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Brewed by Bridge Road Brewers
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Beechworth, Australia
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Bridge Road Brewers have created their own take on a more traditional beer style - India Pale Ale, originally a heavily hopped beer developed for the long haul from England to India by boat. Fresh hops were added to the barrel and the alcohol was bolstered to ensure the beer went the distance on the high seas. Bling, is a huge beer, with all the bells and whistles. This ale is armed to the teeth with hops and studded with 24 carrot modified malts. At Bridge Road we’ve gone all out to make an IPA that screams hops and malt but still keeps balance in mind. Try matching this beer it with anything spicy or enjoy this malt and hop mouth full on its own. We love it, and hope you can too.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mpeve (28) - Bolwarra, AUSTRALIA - JUN 23, 2007
A heavy hop aroma surrounds the glass that contains a ruby-red ale with a thick, puffy off-white head. This medium-bodied beer provides delicate hints of orange notes amidst a wonderful balance of malt and hops. Overall, a very, very good and drinkable example of an IPA though the alcohol seems a little low for an IPA at 4.8%.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2007
Dark copper-ruby with a very nice head. Surprisingly, the aroma is dominated by a dry, toasty malt character with very resinous hops present but playing a supporting role. Rich toffee malt character, hop character reminiscent of orange oil, and intense bitterness to the point of roughness. There’s loads of crystal malt, but it carries it well. This stuff really seems a lot bigger than 4.8%, in fact I did a double-take when I finally realised it was the case. It’s not at the extreme end of the IPA spectrum obviously, but like Emerson’s IPA it has enough guts (particularly bitterness) to earn the label. Quite simple, but loaded with flavour. Lovely stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stew41 (1725) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2008 Colour and appearance as per previous notes although definately some more haze this time around. Nose is very good; sweet grapefruit and truckloads of lift. Some harder hop notes in the background. Palate is less impressive; iron and metal notes, firming hops, all quite technically correct but for mine a bit unfriendly. Malt plays a strong role in the back palate.

May 2007 (3.5pts) My quaffing midweeker of the past month or so. Pours a big yellow - light brown head with good rocky texture. Colour is textbook maroon - brown. Nose is typical as well with hard hoppy, bitter, metallic notes; quite forceful. More expansive in the mouth; cutting hard hops, iron fillings (not a bad thing), the faintest of softening touches through a late showing of malt. Well rounded, "all-corners-of-the-mouth" finish. I’ve had better samples but this is still a very solid beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3051) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2007
For an IPA I wasn’t expecting this colour, it was a murky muddy brown with a short but solid off white head. Medium hop nose, though in the taste the hops seem to stand out better and are backed by a touch of caramel. Just had a J.Squire IPA but enjoyed this much better.


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