Trafalgar India Pale Ale - Freeminer Brewery Ltd.
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Reviews by madmanjf:
3.93/5 rDev +7.7%
Serving was from bottle (bottle conditioned)
The beer poured with an exceptional amount of head. Thick off-white to tan foam came heavy requiring the full pour over a period of time. Beer was clear with a dark straw to light caramel color. Lacing is quite heavy and thick.
The aroma was reminicient of a german munich malt with little to no hop aroma. The absent of an american hop aroma was not a shock given this is an IPA of an English variety. In place of this, a light pleasant malt aroma was in its place along with some english hop as described on the label.
The taste of malt is quite English, simple with caramel notes. Some bittering is in the finish from the goldings hop variety.
The beer has a considerable amount of carbonation which reinforces the hop bittering. Body is medium and minimal warmth is present for a 6% ABV.
Not quite a session beer but highly drinkable. While I'd probably drink this slower than a session beer, I could easily have two or three in one sitting without much difficulty.
For those that do not consider themselves Hop Heads and have based this on the American variety of IPAs, this would be a great English variety to try with an open mind.
04-30-2009 22:03:26 | More by madmanjf
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4.23/5 rDev +15.9%
Nice bottle-conditioned ale,very hazy orange color with nice head.Wood-like lemony aroma smelled very fresh and fragrant,very dry and bitter taste with a long finish.To me this a superb representation of the style,there was some good balance in there,alot of our interpertations of this style are not balanced enough in my opinion.
03-30-2003 07:00:59 | More by oberon
3.7/5 rDev +1.4%
Appearance Deep orange in color with a somewhat smallish head that showed a little stamina and lacing.
Smell It doesnt have a big nose, but there is a nice orange hop aroma in there. The rind is very strong. It smells like pureed orange rind in orange syrup.
Taste This one is nice and easy. The smells come out in the taste, making it a very pleasant drink. Its a little heavier on the rind flavor than I prefer, but a good IPA nevertheless. Its also quite balanced with orange sweetness and some light malts in the background.
Mouthfeel Little carbonation, medium-bodied, and of course very refreshing.
Drinkability I think this is the ales strong point. This one is very smooth
09-14-2003 00:57:31 | More by RoyalT
3.98/5 rDev +9%
Very attractive 16.9 oz bottle, as pictured, pours a slightly hazed medium orange body with a small offwhite head. Minimal patch lacing on the glass but there is considerable carbonation apparent. Aroma features herbal and floral hops atop a somewhat biscuity malt profile. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a solid carbonation. Taste is bitter and herbal, certainly tea-like. Some fruity pear and slight caramel tastes are also evident. Finishes dry and bitter. A very nice English style bitter pale ale.
10-10-2006 13:46:04 | More by merlin48
4.33/5 rDev +18.6%
Blurred orange under a compact and sticky vanilla dome.
Buttered apricots, dough balls and ample Goldings on the nose.
Begins plenty fruity, with figs, dates and mangoes. Gains heft with loads of caramel and substancial breadiness midway, offsetting an orange-rind spiciness that mingles well with the hops. A fair amount of diacetyl, but it finds its place amongst everything else. A touch toasty prior to the hop invasion. Drying, bitter herb-hued Goldings. A bit metallic. Ends mostly dry with a twist of lingering fruit and dead leaves.
Subdued, struggling carbonation gives this a from-the-cask feel. Solid medium-full bodied. Very well built.
10-02-2003 20:52:00 | More by cokes
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
This pint exhibits dry hopping and Goldings hops. It is understated, and though at 50 IBU more bitter by ranking, was more balanced than many an ESB and certainly the West Coast assault. Lots of foaming from the bottle, and so lace. Numbs the tongue after a treat of easy mouthfeel. Citrus orange aftertaste.
09-10-2007 03:58:49 | More by Sammy
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
A - This pours from it's attractive and artfully labeled bottle a clear peach hue that's lighter than expected and much more clear than most IPAs. The nice white cap is a one finger affair, and leaves some creamy lace on the glass. The head is dense and fluffy, like whipped egg whites.
S - Grapefruit, honeydew melon, and gentle heather notes. This is really subtle and mellow on the nose. Smells nice, but unexciting.... like an English garden.
T- Whoa! Unexpected grapefruit and pine hops pop out big time! Based on the nose, I thought that this would be a mild honeyed British pale ale, but the flavor has me convinced that this is a west coast PA in dainty English clothing. After my initial shock, it does seem more English in character...it's softy mineral laden and floral. The finish is dust-in-your-mouth dry, and is pretty much neutral in flavor with a mellow honey and melon residual hop note.
