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


on tap

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RATINGS: 455   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
The hops in Innovation are the stars of the show. We used Boadicea, Columbus and Styrian Goldings to create punchy grapefruit flavours and aromas of tropical fruits. These are backed up by wheat and pale ale malted barley which add spicy, biscuit flavours and a slight touch of sweetness. The outcome is a wonderfully moreish IPA, packed full of flavour. Silver Medal Winner - The Stockholm Beer Festival 2013. (Contains barley & wheat).

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, - MAR 15, 2011
Aroma - This beer has a very floral, almost flowery aroma, with hints of citrus and tropical fruit, as well as some honey and caramel.

Appearance - Pours a clear golden, orangish body, with a frothy beige head. Some lacing and decent head retention. The beer does look like an American IPA, but the appearance is not super impressive.

Taste - Starts out with a pretty solid hop bite, with a little spiciness to it. Fairly sweet, with hints of honey and toffee. I was getting loads of fruit notes (pineapple, apples, mangoes, some citrus). The after-taste has some moderate bitterness and a biscuity undertone to it. Not very bready.

Palate - The mouthfeel is very smooth. Medium-bodied, low in carbonation, and very soft on the palate, with just a little bit of a pepper-like spiciness (which only complements the general feel of it all).

Drinks well, but I wouldn’t call this beer sessionable nor quaffable. At a fairly high ABV, it goes down very easily, but you will start to feel it in your body, nevertheless.

melush (4970) - SPAIN - JAN 18, 2018
33cl Bottle @ Cerveceria Internacional, Seville, Spain. Amber colour with a medium size white head. Aroma is malt, hops, citrus, pine. Taste is malt, hops, citrus, grass. Medium body, average carbonation.

Tjeerd (663) - GERMANY - JAN 5, 2018
Als je net een ipa van de molen hebt gedronken, doet de volgende niet echt meer mee..., maar een 3.4 is niet slecht

tderoeck (10617) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2018
4/X/17 - 33cl bottle as Jack Brand Innovation IPA @ home - BB: 28/II/19 (really, 1.5 or 2 years for an ipa?) (2017-1756) Thanks to Erwin for sharing the bottle!

Clear orange beer, small creamy yellowish head, pretty stable, non adhesive. Aroma: sweet caramel malts, some tropical fruits and citrus. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet malts, lots of caramel, soft bitterness, grapefruit, some tropical fruits, floral. Aftertaste: bitter touch, malty, some orange peel, bit floral, some alcohol. Not too bad...

blackisle (2892) - Amsterdam IJburg, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2017
Bottle 33cl.from a local AH supermarket, @home poured into a shaker. Clear pale amber, good frothy white head, fairly lasting, fair lacing; aroma pale malts, orange, light grapefruit, pine apple, pine; smooth taste, medium sweet and bitter, malty, fruity, grassy, pine; bittersweet aftertaste, orange peel, grainy notes; medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation; smooth and well-made, nice.

TrefwoordPunk (1326) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2017
Bottle 33 cl. Pours a clear golden to copper with a small to medium white head and an aroma of citrus malts, grapefruit, sweet malts, toffee, pineapple and something slightly acidic. The taste is medium sweet, de carbonation fizzy and the body pretty thin. A pretty short lasting fruity hoppy finish, a pretty bland IPA

ShivanDragon (4704) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2017
flesje gesoord bij de Albert Heijn, schenkt helder gouden met volle witte kraag. aroma van citrus, gras, hoppig, zoet, gras, hars, kruidig, goed, stro en hooi. Smaken zijn matig tot redelijk zoet, licht tot matig bitter, goppig, tropisch fruit, mango, sinaasappel, ananas, gras, zacht, hars, den, arbrikoos, matige body, zachte co2, instapmodelletje onder de IPA's, ananas zuurtje

TomHendriksen (1011) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2017
Fles thuis geprobeerd. Het is een goudgeel bier met een volle schuimkraag. Het heeft een hoppige geur. De smaak is hoppig en fruitig.

