Total Score: 8.15/10
Stone & Wood have, with Pacific Ale, produced a modern Aussie classic brew that will no doubt be a part of the great Aussie beer canon for years to come. I did this review 3 years ago and it still feels apt today. However enough reminiscing, it’s time to dig into the indefatigable and gregarious (for its alcohol content) Stone & Wood Pacific Ale!
Poured from a 500ml almost-a-pint bottle into a tulip pint glass.
A: The body is an oddly inviting murky light yellow, looks like cloudy apple juice. The fluffy white head dissipated from 2cm to a 0.5cm lacing. All-in-all not a bad looking Ale. 7/10.
S: There’s a really strong peach and nectarine aroma wafting from this brew that says “sit down, take a load off, enjoy!”. That hit of hops aside there is a sweetness that can likely be ascribed to the malts used but this Ale isn’t giving much away in that department. A great start so far nonetheless. 10/10.
T: Hops are very noticeable straight from the get-go, however they don’t assail you like some hop driven brews do. The malt provides a base but the hops are the star here. The flavour is a sour apple which provides an interesting contrast to the expected sweet peach. Stone fruit and apple is the main theme with this Ale, and not a bad theme at all in my opinion! [I’ve also noted since I first reviewed this beer that there is a touch of Pineapple in the flavour profile as well] 8/10.
M: A bit lighter than expected for the style but still alright. The carbonation I found is a little too excited though. 6/10.
D: A great job overall! Only thing that feels lacking to me is the alcohol strength (which would be perfect at around 5% ABV), and consequentially the flavour is slightly weaker. Otherwise I would have awarded this a B+, as it ticks almost all the boxes of a great brew for me. Excellent session/starter beer. 8/10.
Food match: Zesty food would pair great with this beer like Tapas or Greek cuisine. I could imagine this beer would go down great with a Haloumi platter and some lemon potatoes!