Stone And Wood Pacific Ale Review 4.4% abv
It may be the depths of the English winter but a bottle of Pacific Ale had me transported to a sun-kissed Australian beach. This really is a lovely, easy drinking beer which makes one want to get on the first flight to Bondi Beach. Pacific Ale is an Australian Pale Ale which pours a very pale golden colour. There is a wonderful aroma of citrus and tropical fruit, rather like being in the exotic fruit section of an upmarket supermarket. The taste is full of tropical fruits such as mango, papaya, pineapple and apricot. It certainly is a change from the very citrusy US style India Pale Ales which seem to be taking over our bottle shops.
Pacific Ale is made of Australian barley and wheat and hopped with Galaxy hops. This is an Australian proprietary hop developed in 1994 which imparts very intense tropical and stone fruit flavours. Pacific Ale contains no preservatives or additives and is unfiltered. Stone and Wood were founded in 2008 in the town of Byron Bay, New South Wales which is on the east coast of Australia, to the south of Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Byron Bay is the most easterly part of the Australian mainland and is famous for its surfing and whale watching.
Over the last 18 months I have reviewed about 40 different beers for The Carouser. There have been many fine brews that I have brought to your attention from all over the world. However, if I could only drink one beer every day then I would choose Pacific Ale as I just don’t think this can be improved. I am awarding this beer an unprecedented 10/10. This is a beer that I would defy anyone not to enjoy. It is fairly low in alcohol so would make a good session beer. It is full of flavour and would make a fine accompaniment to most dishes. Above all this is a beer to drink for the pure enjoyment of drinking.
One of the biggest rock bands in Australia are the Little River Band who were founded back in 1975 and are still going strong. They have never made any impressions on the UK charts but did have some hit albums in the USA in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. I think they are a band worthy of rediscovery. Invite your mates around, perhaps put out a few nibbles and enjoy the bottled Australian sunshine of Pacific Ale while you listen to Little River Band perform ‘It’s a Long Way There’ from their first album.