M - Initially soft and mineral-y, this dries up like a damn desert on the finish. After the swallow, a softly glowing sugar sweetness slowly ameliorates the sandy dryness.
D - If only this had more interesting notes in the nose, this would be an outstanding beer. As it stands, it's very good... especially in the brilliant mouthfeel.
10-24-2008 04:41:33 | More by pmcadamis
4.38/5 rDev +20%
Maris Otter and Goldings are clearly noticeable at the outset and combine spectacularly in this most remarkably balanced and somewhat unique IPA! At the very least it's quite authentic (a rare find - authentic IPA - in England), and it left me wanting more.
It's clear, deep-amber body is capped by a longstanding head of creamy white froth that holds well and leaves some very nice ripples and spots of lace about the pint.
The nose is bright with Goldings, a waft of yeasty fruitiness (orange marmalade and lightly tart-dry apple slices), and a delicately sweet and 'countryside' malt base (the floor-malted Maris Otter lends it notes of hay, damp but long-dried wood, and leather).
It's smooth in the mouth with a restrained carbonation and medium-full body.
Maris Otter malt and Goldings join together to dance a graceful up-tempo waltz across the palate, each revealing it's own character and then allowing the other to come forward. A bold bitterness backs it, but is far from bracing.
As previously noted, it's perfectly balanced; and it finishes very much the way it drank, with each of it's components having a chance at the spotlight, although the bitterness and hop flavors leave the stage last.
A splendid pint! At 6% I'd dare not enjoy it throughout the night, but this one has me entertaining the notion of booking a flight to Bristol and heading to Cotswolds for a week of relaxation and cycling about the Dean - along with a few nights at the pub, of course!
03-18-2006 14:40:41 | More by NeroFiddled
2.73/5 rDev -25.2%
pours a nice light amber. big head. looks good. smells of citrus/floral hops. smells refreshing. taste? different. a bit sweeter than the usual high octane american IPA and thats fine with me. strong citrus backed up with a solid malt body, it not bad. but what i didnt like was the strong aftertaste of something like a herbal/lemon cough drop. it really has an offensive finish to it. pretty full in the mouth, not what id refer to as a quencher. all in all its so-so. would i drink it again? most likely not.
06-23-2006 18:07:43 | More by DESTRO
3.08/5 rDev -15.6%
I had high hopes for this one, but was disappointed by the time I finished my pint. Clear copper color with moderate head development and steady carbonation. Smell is relatively mild, but with a dominant aroma similar to grape juice. Hop character is completely lacking. Taste is slightly sour, but with a good level of bitterness for an IPA. However, while the beer has an acceptable level of hop bitterness, hop flavor is missing. Mouthfeel is crisp, well carbonated, and dry; typical for style. Drinkability is average, but with an odd aroma and flavor, I probably won't be reaching for this one again anytime soon.
06-01-2007 11:47:20 | More by hammer09
3.88/5 rDev +6.3%
Pours a cloudy murky brown color with orange highlights. The brew has a beautiful cream colored head, several inches, and leaves fantastic lacing on the glass. The smell is of juicy fruit, some cane sugar, caramel malt and grassy hops. The taste is of grassy hops, a bit citrius, caramel malt, tropical fruit esters. The feel is light almost watery, fizzy carabonation. Overall, very balanced, quite drinkable. Nicely hopped, the malt is in balance with the hops. Recommended.
08-19-2007 06:23:34 | More by Gmann
4.08/5 rDev +11.8%
Being careful not to disturb the yeast sediment, has a clear amber color with two fingers of long lasting white head. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. A wonderful hoppy aroma. Goldings, oh how I love thee. Floral, earthy, and herbal goodness. The malt gives a little sweet smell but definately plays second fiddle. The flavor falls off a little bit but still is one of the better tasting English IPAs. This beer does not seem to be more hoppy and bitter than others, just that the malt bill is weak. It still gives a little bready flavor near the finish. The hops give a nice herbal and earthy note. The body suffers a bit from the malt bill, but this is nicely bottle conditioned. Very good carbonation. I really enjoyed this beer and the Goldings hops are nicely featured.
08-02-2010 19:06:20 | More by morimech
4.4/5 rDev +20.5%
Deep, tangerine-orange body, cloudy with sediment because I poured it all in. Very thick, tan, creamy head. Very resilient.
Hoppy aroma, deep and flowery.
Spicy! Gritty in the mouth, faint citrus taste, undercurrent of charcoal-y malt. Chewy in the mouth as well, brisk, with slick aftertaste.
