Vale IPA | McLaren Vale Beer Company

Vale IPAVale IPA
BA SCORE
3.61/5
48 Ratings
Vale IPAVale IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
McLaren Vale Beer Company
Australia
valeale.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MrKennedy on 06-15-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,203
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
48
pDev:
10.25%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of cammo84
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of life_of_agony
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of baumaxx1
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance-
Pours a clear red/amber colour, 2 finger thick off-white head and strong effervescence. Lots of lacing - like glue to the glass.

Smell-
Hop resin, spice, orange peel, rosehip, with a bit of bran and malt sweetness.

Taste-
Balanced, a bit of hop bitterness, lemon peel, pepper, and cut grass but the bitterness is balanced. A good malty body and a hint of almond oil and earthy flavours. The alcohol is balanced and the hop resin flavours linger. Slightly medicinal result, but this doesn't dominate. The spicy IPA flavours are front and centre.

Mouthfeel-
A good tang on the tongue thanks to the effervescence. A good medium body, and smooth creaminess thanks to its tendency to froth. Clean, crisp and dry - a good light and refreshing beer for the summer thanks to the hop resin.

Overall-
A very sessionable beer and an easy drinking one. It's also on the affordable end of premium beers to boot. Nothing revolutionary, but a solid example of an IPA. Seems to have earthy and malty flavours that carry across the Vale range to set it apart - not the most bitter IPA out as a result.

Had to follow up the Vale Ale review with a positive - skip that and get the IPA. Get this instead. It doesn't cost too much down under and it's my go-to IPA.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big thick off white head.passionfruit, pineapple, citrus, pine and herbs, with a faint toffee malt undertone. Full body, high but soft carbonation, chewy texture. Palate delivers sweet grainy, lightly biscuity malts with hop flavours of citrus, pine and guava.

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Photo of Josh2222
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Manzier
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark coppery, light reddish. Medium carbonation with a small but lingering self sustaining head. Which is a good sign of an IPA or high hopped beer.

S - Spicy and Fruity hop aroma. Fairly strong. Maybe a little bit of resin aswell. A small amount of malt sweetness on the nose as well.

T - Fairly malty. Crisp finish with good bitterness that lingers. Very refreshing taste. No hint of alcohol. Actually it is very malty but is well balanced with the bitterness. Very enjoyable. Resiny hop aftertaste with the bitterness

M - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. The resiny hops provide a good mouth-feel.

O - A solid IPA that I am definitly a fan of. This is the first time i've tried it while writing the review and I'd recommend it. Well balanced and can easily drink a few of these in a row.

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Photo of dgilks
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper colour with a billowing, off-white head. Great head retention.

Moderate floral, passionfruit aroma. Really clear and crisp. Hints of malt. Touches of mango. An excellent APA though possibly a touch light for an IPA.

More fruity hops on the palate with a very light malt backbone. Mild bitterness. Some hop resins. A brilliant APA.

Medium-light body, somewhat creamy, moderate carbonation. Good.

A delightful APA but it lacks the punch of an IPA. This is certainly the best Vale beer yet and is something I would happily drink. I'm marking this down a little for not being an IPA as billed but it is still very good.

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Photo of admiral
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An excellent beer, made for everyone to enjoy - very sessionable.

aroma - malty and lemon blend

Taste - A very tasty beer with low bitterness, for this style of beer, and a nice lemon and malt flavour with orange marmalade and pepper to compliment these flavours. Made for easy drinking - nice and sweet for the style.

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Photo of ADZA
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I must admit when i first saw this i was hesitant to grab but since i like the style asnd havnt tried to much from these guys i thought id give it a go anyway pours a hazy amber hue with a bubbly three finger head and lacing everywhere,the aroma really jumps out at you with smells of grapefruit,peaches,nectarines,kiwifruit,boiled candy and piney hops,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and easy to drink with tastes of grapefruit,stonefruits,blood oranges,boiled candy,some caramel malts and finished with a nice pine hop bitterness and overall what a suprise you definately cannot judge a book by its cover thats for sure and id drink it again cheers.

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Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Rwalford74
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of magpieken
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MenInVen
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of CaptainHungry
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of bcm75
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of hopnerd
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heygeebee
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No BB

Pours a hazy deep copper gold. One finger fluffy white coarse head looks the part. Clingy lace.

Aromas of citrus, grapefruit/pineapple. Good blast of hops, hint of pine.

Taste is a good example of fresh beer. Not outstanding, just balanced and fresh with hops, citrus, pine, and moderate bitterness. Aimed at entry-level IPA drinkers for sure.

Mouthfeel is wonderful, with light almost spritzy carbonation.

Surprisingly good beer from these guys. Odd to note tho, the flavour 'dies' as the bottles goes down. Odd

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a large head.
Nose shows some tropical fruit along with grapefruit. A fair bit of peach too. Some clean malt underneath.
Similar flavours; some tropical fruit and a bit of caramel malt.
Carbonation is too high.
Good to see Vale do a good beer.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: standard brown 330mL bottle, semi-macro label with a touch of classic minimalism. Stylish.

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy deep copper in colour with minimal fine carbonation. A one-finger off-whiteh ead pops up and hangs about for quite a while with sporadic lacing. Looks good.

Aroma: everything is there that should be - citric and pine hops, and some sweet bread malts. The only problem that I can see is that it is a bit light compared to most AIPAs. Still nice though.

Taste: pretty much follows the nose - grapefruit citric and pine hops, with the sweet malts coming through stronger than in the aroma. A good-quality, textbook AIPA again, but also a touch on the demure side.

Aftertaste: flavours drop away pretty quickly, leaving a decent amount of bitterness.

Mouth feel: a medium body with a decent whack of carbonation. Carries the flavour well without being too 'spritzy'.

Overall: a good compromise between making the hops-forward flavour intense enough for the beer tragics whilst not overdoing it for the everyday consumer. A good beer, and certainly worth a 6-pack every now and then, at AU$65 a case (2013)

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml brown bottle purchased from Dan Murphy's in Alexandria.

Pours a surprisingly deep copper-toned amber hue, with a bubbly, and inconsistent head of off-white. This settles down remaining large-bubbled and relatively full. Minimal lacing and a very light body. Carbonation is patchy and, again, large-bubbled. Overall, it looks decent, without being very exciting.

Nose is a pleasant bouquet of hops, with a slightly unusual mixture of the citric and fruity with the earthy and dank. There's some greenness there, but also a more herbal turn to it. This mingles with some rubbed citrus peel, a suggestion of passionfruit and some grainy tones from the malt. It reminds me of the East Coast American IPAs: not the dense, buoyant fruit aromas, but more lively and sweet than the dusky, purely earthy tones of an English IPA. All up, it's actually very pleasant.

Taste is much lighter, and very much lacking bitterness for an IPA. There's a clean, slightly nutty grain character running throughout the palate, and a tingle of slightly metallic, slightly bitey citric tones around the edges of the palate. But it's very much lacking body, roundness and integration: it feels like empty, isolated characters clanging around in a large empty space. It's not a bad thing overall, but it's a much more generic and less interesting beer as a result.

Overall, this is solid enough stuff. The aroma is very pleasant, and it's clean and inoffensive on the palate. But it's also lacking real oomph: it's a very tame IPA, and one which would be much better classified an APA. But then maybe it wouldn't sell as well.

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Vale IPA from McLaren Vale Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 48 ratings
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