John Martin's Pale Ale - John Martin's (John Martin SA)
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2.28/5 rDev -33.1%
App: Pours a copper gold with a thin whispy head that dissipates quickly. No lacing to speak of and altogether not very attractive.
Smell: Floral hop bouquet above a sweet body that seems like it was fermented with a belgian yeast strain.
Tasate: The malt component reminds me of a very poor fat tire, while the very present hop taste is strong but very blunted and dull without the usual kick that a hoppy beer tends to bring for flavor. Not just a little boring, but not very appetizing or refreshing.
Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy without the balancing components of a range of spicey and sharp hops. Almost like a pilsner fermented with belgian yeasts and left to sit for days, but with too strong a hop character for it to be old.
Drinkability: This was very hard to drink just a glass of and I would not go back for more. It made me miss my homebrew like no beer has before.
07-11-2009 09:36:27 | More by dbalsock
2.42/5 rDev -29%
Nose very grass that is at once think of grass and spices. The first mouth is sweet but it soon gives way to a strange bitterness, probably due to the presence of maize. The flavor is hard to locate. The finish is also slightly herbal but persistent and uninteresting.
02-24-2010 21:17:33 | More by ThaCreep
2.88/5 rDev -15.5%
A: Dark gold lager with tiny head.
S: Strong malt smell with hidden caramel.
T: Crispy malt taste with sub-tone of hops.
M: Medium to light body, felling quite bitter.
D: Average pale ale beer for Belgium, I would not get one myself but also would not refuse another.
05-03-2010 20:23:33 | More by mmahut
2.9/5 rDev -15%
Amber red, aiming to orange. Compact head, light beige. Good adhesion.
The smell presents strong malt notes, with some ripe fruit (peach, apple). Toffee and biscuit notes, also. Points of citric.
It's not exceptional, but pleasant.
At the taste is quite bodied, biscuit, malty. Points of apricot, green tea. A good full malt, and persistent.
Quite good body.
A good malt in the aftertaste too, and then some hops. Peach, and candy raisins.
02-03-2005 21:38:39 | More by stcules
3.01/5 rDev -11.7%
330 ml. bottle poured into a Pint glass
Appearance... Copper colour beer with foamy head colour white of 2 fingers aprox
Aroma... malt , cider and caramel. herbal aroma predominance
Taste... Roasted malt notes and then hop , touch of bitterness is light.
Mouthfeel... medium/full body and soft carbonation
Overall... a malty pale ale, hops are maybe lacking in comparison with english and american pale. Nothing wrong but nothing extraordinary
01-13-2014 20:32:08 | More by Jetulio
3.05/5 rDev -10.6%
33 cl bottle, simply called "Martins Pale Ale", now available in Norway. ABV is 5.8%. Website www.anthonymartin.be Deep golden nearly orange colour. Large head. Aroma of sweet malts, molasses and rotting fruits, hints of spices and leather. Flavour is well hopped, but unfortunately there is an everpresent molasses and dark syrup sweetness in the background, making the beer too cloying to be something Ill buy again when I have finished my 4 bottles.
03-15-2007 21:42:32 | More by Sigmund
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.2/5 rDev -6.2%
330ml bottle bought from Redmonds, Dublin...
Poured a dark copper colour. White head poured very big and foamy with a meringue like topping. Loads of carbonation bubbles rush to the surface maintaining a good covering throughout... lots of clingy lacing...
Aroma - Sugary, malty sweetness mixed with grassy and salty notes, strong hints of talc, quite floral, lightly spiced fruits (limes, lemons, sweet apples), sherbet dip notes, hints of Mountain Dew, faint biscuit / cookie notes, some bready and yeasty traces..
Taste - Light caramel malts, quite a lot of metallic notes, strong (slightly sickly) vegetal / rotten fruit notes, quite bready, overripe fruits (apples, pears), nutty sweetness, very buttery, some light pepper spiciness, faint cloves..
Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy and maybe a little cloying... medium bodied... a bit sickly to make me want to go back for another...
Overall - A slightly strange pale ale - a bit too sweet for my liking... possibly worth a try once...
05-22-2008 10:55:10 | More by mdagnew
3.2/5 rDev -6.2%
I tasted this 330 ml bottle, just after it's "best by" date on 21.09.2008. ABV stated as 5.8%.
It poured a clear amber body topped with a decent white foam. Plenty of bubbles rising to the surface. Aroma was an immediate grassy "pilsner" type hops.
The taste was again of a supercharged pilsner, though with a cloying syrupy sweetness to it. Pretty one dimensional brew.
Overall; pretty disappointing experience; I didn't actually finish the bottle. Maybe it deteriorated drastically after it over-ran its "best by" date. I'm not sure it could improve that much, though.
09-22-2008 08:32:30 | More by JohnfromDublin
3.35/5 rDev -1.8%
Pours clear and darkish amber/copper with large foamy head and nice patchy lacing. Aroma is syrupy sweet malts, caramel. Taste is sweetish caramel malt, some bitterness, ripe fruit, with long lasting sweetish aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with very slight alcohol warming.
I can not say the beer is excellent, but very drinkable.
02-12-2009 14:13:17 | More by atis
3.43/5 rDev +0.6%
Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2002.
Appearance : clear amber color, with white foam head, short persistence.
Smell : caramel notes
Taste and mouthfeel : malty with a sweet nature. The bitterness comes back on the final, giving a more dry.
Drinkability: a good beer in the style English pale ale.
Review translated from french 5-27-2008.
10-26-2007 19:54:06 | More by thierrynantes
3.51/5 rDev +2.9%
Why am I going to an English style in Belgium? Chalk it up to curiosity, as I've heard this brand before. The bartender even suggested that I choose something else. On-tap at Antwerp's Gollem, on to the beer:
This pale ale is amber orange colored with hues of yellow and red. The head retention on top is fine, and leaves a little soapy lace. It doesn't smell Belgian, an indeed takes on the English characteristics of butter and butterscotch. The taste brings a big blast of yeast and diacetyl to start. Butterscotch and a little fruitiness with minerals swim around the big yeast flavor. It's medium bodied with low carbonation.
Compared with the style, it's not bad. Compared with Belgians on the market, it's near the trailing end of the middle pack. But if you're looking for something to break away from Belgian ales, this English imitation is a decent choice.
05-18-2013 02:18:50 | More by DoubleJ
3.68/5 rDev +7.9%
Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of Belgian malt with dry English hops with some light fruity ester. Taste is also a well balance mix between some lightly sweet Belgian style malt with some notes of dry hops with some fruity ester. Medium body with some good carbonation. Definitely better then expected with a nice refreshing factor.
03-17-2008 20:59:11 | More by Phyl21ca
3.7/5 rDev +8.5%
33cl ABV 5.8
A: Pale amber colour, big head that manages to stay
S: hops, caramel, a hint of raspberry
T: some citrus, peach, malts and again caramel, pretty sweet in fact
M: Carbonation bit thin, lacks a bit of alcohol
D: While sipping the sweetness is overpowering what you taste at first, which makes it less of a drinker
10-07-2010 21:20:30 | More by benfons
John Martin's Pale Ale from John Martin's (John Martin SA)
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