Vale IPA | McLaren Vale Beer Company

BA SCORE
82
good
48 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
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
Ratings:
48
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
10.34%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

 1,609 characters

Photo of bylerteck
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of dgilks
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

 632 characters

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

 265 characters

Photo of bcm75
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ADZA
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

 650 characters

Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of heygeebee
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
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

 523 characters

Photo of soju6
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark copper color with a fair head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of pine with some caramel sweetness and bit of grain.

T: Taste has some pine with bit of citrus, caramel sweetness and a trace of grain. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, crisp and quite smooth.

O: Nice IPA, nothing fancy.

 332 characters

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

 268 characters

Photo of dansmcd
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Clancy's Fish Pub overlooking City Beach in Perth.

A - Cloudy amber with a finger of dense creamy white head. Nice sheets of lacing throughout.

S - All hops but not massively intense. Pine needle more so than tropical fruit.

T - Quite fruity on the palate, passionfruit and mango up front then a strong hop bitterness finish.

M - Creamy full body, nice carbonation.

O - Not a bad IPA. Lacks imagination, impact and balance when compared to the top tier American IPAs but I could have another one without argument.

 528 characters

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of doktorhops
2.87/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Another Aussie brewers take on the holiest of holy American beer styles - the India Pale Ale. Now McLaren Vale is renown for its wine so it is interesting for craft brewers to set up shop there, especially as brewing beer is less tied down by the region it is made in - with brewing ingredients like hops, barley and yeast being easier to transport than grapes.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Cloudy deep amber body, hints of copper, with a frothy white head that leaves a sticky lace around the glass.

S: Strong caramel malts mixed with buttery Diacetyl and burnt sugar. The hop aroma is distant and earthy. The Diacetyl on this is like nothing I've ever smelt - it's a full on butterscotch party here.

T: Flavour is interesting, not sure if I like it, very much like those cough lollies "Butter Menthol" it is primarily a mix of butter and menthol. Caramel malts and earthy, medicinal hops are in the background but they never really come to fore. Finish is medicinal bitter, along with the after taste.

M: Mid to light body, medium carbonation, likely the best aspect of this brew for me.

D: Hmmm, I had a quick look at other reviews and they describe a completely different flavour profile to me. Perhaps I got a 'skunked' beer, it was reduced to clear and half price after all. Taking this into account I may have to re-review it in future, however as it stands the beer I'm drinking now is not good at all, I thought I would like a Diacetyl-bomb but in combination with the menthol taste and the medicinal bitterness it is a no go for me.

Food match: With food this one is a total miss, however it is good on the sore throat I'm experiencing now (I'm in the early stage of a flu at this moment).

 1,726 characters

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of SmashPants
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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)

 1,141 characters

Photo of mulder1010
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a dark, hazy orange amber color. Half finger of off white head, when swirled got a good, thick two finger head. Held up well at the one finger mark. Noticeable ABV legs for a 5.5% hopbomb. :) Pretty nice looking actually.

S-- Galaxy hops. 'Nuff said. Lots of pineapple and passion fruit. Quite tropical fruit sweet nose. Good malt backbone nose also. In all honesty this borders more on the APA side but a good nose.

T-- Kind of old, stale pungent orange. Somewhat soapy also. A bit thin and watery to start but does pick up a fair bit. Wonder how fresh this is/was. A bit earthy as get tree bark and other things like that. Touches of lemon come into play at the finish of the taste. Grows on me a bit.

M-- Medium carbonation and medium heavy earthy feel. A bit like the Dundee IPA in the feel. Malt is pretty heavy and a lot of lemon citrus in the mid and back. Finishes with tropical fruit and pungent orange finish that cleans up to bright citrus.

O-- Overall not bad. Just flashes of the US aromatics and touches of English in the taste and feel. Interesting blend really. More on the border of a APA than an IPA but not all that bad and a big pick up from the other Vale offerings. Not as good as US counterparts but on par or better than a lot of Aussie IPA's on the market.

 1,328 characters

Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DerekCarruth
2.96/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Rwalford74
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of magpieken
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of life_of_agony
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Vale IPA from McLaren Vale Beer Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More