Organic Pale Ale | Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe

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Organic Pale AleOrganic Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed using certified organically grown malt and hops. A special London Ale yeast brings out a lovely stone fruit character and crisp bitterness and a rich malty flavour, making it a unique, flavoursome and refreshing ale.

Added by Todd on 08-30-2004

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of KGG
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of WoodBrew
3.24/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The organic pale is a crisp and clean ale. Would be great on hot days. The beer poured a clear yellow with no head or lace. The scent carried faint notes of white wine. The taste was crisp with tart finish. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is ok.

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3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of admiral
3.7/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very nice pale ale, with good fruity flavours and balance

aroma: malt and lemon predominate

taste: fruity with a nice malt backbone with citrus and spice to support it

Well balanced, enjoyable and easy drinking beer, which is one of the better pale ales made in Australia right now

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Photo of Mendicant
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of drtth
3.16/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes taken during a recent trip to Sydney.

The beer is served in a pint glass is a hazy golden color with a 1/4" layer of foam that is mostly gone by mid-way through the beer. Some bits of lacing are left on the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Sipping creates a few scattered small patches of lacing.

The aromas are crisp and include some fruity hops against a barely noticeable malt background.

The flavors are mostly about the tropical fruits. There's a touch of sweetness from the background malt and everything trails off a slightly bitter dry ending.

The mouthfeel is on the light side and slightly crisp from the moderate carbonation.

On the whole, while this is drinkable, I didn't particularly want to repeat and switched to one of the other beers on the menu. OK as a thirst quencher but nothing special.

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1/5  rDev -67.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

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3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of dansmcd
3.05/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a sunset amber, clear and effervescent with a short flimsy head and minimal traces of lacing.

S - mildly fruity, some underripe white peach and citrus.

T - probably not fair to drink and review this after having a hoppy ipa, but there isnt much to comment on here. Some very light hops and orange.

M - light bodied and spritzy, 41 degrees outside and this is refreshing enough.

O - pretty so so, i wont be looking out for this one again.

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Photo of SmashPants
4/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: quality 330mL brown bottle, clasically styled label.

Appearance: amber-honey hue with off-white 1.5cm head, okay retention and good lacing.

Aroma: fairly light aroma with light fruits, soft caramel and English hops.

Taste: lovely sweet-sour apple flavours, with some definite spices throughout.

Aftertaste: a bitter finish to maintain the English Pale Ale style. A very nice beer.

Mouth feel: moderate body and carbonation, suits the style well and brings the flavours forward.

Overall: good combination of fruits (mainly apples) spices and hops. A delectible combination of flavours, very well done. A very nice beer, and AU$70 a case isn't too bad, to be honest.

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Photo of doktorhops
2.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Second brew I tried at the Redoak Beer Cafe after the Bock. This one was the only beer that stood out for me on the tasting plate I had there so I ended up buying a pint to review.

Tap poured into a nonic pint.

A: Cloudy golden body with a light bone white lacing on top... nothing out of the ordinary.

S: Suitably fruity hop notes of citrus and passion fruit. The aroma has a clean ice water sharpness to it; like fresh mountain air. The grain base is a minimal hint... with a Pale Ale it's all about the hops anyhow.

T: Clean and crisp... Too clean and crisp in fact. The hops are a presence that reminds us with the aforementioned citrus and passion fruit that it is a Pale Ale but it doesn't scream it from a mountaintop. Very modest flavours. A malt grain base hums away in the background, again modest. Was hoping for more flavour after the decent Bock.

M: On the watery side, body is medium with light carbonation.

D: It's a nice light Pale Ale, not as fantastic and flavourful as I would have wanted but reasonable enough. The Stone & Wood Pacific Ale is a better attempt at the style in my humble opinion. One could easily drink this brew all night, though you might find your wallet is empty the next day as a result, but at least you shouldn't have a hangover - it's organic.

Food match: Whatever they had on the platter went well which was part of the reason I was compelled to drink a pint; Scottish potato scone, romesco & chervil. Yum.

