Ilkley Pale | Ilkley Brewery Co.

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Ilkley PaleIlkley Pale

Brewed by:
Ilkley Brewery Co.
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Award-winning dry crisp pale ale. Strongly hopped to give a strong but mellow floral finish. Think classic NZ Sauvignon Blanc, reformed as an uncompromisingly refreshing and refined beer. Brewed seasonally during the year, Pale has a loyal following – one sip and it’s easy to see why! Available in bottle all year round.

Added by jazzyjeff13 on 02-13-2013

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of pau622
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FCox143
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1988sqft
2.57/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of toscanoigor
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pale copper with a chunky off-white head.
S: Pine and citrus.
T: Quite bitter, resinous, very hoppy, but has a lovely backbone of toasty caramel. Very creamy mouthfeel.
O: A pretty decent brew.

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Photo of Paul_Hutchinson
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not a bad pale ale but then I like mine a little more happier. Pleasant if not brilliant

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled sadly with clear glass and purchased from spar convenience store
Copper coin aroma
No fruit here, flowery then bitter with notes of hairspray
and bit of meh

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served cool from 500ml bottle into pint mug.

A) Clear amber, a few bubbles thinnish white head.

S) Nothing huge, grapey hops maybe.

T) A lot better than the nose - very bitter hops come in first, but they are balanced after by some mellow hops.

M) Thinnish to medium mouthfeel, certainly not cloying but the bitterness lingers.

A) A nice complex pale ale for 4.1% and straight of the supermarket shelf.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown..

Poured a bright clear golden yellow colour... white head poured smallish and faded to light frothy layer... barely any carbonation... quite a bit of sticky wispy lacing...

Aroma - Nice juicy tropical fruits (grapefruits, pears, some lemons), lots grassy / piney hop notes, light pepperiness, light biscuity malts, cream soda notes, faint honey sweetness, quite prefumed...

Taste - Lots of tart tropical fruits (pears, grapefruits, melon), light biscuity maltiness, bready notes, good grassy / peppery hop bitterness, floral / perfumey notes, some faint metallic notes come through after a while...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry... Light body... An outstandingly drinkable beer - at only 4.2% i could see myself happily drinking this all night...

Overall - An excellent Pale Ale... so drinkable and refreshing.. highly recommended...

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Photo of Chrisives
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Champagne blonde with rimming stiff snow white head.
That musty gooseberry Nelson nose with some white scone underneath.
White country loaf and a touch of peanut with a blast of grapefruit, underripe kiwi and waxberry hops.
Lemon rind finish and long tight herbal linger.
Light, crisp, creamy but also slightly salty and oily.

NS on display with no place to hide. Never goes catty, but still a bit lean - crystal is underutilised. Darn tasty; but if you wanted it this light, you could have done this flavor profile at 3.8% - see Jarl.
A take-no-prisoners blonde; for better or worse.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of March 2013. Picked up from Booths a while ago and stashed in my garage. Described as a blonde ale hopped with Nelson Sauvin.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear golden hue with good carbonation. Yields a decent head of white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding. Aroma of light, fruity hops with hints of white grape, melon and mild tropical fruit. This is underpinned by light malt and faint yeast notes. A whisper of diacetyl in the background.

Tastes of fruity aromatic hops with a dry bitter finish. Notes of white grape, melon, mild tropical fruit, light malt, faint earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well attenuated, with a distinct bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, light and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and decent body for the style. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of fruity aromas and bitter stewed leaves.

Rather nice - a very drinkable pale ale that has some delicious fruity notes. The dry bitterness belies the delicate aroma and flavour. The malt and yeast are subtle and play second fiddle to the hops, but provide sufficient balance to give a well-rounded ale. The body could be a smidge more substantial and it would be nice if Ilkley could bottle-condition their beers, but overall this hits the spot. Perfect for warm weather, and worth sampling if you come across it.

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Ilkley Pale from Ilkley Brewery Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 12 ratings