American Pale Ale | Dark Star Brewing Company Limited

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American Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Star Brewing Company Limited
England, United Kingdom
darkstarbrewing.co.uk

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-03-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
38
Reviews:
20
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
9.58%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of Rob-Allen
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic beer full of flavour but extremely drinkable

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Photo of BdM
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodlavers
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rapayn01
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on tap in the UK. It was a smooth and balanced pale ale. Indeed, in the US, most APAs would have a higher hop profile. I liked it, but it could have been hoppier to my tastes.

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Photo of steverx8
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at the Jersey CAMARA beer festival. Pours a hazy golden colour with a white head that slowly disperses. Aromas of marmalade & citrus with some pine & caramel also present. Tastes of lemon, peach, grapefruit as well as marmalade, citrus and some sweet honey. Aftertaste is fairly dry with some bitterness from the hops. Overall my favourite of the 7 beers I tried.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jose9e
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of robotiks
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of KevinRailton
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of hopley
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of jonb5
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pint at JDW. Served in a shaker. A: Pale golden,
small thick head, moderate retention, lots of
lacing, the haze cleared leaving it almost clear. S:
Citrus fruits and Cascade hop. T: Grapefruit,
gummi bear, just enough IBUs without overdoing
it, balanced out by sweet wheaty finish. M:
Smooth, minimal carbonation, light body. O: Well
made, nice to have two or three on a hot day but
slightly too strong for to drink in vast quantities.

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Photo of pknyc
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of FLima
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with a fluffy head.
Nice citrus aroma, sweet lemon and oranges going towards grapefruits.
Initial flavor of pine resiny that fades away with notes of grapefruits, tea leaves and sweet toasted malts. Hints of lemongrass. Dry and long lasting bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with low carbonation.
A translation of an APA by the British, more aleish with low carbonation and served warmer! I would just have let the little guys eat up a bit more sugar in order to be less sweet and increase its alcohol content.

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Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Danobold
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hand-pulled pint in the excellent '3 Fishes', Shrewsbury on 24 May 2013.

Fine all round: looked good, a pale golden hue to the blond body and a full head on top.

Smell was all hop, but not over the top.

Taste balanced and dry with a mini bitter finish. A little too citrusy for me to have another, but others around me were raving about it.

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Photo of charlatan
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half pint at Ayrshire Real Ale Festival. A dark straw to light gold coloured beer with a big bubbly head and an oily herbal hop aroma. The nose is not misleading: after a relatively weak start the herbal hops really kick in, with very little in the way of sweetness to accompany them. It's very oily on the tongue but not unpleasantly so.

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Photo of rarbring
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clouded dark straw colored brew, a high white head that leaves good lacing and has some curtains.

Smelling of fresh lemons and grass.

Tasting of sweet white bread, then lemon curd. lime and grape-fruit peel.

Little carbonation, a fresh feeling, a light to medium body, a long dry finish.

A fine, nice sessionable ale. Really good after a long walk!

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Photo of Ruds
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask dispense at the Sussex Arms, Twickenham, Feb '12 served into a UK pint pot.

Pours a clear pale yellow colour with a decent fluffy white head.

A resinous hop aroma with citrus notes of grapefruit, lemon and lime. Although bitter on the nose there was a slight floral aroma as I drew my nose away from the glass!

In the taste I got all of the above along with a little pine and grassiness.

Long dry hoppy aftertaste, low carbonation, goes down silky smooth!

In all another excellent beer from Dark Star and one I have had on cask a good half dozen or more times in the last 2 or 3 years and it has always been drinking heaven!

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American Pale Ale from Dark Star Brewing Company Limited
4.07 out of 5 based on 38 ratings.
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