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Admiral's Ale - St. Austell Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 8
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
St. Austell Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BenConnery on 09-25-2005)
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Photo of Mlkluther
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a red amber with a quickly dissipating head. Nose is fruity and hoppy. Taste is smooth with a hoppy finish. Great beer and refreshing.

Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

A: Dark copper filtered with no carbonation and a finger of beige head.


S: Toffee, dark taffy, hard water, light floral.


T: Taffy, toffee, caramel, malty and light with very little bitterness on the finish.


M: Medium light body, little carbonation, light smooth finish.


O: A fine English ale. Got at Central Festival, Chiang Mai, drank Nov 22, 2014.

Photo of Sam-VW
3.27/5  rDev -16.8%

Photo of Eramen
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of poskok
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Tivlavrie
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2014. Picked up a while back from a supermarket. Brewed to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Nelson's victory at Trafalgar, and winner of several awards.

Poured into a straight pint glass. Bottle conditioned. A rich, hazy coppery-orange hue with fine sediment and light carbonation. Yields a decent head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, biscuity grain, unusually floral hops, grass/hay and fruity ale yeast. Possesses a hint of something not unlike violets - most odd.

Tastes of caramel malt and floral hops, with a dry, lingering finish. Notes of caramel, subtle biscuity malt, floral hops, faint citrus, grass/hay, fruity ale yeast and stewed hops. A twinge of harsh cardboard/herbs in the background. Slightly sweet, followed by a mild, leafy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with effervescent carbonation and good body. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of sweet caramel, leafy hops and dry, earthy yeast.

Pretty good if not amazing. Looks rather nice, while the aroma and flavour have a well-judged blend of sweet caramel, earthy yeast and aromatic hops. Good body, if a little over-carbed. My overall impression is that this bottle is a tad old, where the yeast has overdeveloped and the aromatic hop character has undergone a degree of fade. The result is an emphasis on some odd flavours, like the floral notes. Drinkable enough but I should probably re-review a fresh one when I get the chance. Worth sampling if you see it.

Photo of MarkoNm
3.01/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a dark red (somewhat towards brown) color and a mild/weak head. The aroma is very gentle and pleasant thanks to the citrusy hops. The taste is not too strong, although still straightforward, bitter with some roasted feel. A nice brew altogether.

Photo of BrazilianAussie
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber.

S: Fudge. Fruity hops.

T: Floral, honey-like hops. A bit of woody spice. Not so much fruit, more flowers than anything. Has some sweetness but it's very well blended in. Not particularly bitter. Has a tarty, bittersweet snappiness. Some caramel in there. Tiny but of lacquer. Floral bitter aftertaste.

O: A nice session beer. American in character but flavours aren't quite so loud.

Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of lafunguspore
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned 500ml's, poured carefully into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on 2 Nov 2012 @ home some 5 months before it's best before date of 30 Mar 2013.

Toffee apple/copper body with a thin white head.

Mixed bag of flavours in the nose and taste: malts foremost but with floral and citrus hop notes behind the biscuity light maltiness that just wins the battle for dominance.

Nice blend, semi-sweet overal but with enough hop presence to keep the beer in check and give it a mini-bitterness towards the end of each gulp.

Photo of CINGHIALE
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of ceetee26
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of DLS168
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - slightly hazy copper, thumb of off white head retained well leaving consistent lacing as it receded
S - citrus and pine with a caramel background, light perfume late along with a mineral quality
T - pine, herbal, and light perfume hops, caramel and grainy malt
M - lightish body, a little prickly with a mild bitter finish
O - this is definitely an English brew, haven't had much of this particular style but it is definitely tasty, wouldn't be my regular cup of tea but a nice change and definitely worth a try

Photo of leaddog
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear copper hue with a 1/2 finger width of foamy head.

Smell - Grains and malts, floral hoppy notes, hint of citrus.

Taste - Slightly bitter flavour with the taste of grains and barley malts. Tiny hint of lemony citrus.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium bodied with light carbonation. A tad on the thin side.

