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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
a_cross (639) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2014
Bottle; golden brown, moderate white head; aroma is malty; taste is cereals and bread, lightly toasted; yeast in the background; quite bitter; finish is quite long - more bread / cereal; fresh, thirst quenching and good; in a word: arable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2014
Poured medium amber with an off white head. Aroma of roast malt, dark chocolate, liquorice. Medium body, flavour is as the aroma, quite bitter, some light fruit hidden in the depths.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beeebon (336) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2014
A nice premium bitter this one, though not much like an IPA. Nicely balanced caramel malt with earthy hop bitterness. Also, for a bottled bitter it isn’t over carbonated and it has a nice slick texture. Yum!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hanoi (671) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2013
Aroma is malt and cereal, could not detect hops... Not promising for an IPA. Taste is lightly bitter with cereal, and butterscotch tones, with a lightly pine finish. Mouthfeel is nice and rich.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike_77 (4327) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - NOV 14, 2013
Sweet aroma with caramel malt. very smooth and easy to drink. Quite a lot of toasty malt in the flavour. Roasted bittersweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gruberm (329) - - SEP 1, 2013
Light chestnut color pour. Moderate hoppy smell but flavor is maltier than a normal IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
undercurrent25 (1699) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2013
Pours a brown colour, taste is malty and toffee like, an ok beer but a bit of a dissapointment and uninspiring

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ManVsBeer (6461) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2013
Smooth textured light copper coloured ale with a disappearing bubbly head. Has a good identifiably pale ale aroma with a small fruitiness. It’s more stubborn in its flavour and has a graininess. Slips down the palate with ease.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Desverger (5071) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2012
(cask@Rake Bar’s Bristol Beer Festival) Amber with a beige head with medium lacing. Malt and caramel with a medium/light body. Ok to Average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (5194) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2012
500ml Bottle: best before 14 May 2013, poured into my Abbot Ale glass tankard on 12 Aug 2012. Chestnut brown and clear body: on top a huge foaming crown of off-white bubbles. Solid hop nose with mild malt undertones: an understated aroma, but got stronger as the beer warmed (I’d cooled it in the fridge). The taste was interesting: hop bitterness countered by some malty sweetness (caramel and toffee notes): The body was well balanced and the 5% ABV suited the brew nicely. I’ll certainly have this again if I see it.

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