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

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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 02-17-2003

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.
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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 37
Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.55/5  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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Guden
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy pretty copper color with a one finger off white head which fades slowly.

S- A moderate nose of pine and fruit with some definite bready character coming through. Nothing too strong but what is here is entertaining.

T- Medium levels of American hops ride the full wave of the tongue with the light bread and fruit of the nose lost underneath. The hops are not overtly powerful but nothing else shines through and are just a tad piney for my tastes.

M- This beer seems lacking in this category somewhat. There's a bit of a creamlike character that seems to come from the hops but overall it feels a bit watery and doesn't quite pop.

D- This is a decent beer. While I probably wouldn't pick it over many other IPA's (Modus Hoperandi and DFH 90 Minute come to mind) it is enjoyable enough to have a couple.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewer's Alley- IPA

Appearance- copper brown with a light foamy head. Slight lacing on the glass.
Smell- Big grapefruit/ citrus aroma.
Taste- Big strong grapefruit and Peach. Big flavor up front and with the final sip.
Mouthfeel- Big fruity flavor, slight dry bitterness, and an overall easy drinkabillity.

Overall- My 2nd beer from Brewer's Alley and another delicious beer. This IPA has more peach fruitiness to it but it blened nicely with the grapefruit/ citrus and was another good choice.
Their beers don't disappoint!!

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewer's Alley IPA is a refreshing, lightly sweet deep-amber ale with a firm hop presence. It's certainly more English in style than American as it's overall bitterness and hop flavors are balanced to leave it a little bit malty. Additionally, the hops appear floral and grassy, and not at all citrusy like most American IPA's. Finally, it's strength is fairly average at 5.4%. Most American version go well over that, yet in England 5.4% is a bit higher than many standard bitters.

The head retention is fairly good, and it maintains a thin creamy cap once the off-white head has fallen. The lacing could be better, but it does leave some nice, long splashes and streaks about the glass as you go.

The aroma balances caramelish and gently biscuity malt with mildly floral and gently grassy and leafy hops.

The flavor offers sweetish malt at the outset. It's bready, a hint toasty, and just slightly biscuity. That widens at it warms across the middle, but at the same time the hop flavors appear and the bitterness rises. It's very well rounded and polished, and it finishes drying as the malt steadily fades and the hops come out to twinkle in a moderately bitter finish.

It's quite nice actually, and I'd love to taste this beer cask-conditioned, as-is, without any additional hops added. A great session ale!

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a fairly clear copper (you can see a good bit of suspended oils which adds a slight haziness to the color), with 2 fingers of off-white foamy head. Good looking frothy retention and lacing to this. The aroma is full of floral hops and spice, with a tangy backing of green citrus and bready caramel malts. This is quite sweet and spicy in the nose.

The taste pretty much matches the aroma to a tee, with a moderately biting spicy bitterness that is well balanced by a bold backbone of citrus and malts. The finish is pithy and spicy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied in the mouth, with a softer feel at first that then gets progressively sharper towards the back of the swallow. No sign of any alcohol.

This was good. More of an English style IPA me thinks, with the well done balance and lower ABV helping keep this nicely drinkible.

Photo of bum732
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Floral and earthy hops, daisies, fruit ester like malt, apples and rasberries mostly, touch of sulfur, some spiciness perhaps, pink peppercorns.

L: Clear golden, head dissipates leaving a ring of foam

T: Earthy hop laden backbone, semi-sweet fruity bisquity malt. Cracker-like finish with slight spent grain. Fairly neutral finish with some more raw hoppiness.

M: Moderate Carbonation, medium body.

A solid IPA, more of an English IPA judging by the fruity esters put off by the English yeast. Quite unique, i really enjoyed this and would try again.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cask at the pub into a pint glass. The liquid is amber with medium carbonation. Small head fades quickly some lace.

The smell is of sweet citrus, Nice and hopy a little more aroma then the Tap Version..

The taste is solid citrus grapefruit notes and a little malt, Warmer and more bold then the tap.

Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is nice body feels fuller and more taste the the tap.

Drinkability is good, to better a very nice offering. MK

Photo of smakawhat
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A nice solid and foamy off white to caramel head, slowly slowly settles with a decent retention. Body is a perfect amber orange but a little opaque just slightly. A simple puck and collar continue to be left on the glass while drinking with next to nothing for lacing.

Nose is primarily toasted brown bread, like great crust. Faint orange sense but very toasty for an ipa. It is real nice smelling but there is little to no hop sense here.

