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Kipling - Thornbridge Brewery

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206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%


Brewed by:
Thornbridge Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: soulgrowl on 01-24-2010)
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Reviews by Zimbo:
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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drunk at the superb 'Staggs' Volunteer Arms in Musselburgh. Cost £3.25.

Good couple of mm thick white foam with a hazy har of light yellow. Thick wave blanket of foam clings to the glass side with evey sip.

There is some very appealing tropical fruit on the nose. A much fuller body than the bottled version which to be honest swamps and smothers some of the beer's more appealing and delicate qualities. But as compensation the force of the body pulls the flavour around the mouth giving you a real sense of a full long massaging bitterness. Still, I miss that lightness of touch that comes from the bottle I am afraid to say.

Serving type: cask

10-16-2011 19:40:52 | More by Zimbo
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Pencible

Virginia

2.45/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: This poured a clear straw with quickly dissipating white head and chunky sediment.
S: It smelled like skunky lager yeast and faint citrus hops.
T: It tasted like watery citrus and pine hops, with some skunky later yeast. It had a somewhat dirty bitter aftertaste.
M: It was thin with lots of carbonation. Very bubbly body.
D: This was a poor brew. The scent and taste and body were all far below average. It didn't even look good. Not very easy to drink either, almost a drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 21:03:53 | More by Pencible
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Stum-pub

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

03-26-2014 05:47:12 | More by Stum-pub
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afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-22-2014 23:17:18 | More by afsdan
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oldedog

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

03-22-2014 18:59:14 | More by oldedog
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innominat

Ireland

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-20-2014 16:23:52 | More by innominat
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Dduquette

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

03-14-2014 00:10:55 | More by Dduquette
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

03-13-2014 16:29:13 | More by DrunkinYogi
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JSOBB

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

03-12-2014 19:25:17 | More by JSOBB
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

03-07-2014 21:59:28 | More by nmann08
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BradC

Pennsylvania

4.66/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a golden yellow with two fingers of pillowy head that eventually falls. Lots of lacing.

Great aroma, light fruity hoppy smell

Taste starts out a little sweet and then the fruity hops come in, some bready malt and then a light bitter finish.

Medium bodied and moderate carbonation makes this real easy drinking.

Overall a great session-able pale ale that's not super bitter. The Nelson Sauvin hops give it a nice fruity bitterness. Glad this was recommended to me.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 00:49:09 | More by BradC
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-26-2014 15:14:36 | More by Griffith
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

02-24-2014 19:51:34 | More by HopStoopid120
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BJSmit

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

02-12-2014 18:39:03 | More by BJSmit
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AugustusRex

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

02-11-2014 01:32:03 | More by AugustusRex
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

02-03-2014 19:01:42 | More by GraduatedCashew
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jwps214

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

01-28-2014 00:51:08 | More by jwps214
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brandonld23

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-26-2014 03:02:15 | More by brandonld23
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Schmoog

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

01-23-2014 13:50:59 | More by Schmoog
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-21-2014 00:24:44 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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whatname

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-18-2014 06:54:25 | More by whatname
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-15-2014 20:30:28 | More by InspectorBob
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BeerDrinker01

United Kingdom (England)

3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a goblet glass chilled from the fridge!

Pours light golden white foam head medium body with moderate carbonation, Citrus, Tropical fruits, Floral, Pine Hops, With a good bitterness, Hoppy finish. Very clean well balanced crisp refreshing beer from thornbridge!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 14:31:08 | More by BeerDrinker01
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle at cellar temp into goblet.
Aroma light hoppiness like flowers
Head small (2 cm), white, frothy, mostly lasting
Lacing OK, making thick rings as the level drops.
Body is light yellowish orange, hazy (chill haze?)
Taste begins slightly bitter with only a trace of diacetyl, no hint of malt, slight flowery hoppiness. Ends with only astringency.
Body is light and watery with lively carbonation.

Overall, an OK ale, looks pretty good in the glass, no overwhelming malt or hops, well-balanced. Not sure what makes this a "South Pacific style pale ale".

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 23:52:34 | More by Ozzylizard
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear straw color - I can immediately tell this doesn't have much malt to it. The head is a frothy two finger white shade. The retention is solid and some decent (if inconsistent) lacing is left behind. Pretty good looking.

S: This does a good job of showing off Nelson hops, and it's not even uber fresh! Notes of pine, lemon, grape skin, and some tropical fruits come through quite well. Not much of a malt backbone comes through in the nose. Some slight soapiness detracts, but otherwise this is a solid hoppy aroma.

T: Hop flavor hits the palate immediately. Tropical fruit, some grapefruit, and slight herbal qualities are the main notes provided here. The finish isn't soapy at all, with only a mild, non-intrusive sweetness; actually, it's even a little juicy. The problem here isn't the flavor...it's the lack of flavor. While it is VERY pleasant and VERY balanced (I'm impressed how they hid the bitterness with such a feeble malt backbone), it's sadly too unassuming for its own good. Actually, you know what, I don't care...this just gets better and better the more I drink it. It's delicate and subtle in all the right places.

M: This is so light and crisp its unbelievable. I'm just killing this like it's nothing. The soft yet impressive carbonation is definitely helping it here - and there's just enough of a dry finish to help it even further.

O: If the flavor was 'bigger' so to speak, it would kill many 'Murican-brewed pale ales stone dead. Still, this is more-or-less everything I want from the style. What a shame it's so expensive...

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 00:46:58 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Kipling from Thornbridge Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.