Whitbread Pale Ale - Whitbread PLC
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Reviews by zakery:
3.63/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Big off-white foamy head with good retention and lace. The body has a clear dark amber-brown color and no visible carbonation.
Smell: A nice english pale ale smell. Caramel malt, toffee, even a touch of chocolate, and a little nutty. It's so faint that it doesn't bother me, but there is a hint of sour smell too.
Taste: Thin caramel malts, hop bitterness to match, a little salty, a flash of sourness that fortunately disappears quickly, followed by a a nice but thin finish.
Mouthfeel: medium-light body with medium carbonation.
Nice, but could do with some more character. It barely has enough oomph to accompany and stand up to a mild creamy cheese such as Havarti. Drink by itself as a sociable beer, not with food.
Serving type: bottle
10-04-2002 12:50:31 | More by zakery
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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.