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Whitbread Pale Ale - Whitbread PLC

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BA SCORE
77
okay

279 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Whitbread PLC
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-25-2001)
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Reviews by kinger:
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kinger

Ohio

2.58/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

After reading the label and looking here I confirmed my initial suspician that this "English Pale Ale" had not been brewed in the mother country. What tipped me off initially was the fancy screw off cap which screamed DOMESTIC! Considering the value of this beer I was not upset that it's contract brewed here in the states but after sampling I got upset that apparantly this beer is rushed through production, this is indicitive of the extremely noticeable diacetyl aroma and flavor. Now the "buttery" affect from the diacetyl isn't completely offsetting to me, in fact I sort of enjoyed this taste in the brews I've sampled from Shipyard Brewing. It's very prominant and almost overpowering in this beer though. This one looks decent in the pint glass, nice copper color, small fizzy white head with decent lacing. Creamy and nicely satisfying mouthfeel. Lightly hopped even for an English Pale Ale, perhaps more hops would help offset the boring buttery flavor. One sixer and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 22:05:00 | More by kinger
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Hellpop65

Kansas

2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

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jrein0254

Maryland

3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Yeah, it's just OK out of the bottle cold. Cellar temp knocks it up a point in flavor and aroma. On tap, it is another ball game. This has been far and away the most popular draft beer I have sold in my 40 year restaurant career so far . It just fit the old colonial early american atmosphere of my tavern so well, it was a natural.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2014 02:14:13 | More by jrein0254
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Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4/5  rDev +19.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

11-23-2013 14:57:37 | More by dbaker61
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Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -10.2%

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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

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

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Whitbread Pale Ale from Whitbread PLC
77 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.