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Kipling - Thornbridge Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

218 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 24
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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djrn2

New Jersey

1.25/5  rDev -68.8%

10-19-2013 21:05:25 | More by djrn2
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phishgator

Florida

2.03/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Had this with a hand drawn pump. The appearance was in an imperial pint glass with a slight hazy dull straw color, slight white head and low carbonation. The smell was a little band-aidy and funky. The beer had a slight sulfur aftertaste; almost like it was infected, but another person in my group said they thought it was just fine. I don't know that I would get it again.

Serving type: cask

03-28-2011 16:29:20 | More by phishgator
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Pencible

Virginia

2.45/5  rDev -38.8%
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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dwren89

Virginia

2.63/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

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

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

06-06-2014 17:42:47 | More by byronic
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Burkbom23

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

05-19-2014 13:58:28 | More by Burkbom23
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crnipeter

Slovenia

2.78/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

After reading several reviews I've got an impression I'm reviewing entirely different beer.

Pours somewhat dim gold with a finger of foamy white head that quickly sets.

Nelson Sauvin hops give it pronounced white wine aroma that overshadows anything else. Careful sniffing reveals ripe grapes and/or gooseberry.

It's often said Nelson Sauvin imparts tropical fruit flavors but I'm not getting any. The taste is massively grassy with dry finish having slightly harsh woodsy bitterness that lingers. It's light, crispy and palate cleansing. I miss the fruit character and the flavor seems to be deprived of malt-qualities, especially when considering Munich malt advertised as an ingredient.

In short,a decisevly bitter in balance ale with white wine aroma and grassy flavor (500 ml into pint, BB 04-08-2013).

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 22:36:01 | More by crnipeter
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -25%

11-22-2012 01:54:06 | More by cfalovo97
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PthPndr

Florida

3/5  rDev -25%

12-12-2011 23:05:26 | More by PthPndr
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: on cask at the Dandelion, Philadelphia, PA

Poured clear, yellow, with a nice white head that retained rather well throughout. Light, grassy, floral nose. Light taste, very smooth, with notes of grass and light fruits. Light mouthfeel, easily drinkable, but not extremely flavorful.

Serving type: cask

04-30-2011 15:30:21 | More by Rifugium
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle
5.2% ABV
Best Before: September 1, 2012

I tried this beer on May 30, 2012 after purchasing from the KIng and Spadina LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a slightly hazed medium gold colour with a 1" snow white head, and plenty of effervescence. The aromas were grtass, citrusy hops, spices, and orange peel. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was definitely on the bitter side with very little nsweetness brought on by any of the malt or fruit aromas. Generous amounts of orange and grapefruit and a sharp bitter end dominate the flavour. Would be a very sessionable beer had it not been for the bitter aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 01:38:30 | More by cyrenaica
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

09-10-2013 00:19:35 | More by mendvicdog
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gloryhole

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

06-16-2013 01:21:31 | More by gloryhole
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

09-06-2013 00:49:27 | More by tom10101
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle: slightly out of date when poured into an 'Old Speckled Hen' badged pint vase on 9th Dec 2012.

Pale yellow body with a slight haze to it: on top a rippling uneven head of white bubbles.

Tropical fruit aroma: the taste is simular but more citrusy with the dry citrusy bitterness getting stronger as the mouth loses the last drop of beer in each sip/gulp. This is a summers day brew, not a cold December evening one. Refreshing but not at all warming or cosy.

Well crafted but not a beer I'll be trying to find again: my taste buds prefer sweeter, maltier flavours.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 19:26:22 | More by BlackHaddock
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

09-02-2012 04:16:17 | More by irishkyle21
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

04-24-2012 04:19:56 | More by ygtbsm94
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Antnyd82

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

10-29-2012 04:48:30 | More by Antnyd82
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

03-19-2012 00:26:58 | More by jaidenjb
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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

Croatia (Hrvatska)

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

05-30-2014 20:29:39 | More by hansavijaticar
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PeteRiz

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

08-29-2012 23:03:14 | More by PeteRiz
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Twal

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

09-15-2013 00:04:34 | More by Twal
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Kipling from Thornbridge Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.