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: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   IBU: 41   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stew41 (1663) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
K1D (1) - AUSTRALIA - APR 5, 2014 does not count
Great tasting beer. Not as strong as other IPA’s. Good color. Will buy this beer again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (2693) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2014
From a schooner shared in Sydney. Pours a hazy copper with an off white head. Grassy hop nose. Flavors of tropical fruit and hay. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vinhol (195) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2014
330 mil bottle nice hoppy aroma dark amber in colour nice resin taste although well balanced good ipa

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
pjw (5) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2014 does not count
Slightly too fizzy, light hops aroma, taste is a little bland. Solid enough but certainly nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (18970) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2014
Keg at Local Tap House, Melbourne, Victoria. Hazy amber, small head. Gooseberry and caramel up front. Mid sweet with medium body and rounded mouthfeel. Cocoa and gooseberry, notes of caramel. Mid bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pyobon (862) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 7, 2014
(Bottle) Clear deep, slightly ruddy, golden with almost no head. Gentle interesting aroma with a mix of fruitiness, herbs and a slight flintiness. Light body with good carbonation. Light fruity start with little sweetness developing into a rather aggressive hoppy bitterness, which to me seemed to lack the complex tastes and was somewhat dull and aggressive. Pleasant enough, but doesn’t really do it for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosslew (119) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2014
Interesting pour. Slight difference in colour from top to bottom. Amber a peak, gold below. Light on nose. Bit of nutty flavour, almost a hint of red wine. Even a cherry finish. Slight bitterness. Nice drop. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
StevieT (399) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 25, 2014
Rusty gold in colour with a thin lasting white, fruity aroma, lingering bitterness with crisp taste. Not too bad at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bathory (458) - Bryne, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2014
Pours a grumsy lighr brown colour with a small white head. Biscuits and caramel on the nose, also some earty hints. Flavour is quite the same. Light body with a soft palate. Nothing to be excited about, but a well balanced beer. Overall, it’s an okey beer, nothing more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westkyoto77 (443) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle. Cloudy red-gold, medium head. Sweetish nose of fruity hops, berries, some earthiness. Mouthfeel is smooth but a touch over-carbonated. Nice tart finish. Very pleasant.

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