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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: vancurly on 11-16-2008)
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Photo of lacqueredmouse


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
Photo of dmorgan310


3/5  rDev -0.3%

07-23-2014 08:54:40 | More by dmorgan310
Photo of tobelerone


3.25/5  rDev +8%

08-08-2013 14:20:12 | More by tobelerone
Photo of dgilks


3.53/5  rDev +17.3%

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.

10-10-2010 02:03:15 | More by dgilks
Photo of laituegonflable


3.63/5  rDev +20.6%

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.

01-13-2009 05:35:52 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of CrazyDavros


2.68/5  rDev -11%

Pours pale gold with a large fading head.
Not much of note on the nose, a fair bit of sweet clean malt with some graininess, but little in the way of hops, just a slight grassy note.
Grainy malt is more prominent on tasting, quite sweet with some grassy noble hops. Weak, boring bitterness in the finish.
Somewhat watery body, and the carbonation should be higher.

01-02-2010 09:58:21 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of ADZA


2.28/5  rDev -24.3%

I must admit i reckon when you see a beer that has a label that looks classy you get suckered in for thinking/hoping it will be as classy as it looks this is not one of these beers,it pours a very light amber hue with a fast vanishing two finger head and hardly any lacing at all,the aroma is very weak for a APA in fact one of the weakest i have encountered with a weak grainy,citrus aroma and not much else,and from the smell of this beer i must admit i wasnt too confident about its taste and i was right its a weak citrus,grain,wine based taste that lacks any substantial features to remember it by and to be quite honest is just borderlining macro swill,ive got many things to say about this brew but ill try to be short and sweet firstly it is a big let down as it does have an appealing label and doesnt look the worst when poured but it has no aroma,no mouthfeel and pretty much no taste and overall i would not buy it again and would advise this winery to stick to wine unless this beer is significantly modified or they can come up with a beer that fits the bill of an APA.

08-06-2010 14:29:26 | More by ADZA
Photo of soju6


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
Photo of pin


1.5/5  rDev -50.2%

05-27-2013 05:50:46 | More by pin
Photo of heygeebee


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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2/5  rDev -33.6%

05-01-2014 15:01:56 | More by Kroehny_Loves_Hops
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

11-16-2013 07:05:44 | More by csmartin6
Photo of LittleCreature


3.43/5  rDev +14%

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.

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

09-02-2010 08:52:07 | More by LittleCreature
Photo of KimenTshom


3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

08-10-2013 18:30:03 | More by KimenTshom
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3/5  rDev -0.3%

08-02-2013 15:54:52 | More by magpieken
Photo of Macca


3.28/5  rDev +9%

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.

11-30-2008 10:52:13 | More by Macca
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2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

01-27-2014 22:18:58 | More by Vanz
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3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

08-06-2013 10:22:02 | More by Joel12
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2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

03-07-2013 05:07:20 | More by Rwalford74
Photo of juju7


3.13/5  rDev +4%

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...

07-22-2010 08:48:40 | More by juju7
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3.25/5  rDev +8%

07-21-2014 08:47:03 | More by mrjez
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3/5  rDev -0.3%

06-16-2013 10:39:02 | More by adityashekhar
Photo of jjkatter


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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3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

05-02-2012 12:04:16 | More by hopnerd
Photo of DrNo


3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-13-2012 04:14:01 | More by DrNo
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Vale Ale from McLaren Vale Beer Company
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