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Brewed by Belhaven (Greene King)
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 717   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle; Pasteurised. Has been seen on draught.
A refreshing example of an India Pale Ale from the master brewers at Belhaven. The blend of Cascade and Challenger hops combine to produce an abundance of fresh hop aroma that preludes a bitter-dry taste explosion. Crafted from nearly three centuries of brewing heritage at Scotland’s oldest independent brewery, this ale from Belhaven will have your taste buds tingling.
6.1% USA export version. The Europe version is 5.3%.

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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2005
It’s surprising to see an Old World brewer employing American West Coast hops and style to such an extent, but this is a good beer nonetheless. Aroma is typical Washington hops. Very intense hoppy flavor showing few of the nuances some other Brit IPA’s possess, but there’s a peatiness to this beer that I’ve never come across in an American version. Typical red-amber IPA color shown by many American counterparts, and a better than average thick mouthfeel. Well worth a try.


3
HeikkiT (4) - - NOV 10, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2017 0,2l glas from tap. Nice malty taste. Bitter as well. Couldnt drink for thirst but nice in small glass.

3.4
Bill Becker (1779) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 26, 2017
From Jul 2007 Purchased at Wilbur's Liquors in Ft Collins for US$2.99 This pours from 500ML bottle a hazy orange-gold with a large head of foam that slowly shrinks to a fine broken layer and there's plenty of lacing. The smell has a strong nose of sweet malt and hops. I also get some fruit. The taste on first sip follows the nose. Lots of malt, though the sweetness is subdued compared to the smell, followed by a generous amount of hop flavour that is mostly bittering and only slightly citric. It's a pretty different approach to an IPA than I'm used to but I think it works nicely. At least, my palate isn't complaining...I notice that at various times during the session, sometimes the malt dominates, sometimes the hops do and that keeps me interested and makes me want to keep on sipping. I really like this Scottish IPA and I'm sure I'll be picking up some more. The finish is pretty dry and crisp. Man, at about $3 a bottle, this is one heck of a bargain too. My hat's off to Belhaven!!

3.5
rjplumer (1183) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 23, 2017
Sweet caramel malt aroma.. A golden amber body that has a heavy look. Topped with a moderate white head at first but fades to solid but thin covering. Moderately bitter. Malty grain taste with some fruity sweetness. Label says American style IPA but I found this to be closer to an English style. Still a decent brew if your tired of the American style IPA’s.

3.2
hman43 (1773) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2017
It pours golden. It has a low bitter flavor featuring some floral flavors and grainy sweetness.

2.8
Cajun (541) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - MAR 22, 2017
Bottle - Pours amber, white head. Aroma of fruit, refrigerated flowers, some grain malt. Flavors of pale malts, fruity, floral, melon, grape, mild hops, crackers / toasted bread.

3
IslandHaole (1299) - Misawa, JAPAN - FEB 16, 2017
330 ml bottle @ 5.6%, crystal clear golden color with large frothy off-white head. Very sweet smelling, floral, peaty. Soft feel, dough, mild mineral salts, hints of caramel with a light bitter follow. After becoming accustomed to the industrial hops of US Left Coast IPAs, this is very mild and leaves me wanting something more substantial.

2.9
Bierdimpfe (640) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2017
Clear dark gold color with dense activity. Slightly creamy and bubbly beige 2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with moderate lacing. Flavors of soft pine, mint, sweet grains, cherries, caramel, lemon, vegetables, flowery spices. Bread and cereal feel with thick sugars, slightly bitter from floral hops. Creamy full body with light prickly carbonation. Medium strength finish, soft leafy spices and citrus, with a thick burnt sugary malty candy like feel. Heavy in the mouth thus lacking some sharpness and zest, a little dull and weird. The flavors are pretty good, but it’s too sugary in the bad candy/medicine kinda way. More of an English style IPA than American, with ester fruits and not tropical. Overall decent quality craft.

3.2
greenclansman (834) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - APR 27, 2016
Deep amber color, malty aroma, caramel taste with some bitterness at the end. Nothing special to remember.

3.4
BeerRenter76 (1035) - Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Originally rated on 6/3/08. A dark golden amber apperance and a nice white head. Very little aroma but it was of grapefruit/ citrus, as for the flavor it didnt have as many hops as i expected, it tasted more like a pale ale than an india. Other than that, it is a quality brew definetley worth a try.

2.7
ContemplateBeer (2097) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 6, 2016
Pint at Nicholson’s. Aroma: Light to moderate lemon curd; slight grass; very light caramel biscuit. Appearance: Rich, gold pour with soft carbonation holding up a cap of white head. Flavor: Lemon curd up front with malts becoming more butterscotch-like and obtrusive; grass shows up more towards the finish, which is lightly bitter. Palate: Medium body, sticky texture, soft carbonation, bitter finish. Overall: Thought the malts mucked things up ultimately; not bad, but needs some cleaning up.


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