The pale ale underpinning of this beer is evident with its fine citrus fruit taste, perhaps more so than with most IPAs.
Complicated, spicy, deep, with a fabulous mix of hops and malt.
A wonderful IPA. Rivals any of the best available.
09-15-2003 15:59:03 | More by Darkale
3.78/5 rDev +3.6%
Presentation: 16.9 brown bottle. Bottle conditioned.
Appearance: Nice head with lace for the more subtle natural carbonation. Noticeable sediment. Great golden honey color.
Smell: A nice hop bouquet. Slight tones of citrus. I was hoping for a little more kick.
Taste & Mouth Feel: Solid mouth feel with low carbonation. Nicely balanced with a great taste. The finish isn't real hoppy.Not as intense as I prefer in IPA's.
Drinkability & Notes: Very drinkable. Not my favorite beer in this style but a solid choice and would not turn away if offered.
05-06-2008 02:58:52 | More by scubahood
3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
1 pint, .9 fl oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A = Somewhat murky, turgid looking amber colored liquid, tons of very tiny bubbles, huge foamy bone white head, decent retention, medium lacing. The size of the head and the murkiness of the liquid count this one down a bit.
S = Sour apples, strong hints of spices, floral notes, and an uncooked sourdough bread base underneath. Clearly strongly hopped but with enough balance to even things out.
T = Nice fresh bread malts, slight maple syrup, strong bitterness but well balanced by the malt flavors. Hops flavors are spomewhat earthy and spicy. Well balanced tastes.
M & D = Body is a little thin, the carbonation is too much and all of this really lessens the drinkability. A good beer, but the pleasing taste and smell are somewhat countered by problems in other aspects.
12-12-2008 00:27:08 | More by Traquairlover
3.48/5 rDev -4.7%
Deep copper color topped a thick, fluffy off white head. The head leaves a chunky lace on the side of the glass as it recedes. The Kent and Golding hops have an intense fruity aroma. Not just citrus, which is there, but pears, and a little green apple jump out of the glass. The sweetness form the malt blends well with the hops and gives the fruit a candied character. The taste supports what I discovered in the nose. Really fruity with more of the pears, and light caramel. A good bitterness hits my palette mid way through the profile. The finish is mild, dry and citrusy. The mouth fell is light, and a little slick. Good drinkability.
05-27-2006 15:22:14 | More by carln26
2.75/5 rDev -24.7%
The bottle I sampled was very overcarbonated and was a gusher. The head was tremendously dense, rocky and well retained... pouring it was a challenge. Light copper in color and quite clear except for the yeast particules that were liberated from the sediment by the overcarbonation. Butterscotch diacetyl, light crystal malt and a mellow Kent Goldings hop in aroma. Subtle toasty notes are perceptible as well. Diacetyl and light caramel malt notes dominate the flavor and the hop bitterness is too subdued to style. Diacetyl is very high in this brew and is nearly overbearing... either it's a result of the yeast strain used or it could be a Pediococcus infection (the overcarbonation is highly suspect) Despite the high diacetyl, the taste isn't bad. This tastes more like a (buttery) ESB than an IPA. Perhaps I had an off bottle or batch, but if you're sensitive to diacetyl and/or find it objectionable you won't like this beer at all. In any case, it was lacking for an IPA.
06-15-2002 19:57:28 | More by marc77
3.78/5 rDev +3.6%
Poured from bottle per the BA picture.
Bright golden color, light white head - medium.
Honey and fresh flower petals on the nose.
Sweet entry, biscuit, then a bit of floral hops - very true to British tradition in flavor - firm bittering. A bit restrained by American IPA standards - but spot on for the tradition.
This opens well - bitterness develops over time. Tends to snap on the finish. Still, smooth and easy drinking. Classic backbone of ipa - a pretty darn good definition of british style ipa.
04-20-2008 02:27:25 | More by sweethome
3.25/5 rDev -11%
Slick poor, light maroon, sticky lace with a beige top. The head was thick at first but dissapated quick.
Strong alcohol aroma mixed softly with a grass and citrus aroma ended by dates and molassas.
Alcohol again is heavy and it masks a candy-like reference to the malt and citrus hops. Finishes with a slight yeast and a hint of raisen.
I'll have it again.
09-03-2005 19:46:07 | More by Ahhdball
3.2/5 rDev -12.3%
Picked up as a single at Kahn's Fine Wines in Indy. 'Twas my first experience with a great place.
This beer comes in a strangely squat pint bottle. It pours out a beautifully glowing orange hue and had a giant head that grew quickly out of control.
