St. Austell Brewery

Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
St. Austell Brewery
England, United Kingdom
English Strong Ale
Ranked #29
Ranked #21,956
3.64 | pDev: 11.81%
Jan 26, 2024
Jul 16, 2018
Brewed with plenty of malt and lashings of English Progress and Golding hops, Hicks is a truly classic ale of considerable depth and complexity.
View: More Beers
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
Photo of Spike
Reviewed by Spike from England

3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
On draught at the Golden Lion pub in Port Isaac, Cornwall.
L: Chestnut colour with a light haze and one finger of cream head that lasts to the end and leaves sheets of lacing.
S&T: Rich and malty. Lots of dried fruit.
F: Body is just a tad lightweight.
O: An assertive English strong ale. A bit hard work though. Might be near the end of the barrel?
Jan 26, 2024
Photo of JohRvs
Reviewed by JohRvs from England

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: Rich amber ale.
Smell: Hoppy, malty aromas.
Taste: Rich malty, hoppy bitter taste.
Feel: Bitter on the palate with plenty of flavour.
Overall: A great ale.
Nov 04, 2023
Photo of James94
Reviewed by James94 from England

4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
L: Dark amber colour, a little head
S: Faint toffee, not much else
T: Tropical fruits, toffee
F: Medium-to-full bodied, balanced carbonation

O: 4.25
Oct 01, 2023
Photo of OlaB
Reviewed by OlaB from Norway

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Pours a clear copper color with a small top of beige head that dissolves quickly.
Aroma is of bread, toffee, dried fruits and nuts.
Taste is malty with notes of bread,caramel and coffee. Some slight dried fruity notes in the pallate as well. Finish has some slight bitterness allong with toasted background. Good lenght on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. An absolutely decent and drinkable strong ale.
Aug 04, 2023
Rated: 2.48 by stephenlee93 from England

Jun 20, 2023
Photo of JonnoWillsteed
Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
L- Deep copper-chestnut, clear, pours with thin 2mm off white super-fine bubble head. The foam cap sustains remarkably well.
S- A light bready aspect.
T- Blind tasted I might have concluded this is a trad Best Bitter. The hops are trad and quite bold. There is sufficient malt following alongside to give it balance.
F- I can imagine this having broad appeal (amongst those who don't need youthful drama in a glass). Versatile too as it's quite 'filling' yet bright enough to not jade the palate.
O- Entirely pleasant, well balanced, no-nonsense trad English ale. The ABV% of the one I'm having is 5.0%. The lable describes this as 'Traditional strong Cornish Ale'. With the word 'strong' emphasised (see pic^). Come on, 5%; strong? Hahaha!
Bought from Asda, 500ml bottle £2.10 BB 05/2024
Jun 06, 2023
Photo of Sigmund
Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
500 ml bottle conditioned, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. ABV is 6.0%. Clear copper colour, moderate to small off-white head. Aroma of toffee, caramel and malts, hints of dark berries. Malty flavour, notes of caramel and burnt toast, alcohol is evident. A slight sweetness, hints of dark berries again. Moderate bitterness in the finish.
Jun 04, 2022
Rated: 3.89 by steverx8 from England

Aug 10, 2021
Rated: 3.87 by Robertas from Lithuania

May 09, 2021
Rated: 3.93 by alesinwales from Wales

Sep 06, 2019
Photo of stcules
Reviewed by stcules from Italy

3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Dark and intense copper, with ruby edges. One finger of foam, quickly falling down.
Malty smell, orange marmelade, quince. Fruit. Even some dry fruits.
A lot of orange marmelade in the taste, along with a lot of malt. A bit boring, but ok.
Average body, malty aftertaste. Some bitterness, root-like.
Not a great drinkability, but ok.
Jul 23, 2019
Photo of Dentist666
Rated by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Classic and old.
Jan 21, 2019
Photo of vinicole
Reviewed by vinicole from England

3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle conditioned. Chestnut in colour. Quite a deep and lasting frothy head. Gentle effervescence.
Fruity malt aroma.
Rich and complex mix of toffee malt, autumn fruits and English hops.
Medium to full body. The conditioning is very good.
A really nice old school English Strong Ale.
Jul 16, 2018
Hicks from St. Austell Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 13 ratings