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Trafalgar India Pale Ale | Freeminer Brewery Ltd.

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Trafalgar India Pale AleTrafalgar India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Freeminer Brewery Ltd.
England, United Kingdom

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 70
Reviews by JordanEllwanger:
Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark rich burgundy amber tone with an off white head. Smell is sweet and biscuit with a strong sent of alcohol. Taste reveals a coffee ground spice, very earthy. Feel is well with not to much bite. Not a bad beer, very english all around.


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More User Reviews:
Photo of marc77
2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The bottle I sampled was very overcarbonated and was a gusher. The head was tremendously dense, rocky and well retained... pouring it was a challenge. Light copper in color and quite clear except for the yeast particules that were liberated from the sediment by the overcarbonation. Butterscotch diacetyl, light crystal malt and a mellow Kent Goldings hop in aroma. Subtle toasty notes are perceptible as well. Diacetyl and light caramel malt notes dominate the flavor and the hop bitterness is too subdued to style. Diacetyl is very high in this brew and is nearly overbearing... either it's a result of the yeast strain used or it could be a Pediococcus infection (the overcarbonation is highly suspect) Despite the high diacetyl, the taste isn't bad. This tastes more like a (buttery) ESB than an IPA. Perhaps I had an off bottle or batch, but if you're sensitive to diacetyl and/or find it objectionable you won't like this beer at all. In any case, it was lacking for an IPA.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.3/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a one finger, white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lacing. Almost cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight piney nose. Starts and finishes hoppy, lingering aftertaste. Typical English IPA. $4.85 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of Viking
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle-conditioned wonder poured a hazy golden-orange with a thick, rocky head. A long-lasting head that left thick, foamy rings on the glass. Aroma of earthy hops with a fruity undertone. Noticeable aroma of caramel malt as well. Taste full of earthy hops. Nice & bitter without going too far - there's just enough sweet caramel malt for a solid balance. Rough mouthfeel with a bitter, oily hop finish. Refreshing brew, that went quite well with chicken flautas.

Based on the two bottles I had, I'd say that marc77 did indeed have a bad bottle. This is an excellent English IPA.

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Photo of budgood1
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours out a deep amber colour....no head to speak of even with a vigorous pour....some light carbonation. light biscuity malt and a heavier goldings hop aroma...seems lifeless. tastes mostly of doughy and biscuit like maltiness, with a hearty dose of hopping; not too bitter but mostly flavouful. body is full, but the mouthfeel is lacking becasue of the diminished mouthfeel due to the relative lack of carbonation. it comes off as a little slick and syrupy. lots of english hopping, but it's underwhelming. nicely bitter aftertaste.

i don't think this bottle traveled well. it seemed off. even though it's bottle conditioned, it was lackluster at best.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned. Hazy orange body topped by a big fluffy multi-level cream-colored head. Burst of citrus in nose. On the tongue, besides grapefruit, there is a touch of orange. Enough malt character to actually have a sweet note at first taste, but surprisingly hoppy for an English ale, even an English IPA. Nice hoppy aftertaste. Bought this blind, and I'm quite pleased.

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Photo of Chaz
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

(American Hopheads beware! This ain’t another Yank hop-bomb of an IPA!) From the folks who bring you the smirkingly well-named Deep Shaft Stout and the Shakemantle ginger-infused ale comes this premium-quality yet boutique-priced brew. Pours a brilliant light amber until shook-up to unleash the yeast, which is suspended beautifully here. Best-by-date is Jan. ’05, a bit conservative? Not much of a head here, lacing is tenuous but evident, and the carbonation is loopy, lazy, and languid. No matter, it has a great bitter-hoppy nose, making me think that again, here we have one of those brews which does a great job of straddling the ESB/IPA line. Hops are bitter/aromatic all at once, with a subtle and soothing malt backbone . . . to my mind this is an ESB, but an IPA to some old-schoolers and style-mongers and why quibble with styles when it’s a great beer, anyway? Bitterness lingers well, and the malts never leave you feeling let-down, round and sweet in the right places, subdued and subservient to the hops at others. A session beer the likes of which you’ll find at your better brewpubs, and a great beer nonetheless, although its retail price might well be too steep for anyone except die-hard beer geeks, industry professionals, and collect-‘em-all bottle collectors. But hey, this is not a big brewery after all, and besides, welcome to the Import world Post-90s! For some style and price-approximate points of comparison on this brew think of an amped-up (alcohol-wise) Brakspear’s bitter or a slightly more boozy Adnam’s SSB.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice bottle-conditioned ale,very hazy orange color with nice head.Wood-like lemony aroma smelled very fresh and fragrant,very dry and bitter taste with a long finish.To me this a superb representation of the style,there was some good balance in there,alot of our interpertations of this style are not balanced enough in my opinion.

