Augustinian Ale | Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.

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Augustinian AleAugustinian Ale

Brewed by:
Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 75
Photo of hobbes2112
1.22/5  rDev -64.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I bought this yesterday at the store and was pretty excited because it was a new beer to me.

Things quickly went downhill from the joy of a new product.

Poured a dark orange with brown core. The liquid color was nice, but the was ZERO head. Not just a little, absolutely none. It just sat in the glass like a still beverage.

Smell was odd, sugarly but tart like iced tea. No discernable beer elements. You can convince yourself that there is a hop smell in there, but it sure doesn't stand out.

Taste. BLECH! This tastes like putrid acidic iced tea. Nothing pleasant except the moment when you can no longer taste it in your mouth. First beer I have ever poured out due to taste. I really only made it about 4 ounces before I gave up.

Mouthfeel was a joke, no carbonation, no body, terrible bite. Bitter in the bad way, heinous aftertaste.

If you could give a zero in drinkability this would get it! Avoid at all costs.

I would rather drink a macro, even a bottom shelf swill macro before having this one again.


After reading some other reviews I am concinved that I got a bad bottle. What I just suffered through sounds nothing like the rest of your are talking about. I am going to talk to the store people, then know me and might hook me up with a replacement.

Edit #2:

Had it again...still sucks.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.48/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Augustinian Ale has an extremely thick, spongy, off-white head, a good amount of lacing left on the glass, and a hazy, super-fizzy, orange appearance, with roiling specks and relatively large brown chunks throughout. When the bottom contents are swished and poured in, a brown, dirty cloud descends into the glass. The aroma is harsh and of turned citrus. There is also pungent sour bread in the smell. Taste is of red clay, iron, sweet citrus, cellar mold, bread crust, tea, and tap water. Mouthfeel is chewy and dirty, and Augustinian Ale finishes semi-dry and rough.


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Photo of beerguy101
2.52/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Medium brown color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is orange and lemon pledge. A medium to light bodied ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. The lemony citrus flavor dominates everything in this beer. Spicy, with coriander and ginger? Being the dominant flavors. Hops are slightly bitter. Finish is dry and rather pleasant. Not sure what else is right in this beer. It just SO citrusy that everything else get overshadowed and it can never get over this rather major fault. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of Morris729
2.57/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a brown rust color with noticeable wisps of sediment snaking their way throughout the glass. A tremendous frothy tan head billows out of the top of the glass. The nose is dominated by a strong lemony medical aroma—almost like furniture polish. The same powerful lemon oils are also the key players in the taste along with a good deal of coriander. There are some faint notes of orange citrus and even a hint of ginger behind the lemon, but not much else is detectable. This is a very unusual beer—I had a somewhat difficult time finishing my glass.

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Photo of ybnorml
2.68/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A clean bright orange beer. Has a big foamy beige head and a lace effect. There is a sweet citrusy (orange?) aroma with a light spicey background. A very astringent taste and mouthfeel. Made me think of drinking lemon pledge. After I tasted it I assume my wife had cleaned my beer glass with furniture polish. I then drank directly from the bottle. No change. Not my glass or my wife at fault.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
2.68/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is probably the strangest english pale ale I have ever tried. I believe that it has spices in it to reflect back on older spiced beers but to me the flavors are a bit unbalanced.
Pours a hazy amber color that has a one inch thick head that leaves a little bit of lace.
The aroma is very lemony and I wonder if lemon peel was used in conjunction with the coriander. The aroma reminds me of a lemon lime soda.
The flavor is better than the aroma but I think that this beer was miscategorized as an English pale ale as it is way too spicy. The flavor begins with a slighty carmely and toasty malt flavor that blends with a sweet lemony spicyness. The flavor finishes very dry and the spices linger just a bit on the tongue.
The mouth feel is thin for a pale ale and the carbonation has a carbonic bite as the malts don't balance very well.
I don't find this ale very drinkable as I really just don't like how it tastes as the spices are too lemony. This would be a good beer to drink if you weren't really into the taste of beer but to me it needs more malt and less spice and a bit more hops.

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Photo of cokes
2.69/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Blurry amber with steady-rising carbonation. Piles of bleached tan froth, receding to form large caves overhead.
Intensly aromatic! I can't decide if I like it or loathe it. Crates of coriander with candy -sweet tangerines. Tempers a bits as it warms, with an uprising grainy malt. doesn't really temper.
Plenty spicy in the mouth too. Coriander is unrelenting. Celery impressions coupled with a mango-kiwi fruitiness. Piles of orange rinds. Quirky, and perhaps further than taste allows, as it approaches dish-washing-liquid. Soapy. Touches of grainy malt, but it is mostly hidden behind the coriander waterfall. Buttery traits arrise as it gains temperature. Hopping? Lightly metallic and bitter, but once again, blanketed. Still piles of orange rinds. And for a good long while afterward.
This is a bit difficult to gauge. More like an uberwitbier as none of the Bitter/Pale Ale traits make it through. Spiced outta my league. I couldn't see this as a session. I can barely see reaching the bottom of this bottle.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Undated bottle at 55 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma very weak yeast phenolics, apple
Head small (2 cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy, diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing poor – rare small island of tiny bubbles
Body medium orange, cloudy (bottle conditioned)
Flavor weak apple and yeast; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 2.5, Aroma 2.5, Flavor 3, Palate 3, Overall 2.75

