Brewed by McLaren Vale Beer Company - Willunga Brewery
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
McLaren Vale, SA, Australia
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   IBU: 41   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
American Style India Pale Ale
Vale/IPA is our interpretation of an american india pale ale. Using a combination of hops from three countries. This beer is designed with a balance of malt and hops giving a firm bitterness showing passionfruit, citrus and stone fruit characters derived from the hops.

Bottled version brewed at Laverton until the introduction of a bottling line to the Willunga Brewery.

Stew41's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stew41 (1822) - Woodend, - FEB 3, 2013
Mild take on the style by any interpretation. Buzzy metal flavours and old skool hops show some early promise but soon fades away. Hard to see a compelling case.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ChronicYouth (5) - - NOV 16, 2015 does not count
Pours golden/amber, very little carbonation. Slight floral aroma but with strange sickly sweet notes. Lots of sediment and bland palate. Bitter piney aftertaste. Quaffable but nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sir__v (1284) - Lille, FRANCE - OCT 7, 2015
On tap @ The Bottle Shop, London - UK. Color: hazy amber beer with no carbonation and small white foam. Smell: resin hops and small caramel taste. Taste: medium body, hoppy and caramel finish. Aftertaste: resin and dry bitterness. Good beer easy drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (15381) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2015
Draft at the Bottle Shop Bermondsey. Pours mostly clear gold with a frothy white head. The aroma holds ripe citrus fruits, pale bread, crackers, pine needles. Medium sweet flavor with more crackery pale malts, lightly oily pine, orange rind, faint bitter grass. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Lightly resinous on the finish with more crackery pale malts, bitter grass and pine, rindy citrus. Tasty enough but perhaps a little faded.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wim (3279) - Weelde, BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2015
On holiday hazy amber coloured body with a white head and with a citrus fruity hop aroma a fruity hop dry bitter taste with a bitter finish

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
eczematic (1323) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2015
Hazy brown-orange, thin head. Strong but rough passionfruit and peach aroma, with toast and dirt. Thin and toasty in the mouth, peppery, husky and mildly bitter finish. Raw and rough, but not particularly intense to make up for it. Many better Aus IPAs out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HKdIPA (515) - HONG KONG - MAY 1, 2015
Bottle from Braedon at PP. Aroma is pleasant pine hoppiness - not too strong but bigger than anticipated, especially smelling from bottle. Taste starts out just bland and crisp but some good piney flavors. Very crisp. Not bad

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Ngejo (567) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle. Hazy, amber, minimal head, white foam, lightly bitter, light body, thin feel, soft carbonation, & abrupt finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TedE (640) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 5, 2015
330ml bottle into glass. Subtle hop nose. Dark caramel colour with solid white head. Slight zing on the tongue, crisp bitterness. Quite intense (but short) bitter finish. A slight taste of smoky malt in there. Good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Richardprz (3) - - FEB 15, 2015 does not count
IPA is a big hit with me this one rates really well Works well with a 300g steak ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
k0mpsa (1927) - Tuusula, FINLAND - FEB 11, 2015
Bottle from bws, broadbeach. Dark copper color, small white head. Aroma is pleasant malty and hoppy. Balanced malty body, fruity and hoppy. More pale ale than ipa but pretty good.

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