Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale | Black Sheep Brewery PLC

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Monty Python's Holy Grail AleMonty Python's Holy Grail Ale

Brewed by:
Black Sheep Brewery PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stcules on 05-24-2002

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Photo of Amalak
2.69/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had out of 12 oz. bottle.
A- Gold in color, with an excellent foamy head and lacing. No bubbles.

S- Slight bitter scent, similar to a lager.

T- Tastes very basic, like a lager, not really an ale. It is crisp, but with little flavor. Sells off its name more than its taste.

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Photo of PerroGrande
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

With a name like this, I just couldn't pass it up! (Whole Foods in Dublin, Ohio)

Appearance: Gorgeous clear, deep orange color. Moderate initial, wide-bubble foam that disappears almost as quickly as it appeared. I'd rate it higher if the foam was more impressive and durable.

Smell: Pleasant aroma containing yeast, some grains, and a green-apple hint.

Taste: Many subtleties at work here. Nothing overpowering in this brew. I picked up some initial green-apple/citrus hints, with maybe a touch of cinnamon. Subtle malt overtones work their way in with yeast hints throughout.

Mouthfeel: This beer loses almost all carbonation quickly -- to the point of almost being "flat" (which is okay with me, as I'm not a huge fan of heavy carbonation). Feel is very light, tending toward watery.

Drinkability: Very good. Easy to drink and refreshing. Lower ABV would make this beer good for sessions, lawnmowers,etc.

I like this beer, but I don't love it. I'll certainly have it again, though. It is a refreshing, subtle beer that won't challenge, but also won't offend. Tends to get overwhelmed by food, though, so stick with lighter fare when enjoying this brew.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish amber color. The smell is of generic grains, cereal and there is a hint of sweetness, an apple like smell. The taste is very crisp, a sweet apple taste is in there with some easy malt grains and a slight hop bite at the end that is very small. The mouthfeel is crisp and moderately carbonated. Overall it is a very drinkable beer, it is not overly complex but very smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of champ103
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an orange color. A one finger white head forms and leaves some light sticky lace.
S: Very light malt sweetness. Grain and cereal. Light hops. Nothing really impressive.
T: Very sweet. Pretty much cloying. No real flavor, just an overbearing sweetness. A light hop bitterness lingers.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A soapy and oily consistency. An easy enough beer to drink. Though the sweetness makes this a one and done.

Not bad in its own right. Kind of a novelty. A one time purchase for me.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.12/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark orange/amber color pour with a medium sized rocky white head , some light lacing left behind , medium carbonation .Aroma is lightly malty with a bit of floral hops . Flavor is of caramel malt, ripe apple , and a bit of hops, lightly bitter , short fruity finish . A crisp mouthfeel , medium body . A good try , nothing offensive but nothing to bring me back for another . Quite sessionable .

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Photo of 1p3261
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - Pours with a nice stiff head and a gradual lace. Color is within style range, but slightly too hazy for my tastes.

s - Slightly malty with a strong scent of apples.

t - Almost no bitterness and a lingering apple taste gives way to a bread like aftertaste

m - smooth, like a good enlish ale.

d - would definitely reach for a second if I had one on hand.

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Photo of Jayli
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden yellow, with a 1-2 finger of of fluffy white head. Head retains rather well and leaves some decent sticky lacing. Nose is of grains, grassiness, some sweet fruits, and a bit of a malt character. Taste is well balanced, nothing overpowering or stands out - some grassiness hits you up front, grains and breadiness hit the middle with a sweet malaty character at the end. Lighter side of medium body with moderate to high carbonation, goes down rather smooth, slightly sweet aftertaste to it but it doesn't linger all that long. This is one to sit with for a night, nothing jumps out but well done and easy to sit with.

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Photo of montageman
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A full flavored ale - decent bitterness with notes of roasted malt. Very easy to drink, but there is no sacrifice on taste. Carbonation is a little heavy, but would probably be tempered on cask (if it's available). Mid level ABV makes this an option for session drinking. Aside from the carbonation, this is a solid ale. Recommended.