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Photo of cokes
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Blurred orange under a compact and sticky vanilla dome.
Buttered apricots, dough balls and ample Goldings on the nose.
Begins plenty fruity, with figs, dates and mangoes. Gains heft with loads of caramel and substancial breadiness midway, offsetting an orange-rind spiciness that mingles well with the hops. A fair amount of diacetyl, but it finds its place amongst everything else. A touch toasty prior to the hop invasion. Drying, bitter herb-hued Goldings. A bit metallic. Ends mostly dry with a twist of lingering fruit and dead leaves.
Subdued, struggling carbonation gives this a from-the-cask feel. Solid medium-full bodied. Very well built.
A delight.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maris Otter and Goldings are clearly noticeable at the outset and combine spectacularly in this most remarkably balanced and somewhat unique IPA! At the very least it's quite authentic (a rare find - authentic IPA - in England), and it left me wanting more.

It's clear, deep-amber body is capped by a longstanding head of creamy white froth that holds well and leaves some very nice ripples and spots of lace about the pint.

The nose is bright with Goldings, a waft of yeasty fruitiness (orange marmalade and lightly tart-dry apple slices), and a delicately sweet and 'countryside' malt base (the floor-malted Maris Otter lends it notes of hay, damp but long-dried wood, and leather).

It's smooth in the mouth with a restrained carbonation and medium-full body.

Maris Otter malt and Goldings join together to dance a graceful up-tempo waltz across the palate, each revealing it's own character and then allowing the other to come forward. A bold bitterness backs it, but is far from bracing.

As previously noted, it's perfectly balanced; and it finishes very much the way it drank, with each of it's components having a chance at the spotlight, although the bitterness and hop flavors leave the stage last.

A splendid pint! At 6% I'd dare not enjoy it throughout the night, but this one has me entertaining the notion of booking a flight to Bristol and heading to Cotswolds for a week of relaxation and cycling about the Dean - along with a few nights at the pub, of course!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A plain silver crown cap tops a rather cool looking 1 Pint 0.9 fl.oz brown glass bottle. The main obverse label is a unique looking swishing triangular shape. Dark blue with the Freeminer Brewery decal and is called ‘Trafalgar’ which has the words ‘India Pale Ale’ above it. Listed as Bottle Conditioned and 6.0% Alc./Vol. The bottle has a dot-matrix code printed on it ’22 Jan 05 4023 208C’.

Appearance: A crisp looking dark golden body that has many minute specks of floating yeast. A frothy looking light tan head covers the beer and settles quickly to a foamy looking covering that leaves some nice lace. Carbonation levels are reasonable.

Nose: Toasted malts, caramel and the familiar smell of Goldings Hops, though none of these aromas are particularly string, in fact this is rather light in the nose department.

Taste: Breaded start with a toasted malt and caramel entrance. The middle is quite fruity with some beginning hop laden bitterness. The back is dry and the lingering Goldings Hop bitterness finally breaks through to dominate. A light wooden-pine feel in the aftertaste long after the swallow which is endearing. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Is this really from the bottle? This really feels like it could equally be from the Cask!! The conditioning levels are on a par with a pint from the Handpump freshly pulled down the local. Perfect mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Medium body, with an above average feel, that is truly a delight. Woody at times, I swear it feels like it has come straight out of a wooden cask. The Cask feel that this exhibits lends a massive Drinkability to an IPA that is equally British in character.

Overall: For once, a decent English offering that is worthy of the I.P.A. moniker, though you could never compare this to any US offerings – and you shouldn’t.

