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White Gypsy American Pale Ale

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Brewed by White Gypsy (Shelta Beer Co)
Style: American Pale Ale
Tipperary, Ireland

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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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litd ed. 750ml bottle release
First brewed in the U.S.A. in 1980s this superb beer has good carbonation and has an excellent flavour profile. Amber in colour, this is a dry, hoppy beer with some caramel flavour. It goes great with spicy food but is also an extremely versatile beer and works perfectly well with most foods, from burritos and burgers to Chinese and chilli..


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
elbernays (307) - IRELAND - DEC 31, 2013
Pours murky amber. Summer fruits citrus nose. Flavour is sweet malts with a strong bitterness. Full body.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
culchiem (2296) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 5, 2013
Bottle. Clean amber with a thin head. Aroma is is grapefruit. Flavor is strong bitter, a little malt on a dry bittersweet finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jrscruff (19) - Killaloe, IRELAND - SEP 24, 2013
Not as enticing as the other brews White Gypsy have on offer. Pours like a fine pale ale, but tastes very hoppy and bitter. Would definitely contemplate getting again, but only after sampling the rest of the series first.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoringBard (139) - NORWAY - JUL 18, 2013
Grapefruity and hoppy aroma. Lovely colour with nice white head. Hoppy and nice. Nice mouthfeel.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ciaranc (706) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 29, 2013
Lovely murky amber red in colour, huge lasting foamy head, looks the business. Big malt sweetness in the aroma, bread, fruit, raspberry, strawberry. Flavour is a slight anti climax after the lovely nose, all malt, more fruit sweetness, but lack of hop bite and a touch watery. Soft carbonation, sweet, perhaps overly sweet and sugary in the finish. Finally an Irish APA with the requisite sweetness and they leave out the hops!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cunningham (4000) - Halden, NORWAY - APR 2, 2013

Appearance: Hazy amber color with a white head that leaves some lacing.
Aroma: Fruity and hoppy.
Palate: Medium body. Moderate sweet and a fine bitterness. Soft carbonation.
Taste: Fruity and mild grape hoppy.
Overall impression: At the moment: My favourite Irish ale.
Personal stats: Handpull at Anchor Inn (Free) in Birmingham, England.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Coyler (112) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 22, 2013
Bottle from Martins Fairview. Lovely Dark redish in colour, aroma of grapefruit with hints of grass. Smooth body, lively carbonation. Flavours of grapefruit and hops, not that bitter , very enjoyable Pale Ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (19991) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2013
Bottle (shared by omhper, thanks!). Hazy amber colour with a mediumsized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and floral and has some mild strawberries as well. Probably brewed on quite hard water too. Flavour is fruity, floral, bigtime bitter with some slight sweet malty and bready notes. Mild earthyness in the finish too.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DMarra (9) - IRELAND - FEB 18, 2013 does not count
This was my first experience with White Gypsy beers and I must say that I enjoyed it very much. This beer comes in on the strong side of Pale Ale at around 7% abv which gives the beer a nice, round mouthfeel. There is substantial hop bitterness balancing out the rich malt profile though this beer does not seem to have been dry-hopped, or at least only conservatively so. There is a moderate, grassy hop aroma without venturing into the level of hop aroma found in many American IPA’s brewed to this strength. As a Pale Ale, this beer pushes the limits of the category. In terms of strength and body, it enters the realm of what I call a Strong IPA (stronger than a normal IPA, but not as strong as I’d expect from a Double or Imperial IPA). On the hops side, the overall profile is more in line with Pale Ale than IPA. My final verdict style-wise is that this beer sits firmly between the two styles of Pale Ale and IPA: it has aspects of both styles but the complete profile of neither. To sum it up, this is a delicious pale ale unlike just about anything else currently being brewed in Ireland. It is a beer that I will purchase again and one that deserves a place in my "rotation." I also think that this beer leaves room in the White Gypsy product line for a monstrous IPA which would use this beer as a springboard. I can see a beer using the exact same grain bill (don’t fix what’s not broke, this malt profile is really lovely) but with enough grain to push the abv to 10% and a hop bill that would see 50% of the IBU’s coming from late, 5-15 minute hop additions (not quite hop-bursted, but almost) as well as a generous dry-hopping. I know this is a stretch for an Irish brewery, but after talking to the growing number of Irish craft beer enthusiasts, I think the time is right and the market is ready for a beer such as this. My comments re: other reviews of this beer: Overall, this is probably the best pale ale currently produced in Ireland. Other reviewers seems to have slightly misunderstood this beer. The reviewer who said to have expected more hops from an American Pale misses the fact that this beer is a Pale Ale, not an IPA. I have tasted many American Pales with hop levels at or below this. Also, I would imagine that quite a lot of hops are used in this beer (to balance the considerable maltiness) but that these hop additions are rather early in the boil. Another misinformed criticism that I read from another reviewer was that around the colour. The reviewer complained that the beer was not pale at all, but way too dark for the style. This is completely incorrect. The official BJCP description of colour for American Pale Ale is thus: "Pale golden to deep amber. Moderately large white to off-white head with good retention. Generally quite clear, although dry-hopped versions may be slightly hazy." This beer has an amber colour, but does not go into the "deep amber" area - so well within the typical range. It is also perfectly clear.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (18939) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2013
Bottled, from The Drink Store, Dublin. Hazy amber, firm head. Concenrated grapefruit aroma. Mid sweet with medium body and well rounded mouthfeel. Lightly fruity with plenty of grapefruit and long finish with balanced bitterness. Thoroughly well made strong pale ale.


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