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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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL with some sort of gibberish code of L185-03 on the back label. Pours a hazy copper color with a large and fluffy tan head. Retention is pretty damn good on here, lacing just ok.

Nose is quite fruity and sweet - strawberries, raspberries and cherries floating around in a cup of syrupy coca-cola. Maybe some toffee and burnt biscuit bottom maltiness under the strange cola aroma...maybe thats from the coriander.

Cola and burning biscuit flavors are still there and the fruitiness dissipates somewhat, replaced by plenty of coriander. Has some tartness akin to berries though and even a little bit of wood flavors are noticeable. A pretty odd beer that grows on you a little bit as the bottle empties. The coriander flavors are a little different than your typical wit, more burnt and toffee-esque. Fairly bitter on the finish and cleans up nicely. Not bad, at first I did not think I would like it at all, but I had no problem whatsoever finishing this half liter.

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Photo of markbatonrouge
3.66/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

There are some striking things about this beer -- it's certainly very unusual. The poured a dirty gold color with heavy, almost chunky sediment in it (it says it's bottle-conditioned). As a homebrewer, I don't mind that at all, but it will raise eyebrows for some.

What's most immediately strking after the pour is the aroma of the beer. It smells of sweet flowers and beautifully subtle citrus. My goodness, I say to myself, this aroma is amazing. At least some of this comes from coriander kind of like a Belgian wheat, but it's not a wheat beer at all, and so the aromas are really unique, fun, impressive.

After the aromas, the taste sort of pales in comparison. The sweet citrus remains with some bitterness that, in my mind, doesn't quite reach a level of good balance.

However, the mouthfeel is pretty amazing also -- effervescence, and lots of it, is the key word here. It's very carbonated, almost fizzy like a soda or a highly carbonated sweet beligian ale. I really like the mouthfeel, though the carbonation is only one part of equation. The other part of moutfeel for me is richness and thickness, and this beer doesn't perform at that level.

In the end, while the aroma and effervescence are really interesting, almost fascinating, after a bit, the beer becomes less drinkable to me. The sweet aromas and high carbonation wear a little thin after awhile. I was ready to move on to something else.

I'm really glad I tried this beer, and I recommend to anyone who wants to try an English beer that is pretty darn unique. I'm just never going to be able to drink more than one at a time.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle no. L185-03. Sampled on March 14, 2010 with the beer served at about 50 degrees. The pour comes on strong with lively carbonation, an amber-copper color, with about three inches of frothy, foamy beige head. The carbonation mellows after a moment. A muted malted aroma with a fascinating floral and fruity hoppiness engulfing it. The mouthfeel bold in texture but soft and delicacy. The taste is candied sweetness, a bitter but slightly dry hop finish but everything tends to be subtle and mild. Easy to drink.

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Photo of atpben
3.69/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into an imperial pint glass. Pours a very hazy dirty orange with very little head. I just love the smell of this beer. Lots of citrus fruity aromas, some coriander and ginger. Very light carbonation and the taste was a little bit of a let down. Malty tasting with some coriander and spice. I wish there were more fruits in the taste. Like I said before, I love just smelling this beer. Not too bad overall. I would love to try this on tap.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a hazy copper with a large head of billowy foam.

The smell has some caramel malt ands fruity sweetness with a nice fresh citrus note.

The taste is nice and malty with a good caramel sweetness and some nice fruity tones. There's a slight hop bitterness near the finish but it's not very assertive...I like that in an English Pale Ale as I'm looking for the malt when I try examples of the style.

The mouthfeel is on the high end of low, it has medium carbonation, and it finishes fruity and malty. Great head retention and there's some lacing.

Drinkability? It goes down *very* easy. Just a good all around Pale Ale.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one at the Bayou, SLC

Pours a cloudy dark yellow color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger plus creamy white head, which leaves some nice thick creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some nice yeast notes, slight banaa/corriander. The taste is malty/yeasty, slightly sweet, nice little citrus twist, with some bananna/corriander. Medium body, the finish is slightly dry. Drinkable,this is a tasty brew, more of a thirst quencher.

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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 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 seanyfo
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint served by the handpump into imperial pint glass.

A- Copper, altbier like colour, with a rocky 2 finger head that disappates slowly but leaving relatively small amount of lacing.

S- Nutty malts, with a slight rum like sweetness.

T- Caramel malts with a firm bitter hop finish, a nutty maltiness lingers slightly afterwards.

M- Thin mouthfeel, although light and spritzy

D- A nice dark ale, although mouthfeel is weak, a nice complexity of flavour.

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Photo of garcia2a
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a mid amber tone with some cloudiness and very light carbonation. The head is initially agressive, be lays down to a nice lacey foam.

The bouquet has bready yeast, malt, caramel and just a hint of lemon on the backnose. The taste is quite nice as the malt and yeast are in balance. The body is not heavy, but the malt does coat the taste buds. On the back taste, the lemon zest comes through. All and all quite tasty.

As I said mouthfeel is good, although the beer does cloy a bit. Overall a nice refreshing English ale, drinkable, balanced and social.

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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 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 wl0307
4.12/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisiting the cask version, 4.5%abv.

A: pale amber to dark orange-golden in colour, a very thin foam settles fast on top of low carbonation.
S: the fruitiness of nectarines and peaches come along with flowery bouquet scents, wrapping a firm but rounded maltiness in the middle. Overall, very well blended and fruity.
T: white-grape juice as well as Riesling-like winey flavour prevail upfront, mixed well with an aromatic-biscuity malty edge and a mildly tannic orange-zesty bitterness… the finish has plenty of lingering undertones of malty bitter-sweetness with a kickback from more dried citrus rinds.
M&D: softly-fizzy in texture with a rather nice balance, this is a medium-bodied, tasty and thirst-quenching pale ale benefiting from an abundant amount of hops (by Nethergate’s standard, that is). When on form, this cask ale is very delicious indeed and highly recommended!

