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

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 89
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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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Reviews: 37 | Hads: 89
Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
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3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Guden
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of jtladner
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
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!!

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Photo of Skabiski
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of BadaBeer
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of needMIbeerinMD
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DCgolfpro
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of ConradKenney
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of bum732
4.04/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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

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Photo of Swift989
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smakawhat
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of blackie
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
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

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Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MsRogueRed
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of jjd315
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of yankiac
4.57/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

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Photo of kjmass
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of bubseymour
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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