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Vale Ale - McLaren Vale Beer Company

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Vale Ale
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 17.94%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
McLaren Vale Beer Company visit their website

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: vancurly on 11-16-2008)
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3/5  rDev -0.3%

08-02-2013 15:54:52 | More by magpieken
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3/5  rDev -0.3%

06-16-2013 10:39:02 | More by adityashekhar
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2.95/5  rDev -2%

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.

05-30-2013 01:58:14 | More by soju6
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1.5/5  rDev -50.2%

05-27-2013 05:50:46 | More by pin
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2.11/5  rDev -29.9%

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.

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2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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2.63/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

02-09-2012 10:29:21 | More by heygeebee
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2.88/5  rDev -4.3%

330ml bottle poured into a La Trappe goblet...

A- golden orange and a bit cloudy in color with a white hea... (correction) where did the head go. No retention whatsoever.

S- hops are at the forefront. I also get fresh straw.

T- whoow, a bit sour for my taste. The hops are present and the sourness disapates at the finish which is not half bad.

MF- not too bad at all once you get past the sour.

O- a the risk of sounding like a smartass, I find the finish is the better part of this beer. If you could somehow dismiss the sourness of this beer, I think you'd be left with something world class. Some publication put this beer as #1 beer brewed in Australia. Hmmmm. I've got 3 more of these to finish. Maybe I should have the neighbors over for a beer.

Food parings- pickled porks feet?

01-12-2012 08:16:32 | More by jjkatter
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3.2/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

02-27-2011 04:26:12 | More by lacqueredmouse
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3.3/5  rDev +9.6%

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.



01-02-2011 06:55:30 | More by LiamAhearn
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Vale Ale from McLaren Vale Beer Company
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