Royal Oak Pale Ale - O'Hanlon Brewing Co. Ltd.
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4.23/5 rDev +6%
A: Pours a hazy, murky amber with a thick, puffy off-white head.
S: Aromas of minerals, toffee, dates, and ripe plums mingle with peppery hops on the nose.
T: Notes of toffee, minerals, roasted chestnuts, black walnut, plums, dates, leather, soda bread, and peppery English hops wash across the palate. The finish is straight-forward and quenching with toffee, nutty malt, and spicy hop flavors.
M: This ale is on the lighter side of medium in body and quite dry. Carbonation is firm. Very drinkable.
O: This is one of the better English pale ales I've tried in recent months. I am particularly impressed with the complexity of the flavor profile. Highly recommended.
02-16-2012 03:26:46 | More by mrfrancis
4.05/5 rDev +1.5%
500 mL bottle,
A: Pours a translucent amber with a finger of white head, great head retention and lace throught the whole pint.
S: Maris Otter malt, some fruit and lemon, but quite light.
T: The flavour is impressive. Strong toffee and biscuit malt, balanced well with some dry, earthy and hearty Goldings flavour. Twinge of sourness mid-palate and finishes bitter.
M: Smooth, medium-bodied but not heavy. Calming hoppy aftertaste. Light carbonation makes it very quaffable.
D: A very nice bitter/pale ale right here. Wish it wasn't so expensive, it could be my new easy drinking British ale to stick with for an evening.
12-17-2009 02:03:50 | More by Halcyondays
3.35/5 rDev -16%
I had this bitter at Chaucer's Pub in London, Ontario. Deep ruby colour with orange hues. Pours a gian rocky white head, leaving plenty of pretty lace. Very fruity aroma off the start (plum), very malty with a good dose of hops. Biscuit and bread as well. Maybe a touch of cherry. The flavour profile is a nice of balance between the sweetness from the malts and a bitter almost piney flavour from the hops. FInishes creamy, buttery maybe, with nice bite from the hopping.
11-05-2009 17:44:08 | More by mrmanning
4.47/5 rDev +12%
1 pint, 0.9 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A = Medium oak brown, slight haze from a sloppy pour, very firm bone white head of about one finger that has absolutely incredible retention, looks almost like meringue, leaves medium to medium-heavy lacing.
S = Maple syrup, light earthy hints of hops, some light spices such as white pepper and dried lemon and orange zest.
T = Fresh muffins, lightly covered with three fruit marmalade, nice tartness that shows up at midpalate and remains throughout for a great finish.
M = Light to medium-light body, great mouthcoating for the body, very smooth level of carbonation.
D = This one is a great easy drinker that I could happily pound several of in a sitting and can envision coming back to again.
09-07-2009 15:05:31 | More by Traquairlover
4.15/5 rDev +4%
Poured from the bottle into a nonic glass.
Appearance - Bit of a cascade effect when poured. Produces a beautiful off white rocky head. Color is copper orange with perhaps a slight haze. Lacing the whole way down the glass.
Smell - A bit sour, tangy fruit, fresh water...I probably served it a bit too cold...as it warmed a little more...WOW, here came all the wonderful carmel and toasted bread smells. Really nice!
Taste - Biscuit/crackers, touch of grapefruit, very balanced with a fruit rind bitterness to finish it.
Mouthfeel - Smooth, silky, lower carbonation...in a word...perfect.
Drinkability - So smooth and tasty, they would go down easy.
My first experience with a bottle conditioned English "Real" Ale.
I now see what everyone is talking about. This is a BEER!!!
03-20-2009 19:46:36 | More by rkinsella
United Kingdom (England)
3.8/5 rDev -4.8%
I was happy to bump into this bottled-beer again, this time at the Sainsbury's in Basingstoke, at the discounted price 1 pound! BB 15/03/10, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.
A: dark reddish amber to almost light copper hue carrying a beige foamy head that settles fast to a thin cap, along with a translucent whiff of yeasty shadow and extremely fine carbonation.
S: 50-50 chocolatey and caramelised amber malts come on a par with sour stone fruits, cranberries and oxidised Chinese round pears, while a whiff of perfumy hops and nuttiness stay quietly underneath. Sour-sweet overall, showing a considerable input of yeast sediments that could've been intrusive if I allowed a "free", rather than careful, pour in the first place.
T: the taste is sour-sweet fruity (tangerine-ish) upfront with clear yeasty hints, albeit not pungent; then gristy, brown-bready and caramely malt middle-taste catches up, mingling well with aromatic, semi-tea-ish bitter hops, while the roast-nutty maltiness simultaneously goes deep yet rich that makes an almost "warming" palate overall. For a Premium Bitter type of ale, the bitter tail is short-lived and restrained in intensity, yet a tannic-edge almost like crushed grape-seeds still lingers.
