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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ashford in the Water, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
available

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1219   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask, keg & bottle; Regular.

A citrus dominated India Pale Ale, its immediate impression is soft and smooth yet builds to a crescendo of massive hoppiness accentuated by honey. An enduring, bitter finish.

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2.1
Crit (3996) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2011
Murky yellow,stark white head.Intense bead.Skunky,cat piss nose. A one dimensional bitter palate, no malt to back it up. Waste of time and money

3.7
pintbypint (3640) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 11, 2011
500ml brown bottle. Pale gold colour, hazy. Small frothy white cap, good lace. Mixed citrus nose - some orange peel and lemons. Taste has a malty backbone, a little biscuity, some caramel, hops are lemony with a leafy edge. Nice finish with lengthy citrus bitterness. Aftertaste of lemon, grapefruit and grass. Light bodied, mellow carbonation. Pretty fresh tasting, probably the best true IPA i’ve had from the UK.

3.8
DuffMan (10429) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 8, 2011
Bottle. Pale yellow gold, hazy, towering white head. The hops deliver a nice aroma and flavor of lemon rind with subtle field flower accents, ending in a dry, long, pithy bitterness. Mouthfeel is soft. A beautiful example of a British IPA.

3.4
reebtogi (6267) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 1, 2011
500ml bottle pours a cloudy golden color with a decent white head and some thin lacing. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops. Taste is predominantly a hoppy bitterness with an underlying malty sweetness. Decently balanced IPA with a nice body and some generous carbonation.

3.4
kaser (6312) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Interesting. Pours and smells like my nemisis - the wheat beer. First few sips I didn’t like it, but ended up enjoying it

3.4
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Bottle and served i GI IPA Tulip: Golden hue lasting head and good lace. The aroma has notes of mango, pineapple, resiny and leafy hops along with some peppery esters wrapped around base pale biscuity and slight crystal notes. Sadly the taste is not as impressive as the nose, mild to moderate bitterness and hop spice and a somewhat flabby malt bill. Perhaps the hops are fading but gotta rate what is in front of me. The mouth feel is soft and rounded, quite nice. This is a brew that methinks would be so much better on cask than bottle but alas that is not happening anytime soon.

3.2
AndrewC (376) - Canterbury, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2011
Big juicy fruit aroma. Big juicy fruit mouthful too. Crazy beer with lager twists and alpha-acid highs. Throat ripping finish too. Crazy stuff.

3.2
Scottrf (105) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2011
Lager appearance, bubbly. Typical grassy hops IPA aroma. Same flavour. Thin, well carbonated. Flavour is a bit lacking, not that interesting overall.

3.8
Martin243 (1156) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2011
50cl bottle cold. Pours hazy yellow with a white head. Proper citrus and tropical fruit flavours, and that superbitter hop finish that announces a great IPA. Very impressed, but if asked to choose my favourite Thornbridge so far, it would be the Kipling.

3.5
Palme (4811) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 17, 2011
Tap @ Schoukjelleren. Have been looking forward to trying this since ever since I saw Oz (from Oz and James) blind-tasting it at a local train station somewhere in the UK. Anyhow, this is a light clouded pale yellow-golden beer with a nice and extremely lacing just off-white head. The aroma is unfortunately a bit disappointing considering I have been longing to taste this for almost 2 years, but it has a light note of citrus, some nice malty notes and hints of both orange and apples. Actually, it also reminds me quite a lot of a white wine in the aroma! Not sure what to make of that, but it really does. Average carbonation, medium-bodied and it has a light oily to creamy actually mouthfeel. Lots of citrus in the flavor, kinda lemony-like actually, with notes of bitter flowers and it’s also light earthy. Well balanced and all in all this was not bad.


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