Category Archives: Pale Ale

Adnams Lighthouse

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I’ve reviewed this beer once before, without reaching a firm view, so I thought that I’d have another go!

Adnams Lighthouse is a pale tea coloured ale with an almost creamy and fairly decent head.  It’s hard to comment on the smell because it hardly has one, and there’s quite a long, hoppy after-taste, though not a lot of complexity to it.  Lighthouse has an ABV of just 3.4%, so it’s designed as a light beer (I guess that the clue is in the name), and it is exactly what it says on the bottle.   It claims to have been developed from Adnams’ award-winning Champion Pale Ale, by the Brewery of the Year 2011, though in my humble opinion, this is not a champion beer.  Nothing much to object to, though that’s not the strongest of recommendations.

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Posted by on January 19, 2013 in Pale Ale


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Badger England’s Own

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As noted previously, Badger England’s Own seems to be a differently branded version of England’s Gold. The ale has a colour that is on the slightly amber side of golden, with a head the lasts well. There’s a pleasant yeastiness to the smell – a little like a bread dough – but beyond that there are definite floral overtones. It is a light flavoured beer, with a hint of a sweet apple, and maybe a faint suggestion of lemon too. With a 4.6% ABV, it’s perfectly drinkable if you can find any, but I wouldn’t lose any sleep if you can’t.


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Posted by on December 15, 2012 in Pale Ale


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Marston’s Pedigree

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This is my second attempt to review Marston’s Pedigree.  The first time I tried, I left it an hour or two between drinking and attempting to review the ale, and couldn’t remember anything about it!  Pedigree claims to be a classic English pale ale, created in a ‘Cathedral of Brewing’, and to be the Official Beer of England.  So it promises a lot.  It’s a light tea colour, with a faint toasty nose.  It has a fairly sweet taste that is followed up by a light bitterness.  It’s the sort of beer that I could quite happily drink on a night out with friends, but for a beer that promises so much, it really under-delivers on flavour.  It weighs in at an equally bland 4.5% ABV, and at the time it was purchased, was selling for £1 a bottle in Sainsburys.

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Posted by on December 9, 2012 in Pale Ale


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Elgood’s Indian Summer

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On first sight, Elgood’s Indian Summer is a pale gold, the colour of burnt sugar.  It smells, to me, of apple and, summer. And this 4.8% ABV pale ale tastes of butter and honey, giving way to a deep lasting bitterness.  All in all, I think that this is the most enjoyable of all the Elgood’s ales that I’ve tried so far.


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Posted by on December 8, 2012 in Pale Ale


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Jennings Cocker Hoop

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Jennings Cocker Hoop is a 4.2% ABV golden pale ale, though my bottle was a little cloudy suggesting that a secondary fermentation had taken place inside the bottle. It’s a honey colour, with a honey scent, and, yes, a bit of a honey flavour too, with a hint of lemon and a light bitterness. Nothing too complex or subtle. Not bad.

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Posted by on December 2, 2012 in Pale Ale


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Wychwood Scarecrow

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Tonight’s ale is Wychwood’s Scarecrow, which claims to be a 4.7% ABV organic golden pale ale. The first thing to notice about this beer is the light golden colour with a head that lasts for more than a few minutes. The smell is slightly hoppy, and the flavour is complex and works on a number of levels: initially the taste is creamy and fresh – almost vanilla – before giving way to a much stronger bitter flavour that endures. I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of the box that this ale came from.

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Posted by on October 27, 2012 in Pale Ale


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Newcastle Founders’ Ale

IMG_0421This Newcastle Founders’ Ale is a 4.8% ABV pale ale that comes in a traditionally sized small bottle. The first sip reminded me straight away of the the Badger-brewed Stinger, but it’s quite a monotone. There’s a definitely hoppy bias, but not one, I’m afraid, that I particularly like. So sadly, this will not be at the top of this year’s Christmas list!

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Posted by on August 12, 2012 in Pale Ale


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