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Strong Pale Ale | Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.

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Strong Pale AleStrong Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of Foley67
3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FCox143
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dentist666
2.96/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into pint.
Hard pour provides clear light copper/golden beer with thick off-white head, moderate retention.
Smell - metallic, fruity/marmalade notes.
Taste - rough, malts, fruity esters, too much alcohol at the first sip.
Medium body and carbonation, dry on palate.
Sounds like ordinary poor strong lager, save for definite ale character, not ESA.

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Photo of EDABarret
2.94/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DypsoBubble
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Smells dry, malty with a hint of vinegar. On tasting, it is not that dry but quite sweet. Has a rich mouth feel from start to finish. Just the right amount of gas. Not that hoppy more malty. A touch of coffee, grapefruit, cocoa and orange. Enjoyable but lacking wow factor and lacks a fresh vibrancy.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

From hipercor, last unit. In Duvel glass. Waiting children sleep time whilr watching pride & prejudice (bbc) and browsing hiposurinatum. Very balanced, although it doesnt stand out for anything. Avg 3.38

12 Oct 2016: From Hipercor last units. In Ikea's pint glass. Watching Comando Actualidad: El Imperio de la Cerveza. Its more sweet than I remembered and the alcohol more noticeable. The feeling is still pleasant though

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Photo of Nine_Tails
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bmaggot
4.25/5  rDev +30%

Photo of lmaduells
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Bokanovski
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Arriskuwonder
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of MisledTitan
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Misterefe
1/5  rDev -69.4%

Photo of Robert-Simmonds
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of vinicole
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber body with very flimsy quickly disappearing white head.
Big citrus hops on the nose, hints of caramel and a faint aroma of pewter.
No mistaking the strength very boozy. Brown sugar and ethanol tastes rule. Glimpsing citrus and toffee tastes all crushed by alcohol which at least keep it bitter and tart.
Thick chewy mouthfeel, quaffable? No Way!
Enjoyable but huge booziness.

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Photo of adamcthomp
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.88/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of Dec 2011.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A hazy orange-amber hue with medium carbonation and evidence of bottle conditioning. Forms a small head of white foam that disappears rapidly. Aroma of fruity yeast esters underpinned by stewed hops and a hint of roasted malt. Notes of bananas and diacetyl.

Tastes of yeast esters and malt with a stewed hop bitterness. Slightly sweet and dry. Notes of bananas, fruity yeast and stewed hops. A harsh, faintly solvent-like finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, but a bit watery. Pretty astringent; leaves the palate dry. Aftertaste of bitter yeasty notes.

A fairly average strong ale. Very yeasty and slightly sweet, but lacking in malt flavours and aroma. I guess I'd expect the style to have a darker and more distinct malt character. No aromatic hops, and the bitterness is dry and harsh. There are certainly better beers out there - give it a miss.

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Photo of karait95
3.21/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very nice color, an amber tone with a big head that seems creamy with small bubbles that leaves some traces on the glass, the carbonation is constant and well distributed all over the beer.

S: The aroma is good with the normal sweetness of a pale ale maybe a little too much alcohol can be sensed the base are still malts and hops.

T: The tasting is not really impressive even it is a well done beer the flavor is a little simple just malts and hops.

M: The ending is the best part because it last really long it is very bitter at the end and can be felt in the back part of the mouth.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.83/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Bombardier pint glass

A - Pours a nice Golden Copper colour that is clear and has a white head that reduces to a film.

S - Nice yeasty aromas and a little biscuit.

T - Plenty of sweet malts up front and a little caramel. A nice amount of citus fruit and biscuit present.No hint of booze despit its strength.

M - Medium body and carbonation that is very well balanced. This is a smmoth drop.

D - I'm not sure this beer is categorized correctly. To me it's a very good quality EPA, Whatever it is this beer is a very solid brew.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Erdinger pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. I second Charlatan's sentiment (expressed in his review) that this beer is miscategorized - it is best described as a strong pale ale rather than a pale take on a strong ale.

A: Pours a light gold with three finger head of moderate thickness.

Sm: Fresh scent of barley and yeast. Standard fare.

T: Sweet cream open. Well built and balanced body. Clean finish. Very crisp towards the end. Hides its 6.2% ABV quite well.

Mf: About as smooth as it needs to be. Adequately dry at the climax, but a bit too wet throughout.

Dr: It hides its alcohol well, and if I were a fan of the style, I'd have another. It's not horribly ambitious, but what it tries to do it does well.

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Photo of jhtipton
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle pours nicely into my 300 ml "pint" glass. Minimal head leads to some lacing in glass. Nice dark golden colour. Smell is not overly assaulting to the senses. I was hoping for more piney citrusy sensation. Taste is average, once again, not as hoppy as anticipated, just a mild sensation of hops, very mild malts and some alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Drinkability is fine-certainly more desirable to an American macrobeer from the big three. I would try again but there are other strong pale ales that would end up in my cart first.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.94/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- This comes out of a strong masculine looking bottle. The color is a very nice golden amber, and it is somewhat hazy due to some yeasty sediment. It pours with a fizzy small head that quickly disappears. It looks to have a fairly heavy carbonation. It also looks to have a lighter body. The lacing is pretty mute.

S- Nicely balanced aroma, with some sweet malts. There's caramel, yeast, and a mild buttered bread aromas. The back end of the aromas include some fruity notes as well as some moderate hop bitterness.

T- Again, very balanced, with a primary flavor of sweet malt that reminds me of caramel, with a bit of a less sweet molasses flavor. There is more of the fruitiness carried onto the palate, finishing up with some moderate floral and hop bitterness. Quite nice!

M- The body is a little on the light side for an English Ale I find. The carbonation is relatively heavy but provides a refreshing zing on the palate. Once the carbonation bursts on the palate, the brew is quite smooth and gives off the impression of a great after dinner drink!

D- If this was available on tap, I'd be ordering this often. I can see myself drinking this as a nice session beer. The alcohol is well hidden, it's refreshing, flavorful and is easy to drink. Would go excellent with pub food. I recommend trying this one out.

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Photo of MAB
3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A mighty fine brew!
There is sediment in the bottle so I poured it, as I would a home-brew, into a 20 oz. sleeve. Nice color but I knew that going in- it's a clear bottle.
Sweet smell and the taste is the same. I expected to have a bit more of the alcohol burn but this was smooth and delicious.
I liked it better than "Pedigree" and will probably buy it again.

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Strong Pale Ale from Marston, Thompson & Evershed, Plc.
Beer rating: 3.27 out of 5 with 46 ratings