Bateman's Combined Harvest
George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery

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English Pale Ale
Ranked #352
Ranked #44,335
3.42 | pDev: 13.16%
George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery
England, United Kingdom
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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 92
Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells a wee bit of coriander. Tastes a wee bit of coriander too, and some liquorice? Dry as a bone. Has a nice orange squash fruitiness though, reminiscent of Edelweiss. The spicy coriander gets more intense as it warms. It's certainly in the Bateman's house style. Would be nice on cask.

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Photo of chinchill
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated 500ml(?) bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Body is a nice medium orange-brown, but the head is small and rather weak.

Aroma: good aroma similar to a regular brown ale although more complexity from the grain bill comes out after some warming.

Flavor: To my surprise, I believe the multi-grain origin is quite apparent; it suggests multigrain bread, particularly in the aftertaste. Certainly has way more complexity than a typical ESB or brown ale.

Feel; Medium carbonation; near medium body seems too thin; semi-dry finish.

O: a fine ESB well worth trying.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

I assume this kind of harvest is to plants what the Remember the Titans-style forced integration was to Southern schools back in the day. Dunno why. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet grains, sweetgrass, lemongrass, flowers, and a smattering of rye spice. The taste holds notes of generally-sweet biscuit, light rye bread, flowers, grass, and a hint of red apple skin. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a solid brew. I'm unsure whether all of the grains really express themselves properly, but the combination is still pretty tasty.

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Photo of FLima
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Darker than usual golden color with a thin head with low retention and leaving laces.
Nice fruity aroma, with apple juice and biscuit notes.
Flavorful not hoppy taste, citrusy and malty, you may even notice the use of different grains. Notes of apricot and other dry fruits. Mild hints of spicy yeast, minerals and earth. Mild dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with medium carbonation.
Delicate taste with a character of its own, elegant not strong. Should be easy to pair this with food.
If you like the English way, you will have fun here.

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Photo of jonb5
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint from JDW real ale festival. Amber colour, cleared after initial haze rose, one finger head, good retention. Aroma was faint hop and yeast. Bitter taste, notes of malt and cranberry. Finish long and wheaty. Thin texture, carbonation gave it a coarse edge. Overall slightly too strong to session and lacking character, ok but forgetable.

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Photo of EPortJake
3.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pale golden and clear with a thin frothy head
S - very faint sweet grassy notes
T - caramel, biscuit with a healthy grassy hop farewell
M - light bodied and moderately carbonated
O - a very average pale ale. Nothing offensive but nothing to write home about either

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife picked this up for me from her work I think.

Appearance- slightly amber color, nice sized head, nice lacing

Smell- lots of grains and malt

Taste- grains, slight bit of apple

Mouthfeel- lighter end of medium bodied

Drinkability- Pretty good, I like the lip on the bottle for pouring.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Fucker gushed on me despite having a reasonable carbonation level. Didn't shake it up at all. Weird. Lightly hazed orange-amber-brown color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention isn't too great and small touches of lacing are left.

4.0 S: The barley, rye, and oats come through well. The wheat is a bit harder to find. Large mineral component. Spicy earthiness from the rye and supple graininess from the oats. This combination is unique for me and I rather like it. Strong lemongrass and pear fruitiness.

3.5 T: The taste, while still good, isn't as exciting as the nose. The individuals mesh a little too well and are softened. Still earthy and spicy with the mineral component. Pear and ripe apple fruits. Lemongrass herbalness.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy. Not bad here.

3.5 D: Decent brew with a lovely nose. Easy enough to drink.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A teensy bit of yeast swirled into the pour. A Guinness pint glass full of iced tea colored beer and a bright white head. Prevalent spidery lacing. Lots of frozen bubbles on the surface. 3.5

Loads and loads of grains in the nose. Musty malts with an apple fruitiness. Maybe a little red grape. Some wheat present, but not much detectable rye. Clay earthiness. Toasted qualities. 3.5

Sugary toasted grains with a frosted whole-grain cereal vibe. More apple, quince, and red grape fruit notes. Lovely tangy finish. Nuances of Angostura Bitters, sweet vermouth, and tea leaf. The tea has got to be the hops. Malty and juicy. 4.0

Slick body with a slight stickiness. Medium carbonation. Low ABV + big flavor = 'sucking it back'. 4.0

Happy that my girlfriend insisted on picking this up, even though she's not enjoying her share. I'm cleaning up on the rest of the glass. A nice fruity English Pale. 4.0

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Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice orange hue with a tiny hint of haze and a very light effervescence. Head is a thin finger of frothy ivory foam.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with a lot of caramel character plus a light fruitiness. An interesting blend, though rather mild.

