Brewer's Alley India Pale Ale - Brewer's Alley Restaurant & Brewery
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
3.58/5 rDev +0.6%
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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3.49/5 rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
The absolute, unrelenting eradication of my back inventory continues. I just want to return to The CANQuest (TM), but the bottles glare at me for ignoring them. This one came from The Friendly Greek's Bottle Shop.
From the bottle: "Brewer's Alley IPA A very popular pale ale that is patterned after the British beer exported to India during the 18th and 19th centuries. It has a copper color, as well as an assertive hop bitterness. Dry hopping in the fermenter gives this beer its unique hop aroma. To preserve its unmatched quality, always keep beer refrigerated after purchase."
It is nicely refrigerated, believe me! That is part of my problem - it is taking up valuable CAN space and getting in my way.
It was certainly well-carbonated as even a relatively gentle pour resulted in a pseudo-cascade and created two fingers of rocky, tawny head with great retention. Color was a deep-gold (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity. Nose left no doubt that it was an EIPA - sweet with a flowery, perfumey quality, like whole flower hops. Mouthfeel was medium, nice carbonation fizzing away in the mouth. The taste was pleasant, but muted and tea-like. It made for a very mellow beer, but one without the Ooomph that I really dig in its American counterparts. Finish left a dry bitterness in my mouth, but it still was somewhere south of really being a satisfying drink.
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2014 16:48:32 | More by woodychandler
Brewer's Alley India Pale Ale from Brewer's Alley Restaurant & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.