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Royal Oak Pale Ale - O'Hanlon's Brewing Co. Ltd.

Royal Oak Pale AleRoyal Oak Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

71 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.28%


Brewed by:
O'Hanlon's Brewing Co. Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 02-28-2004)
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Reviews by silver0rlead:
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clody orangish-amber hue with a large, frothy white head, a nice looking pale to say the least. The aroma is a light floral hop smell with a sweet candied apple smell in the background, well balanced smell. The taste, begins with a slightly sweet malt profile and the sweetness is similar to caramel apples maybe? Then you get a really light hops bitterness that fades quickly and you get a good taste of those fruity british yeast esters, with tastes of apples, oranges and strawberries. The finish is dries out and leaves little aftertaste. Really a superb english pale, probably one of my favorites, beating out sam smith's easy...quite an excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2005 03:11:39 | More by silver0rlead
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delta490

Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.3%

04-06-2014 21:51:41 | More by delta490
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huntermop

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.3%

04-02-2014 05:22:13 | More by huntermop
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DaveMiller

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-29-2014 01:51:21 | More by DaveMiller
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Dolanmcduk

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -24.8%

01-19-2014 23:59:10 | More by Dolanmcduk
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-07-2013 23:12:46 | More by BillRoth
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6%

05-25-2013 10:31:55 | More by Slatetank
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smi

New York

2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

05-15-2012 00:11:09 | More by smi
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szmnnl99

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -6%

03-22-2012 21:04:43 | More by szmnnl99
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djcira

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%

02-19-2012 21:10:37 | More by djcira
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 03:26:46 | More by mrfrancis
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -24.8%

02-15-2012 02:19:29 | More by jfcaa193
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cdwil

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

12-29-2011 17:31:10 | More by cdwil
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +25.3%

11-27-2011 15:34:49 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Halcyondays

California

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 02:03:50 | More by Halcyondays
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 17:44:08 | More by mrmanning
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Traquairlover

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 15:05:31 | More by Traquairlover
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rkinsella

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 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!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 19:46:36 | More by rkinsella
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 20:06:11 | More by wl0307
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Minkybut

Virginia

3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 17:09:46 | More by Minkybut
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ralree

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 01:26:58 | More by ralree
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 22:26:24 | More by beerthulhu
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DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 16:08:24 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 13:11:21 | More by avalon07
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sstackho

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500mL bottle purchased from LCBO in Toronto iwth a best before date of March 2009. Pours a cloudy light brown. Lots of sediment at the bottom which I shake up, and causes a neat two-colour head at the end of the pour. Lots of floaties. Very interesting colour. Aroma is a bit lacking, but slightly hoppy. Flavour is a little thin and tinny, with a bit of ESB bitterness, but not a lot. I'm not enjoying this one as much as either of the LCBO's English bitter releases from last season.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 04:43:13 | More by sstackho
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Royal Oak Pale Ale from O'Hanlon's Brewing Co. Ltd.
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