Chapel Down Winery
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Tenterden, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Available in Keg & 330ml bottles.
This balanced but powerfully hoppy India Pale Ale is brewed using the finest pale ale malt and three complimentary hops. We use Goldings - the traditional, fresh, sweet, delicate king of English hops. Then we add Bramling Cross, a spicy blackcurranty beauty and finish with a touch of extremely clean fresh Citra hop, for quenching zestines. We think that in balancing these 3 exciting hops we have created a beer of great power yet drinkable harmony.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (8225) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2015
330ml from Brum Selfridges. Meek stone fruit, chip shop batter, aniseed nose. Old school IPA dullness bereft of contemporary hop references. Weak honeyed peach, autumnal apple and slate smeared with caramel flavours. Bronze capped finely with lacing off white. An anachronism. What a crushing disappointment.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
lusikka (7793) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 27, 2014
330 ml bottle. Pours a dark golden amber colour with a white small head. Aroma of caramel malts, English hops and some grainy notes. Flavour of caramel malts, some honey, mild citrusy notes, grassy bitterness and gooseberries. Some metallic notes as well. Harsh mouthfeel. A sweet and malty IPA. Very British.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Osprey (7731) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2013

May 2013 - cold bottle. Brassy orange brown colour, no head. Not much going on in the smell. Taste is quite unusual - metallic in a good way, some caramel and slightly smokey/earthy, a bit watery. (3.5)

Sep 2013 Bottle from Wholefoods Kensington. Drunk rating Im afraid - so just giving the gist. Tastes like a lemony lager, metallic. Not good. (2.2). Average becomes 2.9

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Geokkjer (7570) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 10, 2014
Bottle. Pours deep golden with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, citrrus, some fruity notes and malt. FLavor is sweet and fruity with some bitterness and citrus. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Idiosynkrasie (7231) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - AUG 19, 2014
330ml bottle. Crystal clear amber colour with small, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, off-white head. Cautious hoppy aroma with unspecific fruitiness, red berries at most, maybe watermelon and pineapple in homoeopathic application rate. Taste is moderately sweet caramel malty, dry hoppy overtones with hints of pineapple, pine, a very cautious touch of lemon zest; dry, minimally woody and chalky finish. Harmonious, well-behaved, an IPA for wussies.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackHaddock (6980) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2012
My second IPA of an evenings tasting at home on 8th Oct 2012: 33cl bottle, best before 5th Apr 2013. Poured carefully into a Yuengling stemmed tulip (twice) just because I can! Pale amber body: clear with a poor head/wisp covering from the start. Mixed hop bag in the nose: floral, fruity, earthy and spicy, add some citrus notes too. Orange blossom with lemon juice squeezed onto them, a bucket of apples with soil infused: my nose is good tonight! The taste is also a strange flavour of non-bittering hops: this is indeed a Curious IPA, it may well be intensely hopped but it doesnt have that bitter, dry feel most over hopped IPAs usually have. I would never have said this was an IPA unless Id seen the bottle it came from. A lot better than I expected: especially when I saw who actually brewed it. If it had produced a decent head it would have scored a lot heavier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6754) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 17, 2012
Clear amber, malty aroma. Very full bodied, cereals, sweet malt, flowery hops, dust. Spicy - ginger and pepper. Bitter tail.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (6373) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2012
33cl bottle from Waitrose. Hazy amber with a fast fading white head; resinous hop aroma; thick and buttery in the mouth with a piney hop flavour and a touch of honey giveing some sweetness; the finish is slightly rasping and peppery at first then mellowing to give a sustained grassy bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beer5000 (6328) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 20, 2014
330 ml bottle. Clear, dark golden body with a light off-white head. Mild but nice aroma of malt and citric fruit. Flavor is mild as well, soft, sweet light malt with a rather discreet fruitiness and low bitterness. Medium body and moderate in aftertaste. I choose to ignore the fact that this is supposed to be an IPA, as otherwise this is actually a quite nice, clean British style session beer. Nothing extraordinary rally, but tasty and balanced in a modest way with no off flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reebtogi (6149) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
330ml bottle pours a golden orange color with a finger of white head that leaves a few spots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is citrus with hints of spice and other fruits. Taste is a malty sweetness up front with a pleasing citrus hop bitterness in the finish. Quite a tasty and easy drinking IPA which would make a good session ale.

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