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Kipling - Thornbridge Brewery

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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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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

nmann08, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of BradC
4.66/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a golden yellow with two fingers of pillowy head that eventually falls. Lots of lacing.

Great aroma, light fruity hoppy smell

Taste starts out a little sweet and then the fruity hops come in, some bready malt and then a light bitter finish.

Medium bodied and moderate carbonation makes this real easy drinking.

Overall a great session-able pale ale that's not super bitter. The Nelson Sauvin hops give it a nice fruity bitterness. Glad this was recommended to me.

BradC, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev 0%

Griffith, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of HopStoopid120
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

HopStoopid120, Feb 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

BJSmit, Feb 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

AugustusRex, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

GraduatedCashew, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of jwps214
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

jwps214, Jan 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

brandonld23, Jan 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Schmoog, Jan 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

whatname, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

InspectorBob, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of BeerDrinker01
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!

BeerDrinker01, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Ozzylizard
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".

Ozzylizard, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of ThisWangsChung
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...

ThisWangsChung, Dec 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Ciocanelu, Dec 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

raydas, Dec 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

timeo, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of FLima
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.

FLima, Nov 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

discharmingly, Nov 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Hophead717, Nov 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

tmzl, Nov 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

dcmchew, Nov 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

nataku00, Nov 04, 2013
Kipling from Thornbridge Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.