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Kipling - Thornbridge Brewery

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very good

221 Ratings
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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 26
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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Photo of 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
Photo of 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
Photo of cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -20.5%

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.

06-09-2012 01:38:30 | More by cyrenaica
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

Part of the summer LCBO seasonal offering...

A - Pours a pale golden colour with a thumb of fine bubbled head with solid retention and some nice sheeting lacing.

S - Scent is quite floral with a sour citrus scent dominating, grapefruit, lemon and lime with an earthy and leafy green finish.

T - Again, the grapefruit citrus hop notes dominate leaving a pleasant lingering bitterness. The earthiness complements the floral hop notes while a touch of bready caramel sneaks in on the finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - A very tasty pale ale, serving up a solid dose of citrus hops which would please any critics. Definitely worthy of grabbing a few more bottles before they disappear.

06-08-2012 23:58:54 | More by andrenaline
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Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +5%

BB September 1, 2012

Beer is golden in colour with a large and thick white head. Decent retention and good lacing.

Scent is hop-focused. Bright tropical fruits come through nicely- pineapple, mango, lemon. I don't get much in the way of malt, just a nice fresh hop scent. A good way to experience the Nelson Sauvin hop.

Taste has the same tropical fruits as the nose, with lemon a bit stronger than pineapple or mango. Seems to be a bit of green apple as well. A bit soapy. Well balanced- a slightly bitter beer but not aggressively. Like the nose, I don't get much of a malt presence.

Medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation.

Overall, very nice. A very flavourful and enjoyable pale ale.

06-06-2012 00:10:00 | More by jrenihan
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev 0%

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 5$

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, grains/corn

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is also a bit of grapefruit, corn/grains, and a touch of an apricot sweetness. It ends with a herbal yet fruity aftertaste and a bit of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - I really enjoyed this one.. it's almost like an east coast PA meets an west coast PA. It actually kind of reminded me of a beer I get locally called Crazy Canuck to some extent. The high price tag would be my only complaint with this one, but it's defiantly worth buying at least once.

06-05-2012 16:41:46 | More by spinrsx
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4/5  rDev 0%

06-05-2012 12:34:17 | More by Orbex
Photo of peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +5%

Pours a hazy pale blonde colour, one finger fluffy white head, some lacing at the top of the glass. Smell is incredibly hoppy, lots of tropical and citrus fruits going on, orange, mango, grapefruit, a slight sweetness with some malt but this is a full on fruity hop nose all the way. Taste is dry and hoppy followed by a more pronounced malt bill, some earthy hop bitterness with some tropical fruit flavours coming in mid palate towards the finish, light sweetness in finish and aftertaste. Medium crisp carbonation, med body, some oily points and quite dry feeling. This was a very impressive pale ale, very easy drinking and something I would welcome many times over.

06-04-2012 18:25:51 | More by peensteen
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev 0%

05-30-2012 13:24:19 | More by jsnoek
Photo of Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

A: Fairly clear golden-straw colour with a semi-creamy two fingers worth of bubbly foam head. Good retention with spotty lacing.

S: Bold pine, big citrus (like an unripe sour grapefruit), tropical notes (sweet pineapple), and a buttered bread backbone. Very damp and woody. Well balanced and overall one of the best pale ale aromas I've experienced to date.

T: Very piney and bitter with more of a tart and tangy grapefruit element coming through. Pineapple as this warms a little. Buttered bread-like malt backbone is subtle enough without being too dominant. Detecting hints of caramel-butterscotch on the back end. Quite good.

M: Medium bodied with an appropriate carbonation. Relatively low oily character with a slight chewy texture.

D: Quite a good pale ale that I'd pick up again. Aroma was off the charts and the taste was pretty gosh-darn good too.

05-29-2012 00:52:53 | More by Digimaika2
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4/5  rDev 0%

05-28-2012 01:44:56 | More by traumaqueen
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

The beer is full of flavors that can only be grown in hot climates and, indeed, has a level of sunny brightness that is rarely enjoyed in the UK. This thing sure looks like it's from the South Pacific. And given the frothiness of its surface, you might think it just came off the boat - foam abounds like the bottle was recently agitated.

