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

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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonMoore (1809) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2006
Bottle. Bronze/amber colour with a slim off-white head. Earthy hop aroma; smells like an IPA, good start. Tastes like one as well. Hops throughout, some malts, dry with a bitter finish. Smooth, creamy and medium to full bodied. Very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rosenbergh (6105) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 10, 2009
500 ml bottle. From Bristol, England. Hazy amber colour with thin white head. Aroma is caramel sweet with lots of hops. Sweetish caramel flavour with lots of delicious hops and some malts. Excellent. Best IPA (bitter) for some time.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Case (153) - GERMANY - NOV 12, 2009
Pours a golden color with minimal off-white head. Very inviting aroma of bread, biscuits and fruits, apricots and oranges. Taste is grassy, bready and fruity. More apricots, some grapefruit and oranges. Slightly hoppy, slightly sweet, light body. Great IPA!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Swaroga (1115) - Brussels, BELGIUM - APR 18, 2012
50cl bottle. Clear brown, filtered with small to medium white head. Nose : caramel, grains, some nuts. Fruity banana , orange and peach. Watermelon. Sip : low density , oily texture with tingling carbonation. Little sweet cake, with interesting bitter taste. The bitterness is a good balance between delicate coffee and dominating grapefruit. And I must confirm it’s easy to drink. Great blend. It’s a big shame it’s just so little alcohol in it.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DruncanVeasey (6950) - NUNEATON, Top 24, 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (5924) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sound67 (223) - Offenbach, GERMANY - SEP 11, 2009
50cl dark brown glass bottle. Color of this IPA is cloudy amber, very small light beige head. Appealing aroma of oranges, hops and some malt - characteristic of IPA. Hops are also prominent in the flavor, again with citrus fruit notes. Medium bitter finish. Eminently drinkable - a very good, very typical IPA style beer from Bristol.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
peter48er (177) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2006
Cask stillage @ The Freshfield Hotel Formby 2006 Beer Festival/ An IPA showing some of the strength other so called IPA’s lack. Dry, hoppy with a bitter aftertaste. Full bodied despite being pale in colour. Very moreish.Strongly Recommended.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (3716) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (5898) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUN 11, 2008
(Bottle, Monk’s Café, Stockholm) Amber colour with lasting, rocky, beige head. Fruity nose with orange, apricots and earthy hops. Fruity taste with notes of dried apricots, orange peel, caramel, biscuity malt and earthy hops in a fairly dry finish. Perfectly balanced. Nice bitter.


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