Three Sheets
The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel

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English Pale Ale
Ranked #274
Ranked #42,903
3.5 | pDev: 18.57%
The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
Three SheetsThree Sheets
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Photo of Radcpa
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw appearance with a moderate head and carbination. Mild fruity aroma. Mild fruity taste some hops. This may be refreshing on a very warm day but not a beer for flavor enjoyment.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber colour with excellent head. Initial bitter hit followed by smooth roasted malt flavour and finished with a floral note. Medium to heavy body with low carbonation.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was visiting Sydney, Australia this summer and the concierge recommended I try some local food and beer at Lord Nelson’s. They had pretty low alcohol content across the board, but that’s OK so I tried the Three Sheets which was recommended to me. It has like 5% ABV and I don’t recall the IBUs, but it was a Pale Ale so had no bitterness to speak of.

Look-It poured a light golden yellow with crisp clarity and plenty of carbonation. The head was foamy and moderate.

Smell-It smelled of honey drop malts and floral overtones. I smelled a very pleasant aroma from this beer.

Taste-I first got the honey based malts with a balanced bitterness and a tinge of hops. Strong notes of citrus, tangerine, grapefruit, and orange peel zest characterized the first part of the flavor. Then floral notes sung high over the citrusy hops to the tunes of rose-petal, grassy herb, mint, and clover leaf. Lastly I tasted waves of pleasant herbs and spices such as coriander, raisin, bubblegum, and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel-It had a smooth mouthfeel, nothing special, but pleasant.

Overall-I was very glad to have had the chance to try this beer from down under. Unfortunately it can only be found in Sydney, but if you ever find yourself there then definitely visit Lord Nelson’s on the Rocks and give this one a try. Cheers!

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Photo of 1788SYD
4.17/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Signature pale ale from Sydney's oldest licensed brewery hotel.

Beers brewed on site, the sand stone pub is always busy with lovers of fine ales.

Look - Appearance - Pours a clear golden liquid with a creamy head which retains well (but it was from a tap).

Smell - Caramel, biscuit, floral, citrusy.

Taste - Malty, fruity, citrusy, not too hoppy like an IPA.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation, creamy.

Overall - A fine sessionable pale ale for those who find the IPA a little too hoppy and prefer a pale ale style of beer with fruity and floral tones.

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Photo of Act25
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In my trip to OZ one of the better brews. Shame that reviewers slammed this so hard, it's pretty good. Enjoyed at Fish on Rocks - a must seafood restaurant in town.

A -Good looking, hazy body, amber. One finger off white head head, but does not stay around or lace much

S Surprising fruit without being cloying, peach, mango, malt, bright inviting hops.

T follows smell and pairs well with seafood. Scallops in my case. Easy, pleasant with notable fruit on palate, and slight hop bitterness in the end game. Lots yeast as it's unfiltered.

F light and session ready. Could have had another.

Very good session beer.

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Photo of SmashPants
2.73/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Format: a standard 330mL brown bottle with a pretty cool old-school label.

Appearance: pours a light cloudy amber-orange with fine carbonation. A small off-white head fritters away quickly to a scrappy cap. Not much lacing either. Looks a bit lacklustre.

Aroma: very, very light fruits, with a metallic funk from the carbonation too. Not brilliant.

Taste: soft, yeasty and slightly fruity, red apple, bready malt and a little caramel. A bit clunky.

Aftertaste: drops away quite quickly again. This really isn't a great beer.

Mouth feel: very light in feel to the point of being almost watery. A moderate carbonation that really doesn't bring the flavour forward.

Overall: I heard this beer was pretty good, the best way to explain it is in one word: disappointing. It was too vague, too light. Some caramel malts, some light fruits, but mostly just a bit of an off yeast flavour and metallic carbonation. Not a good beer at all, particularly for AU$70 a case. Far better pale ales out there for far less.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look - hazy body. Orange-amber. One finger off head head does not stay around.

Smell is a little peach, a little mango, but not alot going on.

Taste is very pleasant drinking from the get-go. Sweetish fruit salad notes on front palate, and a little hop bitterness. Little yeast. Integrated tase, nothing dominates.

