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Brewed by Colonial Brewing Company
Style: Bitter
Perth, Australia
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 105   ABV: 3.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Small Ale is big on taste and a refreshing brew at that. Like a punch up the nose with a tangerine Small Ale is full of citrus aromatics owing to its extended contact with New World hops. Soft in bitterness, and carrying cheeky hints of sweet caramelise malt this brew has a copper ruby tint in the sunlight, Small Ale is only 3.5% abv and is responsibly delicious.

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3.6
Lano49 (4) - - MAY 27, 2017 does not count
This is my go to mid strength now. 3.5 but a very good one. It’s still a PA and a good one despite the alcohol content. Same same but different.

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roflorence (100) - South Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2017
Great full flavour, surprisingly for a mid-strength. Grapefruit and stone fruit aromas and flavour. Medium carbonation. Great summer drinking, and only 1 standard drink per can!

3.3
CurlyJoe (230) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2016 Orange with some white head. Surprising amount of flavour for 3.5. Lots of bitterness and malt.

3.4
ALLOVATE (3004) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2016
Day 3 of 2016 Advent calendar.
Love the widemouthed can allowing you to get right in there and cop a whiff before it hits the glass, or just drink it straight up. Aroma hints at under-ripe honeydew, lime and guava, dried mown grass, peach and dried apricots, bitter gourd and sweet, toasted malts. Settles a hazy, deep amber orange with a wispy, short-lived white fluff. A heavy yeast pack lines the base of the empty can. Quite light but big in rough and raw flavours. Quite bitter, grassy and herbaceous; the esters light and hinting at the under-ripe fruit of the nose. Slightly slick feel to the dry, crisp finish to be its only real flaw. The carbonation prickly up-front and softened mid-palate. Lasting herbal and grassy notes. Has session written all over it. Solid for what it aimed to be!! (37,5cL, no date stamp, Boozebud)

3.2
DavidAust (273) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 3, 2016
330ml can into a stemmed glass. Should have tried drinking from the can as it was one of those tricky cans that opens completely. I had no way of knowing it was a mid strength by taste. Great full flavoured beer and if you like bitter / IPA / strong flavoured new world Pale Ales you will be happy - and you can possibly have an extra one due to the mid strength alcohol level. Nice.

3.4
StevieT (2000) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 7, 2016
On tap at The Tipplers Tap. Lightly carbonated with heaps of stone fruit, quite a nice drop.

3.7
LesArgen (357) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2016
A fantastic beer with aromas of grapefruit, tangerine and coriander leading into an impressive combination of hops to cover for the low alcohol. You could smash a six pack of these on a warm day. Or a cool night.

3.2
KeefOz (1824) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2016
Tasted 8/4/2016. 330ml can. Poured a hazy pale amber with a one-finger bright white dense foam head that diminished slowly and laced OK. Carbonation low with coarse to very coarse bubbles. Aroma is earthy, piny and with hints of tropical fruit as well as citrus; quite IPA like. Taste is strongly pine followed by sweet caramel and grapefruit; really nice for a mid-strength. Light to medium body. Crisp and creamy with a lingering nice moderate strength grapefruit bitterness on the finish. Good flavour for a mid-strength.

3.2
Dervock (1321) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 24, 2016
Can - pours hazy gold with a white head. Aroma is stone fruit, flowery hop and some resin. Fruity hop taste which fades into a mildly bitter dry finish. Moderate palate.

3.2
TedE (1304) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2016
375ml can into shaker. LOVE the way the can opens like a baked bean tin. Looks like caramel sauce with a big creamy head. Earthy, piney, citric nose. Body is light but zingy. Finish is watermelon, grapefruit, orange peel. A bit watery but excellent flavours for a mid-strength.


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