St. James English Ale | Paw Paw Brewing Company

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St. James English AleSt. James English Ale

Brewed by:
Paw Paw Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jale on 03-24-2011

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of Cotton_27
1.5/5  rDev -58.7%

Photo of MichiganBeer
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Not bad. A bit thinner on flavor than I was hoping for.

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Radome
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet glass.

L - Medium brown color with orange highlights; slightly hazy. Off-white head is thin and persists only as a thin ring on the glass and low lacing.

S - The bready malt is nice but is reminiscent of an American Brown Ale more than English, due to a Munich malt character that seems out of place. Very low yeast fruitiness is only in the background. Hops only as a very faint earthiness.

T - Light bready malt with a minor smoky note. Very low earthy, herbal hops. Dryish finish.

F - Light to medium body. Very low, English-style carbonation. Very low hops bitterness. No alcohol presence.

O - This is a pleasant beer, but not overly authentic as an English Brown, which is how it is classified on BA. It has almost no yeast fruitiness, no English hops character, and an out of place Munich malt note. However, as an unspecified, generic session ale it is well-made and nice to drink. Some reviewers reviewed it as a mild ale, and I would consider it a better mild than brown ale.

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Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBear11D
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with little off-white head that leaves little lacing.

Pretty mild aroma. Fairly balanced between a brief pine bitterness and caramel malt and hint of nut.

The flavor follows the nose pretty well. Nothing overpowering, but pleasant for an English Ale. Pine, caramel and nut are the defining tastes.

Medium to thin body with light but active carbonation.

Nothing too exciting but is a legit English Ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Paw Paw the day after Dark Lord Day 2012. Served in a taster glass. Pours a clear light copper color with a good white head and nice retention. Lacing on the way down to a collar. Nose has some floral and earthy hops along with some bread and toast in the background. Flavor has a crisp bitterness to go along with some nice background hoppy notes. Pretty nice and easy drinking.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy orange. Foamy, short, off-white had that last shortly with light lacing.

Smells malt, earthy, grassy and toasted malts.

Taste is light bready malt, toasted malt, earthy and grassy. Finishes semi dry with an earthy and grainy linger. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation.

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Photo of entenduintransit
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Mike, this was poured into an English pint glass. The appearance was a burnt orange to copper color with a thin film of a little white head. Sly messy lace. The aroma had some earthy to grassy hops up front with a gentle biscuit to caramel/toffee malt base. Just a touch of floral hops slightly in the backbone. The flavor was malty dry with some of the earthiness riding in to spike the finish slightly spicy as I didn’t mind this. The feel was between light and medium bodied with a low carbonation about it. ABV felt as projected. Overall, pretty good as a mild ale, probably with some fish n’ chips if I ever have it again.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, light pear/apple, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate yeast ester flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice English mild style. Good balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors with good robustness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not an exciting beer but very drinkable.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

$ 1.79/12 oz ($ 0.149/oz) at The Lager Mill, Frankenmuth, MI
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into imperial pint glass, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma a little diacetyl
Head small (<2 cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy, slowly diminishing to
Lacing poor – few scattered small islands of tiny bubbles
Body medium yellow, clear, slight effervescence
Flavor of caramel malt, some diacetyl, slight sweetness; no hops, no alcohol
Palate light to medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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St. James English Ale from Paw Paw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 41 ratings