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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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unknown

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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jade (409) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2010
Out of a bottle into a tulip glass. Murky brown colour with a biege head. Aroma of malt, quite pleasant and not as over powering as similar brews. Rich, toasted malt flavour with a bitter after taste. I like this one, quite pleasant.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bendybenbeer (38) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2010
Interesting beer this one. Off white/beige head, dense. Murky brown. Not the prettiest to look at, but the taste makes up for that! Aroma is fairly subdued; malt aromas the more noticeable, rather than hops. But hey, how old is the bottle? And considering the storage conditions (shelf), it’s traveling alright. I really wish local bottlo’s would put all their fragile (read:craft) beers in the fridge. It would hold them in good stead, as well as continue the good name of the brewery...Anyway, I digress.... Mouthfeel of the beer is bang on. Good carbonation, pleasing bitterness in the aftertaste, and albeit out of character for a fairly responsible ABV, a little alcohol remains... Overall, IMO, I’d like higher a ABV, a little less malt and more hop character. But this is still a great beer! And one I would happily buy again.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2009
Bottle. Pours with an off-white- tan head over a read brown hazy body. Aroma of caramel, toast and marmalade. Taste of marmalade, spicey, floral and with a mpdest bitter finish. Medium to full bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (2434) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2011 Bottle. Murky copper, tight beige head that fades quite a bit. Savoury malt and hop aroma. Hop aroma is predominantly grass and citrus, but there are pine, flowers and herbal touches too. Medium to full body. Fruity sweetness with big but subtle bitterness. Perhaps the finish could linger longer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 14, 2009
On tap at Hashigo Zake. Pours hazy amber, good IPA colour. Hoppy malty aroma, zesty hops but a bit of sulfur.
Flavour is well balanced between zesty hops and malt body. A great lingering bitterness on the finish makes this a solid IPA.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Tap. Very hoppy, great taste. Aroma of grass, and bitter flavour that lasts long. Palate is velvety, and it has a medium body. Orange colour, with a frothy white head.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 20, 2009
Bottle. Pours a light reddish copper colour with a creamy beige head that lasts for a little while. Aroma has plenty of floral hops as well as notes of toffee, malt, cinnamon and some tropical fruits. Flavour is not as strong as the nose suggests but has hints of citrus, malt, toffee and some bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is on the light side but still has enough body to hold it all together. Easy to drink and not overly sweet or bitter, this is a nice example of the style without pushing any boundaries.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonno (2325) - JAPAN - SEP 25, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2011 Beechworth seem to like uping the malt, thankfully this is reasonably hoppy as well. Not in West coast territory, but still quite bitter on the finish. Nose is dominated by the malt and this baby is dark for the style. Pretty easy drinking and reasonably balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davros (1939) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 14, 2009
Earthy red pour with a thin covering of off-white head. Aroma has lots of grassy hops, lots of sweet fruit notes. Grapefruit, peach, apples and pear. Underlying sweet toffee malt is definitely not forgotten. Nutty/toasty cereal malt is first impression upon tasting, followed by an impressive long-lasting bitterness characterised by a slight grapefruit hoppy note. Quite highly carbonated. Nice heavy mouthfeel though. Much more malt driven than several other IPA’s I’ve had, which I’m quite partial to.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2009
Bottle (330ml) 5.8%. Poured burnt copper with a lightly tanned, dense frothy head which was average lasting. Strong notes of resinous piney hops in the aroma with superb tropical fruit notes; passion fruit, pineapple, ripe apricots and some biscuity malts and toffee to back it all up. Flavor was a dry resinous hop bitterness (as expected) with grapefruit, passionfruit, nectarines, toffee malts and a great dry piney/grassy finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation, a dry hoppy mouthfeel and a great finish. An extremely sessionable IPA – very moreish.


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