Angel Ale | Federation Brewery Ltd

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Angel AleAngel Ale

Brewed by:
Federation Brewery Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by NeroFiddled:
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear bronze body topped by a creamy off-white head that holds exceptionally well, maintains a creamy 1/4" head throughout the glass, and leaves some lace as well. The aroma offers a gentle, lighty caramel malt with soft notes of dried fruit and earthy hops. The body is medium with a fine & median carbonation that's lightly crisp in the mouth - nicely reminiscent of cask-conditioning. The flavor starts gently fruity, reveals its soft caramel-tinged malt and then some earthy character and median bitterness, folloed by an exceptionally long, powdery dry finish with a short-lingering mineral characteristic. Very well balanced. An authentic session beer at 4.7% ABV with a very good drinkability.

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Photo of ADR
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is a Special Bitter, not a Pale Ale...

Best before Oct. 7, 2003...very clear sub-amber color, one quarter inch of very frothy head. Laces very delicately in a pint glass. Faint herbal aroma, a slight bit of basil. Malt flavor is somewhat grainy and appears early, some sense of honey, brown sugar and light pear. Papery hop in mid sip. Finishes with a somewhat citrusy rather than floral bitterness. All-in-all, a drinkable beer -- but one that's unmemorable in a sea of other choices. At 4.7% ABV, it might be an OK sessioner, but not at the price charged in the US.

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Photo of jackndan
2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Federation Angel Ale: Apparently named after a large sculpture near the brewery’s home town. Very nice looking beer, copper colored, with a thick white and fairly long lasting head. Nice Belgian Lacing down the sides of the glass. Nice crisp aroma. The taste, however, leaves something to be desired. It’s got a sharp burnt malt toward the finish that seems definitely off. Strange. Whatever hops it should have are dominated by this burnt caramel taste. Odd.

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Photo of bditty187
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Translucent bonze/amber hue with a finger’s worth of white head… decent retention, sporadic spotty lace. Under-whelming nose, there is a hint of biscuity-caramel malt… a ghost whisper of hops… awful damn clean. Decent palate but somewhat empty though. The caramel/biscuit malt commences the flavor profile, the hops dash to the finish… pleasant but simple. Faintly dry… minor leafy aftertaste… but, again, too clean. Medium-light body, a tad thin, low carbonation aids in the drinkability… this would work great as a session beer. Low abv helps too. This brew is definitely not American… think ‘British’ when you drink it, you’ll like it more.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

You know how sometimes you pour a beer into a glass, it foams up and then the head falls, leaving little "clouds" of foam? That's what this beer looked like after sitting in my glass for a few minutes. This beer poured just shy of an amber hue and looks terrific. There's not too much in the aroma. I strain to find something interesting and all I come up with is a slightly rubbery smell. The first thing I notice upon tasting this brew is its slick and silky smooth mouthfeel. There's sweetness up front, with fruity malt flavors laced with a bit of caramel and vanilla. A little buttery in the middle, which is acceptable in an English beer. The hops don't really express themselves until the finish which remains fairly balanced. A slickness remains on the tongue after the finish. Overall, an interesting brew with a slickness throughout that can almost be distracting, if you think too much about it (as I've done.) An enjoyable beer that is well made, but could use a better aroma and less diacetyl.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled. When I poured this beer into my glass, it poured a large off-white creamy head with large bubbles. The head was fully lasting and there was excellent lacing on the sides of my glass. The body was clear and the hue was amber. The aroma was light in hops and had a moderate malty aroma to it. The initial taste was somewhat bitter and it finished the same. There was no carbonation observed with this beer.

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Photo of Brent
2.39/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The label is the best thing about this beer. Poured a pale bronze. Aroma was slightly skunky/wet dog (clear bottle, what a surprise). What there is of the malt is rather tart and metallic. Finish was a rather dull bitterness. A very pedestrian ale, and not something I plan on visiting again.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep carmel brown color, almost cider-like. Small creamy head dissipates and leaves a full layer of creamy head across the top of the beer. Taste is creamy and moderately hopped, mixing well with the malt presence. A very god english ale that is perfect for sessioning.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.65/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a good, white head that leaves some lace, traces of carbonation, clear amber color. Moderate hops to start and finish, light to medium bodied. Slightly bitter finish. Nose has a hint of malts. 12oz bottle is brown and 500ml is clear but no difference in taste; overall nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of jreitman
2.76/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sweet grain aroma with a hint of spciy hops. Copper colored with a nice off-white head and significant visible carbonation. There was a rather unpleasant metallic flavor to the finish which lingered and made the beer a not so great experience. I hope it is a bad bottle. A slightly sweet grainy flavor was able to peek through, but that metallic flavor was quickly on the scene to kill it off.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.93/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish amber, with a small white head that sticks to the glass as the beer finds a new home in my belly.
Aroma is very nice. Mild sweet maltiness with a solid aroma of english hops. Subtle estery fruitiness, mostly apple and a floral aroma.
Flavor is sweet, with a bit of nuttiness and a good hop profile in the finish. Moderately effervescent, but with a small bubble mouthfeel, so it doesn't seem to detract from the taste. Medium bodied. I was a little put off by the labeling, since it looks really commercial and corporate high end, but the beer is pretty solid. I'd have to try this on tap. And for once a british beer not in a clear bottle!

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Photo of allengarvin
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange-amber color, good initial head and excellent lacing.

Aroma is a spicy hop nose, with a decent malt as well.

Flavor: Initial maltiness, with earthy hop taste and drying bitterness. Slightly fruity, but generally a clean yeast character. Finish is dry.

Medium-light body and appropriately low carbonation.

A good drinking-beer, not overly complex but still tasty.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a tasty mild pale ale. It pours a tannish amber with a moderate beige head and a fair amount of lace. The malty aroma mingles with fresh floral hop. The medium bodied malt is lightly sweet and herbal. A tea-like and mildly citrusy bitterness provide balance. A slight taste of apples, and just a hint of mint make for light, easy to gulp ale.

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Photo of HopheadEd
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dull amber color you can see through, a two finger head that quickly fades and leaves spotty lacing. Aromas of caramel, and malt. Smooth mouthfeel, slightly creamy. First sip reveals malt, candy caramel, with a short hop finish. Reminds me of a Bass. Good drinkability, but I prefer a bit more "bite".

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Photo of TheDM
2.76/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a creamy head of fine white colored bubbles and a transparent light brown colored body. It has a very mild malt-hop aroma with a smooth malt-hop flavor and just a hint of an afterbite. Its aroma was a bit off and weak. Over-all, it is just an average brew not worth writing home about.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clean, coppery hue, full frothy head that slides down to size swiftly. Aromas a great whiff of butter and nuts right off with a slight coppery tinge. Reminds me of Irish red ale. Soft, sweet, but a little flat. Aroma mellow out to nothing, almost metallic now.Harsh and bitter mouthfeel, at first. Good texture, but an annoying finish. I'm not at all sure what the style is supposed to be, but I do know I don't care for this at all. Later on, as with Northumbrian Brown, the off tastes dwindle into inoffensiveness, but it's too late. This Angel didn't touch me at all

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Angel Ale from Federation Brewery Ltd
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 16 ratings