Can you advise as to what stale pale (!) smells like? (Or is that obvious?, i.e. stale)
I mean, they all smell similar to a new bag, just not as 'fresh'. I still don't know whether this means that they're sufficiently useless to even bother wasting some hops, yeast and labor with.
OK, nothing for it but to try a batch this weekend, test pH and OG etc.
Think I'll call it Stale Old Ale.
Thanks guys, I'll post in the future my results.