Malka Pale Ale - Malka Brewery
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3.64/5 rDev +20.9%
330ml bottle. A bottle-conditioned pale ale - ok. Can't say much about that, as I've never had beer made in Israel, until now, though it still sucks to lose a precious ounce or so to the countertop. Cool bottle cap too - a crude crown (hah) that sort of evokes associations with early Calvin and Hobbes drawings.
This beer pours a hazy, medium ruddy amber hue, with two fingers of fizzy, foamy, and ultimately creamy eggshell white head, which leaves a bit of ruined arch lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly sinks out of sight.
It smells of somewhat sour orchard fruit, subdued caramel malt, mildly astringent yeast, and edgy leafy, weedy hops. The taste is gritty, somewhat biscuity caramel malt, a semi-sweet drupe fruitiness, some middling earthy yeast, and leafy, floral, and lightly perfumed hops.
The carbonation is low-key, and just a tad frothy, the body a perfunctory medium weight, and more or less smooth, maybe a bit tacky at the same rate. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt, lingering fruitiness, and underwhelming hops all leaning as such.
A so-so pale ale, no off-flavours, sure, but kind of understated in everything it does. The bottle conditioning adds little beyond some lingering yeast notes, and an unpleasant opening experience. Cool to try for the country of origin, but just above average all on its own.
09-15-2013 04:59:44 | More by biboergosum
3.6/5 rDev +19.6%
Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of citrus hops, citrus, sweet malt, and slight pale malt. More aptly an American Pale Ale, than an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, grapes, yeast, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, refreshing, well blended, citrusy, but more an APA than an EPA.
05-12-2014 16:05:00 | More by Tone
2.75/5 rDev -8.6%
Pours coppery amber, a bit dark for a pale ale. More unsettling is the huge pillar of foam on top of the beer- this doesn't bode well, and this beer was just recently added by my local beer store, so I know it hasn't been sitting on the shelf forever. Smells biscuity and too sweet, very little hop aroma. The taste is a bit soapy- it has some hop bitterness no start, but then slides into a sweet, slick graininess. If I lived in Israel and this were super fresh, I'd drink it . As I don't, this is a one-time novelty.
06-22-2014 18:01:34 | More by Georgiabeer
2.18/5 rDev -27.6%
Pours a cloudy, dark golden orange color with dark apricot colored edges and a thin off-white head that immediately disappears. Not very pale. Almost brown really with minimal spots of lace.
Slightly earthy, floral hop aroma with somewhat stale grassy, saaz-like hops and a strong malt backbone. Subtle pine needle and spruce tip character along with leathery and sweet malt notes. Some caramel, toffee and dark fruit notes, notably fig and plum. Smells more like a bland hoppy barleywine at this point.
On the lighter end of medium body with a dry, resinous hop character up front that provides sticky bitterness that lingers over the strong malt backbone into the finish. Slightly spicy and earthy with dirty/soily hops, grass and spruce tip followed by leathery malt, toffee and caramel sweetness. Hop flavor is a bit stale and the flavor and mouthfeel sort just fall off mid-palate. Watery and bland in the finish and doesn't really resemble a pale ale at all in my opinion. Disappointing first beer from Israel and this brewery. Hopefully the blonde and dry stout are better.
10-14-2013 03:19:30 | More by corby112
2.7/5 rDev -10.3%
Appearance: From the bottle pours a light amber-hued body, lightly hazed, with a near white head.
Smell: Hmm. Smells a bit like sweet Southern iced-tea with a bit of 'off' fruit and spice and something mysteriously unsavory thrown in. It's not at all what you'd expect from just a basic ale. If this were the trailer for a movie, this is where the cliché record needle scratch would fall. Say whaaaa?
Taste: Standard-issue pale malts, slightly over-steeped tea leaf. Eyebrow raising hints of plastic, pewter. Heavy floral pop. Is that ginger? A taste that's all over the place and landing no where that's pleasing. Drying, phenolically spicy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: While Ahmadinejad's quote that Israel should be "wiped off the map" was rather terrible and blasphemous, is it wrong of me to say this Israeli beer should "poured down the drain"?
05-10-2014 15:39:38 | More by ChainGangGuy
Malka Pale Ale from Malka Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.