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Photo of aaronxsubaru
4.07/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Something about this was really good. I loved the flavor of this beer. Super drinkable with a nice mouth feel and interesting flavor. good citrus flavor with some pine from hops. It wasn't very carbonated, but thats fine by me. I would love to have this again. I highly recommend this if you want a drinkable beer thats different than the from the usual.

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Photo of plaid75
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Chip Shop, Brooklyn, New York.

Poured a medium copper hue with not much head to speak of.

The smell featured a soft malt, some light caramel and a grassy hop.

The taste consisted of a doughy malt, a grassy hop and the slightest amount of diacytl.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a easy drinking pale ale.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours clear copper with a smallish eggshell head that disappears without leaving much of a trace. Smells of typical English malt, that's to say sweet, bready, and with some caramel. Light hop character. Very mild taste, with straightforward (boring) malt character again taking the lead. Hard to find any sign of hopping here; nothing really floral, nothing citric, no pronounced bitterness. Medium body. Nothing special, though I'm wondering how old this bottle is.

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Photo of dudecandle
3.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Relatively dark with a tiny head, which didn't last long.

There was something that struck me strongly pepperminty, which may have been some combination of orange peel and very piney hops. Not bad at all, kinda unusual. The bread was more apparent on the taste.

Like a good Pale Ale, it was nice and rounded, balanced with a decent spice background.

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Photo of stevecee2003
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 12oz. bottle. I wasn't expecting anything. Perhaps just a name capitalising on the Python label.

But it had a NICE head. Frothy and true. This might be a surprise. Good head retention, and it stuck to the glass- ALWAYS a good sign.

Smelled of malt sweetness and some fruit- for me.

The taste was a bit hard-water feel, but actually quite nice taste. There was that tea taste flying high overhead. But in a nice way. Refreshing. Perhaps a little lemon in there. And I agree, there is that bread crust thing going on in there. Overall very smooth. Forget Bud, this one has "drinkability".

Notes/Overall: I have to say I was surprised. When I reached for it, I had a choice of the old reliables at my local beer warehouse. It was a sort of "what-the-Hell" choice, and in the end- a good one. A surprise. Pretty danged good!

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Photo of Tone
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper/orange color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast cleanliness, grain, pale malt, and slight hops. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt up front, then grain, slight sweet malt, pale/dry hops, and some yeast cleanliness. Overall, a decent pale ale with good drinkability.

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Photo of bsp77
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Light clear copper with nice initial head, but quickly subsided to a very thin layer.

Smell: Bready malts and strong fruitiness.

Taste: Bready malts, some tea-like character and very light bitterness.

Feel: Despite the flat look, it seems overly fizzy. Also, a little thin.

Drinkability: Easy to drink EPA, but nothing out of the ordinary. Would love to have this at a pub in England, instead of bottled at home.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A bright, clear, golden-bronze color with loads of visible carbonation when first poured. The dull off-white head is fairly tall, dense, and foamy, with an irregular texture. Retention is decent, with patches of lacing.

S: Grainy malt in the nose. Some herbal and mineral hop aroma is also present. Somewhat metallic as well.

T: A dry fruitiness is present at first. Rough, grainy malt provides little sweetness. Hops are herbal and mineral, with mild bitterness and some solid flavor. Buttery and woody notes.

M: Medium bodied, with mild carbonation. Dry throughout, especially so into the finish.

D: Not exactly the most exciting beer around, but a sturdy, drinkable English Pale Ale. This would be very sessionable. Solid.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep English gold with billowing head of white, webs a bit at the top, lacing is attracted to the edge but a bit thin, no carbs. Looks like an impressive English ale.

Again very English, lots of hops, very grassy, reminds one of a verdant English pasture. Hints of lemony citrus add a tartness, malt is not really there. Quite nice though.

