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Augustinian Ale - Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 05-20-2002)
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

t0rin0, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, ice tea brown body with a small head and little lacing

Smell: Faint aroma of citrus and coriander; a distinct bitter smell

Taste: Unripe sour fruit (apples?) and a heavy dose of coriander; tastes somewhat like a hard English cider; very bitter and lemony; unusual and jarring, at first

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low/moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Get ready to pucker up, as this one is for lovers of bitter flavors; for the rest of us, this is interesting, but not particularly approachable

brentk56, May 14, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Insanely bubbled, dark tangerine-bronze. The beer is so hypercarbonated that 95% of the glass is now full of orange creamsicle colored froth. Multiple streams of carbonation ensure that the head will never completely fade away and will make it difficult for me to fill half the glass with beer at any point in time. Lace doesn't have a prayer due to the softness of the foam. The glass might as well be made of Teflon.

The nose is enjoyable and consists of orange peel, orange blossoms, herbal hops and spices. I was surprised to see that coriander is added. It certainly isn't a typical ingredient in an English pale ale, but it's a welcome one in this case. The fruit-spice interplay is a treat for the nose. If the flavor follows suit, we have a winner.

Nethergate Augustinian Ale is different and I kinda, sorta like it. Although it's more bitter than expected, that's rarely a problem for me. Unfortunately, bitterness is so prevalent because the beer is undermalted. The relative lack of barley shows up in the usual ways: a lack of underlying sweetness, a thin mouthfeel, etc.

An orange rind fruitiness is the dominant member of the flavor profile. There's also plenty of herbs and spices, and no shortage of hop flavor. Coriander is even more of a presence on the palate than in the nose. In fact, this would be a good beer to teach someone what that particular spice tastes like. Even after the hop flavor fades, a tongue tweaking bitterness lingers.

The mouthfeel is a few bricks shy of medium. The beer isn't as effusively carbonated as it looks, but it's still too busy in the mouth. Drinkability suffers a little due to the unbalanced nature of the flavor profile and the less than stellar mouthfeel.

Augustinian Ale is a classic case of a beer that contains the right ingredients, but doesn't get the proportions quite right. With a tweak or two, it could be one of those good, offbeat English pale ales. I like the coriander, I just think a better beer needs to be built around it.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 31, 2005
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange with just a gigantic head that I couldnt contain went overflowing my glass no way did I expect quite the head on this monster,aromas are very buttery with a lemony edge also a yeasty smokiness that lingers.Taste is very herbal right off the bat with some underlying butteriness,quite medicinal in the finish.A different tasting ale out of the ordinary in some aspects but not to bad just takes a few sips to ft used to it.

oberon, May 29, 2004
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lightly hazy, peachy-amber body is topped by a creamy off-white head that holds quite well and leaves some nice lace. The bouquet is unlike any I've ever encountered with a sharply fruity (peach and citrus), sweet, and gently coriander-like aroma. Very odd! It's really interesting, but not necessarily inviting as one might expect a "sour" beer. In a Jeckyl & Hyde twist the flavor, however, has much more in common with a standard fruity pale ale except that it's gently spiced. A firm, softly sweet malt is well balanced by light flavorful spice, some grassy and floral hop flavor, and a firm bitterness that dries out the finish. Some coriander carries over in a long and dry aftertaste. As it warms the spicing becomes much more obvious and it overpowers much of the hop flavor. Quite unique, but not very inspiring. Still, well-brewed and enjoyable nonetheless.

NeroFiddled, Jan 02, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber color, average head, but not the astonishing mushroom cap of foam I find in good weizens or witbiers. Great aroma : tingly, spicy, loads of fruitiness. Majestic hoppiness here, with a rush of flavors spilling onto the tongue, but slightly sour and citrusy. It's an English wheat ale, but I'm not sure if it falls near a Belgian wit or a German weizen, or somewhere off on it's own. I can pick out the coriander, but not exactly orange. Good, but, compared to the best of those aforementioned styles, out of it's league.

feloniousmonk, Dec 05, 2002
Photo of Georgiabeer
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.

Georgiabeer, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of wl0307
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
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!

wl0307, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
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.

