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Vale Ale - McLaren Vale Beer Company

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Vale Ale
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BA SCORE
73
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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 17.55%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
McLaren Vale Beer Company visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: vancurly on 11-16-2008)
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Photo of Mosant
4/5  rDev +32.5%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.63/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow, with thin white head being undernourished by a very slow bead. Cloudy, Coopers-esque appearance, but more pale. Almost weizen-coloured, really. Okay for the style but nothing amazing to look at.

Pale ale-y nose with ripe fruit bouncing, or hopping off some nice aromatic hops. A hint of passionfruit, or maybe that artificial passionfruit flavour. Nice, but not strong enough to be downright sexy.

Interesting flavours on the palate. A lot of hop through the palate. A subtle, unusual milky character lingers on the back, but this is helped along the way by a very smooth, very pleasant mouthfeel. Finish is bitter and good, with pleasant hop flavours, very true to the style. Could use a bit more oomph! on the mid-palate but is otherwise pleasant and drinkable.

Photo of dgilks
3.53/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent, pale golden colour with a tiny, short lasted white head.

Light, citrussy hop aroma. Mild malt aroma. Not a full on APA but acceptable.

Very mild flavour. Moderate bitterness, slightly tropical hop flavour. Mild diacetyl.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Crisp but a little gassy.

This isn't as bad as some people make out. It has a couple of small flaws but the overall beer is a fair, laid back APA.

Photo of emincems
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of NeoClassicist
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Joel12
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of hopnerd
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of DrNo
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of KimenTshom
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Ricardo_Rosa
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of LittleCreature
3.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.0
Very light in colour for a pale ale, you could have fooled me into thinking it was a pils - clear and gold topped with a thin white foam head that didn't hang around for long. I added the yeast sediment to the last third of the glass, giving it a cloudy appearance somewhat like white peach flesh.

Smell - 3.0
A rather subtle aroma, which is unusual for the style. Quite sweet with grainy malt, a little lime and overripe white grapes and a touch of fruity yeast character.

Taste - 3.5
For an APA the hops are rather light-on. Grainy and husky malt, a little sweet upfront, later balanced with moderate hop bitterness and finishing dry. Taste suggests of white wine, but adding the yeast gives an plum-like flavour, increasing complexity and improving the beer IMO.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Light bodied with light to moderate carbonation, a little thin for my liking.

Drinkability - 4.0
Certainly a sessionable ale, if not a memorable one.

OVERALL - 3.3
A fairly average American style pale ale until you add the yeast - transforming the beer into a decent Australian pale (or sparkling) ale.

Photo of Stuckey_Stuckey
3.32/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of LiamAhearn
3.3/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My wife told me to bring home a bottle of this beer as her maiden name was Vale and she wanted the bottle for a keep sake. She isn't much of a beer drinker so gladly I helped her finish this one off.

A: Pours with generous carbonation leading to a good level of foam and headstand. Hazy due to what seems to be a very unfloculent yeast and also the portion of wheat in the grist. Gold / straw in colour.

S: White bready malt with a fruity estery nose with what seems close to a tangerine type aroma, this is at a very low level though.

T: Again the bready malt shines through with a light fruitiness from fermentation rather than hops, possibly some stone fruit flavour from the Amerillo but this is hard to tell.

M: This beer is balanced more towards the malty sweetness than the bitterness from the hops which gives me a lingering aftertaste with some hop flavour but predominantly bready malt. The body is med-light.

D: This beer may quench your thirst but I would not call this a session beer. A little too many residual sugars for my taste. Worth a try though no doubt.

Cheers,

Liam

Photo of Macca
3.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a clear golden with an OK head. There was some lacing. Fruity hops and some maltiness were apparent on the nose and the palate. Medium bodied. This was an OK ale. It ticked all of the right boxes but it will not change your world. That word again - OK.

Photo of tobelerone
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of mrjez
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Jamestregenza
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.2/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This recently won the Local Taphouse's poll of the best 100 Australian craft beers of 2011. I hadn't tried it for a while, so I thought I'd check it out there recently when they put it on tap.

Pours a cloudy and bright yellow with a full head. Spidery lace down the inside of the glass. Big bubbled and voluminous carbonation. Looks pretty good overall.

Nose is minimal, and not particularly appealing, giving a very faint dusty, earthy hop aroma with a hint of lemon. A little pale sweetness. Average.

Taste is also a little lifeless. Some spritz, a bit of grainy sweetness and a dry and clean finish. Inoffensive enough, but that's about it. Feel is light at the start and almost empty by the end.

Eh. Best beer of the year? Not a chance. Inoffensive, but certainly not a good flagbearer for craft beer in Australia. What's more, I fear it has gotten worse since my first review.

Photo of SmashPants
3.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Format: standard brown 330mL bottle, semi-macro label with a touch of classic minimalism. Stylish.

Appearance: pours a mid amber with a light haze and constant fine carbonation across the profile. A half-finger of off-white head drops to a thin cap with great lacing.

Aroma: I was expecting this to be a slightly lighter version of the IPA, but oh boy was I wrong. A faint aroma of earth with a touch of citrus. Quite dull.

Taste: biscuit malts, citrus and that earth again. Hop bitterness right from the start. Thankfully it is stronger than the aroma. Pleasant enough but not quite up to the McLaren Vale standard.

Aftertaste: some bitterness with a bit of an awkward fug from the malts.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a moderate carbonation that actually comes through a bit awkward - too spritzy for the style which makes the hops a touch too bitter rather than flavour-forward.

Overall: after their IPA, Lager and Dark Lager, this one was a bit of a disappointment. Not dreadful by any means, but certainly not the best APA I have ever had. Certainly not worth AU$65 a case.

Photo of juju7
3.13/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Joining the ranks of APAs floating arond the country. A fairly nondescript pale ale. Paler in colour than most with a nice creamy head. Nose is more citrus than tropical and not as upfront. A little slick on the palate, dry and uninteresting on the finish, almost lagerish. The bitterness is there and the basic APA traits are too, but if the beer tasted as good as the bottle looks, this beer would be awesome but alas...

Photo of adityashekhar
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of magpieken
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of dmorgan310
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of soju6
2.95/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a good head that fades to some lacing.

S: Mild aroma of fruit and bit of malt sweetness.

T: There is a light fruit flavor with a bit of malt sweetness. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, mild crispness and smooth but fairly bland.

O: A non-offensive pale ale that needs a bit of character.

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Vale Ale from McLaren Vale Beer Company
73 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.