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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: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonno (2345) - 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 (1999) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3316) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2009
Large creamy biege head good carbonation in a rich copper coloured IPA aroma stonefruit citrus very hoppy malt caramel note flavour smooth at first then a citrus tang orange peel smooth caramel pear nice beer this finish smooth fruity good bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kearnsy (68) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2009
On tap at the Royston, Richmond. Looks great, deep amber almost copper colour with nice thick creamy beige head. Burnt hop aromas with underlying malt. Flavour is sweet malt and pine needles from the hops. Nice even palate, flavours come together well for me. Great example of an IPA, could be a bit harder on the hop bitterness, but very well crafted, take a bow guys you have created a little beauty!

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mkel07 (3640) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 11, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2011 330ml bottle. First rated this back in February 2011 and I don’t know if my palte has developed or this has gotten better since then but it is much better than I recall. Poured a copper colour with a heaped crown of beige foam. Aroma is packed with hops and citrus with some caramel hiding in there as well. Rich malty flavor, nutty and caramel that is quite good. Long and lingereing on the palate.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 3, 2009
Pours a reddish copper with a beige head. Malty aroma with floral hops. The malt flavour in this one does not compliment the hop bitterness for my liking and results in an unbalanced beer. Medium finish with a harsh dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madquacker (1049) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - OCT 27, 2008
Hard to fault this. Lovely burnt look and taste with a good head. Plenty of hops over charcoal. Very refreshing and grippy. Excellent brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 25, 2008
Pours hazy amber with auburn highlights. Head is beige...i think, didn’t stick around for long. Aromas are about right for the style, stonefruit and pine hops with sweet malt in abundance. Palate is a tad reserved for the style. More sweet malt, (hinting burnt caramel) apricot, pine hops. Finish is long but not overly bitter, seems to lack penetration. A very freindly interpretation of the style. Good effort for relatively low abv!

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pyobon (956) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 26, 2008
UPDATED: APR 3, 2013 Bottle. Cloudy amber brown with beige head. Surprisingly little aroma: slightly hoppy. Medium body, well carbonated. Flavour seriously dominated by hops with very bitter finish. Overall I found this an unbalanced beer, overwhelmed by hoppy bitterness. Tried this again 2013/04/03 on tap and enjoyed it much more: Ar: 8, Ap: 3, Ta: 8, Pa: 4, Ov: 15.


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