Macedon Ranges Old Pale Ale | Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel

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Macedon Ranges Old Pale AleMacedon Ranges Old Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-26-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by hefevice:
Photo of hefevice
3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange, like a late sunset during bushfire season, with a tiny yellowish head, despite the hard pour. Swirling rouses a creamy head of about a finger for the life of the beer. Muted hop aroma, very slight orange pith with some honey in the background. Hard to pick out any particular flavours, seems a little bland and one dimensional. Finishes with firm bitterness and a very slight hint of roast. Quite like the gentle mouthfeel. Unfortunately nothing really seems to stand out in this beer.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
2.3/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Not necessarily a bad ale, just really not in the ideal floral light enjoyable English Pale Ale style, like Landlord. No floral aroma. I suppose it is an old pale ale, but there is some hint of fruity hops on the palate. Doesn't look very good or pale. Head is weird and inconsistent, though it is retained. Smell isn't awful but isn't very indicative of anything in particular. Taste is similar to smell, though highly bitter presence of hops is very obvious - a minor characteristic of the style. Mouthfeel is just like any old English ale, medium to full bodied, goes down easy. Drinkability - I wouldn't drink more than one of these in a night. I'm not impressed by their other mainstream ale either, so I don't know if I'll drink Holgate again. They haven't brewed an English Pale Ale right.

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Photo of rastaman
3.47/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I liked this one. But, bloody hell, watch out for the carbonation, its seriously overcarbed. The aroma is nicely malty with some hops in there. The flavour is a good blend of malt and hops. Somefruity malt flavours, with some citrusy dry hops towards the end. i liked it just fine.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a great golden brown color with very creamy looking head that fades away to lace the glass. Smells malty and faintly citrusy and just a little bit raisiny. Tastes very sweet at first, then coppery bitter. I don't know what it is with this brewery, but the last beer I tried from them was very similar, everything was great except the horrible coppery bitterness. At least with this one, I can taste some roast chocolate malt behind it. Mouthfeel is very heavy with a little tongue scraping, not too bad. All in all, I probably won't be getting this again, but I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me.

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Photo of koolk
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bold copper red in colour. Carbonation to the extreme, with a thick large head produced, that stuck around till the last drop.

Aromas of floral and fruity hops with traces of slightly dark malts. Good balance and enjoyable.

Wonderfully bitter palate (finally, a bitter aussie beer!) that is also dry and long. Flavours of fruit and floral again, with a more biscuity aftertaste.

Great bitter beer. Highly recommend.

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Photo of vancurly
3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: cloudy burnt orange brown, off white foam
s: malt/toffee, green apple skin, soy rice cracker (!)
f: malt & fresh brambly hops, reasonable bitterness. Slight perfumy note, toasty, nutty
m: chewy, fulfilling, long
o: nice drop.... probably even better on tap at Keating's

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Photo of diablo14
2.58/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

not impressed with this brew. for a pale ale, seemed to have a large presence of wheat, which really pissed me off. compared to other micro pale ales in this country, like little creatures or gippsland gold, holgates doesnt come within an elephants trumpet of those beers. even their mt macedon ale kicks this ones ass by a fair distance.

pours an ok cloudy golden color with a nice white head and is phenominallly fizzy. not such a good thing. has some stone fruit smells and a bare hint of malt but seems to be dominated by a wheat like sweetness. when i tasted this i found it hard to believe it wasnt a weissbeer. sweet and cloying, with some hops which was ok, but in the end it was totally dominated by the fizz. yukko.

if youre in australia and looking for a pale ale, this is the last id be going for. apart from the beers i mentioned at the start, even coopers pale ale is a better beer and and a third less the price of this one, i know what id rather be having.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I kept seeing this beer sitting on the shelf at Dan Murphy's and just kept thinking, "Why haven't I picked that one up yet?" So to make a long story short, I did. Poured a cloudy amberish brown colour and a very nice head that surprisingly stayed around through most of it. Smell was very spicy, with some zesty herbs in there to accompany some vague dark fruit smells. Taste was like a tornado of spice. The hops are almost violent with this beer, they get right in your face and dont let up (big kudos for that). It finishes up somewhat bitter and sour, but even so, I havent been hit with such a hop presence in quite a while. I could see myself drinking a few of these, but this seems to be a brew that you sit with and nurse for a little while before polishing off. In the end I wasn't expecting too much from this beer but it has exceeded my expectations. So innocent sitting there in the corner of the store, but it really is a tough beer that will smack you with its arnold esq hop qualities

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper and cloudy(very) so that the bead was pretty well hiden.
Real hoppy smell which came through the palate and ended with a bitter smokiness.
I think it is better than their Mt Macedon Ale , but like its stablemate is lagging behind its boutique competitors

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Photo of brendan13
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark orange with very little head.
S - Biscuity with some floral hoppy notes.
T - The biscuity maltiness tends to dominate the taste.
M - Low carbonation & a medium mouthfeel
D - There is plenty of other beers I would drink before this but it's still a drinkable drop.

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Macedon Ranges Old Pale Ale from Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel
3.28 out of 5 based on 10 ratings.
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