Strong Pale Ale - Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
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Reviews by stagger:
2.08/5 rDev -36.8%
This beer looks great off the bat - that's why I bought it, I guess. Shows you can't always judge a beer by its label (to coin a phrase).
A - beautiful cloudy golden amber. Pours nicely, with a decent fluffy head on it. Very little lacing as it goes on, however (that's why it's a 4 instead of a 4.5). Nice label, nice bottle.
S - not a lot for such a flavour-packed beer. But my smeller's busted and can't be trusted.
T - Starts off really nicely with a hit of sweet caramel malts. Then BAM! A foul, bitter, almost plastic taste gets you. And lingers. And lingers. I'm thinking about a Coors Light to wash the aftertaste of this Marston's out of my mouth. Alcohol is present, too - not really what you're looking for out of a beer that's only mildly strong.
M - The right amount of carbonation - maybe just a bit sharp - finishes with an almost slimy, sticky feel. Almost unpleasant, but not as unpleasant as the taste.
D - I didn't have to pour it down the sink, but I'm not heading back to the store for another one, either.
03-26-2009 23:09:18 | More by stagger
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3.28/5 rDev -0.3%
Appearance: 500ml bottle. clear, amber pour with a medium, white head. minimal lacing.
Smell: quite bland actually. a hint of maltiness and mild hops but overall, the nose is very subtle, almost to a fault.
Taste: Generous maltiness up front. light hop bitterness with a dry-malty body. light fruitiness and a touch of caramel that bends towards a sweeter, but still dry, finish. a strange metallic flavour at the back of my tongue on the finish as well.
Mouthfeel: big and rich. creamy & lively body. dryies out towards the finish.
Drinkablilty: very enjoyable beer. this could be had on a daily basis even if it's not my favorite pale ale.
08-05-2003 17:26:33 | More by Popsinc
United Kingdom (England)
2.85/5 rDev -13.4%
A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of Dec 2011.
Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A hazy orange-amber hue with medium carbonation and evidence of bottle conditioning. Forms a small head of white foam that disappears rapidly. Aroma of fruity yeast esters underpinned by stewed hops and a hint of roasted malt. Notes of bananas and diacetyl.
Tastes of yeast esters and malt with a stewed hop bitterness. Slightly sweet and dry. Notes of bananas, fruity yeast and stewed hops. A harsh, faintly solvent-like finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, but a bit watery. Pretty astringent; leaves the palate dry. Aftertaste of bitter yeasty notes.
A fairly average strong ale. Very yeasty and slightly sweet, but lacking in malt flavours and aroma. I guess I'd expect the style to have a darker and more distinct malt character. No aromatic hops, and the bitterness is dry and harsh. There are certainly better beers out there - give it a miss.
12-20-2011 00:32:50 | More by jazzyjeff13
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.58/5 rDev +8.8%
Pours a medium copper, exceptionally clear and with obvious effervescent carbonation rising in abundance. A fairly bright white head that builds to about two fingers before subsiding gradually to a nice, thick covering on the surface of the beer which leaves decent lacing. Smell is just a touch off, caramel obvious and a bit of butter. Slight hops, a bit of light fruits. Taste is fuller, lots of malts with some noticeable alcohol. Slight hop bitterness, nothing to write home about. Mouthfeel is very well carbonated, full bodied and very pleasing. Drinkability is quite good. Pretty average, but they need to lose the clear bottles.
12-17-2006 08:18:36 | More by Mandrake
3.95/5 rDev +20.1%
A- This comes out of a strong masculine looking bottle. The color is a very nice golden amber, and it is somewhat hazy due to some yeasty sediment. It pours with a fizzy small head that quickly disappears. It looks to have a fairly heavy carbonation. It also looks to have a lighter body. The lacing is pretty mute.
S- Nicely balanced aroma, with some sweet malts. There's caramel, yeast, and a mild buttered bread aromas. The back end of the aromas include some fruity notes as well as some moderate hop bitterness.
T- Again, very balanced, with a primary flavor of sweet malt that reminds me of caramel, with a bit of a less sweet molasses flavor. There is more of the fruitiness carried onto the palate, finishing up with some moderate floral and hop bitterness. Quite nice!
