Mt. Macedon Pale Ale | Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel

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Mt. Macedon Pale AleMt. Macedon Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rastaman on 03-04-2003

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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 39
Photo of Weizenmensch
1.62/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

330mL bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: In the bottle and then the glass this looked like a promising brew. Tasty-looking clumpy yeast, a good pale ale colour, and a white head which looked slightly too puffy for the style.

Smell: Hmmm. Despite the head, there was no 'floral hop' aroma as implied on the bottle. Not wanting to judge purely on smell, I tasted the beer.

Taste: A real disappointment. This looked like it had all the hallmarks of a good, fruity, floral English Pale Ale (like Landlord). Instead, it had a minimal effect on the tongue, with some faint fruity hop characteristics. When it hit the palate, I was really shocked. From a microbrewery in the Macedon Ranges had come a fourth-rate beer that may have some trace of infection, it was that smoky, peppery and unpleasant. This was nothing like a Landlord or James Squire Golden Ale, and nothing like the bottle-conditioned (and very different style) Coopers Sparkling Ale flavour. Taste was blunt, insipid and rather disgusting. Maybe I am being harsh on this brew because I am a big fan of a good English Pale Ale, and if an ale promises to fulfil this expectation and fails to deliver, I am very upset. Taste was thus awful (for the style).

Mouthfeel: Rather chalky and homebrewish. Feels like it's brewed by an amateur.

Drinkability: Based on taste and mouthfeel, this is a letdown. If someone bought me a case, I'd drink it, but otherwise I'll never buy this beer. I may have to try it at the brewery if I'm ever in the area, but I will definitely not go out of my way.

If you want something in a very similar style, but better and cheaper, get a Cooper's Sparkling. Otherwise, as others have said, drink a Little Creatures or something.

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Photo of Kulrak
2.2/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a nice golden color with fluffy white head that fades away to a thin layer pretty quickly. Smells slightly yeasty and faintly citrusy, not unpleasant. The flavor is very bitter. I'm a fan of IPAs, so bitter doesn't bother me, but this bitterness is sort of coppery and not pleasant at all. Hard to taste much else there, the bitter copper flavor is so overpowering. Very sour aftertaste as well. The mouthfeel is fairly creamy and a little heavy with a little carbonation scraping at the end, not too bad there. All in all, I don't like this beer at all, I will likely never get this again.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From notes

Pours very light amber, almost straw. Small head recedes to film.

Aromas are muted. Earthy hops. Hint of Carmel butterscotch

Taste is also muted, earthy hops drive a somewhat dull palate. Not totally convinced EPA. Caramels and toffees are in there, but staleness dominates.

Mouthfeel is light, carbonation low.

All in all, this is a beer that seems to be unsure what it wants to be. Given light flavours I am also not totally sure I would want to session it.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Named after the mighty mount Macedon, the towering vast 3,284 ft summit in Victoria, Australia (known as Geboor or Geburrh in the local Aboriginal dialect) is my latest beer review from the stalwart Holgate brewhouse. We’ve had good times Holgate and I: Road Trip, Temptress, and the-one-I-tried-but-didn’t-review-because-I was-tipsy-at-The-Archive (Hopinator)... oh and I recently had a taste of their limited release White Ale, which was superlative... point in case I have much respect for the brewer known as Holgate.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Presents with the typical hazy amber body of a craft Pale Ale with a thin white lace on top... activity in the glass is minimal but visible. 7/10.

S: Fruity and floral hops upfront, slightly subdued but present nonetheless and promising a Pale Ale that one with a diploma in Hop-Headery would be after. Caramel malt and honey rounds out the aroma nicely... not brilliant, but OK. 7/10.

T: Hmmm... you know what this is? Beer by committee. A recipe for something average at best. I am disappointed in you Holgate. The profile is as above - caramel malt, touch of honey and a slight fruity/floral hop finish, mild in bitterness for the style... which is an American Pale Ale or an English one, I can’t tell because it doesn’t have the generous malting of an English one or the hopping of an American... bit of neither really. 5/10.

M: Best aspect of this brew - a mid to light body with mid to light carbonation. Still manages to be middle of the road, but a middle of the road mouthfeel is good. 8/10.

