Admiral's Ale
St. Austell Brewery

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Pale Ale - English
Ranked #19
Ranked #25,295
3.85 | pDev: 11.43%
St. Austell Brewery
England, United Kingdom
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josanguapo from Spain

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

From Hipercor. In Ikea's pint glass. After dinner. Caramel with spicy notes and a strongly grassy hoppy finish. Nice effervescence, zesty and refreshing. Drinks very well, totally sessionable

Feb 24, 2017
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Dzu from Russian Federation

3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint.
L: Dark bronze color, transparent, with small foam head.
S: Raisin notes, malts, sweets.
T: Caramel and spices. Pleasurable bitterness. Not best in star but good in finish.
F: Light body, low carbonation.
O: Good balanced ale. Worth a try.

Jul 12, 2016
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drmeto from Germany

3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

-pours a slightly hazy copper-red with a big,foamy,offwhite head
-high carbonation visible
-caramel,strawberries,sweet cherries,tangerines,grapefruit,fruitcake,soapy
-low bitterniss
-high carbonation (overcarbonated)
-light to medium body
Solid after-work ESB with a weak finish

Mar 11, 2016
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LagerCognoscenti from England

3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark amber appearance with decent head and lacing.

Smells of floral, earthy hops and sweet malt.

Taste is of sweet malt, toffee and floral English hops. A more hop forward English Pale Ale taste. Nice lingering bitterness on the finish. A bit of English Ale yeastflvour is also present.

Overall a well balanced an tastier than average EPA with a nod to American Pale Ales. Easy to drink yet flavourful and also refreshing. May not blow many people's socks off but its a very above average beer in this category.


Mar 23, 2015
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Mlkluther from Canada (AB)

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a red amber with a quickly dissipating head. Nose is fruity and hoppy. Taste is smooth with a hoppy finish. Great beer and refreshing.

Dec 02, 2014
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

A: Dark copper filtered with no carbonation and a finger of beige head.

S: Toffee, dark taffy, hard water, light floral.

T: Taffy, toffee, caramel, malty and light with very little bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium light body, little carbonation, light smooth finish.

O: A fine English ale. Got at Central Festival, Chiang Mai, drank Nov 22, 2014.

Nov 22, 2014
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2014. Picked up a while back from a supermarket. Brewed to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Nelson's victory at Trafalgar, and winner of several awards.

Poured into a straight pint glass. Bottle conditioned. A rich, hazy coppery-orange hue with fine sediment and light carbonation. Yields a decent head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, biscuity grain, unusually floral hops, grass/hay and fruity ale yeast. Possesses a hint of something not unlike violets - most odd.

Tastes of caramel malt and floral hops, with a dry, lingering finish. Notes of caramel, subtle biscuity malt, floral hops, faint citrus, grass/hay, fruity ale yeast and stewed hops. A twinge of harsh cardboard/herbs in the background. Slightly sweet, followed by a mild, leafy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with effervescent carbonation and good body. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of sweet caramel, leafy hops and dry, earthy yeast.

Pretty good if not amazing. Looks rather nice, while the aroma and flavour have a well-judged blend of sweet caramel, earthy yeast and aromatic hops. Good body, if a little over-carbed. My overall impression is that this bottle is a tad old, where the yeast has overdeveloped and the aromatic hop character has undergone a degree of fade. The result is an emphasis on some odd flavours, like the floral notes. Drinkable enough but I should probably re-review a fresh one when I get the chance. Worth sampling if you see it.

Jan 29, 2014
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MarkoNm from Slovenia

3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a dark red (somewhat towards brown) color and a mild/weak head. The aroma is very gentle and pleasant thanks to the citrusy hops. The taste is not too strong, although still straightforward, bitter with some roasted feel. A nice brew altogether.

Dec 24, 2013
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Hoppsbabo from England

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber.

S: Fudge. Fruity hops.

T: Floral, honey-like hops. A bit of woody spice. Not so much fruit, more flowers than anything. Has some sweetness but it's very well blended in. Not particularly bitter. Has a tarty, bittersweet snappiness. Some caramel in there. Tiny but of lacquer. Floral bitter aftertaste.

O: A nice session beer. American in character but flavours aren't quite so loud.

Aug 18, 2013
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BigBry from Canada (AB)

3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle.
Pours a clear, dark amber color, bronze highlights with creamy head. Good retention, stripes of lace on the glass.
It smells of a nice malt base, toasted bread, biscuit grains, then comes citrus and floral hops.
The taste is a balance of caramel malt, and leafy, herbal hops.
The carbonation is low, but not flat. The body and mouthfeel are medium, smooth and almost creamy. It finishes a bit on the sweet side, but nicely balanced by the earthy hoppiness.
As expected for a clean, fresh English Pale Ale.

May 04, 2013
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BlackHaddock from England

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned 500ml's, poured carefully into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on 2 Nov 2012 @ home some 5 months before it's best before date of 30 Mar 2013.

Toffee apple/copper body with a thin white head.

