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

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Royal Oak Pale AleRoyal Oak Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 10
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
O'Hanlon Brewing Co. Ltd.
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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Photo of livingregret
2.63/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type: 1 Pint .9fl oz Bottle

Appearance: Poured a cloudy amber colour w/ a finger head that had some lacing

Smell: All that I get is hops and malt. A touch of sweetness...not much here. A bit woody

Taste: The taste is a bit better than the smell(which isn't saying a whole lot) I get a sweet hops taste mixed in malt. A touch of citrus

Mouthfeel: Pretty medium feel drink....lingers some in the mouth and leaves a slighty dry feeling in the throat

Drinkability: This isn't a bad drink, but I feel that there are better English Pale Ales out there.

livingregret, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of smi
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

smi, May 15, 2012
Photo of Dolanmcduk
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Dolanmcduk, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Minkybut
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.

Minkybut, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of jfcaa193
3/5  rDev -24.8%

jfcaa193, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Padron4KM
3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle. Best before 07/18/06.

Cloudy amber with a fluffy tan head.

Despite careful pour I still ended up with yeast floaties in the glass.
Head disapates slowly leaving small patches of lace.

Aroma is mostly caramel, with some light woodieness.

Flavor is lightly caramel with a citrus zest finish.

Padron4KM, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger off-white head that fades to a thin layer leaving a little lace. Almost clear, amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Woody apple nose. Starts nearly balanced with moderate hops, finish is distinctly hoppy but not as harsh as American pales. Tastes fresh even with a best before Feb 28, 2005. $3.69 for a 500ml bottle from Lina's Beverages Painesville, OH.

jdhilt, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of avalon07
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.

avalon07, May 14, 2008
Photo of mrmanning
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.

mrmanning, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of sstackho
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.

sstackho, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with a lightly hazy, darkish, ruby amber color. The head is topped by an amber-tinged, tan colored head that leaves a bit of lace as it falls back into the main beer. As I pour this beer an deep fruity note is immediately noticeable; a sort of cross between red grapes, raisins and sweet plums. As I go in for a deep smell, an immediate tart note is noticeable. It is a bit like tamarind, and definitely reminds me of a sour plum.

The beer is quite well carbonated, at least much more than I was expecting. There is still a touch of sweetness here though, it accentuates a caramel like note that in turn accentuates a raisin, sweet plum and even apple like fruitiness. A touch of hop bitterness is found throughout this beer, it adds a bit of tingle to the throat, which competes a bit with the tart flavors. There are other hop flavors here as well; lightly grass, a bit herbal, and even a touch of fruit character (a hint of citrus, and even some currant like berry notes perhaps).

This is on the verge of being quite tasty, I can’t tell if the tartness is just a product of the yeast (sort of doubtful), or is a low grade bacterial infection. Either way it is still quite drinkable, I easily finished this bottle of, perhaps slightly infected, brew.

Gueuzedude, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of xav33
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OHanlons Royal Oak.
Pint bottle.
Unknown bottling, best before date of 02/05, gustated 08/06.
Medium Pour in an English Pint Glass.

Poured a hazy brownish amber with a thick fluffy offwhite 1 inch head. Slowly diminishing 1/8 inch head remained, with excellent lacing.

Smelt of molasses and a hint of candied cherries and cognac.

Taste begins with dry smokiness and toffee malt, with a quick hop kick. Then an unpleasant sourness peeks in for a fraction of a second to let place to a body of molasses sweetness and fermented dark berries, as it all dies down slowly in a earthy well balanced malty and biting hoppy finish. Mouthfeel was light and lively carbonation.

Overall, a pleasing bottle conditioned slightly aged English Pale Ale that barely survived 6 months past the freshness date, as indicated by the slight sourness, but taste was otherwise well rounded. Will be revisited with a fresher bottle.

xav33, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of Viggo
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half liter bottle, I think this was supposed to be in an earlier LCBO release so probably not very fresh at this point.

Pours a cloudy rusty orange, massive thick off white head forms, leaves some nice lacing behind, settles to a medium layer. Smell is fruity, yeast, some bread, bit of toast, citrus hops, spicy nuttiness, not a lot there but the aroma works well. Taste is bready malt, some citrus, yeast, very spicy middle, nutty, very fruity and spicy finish, solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, relatively smooth, easy to drink, not bad.

Viggo, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of shapudding
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1pt 5oz, bottle conditioned, dated 2/28/05. Cloudy amber with a huge amount of beige head that started to settle fairly quick, leaving only sticky lacing and a thin covering. Nice deep malty aroma, a bit vineous -red wines... bit orangey- zesty maybe, more than juice. Very juicy feel with a nice burst of tight carbination that flows over your mouth a moment after the sip. Medium body. Some white grapefruit juice flavor of hoppiness. Nice strong malts taking dominance and just a bit of sweetness during the sip, and a bit more coming out toward the end -maybe a touch of apricot nectar? Fairly clean and crisp, nicely balanced. Not an intense amount of flavor left lingering. As wet as it feels during the sip, it becomes more astringent as you finish. Nicely drinkable, good session beer, not too filling at all.

shapudding, Mar 18, 2005
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Royal Oak Pale Ale

Appearance- Cloudy/ hazy orange with a thick heavy lacing head.
Smell- Strong dried fruits and malt.
Taste- Immediate dried fruits. Prune, raisin, maybe a little cherry and apple. Light bready malt with mild wood flavored hop hints.
Mouthfeel- Slighty dry and bitter up front but building up to a flavorful and slighty sweet fruity beer. Alcohol seems noticable at 5%?!