Mouthfeel light and sessionable.

Very good session beer.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.02/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy orange body with a finger of white head from an aggressive pour. Faint short webs of lace.

S - Mild tropical fruit hops with some sweet malt.

T - Follows the nose, traces of green apple. Not much punch.

M - Light thin body, low carbonation. Watery.

O - OK balance and not the worst pale ale on the market but much better options available.

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Photo of joecast
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slight cloudy light golden appearance. Low carbonation. Thin frothy white head. Very little sediment in the bottle if it is bottle conditioned. Some previous reviews mention this as a low point so not sure if they have modified their process but looks fine now.

A gentle mix of malt hops and yeast. Not quite expected for the style, but certainly not unpleasant. Light citrus and yeast esters with a bit of malt sweetness.

Similar makeup in the taste. Light hop and yeast character supported by backing malt sweetness. Low bitterness but enough for balance. Yeast character comes out a bit more as it warms.

An interesting beer this and a bit tough to review. Not sure if it's brewed as an EPA or just classed wrong here. If the style here is wrong it's probably closest to an American blonde, but even then the yeast is still a but out of place. In it's favor though, it's flaws are not deal breakers and may just be part of the character of the beer.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer advocate boys are tough or got a bad batch. Three sheets does not deserve an "F" and would recommend a re-try. My guess is they got some in the US which was spoiled. They need to try it fresh and I believe they would at least give it a "D"....I mean c'mon this is better than Bud Light! Anyway, I thought it was quite tasty. It was a lighter beer, good for the summer months. It wasn't an all-powerful West Coast pale ale, more of a East Coast pale with hints/scents of fruit. Dont be this try it.

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Photo of drtth
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes taken on a recent trip to Sydney.

Served in a wine glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is an orange/light brown color with a ¼" white head that recedes slowly to a small ring around the glass. At first sipping leaves some lacing but by midway through the beer not much lacing is left.

Smell: The aromas include light malt character, some fruity touches and some nice fragrant but subtle grassy hops. But they are faint and hard to sort out.

Taste: The flavors include some light citrus and other fruity character with some light hop bitterness, mostly grassy.

Edit: After filing this review and then looking through some of the other reviews it seems to me there is a big difference between having the beer fresh on tap at the brewpub and having it from a bottle.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel was medium to light bodied and soft with light carbonation. The finish is medium length with the sweetness disappearing first to leave behind some grassy bitterness that fades away relatively soon.

Drinkability: I thought this one reasonably drinkable, both before dinner and as a companion to the Thai seasoned Baramundi dish I had for dinner. While it doesn't make my list of top Pale Ales, I certainly would not turn down another.

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Photo of Macca
2.8/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a bright golden colour. Almost looks unnatural. Not much head to speak of. Cloudy.

I'm getting some weird aroma but I can't really identify it. Doesn't smell good though. It almost smells like powdered Gatorade. It's got a tartness to it. When I give the glass a good swirl I occasionally get some ok hop aromas but not a lot.

The palate is really dead. If I trusted my tasting ability a bit more I'd say it was infected but I'm not really sure.

I will try and get another bottle from another source to review later but this one will have to stand for now.

Have another bottle.

Colour the same.

The aroma is still a little strange but at least now on the fruity side of strange. Actually they grow on you.

Taste marginally better but still not that impressed. Definitely not infected.

I keep getting told how good this on tap. Looks like I'll need to head to Sydney sometime soon.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.46/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark amber with a white suddy head.
Nose shows next to no hops, just some faint grassy notes. Some sweet caramel is noticeable, but it seems stale. Some sulfur and vegetal characters put the final nail in the coffin.
More of that dirty malt shows up as a flavour but, in a redeeming note, the caramel is more noticeable. Finishes with a very mild, plain bitterness.
Low carbonation, body is too heavy in my opinion.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
1.08/5  rDev -69.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine March 2007

Pours a hazy, orange-amber; crowned with a thick, fizzy, white foam head that drops to a semi-translucent white lace with poor head retention. Unfiltered, so there is some sediment and white chunks in the beer.

