Admiral's Ale | St. Austell Brewery

Admiral's AleAdmiral's Ale
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Admiral's AleAdmiral's Ale

Brewed by:
St. Austell Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BenConnery on 09-25-2005

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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of hansavijaticar
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of fullsweep
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of Tivlavrie
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of StJamesGate
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of wl0307
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
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!!

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Photo of 123321123321
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eramen
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of BenConnery
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The blurb on the bottle says this is "brewed to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar in 1805. It is brewed using Cornish Gold malt - locally grown barley is traditionally malted using a special kilning process which develops a deeper intensity of colour and flavour than ordinary barley malt. Blended with both Styrian Golding and Cascade hops, the result is a deep bronze ale with a delicious rich biscuit flavour and a wonderful spicy aroma."
I've included this because, unlike many marketing blurbs, this is pretty much right on the money.
It poured a lovely deep golden red (bronze even?...) WIth a decent frothy head, probably due to a little shaking on the long trip in my father in law's bag from England to Australia... It had a little more carbonation than might have been expected but it didn't detract from the mouthfeel and character of the ale.
The aromas weren't that strong I found, but the taste was a wonderful malted one. I felt this was not a hop heavy beer. The levels seemed only to complement the malts and let their flavours come through rather than dominate the beer.
Overall I found this to be a very drinkable ale with a fantastic flavour.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of cyanidesid
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Excellent ESB.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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

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Photo of kmacphail
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of vinicole
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AgentMunky
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of RickyS
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of BrazilianAussie
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of SayBoom
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of poskok
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of wordemupg
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
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

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Photo of MrDell
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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.


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Admiral's Ale from St. Austell Brewery
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