Kipling - Thornbridge Brewery
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4.72/5 rDev +18%
I think that a lot of the less-than-head-over-heels reviews on this beer are missing out on what this beer is about. Remember, this beer is a more-or-less traditional pale ale, so we aren't expecting huge body or flavor. That we do, for a 5.2% ABV ale, is an achievement in itself.
A - On draft, in a 13 oz. pub glass...like many smaller imports, I assume price point is a consideration, since this would be very sessionable at its alcohol content. A very pale, just shy of golden color. Head retention leaves something to be desired, I think, but I have had more luck in the bottle before.
S - The aroma is very unique - fresh fruits and grass. This beer is brewed exclusively with Nelson Sauvin hops (so called due to the aromatic similarity to Sauvignon Blanc wine), so this would be expected with a proper hop regimen. It is spring, so this smell is almost exactly what I'm looking for right now.
T - The taste pretty much matches the aroma. I think passionfruit, a friend thinks fresh green peppers. I read that this hops is reminiscent of fresh gooseberries, which I've never had the pleasure to try. No hint of malt sweetness, and a slightly too persistent bitter finish. Again, though, I believe that this holds up in an approach emulating a solid New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Again, a remarkably bright and full flavor for a sessionable ale.
M - Not overly carbonated, though maybe a bit much for a traditionally brewed English Pale Ale. Perhaps a bit much, not necessarily too much. I feel that it brilliantly complements the bright aroma and taste, and would make this a perfect stand-in for Sauvignon Blanc food pairings, especially citrus-marinated fish and chicken.
O - Sadly, I was not eating any food alongside this beer. I would love to explore its abilities to pair with food, which I think would also help to counteract what I think is a touch too much bitterness. Nelson Sauvin is fairly high in alpha acid, and I am sure that they'll tweak the next batch accordingly. From what I am reading this is the first commercial example of a beer brewed with this hop variety, so I'm sure that while a small (almost infinitesimal) tweak is in order, but I have a very high opinion of this beer, and I think that anyone who doesn't should give it a second (or third, or fourth) shot.
05-17-2011 21:34:31 | More by lehkost
4.66/5 rDev +16.5%
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.
02-28-2014 00:49:09 | More by BradC
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
United Kingdom (England)
4.53/5 rDev +13.3%
500ml bottle poured into a straight pint glass.
A vivid golden beer with gentle, even effervesence and a snow white head of light foam that settles to form a dainty cover. The lacing is intricate.
The nose well, the first hit is incredibly evocative of homegrown green weed, thanks for that Thornbridge. The components come through, grapefruit, further citric notes, lemon and lime, resinous pine and some tropical fruits, passion fruit and pineapple among them.
Tasteing, the grapefruit and pine resin are very much in the front row but joined by the tropical passion fruit and kiwi. Something a little bit medicinal in there. Theres some noticable malt structure, but a puckering bitterness and an aftertaste of grapefruit pith.
Feel is light, alcohol and carbonation not really prevalent.
I like this a lot. I can't help hoping it'll be like some beer version of skunk after getting a whiff of it, but the taste belies the aroma. Its quite a soft beer despite the grapefruit - a gentler cousin to Halcyon and Jaipur.
04-30-2012 18:49:08 | More by tenesmus
Kipling from Thornbridge Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.