Taste: sweet malt with some caramel character and more of that difficult-to-describe fruitiness from the aroma. I feel that this combination works better in the flavor than the aroma. This is an interesting beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a light and somewhat rocky carbonation. Not too bad.

Overall: this beer is growing on me. Its slightly unconventional flavor makes it an interesting and rewarding beer to quaff.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle. Mug.

A: Light copper pour with a half-finger of head that is gone in a flash.

S: Tons of bready flavors, a little bit of metallic aroma, and some berry notes.

T: Rye, dry dough, tin, some tangy flavors, and a berry finish.

M: Medium-light body with a little creaminess.

O: This is easy to drink and hearty. It's very good with a meal.

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Photo of shambeano
3.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

A- a tiny bit of a gusher straight out of the bottle. relatively careful pour, a golden yellow, surprisingly after the initial gush there is very little head. just a whisper that quickly subsides to none. Meh.

S- really grainy upfront, a touch spicy which i guess is the rye, and fruity (wheat), some herbaly hop near the end. smells okay.

T- grainy and malty straight up, a touch on the sweeter side, touch of rye spice in there as well, there is not too much on the hop side, just rounding everything out with a slight bitterness. a bit meh.

M- lighter to mid bodied, not much in the way of carbonation, bitterish finish which lingers. not to bad.

O- not a bad beer, but a bit meh to me. nothing unpleasant just a touch lackluster.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this out of curiosity not expecting much I figured it would be like cheerios fermented.

poured a good looking pale amber pint with a decent white head.

A sourdough taste prevails so not that far off lol

I can't get the hop taste, just off cheerios.

looks good though.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was about a year old so there was not surprise the hops and carbonation had fallen a bit. Still, I liked it more than I expected I would. There was little head on this beer and the nose was all malt. Dark yellow corn color. Very mellow tasting and malty, not as sweet as I'd expected after reading some other reviews of this beer. Medium full mouthfeel, pretty drinkable at a low ABV. The lower carbonation keeps the bloating in check as well. Not bad, worth a shot if you can find it cheap.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours an aged copper crystal clear body with a bubbly oatmeal head that fades to a creamy film.

S- The apricot hops have a touch of green hops to them but are very mild.

T- The juicy apricot fruity hop flavor is followed by a pale malt that offers just a touch of sweetness before the dry finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel had a soft fizz note that help dry out the finish a bit.

O- The juicy fruity hops were very pleasant with a good gentle support from the pale malt.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours clear chestnut amber without much head to speak of, just a thin ring of brilliant white bubbles.

S-Pale, sweet malts. An aroma reminiscent of American adjunct lagers. One dimensional.

T/M-Grainy sweetness rolls off the tongue and coats the palate from the first sip. The mouth feel is this beer's greatest attribute. Soft and yielding with delicate effervescent carbonation, it leaves a thin sugary film as it departs down the back of the throat. Understated dry hoppiness hits mid-palate, but never really amounts to anything.

O-Could use a bit more of a hop profile to balance out some of the excessive sweetness. Otherwise, not bad at all.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.92/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy, burnished gold with a somewhat slight head. Smells toasty with some light buttery notes , and some lightly metallic yeast notes in the background. Pleasant enough. The taste, however, is a bit of a shock. Far too sweet in my opinion. There is a sweet, buttery, graininess that sort of dominates everything else- almost sugary. There are some grainy, bready notes as well, but frankly they get lost in the sweet mess. Quite disappointing, I was expecting more.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tan-tinged gold with fast-fading loose white head that leaves a crusty rim. Buttered, er, multi-grain toast nose. Cut hay and granola with some apple followed by woody hops with some dried orange peel. Fruit comes out as it warms. Spiced pear finish and compote linger. Medium, prickly, greasy.

Malts are sure there, but I don't get much rye spice or oat smoothness (though there's some wheaty creaminess) in which case, what's the selling point? Some subtle fruit, though, that makes it worthwhile. Pleasantly slightly-above-average bitter.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1" head of soap suds bubbles which disappeared pretty quickly. Color is a clear almost tangerine orange. I smell malt but not much else. Taste is interesting, it's not unlike a BMC lager but also is silky smooth and bready and a touch tart. Body and finish are both medium. I think the idea of this beer is cool - multigrain - and I think they achieved a step up from BMCs by doing it. Not oustanding but certainly good, and enjoyable by even mainstream BMC drinkers.

