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Organic Pale AleOrganic Pale Ale

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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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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 34
Photo of WoodBrew
3.24/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Photo of admiral
3.7/5  rDev +18.2%
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 drtth
3.16/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of dansmcd
3.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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 +27.8%
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 -7.7%
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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Photo of Stew41
3.14/5  rDev +0.3%
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 -11.2%
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 +24.3%
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 -35.8%
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 -7.3%
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 +3.2%
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 -2.6%
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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Photo of Finite
2.26/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - golden colour with lively carbonation and good lacing

S - sour, fruity notes detectable not much malt aroma to speak of

t- VERY sour, powerfull lemon taste which bites to tongue, covers and appealing hop taste very slight malt body detected at the end.

m - harsh and bitter, again very acidic

d - not good, the overpowering acidic and sourness of this brew makes it a struggle to back up with.

There has to be something wrong here, im a huge Redoak fan and visit almost every week. Their beers are normally outstanding and this is just on the other end of the spectrum. I will investigate and edit my review accordingly.

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Photo of brendan13
3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Hazy, honey golden colour poured into a tulip glass with an inch of rocky white head that hangs around for a fair while.
S - Really not much here - a touch of fruity esters.
T - The taste is also quite fruity with some biscuit malt flavours to back it up. Bit of sourness.
M - Quite light body, medium carbonation.
D - A bit boring. There is HEAPS of pale ales out there with much more character that I'd rather drink.

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Photo of joecast
2.66/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

spotted quite a few redoak bottles at acland cellars in st. kilda. the problem, they're sitting on the shelf, not the fridge. second problem, no date. nice label has a spot for "best before" but its blank. do i risk it? yup.

pours quite hazy. deep golden with a shade of amber to it. head was a bit over zealous, white, rocky. settles to an uneven lace.

dont think its supposed to smell like this. a thick sour musk pretty much clouds over the glass. cant get past it to notice any malt or hops.

luckily this sourness has not affected the taste. though unaffected, its still coming across a bit bland. mostly a good malt presence with just enough sweetness, but lacking much in the way of hops.

disappointing. most of the talk about these guys is very positive, at least where the quality of the beer is concerned. the tough part is, its probably deserved.
this bottle is just screaming out that its past its prime, but with so many more sitting on the shelf, im afraid lots of people will get a bad first impression and not give these guys a fair chance. i wont forgive myself if i dont send them an email just to let them know. maybe its one bad bottle, but if its the lot...

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Photo of norwichboy
3.15/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber-honey hue with off white head that just dissipated quickly. Not much to smell, some fruit aromas, but pretty average. The taste is a little better, the expected biscuit malt and hops are quite faint but there is quite a reasonable length of bitter finish. Oily mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Overall I found this fairly disappointing and non-descript. Certainly easy to drink, but not sure how rewarding. I imagine much better on tap for Sydneysiders to enjoy.

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Photo of vancurly
3.82/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a staple beer for me, and a benchmark for my own pitiful attempts at brewing a similar style.

Pours a pale amber honey.

Aroma & flavour: This is a great balance of hop & malt. Fruity esters, pinapple/pear/lychee notes. Light muesli-grain & nut aftertaste.

Medium bitterness, a light acid tingle. Good stuff, for any season, and one of Australia's finest. Even better on tap....

** edit 14 September 2008 **

Janet advises me that the recipe has been tweaked a bit. I find that the balanced grain & hop hit has somewhat diminished. Perhaps the grains are less aromatic. I drop the taste to 4.0 from 4.5.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.05/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this on cask at Red Oak in Sydney. Thanks, Dwarbi for pointing me in the right direction! I asked for the hoppiest thing they had, and they suggested the Organic Pale Ale. It's no hop monster, but it is a really nicely balanced English Pale Ale. I'm not usually a huge English Ale fan, but this it quite good. A bit fruity tasting, great head retention, and fantastic mouthfeel. Worth a shot!

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice toasted grain aroma without a lot of hops. This is a plae gold beer with a big lasting head. Flavor is pretty light on hops but has a pretty nice bitter/malt balance. Creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation bite.

I think this is a nice session type beer. Nothing to challenging on the palate. Not too strong. I prefer bigger, bolder beers but this is certainly well made and pleasant. Just not to my taste.

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Photo of revdrjbob
3.8/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice lightly hopped English pale, great malt characteristics, and a delicate hop aroma and finish. The beer was a pale amber in colour, served in a goblet like glass, with nice badging (bought 2 to take home), and a thick white head. The aroma was a little restrained, it had a delicate hop aroma, but the flavour of the beer more than made up for that. The malt sweetness came through nicely, a full Traditional ale charcteristic, and a nice hop bitterness in the front, and an even lingering in the back palate. I could have easily supped many of these, and it's not too bad for an Organic offerring.

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Photo of neonmeate
2.88/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Fruity smell. Clear amber. Very sweet, crystal-heavy beer with a dense palate containing toffee, strawberry jam, and tangy hops (NZ goldings?). Bitter at the end, but the bitterness struggles to get through the thick sweetness. Seems to need harder water IMO to really make it drinkable, it’s a bit too icky for a swilling pale. (And I wish they served it above 1ºC)

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Organic Pale Ale from Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe
3.13 out of 5 based on 34 ratings.
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