M- The body is a little on the light side for an English Ale I find. The carbonation is relatively heavy but provides a refreshing zing on the palate. Once the carbonation bursts on the palate, the brew is quite smooth and gives off the impression of a great after dinner drink!
D- If this was available on tap, I'd be ordering this often. I can see myself drinking this as a nice session beer. The alcohol is well hidden, it's refreshing, flavorful and is easy to drink. Would go excellent with pub food. I recommend trying this one out.
11-06-2009 03:36:25 | More by ChrisCage
2.93/5 rDev -10.9%
Came in a 500 ml clear bottle, best before date stamped on the back label (30 May 05). The use of black and orange on the label makes me think of Halloween, perhaps pumpkin beer.
Pours out thin, a clear medium copper hue with minimal head. Metallic grains hit the nose first, some caramel malt surfacing behind them, and then some herbal hops behind that. Curious combination of boozy sweet malt accompanied by a dry husky texture on the initial flavour, where it flattens out to a smoother boozy sweetness in the middle and finish, and the hops make a tardy appearance well into the aftertaste. Not much of a balancing act going on. The mouthfeel is average, a bit watery for a 6.2% abv ale. After half of a glass it is not sitting very well with me. A pass on this one next time.
07-24-2004 20:56:45 | More by IronDjinn
United Kingdom (England)
3.38/5 rDev +2.7%
Clear 500ml bottle, whoever retired this beer forgot to tell the brewery because this one is fresh and is best before 31st August 2008.
Poured into a pint sleeve glass, it is a true Pale Ale colour, which I consider to be a light terracotta reddy orangey thingy type blend of shades. On top sat a small white foam head, sadly it left a bit quick to leave a collar and a wisp of not much. Pity because the body was as clear as a Shropshire Spring Evening.
The aroma was nothing special, some hops and yeast mixed in with the normal barley smells you would expect. A little hint of toffee and caramel sweetness, but I had to sniff really deep to pick anything up.
Hops dominate the taste, it is refreshing and quite sharp, the alcohol is almost too much in the taste, but it smooths out as the the beer warms up in the mouth. The beer grew on me as I drank it, maybe I started off with it to cold.
Not a bad drink at all, but not something I'll be impressing any friends with. I have a feeling the 6.2% might come back to hurt me later.
02-15-2008 21:46:27 | More by BlackHaddock
3.85/5 rDev +17%
Drank from my Bombardier pint glass
A - Pours a nice Golden Copper colour that is clear and has a white head that reduces to a film.
S - Nice yeasty aromas and a little biscuit.
T - Plenty of sweet malts up front and a little caramel. A nice amount of citus fruit and biscuit present.No hint of booze despit its strength.
M - Medium body and carbonation that is very well balanced. This is a smmoth drop.
D - I'm not sure this beer is categorized correctly. To me it's a very good quality EPA, Whatever it is this beer is a very solid brew.
02-19-2011 15:59:39 | More by eric5bellies
3.13/5 rDev -4.9%
First thing that becomes apparent here is the strong skunky odour eminating from the glass...then things do improve. colour is medium amber with a high glass ring and some island lace.
Carbonation is limited and the body is full.
The taste has a floral sweetness and does not linger.
A nice product once you get past Pepe La Pew..(sp)
03-20-2003 15:54:26 | More by Shiloh
United Kingdom (England)
3.1/5 rDev -5.8%
Pours amber body with very flimsy quickly disappearing white head.
Big citrus hops on the nose, hints of caramel and a faint aroma of pewter.
No mistaking the strength very boozy. Brown sugar and ethanol tastes rule. Glimpsing citrus and toffee tastes all crushed by alcohol which at least keep it bitter and tart.
Thick chewy mouthfeel, quaffable? No Way!
Enjoyable but huge booziness.
07-12-2012 18:54:42 | More by EmperorBevis
2.28/5 rDev -30.7%
Appearance: light brown with gold highlights, good clarity, thinnish layer of off-white bubbles on hard pour but quickly dissipates to a thin cap
Aroma: under a skunky and cardboardy nastiness: caramel, malt, and a touch of sweet apples and rust
Flavor: a dry malt backbone followed by a combined hop bitterness and vegetal flavor, somewhat vinous fruit notes, faint yeast twinge, finishes dry with a vegetal aftertaste
Mouthfeel: medium body, powdery feel, pert carbonation, touch of alcohol warmth
Other comments: A bit of a let-down after the last beer I reviewed (Fuller's Golden Promise) and the skunkiness didn't help its case. Clear bottles are inexcusable!
