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Whitbread Pale Ale - Whitbread PLC

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Whitbread Pale AleWhitbread Pale Ale

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282 Ratings

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Ratings: 282
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Whitbread PLC
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-25-2001

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I have no idea how old this bottle is, but when in Rome...12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a dark ruby color that's in no way pale. About one finger of off-white colored head is formed, only to fade away quickly due to poor retention. No real lace.

S: Wow, this is VERY sweet. Tons of dark fruits inhabit the aroma, with only a hint of oxidation to break up the monotony. Honestly, it's a pleasant nose, just not that complex. If the bottle didn't say "pale ale", I'd wonder if it were an old ale instead (it's certainly old in more ways than one...)

T: It tastes dangerously similar to prune juice - cripes, this is sweet. There is some mild oxidation, but nothing too horrible. The finish is a combination of chocolate and mineral water. Some decent qualities exist, but the whole package just seems...off.

M: Despite the sweetness, the dry finish is honestly kind of unpleasant, which says nothing about how unfitting the sweet and dry get along on the palate. Carbonation is almost nonexistent.

O: A truly great beer can stand the test of time (unless they're hoppy, natch), and this hasn't. If you still see this at your Neighborhood Liquor Store™ and you're considering picking this up, don't do it! Get something else instead.

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Whitbread Pale Ale from Whitbread PLC
77 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.