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2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -51%

Photo of Stew41
3.14/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$6.90 by the pot at Syd airport. Not a bad option for a local airport. Leaner and drier than I recall; the trademark Redoak fruit is present but very much under a cover of dry minerals and slate. Almost finishes peppery. Needs to give a little more but ultimately very quaffable.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.78/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy amber with champagne colour at the edge. Not much fizz but pleasant fluffy white head, quite dense, not leaving much lace. Quite nice.

Smells fairly herbal and organic. Plenty of cracked grain aroma underneath, with slight caramel edge. Hops are bountiful with fresh cut grass, chamomile, sage and a hint of citrus. Touch of peppermint on the back as well. Served too cold to get a lot of aroma, but fairly pleasant for what's there. Could use some freshening up.

Taste is very sweet actually, conspicuously lacking the hops from the nose. Malty upfront with caramel notes and pear fruit and maybe a slight buttery edge. Quite sticky on the back with more sweet grain and oatmeal kind of edge, just a hint of herbal hops on the back are not nearly cleansing enough. Lingering with a vanilla note on the finish, just sweet and grainy overall. Not entirely distasteful, but not a well-rounded or balanced palate.

Bit sticky as it goes down, yet noticeable fizz. Needs something to cut and dry the texture.

Have had better beers, it's as simple as that. It just lacks hops really, and as a result the balance is off-kilter.

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Photo of aeolianshredhead
3.89/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a fairly coppery colour. Interesting. The head pretty much vanishes straight away, which does this no favours. Still, not bad.

S- Smells very similar to an English IPA- which I like- albeit, a little more restrained. There is a great hop profile which is complemented by some sort of a candy apple aroma. Also, some notes of caramel. Nice.

T- What a peculiar taste! I was expecting bitterness, but I got a cider-esque sweet/sourness all the way through to the end and a bitter-ish finish. This gets points for originality and overall enjoyment. Maybe this isn't that stylistically accurate but who cares?

M- Maybe a little watery. Has a decent fiz though.

O- I like this enough to get it again. I find it original, reasonably flavoursome and ultimately refreshing. These three things I look for in a pale ale.

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Photo of dgilks
2.01/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Mild aroma with a hint of lactic acid and some light hops. A touch of malt is present but as a whole it is fairly dull.

Fairly clear straw colour with a big, foamy white head. Okay but not inspiring.

The dreaded Redoak bottling line has struck again. Sour and lacking in any other flavours this is just unacceptable from a brewery of this reputation.

Medium-light body with high carbonation indicative of the infection.

What a disappointment. Fortunately, it is actually drinkable with the tartness acting as a palate cleanser. Unfortunately, the flavour is nothing like that of a Pale Ale.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.9/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Massively overcarbed, exploded all over the place.
Very cloudy orange pour with absolutely massive head that took forever to calm down.
Aroma of citrus, mainly grapefruit, orange and lemon sherbet, and fake lemon. Slight hints of clean malt underneath.
Really weird taste... fake lemon, a bit tart, musty. Almost lambic-esque. Clean malt underneath, with some caramel.
Good body and carbonation.

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Photo of koolk
3.23/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow with a big fluffy white head that holds well.

Smells nice - a lot of citrus hops and some tight grainy aromas. Not very complex, but rather pleasing.

Palate is a let down, as the flavours are very muted and one dimensional. Some strong crystal malt like flavours and only a little hoppy bitterness are really present. Unpleasant metallic-like after taste.

Good mouth feel makes up for the lack of flavor and does help increase the overall drinkability, but that biting after taste is really annoying.

Nothing special, a little bit odd, at least it is good to see this in Dan's I guess. (re-tasted in 2010 and it showed an odd sour aspect. In the brett/lambic spectrum. Avoid.)

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Photo of juju7
3.05/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice,cloudy, radiant orange with a small head. Laced decently. This is a fresh one so it smells pretty good. Plenty of fresh citrussy hop action, touch of lemon and a little grassiness too. I have had this beer a few times before but for some reason I don't remember it being this highly carbonated. A little prickly. The soft malt on the palate is very pleasant and the med-bitterness balances out well. Not their best beer but not too bad.
N.B. I noticed on another review that the recipe has been changed a little. This would explain well why it isn't the same as I remembered from about a year ago.

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Organic Pale Ale from Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe
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