All this talk about Nelson Sauvin hops got me excited. What I hoped when first smelling the beer was for my head to kick back, my eyes to roll up into their sockets, and my mouth to drop and my tongue to hang out. That's pretty much what happened. This bitter bouquet reeks of grass clippings and citrus pith. This has been dry-hopped to the nines! It's lovely.

The flavor is so lemony-fresh you'd think it was scrubbed with Mr. Clean. Other tropical fruit flavors include pineapple, lychee, passionfruit and under-ripe mango - it tastes like they got everything from the Thai-food aisle. Aside from the fruit, it also feels like you're stuffing your face with flowers; the texture is grassy and weedy. I feel like a lawnmower.

All these hoppy flavors, however, translate to disproportionately little bitterness. Much of the credit is likely due to a biscuity pale malt profile that is in good abundance and laces the beer with soothing traces of honey. It's thick enough to be filling, though not heavy enough to rule out multiple rounds. A reminder of the talents of British brewers.

You'd be hard pressed to find a more stinky, grassy, and tropical pale ale anywhere, including southern California. It's hard to believe this beer comes from jolly-old England. Or, then again, when you consider just how approachable and balanced - "sessionable" dare I say - Thornbridge Kipling is, perhaps it shouldn't be such a shock. A fantastic offering.

05-27-2012 20:52:09 | More by biegaman
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Quebec (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

05-10-2012 19:15:12 | More by Phyl21ca
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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
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

04-28-2012 23:31:36 | More by Eriktheipaman
Photo of HamJam


5/5  rDev +25%

04-28-2012 18:54:03 | More by HamJam
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

04-24-2012 04:19:56 | More by ygtbsm94
Photo of mdillon86


4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

04-21-2012 02:51:27 | More by mdillon86
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3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

Handpump halfpint at Craft Beer Co.

A: Clear pale amber body with a frothy white head. Ok retention, spotty lace.

S: Tropical to the max, with mango, pineapple, and tangerine. Some bready malt as well. Nice.

T: Opens with fruity hops - mango, melon, pineapple - and closes with clean maltiness. Bitter finish. Tasty.

M: Light, soft medium body; delicate carbonation. A bit weak, but ok.

O: It seems like every British brewer has some pale ale with NZ hops, and this one kind of blends in with all the rest. It's good, to be sure, but hardly distinctive.


04-02-2012 03:17:48 | More by woosterbill
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

03-19-2012 00:26:58 | More by jaidenjb
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4.43/5  rDev +10.8%

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Nice clear golden-yellow pour with two finger pure white head with decent retention and nice lacing. The nose will absolutely blow you away. The Nelson Sauvin hops totally steal the show! Tons of that distinctive aroma full of grapefruit and tropical fruit, reminiscent of New Zealand’s sauvignon blanc wines. The taste is complex and also dominated by the Nelson Sauvin hops. Earthy, herbal, and citrusy at the same time. Hints of grapefruit, gooseberries, lemon, white grapes, pineapple, and an odd touch of green onion. The mouthfeel is oily and resiny with a light, crisp, and refreshing dry finish. Another awesome beer from Thornbridge!

03-16-2012 16:51:48 | More by beerdrifter
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United Kingdom (England)

4.43/5  rDev +10.8%

Like a yellow wine gum for the colour of the body nice sudsy white head.

Rich and fruity on the nose, hints of pineapple and orchid with big hop hits waiting in the wings.

Bitterness comes through supreme on the taste making a tangy treat for the tongue full on hop hits, cones and all can see where the tropical references come from.

good solid mouthfeel slightly lively carbonation makes a tasty brew

03-09-2012 23:14:03 | More by EmperorBevis
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

02-10-2012 01:56:24 | More by DiscGolfRobot
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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

02-03-2012 00:14:47 | More by dbrauneis
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4.2/5  rDev +5%

Appearance - very pale gold with a persistent, fluffy white head.

Smell - a little bit of grain and a lot ot tropical fruit. Pineapple, citrus, and tangy kiwi with a fruity, white wine character.

Taste - Again, a bit of grain and a lot of tropical fruit, but the flavours do not come off as fruity, and certainly not sweet. The tropical fruits of the aroma are present in the flavour, but are accompanied by solid bitterness, and an interesting tar-like note.

01-28-2012 00:00:38 | More by
Kipling from Thornbridge Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.