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Augustinian Ale - Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.

Augustinian AleAugustinian Ale

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.41%


Brewed by:
Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 05-20-2002)
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tubacharlie

Michigan

4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The scent of fresh garden herbs exudes from the half liter glass as the ale is poured. A hefty five-finger head erupts with a frothy explosion of large bubbles that ever so slowly settles to a more manageable height. Makes it difficult to get a good gulp without frosting the mustache though (not that it detracts from the overall experience). Despite (or because of) the large bubbles, the froth clings well and stays through the last sip.

The aroma carries through to the flavor of the hazy orange colored brew, depositing the distinctive coriander and orange peel impressions directly on the middle of the tongue, with a soft and slightly sweet after taste and a lingering hop accent.

Any excess carbonation seems to be released when poured, as this well rounded ale is well received in the mouth and easily digested.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 02:04:25 | More by tubacharlie
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

2.44/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Augustinian Ale has an extremely thick, spongy, off-white head, a good amount of lacing left on the glass, and a hazy, super-fizzy, orange appearance, with roiling specks and relatively large brown chunks throughout. When the bottom contents are swished and poured in, a brown, dirty cloud descends into the glass. The aroma is harsh and of turned citrus. There is also pungent sour bread in the smell. Taste is of red clay, iron, sweet citrus, cellar mold, bread crust, tea, and tap water. Mouthfeel is chewy and dirty, and Augustinian Ale finishes semi-dry and rough.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 13:48:35 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Somewhat of a strange beer. Quite fruity for a pale ale, and with a distinct aroma and taste of heather honey. Pours a quite murky orange with only a modicum of head. What there is fades quickly. Fruity and honeyed in the smell- almost like marmalade. The taste is similar, but with a touch of seltzer and copper. A bit thin in the mouth, and the finish is a little bit thin and sour, but overall not bad. Unusual, I'm glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 02:20:48 | More by Georgiabeer
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TomG2751

Maryland

3/5  rDev -12.8%

10-13-2013 17:41:34 | More by TomG2751
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SLeffler27

New York

3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The huge yellow foam reaches two inches before stalling and crackling as it settles back very slowly to deposit sticky patches of lace. The head never goes away; rather it becomes thick sea foam over a hazy copper SRM 14-17 while streams of carbonation rise within a Harp nonic.

Sweet malts are interlaced with orange peel and something akin to lilacs in full bloom. While not to style this one is otherwise enjoyable.

More bitter than the style would suggest with malt being present. Warmth brings out orange notes before a long, dry finish. There is little sweetness, more akin to orange rind.

A light body with watery texture and moderate carbonation lends to a chalky, dry and metallic impression. Augustinian Ale has a slight numbing effect on one’s gums.

What we have here is a fine beer to enjoy at a bar with nachos or wings.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 18:20:04 | More by SLeffler27
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

06-18-2013 23:14:50 | More by mrfrancis
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EvanWilliams

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

12-23-2012 06:32:49 | More by EvanWilliams
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +16.3%

11-22-2012 23:29:47 | More by t0rin0
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scottypinthemix


3/5  rDev -12.8%

11-12-2012 22:47:55 | More by scottypinthemix
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RichH55

Illinois

4/5  rDev +16.3%

10-26-2012 14:28:24 | More by RichH55
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DoubleJ

California

3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, on to the beer:

The head forms thick despite being a low density, soapy texture. A few soaopy spots cling around the glass as the foam drops away like dishsoap suds. The color is a slightly toasted orange with yellow hues. It gets...let's just say interesting in the nose. You can get toasted malt and a whiff of diacetyl, you also get strawberry esters. My initial reply was that there was some kind of infection, but given time it smells more like strawberry jam.

Pleasant enough taste. That's one thing about some of these pale ales out of England. I'm so used to clean hops out of the American versions that one with strawberry esters, some butter, rusty grain, and butterscotch do take some time getting used to again. The beer gets a little better as it warms. A little slick in mouthfeel, not quite light or medium bodied.

Augustinian Ale has its ups and downs. While it does a more than decent flavor, it's not a beer that I would want too much of.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 03:58:06 | More by DoubleJ
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LJWalker

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

03-05-2012 16:52:42 | More by LJWalker
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone Brewery flute. Pours a cloudy medium orange amber. Abundant carbonation, foamed robustly out the bottle on opening, and required a quick pour to avoid losing a lot of ale. Settled to a two finger, white head with good retention. Aroma of light fruit and a Belgian yeast-like and somewhat mineral component that may be attributable to spicing although spices are not noted in the brewery description. Flavor is light citrus, fruit, finishing dry and hoppy. Light to medium bodied. An interesting and unusual English pale ale with some elements that are reminiscent of Belgian pale ales but the finish is a bit on the dry side for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 05:27:40 | More by LiquidAmber
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kwalrus13

Texas

3/5  rDev -12.8%

01-18-2012 23:58:04 | More by kwalrus13
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Stoffel

Texas

4/5  rDev +16.3%

01-13-2012 02:59:16 | More by Stoffel
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Sarunas7

Kansas

3/5  rDev -12.8%

01-12-2012 05:47:42 | More by Sarunas7
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Brad007

Vermont

3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mild amber color with a thick, frothy head into my glass. What a way to greet the eyes!

Lots of buttery malt with a very mild hop bite. Very clean regardless. Not as "fruity" as other examples.

