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Admiral's Ale - St. Austell Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
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 jazzyjeff13
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

biboergosum, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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

joemcgrath27, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of BrazilianAussie
4/5  rDev +1.5%

BrazilianAussie, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

BlackHaddock, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of EmperorBevis
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

EmperorBevis, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +1.5%

BigBry, May 04, 2013
Photo of GreenCard
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the CAMRA Beer Club "Refreshing Spring Ales 2008" shipment...

Appearance: deep copper, great clarity, thick layer of bubble off-white foam, good head retention

Aroma: hints of grapefruit and Belgian-y hops; rich caramelly malt

Flavor: dryish malt backbone with a toasty/biscuity note; hints of strong teat and an apricot pit bitterness; finishes dry with a lingering nutty, bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, pert carbonation, slight minerally texture

Other comments: A very flavorful pale ale in the "American" style of hopping though in keeping with a nice, malty fullness. Quite scrumptious!

GreenCard, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of MarkoNm
3.01/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

MarkoNm, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of BenConnery
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The blurb on the bottle says this is "brewed to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar in 1805. It is brewed using Cornish Gold malt - locally grown barley is traditionally malted using a special kilning process which develops a deeper intensity of colour and flavour than ordinary barley malt. Blended with both Styrian Golding and Cascade hops, the result is a deep bronze ale with a delicious rich biscuit flavour and a wonderful spicy aroma."
I've included this because, unlike many marketing blurbs, this is pretty much right on the money.
It poured a lovely deep golden red (bronze even?...) WIth a decent frothy head, probably due to a little shaking on the long trip in my father in law's bag from England to Australia... It had a little more carbonation than might have been expected but it didn't detract from the mouthfeel and character of the ale.
The aromas weren't that strong I found, but the taste was a wonderful malted one. I felt this was not a hop heavy beer. The levels seemed only to complement the malts and let their flavours come through rather than dominate the beer.
Overall I found this to be a very drinkable ale with a fantastic flavour.

BenConnery, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of Sam-VW
3.27/5  rDev -17%

Sam-VW, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of leaddog
3.35/5  rDev -15%
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".

leaddog, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of StJamesGate
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

StJamesGate, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.94/5  rDev 0%
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.

Hoppsbabo, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of CINGHIALE
3/5  rDev -23.9%

CINGHIALE, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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

wordemupg, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: The wacky label and odd pinkish tint of the brew through the bottle put me off a bit, but I was assured this was a "great beer." It pours well -- crisp, clear medium-brown with light head and significant bubbles. No complaints so far.

S: Floral hops give a nice topnote to fruiter undertones. Something about this smell rings a bell, but I can't quite put my finger on it -- is it the biscuit? I don't think so. I'm lost until I read the ingredients: Cascade hops (in addition to Styrian Golding). The pine, once recognised, is unmistakeable in the nose.

T: This is way better than I expected it to be! Flavours are all mixed together -- bready, spicy, piney, hoppy, sweet. Very complex, very delicious. The hop character has a tendency to dominate overall, but perhaps that's because I'm now attuned to the Cascade hops. The aftertaste is dry, pleasant, but not overly long. After a long while there is the slightest hint of butterscotch.

M: Mmm, hoppy, dry, carbonated, delicious.

D: I wasn't lied to -- this is a great beer. One of the best I'd had in the country. Will drink again; absolutely recommended.

Notes: An interesting bit of history, this beer was brewed in 2005 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the British victory in the Battle of Trafalgar. Allegedly, the King's messenger first stopped in a St. Austell tavern on his way to London to spread the news. Regardless of the veracity, this beer is worthy of such a glorific history.

AgentMunky, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of poskok
4/5  rDev +1.5%

poskok, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of hansavijaticar
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

hansavijaticar, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of kmacphail
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my variety of beers from the CAMRA beer club winter case 2008.

A ruby brown ale with a thin off white head with a nice amount of transparency, not hazy.

The nose is of fresh smelling bitter hops along with a slightly tangy and zesty note of lemons and oranges, very refreshing scent.

A slightly sweetish initial taste followed by a bitter hoppy taste along with a hint of citrus fruit. This gave the beer a really well balanced flavour.

A medium bodied beer that proved to be extremely drinkable. An ideal drink for a hot summers day when some of your other favourites may feel a bit too heavy, very refreshing, but tasty beer, highly recommended.

kmacphail, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of lafunguspore
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

lafunguspore, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

CwrwAmByth, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of Eramen
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Eramen, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of thepeter
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber maybe copper color with a small head that had little retention. Smells of mild floural hops and caramel malt with a bit of fruitiness in the backround. The taste is very well balanced and really complex mix of flavors between the fresh floural hops the caramel bready malt, citrus and bitter crisp refreshing end. Medium bodied with crisp ample carbonation and goes down very nicely. Overall this beer is better than the sum of it's parts and just a great all around beer. Goes with food, on its own, with friends or alone.

thepeter, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of ceetee26
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

ceetee26, Sep 11, 2012
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Admiral's Ale from St. Austell Brewery
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