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Vale IPA - McLaren Vale Beer Company

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BA SCORE
82
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19 Reviews
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Reviews: 19
Hads: 48
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 6.13%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
McLaren Vale Beer Company visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MrKennedy on 06-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by doktorhops:
Photo of doktorhops
2.87/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Another Aussie brewers take on the holiest of holy American beer styles - the India Pale Ale. Now McLaren Vale is renown for its wine so it is interesting for craft brewers to set up shop there, especially as brewing beer is less tied down by the region it is made in - with brewing ingredients like hops, barley and yeast being easier to transport than grapes.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Cloudy deep amber body, hints of copper, with a frothy white head that leaves a sticky lace around the glass.

S: Strong caramel malts mixed with buttery Diacetyl and burnt sugar. The hop aroma is distant and earthy. The Diacetyl on this is like nothing I've ever smelt - it's a full on butterscotch party here.

T: Flavour is interesting, not sure if I like it, very much like those cough lollies "Butter Menthol" it is primarily a mix of butter and menthol. Caramel malts and earthy, medicinal hops are in the background but they never really come to fore. Finish is medicinal bitter, along with the after taste.

M: Mid to light body, medium carbonation, likely the best aspect of this brew for me.

D: Hmmm, I had a quick look at other reviews and they describe a completely different flavour profile to me. Perhaps I got a 'skunked' beer, it was reduced to clear and half price after all. Taking this into account I may have to re-review it in future, however as it stands the beer I'm drinking now is not good at all, I thought I would like a Diacetyl-bomb but in combination with the menthol taste and the medicinal bitterness it is a no go for me.

Food match: With food this one is a total miss, however it is good on the sore throat I'm experiencing now (I'm in the early stage of a flu at this moment). (1,726 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of goodbeerallday
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: light musky brown/orange tinge, small layer of head about 1 1/2cm with off white appearance.

S: to be honest im not getting a huge aroma in any way off this beer.

T: the taste for me is quite good, bitter in the front pallet but diminishes as it moves to mid then back, although at the end i got a little more bite. im almost getting hints of pineapple in this and and passion fruit is predominant.

M: carbonation is quite strong and the bittering puts a bit of a tingle around your mouth at first but the beer has a creamy feel and goes down quite pleasantly.

O: i quite enjoyed this beer. very sessionable but a nicer scent would have really made it something quite nice. (684 characters)

Photo of Manzier
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark coppery, light reddish. Medium carbonation with a small but lingering self sustaining head. Which is a good sign of an IPA or high hopped beer.

S - Spicy and Fruity hop aroma. Fairly strong. Maybe a little bit of resin aswell. A small amount of malt sweetness on the nose as well.

T - Fairly malty. Crisp finish with good bitterness that lingers. Very refreshing taste. No hint of alcohol. Actually it is very malty but is well balanced with the bitterness. Very enjoyable. Resiny hop aftertaste with the bitterness

M - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. The resiny hops provide a good mouth-feel.

O - A solid IPA that I am definitly a fan of. This is the first time i've tried it while writing the review and I'd recommend it. Well balanced and can easily drink a few of these in a row. (803 characters)

Photo of Vanz
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of MrKennedy
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

425ml glass purchased from the Australian Hotel, The Rocks.

Poured with a centimetre of white foam that turns to film within a minute without agitation. It is a murky looking, orange coloured brew with a touch of amber.

Initial smell is quite pronounced, tropical fruit, passionfruit mostly. Dies down after that.

Fruit tasting early, passionfruit being the most noticeable. Not a lot happening after the initial flavour hit.

Everything seems early with this, bitterness too. Some carries over mid palate but doesn't really hit you with any back end bitterness that a US style IPA should. Seems more US APA in this regard.

Overall it is a tame US style IPA. Playing it pretty safe. Maybe it is the IPA to transition people across. Could be, but I wouldn't bank on it. (782 characters)

Photo of Andrewziggy
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

grapefruit citric and pine hops, with the sweet malts coming through (68 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a large head.
Nose shows some tropical fruit along with grapefruit. A fair bit of peach too. Some clean malt underneath.
Similar flavours; some tropical fruit and a bit of caramel malt.
Carbonation is too high.
Good to see Vale do a good beer. (265 characters)

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Rwalford74
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of JGZ
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of JKCooper
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mulder1010
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a dark, hazy orange amber color. Half finger of off white head, when swirled got a good, thick two finger head. Held up well at the one finger mark. Noticeable ABV legs for a 5.5% hopbomb. :) Pretty nice looking actually.

S-- Galaxy hops. 'Nuff said. Lots of pineapple and passion fruit. Quite tropical fruit sweet nose. Good malt backbone nose also. In all honesty this borders more on the APA side but a good nose.

T-- Kind of old, stale pungent orange. Somewhat soapy also. A bit thin and watery to start but does pick up a fair bit. Wonder how fresh this is/was. A bit earthy as get tree bark and other things like that. Touches of lemon come into play at the finish of the taste. Grows on me a bit.

M-- Medium carbonation and medium heavy earthy feel. A bit like the Dundee IPA in the feel. Malt is pretty heavy and a lot of lemon citrus in the mid and back. Finishes with tropical fruit and pungent orange finish that cleans up to bright citrus.

O-- Overall not bad. Just flashes of the US aromatics and touches of English in the taste and feel. Interesting blend really. More on the border of a APA than an IPA but not all that bad and a big pick up from the other Vale offerings. Not as good as US counterparts but on par or better than a lot of Aussie IPA's on the market. (1,328 characters)

Photo of dking1525
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Teddy-Pickles
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of soju6
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark copper color with a fair head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of pine with some caramel sweetness and bit of grain.

T: Taste has some pine with bit of citrus, caramel sweetness and a trace of grain. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, crisp and quite smooth.

O: Nice IPA, nothing fancy. (332 characters)

Photo of hartstarter
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of magpieken
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of mungus
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of MenInVen
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of mrjez
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of CaptainHungry
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of PolarBear3
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A -Pours a darkish copper/honey colour with a frothy head the dissipates fairly quickly leaving a thin film

S - Citrus and floral like aromas including passionfruit, honey and some caramel.

T - passionfruit very prominent with some peach, mango and lemon giving a mild bitterness at the finish that I reckon balances fairly well.

M - Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation

O - Didn't mind this beer at all. Good balance of hops and light malts with a little bitterness to finish. (491 characters)

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Vale IPA from McLaren Vale Beer Company
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