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Kipling - Thornbridge Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
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233 Ratings
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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 28
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Sammy, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of djrn2
1.25/5  rDev -68.8%

djrn2, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

nmann08, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Texasfan549, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: The Nelson Sauvin hops impart interesting aromas of tropical fruits in the nose along with some notes of citrus.
T: The a light to moderate amount hop bitterness really stands out in this beer, which also has notes of gooseberries and grapefruit from the hops in the flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink because it is well balanced. The Nelson Sauvin hops result in interesting aromas and flavors.

metter98, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -0.2%

kjkinsey, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy yellowish color ale with a nice pure white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of fruity and floral hops with light grassy notes is very enticing. Taste is dominated by the grassy, fruity and floral notes form the hops with almost no bitterness notes and a solid malt backbone with well balanced sweetness that doesn’t detract from the hops. Body is quite full with great carbonation. Very well brewed with just the right amount of Nelson Sauvin hops to procure maximum enjoyment of this beer.

Phyl21ca, May 10, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

ygtbsm94, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

oberon, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Local Option, served in a fluted tulip glass.

Bright high clarity gold, other side of the glass is clearly visible. Soapy white foam on the surface that billows up to the rim at first, sticking to the sides on the way down. Drippy lacing left in it's wake. Retention is good, lasting for the entire glass.

Pale malt notes, sort of a grassy lager aroma. Ok, but nothing too different here.

Flavor is firmly bitter, plenty of grassy, lemony hop character. Dried citrus peel, hay, some vague weediness. Effervescent and medium bodied, exceptionally dry and crisp finish. Light and not too filling. Nicely drinkable, several would be easy to drink, if only it wasn't $9 for a small glass.

emerge077, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +6%

JAHMUR, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

biboergosum, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

WVbeergeek, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of clean, white foam on top of a perfectly clear golden body with a shaft of bubbles rising up through the center. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Musty British hops and bright, clean red apple fruit from the yeast. Some biscuity malt in the background as well, perhaps a hint of toffee.

T - Fruity yeast notes of plum and red apple up front with a musty hop note for contrast. The hops become more pungent in the middle with some grassy character and bready malt. The beer finishes with a good shot of bitterness to counteract the bread and toffee of the malt as well as more grassy hop flavor, juicy red apple character, and oddly enough some grapefruit.

M - Medium body, moderately low carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Excellent and very, very drinkable. The balance and selection of flavor in this beer is perfect for the style and it is a shockingly good English pale ale, especially considering that it came out of a bottle. I can't think of a beer available on my local beer store's shelves that expresses what is great about British beer better than this does. It has a perfect yeast character with the obligatory must hop bite and the malt is spot on, despite the fact that the beer is unusually light colored. My only complaint is that I can't stop thinking about how good it must be out of a cask!

nickfl, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 3/19/2011 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, floral hops, chocolate and a touch of citrus.

T: The taste starts sweet with flavors of honey and citrus. Then a good hops presence for the style comes in. the malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to pound down for a while.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -19%

mendvicdog, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.08/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

Rifugium, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -0.2%

InspectorBob, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a pale yellow, pilsner type colour, with a small to medium white head, leaving solid lace.

S: Grass, grapefruit, gooseberry, very interesting nose.

T: This simply reminds me a ton of New Zealand Sauvingon Blanc. The gooseberry flavour is distinct and there's no mistaking it. Grass, grapefruit, passion fruit and a light kiwi fruit play round out the tropical hop flavours. Very distinct.

M: Medium-bodied at best. Crisp, very clean, easy drinking for sure, something to go with spicy food as it's an excellent palate cleanser.

O: This was a fun beer to delve into. I drank this on-tap without knowing anything about it aside from the fact that it's English. Then I saw the label and it said South Pacific Pale Ale it made sense. If there's not Nelson Sauvin hops in this I would be shocked, shocked. Great EPA, like nothing I've ever had before.

Halcyondays, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.33/5  rDev -17%
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.

BlackHaddock, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am slowly emptying my reefer of bottles. It is not that I am totally averse to them, but I would prefer to be advancing The CANQuest (TM) instead.

From the bottle: "Thornbridge Brewery is a collaboration of innovation, passion and knowledge. Our brewers come with a variety of experience but all share the same desire to make great beers. Using the flavours of the land their aim is to put the art back into the science they were taught. Brewing has forever pushed the boundaries of technology. We found a way to use it to harness our passion for great flavoured beer. This means no pasteurisation or filtration. No stealing of delicate flavour and aroma molecules. This is Craft Beer as it should be. A complex combination of all that makes beer great. Kipling is a golden beer made exclusively with the fabulous Nelson Sauvin hop that imparts tropical fruit[-]like flavours. Thornbridge were [sic] the first UK brewery to use this hop. The beer's initial sweetness and medium body are balanced by a lasting bitter finish."; "Innovation-Passion-Knowledge".

Given all of the labeling as well as being able to see suspended particulate, I went with about as gentle a pour as I have ever employed. I still got a skim of bone-white foam that quickly became mere wisps, however. My second, lees-ridden, pour created a finger of rocky, off-white head with good retention. Lacing was prevalent throughout. Color was an ever-so-slightly-hazy sunshine yellow with lots of carbonation bubbles in evidence. Nose had an odd fruitiness, like grapefruit and pineapple together. Mouthfeel was very effervescent and it did, indeed, taste like a hybrid of a grapefruit and a pineapple. Finish was quite dry with the grapefruit taste simply lingering well after the swallow. I really must try more of Thornbridge's beers.

woodychandler, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy light yellow with a finger high white head and a moderate amount of visible carbonation. The head dissipated quickly but left a very thin layer of bubbles and a decent amount of lacing.

S: Aromas of tropical fruits and citrus that were primary due to the presence of Nelson Sauvin hops.

T: The flavor has a pleasant amount of hoppy bitterness followed up by hints of grapefruit. The flavors are well balanced.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a certain crispness/cleanness.

O: As someone that really enjoys the smell and taste of the Nelson Sauvin hops, I found this beer to be quite enjoyable and a good offering that highlights the hop. This beer is a real easy drinker and has a very nice balance to it.

dbrauneis, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne. Drank with @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a brilliantly clear yellow colour, with a reasonably frothy head of pure white. This settles down to a film, taking on a slightly greyish tone as it does so. Lacing is tight. Looks very good. Love the clarity in the body.

Nose is also very good indeed. Big fresh, sweet, slightly tropical hop characters, which give off pineapple, papaya and guava, with a slightly crisper, greener tone as well—perhaps fresh squeezed lime. Under it is a grainy substrate, a fairly neutral but also fairly bland underpinning. But the hops win here.

On the palate is where the bland basis makes more of an impact. Light clean entry gives a pleasant echo of fruitiness, before the back empties out. This isn't entirely bad: it's light and crisp and exceptionally quaffable as a result. But there's certainly less flavour than there could have been, in the aftertaste are reminiscences of fruitiness, a slight candy tingle slightly fragrant with a vacant acidity. It's quite pleasant.

Feel is light and crisp: very well suited indeed to the beer as a whole.

Despite some choices made in its construction, this is a very good beer, and even a very enjoyable and interesting one. If I complain about it having less flavour than it should, then it's almost certainly just a reflection on me rather than the beer. This is expertly made, extremely well crafted, and just drinkable as hell. Good stuff.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 17, 2013
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Kipling from Thornbridge Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.