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Vale Ale - McLaren Vale Beer Company

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BA SCORE
73
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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 17.11%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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 jjkatter
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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?

jjkatter, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of LiamAhearn
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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

LiamAhearn, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of dgilks
3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

dgilks, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of LittleCreature
3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

LittleCreature, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of ADZA
2.28/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

ADZA, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of juju7
3.13/5  rDev +3%
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...

juju7, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of SleepyMonk
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Striking golden amber body with a light touch of cloudy haze. Effervescent two finger head that falls away with light lacing finishing to a thin layer.

Sweet fruit odors bond with sticky hops to form the focus of the aroma, in particular citrus, green apple and mild passionfruit.

Taste is softly balanced and hops driven, there are no overly bold or aggressive flavors. There is a bitter finish, once again though, that sensation is a little dull which lends itself well to the smoothness that goes toward defining this ale.

Medium bodied with a moderate degree of carbonation, it is refreshing up front with an easy finish. Vale Ale doesn't carry any significant taste characteristics however the smooth and mellow texture of this beer is its strongest feature.

SleepyMonk, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

CrazyDavros, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of laituegonflable
3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

laituegonflable, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of Macca
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Macca, Nov 30, 2008
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Vale Ale from McLaren Vale Beer Company
73 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.