Overall - A respectable ale by St. Austell. I liked the hint of citrus flavours (nice lingering in the aftertaste), as well as the floral notes in both aroma and taste. Could use some improvement in the mouthfeel. Perhaps it is because the bottle says "Best Before February 2012".

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker shade of ruby rich mahogany brown with red edges decent enough white head.

Quite sweet on the nose with a bit of a dark theme running through plums and brown sugar.

Rich and sweet the tastes starts with molasses and before the sugar sweet hit the hops warm up and take over the bottle conditioning has worked perfectly any yeast tastes compliment rather than dictate.

Slightly thin on the mouthfeel but only just good carbonation makes a tasty little treat

This is the port you want to pull into.

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Best before Feb 2012. "I see no ships" - ok, Col. Klink...uh, I mean 'Admiral'.

This beer pours a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with one fat finger of bubbly, foamy, and somewhat creamy ecru head, which leaves some streaky wave crest lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of toasted bready, crackery, and biscuity (Britishy!) malt, a bit of tight citrus rind bitterness, fruity yeast, and sassy leafy, sweetly floral hops. The taste is more toasted biscuity caramel malt, a bit of fleshy drupe fruitiness, and leafy, somewhat herbal, and mostly floral noble (Bri)tannic hops.

The carbonation is quite sedate, but simmering under there somewhere is a wannabe frothiness, the body a laid-back medium weight, and rather smooth, with a tint of airy creaminess. It finishes sweetly malty, to be sure, but with a nice lingering, if not quite balancing, fruity and herbal hoppiness.

A well-rendered EPA, flavourful and enjoyable for simply what it is, and not for what it isn't. Though we only get these kind of dear single bottles in my local liquor jurisdiction, this is an ale that I would be happy to re-up with on tap at a village pub, were that the option.

Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into tulip 18/9/11

A clear dark copper with thousands of tiny particles being moved around by plenty of bubbles, thumbs width of foam fell quickly and left no lace

S some apple juice, caramel, and a little earthy hops

T not far from the smell but with a little herbal tea and some plum perhaps

M medium bodied with a silky entry and then the bubbles cream it up a bit, a mellow but long lasting herbal aftertaste helps its cause

O pretty solid with lots of flavor in a beer that wont knock you on your ass

worth a try for sure, would make a good session beer but at 7$ a bottle it could be an expensive session

Photo of StJamesGate
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honeyed amber with fresh cream-coloured lumpy white head. Nose is surprisingly Creamsicle orange with honey granola underneath.
Big juicy citrus jam with wholemeal biscuits underneath and more orange in the hops with some underlying cardamon spiciness.
Candied orange peel finish and gingerbread linger. Soft, round, medium, some sticky chew.

Late Cascade explains the tasty nose, Styrian Goldings the spice. Citrus bomb from end to end, orange all over the place, with just enough biscuit and spice to mark it as English. The perfect US-UK hyrbrid and an insanely tasty, compulsively drinkable beer.

Deservingly multiple Champion beer.

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Samuel Smiths pint glass.

Appears a rich copper colour with a lively brownish head that quickly eases and settles down.

Smells of hops mostly, with some alcohol too.

Tastes of hops and malts, quite good, very complex, alcohol too.

Photo of fullsweep
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

St. Austell brews another hit!

A: Great copper/mahogany colour (brown with red and orange hues)

S: Very complex here: rustic, old, fruity, floral, malty all in one!

T: I haven't had a better tasting pale ale in a long time (if ever!)--very palatable! The fruity sweetness is dominant, though I have a tough time placing the specificity--maybe cherries (but not at all like a kriek). There is a mild bitterness on the finish that balances out the flavours. This is by no means an overpoweringly sweet beer, but very nice in every way!

M: like St. Austell's Proper Job, this one is also surprisingly carbonated in the mouth, but with the flavor combinations in the Admiral's Ale, it's brilliant!

O: Very excellent beer! I've found a new go-to beer.

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Admiral's Ale from St. Austell Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.