Admiral's Ale
St. Austell Brewery

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St. Austell Brewery
England, United Kingdom
English Pale Ale
Ranked #25
Ranked #20,003
3.81 | pDev: 11.29%
Jun 04, 2022
Sep 25, 2005
Very Good
Admiral's AleAdmiral's Ale
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
500 ml bottle conditioned, at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 5%. Beautiful copper colour, moderate off-white head, nice lacing. Lovely aroma of fruity hops (Styrian Goldings and Cascade), also hints of spruce, caramel and ripe berries. The medium sweet flavour has a nice balance between the malts and hops, notes of caramel, toffee, sweet biscuits and ripe berries. A little more bittering hops in the finish would not hurt, but this is a very enjoyable ale as it is.
Jun 04, 2022
Rated: 3.19 by georgeanthorpe from England

Mar 11, 2018
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Rated by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Excellent ESB.
Jul 27, 2017
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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
Rated: 3.51 by nightgardener from France

Feb 06, 2017
Rated: 3.83 by windowside from Germany

Oct 28, 2016
Rated: 2.5 by atrocity from Virginia

Jul 25, 2016
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Reviewed by Dzu from Russian Federation

3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
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
Rated: 3 by Euroglot from Belgium

Jul 10, 2016
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Reviewed by drmeto from Germany

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
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
Rated: 4.25 by 123321123321 from Alabama

Feb 14, 2016
Rated: 3.81 by steverx8 from England

Jan 16, 2016
Rated: 3.56 by pimko from Spain

Sep 17, 2015
Rated: 2.62 by wretchedabyss from England

Aug 29, 2015
Rated: 3.99 by MrDell from Switzerland

Mar 31, 2015
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Reviewed by LagerCognoscenti from England

3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
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
Rated: 4 by RickyS from Germany

Mar 01, 2015
Rated: 3.79 by rodzm14 from Washington

Jan 31, 2015
Rated: 4.04 by vinicole from England

Dec 28, 2014
Rated: 4 by SayBoom from Ukraine

Dec 28, 2014
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Reviewed by Mlkluther from Canada (AB)

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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
Rated: 3.27 by Sam-VW from England

Sep 14, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Eramen from Ireland

Jul 16, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by hansavijaticar from Croatia (Hrvatska)

Jun 14, 2014
Rated: 4 by poskok from Croatia (Hrvatska)

Jun 14, 2014
Rated: 3.92 by Tivlavrie from Canada (AB)

Mar 29, 2014
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Reviewed by jazzyjeff13 from England

3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
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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Reviewed by MarkoNm from Slovenia

3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
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
Rated: 4 by BrazilianAussie from Brazil

Dec 08, 2013
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Reviewed by Hoppsbabo from England

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Reviewed by BigBry from Canada (AB)

3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
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
Rated: 3.75 by lafunguspore from Arizona

Nov 19, 2012
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Reviewed by BlackHaddock from England

3.85/5  rDev +1%
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
Rated: 3.75 by ceetee26 from England

Sep 11, 2012
Rated: 3.75 by Barleycorn from Pennsylvania

Jul 21, 2012
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Reviewed by joemcgrath27 from Canada (AB)

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Reviewed by leaddog from Canada (AB)

3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
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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Reviewed by EmperorBevis from England

4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
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
Admiral's Ale from St. Austell Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 52 ratings