Windermere Pale
Hawkshead Brewery / Staveley Brewery & Beer Hall

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English Pale Ale
Ranked #48
Ranked #23,269
3.87 | pDev: 10.34%
Hawkshead Brewery / Staveley Brewery & Beer Hall
England, United Kingdom
Notes: A very pale ale bursting with hop flavour and a fruity aroma. It is brewed with soft Lakeland water, English Maris Otter malted barley and whole cone hops. Tropical fruit flavours cone from the signature hop - Citra.
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 21
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cask served vis traditional Angram handpump at the St. Petersgate Tap in Stockport
Poured a crystal clear golden body with perfect tight white head
Citrus aroma
Some apple soap

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On cask at Belfast Beer Festival ‘15.
White gold with loose white film. 3.75
Grain sack, lemon barley, and a bit of sulfur. 3.75
Tablewater crackers, lemon sorbet, and an herbal hit at the end. 4
Floral finish and rindy linger.
Crisp, light, slight oil. 4

At 3.5%, a knockout. Citrus, (just) enough body, and refreshing. How to do a Citra golden ale. 4.25

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Photo of Spike
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 500ml bottle.

Golden colour, completely clear. A few streams of bubbles rising to a thin, short-lived, white head.

Long-lasting aroma of soft floral & honey.

Taste offers an abundance of fruity citra hops balanced by a traditional malt base. The result is reminiscent of freshly cut hay, honey, and summer sunshine.

Incredibly soft and smooth mouthfeel. Fantastic quality water. Medium body with some stickiness. A short but spicey finish.

This is a lovely golden ale. Definitely not a traditional, English bitter. Rather a beautiful meeting of new world and old world.

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Photo of charlatan
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half pint at 'spoons in Morecambe. Very pale as advertised and leaves lots of lacing. It has a lovely fresh lemon to herbal nose. A doughy and fairly sweet start gives way to minty hops. There is nothing particularly special here, but it is very pleasant and relatively full flavoured for such a low abv beer.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2014. ABV is stated as 4.0%. Picked up a little while back from Sainsbury's as part of their 2013 Beer Hunt. A pale ale brewed with three English hop varieties and American Citra.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A bright golden hue with faint haze and medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of sharp, fruity hops with hints of grapefruit, lime, mild peel, citrus and grass. Underpinned by subtle caramel malt and earthy yeast. Delicious.

Tastes of intense aromatic hops with a crisp bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, faint white grape, grass/hay, mild caramel, grain, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, followed by a sharp, spicy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and well-judged body. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, citrus notes and earthy yeast.

Fantastic - a brilliant pale ale with character that jumps out of your glass. It looks lovely, while the aroma and flavour are dominated by hops; intensely fruity and bitter. Good body. Cracking brew - I'd be happy to drink this all day. Don't pass it up if you come across it.

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3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Part of the Great British Beer Hunt from Sainsbury

Bottled version hoiked up to 4%.

Clear yellow appearance.

Floral hops.

Again a good hit of (American?) hops.

Light and refreshing but a little too bitter for my taste.

A nice change from my normal balanced beer selection.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint on cask at the brewery beer hall July 2012

Poured a nice golden yellow colour. White head with coppery hints poured thick and foamy with a meringue like topping then faded slowly to good covering with thick edging... barely any carbonation bubbles... good sticky lacing...

Aroma - Lots of juicy mouth watering (slightly tropical ?) fruitiness (pears, grapefruits, oranges), light sweet caramel malts, buttery, some bready notes, honey, citrus and grassy hops, light pine, quite floral, talcum powder traces, faint rubbery note...

Taste is pretty similar to the aroma... slighty tropical and sour fruits (grapefruits oranges, limes), good peppery and citrus hop bitterness balanced by light maltiness, chalky traces, light metallic notes, quite biscuity...

M&D - Smooth initially with a little sharpness underneath... medium bodied... an extremely quaffable brew at only 3.5% - a perfect session brew

Overall - An outstanding and very sessionable brew... Highly recommended...

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Photo of bylerteck
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at The Rake in London. From notes.

A - Poured a golden colour with a one finger soapy head. Good carbonation and soapy head retention.

S - Spicy hop with some earthiness. Not strong but very inviting and interesting.

T - Spice with the earthiness again. English hops. Very well put together for 3.5%

M - Soft carbonation and a light body. Slight bitterness to finish.

O/D - Nice one. I liked this alot for its drinkability. Tasted quite good and never got boring.

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Windermere Pale from Hawkshead Brewery / Staveley Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 21 ratings