Brewed by Brains
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Cardiff, Wales
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Cask: Unfiltered; Keg & Bottle: Filtered - Available occasionally
Launched 18 June 2012
Created by Simon Martin, aka Mr Real Ale Guide, this is a golden IPA with a hefty aroma of citrus flavours, especially grapefruit. Brewed with a trio of American hops – Zeus, Summit and Cascade, an initial smooth flavour leads to the huge citrus flavour of the hops kicking in towards the end, with oranges and a dry finish becoming apparent.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (5737) - Bracknell, Berkshire, - FEB 12, 2013
33cl bottle from Morrisons. Golden amber with a ring of white head; the aroma is spicy and malty, with traces of raw alcohol; the body is sweet and malty with some orangey fruit; the hops are definitely there but do not make much of an effort, adding some boiled cabbage before a dry and lightly spiced finish with a touch of citrus. Good to see a major brewer experimenting like this, but they are someway off the mark.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SVD (1243) - NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2016
Bottle at home, orange beer medium head. Aroma is citrus, caramel. Taste is citrus, bitter, hint of soap. not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mile (3725) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2016
Bottle. Golden, hazy, average and fully diminishing head. Moderate, malty and lightly sweetish - sweetish aroma, caramel and some toffee, light fruitiness - light notes of banana (?), faint - light herbal/citrus hoppyness. Body is medium, malty and lightly sweetish - sweetish flavor, some caramel and toffee, light fruitiness and herbal/citrus hoppyness. Finish is short to average, malty and lightly sweetish - sweetish, light - some caramel and light toffee, light fruitiness herbal hoppyness. More strong ale than a bitter. Way too much caramel and toffee.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BeerNinjaUK (163) - Wiltshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2016
Bottle from Ocado. Pours medium amber with shallow white head. Aroma of raisins and sweet mandarin. Taste comes across strongly of port, with string alcoholic flavours and a long bitter finish. Quite original for something trying to be American IPA, but not to my tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blackisle (1776) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - FEB 29, 2016
Bottle 33cl. Poured into a shaker glass. Clear medium amber, small half-way lasting off-white head, good lacing; aroma pale malt, light fruity, bubblegum, caramel, pine; taste medium sweet and bitter, malty, bready, aftertaste bittersweet, herbal notes, bit dusty, dry finish; smooth and mild mouthfeel, medium body, oily texture, average carbonation; for sure not an APA but a pleasant mild IPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adamnowek (1505) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 25, 2016
Not very bitter at all for a beer that claims to be an American-style IPA. Very subtle hop taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
alex_leit (1592) - Minsk, BELARUS - FEB 17, 2016
Bottle 500 ml. Golden color with normal white foam. Aroma: sweet nectar, flowers, fruit and a little citrus, malts. Taste: light sweetness, fruit, caramel, nectar, light hop bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
jpkeskinen (459) - FINLAND - JAN 30, 2016
Bottle. Not that good an ipa. The flavours are flat and very mild but include hops and citrus.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
cervmagpt (588) - PORTUGAL - JAN 29, 2016
Review based on the BJCP2015 guidelines (style 21A). Bottle 33 cl - Batch unknown. AROMA: predominant diacetyl notes overwhelming everything else. slight toffee note. APPEARANCE: pale ambar color and translucent. medium off-white head with below average retention. TASTE: dominant diacetyl flavour with slight toffee notes. oxidation notes also present. high bitterness that lasts beyond an almost dry finish. Hop notes not present. PALATE: medium body with a slight slickness from diacetyl. Medium carbonation. OVERALL: a supposed American IPA that lost its hop aroma and flavors, with overwhelming buttery character.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
tlind2 (1520) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 18, 2015
Bottle. Cloudy amber color, white head. Sweet flavor with cookies and syrup. Medium-full body, medium carbonation. Bit too sweet for the style.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
maekchu (3240) - Hirakata, JAPAN - DEC 16, 2015
Bottle from local Sake Marche store. Grainy nose, with stewed fruit and acetaldehyde-like fumes. Deep gold/orange color. Overripe stone fruit, bit of citrus, grapes, and rotten grapefruit. Thin-medium body. Rough and rude all around. Tastes like a badly-made pale ale -- and nothing like an IPA.

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