Augustinian Ale - Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 05-20-2002

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Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.5L bottles (2x - mostly recently 4/2015). .
Pours with a medium amber body and a rather weak head. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: sweet caramel, baked bread and faint spicing.

An unusual ESB, it is moderately fruity (especially apricot), and there's some light coriander spicing that mixes nicely with the load of caramel malts. Lightly sweet, this would probably benefit from a stronger hop load.

Photo of Ozzylizard
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Undated bottle at 55 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma very weak yeast phenolics, apple
Head small (2 cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy, diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing poor – rare small island of tiny bubbles
Body medium orange, cloudy (bottle conditioned)
Flavor weak apple and yeast; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 2.5, Aroma 2.5, Flavor 3, Palate 3, Overall 2.75

Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.48/5  rDev -27.5%
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

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.42/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of Brad007
3.91/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of tubacharlie
4/5  rDev +17%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of Spineypanda
4.23/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of markbatonrouge
3.66/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of atpben
3.69/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one at the Bayou, SLC

Pours a cloudy dark yellow color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger plus creamy white head, which leaves some nice thick creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some nice yeast notes, slight banaa/corriander. The taste is malty/yeasty, slightly sweet, nice little citrus twist, with some bananna/corriander. Medium body, the finish is slightly dry. Drinkable,this is a tasty brew, more of a thirst quencher.

Photo of Herrbrokt
2.97/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from bottle into pint glass

brown amber tinted with a massive off white head.mmm

smells of plum apricot and tangy hops. real sweet

hmm. Tastes like a lambic. What? Fruit takes over leaving a trace of hops at the end. Not a bad after taste though.

Nice body but it won't account for this almost tasting like a grape soda.

I've never really bashed a beer ever. weird. I think that it's fair to say that this doesn't really represent a pale. I'm gonna touch up on my styles quick.????

Photo of kmacphail
3.07/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I got this beer in the recent shipment of the summer case of the CAMRA beer club.

The beer poured an amber-copper colour with a slightly off white head.

The nose is of malts, quite sweet, with a fruity scent followed by a citrus-bitter hint.

The taste was slightly disapointing compared to the nose. A mild hoppy taste, with a mix of fruits followed by a slight hint of smokiness in the aftertaste. It is not horrible, just a bit bland for my taste buds.

The mouthfeel is slightly above medium, but this does not salvage this beer, not undrinkable but there are simply too many other good beers out there to make me drink this on a regular basis.

Photo of seanyfo
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint served by the handpump into imperial pint glass.

A- Copper, altbier like colour, with a rocky 2 finger head that disappates slowly but leaving relatively small amount of lacing.

S- Nutty malts, with a slight rum like sweetness.

T- Caramel malts with a firm bitter hop finish, a nutty maltiness lingers slightly afterwards.

M- Thin mouthfeel, although light and spritzy

D- A nice dark ale, although mouthfeel is weak, a nice complexity of flavour.

Photo of garcia2a
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a mid amber tone with some cloudiness and very light carbonation. The head is initially agressive, be lays down to a nice lacey foam.

The bouquet has bready yeast, malt, caramel and just a hint of lemon on the backnose. The taste is quite nice as the malt and yeast are in balance. The body is not heavy, but the malt does coat the taste buds. On the back taste, the lemon zest comes through. All and all quite tasty.

As I said mouthfeel is good, although the beer does cloy a bit. Overall a nice refreshing English ale, drinkable, balanced and social.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orangish brown with an aggressive head. The light manila envelope colored foam easily climbs almost as high as the beer is deep. It lasts for the whole beer and is constantly being refreshed from a steady stream of medium sized bubbles rising through the liquid.

The smell is spicy and orange citrusy. Saccharine candy sweet, almost like a orange cream ice pop or some other treat from the fair. There is an effervescent tingle to the scent as well due to lots of bubbles.

Taste is very creamsicle like. It is sweet and orange tasting but not citrusy. More like some orange juice added to a brew. It is one step away from being too dessert like and it jogs a mental image of some kind of orange cleaning product. Before it totally gets there there is a nice spiciness and an excellent bite from the carbonation.

An interesting flavor but not compelling enough to try again. It is mild and easy to drink but the creamsicle taste is a turn off. I want a beer thats cool and refreshing not an orange popsicle.

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a bottle into a traditional English style pint glass. HUGE amount of foaming, especially for the style. Body is of this brew looks like a slightly dark glass of orange juice.

The nose of this brew is citrusy orange with a somewhat odd medicinal aroma blended in. The medicinal aroma carries over into the flavor even more, and accompanies it all throughout the taste. Good mouthfeel, about what you would expect in terms of body for a pale ale. A somewhat berrylike, touch of honey finish with a fairly nice hop bite finish this brew off.

Overall, a decent English pale, but I have had better. Just a personal preference, but this beer's medicinal taste is just too strange for me. Probably won't but this again.

Photo of wl0307
4.12/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisiting the cask version, 4.5%abv.

A: pale amber to dark orange-golden in colour, a very thin foam settles fast on top of low carbonation.
S: the fruitiness of nectarines and peaches come along with flowery bouquet scents, wrapping a firm but rounded maltiness in the middle. Overall, very well blended and fruity.
T: white-grape juice as well as Riesling-like winey flavour prevail upfront, mixed well with an aromatic-biscuity malty edge and a mildly tannic orange-zesty bitterness… the finish has plenty of lingering undertones of malty bitter-sweetness with a kickback from more dried citrus rinds.
M&D: softly-fizzy in texture with a rather nice balance, this is a medium-bodied, tasty and thirst-quenching pale ale benefiting from an abundant amount of hops (by Nethergate’s standard, that is). When on form, this cask ale is very delicious indeed and highly recommended!

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Augustinian Ale from Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.
79 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.