Island Pale | Island Brew

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Island Brew

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by laituegonflable on 12-15-2009

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Ratings: 2 |  Reviews: 2
Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
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3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy yellow gold, quite bright and vibrant, with a filmy but reasonably solid head of white froth. Really nice carbonation when swirled, it flows around like a turgid ocean swell. A really great looking brew.

Some sweetness on the nose, a little apple juice, some cakelike notes rather reminiscent of gingerbread. Overall, it's a little tame, but it's pleasant enough.

Taste is initially dry and crisp, before a rather musty phenolic note comes in on the back, leaving a great welling of gritty bitterness. I was really expecting something mellower from the appearance and smell. It's quite funky, and those phenolic notes scream Biere de Garde to me. The more I drink, the more I like it, but initially it took me by surprise. The finish in particular, starts to soften, leaving just a pleasant grain-like dryness. Mouthfeel is crisp and effervescent. Very pleasant.

Overall, this beer won me over. It may not be a particularly good Pale Ale, stylistically, and I was a little surprised to begin with, but after a few draughts it became a smooth, if slightly rustic flavoured brew, and the dryness and phenols gave it a particular sense of refreshing drinkability.

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2.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Purchased from a bottle shop in Kingscote on Kangaroo Island. Finding out whether it's worth the $160 return ferry trip to obtain.

Pours a pale golden appearance, with a tiny bit of haze in the body. Head is thin, off-white in colour, leaves a little foam cloud on top and some reasonable lace, if not enough to make a real impression. Not bad but not wonderful.

A little bit bready on the nose with a slightly sour edge, hints of maple syrup and some sweet corn, quite a starchy smell really. Some green fruit and sweet and sour sauce characters as well, but overall a bit too yeasty for my liking. Not too impressed.

Taste starts off a bit sweet and then goes very, very starchy. Huge bread yeast flavour with hints of biscuity malt, some popcorn and a slight vinous edge. Very yeasty for the most part. Some cider characters and a bit of sticky rice come through on the mid, but back is just bready and slightly corny. Needs more hops on the back and maybe some more malt on the front as well - more beer, really. Not hugely enjoying this.

Mouthfeel is a little harsh with lotz of fizz on the mid-palate. Goes down quite busily, and leaves a slight furriness at the back of the mouth. Meh.

Not dreadful overall but certainly falls short of the mark.

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Island Pale from Island Brew
3.13 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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