M&D: very smooth on the carbonation, medium-bodied, plus semi-balanced flavour profile but still in need of more input from hop bitterness. The yeast sediments seem to be very lively in the glass too, bringing down the overall taste a bit.
* Tasting Date: 17/04/05
Served cool in the goblet specially designed for Fuller's ESB. It's bottle-conditioned, 5%abv in a 500ml bottle, with expiry date of 9 Sept. 05. I've always wanted to try this beer as it's from a prestigious brewery in Devon, UK, and the beer is said to have won the Guardian/CAMRA Champion Bottle-conditioned beer of Britain in 2003.
3.5 A: rhubarb to mahogany colour; hazy and a bit too gassy (coz I stupidly disturbed the sediment...), with a thin but long-lasting head. Again, my question to the editors' categorisation of it as an English Pale Ale: it's anything but PALE, if not only the colour! And to me, though I'm not a very experienced drinker of British real ales, it has a character more of a premium bitter than a pale ale...
4.5 Smell: distinguished ripe-cranberry tart/sweet note; scent of nutty-malty-coriander-perfumy nose. Can't tell which is which, it's pretty complex for me at least...
4 T: a bit disappointing compared to the smell: it's bitter sweet, nutty to bitter-almondy palate. The best part: very lively bitterness throughout; rounded, dry, nuttiness stand out; quite balanced between maltiness and hoppiness.
4.5 M&4.5 D: I would certainly recommend this beer to anyone who loves the idea of an English bitter in bottle-conditioned version. A rare gem, that is!
02-07-2009 20:06:11 | More by wl0307
3/5 rDev -24.8%
I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer had a amber hue to it. The beer had a malty smell that was promising and hints of caramel. However no head and a cloudy beer was next of what I saw. The beer was just okay, and was not to great. I will not buy again.
12-24-2008 17:09:46 | More by Minkybut
4.18/5 rDev +4.8%
A: Really cloudy red, disappointing head.
S: Dark fruit, banana, spices, good hops. Caramel malt with some chocolate hints.
T: The malt is very sugary and strong, with hints of chocolate. Fruit is well-balanced and non-cloying - apricot. Hops are pretty weak, but this isn't an IPA, so that's to be expected. Just bitter enough to pucker you a little.
M: Smooth, non-astringent, medium-light bodied, dry. Carbonation good.
D: Drinks better than most beer.
10-01-2008 01:26:58 | More by ralree
4.13/5 rDev +3.5%
A: Poured a nice burnt orange color off tan head.
S: some dried fruit and a dry british floral hopping.
T: The flavor had a huge malty backbone that coats and smoothers the tongue with a nice lacing. There was some dry honey toast and light toffee notes as well. Some dried fruit (apples, pears) along with a dry floral hopping really make this beer a stand out per style before finishing dry with warm bread and some alcohol notes. The malty character of this beer clearly define its uniqueness.
M: heavy and full with chewy bread and a good carbonation presence.
D: A big malty british pale that is very drinkability per style and enjoyable. A tasty treat to say the least that will fill you up.
07-23-2008 22:26:24 | More by beerthulhu
4.22/5 rDev +5.8%
Poured into a pint glass....
A- Amber/brown liquid with a nice creamy/texturized head. Sediment floating around the glass but no lacing.
S- Smell was mildly hoppy with a touch of berry and caramel.
T- Taste was similar to the nose but with the hops being slightly more pronounced. Mild hops followed up by a metallic bite and fruit finish.
M- Creamy and smooth mouthfeel.
D- This is a nice English session ale. I'm usually not a fan of these types of brews but this one was good.
05-26-2008 16:08:24 | More by DavidSeanNJ
3.2/5 rDev -19.8%
A: When I poured this one from a bottle to a pint glass, it had a rich amber color and a thick, cloudy texture. A bit of sediment, also. There was about a half inch of head and some OK lacing.
S: There was a mild aroma, with some malt and light fruit. Not overwhelming, but that's pretty common with English beers.
T: While you get a taste of roasted malt, fruit and biscuit, this is mainly pretty thin. It doesn't have a kick to it at all.
M: A fair amount of carbonation and a dry finish. This is a medium-bodied beer.
D: This is an uneven beer. Some elements of it are well done, but others (like the taste) are thin.
05-14-2008 13:11:21 | More by avalon07
Royal Oak Pale Ale from O'Hanlon Brewing Co. Ltd.
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