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Joules Pale Ale

Brewed by Joules
Style: Bitter
Market Drayton, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.22/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
The brewery has been designed and built with a single purpose; to brew the original and once world famous Jouleís Pale Ales. Their pale ale was legendary, and the beer which established the company. When Bass closed the brewery, the records including the brewerís notes and methods were stored in the Bass archive at the museum site, and the yeast in the Bass yeast bank. In recent years Coors micro plant has brewed the original beer on a small scale using Burton water to wide spread acclaim. In October 2010 the new Jouleís brewery began to brew to the same recipe but with soft spring water again and at full scale. We look forward to the judgement of others Ė are we now truly brewing the original Jouleís Pale Ale. Brewed with a blend of crystal malt providing a biscuity base and tipple malt providing a malty sweet carmel flavour. The crisp, clear finish is provided by our local mineral water. Our special blend of hop flower gives the fruity, well rounded bitterness and slightly spicy aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tdtm82 (1699) - Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2016
Cask, Chelmsford Ale House, 9/01/2016. On cracking form at my local. Good blackcurrants profile. Nice usage of Bramling Cross. Lots of strawberries and blackcurrants Gd yeast esters. Pretty clean and not a huge amount of Burton snatch on the profile which suggests the water needs a bit of work to complete the authentic recipe. It tasted very much like a modern day bitter. Iím sure itís Bramling Cross. Well-made, clean and sessoinable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (3121) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2015
On tap at the Golden Eagle. Deep golden colour with a thick creamy head. Aroma is fruity, and milk chocolate. Taste is light chocolate sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cgarvieuk (19772) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 10, 2015
Cask at brewpub... Soft biscuit malts nose... Light herbal fruits... Biscuit malts... Long herbal bitter linger

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Towey1989 (1456) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2015 Cask at The Cock Inn, Leek (Joules) A pale amber colour with a medium white head. Aroma of caramel, a little toffee and subtle cream. Taste is similar of caramel, a little toffee, subtle cream and slight floral hops. Light bodied and soft carbonation. A dryish, kind of grainy bitterness in the finish. Sessionable but bland. Had better bitters than this, very average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (12605) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2014
Cask conditioned at The Cock Inn, Leek, Staffs. Amber with white head. This proved to be a soft, malty beer which gradually moves to light bitterness and a vague dryness. Some caramel perhaps. Lacks character but ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beese (2561) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2014
Cask at The Cross Keys, Chester on 8 Dec 2012. Poured a clear light amber colour, with a halo of white head. Aroma of caramel, sponge cake and some light grassy hop. Fruity hop flavours, with some biscuity malt and straw. Finish was residual flowery hop, orange and hay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
niquillis (2344) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2014
On cask at The Glebe, Stoke. Pours golden with white head. Itís got a traditional English pale taste but is rather uninspiring. Some flavour threatens to fight itís way out toward the end of the pint but disappoints. Jouleís do better beers than this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stravale (2714) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - MAR 24, 2014
Cask @ Crosse Keys, Chester [220314] [From memory as notes lost]
Amber, clear, thin dense white head
Aroma of slight caramel, little on the nose
Taste of soft caramel, hint of biscuit, slight bitter hop, a bit bland
Palate - Fairly light body, light bitter, light sweet. Finish as main flavour, clean finish.
Overall - This was a disappointment considering itís history as a great ale in the past. I tried a second half to re-rate and came to the same conclusion. Itís made for clean, easy drinking, but comes across as rather bland....if I see this again iíll re-rate with a full pint

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (3795) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2014
Cask@coopers tavern, burton. Golden amber with medium head and decent lacing. Aroma of malts and caramel. Taste is sweet malts, caramel and mild bittering hops. This is not outstanding but solid in all areas, a very enjoyable session ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
minutemat (3646) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2014
Cask @ The Dolphin, Shrewsbury. Pours golden amber with cool citrus and some noticeable caramel malts. Ok, but really need another on a clean palette for a proper rating.

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