Minerva Pale Ale | Cervecería Minerva

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Minerva Pale AleMinerva Pale Ale

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Cervecería Minerva

Style: English Pale Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mdaschaf on 09-29-2010

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Photo of Jayman931
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer won a Gold Medal for English Style Mild Ale at the World Beer Cup(year not specified). Very Light hop aroma and caramel aroma is pleasing. The color is really nice (caramel/orange color). Has a light malt and a light bitterness to it. Could use a little more fruit/esters taste however with this being a "Mild Ale" I think they hit it spot on. If you are into Mild Ales this really is a good beer.


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Photo of eduardoperezs
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle. Two-fiddy a pop - how can I resist, for the next offering for this brewery in Alberta? Sign me the fuck up, as my co-worker proclaimed earlier today.

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with one skinny finger of feebly foamy off-white head, which isn't long for this world, and leaves a concurrent minimal streak of fibrous lace around the glass.

It smells of fruity and sweet bready malt, with a slight metallic edge, and a light grassy and earthy hoppiness. The taste is more bready, somewhat biscuity malt, a bit of toffee/caramel, some mild buttery notes, and a nice, thought fairly neutered, citrusy hop rejoinder.

The bubbles are agreeably sedate, though nowhere near dead, the body a steady middleweight, especially for the purported style, and equally smooth. It finishes quite off-dry, the sweet malt exhibiting some newfound pastry characteristics to augment the existing sweetness base, as the hops seem to have dialed things back to lo-fi.

A not-so-sanely categorized beer - this is a pale ale, no foolin', with a clear identity schism between Yankee and Red Coat - regarding the booze alone (props though to the seamless integration) discounts the given classification (Miiild? There's nothing miiild about it!). Anyway, a decent ale, flavourful, and moderately hopped. Worth the pesos, that point is beyond reproach.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Won gold medal at the 2010 World Beer Cup apparently.

A: Pours a dark copper/ruby color. One finger head with decent retention and a little lacing.

S: A good dose of biscuity malt and dough. Also some faint citrus and floral notes, and some caramel.

T: The biscuity/dough malt is all over this one. There is some fruit component as well, some apples and maybe pear. There is a slight hop kick near the end. Leaves you with a caramel finish.

M/D: Light to medium bodied with nice carbonation. A very smooth offering from Minerva, probably their best. Very easy to drink and a great alternative to Mexican macro-lagers.

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Photo of fbalam
4.42/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Es una buena cerveza, fiel al estilo Pale Ale; lo sorprendente es lo ligeray digerible al gusto. Totalmente refrescante y hecha en México.

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Photo of cfrobrew
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of davidtarantino
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of IrvingAld
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of RolandoHH
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Hegon
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had in Cancun.

Nice fizzy 1 finger head fades at a med pace, a little hazy golden nectar orange color.

Nose actually has some decent hops, mostly earthy herbal grassy variety, light gritty malts, light pale malts, mostly UK style bittering english hops, mostly herbal, earthy, grassy, light esters, but not too vegetative.

Taste is similar to nose, a light grainy gritty malts, pale malts with a touch of metallic skunkish flavor. Then earthy herbal hops, decent bitterness with some grassy and gritty hop flavors. Again like an English bitter with grassy herbal hops, hint of esters, but not too U.K. Hedgerow like. Finish is a bit more bitter, dry, light malts, more grassy herbal hops.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, better than pretty much anything else around here, decent english pale, slight skunk but barely, never know how the beers are treated here.

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Photo of jazztoloc
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of geoperez
2.25/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of luisfrancisco
3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice, english style bitter, albeit with a little less hop presence.

Pours an amber/orange color with very little head. Only some sparse carbonation bubbles here and there, and a tiny layer of micro lacing.

Smell is of some caramel notes, although not very abundant.

Taste is of caramel and some subtle spicy notes. A very well balanced beer with some biscuity flavors. Some very subtle hints of some chocolate and maybe some prunes and or other dark fruits.

Very tasty english brew. Easily sessionable. Opens up very nicely as it warms up. A very good interpretation of the English Ales. The style may seem boring to some of the BAs used to bolder American Ales. However this is a truly great beer and very nice for a session, every day brew. Highly recommended. Probably one of the best regular ales brewed in Mexico.

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Photo of boneycur
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of llamas_s
2.19/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Its better on the nose than on the mouth

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Photo of ChrisPrz
3.99/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of waston
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at our hotel bar/restaurant. Spotted in a few other locations in Puerto Vallarta, and also found the El Deposito in town [EDIT: El Deposito was closed upon further inspection.] which I think is run by the Minerva brewery.
Poured into glass, presented with nice inch thick head of off white color, nice lacing with a little lingering. Color is copper, nice carbonation.

Smell is full Of nice fresh hops, light grassiness from the EKG, followed by a solid light caramel malt note, light toast, very nicely done.

Taste is clean, crisp malt flavors, very well balanced mix of caramel and toasted malt; hop freshness is there as well, very fresh and tasty.

Mouthfeel is somewhat on the more bitter side of mild to me, stronger bitterness on the tongue, but carbonation and sweetness balance.

Overall, best Mexican beer I've had and nice to have something different; can see how this picked up a gold at World Beer Cup 2010.

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Photo of LennyOvies
2.7/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

L- Clear amber body and white head.
S- Slight hop aroma with a sweet caramel strong note.
T- Sweet caramel malt flavor with a hidden hop touch.
F- Light, smooth.
O- Too sweet and watery for me. Expected much more.

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KingSlayer
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EnriqueVC
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jaimenavarrog
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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