1488 Traditional Ale | Tullibardine Distillery

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1488 Traditional Ale1488 Traditional Ale

Brewed by:
Tullibardine Distillery
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by IronDjinn on 06-20-2009

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by prosper:
Photo of prosper
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light reddish brown with a light tan head - very dense and creamy with excellent retention.

Smells lightly of dark toffee with an herbal flair, maybe a hint of peat and some flowery hops.

Taste is mainly nutty toasty malts. Not a lot of bitterness. Something fruity/herbal going on there, with some light buttery toffee and faint chocolate.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, bordering on watery.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, shiny stenciled gold lettering, oh my, my inner child is just giddy!

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with two skinny fingers of bubbly, soapy off-white head, which leaves some island atoll lace around the glass after it quickly settles.

It smells of semi-sweet biscuity grain, a touch of sugary pastry dough, a bit of woody vanilla, and floral, earthy hops. The taste is gritty bready, biscuity pale malt, with a touch of wet toast, some middling nutty notes, and subtle, but drying earthy hops.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, just a wee blip here and there, the body medium-light in weight, perhaps a bit watery at times, but generally consistent and smooth. It finishes off-dry, the toasty biscuit character still most evident, as the wooden barrel essence fully wisps away.

A fairly typical EPA still holds onto its base roots here, the barrel notes, while initially flavourful enough, are eventually fleeting at best, understated as they are. Any expectation of a big namesake whisky guest appearance is apparently misbegotten.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 500 ml brown bottle, pours out a deep translucent chestnut brown with a tall tight spongy off-white head.

Pleasant aroma, toffee notes, some wood, but also some crisp metallic detergent which doesn't detract but certainly cuts through the soft rounded malt.

Certainly leans to the malty side in the flavour, toffee and nuts up front, a woody and slightly boozy middle, crisp dry finish that possesses more carbonation than it does flavour. Only after a while does a faint woody aftertaste develop, and lingers on in the shadows of the palate.

The mouthfeel is on the thin and watery side, although not beyond the point of no return. Lots of carbonation all the same that seems more obtrusive than beneficial, crisp and dry but no real body or rounded smoothness to speak of. Would make a decent lager mouthfeel for what it's worth....

Not an unpleasant ale, although not very memorable either. In fact given the texture of the mouthfeel and the muted flavour profile I think this would make a great gateway beer into ales in general for the macro lager drinking crowd who are looking to expand their horizons, as in that regard it's very approchable and unintimidating yet still carries the prestige of being aged in whiskey barrels.

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Photo of fizzyted
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Shadman
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first foray into the 1488 clan. Nice enough looking brew. Bright copperish brown, large if slightly fizzy head. No ral lacing.

Nice toasted pale malts, some floral vanilla oak from the whiskey barrels no doubt.

Wow. A letdown flavour-wise. Weak and thin pretty much all the way through until the middle end when the toasted malts let on to some slight chocolate-like tones. Slight vanilla oak dryness.

ABV is listed @ 4.5%, so some light body is expected, but this seems overly thin.

@ over $6.00 per bottle it's too sub-par and pricey to be considered much more than a one off unless you're flush with cash and want to show off.

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Photo of 4ster
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

1488 Traditional Ale from Tullibardine Distillery
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 6 ratings