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Brewed by Shongweni Brewery
Style: American Pale Ale
Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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Durban Pale Ale, was inspired by the original IPA’s produced in Britian and then shipped to India for consumption by the soldiers and bureaucrats. The IPA came via the Cape and records show that some of that beer made its way to the British serving in South Africa. With Durban then, as now, a major shipping port it is hard not to believe that barrels of IPA were happily consumed here on the East Coast, so we wanted to revive an old tradition. We only use the best malts for our Pale Ale, and in order to achieve our 5.7% ABV we need to pack the mash tun full of grains. The beer is also crammed full of hops to achieve the 40 units of bitterness that we want. We use Cascade hops since they don’t leave any lingering bitterness or harshness on the palate. The inclusion of Challenger hops provide the crisp, fruitiness characteristic of the beer, which is complimented by the special strain of English ale yeast that we use to ferment the beer. Our Durban Pale Ale is a strong beer and we have found that its character will change over time if cellared, producing an even more complex ale.


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2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
King_Dean (63) - - JUL 17, 2013
Pale gold pour. Thickish white head. Tart and yeasty on the tongue with lively carbonation.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (6879) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 24, 2014
Goldenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig hopfig, fruchtig herb. Geschmack hopfig bitter, exotische Früchte, fruchtig malzig.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
aleksander9 (369) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 22, 2014
Gusher. Pours clear golden with a gigantic head that resemble washing foam. Aroma is floral hops, spice, citrus, some vinegar and some sour green apples. Mouth feel is round and fruity with spritzy carbonation. Aftertaste is green apples, vinegar, spice, some sweet malt, some metal and lasting hop dry finish. Overall: very nice. A lot of faults in this one. But, the faults actually compliment the beer. Well done.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AtronSeige (524) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 28, 2013
Aroma: Citrus, hops,hay, light spiciness. Appearance: Almost clear, slightly dark golden. Lot of bubbles. Very Large, foamy head. Taste: Light hops bitterness, grainy. medium dry. Bitterness is stronger in the aftertaste. medium sweetness with a bread-like feel. Palate: slick, medium-full bodied. very little carbonation on the tongue. Overall: A good example of an American Pale Ale (made in South Africa).

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vaiz (3284) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle from Roeland Liquors, Cape Town. Hazy yellow pour, thin white head. Aroma of Belgian Hops, spices, a bit chemical. Flavor is very bitter, dry and spicy. A bit harsh and rough, mostly just a bit too bitter. Not bad though.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
AndreasJaeger (505) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2013
Ljus gyllene med litet vitt skum. Fruktiga dofter med en unken ton. smakar lite unket med citrusinslag och fruktig malt.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
ralphdot (982) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2012
5.7% gold colour with no head, sweet malt aroma, bitter caramel taste, not too bad

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2012
This is their best beer under their own brand. Pale and cloudy, it has an appetizing appearance. Beyond that, it’s fairly dry, with good complexity and the clearest hop character of their three pale ales.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4654) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Crystal clear deep orange tinted copper coloured body with a perfect, three centimetre tall tan head - looks great. Aroma of bright yeast, malt, citrus, light grassy hops and a bunch of herbal notes. Medium-bodied; Assertive earthy and grassy hops up front with a nice malt backbone and a citrus, yet yeastie finish. Aftertaste is subdued with most of the flavours showing citrus and hoppiness, but a subtle sweetness then bitterness finishes it off. Overall, not an amazing pale (I would also clarify this one as an APA), but one of the better beers I’ve sampled IN or brought back home from South Africa. I sampled this (i’ve only seen these in ZA) stubby, but large 550 mL bottle purchased from Simon’s Town Bottle Shop in Simon’s Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on 31-December-2011 for ZAR22,90 brought back to the opposite side of the world and sampled at home in Washington on 14-June-2012 a few days before leaving again for South Africa.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
motelpogo (6309) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 21, 2012
bottled, rbesg07 grand tasting. pale yellow with a light head; aroma of whiteboard marker; boiled lollies flavour with only a hint of bitterness; pretty average stuff


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