03-26-2005 11:32:31 | More by GreenCard
3.2/5 rDev -2.7%
A: Very nice color, an amber tone with a big head that seems creamy with small bubbles that leaves some traces on the glass, the carbonation is constant and well distributed all over the beer.
S: The aroma is good with the normal sweetness of a pale ale maybe a little too much alcohol can be sensed the base are still malts and hops.
T: The tasting is not really impressive even it is a well done beer the flavor is a little simple just malts and hops.
M: The ending is the best part because it last really long it is very bitter at the end and can be felt in the back part of the mouth.
05-23-2011 01:17:33 | More by karait95
3.38/5 rDev +2.7%
Bottle into Erdinger pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. I second Charlatan's sentiment (expressed in his review) that this beer is miscategorized - it is best described as a strong pale ale rather than a pale take on a strong ale.
A: Pours a light gold with three finger head of moderate thickness.
Sm: Fresh scent of barley and yeast. Standard fare.
T: Sweet cream open. Well built and balanced body. Clean finish. Very crisp towards the end. Hides its 6.2% ABV quite well.
Mf: About as smooth as it needs to be. Adequately dry at the climax, but a bit too wet throughout.
Dr: It hides its alcohol well, and if I were a fan of the style, I'd have another. It's not horribly ambitious, but what it tries to do it does well.
12-16-2010 20:35:33 | More by kojevergas
3.25/5 rDev -1.2%
500 ml bottle pours nicely into my 300 ml "pint" glass. Minimal head leads to some lacing in glass. Nice dark golden colour. Smell is not overly assaulting to the senses. I was hoping for more piney citrusy sensation. Taste is average, once again, not as hoppy as anticipated, just a mild sensation of hops, very mild malts and some alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Drinkability is fine-certainly more desirable to an American macrobeer from the big three. I would try again but there are other strong pale ales that would end up in my cart first.
10-27-2010 17:37:04 | More by jhtipton
3.53/5 rDev +7.3%
50 cl. bottle. Pretty copper colour. Not much foam, and fades very quickly. The usual sulphur limestone aroma, that can be found later in the mouth too, with a hint of citrus and fruits. Medium to light body. Taste, besides the sulphur, is fruity, pine, some honey and a bit of cookies.
10-01-2006 20:11:55 | More by janubio
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.55/5 rDev +7.9%
500ml clear bottle
Pours with a dark amber body, almost manderin in hue. Head forms but disappears soon after, not greta retention.
Smell is whiffy, very strong prominance of alcohol, hoppy, some hint of esters also
Taste is dry and hoppy, a sharp alcohol tinge is left in the palette, goes down very easily though
A fairly good ale
04-25-2004 14:35:01 | More by cypressbob
4.78/5 rDev +45.3%
Obtained in Ontario by one of my beer spies. Thanks Dig.
Beautiful, pungent yet polished aromas that feature curls of hop-steeped tea over stained mahogany and walnut. Tight, solid and baked to a glossy sheen like egg-glazed brioche.
The texture is quite creamy as it paints the inside of my mouth with flavors of caramel, butterscotch and fertile, loamy earth. The delicate gas presence contributes to the illusion that this is from mid-cask. Think: whisk-thickened whole cream.
It is immensely, tooth-hurtingly sweet and also solidly bitter. Bitter both from boiled resin and charred carbon-based molecules.
Pleasant, manly beer here.
07-16-2003 02:35:33 | More by putnam
2.88/5 rDev -12.5%
500ml Bottle sampled from a Guinness glass. Pours with amber clear colour with no significant head retention. There is a malty, sour mash nose with almost metallic notes. The taste comes on slow with the 3M attack: malt, (sour) mash, and hints of maple. Developing into roasted malt, with a slight astringency, and a smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel. The aftertaste is again in the sour malt/mash vein, which is quite nice for a while but evolves into bitterness after not too long. Overall its not bad and has reasonable drinkability but sadly enough, I wouldnt put it much above something like Kokanee Gold. I suppose this ones just not for me.
10-05-2004 17:54:51 | More by LaSalle
Strong Pale Ale from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
77 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.