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Kipling - Thornbridge Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

221 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 27
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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 heygeebee:
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heygeebee

Australia

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

From Slowbeer. BB 02/14.

A- clear straw/gold, two finger head.

S - tropical, passionfruit, mango, and some earthy hops.

T - integrated English meets New World pale ale with tropical notes, citrus, lychee, earthy hop bite.

M - a little over-carbonated

O- Great beer, well made, and despite not being an extreme beer, you could drink all night. As usual with Thornbrisdge, unsure whther to drink at English temp, or New World temp. Went for middle ground, seemed to work.

05-31-2013 07:59:01 | More by heygeebee
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%

Iam really diggin the Thornbridge stuff I gotta say.Poured into an imperial nonic a dull llemon yeallow with a thin quick to fade white head.Aromas of sweet biscuit malt and tropical fruit,fitting for a south Pacific pale ale.Flavors of sweetish biscuit dough mixed with overripe mango,pineapple,and some green apple,even a litle leafiness in the finish.An easy quaffer and a sold EPA at that,I would buy again.

01-26-2011 01:45:03 | More by oberon
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

08-05-2012 11:09:14 | More by beerhunter13
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csmartin6

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

07-28-2012 19:48:32 | More by csmartin6
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BeerDrinker01

United Kingdom (England)

3.94/5  rDev -1.5%

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!

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%

I was very impressed with Thornbridge's Jaipur IPA, so I was excited to see another of their offerings, especially one boasting some Nelson Sauvin hoppage.

Poured into a nonic. Bright golden in colour, and with a fluffy head of about an inch that recedes into a thin ring. Some flecks of lacing.

Nose is a delectable fruit treat - mango, grapefruit, pineapple, orange - some leafy bitterness and bread as well.

Similar tasting notes as in the nose, and boy am I digging the NZ hops. Love the big mango and grapefruit blast here, which is kept in check by a lingering bitterness and mild earthy quality. It was all I could do to drink this beer with the pace and contemplation it deserves, because it was terrific.

Lighter bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly oily.

Great brew - I'll be drinking Jaipur and Kipling all summer if I can swing it. A great display of these wonderful hops.

06-11-2012 20:37:46 | More by JohnnyBarman
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rob133

California

5/5  rDev +25%

11-14-2011 23:30:14 | More by rob133
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innominat

Ireland

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

03-20-2014 16:23:52 | More by innominat
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fionn13

Ireland

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

09-20-2012 01:41:59 | More by fionn13
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

4.28/5  rDev +7%

Bottle from my favourite beer shop - another Christmas treat I picked up. Best before date of May 2011. It's unusually tall for 500ml, and has a fancy bit of foil wrapped around the neck. The description of 'South Pacific Pale Ale' piques my interest, and the blurb mentions tropical fruit flavours.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass; pale hazy golden colour with light carbonation. The bubbles seem slower than usual, as if they aren't keen to leave. Small white head that remains for a couple of minutes after pouring. Light malt on the nose but mostly a fruity hop odour - rather nice.

The taste is refreshing; pale malt but mostly overwhelming fruity hop flavours. Quite bitter but also slightly sweet. Definite notes of tropical fruit - almost as if the brewers added some mangos into the mash. Mouthfeel is smooth but acerbic.

A very tasty beer, flavoursome and distinctive. Would suit a hot day, but great anytime. The 'fruity' hops are unlike anything else I've tried. Worth seeking out to sample.

12-28-2010 02:36:10 | More by jazzyjeff13
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

Appearance: white head, thick and bubbly; golden like a pineapple; clear

Aroma: pineapple and mango slap you in the face, with fresh hop bitterness balancing it out

Taste & Mouthfeel: medium-light body and silky smooth; mild sweetness is very different and balanced just right with bitterness - this ones is all about the hops; specific flavours don't play in taste as much as did in the aroma, but the fruit is definitely tropical

Overall: a great choice for summer with light, unusual flavours, and very easy-drinking

11-04-2012 01:11:38 | More by BGDrock
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dwren89

Virginia

2.63/5  rDev -34.3%

Appearance: great clarity, pale gold color, frothy white head,

Aroma: Exploding citrus aroma of grapefruit, orange, and a tinge of kiwi, white wine like dry/citrus aroma (Nelson Sauvin hop), soft almost undetectable pilsner malt biscuitiness

Taste: Definite bitter finish and citrusy twinge of the grapefruit/orange/kiwi aroma, no real malt flavor comes through

Mouthfeel: light, crisp, moderately low carbonation, light body
Overall Impression: A nice beer to kick back and drink in the sun on a hot day, as it does quench thirst fairly well, but definitely lacking in body and overall “umph.” I was disappointed by the lack of taste after such a fantastic nose. Advertised as having “initial sweetness” and “medium body”, but I find it to be definitively lacking in both of those areas. It drinks very watery.