Overall- A nice evening sipping beer or a good 1 to drink during a meal.

NJpadreFan, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of Higravity
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy orange-brown white a large chunky off-white head that hangs out and leaves chunkes down the side of the galss as you drink it in. Smells of metallic maltedness and a twinge of cirtus. The taste is of caramel malts from a long boil and a nice splashing of nobel hops on the tongue that leaves a citrus bite along with a metallic finish. Overall it is quite good and I like the secondary fermentation that goes on in any bottle. Nicely done, I would buy this many more times.

Higravity, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of marcobrau
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Yikes! This bottle of Royal Oak was very carbonated; even a gentle pour yielded an entire pint glass of foam. As the foam settles, an enormous rocky head forms, which eventually falls apart leaving a sticky layer foam down the sides of my glass. Wow. The aroma is massively sherry-like aroma, accented by a just a hint sulphur. Chunks of yeasty material occasionally float up; most parts sit on the bottom. As the label says, this is a true bottle-conditioned ale. As a homebrewer, I can certainly appreciate that.
The carbonation tingles the tongue. The taste of this beer is first a fizzy fruitiness, followed by a character reminiscent of blanched almonds that then dissolves into bitter hops that provide a long finish full hop bitterness and champagne-like dryness.
The intense carbonation provided for a spectacular appearance, but I didn't like the fizzy character of this beer, hence a low score for mouthfeel.

marcobrau, Aug 12, 2005
Photo of BogAl
3.75/5  rDev -6%

BogAl, Friday at 04:56 AM
Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Slatetank, May 25, 2013
Photo of szmnnl99
3.75/5  rDev -6%

szmnnl99, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of wl0307
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!

wl0307, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 05/23/08:

Pours hazy amber with a thick off-white pillowy head that descends to a lasting creamy cover. Some traces of lacing stick.

The smell is of a cherry-like fruitiness and spiced bread. Caramelish graininess mixes in in the back.

The taste is of sweet cherry-like fruitiness with lightly spiced caramelish breadiness. Fairly balanced sweetness in the finish. Taste is a bit more muted/softer than the aroma.

It is smooth - with a push from the carbonation - and medium-bodied.

I thought, from its name, that it would be oaky. But - it's not. It refers to a story of King Charles II (wonder if his friends called him "Chuck 2" ? ;) ) hiding from Oliver Cromwell (Ollie?) in branches of an oak tree - as described briefly on the label...
Anyway - it is "sessionable" - easy drinking...Would have been nice had it had more bittering hops - would still be "balanced" - even more so I'd say. Nothing especially notable, but it does have a nice appearance and aroma and a high drinkability level, and taste isn't bad - though not much higher than typical for style.

jwc215, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, .9 ounce bottle. This beer is amber colored with a huge off-white head that clumps together and hangs on the sides of the glass. Lots of floating particles, so I guess this is unfiltered.The aroma is malty and yeasty. If I didn't know better, I would think this a Belgian beer from the smell. The flavor is malty with a little bit of an apple cider tartness. Some hop bitterness in the finish. Medium mouthfeel. Alcohol is not very noticable. Nice drinkability. This is a pretty good beer, I just wish it were more hoppy.

beveragecaptain, Mar 23, 2005
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Royal Oak Pale Ale, brewed in Devon, full of legends and Parliaments, and kings, Cromwell's Roundheads, grilled meat and cheeseboard.

Opaque, dark amber hue, maybe maroon?, highly carbonated, with a big fizzy head that drizzles down quick.

Big cherry aroma, rich and malty, nice hops, rather mild, though. Sweet and serene. Nice.

Remains sweet and tasty on the tongue. Decent hops, not too large, but a neat, if mild little firedance in the mouth. Continues bitter and sweet throughout. Cherry flavor dominates.

Nice, but... Not one I'll return to, unless I get filthy rich sometime soon. Quite different from other british pale ales, perhaps overly carbonated, a little too much for my taste. Just not loving it. MEh.

feloniousmonk, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of Atlas1
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle conditioned pale ale in a cool bottle I'd never seen before. Yes, thank you very much.

Poured carefully into a barrel pint glass, the Royal Oak is a reddish amber color with a creamy off-white head with big bubbles and some lace. The nose is earthy with strong fruit scents and a strangely acerbic tartness (can an aroma be tart?). The aroma almost reminds me of a lambic; it has an almost wild ale scent to it - I think that it must come from the bottle conditioning. The Royal Oak tastes light, but fruit-sweet, with a mild bitterness in the finish. I get pear and apple and cherry flavors. Mouthfeel rounds out as the beer warms up to room temperature.

Really a fine ale. Mild, but perfectly drinkable. Would make an excellent session beer at 5% ABV as well. American brewers of pale ales are so often too consumed with over-hopping that they forget sometimes where the style originated and what it still can be. I'd love to try this on tap.

Atlas1, Jan 24, 2008
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Royal Oak Pale Ale from O'Hanlon Brewing Co. Ltd.
89 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.