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Silk Ale | The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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Brewed by:
The Vermont Pub & Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-07-2003

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 14
Photo of kingcrowing
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very cloudy golden wheat color with a very thin white head. Nose is super light and hard to even notice.

Taste is crisp, lightly hoppy and smooth. Has some light wheatiness it's quite light and super drinkable. Not good as a winter seasonal, but still a good beer.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Off the tap this beer was a hazy, dark amber color like apple cider with a thin off white head. No retention or lacing, bummer. The aroma was also very faint, some biscuity malt and a little floral hops. The flavors were better defined, semi-sweet caramel malt at first and some biscuit as well followed by some floral hops. The flavors were not particularly complex nor impressive. The mouthfeel was smooth and the carbonation ok but I didn't really understand what they were shooting for.

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Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color: Amber color with a very thin head.

Aroma: Malty with some biscuit notes. Not much hop presence.

Taste: Malty upfront with bready/biscuity notes to it. Somewhat subdued. Smooth. Drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Malty, somewhat sweet and no dryness. Very little bitterness as well.

Verdict: While this is a drinkable ale, it's nothing to be impressed with. Hardly even fits the title.

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Photo of NEhophead
2.85/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Filled on 04.21.07.
Served in a tumbler.

Semi-cloudy, thin and watery maple in color; actively carbonated. Thin, whispy sheet from a pretty non-existant head as poured from the jug. No lacing present.

Semi-sweet caramel and light cream. Subtle, floral hop bouquet. Not much going on here in terms of aromatics.

Mild, creamy malt character; toasted malts, not quite bready. Very faint citrus; notes of melon prior to a more moderate dose of rough, floral hops. A quick floral hop bite is followed by a creamy, floral aftertaste.

Light, medium in body; thin with a rough patch at times from the hop presence.

A pretty bland and thin VPB offering. How is this amber considered a 'Belgian Pale'? That's just false advertising.

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Photo of scarletfire79
2.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a cider amber color. very little aroma, actually all of the house beers i've tried here have lacked a lot in the aroma department. the taste is super smooth but that's where my interest ends. i'm not quite sure what they were going for here but i don't think they hit it. this is a very drinkable beer in the sense that i can drink a number of these fairly quickly, but overall this wasn't something i was impressed with and i am a big fan of the style. just not sure about this one.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.63/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The menu said that this is a winter seasonal. This pours a dark orange, like apple cider, with a decent white head. The smell is malty with some citrus orange. The taste is very creamy,rich and chewy. The taste starts sweet with some malt and ends with some citrus hop bitterness. The m/f is light with abit of a watery aftertaste. This is a decent brew and I would love a few pints on a cold winter night.

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Photo of Borussia
2.9/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer was slightly disappointing. It combined plenty of sweetness with slight acidity on the front palate, finishing with grain bitterness and some lingering hops bitterness on the back. A slightly watery consistency on the back of the palate was the Achilles' heel of this beer. It could do with a more assertive and pronounced toasted grain falvour.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is a pale amber, pretty unassuming, topped with a thick ring of white head. Decent retention, keeping steady through the sample, leaving large blobs of lace clinging to the glass.
The aroma is light and well balanced. Soft malt is balanced by mild herbal hopping. Slight grassiness, with a touch of tutti-frutti esters, similar to juicyfruit gum.
The flavor starts with a soft, mild malt, perhaps wheat and some pils malt. Some faint floral esters add a touch of fruitiness, easing into a mild hop finish. Maybe a bit of saaz, with a slight spiciness and some citrus. A rather quick finish, slightly dry, without much of an aftertaste. Light bodied, with moderate, gentle carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking, with a pleasant enough, airy mouthfeel.
Not incredibly exciting, but a well made beer.

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Photo of scottum
3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served an almost clear brown amber with a small head. Very very smooth. Goes down so easy. Like silk! Flavors are not huge. Mild malt and mild hop makes good balance. Perhaps a touch on the sweet side at first, but the dry hopping takes care of the sweet in the beer's finish. Easy to drink. Not my favorite from VT Pub, but certainly a decent beer. I'm not sure if this is a Belgian Pale Ale as it is listed though.

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Silk Ale from The Vermont Pub & Brewery
3.18 out of 5 based on 14 ratings.
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