06-12-2013 21:18:09 | More by dwren89
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

Brilliant golden pour on tap at Piper's Pub in Pittsburgh's Southside, it's a pale golden ale much like a hazed Czech or German pils in appearance. Light biscuit malts labeled as a South Pacific Pale Ale, recently showed up at my local in Ohio for 6.99 a 500 ml bottle. I hate to say it but I passed at those prices. I'm pretty sure I had an imperial pint for at or around 5 bucks at Piper's. Aroma has a citrus grapefruit esque earthy grassy hop profile about it. Very pleasant floral aspect as well, all those hops amongst a pale biscuit malt background a bit of fruity earthiness comes through from the yeast and English brewing traditions. Flavor was nice a really refreshing hoppy pale ale, English style not an Americanized pale not as aggressive but very well executed and flavors definitely blend together nicely. The pale biscuit malt sweetness with a mild fruitiness is the perfect back drop for the star of the show in this case Nelson Sauvin hops. Those hops bring the herbal grassiness with a nice persistent grapefruit pith bitterness. Mouthfeel was lighter bodied with moderate carbonation a really crsip nice drinking pale ale with great complexity for a beer so light in color. Overall impression is that it would be a great beer to attempt to drink in number, but the price point at 6.99 a bottle may stop me from drinking it indefinitely.

08-26-2011 18:52:01 | More by WVbeergeek
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glid02

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +5%

Cask at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy golden-copper color with a white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of crisp pale malts with good amounts of light citrus and earthy hops. Also present are mild amounts of breadiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as robust. Smooth pale malts up front are joined quickly by light citrus hops – lemon rind with hints of grapefruit. Midway through moderate amounts of breadiness temper the bitterness from the hops until leafy and somewhat earthy hops come in near the end, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with soft carbonation.

Overall I was really impressed with this beer and could easily have more than a few of these. Well worth a shot.

08-19-2011 18:30:50 | More by glid02
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +5.8%

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a slightly hazy lemon yellow body with a big bubbly dish soap head of white.

S- The clean papery green hops have a nice green lemon aroma to follow

T- The green papery English hops are followed by a gentle green herbal hop flavor that lingers as a nice mellow pungency with no real bitterness.

M- The medium mouthfeel is smooth with no alcohol heat

O- The fresh easy drinking beer has great hop flavor but the malt and yeast profile are pretty well hidden. It still very drinkable and would be lovely as a British pint instead of a 10oz. tulip.

03-27-2013 14:22:40 | More by rhoadsrage
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%

500ml bottle. The South Pacific is a new one for me, insofar as pale ales are concerned.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium apple juice yellow colour (decently pale), with a tall column of thick foamy white head, which leaves a combination of chunky and frilly lace on its slow slide to oblivion. It smells of pineapple citrus, musty straw, soft grain, and a weedy, grassy, teetering on skunky hoppiness. The taste is quite reminiscent of diving into a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc - sharp, edgy, meaty tropical fruit, and tart, almost cat-piss-esque notes dominate; the malt is still underwhelming, of the mild crackery ilk, and the hops also seem weedy, funky, and musty. The carbonation is average, though a tad frothy, the body medium light in weight, and a bit too prickly to be considered all that smooth. It finishes just a wee bit off-dry, the grainy malt asserting itself somewhat, before a final blow of funky, fruity hops closes things out.

Well, the Nelson Sauvin hops do a damned fine job of furthering the terroir of New Zealand - so many strange flavours for a pale ale - a thought stolen from Old World white wine drinkers at some point, I would imagine. A little intense, and confounding, at first, but once settled in, I rather enjoyed this little antipodean experiment.

11-30-2011 23:51:31 | More by biboergosum
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +12%

Pale gold with slight haze, and a generous topping of pale white foam. Excellent retention and spotty lace. Aromatic notes of passionfruit, gooseberry, and dank skunk weed. The tropical fruit continues to come on strong in the mouth, with an assertive leafy bitterness appearing midpalate and lingering through the finish.

Light-bodied with moderate carbonation without feeling thin or watery. It feels slick. I love the deep tropical hop character this beer has. In my admittedly limited experience, this might be the best IPA I've ever tasted.

06-14-2012 20:10:34 | More by mintjellie
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev 0%

02-26-2014 15:14:36 | More by Griffith
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Graeme24

Ireland

4/5  rDev 0%

08-06-2013 15:14:48 | More by Graeme24
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -1.8%

A good drinker, and good for its style, it pours lighter yellow with a lasting white soapy head. Mild wine aroma. Medium mouthfeel, carbonation right there, it is unique in a soft and flavourful hop, citrus.Nice coup for the LCBO getting Thornbridge.Nice sweet backing.

06-13-2012 23:30:08 | More by Sammy
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +2%

Pours a fairly bright gold. Nice white head bubbles up on the pour but settles to a film pretty quickly.

Winey fruit on the nose. Nelson Sauvin all the way. Grapefruit with a nice sweet backing.

Starts off pretty soft, with some mild English malt. Hops pick up pretty quickly. Big grapefruit flavours with a dusting of sugar and really aromatic floral notes. I find Nelson Sauvin accentuates any booziness in a beer and the same can be said for this one.

A really nice pale ale, characteristic of a lot of the pale ales coming out of the UK right now.

06-30-2012 19:59:45 | More by CanuckRover
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whatname

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

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

United Kingdom (England)

4.63/5  rDev +15.8%

this is everything an IPA should be: straw coloured with big grapefruit and bigger hoppage. As one would expect with a real ale it is completely flat with a creamy white head that lasts forever and lacing to set your heart racing. This beer packs a huge punch for it's relatively modest 5.2%, with the big bitterness really hitting you on the finnish.
One of my local pubs has this on permanently since they bought two barrels and sold them both within 3 hours, and that makes me happy.

02-06-2011 01:10:59 | More by hophopandaway
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traumaqueen


4/5  rDev 0%

05-28-2012 01:44:56 | More by traumaqueen
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

12-22-2013 12:53:07 | More by Ciocanelu
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Kipling from Thornbridge Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.