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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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 13
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 spycow
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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 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 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 FLima
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a one finger off-white head with medium retention.
Aroma with notes of papaya, bread, biscuit and some spices.
Flavor with notes of papaya, spices, mild cocoa, herbal and earthy hops, biscuit malt, caramel and a mild grapefruit citrusy. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light towards medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Decent average English Pale Ale, well-crafted and balanced.

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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 CJNAPS
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3/5  rDev -14.5%

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 BretSikkink
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden brown with a touch of red or orange. Head looks soapy at first and not very tall, but the cap remains and leaves a hint of lacing. Appearance comes in a little higher than expected.

Nose is malty with a good dose of biscuit, way too clean for any pale ale, English or American. The hoppy aromas come in on the citric spectrum with a little herbal note.

Caramelized malt leads up front, with a fruity hop note and a sweet finish. Fairly straightforward English mild with toffee diacetyl notes, but more citric hopping than a typical version of that style.

Body is a little thin, finishes with a strange note of metallic something or other that doesn't follow from the ingredients. Sessionable and decent but not quite as good as I was hoping.

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Photo of ffshore545
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phigg1102
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hopsolutely
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A decent English Pale Ale, although find it hard to consider 6%ABV listed as a "mild".

Hazy orange/red amber with little head. Limited aroma with some malt presence. Not as complex or well-rounded a taste profile as I'd hoped after sampling other (excellent) Minerva offerings.

Malt flavours and graininess present, but a thin & bitter finish. Lacking the sweet caramelization I associate with British pale ales or the hop-focus in aroma and finish I love in the American versions.

Glad Minerva offers something outside of the standard macro-lager fare, but this Pale Ale is definitely not up to the caliber of their Stout.

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Photo of Curt3
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KimenTshom
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of cfrobrew
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of stoutman
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brownish and transparent colour, small lasting off-white head. No doubt it’s a pale ale, but it seems to be relatively modestly hopped. Aroma includes biscuits, finish is a little sweet. A more than decent alternative to your Mexican lager. Nothing special but not bad.

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Photo of waston
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of dbattey
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lehueve
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a very mild pale ale, looks good (lacks carbonation) smells sweet like molases and tastes bitter enough. Drinkable mexican beer but nothing great.

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

Photo of EOC
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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