Seems very fresh with crisp, buttery malt followed by a balanced hop bite. Almost too clean.

Lingering buttery malt/hops. Nothing to write much about as it finishes clean.

I like this example of the style. It's easier to enjoy, clean and drinkable as is. Check it out.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 01:47:57 | More by Brad007
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew mimics just about any other ESB. There really isn't much thats reallt special with this brew. The color is a nice looking Amber tone and the head leaves a decent lacing down the glass. The aroma is of grains and malts. The beer itself is drinkable and not unpleasent at all. I think that there are just beeter choices of ESB's out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 02:48:38 | More by Knapp85
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a hazy orange color with a big white head.

S: A ton of sweet orange aroma comes through immediately and is surprisingly vibrant and fresh. Not much in the way of any other hop notes, but a good bread malt base.

T: The intense orange character continues on the palate. A combination of semi-bitter orange rind and sweet orange flesh along with the sweet and bready malts.

M: The carbonation is quite lively and makes this beer nice and refreshing.

D: A surprisingly good beer. I found the orange flavors to be very enjoyable and just enough bitterness to keep it from being too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 18:33:59 | More by womencantsail
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Spineypanda

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden amber, with a ridiculous head, no matter how i pour it.
Smells a bit barnyardy, with an almost brettanomyces smell to it.
The first taste brings notes of tartness and sweetness, with a good almost green apple kick to it. As it settles in your mouth it calms down a bit but keeps that taste on your palate for some time.
Quite carbonated too.
A great beer from Nethergate, and will enjoy it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 23:47:36 | More by Spineypanda
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL with some sort of gibberish code of L185-03 on the back label. Pours a hazy copper color with a large and fluffy tan head. Retention is pretty damn good on here, lacing just ok.

Nose is quite fruity and sweet - strawberries, raspberries and cherries floating around in a cup of syrupy coca-cola. Maybe some toffee and burnt biscuit bottom maltiness under the strange cola aroma...maybe thats from the coriander.

Cola and burning biscuit flavors are still there and the fruitiness dissipates somewhat, replaced by plenty of coriander. Has some tartness akin to berries though and even a little bit of wood flavors are noticeable. A pretty odd beer that grows on you a little bit as the bottle empties. The coriander flavors are a little different than your typical wit, more burnt and toffee-esque. Fairly bitter on the finish and cleans up nicely. Not bad, at first I did not think I would like it at all, but I had no problem whatsoever finishing this half liter.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 17:24:55 | More by twiggamortis420
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markbatonrouge

Louisiana

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

There are some striking things about this beer -- it's certainly very unusual. The poured a dirty gold color with heavy, almost chunky sediment in it (it says it's bottle-conditioned). As a homebrewer, I don't mind that at all, but it will raise eyebrows for some.

What's most immediately strking after the pour is the aroma of the beer. It smells of sweet flowers and beautifully subtle citrus. My goodness, I say to myself, this aroma is amazing. At least some of this comes from coriander kind of like a Belgian wheat, but it's not a wheat beer at all, and so the aromas are really unique, fun, impressive.

After the aromas, the taste sort of pales in comparison. The sweet citrus remains with some bitterness that, in my mind, doesn't quite reach a level of good balance.

However, the mouthfeel is pretty amazing also -- effervescence, and lots of it, is the key word here. It's very carbonated, almost fizzy like a soda or a highly carbonated sweet beligian ale. I really like the mouthfeel, though the carbonation is only one part of equation. The other part of moutfeel for me is richness and thickness, and this beer doesn't perform at that level.

In the end, while the aroma and effervescence are really interesting, almost fascinating, after a bit, the beer becomes less drinkable to me. The sweet aromas and high carbonation wear a little thin after awhile. I was ready to move on to something else.

I'm really glad I tried this beer, and I recommend to anyone who wants to try an English beer that is pretty darn unique. I'm just never going to be able to drink more than one at a time.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 15:16:33 | More by markbatonrouge
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle no. L185-03. Sampled on March 14, 2010 with the beer served at about 50 degrees. The pour comes on strong with lively carbonation, an amber-copper color, with about three inches of frothy, foamy beige head. The carbonation mellows after a moment. A muted malted aroma with a fascinating floral and fruity hoppiness engulfing it. The mouthfeel bold in texture but soft and delicacy. The taste is candied sweetness, a bitter but slightly dry hop finish but everything tends to be subtle and mild. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 21:03:49 | More by puboflyons
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atpben

Texas

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into an imperial pint glass. Pours a very hazy dirty orange with very little head. I just love the smell of this beer. Lots of citrus fruity aromas, some coriander and ginger. Very light carbonation and the taste was a little bit of a let down. Malty tasting with some coriander and spice. I wish there were more fruits in the taste. Like I said before, I love just smelling this beer. Not too bad overall. I would love to try this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 18:24:11 | More by atpben
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a hazy copper with a large head of billowy foam.

The smell has some caramel malt ands fruity sweetness with a nice fresh citrus note.

The taste is nice and malty with a good caramel sweetness and some nice fruity tones. There's a slight hop bitterness near the finish but it's not very assertive...I like that in an English Pale Ale as I'm looking for the malt when I try examples of the style.

The mouthfeel is on the high end of low, it has medium carbonation, and it finishes fruity and malty. Great head retention and there's some lacing.

Drinkability? It goes down *very* easy. Just a good all around Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 00:02:54 | More by Bitterbill
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Augustinian Ale from Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.
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