Taste is a malty rush of brown bread and some sweet malt. Finish contains barely a touch of hop at all. Texture and body is actually very good and filling all the palate and space.

Overall if this was just a regular English Pale Ale (I am sensing English here I could be wrong) would score it quite well but this is listed as an ipa and it has next to no hop angle at all. Its the second beer i've had from these guys and this is actually a really good beer in taste for a regular ale, but as an ipa it misses the mark.

Photo of blackie
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: deep golden in color with low retention

s: crisp citrus hop nose on a pale and light caramel body, a little tealike and grassy, subtle background aromas of peach and tropical fruit, a bare-bones ipa nose but with a nice hop presence

m: medium carbonation and a lighter body

t: grainy pale malts with a mild dose of caramel, papery citrus hops give a pleasant counter to the light sweetness, moderately bitter, a lighter ipa - but one with hop and malt in proper proportion to earn the name

d: easily drinkable, but it doesn't leave me craving another anytime soon

single from State Line, MD

Photo of MsRogueRed
4.02/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this over the weekend and I have to say I enjoyed it. It is not overly hoppy which is why I liked it.

I'm not one to get very technical about the beer (a few of the other reviews have gone into all that so I won't be redundant), but I can tell you that I would drink it again.

Its not what I'd consider a "true" IPA because it didn't sting my tongue like some of them do, but I felt they did a good job with this one.

Photo of yankiac
4.57/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer. It is loaded with hops and has a nice full bodied character to it. It is a little heavy so not a beer that you could drink all night but definitely a good brew to start the night off with. If you find yourself in downtown Frederick try this beer.

Photo of dsa7783
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle recently purchased from State Line Liquors in Maryland...
An aggressive pour yielded a hazy, dark-orange hue with a modest-sized foamy head that quickly receded and left a minimal amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Faint, subdued aroma replete with slight hops, a nice balance of malts, bittersweet citrus, and a touch of pears...
Taste mirrored the aroma, rendolent of wet hops, bittersweet grapefruit, ripe citrus, fresh fruits, lemons, and a bitter earthiness...
Mouthfeel was well-balanced and medium-bodied, and drinkability was excellent...
Good stuff...
Recommended...

Photo of jwc215
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazed at first, becoming clearer, copperish-amber. A white, creamy head stays and leaves some rings of lacing.

The smell is of citrus, pine, resin, backed by caramel.

The taste of citrus and pine come through, though the bitterness is balanced by a sweet caramel backing. It has a resiny finish.

Creamy and smooth in a medium body.

A very sessionable, well-balanced IPA. Modest abv for style doesn't give it that typical "bite", but adds to drinkability. A very good IPA that I'm glad that was on cask!

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear orange-amber color with a flimsy white head that fades. Sparce lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very light for an IPA. Pleasant citrusy hops and a very faint hint of caramel malt.

Tastes like it smells. Very light citrusy hops on top of a light malt background. Medium bitterness. Finishes clean and bland.

Light body, low carbonation.

Light in all aspects for an IPA except for IBUs. Not offensive, but completely forgettable.

Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap 11/09/04 at Brewer's Alley.

Golden-amber in color with a decent beige head. Although this one was balanced fairly well overall, there was a dominant hop aroma and flavor. The hopping seemed to be English hops (not as citrusy/fruity) and leaned a bit more on the bitter side than I like. Medium bodied and smooth enough.

It was good but not one I would have gone back to since I preferred the Alt and the Stout.

Per Chalkboard: 5.6% ABV

Photo of woodychandler
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.07/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Another bottle from one of my favorite traders-- 2dogbrew. Thanks for the new tick Russ!
Served in a tulip pint, my go-to glassware for ipas an pale ales.

Very slight haziness in this orangey colored body. Small head, poor retention, and virtually no lace.

Nose is pretty mild: some light grainy malt notes with a touch of sweetness. Little citrusy notes come through too.
The flavor is pretty weak too... Little sweet malt up front and a touch of hops at the back presenting mainly a clean citrus note.

Thin watery feel. A bit overcarbonated too.

Overall, despite not particularly being impressed by any individual aspects, I found this beer VERY easy to drink. This goes down very quickly-- I can see a small brewery attracting lots of BMC converts with a beer like this. I will add a few points here to compensate for this.

Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
2.82/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Date: 7 March 2011
Glass: 5oz pilsner
Type: On-tap

Drank on tap at Brewer's Alley in Frederick, MD. Taken from notes:

Appearance: Clear gold, no head, average lacing.

