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Balmain Original Pale Ale - Balmain Brewing Company

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76
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14 Ratings
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Ratings: 14
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3
pDev: 17.67%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Balmain Brewing Company visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dgilks on 10-15-2010)
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Reviews by PolarBear3:
Photo of PolarBear3
2.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a honey colour with a small off white head that disappears quickly to a thin film with little or no lacing

S - Very faint aromas including a hint of sweet caramel malts and slight citrus notes

T - More in the taste with the sweet caramel/toffee along with earthy, grainy citrus hops including lemon juice and a hint of spice together with a slight bitter finish.

M - Light to Medium bodied and medium carbonation

O - A fairly boring Pale Ale that really lacks in full flavour, although I do like the mild bitterness at the finish

More User Reviews:
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a fading head.
A fair bit of sweet malt and caramel on the nose along with a faint stale notes and some herbal and earthy hops.
Quite malty flavours too. Some of the stale character transfers through though.
Could use more carbonation.

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of mulder1010
2.13/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

330 ML poured into a globe

A-- Poured a hazy, amber orange color. One finger off white head. Holds up pretty well before going to film. Looks not that bad.

S-- Quite sweet. Sweet Carmel biscuit and lemon zest. More like a lemon tart with Carmel. Lemon smells somewhat artificial.

T-- Earthy, malty, very grainy and somewhat metallic. Lemon is really muted by a odd metallic taste.

M-- Medium carbonation and medium feel. Somewhat of a soapy feel to this. Still very earthy and grainy. Feels heavier for the ABV. Sweet lemon citrus finish to this.

O-- Another of the long line of very average Pale Ales being made here. Taste of this just does not work as over malted and tastes and feels artificial in a lot of ways. Probably better on tap but this is bottle. One and done.

Photo of Hyperionecta
3.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of soju6
3.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice dark copper color with a decent head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt with some caramel sweetness and a bit of hopss in the background.

T: Taste of roasted malt, caramel sweetness and some grain. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Moderate body, smooth and somewhat refreshing, but a bit bland.

O: Decent drinker, not bad for the style.

Photo of magpieken
2.25/5  rDev -25%

Photo of djbx
2.25/5  rDev -25%

Photo of CaptainHungry
3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of dansmcd
2.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - pours a clear mid amber, some fleeting wispy head and no lace.

S - sugary sweet malt, honey, lemon juice, not the worst.

T - artificial honey and caramel flavours dominate, accompanied by some nutmeg but actually less tasty than it sounds.

S - medium carbonation, moderate body, slightly syrupy as it warms.

O - pass on this.

Photo of SmashPants
3.59/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Format: a 330mL brown bottle with a macro label slightly better than usual.

Appearance: pours a slightly darker clear amber with a nice finger of white head, that dissipates a little too quickly. Sporadic lacing.

Aroma: some light citrus and grass hops with biscuit malts behind. Refreshing.

Taste: a very refreshing combination of those light citrus notes on the nose along with caramels and those biscuit malts again.

Aftertaste: still lovely, and lasts a long time. Caramel fades but still remains smooth

Mouth feel: the body is light with not quite as much carbonation as I was expecting. A bit more carbonation might have carried the flavours through even better.

Overall: a very nice beer, great sessional and very refreshing on a hot day. A lot of people rag on it for not being a 'true American Pale Ale' because it has even a modicum of sweetness - I say phooey to them. This is a good beer - not quite sure its worth the AU$70 a case, but a 6pack will be worth it every now and then.

Photo of chogm54
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of dgilks
3.25/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Flat, slightly grainy aroma with light citrus hops. A fairly laid back APA.

Clear, amber colour with a small white head.

Grainy malt hits the palate followed by mild citrus hops. A bit astringent and sweet. Below average for a "craft" beer.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation.

Not really the best APA. It's a bit too sweet and the astringency isn't good.

Balmain Original Pale Ale from Balmain Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.