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Widmer Brothers W’05 India Pale Ale

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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
W’05 India Pale Ale is a genuine IPA produced in the spirit of the beer that was shipped from the UK to India in the late 1800’s. The trademark high hopping levels, high alcohol content, and dry finish are the three predominant characteristics of this beer. The use of Columbus and Cascade hops in the finish give the beer a generous hop aroma.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mobrew (19) - Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2005
Pours a light amber and has a small white head. Lacing is fair, the aroma is fruity - with a pretty good hop smell, using Chinook,Centennial, Columbus, & Cascades how could it not smell good. Flavor is fruity with a nice crisp hop taste, the fruity leaves you to the hop flavor which lingers a little longer that the fruity flavor, but is not annoyingly long. Quite refreshing and drinkable. Maybe, they could use a little bit more malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd.--W’05 India Pale Ale--Brewmaster’s Release 2005--12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV--55 IBU’s. (4.25 / 5.0) IPA--Mild lace head. Clear bright rich golden color. Rich earthy floral hop front. Crisp dry sweet grainy earthy caramel grapefruit piney body. Tangy spicy bitter clean rich hop citrus end. Hops uber alles. Tasty. Sampled 3/23/2005.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6737) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Pale amber color with a fleeting off white head. Strong grassy, floral hop smell. Light - medium body with a prickly mouthfeel. Has a decent grainy, lightly sweet malt flavor followed by a medium bitter citrus hop taste to finish. Reminds me of St. Arnolds Elissa IPA. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12757) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2006
(Draught, Widmer Gasthaus) Pours a clear copper body with a small white head. Aroma of toasted malt and citrus. Crisp, clean hoppy flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2005
UPDATED: APR 24, 2006 Pours a nice deep amber color. Aromas of hops/hops/citrus. Strong hop flavors with malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2005
widmer? hmm. it looks a little light for an IPA, but it sure smells the part - tons of "american" hops and a nice malt presence makes the aroma pleasant on the nose, even if it does smell a bit thin. nice and hoppy initial flavor and decent malt backbone, but a slightly overdry and thin metallic finish don’t leave a great feeling at the end. i don’t care who brewed this, it’s a pretty good IPA anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11681) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2005
Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized light tan head. Aromas of oranges, grapefruit, and pineapple. Tastes of pineapple, grapefruit, caramel and pine. I found the body to be a little on the thin side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jazz88 (2669) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 10, 2005
Bottle. A hazy orange color with a light yellow off-white head. A pleasant citrus (grapefruit) and mildly grass hop aroma. Smooth and mildly dry with a big grass flavor. The bitterness shows up at the finish and not at the front. Mildly sweet and more robust than I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - OCT 1, 2005
Draft at Jack & Son’s Richland, WA. Pretty good stuff. Pours typical golden color with a decent aroma of citrus. Flavors of the same citrusy hops. Very tasty stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 19, 2005
(12oz bottle, 6/7/05) Small off-white head atop a lightly hazed golden/amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, pine, light pineapple. Taste is moderately sweet, pineapple, grapefruit, some caramel, melon. Light-medium body, very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (2413) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2005

From the bottle Pours gold and nearly clear with a limited head. The aroma is all Pacific NW hops - lovely grapefruit and pine that leaves me aching to try that first sip.

This one is light on the malts, generous but by no means overwhelming on the hops, and exceptionally drinkable.

A first-rate session IPA.

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