Whitbread Pale Ale - Whitbread PLC
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Reviews by kkipple:
3.95/5 rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Was munching on some tuna melts tonight and remembered I had a Whitbread Pale in my fridge. It didnt stay there long.
This review is short because the beer is simple and good. Whitbread Pale Ale is one of a few classic pub ales that lends to drinking a half-dozen in short order.
This is a clear, rust-orange with a fast-fading tan head. No lacing on my glass, but I drank the beer so quickly I wasnt really looking for it either
Smell is minimal, a cool malt sweetness, a slight bitterness and some biscuit.
Taste is mild malt, a watery, quenching mineral bitterness thats balanced to drinking perfection. Hops add a pleasing, but mild, edge to the flavor. It's quite mellow. The mouthfeel is lowly carbonated and quite soft, all the better for gulping! I was halfway through this beer before I even had a line written in my notes. Frightening.
I cant emphasize how absurdly drinkable this beer is. The taste wont admit to much contemplation, but (much like Guinness Draught) this is the ideal beer to order rounds of at your favorite bar. Would I have another? Yes please! A fine basic beer for when you dont need something extreme or sophisticated.
Edit: After reading a few pages of reviews, I'm puzzled by the mixed reception this beer has gotten (to put it kindly!). Perhaps there are quality control issues?
Serving type: bottle
03-27-2007 01:58:28 | More by kkipple
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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.