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.84/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Augustinian Ale by Nethergate

A big 1pt 0.9oz bottle poured a nice orangy/ tea brown with a big bubbly white head. I poured it rough otherwise probably little to no head. The Smell is an overpowering lemon/ orange. The Taste is lemon juice meets a cup of weak tea with a dash of orange juice. The mouthfeel isn't bitter at all, but you would think?!

Overall, a watery slighty flavored beer that goes down easy but isn't worth shouting about.

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Photo of beertastegood
2.86/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Big coriander aromas along with sweet, orangey-lemon as well. Pours a slightly hazy copper with a huge white head.

Tastes very...strange. An astringent, sour, citric-like flavor dominates the palate, with a very slight backing of sweet malt. Hops bitterness is medium, very noticable. The hops are actually what help this beer stay somewhat balanced. Dry finish, with a very distinctive coriander flavor at the end. Weird.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew mimics just about any other ESB. There really isn't much thats reallt special with this brew. The color is a nice looking Amber tone and the head leaves a decent lacing down the glass. The aroma is of grains and malts. The beer itself is drinkable and not unpleasent at all. I think that there are just beeter choices of ESB's out there.

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Photo of Herrbrokt
2.97/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from bottle into pint glass

brown amber tinted with a massive off white head.mmm

smells of plum apricot and tangy hops. real sweet

hmm. Tastes like a lambic. What? Fruit takes over leaving a trace of hops at the end. Not a bad after taste though.

Nice body but it won't account for this almost tasting like a grape soda.

I've never really bashed a beer ever. weird. I think that it's fair to say that this doesn't really represent a pale. I'm gonna touch up on my styles quick.????

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Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a five-finger off-white pillowy head that stays leaving a lot lace. Cloudy amber color. High carbonation and medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Starts with a mix of hops and malts with the hops dominating and a prickly mouthfeel. Lingering hoppy aftertaste. $3.75 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a bottle into a traditional English style pint glass. HUGE amount of foaming, especially for the style. Body is of this brew looks like a slightly dark glass of orange juice.

The nose of this brew is citrusy orange with a somewhat odd medicinal aroma blended in. The medicinal aroma carries over into the flavor even more, and accompanies it all throughout the taste. Good mouthfeel, about what you would expect in terms of body for a pale ale. A somewhat berrylike, touch of honey finish with a fairly nice hop bite finish this brew off.

Overall, a decent English pale, but I have had better. Just a personal preference, but this beer's medicinal taste is just too strange for me. Probably won't but this again.

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Photo of kmacphail
3.07/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I got this beer in the recent shipment of the summer case of the CAMRA beer club.

The beer poured an amber-copper colour with a slightly off white head.

The nose is of malts, quite sweet, with a fruity scent followed by a citrus-bitter hint.

The taste was slightly disapointing compared to the nose. A mild hoppy taste, with a mix of fruits followed by a slight hint of smokiness in the aftertaste. It is not horrible, just a bit bland for my taste buds.

The mouthfeel is slightly above medium, but this does not salvage this beer, not undrinkable but there are simply too many other good beers out there to make me drink this on a regular basis.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, on to the beer:

The head forms thick despite being a low density, soapy texture. A few soaopy spots cling around the glass as the foam drops away like dishsoap suds. The color is a slightly toasted orange with yellow hues. It gets...let's just say interesting in the nose. You can get toasted malt and a whiff of diacetyl, you also get strawberry esters. My initial reply was that there was some kind of infection, but given time it smells more like strawberry jam.

Pleasant enough taste. That's one thing about some of these pale ales out of England. I'm so used to clean hops out of the American versions that one with strawberry esters, some butter, rusty grain, and butterscotch do take some time getting used to again. The beer gets a little better as it warms. A little slick in mouthfeel, not quite light or medium bodied.

Augustinian Ale has its ups and downs. While it does a more than decent flavor, it's not a beer that I would want too much of.

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Photo of HochFliegen
3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer pours a copper color with a huge head that is creamy and white in color. The lace is thick and hold to the glass well. The aroma is quite flowery with hints of corriander,orange peel and other citrus smells. The taste lasts a long time and is dominated by floral and citrus flavors. This is very different from any other beer ive had. Its kinda sweet and bitter in the end and finish with a dry aftertastse that lingers. Due to the large floral taste and smell I think I could only handle one of these in a sitting.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orangish brown with an aggressive head. The light manila envelope colored foam easily climbs almost as high as the beer is deep. It lasts for the whole beer and is constantly being refreshed from a steady stream of medium sized bubbles rising through the liquid.

