Brewed by Brains
Style: Bitter
Cardiff, Wales
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 2.89/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 102   ABV: 3.4%
A light, copper colour ale with a fresh, hoppy taste and a clean, bitter finish.
Brewed with two varieties of hops, combined with pale and crystal malts, Brains IPA is a well-balanced and easy-drinking pint.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
wheresthepath (2260) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2015
Cask at The Turks, Reading. Light amber with a middling white head. Watery. Sweet caramel with some metallic mineral notes. Might be a hint of lemon in the background. Poor bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BlackHaddock (6980) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2015
2nd April 2015: hand-pulled half-pint in The Crown Inn, Oakengates. Clear amber pour with a white head. Bland and boring with just about enough hops to make you think it might have been hoppy before they watered it down to 3.4% ABV. Refreshing but not something I would recommend or offer to friends.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ManVsBeer (9760) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2014
Cask @ Crown & Kettle, Manchester. Clear copper with a small glow. Has a nice easy drinking texture, but a touch thin tasting with its low abv. However it maintains a healthy nose and taste with hops in the former, and both hops and malt in the latter aspect. Theres a sweetness evident in its nose and to a lesser extent in its taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
berkshirejohn (6373) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2014
Cask at the Three Guineas, Reading. Pretty decent, given the APV. An amber bitter, with a citrus aroma, and a lengthy bitter finish. Not one to linger over, but refreshing and well made.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Imaena (2304) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - JUN 27, 2014
Draught. This is a not so impressive bitter that is widely available in the UK. I would not seek it out but if its whats on offer its drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjsint (2834) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2014
Cask at the Cricketers Arms, Bedford. Amber with a full white head. Faint but fresh aroma of pale malt and light citrus. A pronounced maltiness in the sweet taste. Just a hint of sweet-sour in the finish. Not a medal winner on any day of the week but much better than I expected... and it beats Brains Bitter any day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (5864) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 5, 2014
Cask during london vacation. Amber color with coarse white head. Aroma fain, roasted, toast, dark caramel and faint perfumy notes. Taste is dry honey, toast, caramel with medium bitterness. Decent enough

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vipinvelp (4252) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2013
Clear golden with smooth solid white lacing foam head. Fun to watch the beer settle. Not too much of an aroma, little hoppy. Does not taste like an IPA, a bitter indeed. Nice beer though. (Cardiff 201312)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ingevara (910) - SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2013
Nice soft head. Smell of an unaired closed-up summerhouse. Less like an IPA and more like a traditional English Pub-ale. The hoppiness is not as apparent as usually is the case with an IPA. Anyway - a very enjoyable ale that Id like to drink again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SarkyNorthener (4413) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2013
[email protected], oldbury. Amber beer with large creamy head and good lacing. Looks good. Aroma of faint malts. Taste is malts and a touch of caramel. Thin body. Easy to drink, plain bitter.

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