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Photo of meylo
3.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer took me by surprise. I traveled down to South Texas from Austin. See when I head down there, I have to stop in at either Whole Foods or Whip-In. The valley has no place to buy good beer.

I really enjoyed this ale. It had the look of a typical hefey but the taste was uber sweet. To me it had a lavender onset taste with a springy calm fresh after taste.

I have to give this the Meylo "Closing of Summer" award of 2007.

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Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5L bottle into pint glass.

Deem amber color with a light tan colored one inch head that lasts forever. Stacked lacing along the glass.

Sweet and piney hops dominate the aroma, sitting over a lightly toasty malt base.

Bittersweet hops mix with a creamy malt base. A touch of honey is tasted as well. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish is mostly the hops fading.

This Pale Ale is more American than English with sharp hops and a 5+ %ABV. Recommended.

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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 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 Torch
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - This is a beautiful beer that pours with a nice tall head that has good retention and nice lacing. The appearance screams DRINK ME!

S - I'm not sure I know what coriandor smells like but I don't think I smell it here. Lemony is the best description of the smell. Very pleasent on the nose with no off smells at all.

T - I'm a fan of English Pale Ales and this one doesn't disappoint. Citrus and hops go well together in my book.

M - It's probably the excessive carbonation but this beer is somewhat sudsy feeling.

D - Good but not great. If the mouthfeel were improved this one would be awesome.

Very good beer overall.

St. Augustine, pray for us!

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3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden color with a slight orange tint. 2" thick off-white head. Tons of carbonation bubbles racing furiously towards the top. Outstanding retention. Nice patches of thick lace.

S - Orange blossom. Spice. Definite coriander. Tangy. Very appealing nose.

T - Citrus. Herbal. Tea leaf. Orange juice. Hint of bready malt. Decent bitterness in the finish.

M - Thin to medium mouthfeel. Not as carbonated in the mouth as the appearance led me to believe.

D - Great drinkability. This was a surprise for me. I look forward to trying this again soon. Well worth a try for your English beer money.

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Photo of SetarconeX
4.09/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Named after one of my all time favorite saints. I'll try to not let that color my review too much. Love the pic on the bottle though.

Medium dark reddish color, but with a rather huge froth on top that's borderline excessive. Clears out quickly enough though. Aroma is heavily lemon, orange, and perhaps a hint of ginger somewhere. Heavily citric, and rather powerful.

Taste has a hint of the coriander that's claimed on the label, but I mostly just get lemon and orange out of this one. Almost resembles a Belgian ale in how much citrus flavor I get out of it, though slightly more subdued than most of that style.

Not a bad ale at all, really. I'd love to have this with a lemony seafood dish.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Insanely bubbled, dark tangerine-bronze. The beer is so hypercarbonated that 95% of the glass is now full of orange creamsicle colored froth. Multiple streams of carbonation ensure that the head will never completely fade away and will make it difficult for me to fill half the glass with beer at any point in time. Lace doesn't have a prayer due to the softness of the foam. The glass might as well be made of Teflon.

The nose is enjoyable and consists of orange peel, orange blossoms, herbal hops and spices. I was surprised to see that coriander is added. It certainly isn't a typical ingredient in an English pale ale, but it's a welcome one in this case. The fruit-spice interplay is a treat for the nose. If the flavor follows suit, we have a winner.

Nethergate Augustinian Ale is different and I kinda, sorta like it. Although it's more bitter than expected, that's rarely a problem for me. Unfortunately, bitterness is so prevalent because the beer is undermalted. The relative lack of barley shows up in the usual ways: a lack of underlying sweetness, a thin mouthfeel, etc.

An orange rind fruitiness is the dominant member of the flavor profile. There's also plenty of herbs and spices, and no shortage of hop flavor. Coriander is even more of a presence on the palate than in the nose. In fact, this would be a good beer to teach someone what that particular spice tastes like. Even after the hop flavor fades, a tongue tweaking bitterness lingers.

The mouthfeel is a few bricks shy of medium. The beer isn't as effusively carbonated as it looks, but it's still too busy in the mouth. Drinkability suffers a little due to the unbalanced nature of the flavor profile and the less than stellar mouthfeel.

Augustinian Ale is a classic case of a beer that contains the right ingredients, but doesn't get the proportions quite right. With a tweak or two, it could be one of those good, offbeat English pale ales. I like the coriander, I just think a better beer needs to be built around it.

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Photo of 2ndstage
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer. Pours like a typical english pale ale, the head was kind of strange really large bubbles that diminished quite quickly to a light lacing of head on the glass.
Smell is where this beer is at. Nice hop presence but something else quite floral maybe chamomile and corriander very strong in the nose.
Nice medium body lower maltiness but just enough for the hoppiness of this brew. Finishes fairly dry and clean and leaving a crisp snappy cresendo to the performance. Very drinkable will be glad to find this one again.

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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 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 horndecker
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly murky tarnished earthy copper. A tan rocky head foams up and slides away, Clumps of brown sud subside slowly.

Nose is lemon and grapefruit up front. Grassy hops follow in abundance, and a sour fruitiness pervades. Real interesting and not expected.

The taste is hops first, strong but not cutting. A tart earthy fruit sits together with rough grain and malt.Mineral and bitter, medium bodied with a decent mouthfeel. The finish is dry, aftertaste herbal and bitter.

First impression is pleasing, but the persistant tart fruit seems a bit dusty and one-dimensional.

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Augustinian Ale from Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.
3.42 out of 5 based on 75 ratings.
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