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


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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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
NosirIwont (1968) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2009
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden amber-orange with an off-white head. A dash of lacing. Hoppy aroma; pine, a bit of citrus and remote candy-like notes. Fruity notes as it warms, taking over from the hops and becoming more tart berry-like as warming progresses. Malty flavour with hops mucking about here and there. Slight wooden notes and a bit of fruity notes as well. Dry finish with a lingering mild to medium bitterness and notes of grass. 05-12-09.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Case (246) - 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!

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (8493) - Bochum, GERMANY - AUG 9, 2009
(bottle) Hazy, amber colour with a short slightly beige foamy head. Citrus-fruity and woody hoppy aroma with moderately sweet cara-malt in the background. Bitter and slightly sweet flavour, almost medium bodied with a calm carbonation. Good pale and cara-malty base with fruity hints (citrus, pears) and a drying out hops character towards the sweet-bitter finish. Easy going Ale (09.VIII.09).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
floydian1 (977) - FNQ, Australia, - JUN 14, 2009
Bottle at Sommerfields. A clear amber-brown beer with a small white head. Light floral hoppy aromas. Taste is moderate bready malts finishing with a nice floral hop bitterness. Medium bodied and highly drinkable. A good uncomplicated English bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (4542) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2009
Cask at the Guildhall, Folkestone. Gold with a thin white head, grainy citrus aroma; buttery in the mouth with a light grapefruit tang and some caramel; deep but gentle bitterness to finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rosenbergh (6849) - Tampere, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (10325) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2009
Cask conditioned at The Bell, Banbury. Copper amber with white head. Sharp hoppy bitter, quite drying with just a hint of tinny, metallic hops but this is only short lived as the citric notes take over. Full in body with a darkish, chocolate background, a really chunky full bitter. Pretty reasonable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bobinlondon (1256) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2009
Handpulled at JDW Hatch End, Harrow. Amber with a good white unsparkled head. Good body and fresh pepperty goldings/fuggles. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gethinbeer (2158) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 3, 2009
On tap in the Boat, Redbrook. Amber colour. Thin white head. Slight hoppiness in the flavour. Sweeter than an IPA should be. Closer to an ESB I feel.

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