The smell is spicy and orange citrusy. Saccharine candy sweet, almost like a orange cream ice pop or some other treat from the fair. There is an effervescent tingle to the scent as well due to lots of bubbles.

Taste is very creamsicle like. It is sweet and orange tasting but not citrusy. More like some orange juice added to a brew. It is one step away from being too dessert like and it jogs a mental image of some kind of orange cleaning product. Before it totally gets there there is a nice spiciness and an excellent bite from the carbonation.

An interesting flavor but not compelling enough to try again. It is mild and easy to drink but the creamsicle taste is a turn off. I want a beer thats cool and refreshing not an orange popsicle.

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Photo of BeerBard
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Almost no head from this English least from my bottle. Cloudy and wheat-brown in color. Not very aromatic....can't smell much at all really. The best thing about the ale is the nice balance of hops and malts that ultimately saves it from complete mediocrity and makes it a worthy choice for a drinking session. Hops come on early and leave late, but they're quite friendly and non-obtrusive. Yeast and coriander flavors just barely present. The malts come out of hiding as you warm to it and it warms to you. A bit of a metalic taste was noted...don't know if the bottle was going bad. Nothing that special I'm afraid.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a weird beer that is basically your typical English pale crossbred with a Belgian wit. There's a fine, grainy malt character, rolling grassy hops and a big load of coriander to screw with your head. It's full of character, and reasonably satisfying, but is just off center enough to disorient the drinker. The first pour of the bottle gave me an entire imperial pint glass worth of foam, with nary a glint of liquid beer at the bottom. If you've ever seen a full pint of foam, it is a discouragingly impenetrable sight. Subsequent, more careful, pours revealed a sunny, chestnut-colored brew with a firm, fluffy head atop. The scent and taste are very much like flavored tea or an herbal cough drop. There are malts and hops in there, and they taste good too, but they are overshadowed. I personally would have preferred the beer with a little less of the lemony, dandelion-y coriander flavor, but I imagine a pint of this, whilst poised in a field of nettles and wildflowers with bees buzzing by during the dripping heat of summer, would be a ravishing experience.

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Photo of brentk56
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, ice tea brown body with a small head and little lacing

Smell: Faint aroma of citrus and coriander; a distinct bitter smell

Taste: Unripe sour fruit (apples?) and a heavy dose of coriander; tastes somewhat like a hard English cider; very bitter and lemony; unusual and jarring, at first

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low/moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Get ready to pucker up, as this one is for lovers of bitter flavors; for the rest of us, this is interesting, but not particularly approachable

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Photo of sinistermadman
3.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Augustinian Ale served via 16.9 oz bottle poured in pint glass.

The first thing I immediately noticed is the gi-normous head which arrived after the initial poor. This ale pours a medium copper-amber color. The head is very pillowy and dense. The cloud white foam leaves a slight lacing behind after drinks.

Smell includes hints of citrus, and various spices which I guess includes coriander.

The taste. Slightly tart. Not too overbearing though. The coriander is definitely at the forefront. I think I could use this brew to marinate my chicken breasts in before grilling. Quite a spicy character. First drink was not that great, but I am warming up to it.

Mouthfeel is not great in my opinion. This ale attacks the tip of your tongue. For me this affects drinkablity somewhat. I think this might be interesting accompanied with poultry. I don't think this will be a mainstay in my lineup anytime soon.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy and murky, dark toffee in color with a prominent fluffy tan head. Continuous lines of tiny bubbles make their way up the sides of the glass, stopping only when they find the sticky lace at the surface.
Nose is somewhat earthy, spicy hops and faint fruity sweetness. Very little if any yeast smell considering the large amount of yeast present in the bottle.
Mildly astringent, dry, bitter finish. Lingering coriander spice aftertaste.
Not quite what I have come to expect for the style. Different. Interesting, perhaps...

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber color, average head, but not the astonishing mushroom cap of foam I find in good weizens or witbiers. Great aroma : tingly, spicy, loads of fruitiness. Majestic hoppiness here, with a rush of flavors spilling onto the tongue, but slightly sour and citrusy. It's an English wheat ale, but I'm not sure if it falls near a Belgian wit or a German weizen, or somewhere off on it's own. I can pick out the coriander, but not exactly orange. Good, but, compared to the best of those aforementioned styles, out of it's league.

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Photo of dungaree
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown hue with a slight cloudiness. The 1/2 inch head stays and it has adequate carbonation with small bubbles.
Smells of malts, yeast, coriander, and hints of lemon and orange. Tastes of coriander, good hops, slight lemon, and light alcohol. The finish stays wet and it has a good balance of malt and hops. When it warmed a bit, the coriander taste protruded a bit more and changed the taste. I preferred the taste at the cooler temperature straight out of the bottle.

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Augustinian Ale from Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.
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