Stone Pale Ale

So apparently one side effect of these Beer 2.0 sites/apps I’ve been checking out is a renewed desire to try beers I haven’t gotten around to and to rediscover beers that I may have had some time ago and forgot about.

This one seems to have evaded me until now. How can that be? Stone is a brewery I rather like, and pale ales are right in my wheelhouse.

They say:

Our flagship ale, Stone Pale Ale is our Southern California interpretation of the classic British pale ale style. Deep amber in color, Stone Pale Ale is robust and full flavored. A delicate hop aroma is complemented by a rich maltiness. This is an ale for those who have learned to appreciate distinctive flavor. Stone Pale Ale is great by itself, or with food that requires a beer of character.

The color is a nice amber with orange highlights. Nice, fluffy head. Lotsa malty caramel in the aroma with some fruitiness; pineapple. Malty taste with a strong bitter aftertaste.

I like it. I want to have this again.

Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale

Beer-a-Day #342 Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale

Our interpretation of a classic English beer style is copper-colored, medium-bodied and highly hopped. Its flavor is delightfully complex: tangy fruit at the start, with an assertive hop crispness and a long malty palate that one well-known beer writer has compared to the flavor of freshly-baked bread.

Brown with some golden highlights and an off-white head. Fruity aroma, like pineapple, and a little floral. I know that this has won a bunch of awards, but it seems a bit off-balanced to me, at least at first. As I get deeper into the glass I’m digging the bite of the hops in the finish.

Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale

Tröegs Pale Ale

Beer-a-Day #334 Troegs Pale Ale

A Tröegs Brewery classic, our Pale Ale is copper colored with generous amounts of Cascade hops to create a floral, aromatic pale ale that smells as delicious as it tastes.

Tröegs Pale Ale pairs nicely with Mediterranean foods, starches and anything with fresh herbs. The floral hop character also blends with cheesy dishes like pizza, pasta and dips.

Pale gold and clear. Floral and caramel in the aroma. Clean and light with a bit of bite in the finish. I’d have that again.

Tröegs Pale Ale

Barons Pale Ale

Beer-a-Day #321 Barons Pale Ale

This thirst quenching Barons Pale Ale uses the finest Australasian ingredients including Pacific Hallertau and Nelson Sauvin Hops. Best enjoyed icy cold.

Pale with a yellowish-orange caste. I get a bit of lemon and caramel in the aroma. Medium body with just enough hops in the finish. I’m glad this made the trip from Australia in such good shape.

Barons Brewing

Caldera Pale Ale

Beer-a-Day #315 beer cans walking the line

I was at my favorite retailer recently and I was able to score seven craft beers in cans. It’s time for “Can Week”!

Today: Pale Ale from Caldera Brewing a small microbrewer in Ashland Oregon and the first in Oregon to can their beer.

A West Coast-style pale ale balancing plenty of hops with a malty backbone.

Caldera Pale AleStraw colored with a white head. Fruity aroma; reminds me a bit of pineapple. The bitterness from the hops sneak up on you. This is good. I’d gladly have this again.

Barley and Hops Annapolis Rocks Pale Ale

Beer-a-Day #295Barley and Hops Grill & Microbrewery

Pours a pale straw golden with a moderate white head. A bright, crisp aroma of floral, pine, and citrus accompanied by a malt backbone. At first taste good hop bitterness presence that turns to slightly bready malt sweetness that finishes dry and clean with hop flavor that lingers letting you know you just drank a great pale ale.

We were at Barley and Hops to celebrate and so I availed myself of the Annapolis Rocks Pale Ale. I like it quite a lot, and it’s my wife’s favorite beer there (which is why she stole mine).

Nice amber color and a spicy hop aroma. A lot of grapefruit and spice hop flavor. Delicious.

Poleeko Gold Pale Ale

Beer-a-Day #264Poleeko Gold Pale Ale

When the phrase “California Style Ale” is used, Poleeko Gold Pale Ale is the one that comes to mind. The golden color and generous use of Pacific Northwest hops establish a distinct style, separate from any domestic or European beers. Our honey-gold pale ale is crisp and clear, with an unusual lightness and dryness for such a full-flavored ale. The arousing abundance of hops adds both a floral bouquet and a lively, citrusy finish. It is excellent alone, or with full-flavored meals and spicy dishes.

Orange-y with some haze. Lots of citrus from the hops. Medium body with a very pleasant hop bite. I like it.

Anderson Valley Brewing Company – Poleeko Gold Pale Ale

“Plush Chair” Pale Ale

Beer-a-Day #263

Chris came over four weeks ago and I helped him brew his first batch of homebrew. It’s been conditioning in the bottle for two weeks now, so it’s time to sample the fruits of our labor.

Nice golden brown with a little haze. I’m getting some fruit in the aroma. Cantaloupe, perhaps? A little nutty in the taste, kind of like sunflower seeds. I’m not generally a huge fan of Fuggles hops, but this is pretty good.

Good job, Chris.

Widmer Drifter Follow Up

Earlier this year I reviewed the Widmer Drifter Pale Ale and thought it was out of this world. I liked it so much that I said I would make it my “go to” beer. Well, I didn’t quite make it my “go to” beer but I did buy about 3 more six packs of it since then and had them over the summer.

What a difference a summer can make… I don’t like this beer much at all anymore. I don’t know if I am bored of it, or if my taste buds have dulled that much. It tastes very plain to me now. What I once considered a nice grapefruit bite, is little more than a nip of hops. Perhaps something changed in their distribution, or perhaps I’m biased after drinking it next to beers such as Stone IPA, Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA, & Lake Placid’s UBU Ale.

 Whatever… it doesn’t hold up for me anymore; I have to slide the Hop-Talk rating back down to a 2.0.

 (Yes, that is my photo, ©

Rock Bottom Rock Creek Pale Ale

Rock Bottom Rock Creek Pale AleBeer-a-Day #237

Rich gold in color, this medium-bodied American Pale Ale has a bold, citrus hop character and a touch of caramel maltiness. Try it with something spicy!

My boss said, “Hey, I’m going over to the brewpub for a cold one. Interested?”

What a silly question.

I had the Rock Creek Pale Ale. It was yellowish/orange with some haze. Plenty of grapefruit aroma. It has a nice bite and is quite good. I rather liked it.

Lagers & Ales at Rock Bottom Bethesda