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Admiral's Ale - St. Austell Brewery

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Admiral's AleAdmiral's Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | 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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Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 00:10:24 | More by jazzyjeff13
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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.

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3.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

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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

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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
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".

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United Kingdom (England)

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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.

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4/5  rDev +1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1%
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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

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Honeyed amber with fresh cream-coloured lumpy white head. Nose is surprisingly Creamsicle orange with honey granola underneath.
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Candied orange peel finish and gingerbread linger. Soft, round, medium, some sticky chew.

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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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07-05-2011 12:03:24 | More by CwrwAmByth
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fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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03-18-2011 21:39:56 | More by thepeter
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AgentMunky

California

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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cyanidesid

United Kingdom (England)

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I expected by the smell this beer to be hoppier than it is but its the malt that comes through. Rich, ruby ale that is well worth trying a bottle or two. I like the St Austell beers and this one is a belter.
Its gone down a little too easily really so I`ll slow down on the next one.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 19:26:49 | More by cyanidesid
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Admiral's Ale from St. Austell Brewery
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