Trafalgar Pale Ale
The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel

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English Pale Ale
Ranked #298
Ranked #39,281
3.45 | pDev: 12.46%
The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
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Photo of yankinoz
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

On tap at the wonderful premises.

A good drop, but mislabeled as an English bitter. There is very little flavor from yeast esters. With a taste of light caramel and a good hit from an apparent blend of English hops, it is a refreshing beer of decent balance. Australian pale ale, like Cooper's Sparkling? No, it lacks peppery esters. There is a better resemblance to US golden ales of years past, but this one's aroma is much less than in, say, the old Ballantine XXX.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.73/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes, and to remind me not to purchase again when i go to the Lord Nelson.

Billed as 'English Bitter' on the blackboard. No.

Billed as an EPA on here. No.

Looks like, tastes like Coopers Pale. It's an Aussie Pale Ale and OK at best. Nothing wrong, but nothing really great or different either.

Straw colour, watered down taste, Coopers yeast, a bit watery. Forerunner for 150 lashes maybe?

Say no more, sadly.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Why the heck would a brewery call a nice caramel/malty/hoppy beer Victory Bitter...and a bitter as all sh&t beer...Trafalgar Pale Ale...I don't know...maybe cause everyone in the southern hemisphere is upside clue. The Trafalgar Pale Ale is bitter with hop....not much fruityness to balance the bitterness. The beer is dry and comes of the palate clean....which may be a good thing....because if it didnt I would need to shave my tongue!!! The color is golden yellow, and has nice head!!! Certainly can smell the hops, but the dry bitter is a taste to be desired. At the end of the day, the 4% ABV and not so bad tastes yields a SESSION Beer that can be tolerated!!!

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Photo of hunteraw
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with moderate head, leaves no lacing. A little hazy. Smell is rather fruity and yeasty. Tastes more bitter than might be expected from aroma alone. Fairly well-balanced. Mouthfeel is thicker than one would expect, rich. Overall quite drinkable. Went well with the fish at the brewery's restaurant upstairs

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Photo of brendan13
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a half pint with a small white head atop a hazy, dark golden base.
S - Slight pear like fruitness & a mild malty aroma.
T - Fruity also in the taste but with the malt coming through more giving a nice, dry biscuity character.
M - Medium bodied, fairly high carbonation.
D - Fairly tasty and highly sessionable at only 4.0%ABV.

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Photo of vancurly
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a) Pours a hazy orange / pale amber. White raft of a head, sinking to a decent slick. Good lace & bubbling.
s) Touch funky, but with some fruit hints, maybe pear flesh
f) Nice grain/malt taste, and PoR profile. Well balanced. A good challenger to Cooper's Pale Ale
d) A good "Aussie Pale" example, even if the blackboard in the pub says EPA.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light yellow body, with a good pillowy white head. Minimal carbonation.

Light maltiness on the nose, but not much else, not much hint of hops, not much fragrance. I wonder if this was served too cold...

The taste is a great deal better (or maybe it's just warmed up). Excellent hoppy bitter flavour. Tangy citrus notes, with a good organic grassiness. The malt is in the back seat, but it does just cushion all the wonderful explosive element up front. Good mouthfeel, very well suited to the crisp, bitter palate.

This is a very drinkable beer. Strangely, it's rather similar to the Quayle, it's just that all the elements seem to fit right in this one.

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Photo of Finite
4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great smell good apperance. Perfect PA colour.

Spicy and fruity. it really sticks to the style and I enjoyed it alot. Lots of bitterness with a malt backbone to support the hops.

Very good aussie PA and one that an everyday beer drinker could enjoy. close to the quality of LCPA.

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Photo of rastaman
2.53/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Promising aroma, nice first up flavour (pear, apple, nuts), but dissapears extremely quickly, a bit watery. i really get tired of noting their brews are watery, but its true, i just find that its getting too close to watery to be any good, another uninspiring beer, some bitterness, perhaps their best brew?

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Trafalgar Pale Ale from The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 15 ratings