Grail Ale - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
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Reviews by jlindros:
3.48/5 rDev -4.1%
Now I've had Holy Grail Ale before, but this is a little different. However, it's still named after one of my fav movies, so I have to try it. Saw it sitting in a local store in single 12oz bottles, so I had to grab one. I would be a fool not to!
A: Pours a semi light almost 1 finger head with some thickness. A rosy maroon brown colored beer with quite a bit of haze presents itself under the light head, and barely lets any light through.
N: A very sweet caramel aroma with some sweet malts and fruity aromas. It's got quite a bock style aroma with syrupy and malty aromas. Some dark fruits come out, like fig and some other similar fruits.
T: Taste is somewhat of a winter warmer. It's got its thick malt and syrupy sweetness, but also has some nutty flavors, nutmeg and spice, and more fruits. More fig and other dark fruits, and slight roasted malts lay in the background. The spices are a little too prevalent.
M: Semi thick, quite a bit of carbonation.
F: Finishes a little drier, but still has quite a bit of those spice and nut flavors. Winter warmer or Xmas ale like flavors. The syrupy feel seems to stick around a bit too. However, it also has a nice crisp ale like flavor that helps the finish, and they all seem to fade and don't outweigh their welcome.
11-15-2009 02:05:54 | More by jlindros
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3.9/5 rDev +7.4%
Poured a nice deep amber with a light but sticky head that leaves a nice amount of lace,aromas of butter and caramel with a big roasted malt note even for the style.The butery taste to this ale is bigger than any red I have had the yeast strain is really out there,some sweet caramel and roasted malt again as well and was expected.A very solid red although the buttery flavors get stronger as u drink more.
06-25-2002 08:03:34 | More by oberon
4.22/5 rDev +16.3%
Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck with no freshness date to be found.
Appearance: Richly hued reddish amber in colour with a patchy off white stick lace.
Smell: Juicy fruit and butterscotch all over ... mild esters also.
Taste: Rich, smooth, lightly crisp and medium bodied. Malty flavours up front of toffee, grain and fruit mix with an ample slightly pungent (faint citrus) hop bitterness. Hop flavour lingers for a while with an oily and leaf taste. A mild layer of buttery diacetyl coats all the way to the drying finish.
Notes: This is a very flavourful ale using the most out of the Ringwood yeast strain to add many complexities ... even the hop profile is interesting. It does not get much better than this.
04-05-2002 11:10:01 | More by Jason
3.9/5 rDev +7.4%
12 ouncer, pours a rich maple shade of amber, pungent hoppy nose, white head, leaving moderate lacing. Nicely balanced ale, hops mid level and not ever overly bitter. Toffee, bready malt underling makes this one very drinkable and pleasant to imbibe. Let it warm abit and the flavors came out nicely. Balance is the operative word. Tasty ale.
10-13-2004 02:29:49 | More by Billolick
3.83/5 rDev +5.5%
Appearance: one inch head, medium carbonation, hazy, amber in color
Smell: apple and toasted malt
Taste: apple, toasted malt, dark fruit, bread, tea, and small hops
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, high carbonation, sweet for the style
Drinkability: A very sweet and highly drinkable red ale. I like the fruit taste in here. Not outstanding, but I could have several.
04-02-2010 14:08:45 | More by tigg924
3.53/5 rDev -2.8%
12oz. amber bottle "fresh from the castle."
Poured a wonderful clear ruby-amber in color. An aggressive pour yielded a thick and rocky tannish-colored head that still laced the glass with a patchwork quilt appearance even after it dies away. Aromas are subtle. Fruity, with some "earthy" and caramel sweetness mixed in. Flavor is a little different, presumably due to the ringwood yeast. An iced-tea flavor dominates, but there is also some caramel sweetness and mild bitterness as well. Finishes clean and just slightly on the dry and bitter side. Mouthfeel is low-medium and fairly creamy smooth. Above average drinkability but not one that I'd seek out again.
12-22-2003 03:19:23 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
3.63/5 rDev 0%
Strange, and good. Dark amber with fine, layered head, bright aroma of sweet caramel. Big hunk of sweet, sugary caramel malts set askew by bitter yeast; some drying hops at the finish are the best, and least forceful, characteristic. Not sure how I feel about Ringwood yeast; it definitely makes this beer interesting but I wonder if it would be even better without. Butter, toffee flavors with some hints of earth; these sweet caramel malts are pretty overpowering. Overall feeling that I walk away with is similar to a porter, but it gets there in a completely different way. To me, this beer is calling for some smoke flavors to accompany it. I'm not a cigar man, but that could be one way to go.
11-27-2002 17:34:07 | More by Thrasher
3.28/5 rDev -9.6%
Pours a nice clear amber with a two finger white head. Smells of buttery grain and a slight underlying fuity sweetness.
