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
3.9/5 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
3.69/5 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
2.83/5 rDev -21.4%
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).
07-01-2013 09:32:46 | More by doktorhops
3.48/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
06-27-2013 13:35:16 | More by PolarBear3
3.46/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
05-30-2013 02:00:30 | More by soju6
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
Vale IPA from McLaren Vale Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.