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Photo of russpowell
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours copper with a pinky of cream colored head. Nice sheets of lacing with average head retention

S: Pears & faint grassy hops

T: Orchard fruit, a touch of spicy rye & grassy & woody hops up front. Pear & apricot fruittyness as this warms, some lemon hiding underneath as well. Finishes light, crisp with a touch fruittyness & faint woody hops

MF: Light bodied with soft carbonation, okay balance

Wish I could try this on cask because the bottled version isn't really representing this fine brewery well

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2011. Label states that this is a multigrain beer containing barley, wheat, oats and rye.

Poured into a Sam Smith's glass. A clear brownish-amber hue with light carbonation. Topped by a white foamy head that remains for a couple of minutes. Aroma is sweet and fruity, with notes of liquorice, caramel, dried fruit and solvent/alcohol.

The taste has a fruity sweetness without any notable bitter flavour. No particular grain or malt stands out. Notes of dried fruit, caramel/toffee, solvent and a hint of woodiness. Mouthfeel is smooth but leaves the palate quite dry. Sweet, dry aftertaste.

A decent ale, but not outstanding. It would be nice to get more of a feel for what each type of grain brings to the flavour profile. This is also a bit sweet for my taste - I'd prefer a greater addition of hops to boost the bitterness. Worth trying if you encounter it.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drank from my Bombardier conic glass

A - Pours a Golden Honey colour that is a little hazey.Head is white and reduces to a film quickly but laces the glass.

S - Butterscotch aromas are dominant but stewed fruits are also present.

T - Quite a sweet flavour that is backed up with a bready flavour and some grain.

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation.

D - Not the best beer offered by this brewery.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

- Multi-grain beer includes: Barley, Oats, Wheat, & Rye.

A: Copper toned with a good clarity that reveals a strong and rapid micro-bubbly effervesce that fills the glass in a dense state. Frothy head with a buff color and fair rate of retention. The glass sees a spongey broken band for lace.

S: Sweet orange candy, honey and caramel all come through on the open. Freshly squeezed lemon and fruity notes of applesauce are also present. Funny enough the aroma was more sweet and fruity then malt based with hardly any detection from the four malts.

T: For flavor there was buttered caramel, fruity notes of applesauce, mangos, and perhaps some passion fruit. Nice breadiness is detected, along with some fresh lime along with some spicy rye and dry oats. On the swallow was a sweet and juicy fruitiness of apricots and white grapes. Sweet but not overbearlingly so.

M: Light mouthful, easily manipulated with the tongue, exceptionally slick with a light carbonation factor. Fruity juice notes come about late with a twang lacing the tongue on the swallow.

D: I really liked the fruity nature and the light alcohol nature which would make this a good pool-side downer on a hot summer day. Refreshing, fruity and light.

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Photo of albern
2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is disappointing. It pours a dull golden slightly amber color, very clear, not much of a head, a touch of lace. The nose is English Pale Ale, a touch of toffee, some orange notes in there at least after the initial pour.

The beer has an over processed quality to it. There is a sweet adjunct flavor to the beer, some tart apples, maybe a slighlty metallic flavor, some bitter lemon type hop notes. There is some slight butterscotch maltiness, some bready qualities that thin out as the beer settles, but the sweetness and over processed feel to the beer is a downer. The lemon tartness lingers into the finish and sits on the tongue too long. This beer is okay, adequate maybe, but nothing I will return to.

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Photo of GregBlatz
2.72/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

16.9oz amber bottle. No noticeable freshness date.

A - Nice golden color. Pretty clear with a little bit of a haze to it. The head is very rocky rather than smooth across. This should lace the glass nicely.

S - Butterscotch is the overwhelming character I noticed right off the bat. Some fruit and esters as well.

T - Wow, very sweet. Strong diacetyl and bread like malt flavor. Taste of corn, though not one of the 4 grains used.

M - Thin with a very light carbonation. Cloyingly sweet on the finish.

D - Not a very drinkable beer.

I'm not sure what to think of this one. It really surprised me with it's sweetness. I think there is too much going on with the variety of grains. Has almost a wine like finish, like a muscat or fortified wine. This isn't really something that I am very interested in, but worth trying since it is a bit different.

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Bateman's Combined Harvest from George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 92 ratings