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Malka Pale AleMalka Pale Ale

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Malka Brewery

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by biboergosum on 09-15-2013

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 39
Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
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2.72/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: From the bottle pours a light amber-hued body, lightly hazed, with a near white head.

Smell: Hmm. Smells a bit like sweet Southern iced-tea with a bit of 'off' fruit and spice and something mysteriously unsavory thrown in. It's not at all what you'd expect from just a basic ale. If this were the trailer for a movie, this is where the cliché record needle scratch would fall. Say whaaaa?

Taste: Standard-issue pale malts, slightly over-steeped tea leaf. Eyebrow raising hints of plastic, pewter. Heavy floral pop. Is that ginger? A taste that's all over the place and landing no where that's pleasing. Drying, phenolically spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: While Ahmadinejad's quote that Israel should be "wiped off the map" was rather terrible and blasphemous, is it wrong of me to say this Israeli beer should "poured down the drain"?

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More User Reviews:
Photo of FadetoBock
2/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of chossboss
3.12/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of acurtis
2.93/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. A bottle-conditioned pale ale - ok. Can't say much about that, as I've never had beer made in Israel, until now, though it still sucks to lose a precious ounce or so to the countertop. Cool bottle cap too - a crude crown (hah) that sort of evokes associations with early Calvin and Hobbes drawings.

This beer pours a hazy, medium ruddy amber hue, with two fingers of fizzy, foamy, and ultimately creamy eggshell white head, which leaves a bit of ruined arch lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly sinks out of sight.

It smells of somewhat sour orchard fruit, subdued caramel malt, mildly astringent yeast, and edgy leafy, weedy hops. The taste is gritty, somewhat biscuity caramel malt, a semi-sweet drupe fruitiness, some middling earthy yeast, and leafy, floral, and lightly perfumed hops.

The carbonation is low-key, and just a tad frothy, the body a perfunctory medium weight, and more or less smooth, maybe a bit tacky at the same rate. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt, lingering fruitiness, and underwhelming hops all leaning as such.

A so-so pale ale, no off-flavours, sure, but kind of understated in everything it does. The bottle conditioning adds little beyond some lingering yeast notes, and an unpleasant opening experience. Cool to try for the country of origin, but just above average all on its own.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Samp01
3.43/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark hazy amber with a lasting beige head and some lacing. Aroma and Taste is of light caramel malt and citrus notes, lightly fruity, some yeast with some mild bitter hops on the end for balance. Palate is a medium body with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a good malt character, yeast and bready notes followed by mild hops bitterness. Overall good drinking brew for an EIPA.

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Photo of Basoos1
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of dsshuck
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of stumac
3.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jakewatt135
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Tone
3.59/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of citrus hops, citrus, sweet malt, and slight pale malt. More aptly an American Pale Ale, than an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, grapes, yeast, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, refreshing, well blended, citrusy, but more an APA than an EPA.

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Photo of Jhfinn
2.36/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Salt-n-Beer
4.1/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown so the name (Pale Ale) is very misleading in terms of color. The head is tan. Aroma is floral and sweet. Taste is fairly sweet, with notes of Turkish delight, caramel and some yeasty esters. A very interesting beer overall.

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Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Legerdemain
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

A decent pale ale. Not a bad flavor in it, but nothing that stands out to me especially. Found it in an 11.2 oz/330 mL bottle.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of EF4
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Corson
3.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Georgiabeer
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours coppery amber, a bit dark for a pale ale. More unsettling is the huge pillar of foam on top of the beer- this doesn't bode well, and this beer was just recently added by my local beer store, so I know it hasn't been sitting on the shelf forever. Smells biscuity and too sweet, very little hop aroma. The taste is a bit soapy- it has some hop bitterness no start, but then slides into a sweet, slick graininess. If I lived in Israel and this were super fresh, I'd drink it . As I don't, this is a one-time novelty.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Darkhnum
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of bcapon
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of corby112
2.2/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Bottled 7/24/2013

Pours a cloudy, dark golden orange color with dark apricot colored edges and a thin off-white head that immediately disappears. Not very pale. Almost brown really with minimal spots of lace.

Slightly earthy, floral hop aroma with somewhat stale grassy, saaz-like hops and a strong malt backbone. Subtle pine needle and spruce tip character along with leathery and sweet malt notes. Some caramel, toffee and dark fruit notes, notably fig and plum. Smells more like a bland hoppy barleywine at this point.

On the lighter end of medium body with a dry, resinous hop character up front that provides sticky bitterness that lingers over the strong malt backbone into the finish. Slightly spicy and earthy with dirty/soily hops, grass and spruce tip followed by leathery malt, toffee and caramel sweetness. Hop flavor is a bit stale and the flavor and mouthfeel sort just fall off mid-palate. Watery and bland in the finish and doesn't really resemble a pale ale at all in my opinion. Disappointing first beer from Israel and this brewery. Hopefully the blonde and dry stout are better.

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Photo of Pens1967
3.29/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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