D: Worst. Holgate. Brew. Yet. Just to explain my “Beer by committee” comment - this is one of those craft beers designed to engage new craft beer drinkers into the fold, and the thing that Holgate doesn’t realise is that they needn’t do this. To use a personal analogy - I got into progressive rock music by listening to the band Tool, then I started listening to softer prog rock bands and thought “No Tool is both heavier and better than other bands, I’m glad I begun by listening to Tool” - it’s the same thing; Holgate: Continue making decent big(ish) beers and new drinkers will be introduced to your fold and will like you even more for it - don’t try to pander to the masses. And a small tip for this beer: Loads more hops. 6/10.

Food match: It’s not often I recommend beer-battered fish and chips with a Pale Ale, but mild brews call for mild foods.

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Photo of Manzier
3.09/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Dark Straw golden with abit of copper. Very clear. Slightly darker then I was anticipating. Quite high carbonation. Self-suistaining head. Looks good.

S - Notable dry hop aroma. Well rounded and citrisy and floral. Very nice aroma.

T - Fairly light malt taste, probably too light. No grain flavour at all which Ifind disappointing. The appearance looks like theirs a fair amount of crystal in their but it's hard to pick out. Flavor is hop forward if anything and the flavoring hops are quite nice. Can taste the high sulphates in the water which unfortunately leads to a rather mineral like aftertaste. The bitterness is not nice and if anything it's abit tart.

M - Very light bodied. Thin and watery after-taste. Quite a poor mouth feel. The saving grace is that the dryness is crisp enough. No lingering flavour at all. Just a small amount of hop aroma that lingers.

O - When I got this beer I was looking forward to it being a strong rounded pale ale. Holgate are a good brewery. However, I feel this is quite lacking overall. While the aroma is nice and their use of hops for flavoring is good. It falls short on the mouthfeel and taste. Perhaps it's been fattened out with some adjucts but I can't taste any. The lack of malt flavour in the taste and bad bittering aftertaste seems to wreck it. The too thin body dosn't help either. Overall a good session beer but nothing special. Has a great aroma that they've done a good job on. Definitely try one for yourself.

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Photo of rastaman
3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Didn't like it as much as there Old Pale Ale, a bit messy, and the taste seemed to disappear quickly, it left your mouth feeling quite dry at the finish (dry hoppyness), the aroma was quite promising, but the palate didn't quite deliver, the flavour was quite short, but nicely dry and bitter.

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Photo of Stew41
3.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light gold - tan and some cloudiness. slightly sweet nose but fairly true to the style. Good mouthfeel, quite balanced with some malt driving the middle palate before some bitterness kicking in at the back. Only quibble is that the malt sweetness does cloy a fraction.

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Photo of goatherder
3.22/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

appearance: pale straw colour. nice big foamy head, medium tightness, shrinks quickly. nice and clear with lots of bubble action

smell: all good - it's got that fruity LCPA thing happening.

taste: the fruitiness is still there, but only just. the bitterness is the dominating characteristic. the finish is shortish, could be better. the hops are pretty intense. There's almost a nutty aftertaste...

mouthfeel: pretty thin, I was hoping for something better. carbonation is good.

drinkability: You would have to start on them and stay on them I reckon - the bitterness is a bit overbalanced for the thin mouthfeel and overpowers the taste.

Overall, not a bad beer. Definitely better than than your macros but there are better beers around for the price.

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Photo of Mosant
3.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had a 330ml bottle.
Appearance: golden colour, clear. Little white head.
Aroma: light citrus fruity aroma but not much.
Flavour: immediate hit is the bitterness of the hops upfront. Cleansing and refreshing. Very enjoyable. Brewer quotes 30 IBU on the bottle.
Overall: a good bitter pale ale, less fruity in both aroma and flavour than most and heavier bitterness upfront and in the finish but not at IPA level. Worth a try.

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Photo of dgilks
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lightly citrussy aroma with a vague hint of malt in the background.

Big ass white head. Very fluffy. The beer itself is crystal clear and amber.

There is something lacking in the flavour. It comes across as thin, a bit malty with a hint of biscuit, and very low of the hops. A mild bitterness is okay but the whole doesn't do much for me.

The mouthfeel is very flat with a medium mouthfeel. It is okay but it doesn't do much for me.

An easy to drink beer but lacking in flavour and complexity.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle, another exclusive offering for the Liquor Depot chain here in Alberta.

This beer pours a faintly hazy medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of tightly foamy, somewhat creamy dirty white head, which leaves some broad sea form lace around the glass as it gradually ebbs away.

