Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Bakewell, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 967   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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Cask: Regular. Also available bottled.
A citrus dominated India Pale Ale, its immediate impression is soft and smooth yet builds to a crescendo of massive hoppiness accentuated by honey. An enduring, bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2008 Re-re-rate. More than lovely. Redefines IPA for contemporary English brewers. This is the standard to which others aspire then fail to attain. FInd it, drink as much of it as you dare, ignore any other beers on offer. Ticking / scooping / rating anything else is a waste of your time when this beer is on offer. Re-rate; handpulled at Fat Cat, Sheffield. Even juicier. Lovely. Gravity at Derby beer festival. Gob smacking grassy, hoppy, juicy stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
imdownthepub (10662) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2006
Cask conditioned at Merton Summer Beer Fest 06. Orange golden with white bubbly head. Ahhh, you just new this was going to be good as soon as it was poured. The buzz was going around that this was good and to get in quickly, and I was certainly not dissapointed. Citric hoppy, orange zesty notes with a fresh dustiness to the hops. A gentle base carrying the bitterness and more hops, hops, hops. The beauty of it all had me drifting off, thinking of how IPA came about, the Empire, the Jewel in the crown, which was India and particulary The British Redcoats, for whom it was brewed and Rudyard Kipling who documented it with his poetry.<!-- br --> When the arf made Soldier goes out to the East.<!-- br --> E acts like a babe and drinks like a beast.<!-- br --> And e wonders because e is frequent deceased.<!-- br --> Ere e’s fit to serve as a Soldier.<!-- br --> Serve as a Soldier, Serve as a Soldier, Serve as a Soldier.<!-- br --> A Soldier of the Queen.<!-- br --><!-- br --> If you’re cast for fatigue by a sergeant unkind,<!-- br --> Don’t grouse like a woman nor crack on nor blind;<!-- br --> Be handy and civil, and then you will find.<!-- br --> That it’s beer for the young British soldier.<!-- br --> Beer, beer, beer for the soldier .<!-- br --> . . A Soldier of the Queen.<!-- br --><!-- br --> ................. Part of lifes rich tapestry, cheers Fin & Loz.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonMoore (1904) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2008 Cask handpump at the Swan in the Rushes, Loughborough. Crystal clear golden colour with a slim but lasting white head. Great flowery hop and citrus aroma. Excellent hoppy taste but in a well rounded way. Lovely juicy mouthfeel. An excellent IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RPillsbury (115) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2008
Cask at the Lincolnshire Poacher, Nottingham. This is a very complex beer. The flavours are very well-balanced with lemon, grain, grass, malt, herbs and bread all in the mix. With all its bold flavours, you can’t go back to anything else in the same it evening; they just pale in comparison. Well above any other IPA and definitely worth seeking out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tdtm82 (712) - Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2011 A lovely IPA. Really sessionable. Good hop measure; fruits, citrus and eldeflower. The balance is good however a little sharp and dry in the finish. Drinkability is good and mouth feel is moderate Consumed at Rake on tap and also bottle conditined at home, 19th March 2010. 3.7 Update 10th March 2011. My Brewery Tap. Bottle condition. Damn this is GOOOD White head, golden blonde stunner, aroma is citrus, baked bread, floral hos, zingy lemon, taste is stunning, grapefruit, lemons, honey, tropics, grass, gorgeous fanatical hop-bite, rolls off your tongue like sweet honey, fresh at the brewery they must hate to see this leave! A perfect beer to represent an empire.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2011
Gravity cask at Haymarket. Pours a very attractive gold with a minimal head, minimal CO2. The nose is full of citrusy hops and some pleasant floral aromatics that all tie together. On taste, crisp bitterness that is very welcome and far from overwhelming. More of the full citrusy hops come through as well. This is one of the best IPAs I’ve ever had. Simply wonderful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (4305) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 4, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2013 bottle shared@home: clear yellow with a white head, full-on bitter citrus flavor, flight floral, substantial malt body, very briefly a slight bitterness at first with some minor caramel & caramel, followed by a mouth filling citrus bitterness, definitely English, nice, bottle good until 13.6.2011 ///// Consumed a whole pint of this one @ ’t Antwaerps Bierhuyske. Served from keg into the appropriate Thronbridge glass. This one was a blast to drink, gulping down like water I get the perfect amount of hops. Highly juicy with lychees, floral and white grapes notes. Sweet like honey & caramel feel with the necessary hoppiness but none of that punishing American brutality, this one is like an old friend you could drink forever. Far better shape than prior & no meanness due to comparisons with their Kipling. This one aptly gets to rise from 3.9 to 4.5 this time around.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - SEP 1, 2012
Veramente un’ottima ipa ed era già scaduta da un pò, immagino come poteva essere fragrante e fresca se fosse stata al 100%!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 2     Pale Yellow(1)->Dark brown(5) : 1     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 2
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 4   White(1)->Tan(5) : 1   Lasting: 3   Lacing : 3
Intensity : 4  
Yeast : 2   Bread : 2   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : XX   Soap : XX   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : XX Sulfur : XX  
Malt : 3   Biscuity : XX   Hay : 4   Toasty : XX   Caramel : XX   Nuts : XX   Honey : 2   Cereals : 2   Grainy : 4
Hops : 4   Noble(1)->American(5) : 3   Leafy : 2   Spicy : 3   Floral : 4   Lemon/Lime : 3   Grapefruit : 3   Orange : XX   Herbal : 2   Grassy : XX   Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX  
Notes :   Peach/Apricot : XX   Earth : XX   Mint : XX   Butterscotch : XX   Smoke : XX
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 2   Sourness : XX   Bitterness : 4   Complex : 3   Length : XX
Light(1)->Full(5) : 3   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 3   Clean : XX   Sharp : 3   Watery : XX   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : XX   Mineral : 2   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX

Comments: Incredibly fresh, bready, citrusy, elegant, complex and aromatic golden ale. Delicious in every sense and almost as good as cask ale gets in my mind.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
albertane (377) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2008
Cask at the Lincolnshire Poacher, Nottingham. This excellent beer has a golden colour, sharp aroma and a wonderfully complex flavour of deep sweet malt with floral and really sharp citrus fruit. The lingering aftertaste is definitely moreish. I always order this whenever I find it.

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