X-Ale | Partizan Brewery

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Partizan Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mdagnew on 03-10-2014

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of Spike
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The X Ale beer from Partizan is a range of historical recipes from different time periods and breweries. Light or dark, strong or weak. This beer has been many things at many times.

This review is for Lovibonds 1864 recipe. 5.2% ABV. Bottled 18/10/16. It's a 19th century, mild ale recipe from the Thames Valley (John Lovibond and Sons Brewers and Wine Merchants were located in Henley-on-Thames) now made with modern equipment and ingredients. The malt is 100% Golden Promise and the hops are Brewer's Gold and Willamette.

From a 330ml bottle.
L: Yellow/gold with suspended yeast and a thin white head.
S: A little grass with a lemony edge.
T: Hay, citrus, subtropical flora. Low bitterness. Some alcohol.
F: Medium body. Rich, rounded mouthfeel.
O: Lovely, rich, interesting beer. Take a 19th century mild ale recipe from England. Rethink it using English grain and American hops and it produces a low carbonation, delicious, American Pale Ale.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MetalCath
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at the Craft Beer Co Covent Garden. Great stuff - sweet, bready and caramel malts, hints of booze and raisins too. Hints of bitter hops just reign in the sweetness.

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Photo of jroof1
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeKSmith
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlazerT
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Deep brown with white, big head. Good asting and medium lacing. Very chocolate aromas, some coffee. Taste is medium to high bitter, herbal, some roasted malts flavours - mainly chocolate. Light to medium body, watery texture, medium carbonation. Long and bitter finish. Very complex and interesting beer.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned

An interesting blend of coffee chocolate tastes, mild so very rarely works outside of cask, same here, still tasty though.

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Photo of Andy_Luft
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of MisledTitan
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried on-tap at the brewery in Bermondsey on the Beer Mile.

Pours an amber-red colour, deep and quite clear in the glass. Body is light, but pleasant enough. Head is a yellow-beige/taupe colour, coarse but persistent, leaving sudsy, complex lace. Carbonation is fine but minimal. Looks pretty good all up.

Weird spice characters come through on the nose—smells like a Thai restaurant. Sweet caramel, malty roast and some pepper. There's also a honey sweetness that sticks around and an odd creaminess. Interesting at least.

Taste is clean and mild for the most part, but things come and go at least. There's a mild toasty sweetness on the front, and a frothy spicy character that builds up on the mid-palate. Some roast marks the back, but by then the palate has dropped out a lot leaving it clean but empty.

Feel is pretty weak—which is disappointing.

Easy enough to drink. Carbonation is coarse though, which makes it a bit much. It's not bad, but I had at least one better beer from Partizan on this visit.

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X-Ale from Partizan Brewery
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 11 ratings