Malt is definitely there on the palate, thick and sticky with a biscuity kind of sweetness, thick and full mouthfeel. Hops are there in their earthy, tart goodness but finish is grainy, like cereal, with a brown sugar kind of flavour to it that somehow manages to re-emerge after the hops have done their lingering magic. Hence very, very back of the palate is somehow quite sweet, although for the most part a slight lemongrass bitterness is prevalent. Not a bad English ale, apart from that lingering sweetness there's nothing unusual about it. Taste is a bit plain overall. Could well be used as a cleanser though.

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Photo of giblet
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

i have to agree with the previous reviewer. i bought this for the gimmick of the name. poured nice with golden color and one inch of head. good steady carbonation. some light lacing down the glass. beyond that it is ho-hum. nothing great about the taste. grains with a very light hint of hop. not anything that would make me want to buy it again.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of aristeros
2.84/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought it for its name for 1.69, expectations aren't too high. Poured into a pint glass, amber color with a finger of white foam. A tiny bit of lacing.

Smells sour-ish, maybe tart citrus. Very smooth, but nothing really sticks out. Grains, citrus, a bit of hops in there somewhere. It's got stuff going on, but not particularly well-balanced, and no aspect of it is truly developed. Texture is good, carbonation is good.

Not a terrible beer, but I was hoping for more than the gimmick.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Brass rail Deli

A- a gold type of color with some red tints to it. A 2 finger head that leaves a claspy lacing on my glass.

S- some sweet malts with notes of honey and maybe some sort of lemon or orange peel citrus.

T- a metallic lemon type of taste. Not overly bad but sour like. the malts are present and tanged. After a few put backs it becomes somewhat tart.

M-tart and malt. Somewhat smooth but crisp.

D- an easy beer to throw back however the tartness takes away from how many i could put down.

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Photo of FleeVT
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Lodge in Boca Raton, poured into a pint.

A: Extremely mild haze to a light amber with big head.

S: Spiced citrus hops and faint sweet malts on the nose.

T/M: Smooth beer that is perfect for a Florida summer's day. Starts sweet and tart with a slow transition to the hop bitterness in the back.

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Photo of twaddlac
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Has a small head but ends with a nice white lace. Light orange/yellow and crystal clear

S- Notes of honey and malt with a strong scent of citrus.

T- Not a strong taste but has a nice mellow, slightly malty taste with strong hints of citrus as well.

M- Really smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

D- Decent beer, not one of the best but not too bad.

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Photo of rgrholmes168
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice amber into a pint glass. There was plenty of carbonation shown through the glass. A decent two finger head that left a small amount of lace on the sides of the glass.

The aroma had a hint of fruit, but was fairly weak and did not stand out. Kind of reminded me of a Bud Light.

The taste was a little bit better than the aroma. I was not expecting much. It did seem like a little bit hoppier version of an American Lite beer.

The beer was very light on the palate and would be good on a hot day. Something that would quench someone's thirst after a hot day mowing the grass.

Overall, not an impressive beer, but the name is cool so you figure you need to try it.

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Photo of degerbah
2.68/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a lager-like pale yellow with plenty of quickly settling head. The smell is slightly of mild hops.

The taste is very clean and somewhat watery. I appreciate the light flavor as it's over eighty degrees outside, but I was looking for something a little more flavorful. There is so little flavor with this beer it really reminds me of a macro lager. Nothing at all special about it. It's very drinkable and I could see it possibly being a gateway beer, but it is substandard when compared to Sam Adams Boston ALe or Lager. I've seen this on the shelf for years and never tried it, now I'm glad I didn't buy more of it.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours like a golden and better looking Miller Lite. Whispy white head.
Smell is pretty faint, but there is some rind and maybe a limited hop profile.
Taste is very smooth and it is highly drinkable, although the taste is fairly limited in its complexity. Some rind added to the mix is nice though.

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