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Vale Ale - McLaren Vale Beer Company

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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 17.94%
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 baumaxx1
2.09/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottled beer served in a glass.

Appearance-
Thin 1cm head but lasting, clear golden yellow colour, suspended yeast particles, lots of carbonation, leaves some lacing.

Smell-
Sugar, yeast, bread, malty, citrus, musk, slightly skunked.

Taste -
Mostly soda water with a hint of lemon and hops, sweet toffee, and a slightly stale bread taste. A bit bland, slightly over-sour and a metallic beer defect is present.

Mouthfeel-
Lively carbonation, slightly watery body, with a metallic after-taste which coats the roof of the mouth.

Overall-
Disappointing - I remember this being good on tap, and quite fruity, but haven't found it to be the same out of a bottle. Not the only batch to be like this lately. Maybe it used to be better, but I wouldn't recommend it now. This batch was characterless and defective. Will have to re-assess if I have it on tap again.

Note: Don't take this as a reflection on the rest of the brewer's range - the Vale IPA, Lager and Dark are excellent.

baumaxx1, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of Stuckey_Stuckey
3.32/5  rDev +10.3%

Stuckey_Stuckey, Sep 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +8%

spycow, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of NeoClassicist
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

NeoClassicist, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of emincems
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

emincems, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of dmorgan310
3/5  rDev -0.3%

dmorgan310, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of mrjez
3.25/5  rDev +8%

mrjez, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of Mosant
4/5  rDev +32.9%

Mosant, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
2/5  rDev -33.6%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 01, 2014
Photo of Ricardo_Rosa
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Ricardo_Rosa, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of Vanz
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Vanz, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of Gasc0igne
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

Gasc0igne, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of csmartin6
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

csmartin6, Nov 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +8%

Jamestregenza, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of KimenTshom
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

KimenTshom, Aug 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +8%

tobelerone, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of Joel12
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Joel12, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of magpieken
3/5  rDev -0.3%

magpieken, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of adityashekhar
3/5  rDev -0.3%

adityashekhar, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of soju6
2.95/5  rDev -2%
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.

soju6, May 30, 2013
Photo of pin
1.5/5  rDev -50.2%

pin, May 27, 2013
Photo of PolarBear3
2.11/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a pale amber colour although a little cloudy. Frothy head that dissipates rather quickly

S - I get slight burnt toffee aromas but rather sweet bready malts and a hint of vanilla

T - However I don't really get any of the aromas in the taste. Get a little light fruit and earthy flavours that is a little bland and bitter at the finish.

M - Light bodies with medium to high carbonation

O - Not one of my favourites. Very bland and lack s any real depth of flavour. Leaves a horrible after taste and one I would not recommend.

PolarBear3, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Rwalford74
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Rwalford74, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of hopnerd
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

hopnerd, May 02, 2012
Photo of heygeebee
2.63/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light straw / amber - really quite light. Head is good but recedes with little lacing.

Aromas of dough, yeast.

Taste is of bready malt, mainly sweet, some light hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is OK - reasonably well carbonated for style

All in all... hmm... says Australian Pale Ale on bottle, on this site it's an APA, and tastes more like a somewhat poorly-made Helles Lager than say a Coopers Pale.

Pass. Given it's premium labelling and sold as a premium-priced four pack it doesn't cut it. Half off for the price. Best bit of the whole thing is the label.

heygeebee, Feb 09, 2012
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Vale Ale from McLaren Vale Beer Company
73 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.