Brewed by McLaren Vale Beer Company - Willunga Brewery
Style: American Pale Ale
McLaren Vale, SA, Australia


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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.57   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Australian Pale Ale
Whilst the grape is usually associated with McLaren Vale, it is the region’s epicurean tradition which is most pervasive. With this in mind, we are pleased to introduce Vale Ale — a bottle conditioned premium pale ale hailing from one of the world’s great wine regions, McLaren Vale. To be one of the leading beers in the world. Vale Ale is a sophisticated and complex Australian ale with great structure and balance. It opens with bright aromas of hops combined with citrus notes. The palate presents a bouquet of pronounced fruit flavours with nutty malt and bitter hops following on the mid palate. The finish is quite dry for a pale ale, perfect to quench a summer’s thirst. It is brewed from the finest malt and hops and fermented with traditional ale yeast. It is not filtered or carbonated but allowed to finish off its fermentation in the bottle which achieves a subtle carbonation that complements the ale style. It finishes light on the palate and leaves a refreshing finish and light effervescence. http://www.valeale.com/

Bottled version brewed at Laverton until the introduction of a bottling line to the Willunga Brewery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ANZUShophunter (108) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 2, 2015
From bottle in Belgian ale glass. Pours cloudy and golden in the South Oz pale ale tradition. Modest yeast and hop aroma. Sweeter than many pale ales. Refreshing on a hot day. Like the rhyme in the name.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TedE (541) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 7, 2015
330ml bottle into glass. Sour nose, a bit vinegar, a bit spicy hop. Cloudy golden beer with small sudsy head. High carbonation. Very spritzy, medium body. Subtle citric aftertaste with later sherbet. Very late malt present. Refreshing, pleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
GoufCustom (1103) - HONG KONG - MAR 24, 2015

330 ml bottle bought at YATA in New Town Plaza, Shatain.

Cloudy hazy dull orange amber colour with no yeast sediments; No head and thin residual soapy white foam which fades in 5 seconds; Moderate sticky lacing with barely notable carbonation; Sweet aroma of ale malt, with light grapefruit, lemon, light floral, molasses, pine, earth and yeast; Close to light sweet taste of light ale malt, with very light grapefruit, grapefruit oil, faint molasses, light pine, very light resin, thin biscuits, yeast, lemon, bitter hops and grass; Light body. Watery palate; Mouth feel is very lightweight Ale, so thin you might think someone put a concentrated Ale capsule in a large jar of water. Notable grapefruits but seems fake, fairly strong pine and traces of resins, but yeast is thin. Bitter but not so tasty lemony hops rounds up. No!... Hoppiness is light grapefruit, light floral, pine and lemon in nose and taste, with a bit more resin and spice to the tongue. Bitterness is notable, seems more than 25 IBU suggests for a lasting fair bitter finish; Fairly dry after taste. Watery and bitter to mouth.

Comments: It doesn’t matter whether this is a APA or just a local Aussie Pale Ale, the watery palate, low-fi maltyness and rather half-hearted Amercian hops doesn’t really help its cause, and it has a lowly feel to it. Barely acceptable and I won’t touch it again!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
anstei (343) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - MAR 10, 2015
330ml bottle. Pours clear golden yellow. Faint hops nose. Corny unbalanced taste. This ale hints at many things, but doesn’t have the courage to strike for it. Odd.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
k0mpsa (1805) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - FEB 14, 2015
Bottle from bws broadbeach, australia. Copper color, white head. Aroma is malty and light hoppy. Malty and little light body, some dry hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
RafeAU (420) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2014
This has an overpowering metallic taste. is this just my bottle or is this what it is? unpleasant.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
ychvirus (20) - SOUTH KOREA - SEP 16, 2014
High carbonic acid gas, first taste is just no taste and nothing special. Design is simple and looks elegant. It seems to be related to grape something. Last taste is little special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gyllenbock (5898) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2014
Bottle in Brisbane, August 2014. A bit hazy golden with a white head. Light with some hops, hay, citrus and grass. Drinkable but nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Morboso (114) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 2, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2014 Re-rated this, maybe the quality level varies as the first time I tried it wasn’t good but this time I liked it, some nice piney aromas, reasonable bitterness that lingers but a fairly clean finish, pretty subdued, a bit like Gage Atomic but the carbonation in this one seems "creamier".

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VinegarStroke (345) - Napa, California, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Tasted 6/6: Bottle: Another poor beer from these guys. Clean simple short. Lacks any obvious ale lift or hops. Short light palate. Waste of money and tasting time.

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