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Kipling - Thornbridge Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

223 Ratings
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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 28
Gots: 8 | 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 akorsak
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500 mL bottle from IM Wine.

A: The pale ale is light, a hybrid looker that seems to fall between an APWA and, well, a blonde ale. A finger and a half of white head, a luxurious quantity that leaves lacing behind.

S: The EPA has light tropical aromas, sweetness alongside the biscuity malts. Flowers, fresh cut grass and mild citrus fruits. A nice package.

T: The pale biscuity malts, a soft start, supports a surprising amount of hop flavor. The ale finishes very dry after the sweetness. Flowers and grass are sweet and lightly bitter; pineapple and onion grass add sweet zestiness. The entire flavor profile is mild even with the complex tropical flavors. Unmentioned until now, the yeast provides more fruity flavors, none of which are as strong as the hops.

M: A surprisingly quaffable ale, light but hopped to a tropical tune. A wide array of citric bitterness, sugary sweet at times, dominates the ale.

akorsak, May 22, 2011
Photo of lehkost
4.72/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

lehkost, May 17, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
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.

Rifugium, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of wl0307
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Waitrose supermarket, this ale is a new product there so offered at the introductory price, £1.60; coming in a slim 500ml brown bottle, BB 24/11/2011, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. NOTE: this beer uses Nelson Sauvin hop variety.

A: looking pale amber with great clarity, coming with a tight and thick off-white froth to last on top of constant streams of fine bubbles.
S: juicy tropical fruits and grapefruits spring to mind, on top of hop resins and a fine sheet of pale malts; the fruitiness contains white grapefruits, green guava, gooseberries, with a light tinge of salted star fruits in the background. Being fruit-dominated, the nose somehow allows a little room for the aroma of English malts to sneak through. Very enticing and hoppy.
T: a clean mouthfeel of citric fruitiness has immediate following of the body and aroma of quality English pale malts plus mineral-ish saltiness of yeasts, then a manifesting flow of assertive hop bitterness cuts through, leaving a rough & tangy mouthfeel and tannic aftertaste as of crushed citrus seeds at the rear of the palate. The complex fruitiness on the nose has dissolved into a happy mess on the palate, lending a mostly decorative effect on the overall balance.
M&D: the mouthfeel remains refreshing without going fizzy, the body is medium for the alc. level, and the flavour profile is evolving and showing a very very decent balance. I’ve tried this wonderful pale ale for many times now, on cask, and this bottled version really doesn’t disappoint at all. A delicious thirst-quencher.

wl0307, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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 DIM
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

a: Lightly hazy golden color, it was served to me with a thin, big bubbled head.

s: Very appealing of fresh smelling, grassy, bitter citrus; and light, pale malt.

t: Mildly sweet grains with hint of apple and lots of grassy citrus that lingers long into the finish.

m: Gently creamy carbonation, perhaps a little thin overall.

d: Very flavorful pale ale with a nice hop bite, I'm surprised a cask from across the pond traveled so well.

DIM, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of foogerd
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden yellow hazy body with some white head that thinned out to a film and left some miniscule lacing.

S- Lots of citrusy pineappley fruits coming through even a little sweet red apple aroma. Light malts,crackerlike. Tropical hops really dominate this nose.

T- Hops still retain their tropical identity with a more bitter kick than the nose.

M- Lively carbonation with a wet slick feel.

O- Very solid English Pale Ale almost ventures into IPA category.

foogerd, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of phishgator
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.

phishgator, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
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 wyattshotmaker
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a stemmed glass, nice golden color. nice fluffy white head, overally pretty solid.

musty yeast, slight grapefruit skin,definite "white wine fruitiness", slight bready note.

bready/biscuity malt upfront, semi dry, slight grapefruit note with a firm bitterness in the finish.

medium bodied, very drinkable. if this were reasonably priced i'd make this a go to session beer.

wyattshotmaker, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas are quite complex with floral and lemony hoppiness and distinct white wine vinous characteristics; light white grapes, apple, pear. The faintest hint of biscuity malt.
The taste begins with pale maltiness but quickly shifts to an explosion of hoppiness; grassy, floral, earthy and light citrus. This hop profile is quite delicious but for my tastes I wish there was some more maltiness. As it warms you get some granny smith apples and sweet bitter fruitiness, almost like pineapple.
Overall this a good beer which showcases this amazing hop variety to a tee. While I recommend this, I do so with the asterisk, because it is overpriced for the overall product/offering. The Alpine brewery does a better showcase of this hop with their brew Nelson and it is much cheaper and comes in a 22 oz compared to a 500 ml. Still good though.

claspada, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
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 hophopandaway
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

hophopandaway, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
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 TIJAE
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in trois pistoles goblet

Sampled at the Cove

Bought in Branford, CT @ Coastal Wine and Spirits

Review: Great smell. Strong flavors of tropical fruit - kiwi, citrus, lemon. Letting the beer open up and sit for 10 minutes at room temperature really opened up all the flavors. Paired with wild mushroom Brie puff pastry.

