Gale's Conquest Ale Master Brew | George Gale & Company Ltd

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Gale's Conquest Ale Master BrewGale's Conquest Ale Master Brew

Brewed by:
George Gale & Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-20-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Darkale
3.36/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Strange beer. I saw this single in the case of one of my favorite stores and thought I would brave its $4 price and give it a shot. Not sure that it was worth it.

No head. I think you could put this thing in a blender and you would get no head. That's not necessarily a negative, I know.

Deep, sweet, peaty aroma -- profoundly malty. The most enjoyable aspect of the beer.

No carbonation, almost flat. Taste is malt, some fruit, very slick in the mouth. Aftertaste is syrupy and smoky.

I did not have much patience for this beer, perhaps because to me it did not quite taste like beer. I am sorry to say that to me, this was pushing the beer envelope a bit too far.

NOTE: reading the other reviews I find that the fault may be in the method by which Gale seals their bottles... my sample had no carbonation at all. Frankly, I am not willing to pay Russian Roulette with a $4 bottle of beer. Caveat emptor.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.95/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

9.3 fl. oz bottle corked quite a funky lookin' little bottle. Not much head at all on the pour. Lots of floaties (yeast clumps). Peach colored with lots of bubbles. it looks alot like hard cider in the glass. Sweetish cider/white wine smell. This is without question a look and smell i have not experienced with a beer before. Big round fruit (apples and pears) taste with a dry ABV finish. The brew leaves the front of the tongue sweet and wet and the back of the tongue and throat dry and sour (apple). Medium mouth. Very unique brew. This stands up well to its strength. not much hops at all just fruity and dry.
Cheers to the BA Victory Beer Exchange for this unique sample!

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Photo of Wildman
3.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a medium golden amber color and formed a small bubbly white head that left trace lace as it quickly disappeared. A small amount of carbonation and sediment was present. It had an aroma of malt, caramel and raisins with a hint of the alcohol. The flavor was of malt and caramel. The finish was wine like, almost sour/vinegar with a slight astrigent aspect. I like others, seem to wonder whether their corking method is impacting this beer. I have yet to be overly impressed with this brewer.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.97/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9.3 oz brown glass bottle, corked, Marked as 2001 vintage on the label.

This ale poured a cloudy, reddish-amber color with no foam despite a bit of carbonation. The smell was very pleasant: figs, raisins, fruit, caramel, oak. As with other Gale ales, the smell was one of the stronger points. The taste was malty with some tartness, but with lightly sweet fruitiness (figs) coming through, and with some hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was lightly carbonated, smooth and relatively clean, with a bit of astringency. The body was medium, and there was some warming in the mouthfeel. The drinkability was good for this bottle conditioned ale.

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Photo of Viking
4.32/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, I'm re-reviewing this beer. I bought two bottles - the first was bad, but the second was excellent! The numbers above represent the good bottle. (Original numbers: 3, 4, 3.5, 3.5, 3 for average of 3.4.)

Golden-peach beer, a bit hazy. Big bubbly head, faded quickly but the head remained along the side of the glass. (bad bottle had no carbonation at all.)

Tart grape aroma, with perhaps a bit of a honey-like floral scent. Flavor is fairly complex - sour fruity flavor, blended with 'creamy' malt. (Taste and smell of the 'bad' bottle were weaker, and less complex.) Body is a bit thin, but not bad. Carbonation in the 'good' bottle gave it more life than the 'bad' bottle. I notice a hint of the 9% alcohol in the finish, very faint.

I must agree with other reviews of Gale's beers - Need a better corking system!! The second bottle showed what this beer can truly be, but the first provides a warning to potential buyers - buying bottled Gale's beers is a risky endeavor.

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Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Vintage style 9.3 oz brown bottle with a red plastic tapered top with cork inset.

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange copper with a thin bubbly bone coloured lace.

Smell: Grapefruit and pineapple in the nose from the alcoholic esters. Mild earth aroma from the hops.

Taste: Crisp mouthfeel with a light snappy carbonation, medium to full in body and a touch of slickness in the mouth feel. Juicy fruit all around of citrius and apples that leaves a faint tart twang throughout. Biscuit like malt flavours are an even match for the earthy hops that still have a small kick of bitterness. Warming sensation from the alcohol becomes more evident towards the middle of the glass. A pretty clean finish with few remains of grain and hop.

Notes: Could use additional months of maturation to meld flavours together. Still a brew to reckon with and a brew to respect, boasts a 9.0% abv. Well built and just enough hops to malt for a good balance.

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Photo of mattmaples
3.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, I'm not that into Gale beer mostly because I do not like the vinous character most of them have. This one on the other hand didn't (at least not the one I had) and over all a very enjoyable beer. It is was it bills itself as and that is a 9% pale ale. This was nice beer but until Gale moves to a flared cork or cork and cap I am always going to be rather skittish about buying thier beers.

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Photo of Todd
3.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another intersting brew from Gale's. They say it's a "Pale Ale" but at 9%, I don't think so ... perhaps in colour, but that's it. It's a Strong Ale.

Comes in a stubby, long neck with cork and seal. Cork smells cidery. Beer is near flat with a rich golden colour. A bottled-conditioned, so I pour slowly. Smell is cidery and musty. Flavour is quite tart at first with distinct apple flavours, including apple skin tannins and musty flavours. Hint of ginger/spice. There's some medicinal flavours, too. The 9% alcohol is not detectable in flavour, but you can feel it warm the body. Sweetness is low. Bitterness is not from an discernable hop variety, but probably from long aging and funky bacterias.

Hey, if I wanted a cider!! ... just kidding. I'm always amazed at the depth of character with beers. This Strong Pale Ale is very much like an aged wine, or a cider.

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