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


on tap


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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pintbypint (3327) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 5, 2012
330ml brown bottle. Orangey-golden coloured with a creamy white cap. A bit of lacing. Nose has caramel malts, faint orangey citrus. In the mouth the beer has light grains, caramel sweetness, grassy and touches of toasted malt. Finishes with some modest bitterness, grass and straw in the aftertaste. Body is medium, nice fine bubbled carbonation. Overall, drinkable but fairly uninteresting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Niksko (593) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2012
Bottle at rooftop bar. Pours a clear dark orange with very little head. Aroma is loads of passionfruit, citrus and some hoppy grass. The taste is more passionfruit and some peach on the attack, a citrus mid palate transitioning quickly to bitter finish with grassy hops and some hay flavours. The finish is rather long, and the hop bitterness fades to reveal a slight vegetal note. Pretty light bodied, but with a slightly syrupy mouth feel. Not much carbonation (could have used just a shade more). Pretty good effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdpeebs (686) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2012
Had on tap at the union at newtown. A very good version of an ESB. Nice grassy hop aroma and lingering hop bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brenhophead (695) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 5, 2012
330mL botte, pours deep amber with a nice caramel candy aroma with citrus/floral notes. Defiantly has a nice nutty note to the flavour backed with slight resinous hop. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pyobon (1300) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2012
(bottle) Poured clear mahogany with slight off-white head. Lovely sweet candy aroma with floral notes. Light body and good fine carbonation. Flavour is mainly a moderately sweet maltiness with a bit of fruity tang at the start and some bitterness in the finish. Overall, a pleasant well-rounded beer but with not a lot to remark about it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
LesArgen (312) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 10, 2012
Itís all sweetness and malt on the nose. Iím not very experienced with the bitters, but it wasnít want I was expecting. The maltiness also comes through strongly on drinking but itís more palatable without quite as much sugar. Thereís some nice, modest hoppiness at the end. Overall, itís 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 (1021) - 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 (9019) - 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 (433) - 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 (1384) - 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.

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