Mixed bag of flavours in the nose and taste: malts foremost but with floral and citrus hop notes behind the biscuity light maltiness that just wins the battle for dominance.

Nice blend, semi-sweet overal but with enough hop presence to keep the beer in check and give it a mini-bitterness towards the end of each gulp.

Nov 04, 2012
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joemcgrath27 from Canada (AB)

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - slightly hazy copper, thumb of off white head retained well leaving consistent lacing as it receded
S - citrus and pine with a caramel background, light perfume late along with a mineral quality
T - pine, herbal, and light perfume hops, caramel and grainy malt
M - lightish body, a little prickly with a mild bitter finish
O - this is definitely an English brew, haven't had much of this particular style but it is definitely tasty, wouldn't be my regular cup of tea but a nice change and definitely worth a try

Jun 30, 2012
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leaddog from Canada (AB)

3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear copper hue with a 1/2 finger width of foamy head.

Smell - Grains and malts, floral hoppy notes, hint of citrus.

Taste - Slightly bitter flavour with the taste of grains and barley malts. Tiny hint of lemony citrus.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium bodied with light carbonation. A tad on the thin side.

Overall - A respectable ale by St. Austell. I liked the hint of citrus flavours (nice lingering in the aftertaste), as well as the floral notes in both aroma and taste. Could use some improvement in the mouthfeel. Perhaps it is because the bottle says "Best Before February 2012".

Mar 17, 2012
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EmperorBevis from England

4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker shade of ruby rich mahogany brown with red edges decent enough white head.

Quite sweet on the nose with a bit of a dark theme running through plums and brown sugar.

Rich and sweet the tastes starts with molasses and before the sugar sweet hit the hops warm up and take over the bottle conditioning has worked perfectly any yeast tastes compliment rather than dictate.

Slightly thin on the mouthfeel but only just good carbonation makes a tasty little treat

This is the port you want to pull into.

Mar 09, 2012
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Best before Feb 2012. "I see no ships" - ok, Col. Klink...uh, I mean 'Admiral'.

This beer pours a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with one fat finger of bubbly, foamy, and somewhat creamy ecru head, which leaves some streaky wave crest lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of toasted bready, crackery, and biscuity (Britishy!) malt, a bit of tight citrus rind bitterness, fruity yeast, and sassy leafy, sweetly floral hops. The taste is more toasted biscuity caramel malt, a bit of fleshy drupe fruitiness, and leafy, somewhat herbal, and mostly floral noble (Bri)tannic hops.

The carbonation is quite sedate, but simmering under there somewhere is a wannabe frothiness, the body a laid-back medium weight, and rather smooth, with a tint of airy creaminess. It finishes sweetly malty, to be sure, but with a nice lingering, if not quite balancing, fruity and herbal hoppiness.

A well-rendered EPA, flavourful and enjoyable for simply what it is, and not for what it isn't. Though we only get these kind of dear single bottles in my local liquor jurisdiction, this is an ale that I would be happy to re-up with on tap at a village pub, were that the option.

Oct 01, 2011
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into tulip 18/9/11

A clear dark copper with thousands of tiny particles being moved around by plenty of bubbles, thumbs width of foam fell quickly and left no lace

S some apple juice, caramel, and a little earthy hops

T not far from the smell but with a little herbal tea and some plum perhaps

M medium bodied with a silky entry and then the bubbles cream it up a bit, a mellow but long lasting herbal aftertaste helps its cause

O pretty solid with lots of flavor in a beer that wont knock you on your ass

worth a try for sure, would make a good session beer but at 7$ a bottle it could be an expensive session

Sep 19, 2011
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StJamesGate from New York

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honeyed amber with fresh cream-coloured lumpy white head. Nose is surprisingly Creamsicle orange with honey granola underneath.
Big juicy citrus jam with wholemeal biscuits underneath and more orange in the hops with some underlying cardamon spiciness.
Candied orange peel finish and gingerbread linger. Soft, round, medium, some sticky chew.

Late Cascade explains the tasty nose, Styrian Goldings the spice. Citrus bomb from end to end, orange all over the place, with just enough biscuit and spice to mark it as English. The perfect US-UK hyrbrid and an insanely tasty, compulsively drinkable beer.

Deservingly multiple Champion beer.

Aug 28, 2011
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CwrwAmByth from England

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Samuel Smiths pint glass.

Appears a rich copper colour with a lively brownish head that quickly eases and settles down.

Smells of hops mostly, with some alcohol too.

Tastes of hops and malts, quite good, very complex, alcohol too.

Jul 05, 2011
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fullsweep from England

4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

St. Austell brews another hit!

A: Great copper/mahogany colour (brown with red and orange hues)

S: Very complex here: rustic, old, fruity, floral, malty all in one!

T: I haven't had a better tasting pale ale in a long time (if ever!)--very palatable! The fruity sweetness is dominant, though I have a tough time placing the specificity--maybe cherries (but not at all like a kriek). There is a mild bitterness on the finish that balances out the flavours. This is by no means an overpoweringly sweet beer, but very nice in every way!

