John Martin's Pale Ale | John Martin's (John Martin SA)

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John Martin's Pale AleJohn Martin's Pale Ale

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John Martin's (John Martin SA)

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 01-06-2005

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Photo of HardyGeneraL
2.25/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of dbalsock
2.32/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

App: Pours a copper gold with a thin whispy head that dissipates quickly. No lacing to speak of and altogether not very attractive.

Smell: Floral hop bouquet above a sweet body that seems like it was fermented with a belgian yeast strain.

Tasate: The malt component reminds me of a very poor fat tire, while the very present hop taste is strong but very blunted and dull without the usual kick that a hoppy beer tends to bring for flavor. Not just a little boring, but not very appetizing or refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy without the balancing components of a range of spicey and sharp hops. Almost like a pilsner fermented with belgian yeasts and left to sit for days, but with too strong a hop character for it to be old.

Drinkability: This was very hard to drink just a glass of and I would not go back for more. It made me miss my homebrew like no beer has before.

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.43/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Nose very grass that is at once think of grass and spices. The first mouth is sweet but it soon gives way to a strange bitterness, probably due to the presence of maize. The flavor is hard to locate. The finish is also slightly herbal but persistent and uninteresting.

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Photo of desint
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of BMMillsy
2.79/5  rDev -17.7%

Bottle at a random bar in Antwerp. Last beer of the night. Pours hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma of light fruits and light grass hops. Flavor follows with some malt and honey sweetness, a bit of light fruits, and not much else. Finishes a little dirty. Body is light but the maltiness of this comes off as too sweet. Medium carbonation. Meh. No thanks.

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Photo of mmahut
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark gold lager with tiny head.

S: Strong malt smell with hidden caramel.

T: Crispy malt taste with sub-tone of hops.

M: Medium to light body, felling quite bitter.

D: Average pale ale beer for Belgium, I would not get one myself but also would not refuse another.

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Photo of stcules
2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber red, aiming to orange. Compact head, light beige. Good adhesion.
The smell presents strong malt notes, with some ripe fruit (peach, apple). Toffee and biscuit notes, also. Points of citric.
It's not exceptional, but pleasant.
At the taste is quite bodied, biscuit, malty. Points of apricot, green tea. A good full malt, and persistent.
Quite good body.
A good malt in the aftertaste too, and then some hops. Peach, and candy raisins.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear dark golden color with frothy white head. Aroma is quite sweet with malt and sugar notes but also some fruity yeast esters. Taste is also malty with caramelized sugar notes but gets more hoppy with earthy bitterness towards the finish and lingers on the aftertaste. Light to medium body, medium carbonation. Quite weird beer, like a sweet belgian ale with sugar and a good dose of bittering hops.

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Photo of Nine_Tails
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RS3Sport
3/5  rDev -11.5%

3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of BartMcStout
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Jetulio
3.02/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml. bottle poured into a Pint glass

Appearance... Copper colour beer with foamy head colour white of 2 fingers aprox

Aroma... malt , cider and caramel. herbal aroma predominance

Taste... Roasted malt notes and then hop , touch of bitterness is light.

Mouthfeel... medium/full body and soft carbonation

Overall... a malty pale ale, hops are maybe lacking in comparison with english and american pale. Nothing wrong but nothing extraordinary

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Photo of Sigmund
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

33 cl bottle, simply called "Martin’s Pale Ale", now available in Norway. ABV is 5.8%. Website Deep golden nearly orange colour. Large head. Aroma of sweet malts, molasses and rotting fruits, hints of spices and leather. Flavour is well hopped, but unfortunately there is an everpresent molasses and dark syrup sweetness in the background, making the beer too cloying to be something I’ll buy again when I have finished my 4 bottles.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle bought from Redmonds, Dublin...

Poured a dark copper colour. White head poured very big and foamy with a meringue like topping. Loads of carbonation bubbles rush to the surface maintaining a good covering throughout... lots of clingy lacing...

Aroma - Sugary, malty sweetness mixed with grassy and salty notes, strong hints of talc, quite floral, lightly spiced fruits (limes, lemons, sweet apples), sherbet dip notes, hints of Mountain Dew, faint biscuit / cookie notes, some bready and yeasty traces..

Taste - Light caramel malts, quite a lot of metallic notes, strong (slightly sickly) vegetal / rotten fruit notes, quite bready, overripe fruits (apples, pears), nutty sweetness, very buttery, some light pepper spiciness, faint cloves..

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy and maybe a little cloying... medium bodied... a bit sickly to make me want to go back for another...

Overall - A slightly strange pale ale - a bit too sweet for my liking... possibly worth a try once...

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tasted this 330 ml bottle, just after it's "best by" date on 21.09.2008. ABV stated as 5.8%.
It poured a clear amber body topped with a decent white foam. Plenty of bubbles rising to the surface. Aroma was an immediate grassy "pilsner" type hops.

The taste was again of a supercharged pilsner, though with a cloying syrupy sweetness to it. Pretty one dimensional brew.
Overall; pretty disappointing experience; I didn't actually finish the bottle. Maybe it deteriorated drastically after it over-ran its "best by" date. I'm not sure it could improve that much, though.

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Photo of SVD
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of RobertRedmoon
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of 54V4G3
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of stevoj
3.34/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very malty profile for this Belgian/English brew. Sourish malt aroma, amber body with nice frothy beige head. Malt and hops also in the flavor, with slight lingering aftertaste. Half belgian/ half English....interesting.

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Photo of atis
3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear and darkish amber/copper with large foamy head and nice patchy lacing. Aroma is syrupy sweet malts, caramel. Taste is sweetish caramel malt, some bitterness, ripe fruit, with long lasting sweetish aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with very slight alcohol warming.

I can not say the beer is excellent, but very drinkable.

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Photo of janubio
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper colour, with a small head that fades soon, but leaves a good lace. Aroma of caramel, toffee, butter, red fruits. Medium to light body, thick palate. God carbonation. Taste is similar to the smell, adding notes of citrus. Good.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2002.

Appearance : clear amber color, with white foam head, short persistence.
Smell : caramel notes
Taste and mouthfeel : malty with a sweet nature. The bitterness comes back on the final, giving a more dry.
Drinkability: a good beer in the style English pale ale.

Review translated from french 5-27-2008.

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Photo of Antyk
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of supermeniscus
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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