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Kipling - Thornbridge Brewery

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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 ThisWangsChung
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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
Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Ciocanelu, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of raydas
4/5  rDev -0.2%

raydas, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of timeo
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

timeo, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of FLima
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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
Photo of discharmingly
4.25/5  rDev +6%

discharmingly, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of Hophead717
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Hophead717, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of tmzl
4/5  rDev -0.2%

tmzl, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of dcmchew
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

dcmchew, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of nataku00
4.25/5  rDev +6%

nataku00, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of Bellonc
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Bellonc, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of ssmack
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

ssmack, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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

eduardolinhalis, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of djrn2
1.25/5  rDev -68.8%

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

TommyLiam, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of flyingpig
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml Bottle from Utobbeer, Borough Market, London (£3.49):
Light golden colour with a two-fingers sized head that is a foamy white and holds very well.

Strong pine & slightly floral hops with a very juicy aroma that also features some citrus and grapefruit.

Bitter pine and grapefruit hops with citrus and a juicy, almost tropical fruit taste that is backed up with some mango and passion fruit. Very juicy and refreshing with some lemon & a very slight touch of malts.

Refreshing & bitter as expected with a juicy, wet taste that is full of citrus giving the beer a nice tang on the tongue. The beer is medium on the palate and the carbonation is about the same.

An excellent beer & great example of an American pale ale that is quite refreshing and goes down a treat with a solid bitter flavour and plenty of pine hops shining through. A great beer and one that I'd have again given the chance.

flyingpig, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

aztraz, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of Dhamma73
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Dhamma73, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of Bf_89
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Bf_89, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Twal
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Twal, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -19%

mendvicdog, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of dipso123
4/5  rDev -0.2%

dipso123, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of tom10101
3.25/5  rDev -19%

tom10101, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of shelby415
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

shelby415, Aug 22, 2013
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
Kipling from Thornbridge Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.