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 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2002
Not a very strong head - mine died pretty quickly. Nice sweet smell to it, and quite dark for a pale ale. As others have noted, the fizz is a bit over the top, but the flavour is great and the finish leaves you ready for some more. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
farmboy (218) - Barwon Heads, AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2003
I still prefer Grand Ridge , but this is a very nice beer. Not sure about it calling itself a pale ale though. I only had one, but I will definitely buy some more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nicko (223) - Ashfield, AUSTRALIA - SEP 12, 2006
Poured a massive overflowing head, I thought my new glassware was to blame, but every other comment below says something similar. Dark amber looks, the head went nowhere - had to eat it off; tastes like alco fairy floss. Aromas of malty apples. Nicely bitter and with a medium body once it calms down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2007
Bottled at Chris_O Fest March 2007. A copper coloured beer with a gushy, rocky, whitish head. The aroma is a tad sour but there’s some hopp and malt in there also. The taste is more of the same. Berry fruitiness. Malty notes. Tasty and well balanced. Quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grovlam (4207) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2007
Bottle. [Courtesy of Papsoe, yet another great tasting @ Henrik´s] Large fizzy off-white head that really lasted. Thick film like lacework. Hazy golden color. Aroma of spice, light floral notes, ashtray, citrus and some caramel notes as well. Medium bodied with a light dry texture and an average carbonation. Moderated bitter flavor with light sweet notes. Light bitter ashtray like spicy finish. 18-09-2007

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 21, 2008
Pours nice amber with good head,white and frothy,carbonation good.Aroma apricots,malt,caramel,flavour,nutty(walnut) the gums,bitter roasted flavour at finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (2782) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2009
Bronze/amber pour with very small fine head. Very hoppy aroma with a fair whack of citrus, some woody notes and tropical fruit. Loads of cookie dough and noticeable toffee brings it back into English territory. Flavours are similarly malty, fairly sweet, but a prominent green, earthy hop note keeps it in check. A moderate, slightly harsh bitterness follows. Low creamy carbonation with medium body. Would have liked to see more carbonation, both for appearance and mouthfeel.

   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 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.

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