TIJAE, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of Brad007
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mild golden yellow color with a one-finger head into my glass. Nice presentation here.

Aroma consists of a mix of grassy hops and slightly buttery malt. It is somewhat light-struck due to the color of the bottle.

Taste is full of grassy hops upfront followed by buttery malt underneath. It feels balanced and the hops are where they should be for this style (they don't overwhelm the palate). Despite the mention of this beer being light-struck, it is not adversely affected by it.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering buttery malt and the remains of grassy hops. Goes down quite well and it's well-carbonated too.

An excellent example of the style from the place where it originated (England). Check it out.

Brad007, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jazzyjeff13, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of BarrelO
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Looks like I'm the first US American to write a review. Cool.

A: Clear golden pilsner-like color. Head is maybe half a finger high with a bit of lacing.

S: Like tropical fruit punch. Passionfruit, berries, a hint of grassiness.

T: Crackling dry vinous fruitiness. Slightly toasty bready malt. Long pleasant bitterness.

M: Light but not thin. Medium carbonation.

D: I love me some Nelson Sauvin hops, so this one hit the spot for me. I prefer it showcased alongside a more substantial malt backbone, though.

BarrelO, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of stcules
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber, very clean, no bubbles. White foam, not too beautiful.
Smell: good! Hop, tropical fruit, light but pleasant, with pineapple, tangerine.
Good taste, too, smooth, with a good hop, malt, and again fruitiness, pineapple. Pleasant.
Definitely very drinkable, though not too watery.
To drink a lot, delicate, fruity notes, orange, tangerine, tropical fruit.
Average to light body, delicate aftertaste, fruity, with some background bitterness.
Good.

stcules, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of mdagnew
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

330ml bottle bought online from Beerritz.co.uk

Poured a nice pale golden yellow colour. Slightly off white head poured big thick and foamy with a whipped meringue like topping. Sparse carbonation drifts slowly to the surface... lots of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Spicy and slightly tropical fruits (grapefruits, ripe mangoes, kiwi fruit, pear), quite rubbery, some vegetal traces, pine, sea salt, some soapiness, grassy hops, light herbal notes, white pepper...

Taste - Spicy, citrus and grassy hop bitterness, light biscuit malts, light floral notes, good fruitiness (gooseberries, grapefruit, light pineapple,), light honey sweetness, herbal notes, quite perfumed, faint soapy hints...

M&D - Pretty sharp and dry... Light / medium bodied... supremely quaffable..

Overall - An excellent pale ale and another fine brew from Thornbridge... definitely recommended...

mdagnew, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of Trizzle
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice tight small head, great retention and laces gorgeously. Slightly off yellow pale clear body.

Aroma is delicious. As stated on the 'sip before you sup', card on the tap, the nose is full of kiwifruit, there's loads of grapefruit and flowers and some biscuity malt notes quite evident as well.

Light grain and biscuit malt body usurped quickly with monster bitter hops: grapefrut and some Sauv blanc green capsicum. Lingers very dry and just astringent.

Mouthfeel is on the syrupy side of water on par with the 5.2%.

A touch astringent for a session beer for mine but 2 or 3 pints would be a real treat.

Good stuff.

Trizzle, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of BDTyre
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely golden, sweet malty and fruit scented ale. Dense, thin and creamy white head.

Berry, apple and brown sugar intermix in the taste, with a bit of hops and a bity of bready malt flavours. Very light and well blended, subtle tastes. No one flavour dominates, but as you drink you pick up different flavours every where.

Nice and smooth and even with a 5.2 ABV you feel like you could spend an afternoon drinking these.

BDTyre, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of soulgrowl
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just about perfectly golden, with a soft, pillowy white head with very good retention. Delightfully aromatic, and I know this may be a bit taboo on a beer site, but it smells an awful lot like a cross between a New Zealand sauvignon blanc and an Alsatian Gewürztraminer - gooseberry abounds, plus loads of coconut and lychee and even some rose. Honeysuckle and marshmallow are in the mix as well - but the flavor is quite contained, very vinous with gooseberry, kiwi fruit, and honey notes. Crisp and perfectly bitter, with snappy carbonation and a dry finish. This is an excellent and unusual English ale, and I would love to try it on cask.

soulgrowl, Jan 24, 2010
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Kipling from Thornbridge Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.