It smells of sweet pastry-like caramel malt, some mild pear and apple fruity notes, a twinge of innocuously agreeable yeast, and soft leafy, earthy hops. The taste is bready, somewhat biscuity, grainy malt, musty orange and floral notes, a persistent, but aggravatingly understated yeastiness, and some outlying earthy, dead leaf hoppiness.

The carbonation is pretty sedate, the body a sturdy medium weight, but with an attendant pithy smoothness. It finishes off-dry, that plain pale maltiness dealing with an increasing yeastiness, which kind of overpowers any balancing leafy, earthy hoppiness that may or may not be present.

A good start, but that cloying, pithy nature very much overrides the inherent malt and hop goodness of this offering. That's too bad, because at this price, I'm not overly inclined to give it another charitable try.

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Photo of BeerNutta
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the holgate brewhouse.

A = Dark Orange with thin foam head that quickly dissapated.

S = Sweet citrisy smell with a faint hop infusion.

T = Floral and sweet, with a smooth hop finish.

M = Lightly carbonated. Could have done with a little more carbonation.

D = Good. Easy drink.

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Photo of foles
3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

purchased from Dan Murphys in WA. No use by date, which nearly made me not pick it up.

Pours a pale gold, with a small head that fades to a whisp. Very light carbonation.

A spicy fruit tingle type mouthfeel, with a dry bitter finish. A little thin on maltiness, but thats not too much of a problem. Hints of citrus, pine, spicy peppers on the tongue. A little acidic and skunky - but as there is no use by date, it could be out of date.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear burnished gold colour with a beautiful crown of meringuey off-white foam. Decent lacing. Nice. Fine carbonation and a noticeable crop of floaties. Looks great.

Honey and English hops on the nose. Light, slightly fruity and very pleasant. A bit lighter and more subdued than it might have been though. Still, very nice.

Light on the palate as well - an initila hint of fruit is swamped by an immediate neutral grain character, but finished with a decent hop bitterness. It's nice, very drinkable, but maybe lacking just a little depth of complexity.

Mouthfeel a little too prickly, but still not bad.

Nice beer, extremely drinkable. A really pleasant pale ale. Quite light, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.39/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a tasty beer.
Mt Macedon Ale pours a slightly hazy dark straw colour with a thin head, but the head lasts quite a while. Not much hop smell on the nose. Instead you get whiffs of malt. Hops are quite evident on the taste, though. The sweet malt is followed up by a nice bitter hop bite that balances each other nicely. Really good mouthfeel on this. After I finished the sampler paddle at the Keatings Hotel, this is the beer that I came back for more for.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber pour, lots of fine carbonation, persistent small creamy head.
Moderate fruity hops aroma, mostly lemon and orange. Followed by a pleasing sweet caramel malt, cookie dough, and honey.
Taste is definitely malt dominated, with more cookie dough, some bread, then finished with a gentle hoppy bitterness.
Creamy texture, fair bit of carbonation, perhaps too much.

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Photo of diablo14
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

quite like this brew, tho its in a tough situation. its very much a cross between little creatures pale ale and gippsland gold but isnt as good as either. considering the price compared to the other two i just mentioned its hard to buy this beer over those considering the price is comparable. still when this is competitively priced ill get it because it is still tasty in itself.

the color is a beauty. deep cloudy orange color with a rocky white head, gentle but persistant bubble action which comes into play nicely during all aspects of the trip down the gullet. has a subtle malty element alongside the presence of summer fruits which is equally as subdued. begs to come on in a big way but never does. same with the taste. malts and fruits are all there, with hints of yeasty flavors, but never really jumps out and says here i am. stays within itself a bit too much. if this brew was to be a tad bolder it would be even better than it is. where this beer gets it right is in the mouthfeel, where its very crisp and refreshing and has a lovely hop bitterness. it compliments what ever else is happening here, and in fact shows it up. the finish really wants this beer to be bigger, but still doesnt overwhelm the whole experience.

im going to have this on tap at the brewery shortly, and expect it to be more like the beer i think this could be. macedon ale is a good beer, without scaling the heights i think it could. perhaps on tap it gets that little bit closer. with a little tweak this could be up there with the best pale ales in the southern hemisphere. as it stand its still quite a handy beer.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy a sort of mid gold in colour had a very fine bead.The mid range colour and cloudiness made it look uninviting.
A great hopy smell.
Taste was a little unusual in that it was a gingery/sour/cardboard in the mid palate which whilst not unpleasant was not greatly apealing There wa a burnt charcoal finish.
The sour flavours dominated the mouth feel and became more gingery with time.
Whilst I seemed to have found plenty to dislike I still thought it was ok It has plenty of competitors and lags behing most of them

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.5
A bit of a LCPA look-alike, although a shade darker. A small white head sits atop a hazy, amber-gold body.

