Whitbread Pale Ale - Whitbread PLC
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Reviews by CRJMellor:
4/5 rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Pours dark brown with red highlights. Bid three-fingered head fades unevenly leaving moderate lace on the pint.
Aroma is very malty, deeper color malts for the style. Caramel and toffee seem to be most dominant.
Flavor is deep and dark for a pale ale, caramel falvors balanced with a nice moderately hopped finish.
Mouthfeel is very solid, not too sweet, not too bitter. Better balance than I expected.
Drinakability is very high, good definitely get through a night of this in the pub. Like to taste this cask-conditioned.
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2004 02:19:55 | More by CRJMellor
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2.53/5 rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-25-2013 19:58:47 | More by ThisWangsChung
Whitbread Pale Ale from Whitbread PLC
77 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.