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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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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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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2.28/5  rDev -32.9%
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
Photo of atis


3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
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
Photo of JohnfromDublin


3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
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
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Quebec (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
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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3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

John Martin is a curious brewery. Most production and distribution is their line of 'Gordon' beers, high octane canned lagers that I noticed were very popular with the (shall we say,) 'lesser productive members of society' who are most often found drinking in parks. Martin's may be most notable, however, for their contract brewed Guinness Foreign Stout that is an exclusive to the Belgian market. As good (and even more so reputable) as that beer may be, I was taken with their Pale Ale - a beer that even in the company of funky lambics and spiced quads certainly makes a place for itself as being one of Belgium's most unique and atypical beers - only for the reason that it really isn't all that Belgian at all!

For one, it certainly couldn't be considered "pale" in the way the style has come to be marketed today. Rather, it is "pale" in a more traditional sense: glowing clarity but a deep, dark chestnut coloured body. Tawny highlights and a well sustained peachy-white head.

The aroma is almost reprehensibly full of hops, a level that must be gluttonous for the Belgians. The malt bill comes through very cleanly but is saturated - literally drenched - in hop resin. Very sweet, sweet floral and expressive notes of hops. Smells quite a bit like an English barley-wine.

Despite their large presence in both the taste and smell, the hops impart only a minute bitterness. There really isn't much texture at all to report (that is, other than the sticky hop resin which drenches the palate). I believe this was bottle conditioned and for that reason was a little heartier than what the brewer might have aimed for. Still, as per Belgian guidelines, this beer was incredibly digestible. Drinks quite a bit like an English barley-wine.

The flavour overflows with two things primarily: resiny hops and caramel-like malts. It is also chocolaty with notes of brandy, making this a perfect dessert beer. Caramel and candy are also tasted. A lot of exotic fruit in the taste as well - no doubt result of those wonderful hops! It actually taste (surprise, surprise) quite a bit like an English barley-wine.

My impressions of the beer followed this sequence: at first - amazed! Shortly thereafter simply very impressed. Soon after I came to only be enjoying it. But then... with only a third or so left... I notice marked a best before date of 16/06/05! Incredible, like a ghost story... where did this beer come from? The date was 15/08/07. That would place this 5.8% pale ale at (an estimated) 3+ years old! And it held up (and drank) wonderfully!

Too funny. In short - the beer blew me away. Granted Belgium has the worlds greatest beer, but to a North American boy the market lacks one essential thing: hop bombs. Perhaps it was my withdraw of hops that led me to enjoy this so much... but I doubt it. Especially now looking back, that was one interesting offering. For a beer to drink so well, be so tasty and rich and decadent, and so digestible... I'd recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 15:54:54 | More by biegaman
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3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
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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2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
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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3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Belgian Beer Paradise in Rio.
It pours cloudy gold color with a foamy off-white head and some trailing and patchy lacing.
It has a smell of crumpled crackers, with a mild whiff of citrus and hint of cloves.
The malt has a dry biscuity taste with just a touch of sweetness. A light taste of limes and mild tea make up most of the hop flavors. A mild taste of cloves and peppery spices are noticeable at first, then fade. This brew finishes clean.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2005 03:37:57 | More by BeerResearcher
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