Bready, baker's yeast, fruity esters, powdery pale malts, and a note of cider fermentation in the nose. Smooth and watery on the palate, with a fizzy carbon- ation in the back. Malt flavors are thin and non-distinct, lending little sweetness. Semi-sharp character akin to a young homebrew with a cider bite. Apple-juice fruitiness with skins beneath. Very musty, like an old, damp cellar, with an unpleasant yeast character towards the semi-drying finish.

The brewer should have noted that the beer is unfiltered, so consumers can properly decant without getting sediment in the glass. Very amateurish, and an absolute discomfort to consume. No redeeming qualities.

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Photo of Hanger
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle in a mug

A - Pale golden colour with 25-30 mm white head

S - not very strong with some fruits and malts

T - much stronger than aroma with slight hoppy bitterness and fruity malts

M - smooth and light bodied with some bitterness

D - very smooth and easy drinking. definately a good session beer

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 2.0
Pours a finger of loose white head that quickly disappeared over a cloudy body that looks like something between iced tea and peach nectar.

Smell - 3.0
Sweet, fruity, yeasty aroma of pear, red apple and caramel.

Taste - 3.5
Definitely more of an Australian pale or sparkling ale than an English pale ale. Soft, yeasty and slightly fruity, red apple, bready malt and a little caramel. Leafy and metallic hop presence is certainly there, tastes like Pride of Ringwood, moderately bitter.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Very smooth, fine carbonation, feels quite syrupy in the mouth.

Drinkability - 3.5
A little heavy in mouthfeel to make a good session beer. Not hard to drink though, plenty of flavour.

An average Australian brewed beer. I like to support the locals, this is quite tasty but not something I would pay money for again.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a clear body with just a slight hazy causing it to glow a golden orange body in the sunlight. The head is a big cloud of white foam that is bubble and soon disappears. There are little white floaties swirling around in the beer with some strands of bubbles trailing up to the surface.

S- The soft nougat note gives way to pale dry malt and a light sulfury finish that has a nice green woodruff note to it.

T- The soft clean pale malt flavor is dry with a following of light green herbal flavors in the finish. There is a clean sulfur note in the finish that covers the green hop note a bit.

M- This beer has a light mouthtfeel with a fizzy finish.

D- This beer has a pretty light lager characteristic with not much depth of flavor. The only real hops flavor bitterness, but there are no off flavors.

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Photo of paigertx
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an appropriate pint glass(which is hard to find in Sydney). Great apprearance in an orange/brown hue. Refreshing to find a Pale Ale with some flavor after tasting many subpar lagers. Taste of slight citrus and moderate hop afterbite. Not the same magnatude of hop aroma as American PA's but drinkability with the low abv was great. Best of the PA's I tried in Australia.

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Photo of smithflipper
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Serving 330ml Bottle.

Pours a cloudy Pale amber.

Smell - Apples, pears, plenty of yeast/ phenolic/ cloves.

Taste - Seems quite yeast driven, apple and pear flavour comes through. no real bitterness.

Mouthfeel - medium to light, pleasing carbonation.

All and all, a pleasing summer session beer. Noithing that'll rock your world. But after a hard days work, this would be a great pale ale to have.

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Photo of rec
3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It tastes quite home-brew like, but also reminds me of British golden ales I've tried.

A merky golden body is evident after pour, as is a deliciously rocky head that sticks to the glass. The head has amazing staying power, even during the drink.

I personally didn't find anything particularly impressive about the aroma - however some light fruit scents such as pear were a nice suprise.

The high carbonation and light-fruit flavours are very pleasant - apricot is something instantly recognised amidst the many flavours, with some mild spice finding its way onto my palette too. It's suprisingly complex, but supurbly balanced. Unfortunately it's balanced to the point where if you weren't investigating the taste, you might even call it bland.

The mouth-feel is nothing to write home about, and the aftertaste is crisp and bitter - definately not highlights of this brew, but don't detract from the delightful flavour.

Definately try this one if you're a fan of the style!