The nose on this one was much like other, comparable English IPAs. Slight metallic-cap taste didn't exactly pique my interest.
I was amazed to find no proof that this beer was aged in oak, because it has a very cask-conditioned taste. It also has hints of Samuel Smith's IPA.
My complaints with this pint were a metallic taste earlier on in the pint, and an almost cardboard flavor towards the end.
This beer exhibits good characteristics of a classic English IPA, but falls a little flat on presentation: its flavors are a bit too contrasting. One one hand, the beer is malty and rich, but for some reason the hops and malt weren't meshing well on my palate. I also wondered if this one had spent some time on its head too: it had a slightly cap-like taste.
Not too bad, but not too good either - especially for a harder to find, $4 per pint specialty.
01-18-2004 03:18:40 | More by GreenWBush
3.1/5 rDev -15.1%
Cool bottle, I thought. Pours a nice dark golden color with very active carbonation and a small, loose head of off-white. Small yeast particles dance around in suspension. The nose is of bitter fruits, bread and yeast. This one tastes slightly of a floral bitterness, malty, and has the "bottle conditioned" activity in the glass. Not what I had hoped for though. A bit boring. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, active carbonation and a slight bite. Finish was bitter ... almost too bitter, but not in a good hoppy way. Perhaps this is indicative of what the "original" IPAs tasted like, but if that is the case, give me the American version please. I don't care for the hop variety, or varieties, used here. Much too much like a slightly hopped up APA-style beer. To me, the maltiness detracted from the flavor as well. The bottle conditioning is nice though. All in all, an interesting try ... I'm going to stick to the cleaner, grapefruitier, and lively American hop varieties for my IPAs.
08-07-2006 15:36:21 | More by beerphilosopher
3.73/5 rDev +2.2%
orangey amber with a modest sudsy white head. some yeast particles
the aroma is biscuity, with orange rind and and a lot of tea-like dry herbal, but not flowery hops, it has an almost oregano character.
sweet with apple up front but drying and fairly strongly bitter at the back. its got some caramel in the middle, but it's fleeting. the bitterness seems almost scorched at the finsh, making it a little harsh.
medium bodied withdelicate smooth carbonation. it's actually very nice.
decent drinkability, but it gets a little harsh at the finish. it's not like like i don't love a beefy IPA, this is just a little abrasive.
08-11-2006 20:43:06 | More by kmo1030
4.45/5 rDev +21.9%
A- rusty copper brown with fiery orange highlights and some floating sediment. beige foam is large, in charge, expansive, and doughy. some yeast particles suspended in the foam as well. foam structure is superb- it settles to a giant wrinkly spherical glob floating in a thinner blanket of suds, and on the glass the lace forms a sticky patchwork of delicate spit bubbles.
S- toasty, tart, herbal, earthy, and estery with a mild flash of burnt citrus as english hops kick in my nose. buttery toffee and caramel aromas are there too, with leather, strong tea, brown sugar, very very mild chocolate, and far away sweet spices.
T- clean and remarkably well balanced with an all at once cocoa/alcohol/hop bitterness. roasty, toasty, sweet, grassy, herbal, earthy and tea-like hop bitterness throughout. on day 2 of my mad holiday rampage of reviews, this is one seriously good english breakfast as i opted to pass on the blood pudding. an overall savory brew, with subtle spicy hints of mace and cumin. diacetyl levels are low, but dark burnt caramel and toffee flavors abound. again, the supreme balance of this brew is enough to hook me, but this is also an ale of noticeable quality, and that just, well, the cat's pajamas. finishes balanced, toasty, earthy, leathery, with a mild floral and jamaican rum alcohol flavor.
MF- brightly effervescent, and somewhat grainy and boozy feeling. even at only 6%, the alcohol is drying, as are the alpha acids. carbonation smooths out quickly giving this beer a luscious but somewhat syrupy feel on the swallow.
D- high marks for a great beer, but i this this one has me rocked a little harder than a 6-percenter should. maybe it's too early in the morning. having difficulty attaining gems such as this, i can only dream of wasted afternoons over mahogany, drinking down endless pints and making a proper arse of myself. cape of good hope be damned, and on to calcutta!
11-24-2009 14:50:33 | More by hustlesworth
2.25/5 rDev -38.4%
Pours a one finger, white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lacing. Almost cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight piney nose. Starts and finishes hoppy, lingering aftertaste. Typical English IPA. $4.85 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.
06-19-2006 22:28:32 | More by jdhilt
Trafalgar India Pale Ale from Freeminer Brewery Ltd.
83 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.