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John Martin's Pale Ale - John Martin's (John Martin SA)

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John Martin's Pale AleJohn Martin's Pale Ale

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34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
John Martin's (John Martin SA) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 01-06-2005)
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HardyGeneraL

Netherlands

2.25/5  rDev -33.6%

12-04-2013 21:26:00 | More by HardyGeneraL
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dbalsock

Vermont

2.28/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2009 09:36:27 | More by dbalsock
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ThaCreep

Belgium

2.42/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 21:17:33 | More by ThaCreep
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desint

Belgium

2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

06-15-2013 19:06:58 | More by desint
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mmahut

Czech Republic

2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2010 20:23:33 | More by mmahut
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stcules

Italy

2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2005 21:38:39 | More by stcules
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RS3Sport


3/5  rDev -11.5%

05-19-2012 08:23:04 | More by RS3Sport
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -11.5%

07-04-2013 23:44:06 | More by WOLFGANG
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Jetulio

Spain

3.01/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 20:32:08 | More by Jetulio
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Sigmund

Norway

3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

33 cl bottle, simply called "Martin’s 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 I’ll buy again when I have finished my 4 bottles.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 21:42:32 | More by Sigmund
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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...

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 10:55:10 | More by mdagnew
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JohnfromDublin

Ireland

3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 08:32:30 | More by JohnfromDublin
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RobertRedmoon

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

08-01-2013 02:12:56 | More by RobertRedmoon
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atis

Finland

3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 14:13:17 | More by atis
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thierrynantes

France

3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 19:54:06 | More by thierrynantes
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supermeniscus

Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-12-2012 21:00:32 | More by supermeniscus
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videofrog

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-19-2013 20:37:02 | More by videofrog
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Sirre

Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-04-2014 19:42:37 | More by Sirre
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samEBC

Belgium

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-21-2012 23:13:31 | More by samEBC
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stevoj

Germany

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-11-2012 11:23:33 | More by stevoj
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dcmchew

Romania

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-06-2013 17:17:26 | More by dcmchew
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DoubleJ

California

3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2013 02:18:50 | More by DoubleJ
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 20:59:11 | More by Phyl21ca
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benfons

Belgium

3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 21:20:30 | More by benfons
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden, straw-colored; medium head, long lasting

Aroma: Sweet; grassy; malty; floral hops; hint of fruit, maybe raspberry

Taste: Nice and creamy on start; sweet mid to hoppy finish; pretty well balanced overall, but mostly sweet; pretty drinkable

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 14:09:18 | More by IchLiebeBier
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John Martin's Pale Ale from John Martin's (John Martin SA)
79 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.