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Photo of jarmby1711
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first try of a Lord Nelson beer and I was pretty happy with it.
My finishing impression was that this was more of an English Bitter to my taste buds and hence may have been better on draight , however previos reviews appear to refute this .
The hazy dark gold ale had a great estery and yeast smell.
The taste didnt quite live up to the smell and was a little bit weak underneath the well balanced bitterness.
It ws , as others have said a little watery to thin and perhaps just a bit too carbonated.
Why cant they put these beers into a 500ml bottle .330ml is a faggotty amount

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Photo of Weizenmensch
4.54/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Vancurly's review is spot on. I'll go on to say the same things, only in a more verbose way.

A: A bit darker than your typical Hefeweizen, but otherwise quite similar. I should have poured this into a Weizenglas out of interest. Thin head though - it's definitely an English ale. Not very true to style, but all right.

S: Fruity smells hit me as soon as I'd cracked the bottle. They're all over the place. Apricot and pear, definitely, but also pineapple and apple. Slightly minty, but not that overpowering fresh mint character. Might taste all right with a bit of mint if you're into that sort of thing. Smell is pungent, but not too unbalanced - it's still nice.

T: 80% Tripel, 20% pale ale. Formidable flavours - extremely complex. I like it actually. I've had this beer on tap and it tastes NOTHING like the bottle. This is way more fruity than pretty much any other Aussie pale ale. I'm always craving more fruit esters, and here they are. I'm impressed. Also - pepper, candied sugar, cinnamon, and maybe more pear on the palate. This is really good. It's getting a five - no beer has subtly offered itself to me so proudly and fruitily in recent memory - in fact, in the last few years. Definitely glad I bothered trying this in the bottle!

M: It's a bit bitter and cloudy, but it goes down well and doesn't leave a gross aftertaste. Similar to Coopers Pale in terms of mouthfeel, but with a strange pineapple reminder of the beer, rather than the hop-mouth most beers give you.

D: For sure. I wish I were there now. A few years ago, I always went there when in Sydney - these days, I don't really bother. But next time I'm up there, I'm definitely going back to the Lord Nelson. I served this one a little bit colder than cask temperature, and it has performed very well. But I suppose you can't chill casks just to match the English climate... and unfortunately, with Sydney being on the coast, winters are pretty mild.

Try it in the bottle.

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Photo of vancurly
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aaah at last. Mr Hayden gets on the bottling bandwagon...

For mine, the beer at the Lord Nelson has always been reasonable to good... You would not make the trip just for the beer, but for the overall experience.... beer, food, atmosphere, lack of poker machines....

But these days, there are finer beers available in other establishments in Sydney, so the "overall experience" factor is no longer the exclusiver domain of the Lord...

So, it's with great interest I try the bottled beer. Is it better than the draught variety ?

A: White froth head, sinks to a thin slick. Cloudy orange, like a Hefe.... good bubbling

S: Fruity... starts out with hints of apricot & pear, warms to lychee. Touch of caramel.

F: A discernable spicy note...musky pepper. Touch of caramel sweetness, with a medium bitterness.

M: Quite a good body.... almost creamy, with a good effervescence.

O: I think it's better than my memory of the draught version, although I haven't been to the pub for some time. Must drop in and check it out.

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Photo of dwarbi
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Lord Nelson's first bottle release... and they definitely could have picked a better brew to start with.

Three sheets pours well. Golden amber with a healthy head. The head doesn't stick around for long though.

There are some hops in the aroma but not enough to overcome the smell of metal.

This beer has some taste and mouthfeel, but it becomes cloying after about a third of the brew. I was unable to finish a six-pack at a party. And I will not be purchasing any more Three Sheets. Why don't they bottle their porter?

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firstly, I have to say I disagree with the classification of this one. I think it's a leap to call this one a Macro Lager...

Slightly cloudy orange yellow colour, with a slightly filmy head. Very little retention.

Smell is rather sweet, almost reminiscent of a hefeweizen. There's also a rather pleasant grassy hoppiness. Quite fragrant, very enjoyable.

Taste is also good, hint of luscious fruit, with a good highlight of hoppy piquancy. This is a very pleasant beer.

This was one of the standouts at the Nelson, I don't know if they've changed the recipe or something, but it certainly seems like it's improved since my fellow reviewers have sampled it.

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Three Sheets from The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 62 ratings