Organic Pale Ale | Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe

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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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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by admiral:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of warnerry
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Dinkel
3/5  rDev -2%

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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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 norwichboy
3.15/5  rDev +2.9%
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 pin
1/5  rDev -67.3%

Photo of joecast
2.66/5  rDev -13.1%
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 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 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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Photo of KGG
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DaveFL1976
4.05/5  rDev +32.4%
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 jjkatter
1.5/5  rDev -51%

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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Photo of Teddy-Pickles
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of Hyperionecta
3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of Mendicant
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of magpieken
3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of neonmeate
2.88/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Photo of czechsaaz
3.48/5  rDev +13.7%
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 spycow
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

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 vancurly
3.82/5  rDev +24.8%
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 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 bloycey
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

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