Smell - 4.0
Very nice indeed, with rich biscuity malt being the most obvious aroma. Orange peel is also there and well as a generally fruity yeastiness.

Taste - 3.5
A lot of flavour for one of just 4.5% alcohol. Malt and hops are well balanced, with plenty of flavour from both and moderate bitterness. Tastes of biscuity malt, citrus and floral hops, so much flavour it is a little confusing for the palate. I'd prefer a cleaner, crisper beer.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
A little on the thick and heavy side for the style (actually I'm a bit unsure what the style is supposed to be, I'd guess APA). Carbonation is nice and fine, though.

Drinkability - 3.5
Not quite what I look for in a pale ale, but not hard to drink, I'd try it again.

A little thick and heavy for a pale ale in my book, but still an above average beer, certainly worth trying.

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Photo of brendan13
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark straw with orange hues, medium sized head that settles to a centimetre or so.
S - Mild tropical & citrusy fruits with some sweet biscuity maltiness.
T - More biscuity maltiness with the fruitiness being very mild.
M - Medium, creamy, dry mouthfeel.
D - Pretty drinkable in my opinion. Sure, it may not the best example & not the cheapest but pretty good for a true aussie micro.

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Photo of soju6
3.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark golden color with a decent head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, some citrus and bit of grain in the background.

T: Taste of citrus, some caramel sweetness and bit of roasted malt. Mild bitterness and the finish is quite dry.

F: Moderate body,smooth and a nicely balanced.

O: Good take on the style.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.69/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a rich, red-amber colour with a cream-coloured head that hangs around like a virus. Isolated pods of bubbles coming through and a nice bit of sticky lacing. Looks pretty nice, actually.

Oh, what a great nose. It's been a while since I've smelt a nose like that, because I've been reviewing so many pale lagers and malt bombs lately. But that has a potent, in-your-face hop blast, but balanced with very sweet toffee-like malt. The whole creates a kind of peppermint aroma, and there is a spicy licorice aspect and a slight honey-glazed ham character. Unique nose, fascinating, and wonderful.

Taste is surprisingly different. Yet to make up my mind as to whether that's a good thing, hmmmm... A lot darker than the nose suggests and there is little hoppiness on the palate, so I suspect the majority of the hops were added late to the brew. Front palate is a bit weak, with mild honey characters and a bit of a grainy texture. Back palate is where it all comes to fruition, and there are flavours of rich soil, toffee and a very strong nuttiness. Hazelnuts, peanuts maybe, yeah, it's nutty I tells ye. It's quite tasty, but I'm definitely disappointed there are no hops.

Mouthfeel is thick and full and forms a close bond with my tongue. My tongue would happily give up cunnilingus in favour of this beer. The lack of hops lets this beer down in terms of drinkability because the thick sweetness of it makes it too syrupy to want to chug down. It is pleasant in flavour though.

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Photo of koolk
3.72/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden in colour with a very large over active head. Good retention and plenty of carbonation (perhaps a little overdone).

Aromas of fruits, mainly in the tropical spectrum - pineapple, melon etc with traces of honey and malt.

Palate is a good balance between decent bitterness, long dryness, fruit flavours and a slightly sweet biscuity malt aftertaste.

Good brew. I like Holgates for the fact that he isn't afraid of bitterness unlike plenty of other Aussie brewers. Not his best, but still very good.

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Photo of juju7
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Unfiltered, cloudy light copper with a small head of little note. Fresh, piney hop notes on the nose. Comes through big and bold on the palate with a kick in the teeth of chewy caramel malt. Med-high bitterness with a cracking long finish. Pretty good booze but I'm not gagging to have another one.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, Citrus aroma. Clear golden colour with poor head. Nice malt hit with a smooth but bitter finish. Medium body with low to medium carbonation.

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