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


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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
egg (421) - USA - JUL 14, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2013 Initial 7/14/2010: Pours hazy amber with quickly dissipating white head. Aroma of light hops, malt. Tastes of pineapple upfront, almost acidic, and yeast. Overall very drinkable. 11/15/2013: Bottle from Monty’s Liquor Boutique on 11/15/13. Pours a cloudy golden, loose, off white head that dissipates rather quickly. Nose yeasty, grass, faint hops, some dark fruit. Taste is yeast upfront, grass, earthy, a sort of smokiness reminiscent of bbq or charred meat, followed by a slight hop bitterness. The smokiness isn’t like a smoked ale, much more faint than that and bit different. Leaves you with the smokiness and bitterness in your mouth. Mostly smoke. Mouthfeel is slightly viscous. A good deal of yeast sediment left in the bottle. Overall a pretty good beer but the smoke flavor is sort of odd, but not bad.

Wim (4155) - Weelde, BELGIUM - AUG 5, 2017
On vacation in south africa gold blond colored body with white head and with a spicy citrus fruity hop aroma a spicy yeast fruity sweet hop light bitter taste with a bitter finish

ChewyBeer (417) - SOUTH AFRICA - APR 11, 2017
Appearance: bright amber with good bubbles and lasting head Aroma: hops, grassy, hay Mouthfeel: medium full, smooth, medium carbonation Taste: malt, slightly spicy, light bitterness but not sweet. Spiciness on the aftertaste Overall: really good ale. Wpuld drink this again

AntonyWilson (459) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - FEB 15, 2016
UPDATED: APR 17, 2016 500ml Bottle: Appearance: Pours a cloudy light golden with a minimal white head, good lacing.Aroma: Floral hops, sourness, hay.Taste: Medicinal, high bitterness, not pleasant.Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carbonation. Finishes very bitter and astringent.Overall: Not a nice ale, definitely infected. Happy to re-rate, but not on my account. Re-rated the beer, no difference I’m afraid. Perhaps it’s supposed to taste like that?????

jmgreenuk (9978) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAR 21, 2015
Cask at the Pump House, Solihull. Poured a crystal clear medium amber with a thin white head and a few bubbles. The aroma is light malt hop. The flavour is moderate bitter with smooth light malt, light floral hop bitter palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Became a little sickly after a while. Would not want to be drinking a pint of this.

Cunningham (8375) - Halden, NORWAY - MAR 15, 2015
Almost clear golden color with a fine white head. Malty, a bit citric and some weird notes in the aroma. Medium body. Moderate sweet and an ok bitterness. Malty, mild citric, herbal and some chemical notes. Not very good this one.
[On tap at Moon Under Water (JDW) in Watford, England]

nihtila (3908) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 14, 2015
Aroma has caramel sweet malts, exotic fruits. Tastes grapefruit, pinapple, bitterish finish.

Abrakarl (457) - SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2014
Weak aroma with a pretty nice malty taste. Not so much hops. Nice creamy head and good looks doesn’t help much when the overall impression is slightly below average. Won’t have this again.

WhoU (127) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle Jhb. Pours semi clear yellow light orange with medium head and carbonation. Aroma is hop with pine. Taste is hoppy bitter. Mouthfeel is light. Overall not as aromatic or hoppy bitter as my favourite IPAs but best of the robsons so far.

Beerhunter111 (22409) - P´Castle, GERMANY - MAR 24, 2014
Goldenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig hopfig, fruchtig herb. Geschmack hopfig bitter, exotische Früchte, fruchtig malzig.

aleksander9 (1897) - 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.

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