I'd like a bit more flowery and fruity scents from an APA. The citrus is present, but very subdued, with malts filling the olfactories.

Fortunately, the flowers and fruit simply explode in the mouth. Very floral with a good balance of citrus.

It's complex, yet still simple. There's a burst of sweetness, followed by a splash of citrusy acid before finishing with a gentle but lingering bitterness. The finish is both crisp and sloppy wet. Light-medium to medium-bodied and relatively low in ABV.

Another stellar beer from Tyranena, still haven't had a bad one. This is an easy beer to drink because all the flavors and feelings work well together. The ABV isn't too high, and while it's not exactly a sessionable beer, it's one you can take to a picnic and knock back quite a few.

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Photo of hanco005
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From tasting notes. L: Pours copper tinted amber under a 1” soapy white foam collar. S: Stone fruit and light malt. T: Stone fruit, hint of citrus, light malt. F: Medium body and carbonation. O: A refreshing and easy to drink pale ale.

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Photo of Rennpferd
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

It poured a hazy orangish copper hue with a very light white head that quickly dissipated to a slight lacing. A minor amount of carbination was visible.

A well balanced scent of malt and hops. Faint but good smelling.

Sharp and smooth. It goes down easy and leaves a great aftertaste of hops.

I find this to be a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of richkrull
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one at the Tyranena tasting room over the weekend.

Poured a nice hazy orange/copper color with some thick white head on it and good lacing on the glass. Smell is nice and hoppy with some citrus notes and light caramel malt coming through. Taste is very good - very balanced beer with some citrus notes to add to the great hop flavor. Light-medium feel, went down very smooth. I really enjoyed this beer overall. It's not over-the-top, but it's a good quality pale ale. I wouldn't mind getting a case of this to have on hand.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a clear bronze color with reddish hues. The head is massive, creamy, and recedes very slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is forrest of citrus and pine with a strong hint of caramel coming up from beneath. The taste is like the aroma, but a little more hops and a nice refreshing bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with fine, vibrant carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is one of the better pale ales I have ever had. It is balanced, yet hoppy. It has enough complexity to make it interesting to drink, yet enough simplicity to make it easy to drink. I will drink this again.

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Photo of dancinwillie
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours light amber with a thick white head which hangs out for a bit, then drops, leaving some nice lacing. Floral, citrus hops dominate the aroma, trailed by sweet bready malt. First sip reveals a tasty hop flavor, floral, orange and grapefruit, sweet bready malt backbone really pronounced as well. But the hops shine here. Style lines are blurred as it is, but this walks the fine line between APA, and IPA. I believe it IS an APA, but hopped just a bit more, and IPA would fit the bill. Again, the hops aren't too much though, and you can taste that delicious malt through each and every drink. Good creamy mouthfeel, enough carbonation to let you experience the hops, and not a dry finish, the opposite. I don't know what thats called, so I'll call it a wet finish I guess. Still, a very refreshing, thirst quenching APA, and hoppy enough to please the hopheads too. One of my new favorite session beers, that I will be enjoying year round here in beautiful Lake Mills.


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Photo of krisandajt
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another tasty brew courtesy of mymrnngjckt. I tip my glass to you, sir!

Appearance: Easy pour into the glass, the beer is cloudy and a dull copper color. There's about a half inch worth of white frothy head that takes its time fading away. Lacing is good too, thick and slow running down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Got some nice citrusy hops going on with some malt in the background to provide some balance. Pretty fresh and refreshing smelling.

Taste: More hoppy and bitter than I expected. Grapefruit with a nice long, dry bitter finish. There's some sweetness throughout to provide a bit of balance, but the hops are what get me the most.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, but I find the beer to be a bit thin. Not too bad, though.

Drinkability: A very refreshing, tasty, easy drinking pale ale. Great for a hot summer day. Try it if you can get it.

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Photo of cokes
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Stone Tepee Pale Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
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