Freeminer Brewery are highly respected in the UK, and after only 12 years in existence their beers are always ones that I drink when I see them on Handpump, which is the reason why I picked up this bottle when I saw it recently. Recommended and damn quaffable.

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Photo of putnam
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A vigorous tower of cream-colored foam rose over the hazy, orange-brown liquid as aromas of brown sugar spilled forth impatiently.
As room opened in the bowl, a subtle bouquet of pine and solvent appear as well.
On the palate it gathers force from initial impressions of thick cream to thoroughly bittered toffee. The finish leaves raw, tar-like bitter impressions that linger for minutes.

A very well executed beer. Nothing was spared to make it the incredibly dense, dry liquid it is. And it is perhaps appropriate that an IPA not offer a lot of joyous, perfumy fruit flavors. Save this for those rainy, philosophy explorations inspired by Dostoyevsky or Kafka or Charlie Parker.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz brown bottle. No freshness date.
It pours a dull brassy color with a thin off-white head and some patchy lacing.
Smells of fruit, citrusy hops, strong tea and dried malt flow in nearly equal quantities.
A lightly sweet caramel and a mildly grassy malt taste lay the foundation for a nice, complex hoppiness. Although it's no hop monster, it does have a traditional English IPA character. Citrus peel, tea and a faint resinous hop bite provide an adequate bitterness.
This brew grows on you as the flavors balance and mingle.

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Photo of mschofield
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear medium amber, highly carbonated with a huge 3+ finger marshmallowy off-white head. (I skipped the swirl and add as directed on the label). Leaves puffy webs of lacing.
Spicy, fruity aroma, strawberry, caramel and perfume.
Spicy taste, lots of Goldings, a touch of citrus zest, pepper and caramel.
Medium bodied, a good drinker and excellent at cellar temperature

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear copper with low carbonation and a minimal white head. The aroma is light, with a slightly fruity maltiness. The flavor is malty and fruity. It is a very well balanced beer. Not too much on either side; light in malt, and light in hops. It is an easy drinking beer.

Sampled 5/1/04

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Photo of francisweizen
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a dark copper coloured brew with some sweet malt aromas. The aromas are very one-dimensional to me, and are very heavy on the sweet/bread-like malts. The taste follows suit. Where are the hops!?!?!? The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and the drinkability is good, but this is a very swwet, malty brew...not at all what I was expecting an IPA to be, British or otherwise. A bad bottle perhaps? I will revisit this one...

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Greatly caramelized color, aflush with bubblish activity, adorned with a loose, and soon gone head of ephemeral off-white foam.
Aroma is sourness right off,then green apples, cherries, mellow, low bitterness, after the first flush.
Taste: mild, smooth, and, sorry, dull. Still possessed of a great fruity quality in the flavor, but there's rarely any activity here, nothing grabs the palate, it lays fallow. Big, fresh, juicy malt, though, solid body, no qualms there. Hoping for a little more pizzaz, is all...but knowing what I ought to expect from an English IPA, it's a unique specimen to say the least. Caramel and apples continue to lead the list for flavor suggestions, and nothing else comes forward to displace them...a nice, easy, quite quaffable Brit IPA...but doesn't ring my bells too loudly.

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Photo of Darkale
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fabulous beer.

Deep, tangerine-orange body, cloudy with sediment because I poured it all in. Very thick, tan, creamy head. Very resilient.

Hoppy aroma, deep and flowery.

Spicy! Gritty in the mouth, faint citrus taste, undercurrent of charcoal-y malt. Chewy in the mouth as well, brisk, with slick aftertaste.

The pale ale underpinning of this beer is evident with its fine citrus fruit taste, perhaps more so than with most IPAs.

Complicated, spicy, deep, with a fabulous mix of hops and malt.

A wonderful IPA. Rivals any of the best available.

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Photo of Ahhdball
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slick poor, light maroon, sticky lace with a beige top. The head was thick at first but dissapated quick.
Strong alcohol aroma mixed softly with a grass and citrus aroma ended by dates and molassas.
Alcohol again is heavy and it masks a candy-like reference to the malt and citrus hops. Finishes with a slight yeast and a hint of raisen.
I'll have it again.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured a deep, misty amber with reddish orange overtones and a thick, sticky off-white head. The aroma is of understated buttery hops, typical of the English style. I found the mouthfeel unexpectedly thin, but not distractingly so. The taste is very intricate; immediately evident is the yeast from this bottle-conditioned ale, and the subtle caramel-like (Worcester Golden) hops move in, but there's also a smoky backdrop and an almost pine and cherry finish. A different IPA, for sure.