Smell: There is something absolutely not right with the aroma. This smells like urinal cakes in a public restroom. The taste IS fine though. However, this smells like urinal cake with a hint of pineapple.

Taste: Very little hops flavor. Mostly pilsner flavor, like Sam Adams Noble Pils, but less in flavor. Definitely a good balance in flavor between the hops and malt profile. Hints of apple are present.

Mouthfeel: Merrrr... Light pils flavor on the palate...that's about it.

Drinkability: Drinks smoothly. Decent session beer for a burger.

Photo of portia99
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Pours a pale coppery orange color with good clarity and just a thin collar of white bubbles and some islands left on the surface.

S - Some nice floral and grassy hops up front, a bit perfumey. Some light metallic aromas to go along with some bready and mildy caramelly malt. Overall, smells pretty good, but hops are a little light in impact here.

T - Solid bitterness, but not to the level I'd expect from an IPA. Hops are grassy in flavor. Bready malt in the background, light sugary sweetness sits behind it all. Good sessionable IPA, nothing to get excited about, but well made and definitely enjoyable. A good IPA with a meal.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation that has a bit of creaminess to it. A metallic flavor is left behind after the swallow which is a bit distracting. Otherwise, good for an IPA.

D - Overall, an enjoyable session IPA. This one isn't going to blow you away with hops or alcohol. Just a good, flavorful, hop-balanced beer that works well for having a couple of pints with friends, accompanying a meal, or watching a game.

Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mahaffey's today.

The beer pours a light copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, but what I detect is attractive. There's hoppy citrus, some pepper and some underlying earthiness that gives you an idea what to expect on the palate. Actually, the flavor profile has a bit more hoppy citrus then I was expecting on the nose, and this beer is well balanced. The beer has some light sweet malt, but there's enough hoppy bitterness to counter the malt, leading to a fairly light, dry, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the beer is not the least bit heavy or tiring on the palate.

Nothing exceptional here, but this is still a solid, easy to enjoy IPA that I could easily see ordering again. Not bad at all...

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery poured into pint glass. From random notes: Pours clear amber with an average, creamy ivory head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted), heavy hops (floral, citrus, pine), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of peach and pineapple. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted), heavy hops (floral, citrus, pine), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of peach. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation, low creaminess with a dry finish.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for this one. It pours a hazy orange-amber color. The head is an inch and a half in height, and recedes very slowly into a quarter inch of lacing which sticks around until the beer is gone. The aroma is of pine, grapefruit, and flowers with a enough malt behind it to make it interesting. The taste has all of the complex hoppy goodness of the aroma, but it is not nearly as strong. Bitterness is also pretty tame. The mouthfeel is a little on the lighter side for an IPA. Overall, this is a nice beer. The aroma is great, but the taste is a let down. I could drink this again, but if I ever make my way to Brewer's Alley I think I will try their other beers first.

Photo of chodinheaven
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper color with a small white head that dissapated pretty quickly. Not much lacing. Smell was nothing spectacular featuring a light citrusy hop nose and a little maltiness.

Taste was marked by a decent hop bitterness on the front that was nicely balanced out by a caramel maltiness right in the middle of a hop bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. The hops were citrusy. The carbonation was medium to high. It wasn't quite creamy, but not ultra crisp either, finishing off dry.

Pretty regular IPA by most standards but it wasn't bad at all. Best part about it was the mouthfeel. It was refreshing but full bodied.

Photo of thain709
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with a hazy, orange-copper body...a white, small head formed but showed some retention in the form of a wispy cap...the lacing was spotty

S - Smells more like an English IPA...piney hops are present, but the caramel malt plays a bigger role in the aroma

T - The flavors work against what I expected from the nose...the piney hops are present all around...the caramel malt is there to take the edge off...it presents a slightly sweet flavor as well...the finish is a light bitterness

M - Medium bodied...again the bitterness is light but it's adequate...comes up thin and watery sometimes

O - My first guess would have tagged this as an English IPA, but the flavor profile proved me wrong...the hops stood out more than expected and the malt played it's part taking away the bitterness

Photo of kboett77
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This cask conditioned IPA has a lovely cloud appearance. It is fruity with apricot and grapefruit predominating. The taste is extremely clean with a light mouthfeel. Most exciting is the after taste which comes like a echo, very very late almost after the rest of the flavor has gone. Very nice.

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Brewer's Alley India Pale Ale from Brewer's Alley Restaurant & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.