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Beer – #464 – St. Austell – Admirals Ale

In this post: Beer from St. Austell  in the form that is Admirals Ale, Music from Snow Patrol, Random Numbers and double dipping. “I see no ships…”

“This beer contains barley malt and is suitable for Vegetarian”

Another, the last, fathers day gift, St. Austell Admirals Ale, again a supermarket beer, so not difficult to get or particularly rare.

500ml bottle that is 5% ABV, making it 150 calories a serve, and 1.97 standard drink units.

Brewed by St. Austell this is in the style that is  Premium Bitter/ESB and they are in, weirdly, St. Austell, England

Originally brewed as a special to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Nelson’s victory at

Ships... I see no ships....

Ships… I see no ships….

Trafalgar in 1805. However, production of the bottled version and, occasionally, the cask has continued.

This premium bottle-conditioned ale has been uniquely brewed using our own Cornish Gold malt. Locally grown barley is traditionally malted using a special kilning process which develops a deeper intensity of colour and flavour than ordinary barley malt.

Blended with both Styrian Golding and Cascade hops, the result is a deep bronze ale with a delicious rich biscuit flavour and a wonderful spicy aroma.

This is a Bottle Conditioned beer.

This uses Celeia hops for citrus and Cascade for spice, it is truly the Christmas pudding of beers.. they say, its September – what could go wrong?

Hoppy bitter on opening. Lovely dark chestnut pour with a a nice firm but small white head of fluff.

St. Austell Admirals AleI think mostly sweet malt aroma in the glass.

I cam see what they mean by spiciness in the taste, it’s unusual and somewhat pleasing.

This then is a step change from the usual english beer, and delivers a few things that are unexpected and a bit welcome. Nice.

Not brilliant lets get a truck load in nice, just oh wow that’s different nice.

I prefer this on tap than in the bottle as I’m reminded that I’ve had this before out on my travels. I’m not enjoying the ‘spice’ body that this has, because it’s a bit muddled and isn’t one thing or another.

But! as a change from the usual English Bitter is was nice.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 a of its things from the thing.

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? Yes, it’s different
  2. Would I have another?I’m not sure, probably not
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I paused there in my head so probably not.

I changed from Dashboard Confessional to Snow Patrol, they’re pretty interchangeable in terms of listening ability, accessible and entertaining. This is a song from the album “Songs for Polsr Bears”  and it’s “Starfighter Pilot”

I’m sure I used to like this a lot more than I am enjoying it now. I wonder how that works?


In England, many breweries have a number of bitters in their range. The style that has come to be known as Premium or Special Bitter generally includes the stronger ( 4.6%-6.0%) examples. These are mostly served in the traditional way from the cask, but some are also found in bottle form where the extra malt allows them to stand up better than the more delicate ordinary Bitter. In the US, the designation ESB is common for this style, owing to the influence of Fuller’s ESB, the London brew that was among the first to be exported to the States. In the US, some ESBs are made with American hops and a clean yeast, but the alcohol range is the same, as is the range of bitterness, usually between 25 and 35 but occasionally creeping higher.


One comment on “Beer – #464 – St. Austell – Admirals Ale

  1. beernotwar
    September 15, 2014

    Reblogged this on BEER not WAR.


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