Brewed by Holgate Brewhouse
Style: English Pale Ale
Woodend, VIC, Australia
Serve in English pint


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Formerly known as Old Pale Ale / Bitter Pale Ale

This traditional ale is steeped in the history of 19th century England. Its characteristic red-copper hue contradicts its name and is due to colour and is due to colour comparisons with the popular brown ales of the time. Like the original Pale Ales this Holgate version is characterised by strong hop aroma and high hop bitterness, balanced by a full malt flavour. Produced using a blend of special roast and crystal malts, the result is a full creamy texture and light nutty, roast flavour. Old Pale Ale is naturally carbonated in the traditional way, non-filtered and non-pasteurised. Drink fresh and enjoy!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
LesArgen (238) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 10, 2012
It’s all sweetness and malt on the nose. I’m not very experienced with the bitters, but it wasn’t want I was expecting. The maltiness also comes through strongly on drinking but it’s more palatable without quite as much sugar. There’s some nice, modest hoppiness at the end. Overall, it’s a nice taste but probably a little bit simple. Malt, then hop. The end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 2, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish amber with smallish cream coloured head. Nice floral hop aroma offset the light sweet caramel back bone. Flavours are quite sweet upfront with some resiny hop bitterness on the end to finish. Medium mouthfeel. Not too bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deanso (6092) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2012
on tap at taps beer bar, KL. This white head. Clear golden pour. Nice bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jade (417) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 7, 2011
Looks like creamy soda! Minimal carbonation. Oaky aroma. Light, almost caramel flavour. Lasts, not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maris (1085) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAR 31, 2011
From a 330ml bottle on 31/3/2011. Pours a clear copper colour with little head. Has a very strong malty aroma with some sweet fruits and honey. It starts out with sweet caramel and toffee malts, followed by some citrus fruit and nutty flavours. It finishes with a toasty/roasty bitterness whiuch is quite firm and lasting. This is a very good ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Threepwood (107) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 3, 2010
Very clear, dark amber to brown, nice persistent white head. A great big whiff of hop aroma over some toasty caramel malts. Medium body with plenty of malt with a lingering bitterness. This is a really good ESB; I need to go hunt this out on tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2010
Pour at Warners at the Bay Beer Festival 2010. Decent ESB, plenty of malt character to ovrpower the hops, with some spice and bitterness at the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - AUG 5, 2010
Lovely tawny amber colour. Nose is vegemite. And lots of it. In the mouth more vegemite, crystal malts quite dominant with an english hops finish reminding me of marmalade.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - JAN 30, 2010
Bottle - clear orange/red. Thin beige head.Medium carbonation and body. Caramel malts, quite hoppy and a little nutty and spicy. Medium bitter finish. Fresh and crisp.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mjs (4974) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 21, 2009
(Bottle at Bishops Arms SoFo, Stockholm) Poured deep amber and clear with small and white head. Aroma contained malts and some raisin. Palate was medium bodied with quite a lot of carbonation. Flavours were malts, light roastedness, hops, fruitiness and bitterness. Aftertaste was bitter and malty.

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