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Photo of LiquidBreadMan
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this one at The Ship Inn (Milford, NJ) and was pleasantly surprised.

It poured faint copper (in the low lights of The Ship) with a thick long-lasting head. Of all the craft brews I've had, this one surprised me most with an unmistakable aroma of bubble gum. And it was actually quite pleasant.

The mouthfeel was acceptable, not as dry as many IPAs, but decent nonetheless. Even though this brew had the prerequisite hoppiness, it was not overly spicy. Either my tastebuds are changing or my horizons are widening, because I rate this brew a lot higher now than I would have a couple years ago. I'll certainly have it again should the opportunity present itself.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Darker bright gold color, a two inch dusted yellowy puffy froth grew up from a vigorous pour, settles slowly down to a thick skim on top, lacing in delicate broken sheets.

Aroma is uniquely crisp and toasty with fresh bread yeast, some refined sweet fruityness of banana and pear esters hover underneath. The Goldings hops do their thing amongst the front of yeast and fruit tones. Quite an interesting wiffer, the sweeter fruityness seems to grow stronger as it warms.

Taste starts sweet and yeasty, touches of fruits and some light caramel, gets more toasty and hoppy as it nears the finish with, again, the Goldings doing their thing making for a nice pulpy/wood bittering tone holding well and ending crisp and dry. Nice coating of hop oil bittering thats mild and a bit complex with dry, woody, leafy stuff and left over yeast bits. Nice finishing qualities.

Feel is about medium in its body, thinner start but gains with a somewhat thicker malty base and slightly thick/pulpy richness that favors more of a smoothness then anything as it flows right down leaving a nice hop profile in the finish of dryness and woody spices.

A nice drinker; at first, I didn't know what to think of it, but it didn't take long for it to grow on me as it became quite inticing to continue, especially as it warmed. Solid English style IPA thats bordering a stronger ESB or Bitter type style. Nice hop and yeast profiles.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Big white head that sticks around for a long time leaving a rocky head and lace on the glass. Light amber color with a pretty vigorous carbonation.
S- Beautiful herbal hops aroma with some very noticable esters and a clean mineral character.
T- Starts with a spicy, herbal hop bitterness and it quickly blends with a hop flavor that has a piney, peppery flavor. The hops flavors slowly fade toward the end letting the dry toasty malts come through a little and the bitterness carries through to the end and finishes clean.
M- This beer is not as viscous as other english ales i have had and i think it accurately indicates what a IPA should be as high attenuatoin would have occured during the long transport to india. It is far from watery though.
D- I enjoyed this ale very much and would consider purchasing and drinking it again. I put it alongside Sam Smith's IPA and would easilly use it as a classic example of English IPA.

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Photo of DESTRO
2.76/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a nice light amber. big head. looks good. smells of citrus/floral hops. smells refreshing. taste? different. a bit sweeter than the usual high octane american IPA and thats fine with me. strong citrus backed up with a solid malt body, it not bad. but what i didnt like was the strong aftertaste of something like a herbal/lemon cough drop. it really has an offensive finish to it. pretty full in the mouth, not what id refer to as a quencher. all in all its so-so. would i drink it again? most likely not.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

orangey amber with a modest sudsy white head. some yeast particles
the aroma is biscuity, with orange rind and and a lot of tea-like dry herbal, but not flowery hops, it has an almost oregano character.
sweet with apple up front but drying and fairly strongly bitter at the back. its got some caramel in the middle, but it's fleeting. the bitterness seems almost scorched at the finsh, making it a little harsh.
medium bodied withdelicate smooth carbonation. it's actually very nice.
decent drinkability, but it gets a little harsh at the finish. it's not like like i don't love a beefy IPA, this is just a little abrasive.

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Trafalgar India Pale Ale from Freeminer Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 73 ratings