DoubleJ, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a five-finger off-white pillowy head that stays leaving a lot lace. Cloudy amber color. High carbonation and medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Starts with a mix of hops and malts with the hops dominating and a prickly mouthfeel. Lingering hoppy aftertaste. $3.75 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

jdhilt, Mar 08, 2005
Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Wasatch, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

LiquidAmber, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Brad007
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.

Brad007, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of Gusler
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer disengages the bottle a limpid copper color with a portly sized head that is also semi-creamy in texture with the color a winsome light tan; the lace forms a thick curtain to drape the glass. The nose is a sweet and somewhat perfume like, hints of coriander or orange peel, not quite sure, malt sweet, fresh as the morning dew with a nice crispness, that I find appealing, start is sweet, nice hefty malt profile, top is moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is sharp-edged carbonation wise, the hops striking in their spiciness, very dry and lingering aftertaste, quite a quaffable brew, ah got to love these English Ales.

Gusler, Feb 16, 2004
Photo of Bitterbill
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.

Bitterbill, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
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.

twiggamortis420, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of puboflyons
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.

puboflyons, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of mrfrancis
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

mrfrancis, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of cokes
2.65/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Blurry amber with steady-rising carbonation. Piles of bleached tan froth, receding to form large caves overhead.
Intensly aromatic! I can't decide if I like it or loathe it. Crates of coriander with candy -sweet tangerines. Tempers a bits as it warms, with an uprising grainy malt. Naw...it doesn't really temper.
Plenty spicy in the mouth too. Coriander is unrelenting. Celery impressions coupled with a mango-kiwi fruitiness. Piles of orange rinds. Quirky, and perhaps further than taste allows, as it approaches dish-washing-liquid. Soapy. Touches of grainy malt, but it is mostly hidden behind the coriander waterfall. Buttery traits arrise as it gains temperature. Hopping? Lightly metallic and bitter, but once again, blanketed. Still piles of orange rinds. And for a good long while afterward.
This is a bit difficult to gauge. More like an uberwitbier as none of the Bitter/Pale Ale traits make it through. Spiced outta my league. I couldn't see this as a session. I can barely see reaching the bottom of this bottle.

cokes, Oct 02, 2003
Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle with label as pictured. Pours a hazed orange body with two fingers of offwhite head. Excellent retention and sheets of lacing as the ale is consumed.
Interesting aroma is spicy and herbal with a light malt background. Hints of citrusy lemon and apples are also noted.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. The mouthfeel becomes creamy as the ale warms to room temperature and the carbonation fades.
Taste has herbal hops, biscuity malt, and a mild spiciness from the coriander. Bitter and slightly medicinal, with notes of citrus and pears. Bitter finish that suggests a good English Bitter.
Nice English brew that straddles the fence between a pale ale and a bitter. The coriander is restrained, but adds an interesting touch.

merlin48, Nov 28, 2004
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Augustinian Ale by Nethergate

A big 1pt 0.9oz bottle poured a nice orangy/ tea brown with a big bubbly white head. I poured it rough otherwise probably little to no head. The Smell is an overpowering lemon/ orange. The Taste is lemon juice meets a cup of weak tea with a dash of orange juice. The mouthfeel isn't bitter at all, but you would think?!

Overall, a watery slighty flavored beer that goes down easy but isn't worth shouting about.

NJpadreFan, Mar 14, 2004
Photo of beerguy101
2.53/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Medium brown color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is orange and lemon pledge. A medium to light bodied ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. The lemony citrus flavor dominates everything in this beer. Spicy, with coriander and ginger? Being the dominant flavors. Hops are slightly bitter. Finish is dry and rather pleasant. Not sure what else is right in this beer. It just SO citrusy that everything else get overshadowed and it can never get over this rather major fault. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

beerguy101, Mar 06, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a semi-hazy caramel color with an enormous dark white head that kicks of spots of lace on the glass.
Aroma is lots of grapefruit and lemon with some darker citrus fruits i the background.
Flavor is some caramel malt and loads of citrus fruits and some resiny bitterness. Very fruit dominated interesting but not quite there.
Mouthfeel had the classic British Ale hard water characteristics. Very weet witha flowery furit hop note and light bitter and salt on the tongue.
Drinkability was decent but nothing I'd seek out again or recommend.

CRJMellor, May 22, 2004
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Augustinian Ale from Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.
79 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.