Brewed by John Martin
Style: English Strong Ale
Genval, Belgium


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RATINGS: 303   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Who can ignore John Martin’s ale that our ancestors called "the noblest of English Pale Ales". This unique beer of 6% ABV is the fruit of truly exceptional craftsmanship, a unique technique whereby authentic Kent hop-bells are added after brewing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
skortila (4561) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2004
Sweet, hoppy, bit fruity aroma. Yellow-amber coloured with an off-white lasting head. Taste is malty, sweet, fresh, hoppy and fruity. Hopbitter-sweet finish. Okay brew. Specially when it is a warm day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
rauchbier (3617) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2004
Bottled. Deep amber colour, good white lasting head and good condition. Good sweet fruity hop aromas. Over sweet and cloying maltiness in the mouth with a faintly Oud Bruin sourness. Finish is sweet and nasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2004
Amber color with light fruity aroma. Head went away before 2nd drink. Bitter hop taste along with sweet malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29486) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2004
[I believe this is the beer I've had even though the label only called it Martin's Pale Ale, the label was different than the one depicted, and the alcohol content was only 5.8% ABV. But as far as I remember it was made by John Martin.] The aroma is sweet with powerful notes of hops. The color is amber and it has a beutiful though collapsing head. The flavor is fantastic; sweet, malty with notes of caramel and ending on a good bitter note. A really lovely beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2003
Very good. Spicey and malty. A real titbit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2003
Brown coloured with nice head. Malty and fruity with a nice hoppy finish. Very pleasant and drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2003
The aroma of this beer is fruity and hoppy. A copper color with a creamy head, quite clear as well. Hops are jumping out all over the place of this one ( a fresh bottle) that lets one know that this beer is dry-hopped. Quite a good beer overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
pilsnerrogge (2514) - Finspång, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2003
Amber coloured, medium head. Cascade-sweet aroma. Medium bodied. Quite sweet, almost cloying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (7978) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 20, 2003
Very pale amber, nearly ochre. Thick white head, tad irregular, going down lacey. Herbal nose, very grassy, very pilsy for an ale - 'Feinherb' in German wording. Later follows caramel-malt. Again, an ale in Pilsener disguise in the taste. This has NOTHING to do with the Courage Bulldog Strong ale anymore, it's positively German in character. As if a German brewer tried to brew an English ale with bottom-fermentation. It becomes sweeter warming up. Very clear palate, maybe a tad metallic,as a... you know. Not bad. But if you realise the ORIGINAL J.M. pale-ale was a very sweet 'strong' English bottle-conditioned brew, this beggars belief.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (12723) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2003
Golden amber with the faintest caramel in the head. Sour woody hop aroma - peaches, metallic overtones, overbaked bread (not burnt but rock hard)...sweet and sour plums, apricots and pears. Caramel ever in the back ground.

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