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Brewer's Alley India Pale Ale - Brewer's Alley Restaurant & Brewery

Brewer's Alley India Pale AleBrewer's Alley India Pale Ale

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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%


Brewed by:
Brewer's Alley Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A British style, the I.P.A. originates from the aggressively hopped and high-alcohol beers which were shipped to the British troops in colonial India. Pale to medium amber in color.

(Beer added by: Todd on 02-17-2003)
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light copper color with decent clarity, along with a head that's barely off-white and about two fingers high. There's a nice creaminess to the texture, which helps it leave plenty of lacing down the glass. The head also fades to about a half finger after a reasonably short time.

S: The hops here are weak - some light floral qualities, a bit of pine, and even some earth. Nothing impressive on this front. On the other hand, I do enjoy the English bend to the malt backbone, providing caramel, toffee, stone fruit esters, and biscuit.

T: A very biscuity brew in terms of its flavor profile. Hoppiness clusters around the opening, providing a well-balanced floral note. Near the finish is where the maltiness comes into play. Aside from the aforementioned biscuity qualities, I also notice light fruity esters, caramel, toffee, and black pepper. It actually has decent complexity to it missing from so many American IPAs, with proper balance (read: no annoyingly overdone crystal malt or generic hop bitterness) to boot.

M: I'd reckon it (barely) errs to the side of sweet over dry, with a nice crisp cleanliness to provide it with good drinkability. Not much carbonation here, as expected.

O: I knew this wasn't going to be a west coast-style monster with fantastic hops and no balance. However, I must say I'm impressed with its subtlety, balance, and refinement. And when I say balance, I mean it actually strikes a great middle ground between earthy/floral/piny hops and a relatively deep malt backbone, not proclaim "oh look we used a lot of crystal malt, BALANCE!1" and be done with it. My preference for hops, hops, and more hops over balance prevents this from getting top marks, but this would be a great option for ESB fans or someone looking to get weaned onto hoppy brews.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 20:07:05 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Brewer's Alley India Pale Ale from Brewer's Alley Restaurant & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.