The taste is nice. A lot of caramel malt with a little toffee and nut. Slightly sweet. Ends with slighlty dry, yet not overbearing hop finish. Mouthfeel is moderate which suits this style of ale well. A decently done ale.
11-09-2003 02:15:15 | More by yankeeheel
4.1/5 rDev +12.9%
Color is murky brown with bright red-amber tones in the light. Cream colored head. Smells of juicy dark fruits, abundant buttery toffee and butterscotch, oils, and grainy toast malt. Smells drinkable. Taste is of buttery toffee malt over dark fruit. Wholesome taste and nice smooth texture. Quite drinkable; Goes down like butter.
I've become fan of this brewery after having had this beer and the Beast bitter.
09-25-2005 02:07:31 | More by tastybeer
3.58/5 rDev -1.4%
AP: A ruby red hued amber color, very vibrant. Totally clear with lots of activity. Suprisngly frothy and sticky but scattered off-white head leaves behind some intricate lacy patterns.
nose: A nutty malted barley smell. Standard for the style.
Taste: Like the smell would suggest...it's a nutty/roasted malted barley dominated flavor with a semi-sweet leafy hop finish. Well balanced overall.
MF: Medium body, smooth and even feel with a decent bite too.
DA: Pretty drinkable for the style.
11-02-2006 23:29:44 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
4/5 rDev +10.2%
Pours a bronze/amber color sporting a rocky head that retains well. Healthy bubble activity. Stringy lace all up and down the insides of the glass.
Aroma starts with a quick blast of apples/grapes which quickly gives way to a malty caramel sweetness. Some hops mingle in there too.
Sugary sweet malt rides over all other elements. Apple, wood, and bitter hops characteristics try and shove through the caramely sweetness. Finishes crisp and a bit tart, reminding of Granny Smith apples.
Rather high carbonation, but not overdone. Things tingle and sizzle with each sip.
Definitely enjoyable, though it may lean too far on the sweet side for some palates.
04-30-2007 22:07:34 | More by Metalmonk
4/5 rDev +10.2%
Ruby-brown with a small beige cap.
Nose of recently scorched earth. Not burnt, but dry and toasty.
Taste begins with some semi-sweet toffee, yielding to a dehydrated raspberry, apple peel and plum essence. Fruits recede and notes of slightly burnt poppyseed bagels enter. Buttery now, as the Ringwood flexes its trademark. Completed by dry, earthy, herbal hops, with a lingering tea sensation.
Small, but complicated. A bit thin and fizzy upfront, but settles and unfolds as it heats. Likely best right around cellar temps.
04-22-2003 00:15:27 | More by cokes
3.55/5 rDev -2.2%
Fruitiness in aroma and finish,grape and grapefruit and peach (but mostly grape) thought it to be like a pale. Aggressive carbonation detracts.Malty aftertaste. Evaporating foam on amber-orange body. Drinkable but would be better me thinks as a cask.Fresh.
05-11-2008 03:44:00 | More by Sammy
4.2/5 rDev +15.7%
A hazy reddish amber body is topped by a short creamy ivory head that holds well and leaves some nice lace. The aroma is rich with earthy, fruity (plum, raisin, dark berries), and buttery notes (reminiscent of Ringwood yeast) above a softly caramel maltiness. The body is medium with a gently crisp and very fine natural carbonation that lightly caresses the tongue. Very English in character! The flavor expresses a richly fruity toffee maltiness up-front, and then softens into more buttery caramel notes as it crosses the palate before a firm bitterness rises just prior to the dry finish that's loaded with more berry-like fruitiness and mild notes from Goldings hops! The bitterness is solid but reigns in the malt without becoming oppressive! Well balanced! Quite impressive; and surely a beer that will win over all those who are fond of British ales.
12-30-2002 17:31:53 | More by NeroFiddled
3.58/5 rDev -1.4%
Poured a nice tall head and kept at least a little head all the way down. Also some nice lacing. Dark orange, almost copper body with a little carbination.
Not a whole lot of smell. Malty notes and a bit of hops.
Very smooth tasting but its a little weak. Mellow malt with a slightly hoppy aftertaste, very nice.
Easy in the mouth. Not a lot of carbonation, but it doesnt feel like it's lacking.
Very drinkable. It's a good brew for when you want to sit down with and knock back a few. Nothing outrageous here, just a fine ale.
09-19-2005 06:21:16 | More by tempest
3.88/5 rDev +6.9%
Appealing deep ruby color. Bold smell of alcohol and fruity esters. Taste was bitter-sweet and rich, yet without full mouthfeel (not sure this is needed for this beer, anyway). Not a beer that I would go nuts on with more than a bottle at any time, but an enjoyable glass full. Appearance and aroma were tops, with full alcohol profile and somewhat complex taste to match.
03-09-2003 15:15:56 | More by Hobbz
Grail Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
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