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

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Bateman's Combined HarvestBateman's Combined Harvest

Brewed by:
George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rastaman on 08-31-2002

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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 67
Reviews by kojevergas:
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3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Hoegaarden pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on December 10th, 2010.

A: Pours a clear yellow-gold with a three finger head of moderate thickness and retention.

Sm: Fresh honey and barley. Quite nice but not overdone.

T: Pleasant. Opens straight to the well-built body with notes of oats and balanced wheat. The finish cleans it up nicely and is refreshing.

Mf: Smooth but not overdone.

Dr: I'm not usually a fan of pale ales, but this one is built quite well for the style. A bit pricey.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a clear, kind of shiny orange in color with a reasonable head.

Smell - The soft grain and light hops give this EPA an inviting nose. The barley in particular gives off a wonderful smell.

Taste - The terrific grain balance from the nose came across heavy-handed at the taste unfortunately. The smoothness of the bouquet was more like a ball peen to the head.

Mouthfeel - I know the English like their ales on the lighter side of the spectrum, but this one is just way too thin for the flavors. It has the body of a light American lager, and that coupled with the lack of carbonation, even in a style calling for mild carbonation, disappointed.

Drinkability - This wasn't so bad once you got used to the flavors and lowered your standards a bit but I was expecting better things from this brewer.

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Photo of louisbr
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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 chinchill
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
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 IchLiebeBierZu
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of rastaman
2.66/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sweetsih and malty, slightly perfumy aroma (i reckon a combination of malt and hops), bittersweet palate, sweet malt at the start and lsight hop bitterness towards the end, not really interesting, just below average it think.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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 brewerburgundy
2.45/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very pale weak lager yellow. None of a lager's fizz however. On a rough pour rousing a head is nearly impossible. In the glass, a dehydrated pisser's yellow. Lager yellow tinged with orange, very clear. The bottle was the same shape as the photo, but brown with a different label.

Butterscotch, grain. Limp, about the weakest aroma I've encountered.

Some white wine fruit, butterscotch diacetyl, lemon hints, overall light fruitiness and quite weak.

Watery, few bubbles.

Not good enough to ever want another. This was from a discount grocer's with an ever rotating stock and on account of this I couldn't even guess how old it is.

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Photo of russpowell
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
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 DaveStroud
2.25/5  rDev -34%

Photo of frontalot
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.75/5  rDev +10%
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 Bung
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orange/golden pour. Limited white head. Grainy, malt and pine aromas with a good amount of citrus. Light/medium body. Malt, grass and a bunch of citrus flavors. Hops show lightly later, but the finish is more fruitiness. Somewhere between a pale and an amber and an ESB. Drinkable enough. Not quite sure what to make of this, not bad, not that great either. Have had better rye pales, this just has too much involved maybe.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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 BeerSox
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml thin-necked dark brown bottle into snifter. The thin neck made it impossible to get a smooth pour. Best by Sept 23, '09.

Crystal clear light honey color with a one finger white head that settles to an almost invisible cap.

Very light malts, with a bit of a syrupy sugary aroma. The hops add a sligtlly bitter, and very perfumy aroma.

The flavor consists of some light, slightly watery grains. The hops add a little bit of leafy bitterness, but not much.

Something about this beer just doesn't make it that drinkable. The flavor is slightly acerbic, and the hops seem to have an odd characteristic.

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Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Traquairlover
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Medium gold honey color, almost no head, but what slight amount of foam and bubbles there is forms on about half the surface and is off white but close to white.

S = I get fresh fruits and grains in the nose. Cannot really decide what fruits, but it is kind of a mix, maybe some peaches and apricots, as for grains, it is like an untoasted wheat English muffin, but not quite as pungent.

T = The fruits in the smell make an early appearance in the taste, definite tart apricots, touch of orange marmalade, but also some sweetness that has a light but unpleasant saccharine taste. Mild bitterness lasts throughout into a long finish, although I would expect a drier finish, it has a cloying sticky feeling that it leaves on the tongue that while not sweet, is certainly not dry.

M = Medium light body, good mouthcoating, nice light carbonation tickles the mouth.

D = This does go down easily enough, but it leaves a slight cloying taste that doesn't really make me want to repeat.

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Photo of EPortJake
3.11/5  rDev -8.8%
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 katiatanner
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.3/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At last I have found it on draught somewhere, it was a guest ale at the excellent 'Eagle' in Boston (the real Boston, in Lincolnshire).

I thought it darker than the bottle variety, but the pub is not well lit, so that may account for that. The flavours and aroma were stronger than the bottle, I enjoyed it so much, I had three pints, the guy behind the bar knew how to pour it too.

A very good beer from one of my favourite breweries.

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Photo of TEHieatt
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of eric5bellies
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
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 pin
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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