Alengrin (5893) - BELGIUM - NOV 17, 2017
Adnams, one of those familiar names in 20th-century English beer culture (or even 19th century - founded 1872), apparently seeks to make connection with the new 'americanized' craft beer culture and presents this "innovation" IPA, with IPA spelled I.P.A. with punctuation, a clear nod to the fact that the abbreviation originally stands for something traditionally English. One of several beers under the Jack Brand label, a brand developed in 2013, with a style of label supposedly inspired by antique Adnams bottles. Bottle from the Albert Heijn supermarket in Sint-Niklaas. Moussy, yellowish egg-white, medium thick head, quickly dissipating in the middle but retaining well around the edge with some dots of lacing here and there; cristal clear, pale orange-tinged 'old gold' robe, lacking in visible sparkling and remaining just as clear with every drop poured into the bottle - this is clearly filtered and pasteurized. The latter is apparent in the aroma, with that unmistakable, 'freshly ironed cloth', cooked-like effect in the nose, sadly very deeply penetrating more flattering hints of dried field flowers, dry cookies, Camembert cheese (the hops growing old, I presume), melting butter, Conférence pear, green hay, honey-glazed turnips, seitan, green peppercorns, cake and something plaster-like. Very cleanly fruity onset, only restrained hints of dried apricot and unripe pear sweetishness with a basic sourishness to it, the latter accentuated (or even largely established) by a sharpish carbonation; slick, bit oily, even somewhat buttery mouthfeel, but perhaps a bit thinnish for a near to 7% ABV beer. Cereally, rounded, lightly biscuity maltiness with a very, very subtle toasty side to it; pear-like echoes of fruitiness remain, but seem to have more to do with the malt bill than with fermentation (note, in this context, that the label mentions "contains barley and wheat" - this is clearly not an all-malt beer). The wheat adds a light soapiness, whereas the hops, a combination of two very classic varieties (one European, one American) with a far less traditional one (Boadicea, developed in 2004 in Britain), add retronasal floral and grassy aromas, perhaps a bit citrus zest-like as well, along with a mild, lightly resiny and softly (white) peppery bitterness - yet underachieving in a beer labelled "IPA" (or rather: "I.P.A."). Fortunately the hops get the last word, as their bitterness lingers beyond anything else, albeit gently so; some peppery, warming alcohol is also noticeable, which should not be the case in a beer of this strength. Tally Ho and especially the famous Broadside were historically influential beers in the old pre-'craft beer hype' times and as such should be treated with respect, but I have no idea why Adnams comes up with this: basically an old English IPA with certain American traits (higher ABV than was traditionally the case, Columbus hops), which in itself is not a bad idea at all, but then filtered and pasteurized to the point where the little fermentation fruitiness a clean English yeast strain produces, is reduced to almost nothing. And as the late Michael Jackson cleverly observed, the 'cooked' smell of pasteurization is so all-consuming that it can never be hidden. Though this beer is perfectly drinkable, even enjoyable to a certain extent, it would have been much, much better if it hadn't undergone the torture of pasteurization - but then, it probably would not be as suitable to be sold on the shelves of a - to Adnams - foreign supermarket. An industrial, clean, 'easy' and simple "IPA" for the masses - so what was that "innovation" part about again?...

mjik83 (1722) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 14, 2017
33cl flesje via AH, Breda Alcoholpercentage van 6,7% Uitgeschonken in Leffe glas Uiterlijk: goudoranje met kleine witte schuimkraag Aroma en smaak: neus is licht tropisch fruit, smaak is ook peperig, grapefruit, tropisch fruit, pine, redelijke bitter Conclusie: kan beter deze IPA, wat vlak

rotaman14 (785) - Wiesbaden, GERMANY - NOV 12, 2017
A bitter but well balanced IPA, with aromas of mango, persimmon and dough. A prime example of the style, even if it isn't really innovative.

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