1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Kipling - Thornbridge Brewery

Not Rated.
KiplingKipling

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

219 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 219
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 25
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)
View: Beers (58) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 219 | Reviews: 101 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of BJSmit
BJSmit

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

02-12-2014 18:39:03 | More by BJSmit
Photo of AugustusRex
AugustusRex

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

02-11-2014 01:32:03 | More by AugustusRex
Photo of GraduatedCashew
GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

02-03-2014 19:01:42 | More by GraduatedCashew
Photo of jwps214
jwps214

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

01-28-2014 00:51:08 | More by jwps214
Photo of brandonld23
brandonld23

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev 0%

01-26-2014 03:02:15 | More by brandonld23
Photo of Schmoog
Schmoog

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

01-23-2014 13:50:59 | More by Schmoog
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev 0%

01-21-2014 00:24:44 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
Photo of whatname
whatname

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

01-18-2014 06:54:25 | More by whatname
Photo of InspectorBob
InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev 0%

01-15-2014 20:30:28 | More by InspectorBob
Photo of BeerDrinker01
BeerDrinker01

United Kingdom (England)

3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a goblet glass chilled from the fridge!

Pours light golden white foam head medium body with moderate carbonation, Citrus, Tropical fruits, Floral, Pine Hops, With a good bitterness, Hoppy finish. Very clean well balanced crisp refreshing beer from thornbridge!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 14:31:08 | More by BeerDrinker01
Photo of Ozzylizard
Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle at cellar temp into goblet.
Aroma light hoppiness like flowers
Head small (2 cm), white, frothy, mostly lasting
Lacing OK, making thick rings as the level drops.
Body is light yellowish orange, hazy (chill haze?)
Taste begins slightly bitter with only a trace of diacetyl, no hint of malt, slight flowery hoppiness. Ends with only astringency.
Body is light and watery with lively carbonation.

Overall, an OK ale, looks pretty good in the glass, no overwhelming malt or hops, well-balanced. Not sure what makes this a "South Pacific style pale ale".

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 23:52:34 | More by Ozzylizard
Photo of ThisWangsChung
ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear straw color - I can immediately tell this doesn't have much malt to it. The head is a frothy two finger white shade. The retention is solid and some decent (if inconsistent) lacing is left behind. Pretty good looking.

S: This does a good job of showing off Nelson hops, and it's not even uber fresh! Notes of pine, lemon, grape skin, and some tropical fruits come through quite well. Not much of a malt backbone comes through in the nose. Some slight soapiness detracts, but otherwise this is a solid hoppy aroma.

T: Hop flavor hits the palate immediately. Tropical fruit, some grapefruit, and slight herbal qualities are the main notes provided here. The finish isn't soapy at all, with only a mild, non-intrusive sweetness; actually, it's even a little juicy. The problem here isn't the flavor...it's the lack of flavor. While it is VERY pleasant and VERY balanced (I'm impressed how they hid the bitterness with such a feeble malt backbone), it's sadly too unassuming for its own good. Actually, you know what, I don't care...this just gets better and better the more I drink it. It's delicate and subtle in all the right places.

M: This is so light and crisp its unbelievable. I'm just killing this like it's nothing. The soft yet impressive carbonation is definitely helping it here - and there's just enough of a dry finish to help it even further.

O: If the flavor was 'bigger' so to speak, it would kill many 'Murican-brewed pale ales stone dead. Still, this is more-or-less everything I want from the style. What a shame it's so expensive...

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 00:46:58 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of Ciocanelu
Ciocanelu

Romania

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

12-22-2013 12:53:07 | More by Ciocanelu
Photo of raydas
raydas

Connecticut

4/5  rDev 0%

12-14-2013 21:42:13 | More by raydas
Photo of timeo
timeo

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

12-01-2013 22:35:00 | More by timeo
Photo of FLima
FLima

Brazil

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden color with apparent carbonation and a thick head with good retention that leaves some laces.
Predominant aroma of fresh grapes with hints of passion fruit flowers, honey and biscuit malt.
Flavor of sweet malt balanced with fruity hops with notes of green grapes, coriander, passion fruit, ginger, guaraná, citrus and pineapple. Dry aftertaste with an elegant bitterness, a bit acid.
Medium body with adequate natural carbonation with tiny bubbles.
I was embezzled with the first Kipling I had tried a while ago. This one wasn't that fresh so it suffered a bit, especially in the aroma. Still it is a beer full of elegance, assertive, balanced to perfection, and refreshing even at room temperature, with a huge drinkability. Nelson Sauvin hops are clearly noticeable here.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 23:45:35 | More by FLima
Photo of discharmingly
discharmingly

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

11-14-2013 15:44:54 | More by discharmingly
Photo of Hophead717
Hophead717

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

11-05-2013 23:00:24 | More by Hophead717
Photo of tmzl
tmzl

Slovenia

4/5  rDev 0%

11-05-2013 22:06:26 | More by tmzl
Photo of dcmchew
dcmchew

Romania

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

11-05-2013 16:55:21 | More by dcmchew
Photo of nataku00
nataku00

California

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

11-04-2013 01:48:24 | More by nataku00
Photo of Bellonc
Bellonc

Spain

4/5  rDev 0%

10-28-2013 21:45:26 | More by Bellonc
Photo of ssmack
ssmack

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle.

A hazy straw brown colour. 2 inches of foamy head with a lunar landscape.

The aroma is musty yeast.

The taste of white bread. Mild malt. The hops taste is complex - oregano, citrus, lemon, grapefruit.

A light feel but a nice bite.

A refreshing, light, balanced ale but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 01:29:07 | More by ssmack
Photo of eduardolinhalis
eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in a pint glass.

Best before 14.08.2014. Brewed with Nelson Sauvin NZ hops.

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow color forming a huge, solid, creamy, thin bubbled, fizzy white head. Good retention and lots of soapy lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Excellent bouquet of hops in the nose. Very herby and piny hops. Notes of pale sweet malts. A bit earthy yeasts. A bit fruity too with notes of tropical fruits released by the hops

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Sweet pale malts. Classic British Maris Otter crispy malts mixed with the very tropical fruity profile of Nelson Sauvin. A winner combination. Well, in overall, a dry and crispy beer. Good balanced hops bitterness

M: Light yo medium body. Smooth. Good carbonation and a Maris Otter mixed witb herby snd grassy hops aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. Great British Ale with a strong American profile

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 23:13:08 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of djrn2
djrn2

New Jersey

1.25/5  rDev -68.8%

10-19-2013 21:05:25 | More by djrn2
Kipling from Thornbridge Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.