Vale IPA - McLaren Vale Beer Company
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3.99/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
02-24-2014 03:03:28 | More by Manzier
3.98/5 rDev +10.6%
Clear copper colour with a billowing, off-white head. Great head retention.
Moderate floral, passionfruit aroma. Really clear and crisp. Hints of malt. Touches of mango. An excellent APA though possibly a touch light for an IPA.
More fruity hops on the palate with a very light malt backbone. Mild bitterness. Some hop resins. A brilliant APA.
Medium-light body, somewhat creamy, moderate carbonation. Good.
A delightful APA but it lacks the punch of an IPA. This is certainly the best Vale beer yet and is something I would happily drink. I'm marking this down a little for not being an IPA as billed but it is still very good.
06-18-2012 08:44:24 | More by dgilks
3.9/5 rDev +8.3%
An excellent beer, made for everyone to enjoy - very sessionable.
aroma - malty and lemon blend
Taste - A very tasty beer with low bitterness, for this style of beer, and a nice lemon and malt flavour with orange marmalade and pepper to compliment these flavours. Made for easy drinking - nice and sweet for the style.
07-16-2013 08:07:04 | More by admiral
3.83/5 rDev +6.4%
I must admit when i first saw this i was hesitant to grab but since i like the style asnd havnt tried to much from these guys i thought id give it a go anyway pours a hazy amber hue with a bubbly three finger head and lacing everywhere,the aroma really jumps out at you with smells of grapefruit,peaches,nectarines,kiwifruit,boiled candy and piney hops,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and easy to drink with tastes of grapefruit,stonefruits,blood oranges,boiled candy,some caramel malts and finished with a nice pine hop bitterness and overall what a suprise you definately cannot judge a book by its cover thats for sure and id drink it again cheers.
08-11-2012 05:09:30 | More by ADZA
3.73/5 rDev +3.6%
Pours a hazy deep copper gold. One finger fluffy white coarse head looks the part. Clingy lace.
Aromas of citrus, grapefruit/pineapple. Good blast of hops, hint of pine.
Taste is a good example of fresh beer. Not outstanding, just balanced and fresh with hops, citrus, pine, and moderate bitterness. Aimed at entry-level IPA drinkers for sure.
Mouthfeel is wonderful, with light almost spritzy carbonation.
Surprisingly good beer from these guys. Odd to note tho, the flavour 'dies' as the bottles goes down. Odd
08-05-2012 07:47:44 | More by heygeebee
3.69/5 rDev +2.5%
Bottle: standard brown 330mL bottle, semi-macro label with a touch of classic minimalism. Stylish.
Appearance: pours a slightly hazy deep copper in colour with minimal fine carbonation. A one-finger off-whiteh ead pops up and hangs about for quite a while with sporadic lacing. Looks good.
Aroma: everything is there that should be - citric and pine hops, and some sweet bread malts. The only problem that I can see is that it is a bit light compared to most AIPAs. Still nice though.
Taste: pretty much follows the nose - grapefruit citric and pine hops, with the sweet malts coming through stronger than in the aroma. A good-quality, textbook AIPA again, but also a touch on the demure side.
Aftertaste: flavours drop away pretty quickly, leaving a decent amount of bitterness.
Mouth feel: a medium body with a decent whack of carbonation. Carries the flavour well without being too 'spritzy'.
Overall: a good compromise between making the hops-forward flavour intense enough for the beer tragics whilst not overdoing it for the everyday consumer. A good beer, and certainly worth a 6-pack every now and then, at AU$65 a case (2013)
07-08-2013 11:15:17 | More by SmashPants
3.68/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
08-13-2012 08:11:50 | More by CrazyDavros
3.58/5 rDev -0.6%
330ml brown bottle purchased from Dan Murphy's in Alexandria.
Pours a surprisingly deep copper-toned amber hue, with a bubbly, and inconsistent head of off-white. This settles down remaining large-bubbled and relatively full. Minimal lacing and a very light body. Carbonation is patchy and, again, large-bubbled. Overall, it looks decent, without being very exciting.
Nose is a pleasant bouquet of hops, with a slightly unusual mixture of the citric and fruity with the earthy and dank. There's some greenness there, but also a more herbal turn to it. This mingles with some rubbed citrus peel, a suggestion of passionfruit and some grainy tones from the malt. It reminds me of the East Coast American IPAs: not the dense, buoyant fruit aromas, but more lively and sweet than the dusky, purely earthy tones of an English IPA. All up, it's actually very pleasant.
Taste is much lighter, and very much lacking bitterness for an IPA. There's a clean, slightly nutty grain character running throughout the palate, and a tingle of slightly metallic, slightly bitey citric tones around the edges of the palate. But it's very much lacking body, roundness and integration: it feels like empty, isolated characters clanging around in a large empty space. It's not a bad thing overall, but it's a much more generic and less interesting beer as a result.
Overall, this is solid enough stuff. The aroma is very pleasant, and it's clean and inoffensive on the palate. But it's also lacking real oomph: it's a very tame IPA, and one which would be much better classified an APA. But then maybe it wouldn't sell as well.
04-08-2013 07:41:37 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.55/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
06-24-2012 15:36:32 | More by mulder1010
Vale IPA from McLaren Vale Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.