M: like St. Austell's Proper Job, this one is also surprisingly carbonated in the mouth, but with the flavor combinations in the Admiral's Ale, it's brilliant!

O: Very excellent beer! I've found a new go-to beer.

Mar 18, 2011
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thepeter from England

3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber maybe copper color with a small head that had little retention. Smells of mild floural hops and caramel malt with a bit of fruitiness in the backround. The taste is very well balanced and really complex mix of flavors between the fresh floural hops the caramel bready malt, citrus and bitter crisp refreshing end. Medium bodied with crisp ample carbonation and goes down very nicely. Overall this beer is better than the sum of it's parts and just a great all around beer. Goes with food, on its own, with friends or alone.

Mar 18, 2011
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AgentMunky from New York

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: The wacky label and odd pinkish tint of the brew through the bottle put me off a bit, but I was assured this was a "great beer." It pours well -- crisp, clear medium-brown with light head and significant bubbles. No complaints so far.

S: Floral hops give a nice topnote to fruiter undertones. Something about this smell rings a bell, but I can't quite put my finger on it -- is it the biscuit? I don't think so. I'm lost until I read the ingredients: Cascade hops (in addition to Styrian Golding). The pine, once recognised, is unmistakeable in the nose.

T: This is way better than I expected it to be! Flavours are all mixed together -- bready, spicy, piney, hoppy, sweet. Very complex, very delicious. The hop character has a tendency to dominate overall, but perhaps that's because I'm now attuned to the Cascade hops. The aftertaste is dry, pleasant, but not overly long. After a long while there is the slightest hint of butterscotch.

M: Mmm, hoppy, dry, carbonated, delicious.

D: I wasn't lied to -- this is a great beer. One of the best I'd had in the country. Will drink again; absolutely recommended.

Notes: An interesting bit of history, this beer was brewed in 2005 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the British victory in the Battle of Trafalgar. Allegedly, the King's messenger first stopped in a St. Austell tavern on his way to London to spread the news. Regardless of the veracity, this beer is worthy of such a glorific history.

Oct 29, 2010
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cyanidesid from England

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I expected by the smell this beer to be hoppier than it is but its the malt that comes through. Rich, ruby ale that is well worth trying a bottle or two. I like the St Austell beers and this one is a belter.
Its gone down a little too easily really so I`ll slow down on the next one.

May 14, 2009
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kmacphail from Scotland

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my variety of beers from the CAMRA beer club winter case 2008.

A ruby brown ale with a thin off white head with a nice amount of transparency, not hazy.

The nose is of fresh smelling bitter hops along with a slightly tangy and zesty note of lemons and oranges, very refreshing scent.

A slightly sweetish initial taste followed by a bitter hoppy taste along with a hint of citrus fruit. This gave the beer a really well balanced flavour.

A medium bodied beer that proved to be extremely drinkable. An ideal drink for a hot summers day when some of your other favourites may feel a bit too heavy, very refreshing, but tasty beer, highly recommended.

Mar 22, 2009
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GreenCard from Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the CAMRA Beer Club "Refreshing Spring Ales 2008" shipment...

Appearance: deep copper, great clarity, thick layer of bubble off-white foam, good head retention

Aroma: hints of grapefruit and Belgian-y hops; rich caramelly malt

Flavor: dryish malt backbone with a toasty/biscuity note; hints of strong teat and an apricot pit bitterness; finishes dry with a lingering nutty, bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, pert carbonation, slight minerally texture

Other comments: A very flavorful pale ale in the "American" style of hopping though in keeping with a nice, malty fullness. Quite scrumptious!

Jun 28, 2008
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wl0307 from England

4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle-conditioned ale brewed to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Trafalgar Battle. The BB date is 12/05/2006.

A: pours a copperish colour, with a nice frothy and rocky beige-hued head with good retention, slowly settling to a thin carpet of tiny foams; subtly-bubbly body.
S: lots and lots of citrus fruits mixed well with caramel maltiness; Cascade and Goldings hops are mixed very successfully in this beer, resulting in a profound combination of citrus-zesty as well as flowery aroma, which in turn reaches a harmony with slightly toffeeish, marmalade, and candyish note of maltiness. So soft yet very aromatic. as well.
T: lots of nuttiness, caramel and raisiny maltiness prevail on the palate upfront, backed by good amount of sweetened citrus-zests and slightly herbal hoppyness; turning just slightly bitter at the back, with a lingering flow of nutty malts as well as orange marmalade in the aftertaste. Pretty clean finish, though, on top of a mild but lingering bitter zesty-fruity flavour on the sides of the tongue.
M: the mouthfeel is very very smooth, with a faintly oily touch matching the overlal fruit-hoppy theme quite well. A clear structure sustains throughout the drink, with a firm dark malty platform allowing the aromatic and fruity hoppyness dancing freely. Very delicious premium bitter, and I wish they would make this a regular brew!!

Nov 03, 2005
Admiral's Ale from St. Austell Brewery
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