(512) English Strong Ale
(512) Brewing Company

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English Strong Ale
Ranked #77
Ranked #38,609
3.62 | pDev: 14.64%
(512) Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Notes: Formerly known as (512) FOUR

(512) FOUR is a classic English-style Strong Ale. The biscuity Maris Otter and caramelly Crystal malts contribute notes of toast, toffee, and dried fruits, which are perfectly balanced with a blend of authentic UK Fuggle and East Kent Golding hops. Dry-hopped with Northdown, (512) FOUR is a complex and satisfying ale.
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 61
Photo of kojevergas
2.49/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes taken at the Dog and Duck in Austin, TX in 2014.


HEAD: ~1cm wide. White in colour. Supple. Decent thickness and creaminess. Above average (~3 minute) retention. Nice even lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Translucent murky dark copper. Nontransparent. I see no yeast/lees within; it's a clean looking brew.

Appears adequately carbonated.

AROMA: Milky/whoppery malts, cream, pale English malts, butterscotch, floral and herbal hop notes, buttery toffee. No yeasty notes are detectable.

Not boozy.

A pleasant aroma of mild strength, though I do have concerns about potential diacetyl off-flavour based on the buttery notes so prominent in the aroma.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Very buttery and milky, with a sickly English pale malt backbone corrupted by the buttery/butterscotch-redolent diacetyl that dominates the brew. Light floral and herbal hop character is in there too, along with some toffee.

Has a light creamy feel on the palate. Medium-bodied. Has an okay thickness that doesn't really support the malt backbone all that well. Overcarbonated.

Too sweet overall; definitely imbalanced even though the build boasts fair cohesion. The flavours showcased here just really don't appeal to me personally; maybe an English ale purist would find more value in this brew than I do.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Not a complex, subtly executed, or nuanced brew by any stretch.

OVERALL: Not 512's strongest work. I don't care much for this one in particular, and wouldn't get it again. It'll be a chore to finish this.

High D+ (2.49) / NOT RECOMMENDED

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange gold pour with a white one-finger head. Toasted and caramel malt aroma. Flavor follows the nose perfectly with a nice mix of toasted and caramel malt flavors upfront. Can also taste a hint of grass, biscuit and earth. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of brurevu
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The FOUR poured a hazy golden amber with a huge white head and great lacing. The aroma was caramel sweet and biscuity with a hint of orange or grape but not from hops more from the sweetness. The taste was a solid malt and toffee with more of the orange or grape fruitiness underneath. The FOUR had a nice bitter hoppy finish that lingered on my palate and was a pleasant surprise given the more malt forward aroma and taste. While I do not drink many English Strong Ales I found that I was really enjoying the FOUR. I think it was the bitter hoppy finish that really rounded out the toasted malty sweetness that kept me coming back for more. Another great beer from (512).

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Photo of champ103
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hay Merchant in Houston.

A: Pours a hazed golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention and lace.
S: Toasted malt, caramel sweetness. That is it. Not much in the nose.
T: Again, pretty muted. Toasted and caramel malt. Fairly sweet with some light stone fruits. Just not much here.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Smooth but crisp at the same time. Not hard to drink at all. Though not much to keep me interested in coming back.

Not bad, but bland and ho hum. 512 is one of my favorite Texas breweries, but this is just not there for me.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Jack Mac's.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. I get a lot of toffee and sweet bread notes in the aroma, as well as a hint of some fruit. The flavor is very similar. There is a lot of malt in the flavor, with some nice sweetness from the toffee. I also get some grape notes, as well as some earth and a hint of grass. There is a light amount of bitterness coming through from the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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(512) English Strong Ale from (512) Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 61 ratings