Brewed by Butcombe (Liberation Group)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bristol, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Available bottled year round.
Originally released as a special as Brunel 200 IPA for the Brunel Birthday Celebrations in April 2006.

Brunel and his fellow engineers challenged our sense of what was possible, and in doing so changed the face of the world. Brunel IPA is a clean tasting, dry and hoppy, authentic recipe India Pale Ale. Amber in colour, full bodied with a bittersweet finish…perfectly engineered!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thebeertourist (5155) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 12, 2008
Bottle. Clear amber, smallish head. Sweet nose, hints of honey, metal and hay. Tastes sweet, some metal, floral and honey notes. Not convincing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (21894) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2007
Bottled at Monk’s Café, Stockholm. Clear amber, firm head. Hay aroma. Medium dry wit clean, runded mouthfeel Medium bodied with a good amount of hops. Salty pleasantly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2007
Honeyed malt nose. Pours amber with a fluffy white head. Flavour is more honey malt with some citrus and a slightly metallic astringency hiding in the background. Finshes bitter with a little more of that metal, which detracts. Otherwise a good bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (7253) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2007
Bottle. Another Brunel-themed beer. Aroma was of caramel with citrus and floral hops. Flavours of marmalade and grapefruit before a long bitter finish. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (9110) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2007
Bottle. Amber, orange with a cream head. Aromas are toffee and caramel malts with spiced oranges. Fresh and floral with some bitter lemon. Flavours are sweet toffee matls with Autumn fruit and a good amount of grapefruit. Bittter on the finish. A good fruity, hoppy IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2007
A Mes rate: Cask at Baker Street ’Spoons. Straight forward but good. Not quite as hoppy as I would like for an IPA but what is there is good. Straight down the line grapefruit and dusty tobacco with some very slight sweetness at the edges. Bitter finish. Go Brunel... fine choice to make a tribute to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (8799) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JAN 30, 2007
Cask Small but persistent yellowish head over dull orange-amber ale. Flowery, hoppy nose, very fresh flowers, both as in -hops and the garden kind, even some honey. Sweet but not cloying, just maltbacking to again flowery hops taste. Fresh, but a beer that might tire easily. There’s a slight sulphury flavour as well, retronasal. Light to medium bodied. Nice, really, but close to the end of good condition.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (4587) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2007
Bottle. Poured flat and clear. Bitter and not really an IPA as it lacks hoppiness.Not bad though and comes with a rather pleasant label.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DruncanVeasey (7881) - NUNEATON, TOP, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2007 Clear reddish pour (eventually), replacing the madly foaming pint of milky whiteness. Took the barmaid a full 10mins to tame this one. Dusty grapefruit hoppy and aromatic, with a hint of graininess and intensely bitter finish. Tangy bitter orange with fresh bread in the afternose. Juicily fruity and quenchingly bitter. Lingers very pleasantly with a fine hoppy-yeasty-malty balance. Very good indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7512) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2006
Cask (handpump) at The Pig & Fiddle, Bath. Gingery colour. Certainly not a hop monster but there’s plenty of robust, spicy, earthy hop character in a British style. The mouthfeel is quite smooth. Whilst its clean and crisp, I felt it could use a bit more bite and attack. Still pretty decent.

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