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Kipling - Thornbridge Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

222 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 27
Gots: 7 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

mrfrancis, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

yancot, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of gloryhole
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

gloryhole, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.6/5  rDev -10%

Pours gold with a fading head.
Nose shows passion-fruit, lychee, cookie dough-like malt, some grassy and spicy hops.
Very hoppy flavours, spicy and grassy notes along with a hint of pine. Not much malt underneath although there is a biscuity character.
Body feels a bit watery.

CrazyDavros, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of dwren89
2.63/5  rDev -34.3%

Appearance: great clarity, pale gold color, frothy white head,

Aroma: Exploding citrus aroma of grapefruit, orange, and a tinge of kiwi, white wine like dry/citrus aroma (Nelson Sauvin hop), soft almost undetectable pilsner malt biscuitiness

Taste: Definite bitter finish and citrusy twinge of the grapefruit/orange/kiwi aroma, no real malt flavor comes through

Mouthfeel: light, crisp, moderately low carbonation, light body
Overall Impression: A nice beer to kick back and drink in the sun on a hot day, as it does quench thirst fairly well, but definitely lacking in body and overall “umph.” I was disappointed by the lack of taste after such a fantastic nose. Advertised as having “initial sweetness” and “medium body”, but I find it to be definitively lacking in both of those areas. It drinks very watery.

dwren89, Jun 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

jmkoscie, Jun 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

pkenkman, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of heygeebee
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

From Slowbeer. BB 02/14.

A- clear straw/gold, two finger head.

S - tropical, passionfruit, mango, and some earthy hops.

T - integrated English meets New World pale ale with tropical notes, citrus, lychee, earthy hop bite.

M - a little over-carbonated

O- Great beer, well made, and despite not being an extreme beer, you could drink all night. As usual with Thornbrisdge, unsure whther to drink at English temp, or New World temp. Went for middle ground, seemed to work.

heygeebee, May 31, 2013
Photo of Zorac
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Zorac, May 24, 2013
Photo of Bitterbill
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%

A- pours a cloudy colour of apricot, very small head of foam, doesn't leave much lacing.

S- aromas of tropical fruit, some sweetness and citrus.

T- tarts with tropical fruitiness and sweet malt and bread, gets a bitter mid palate and in the finish with some lemon and grapefruit. Pretty balanced and flavourful..yeah, I'm a fan of Nelson Suavin hops, and Thornbridge did a good job with them here.

M- medium bodied, rather light with the carbonation, good mouthfeel.

O- a tasty 5.2% abv brew that's easy drinking and quite enjoyable.

Bitterbill, May 18, 2013
Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Discovered on tap at The Little Pub in Ridgefield CT.

Pours yellow, dark and cloudy. Fluffy white foam that is clingy. Fruity passion fruit nose. Malty too. Quite peppy. Smooth full tasty fruit tones, firm hop. Smooth throughout. Leaves a pleasant follow through taste. Surprisingly really good,.

KTCamm, May 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

A - Hazy golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head.

S - Caramel and biscuit malts, citrus, pine, and floral hops, English yeast.

T - Sweet caramel and biscuit malts, grapefruit, citrus, pine, and floral hops, slightly resiny bitterness, English yeast, lemon zest.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, lightly bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balanced hoppy English Pale Ale.

ngeunit1, May 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

GrantBrennan, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of tbeckett
3.88/5  rDev -3%

From old notes.

A - Poured with a light golden colour and a two finger fluffy white head. Bright. Very carbonation, good thick lace rings and a half finger of retention.

S - Light fruits, very tropical, mango, crackers.

T - Fruit juices, tropical fruit, some nice sugary fruit sweetness. Mango, grass, juicy sweet fruits up front then a deeper flavour in the back.

M - Decent bite in the finish, good carbonation but maybe a bit much, light to medium body.

O/D - Nice and fruity. Shows off Nelson well. Light and easy to drink, yet flavourful and complex.

tbeckett, Apr 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

fdig23, Apr 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

RedneckBeerz, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

His_Royal_Hoppiness, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a slightly hazy lemon yellow body with a big bubbly dish soap head of white.

S- The clean papery green hops have a nice green lemon aroma to follow

T- The green papery English hops are followed by a gentle green herbal hop flavor that lingers as a nice mellow pungency with no real bitterness.

M- The medium mouthfeel is smooth with no alcohol heat

O- The fresh easy drinking beer has great hop flavor but the malt and yeast profile are pretty well hidden. It still very drinkable and would be lovely as a British pint instead of a 10oz. tulip.

rhoadsrage, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of iD9
3.88/5  rDev -3%

Served from the bottle into a 8 oz. cognac snifter.

Appearance: Bright straw-yellow color with a foamy head. Little retention, immediately boils down to a minimal lace. Notable carbonation in the glass. Brew is clear through-and-through. A slight golden tint through the body of the beer.

Smell: Slight earthy nose, and a touch of piney aroma. Ends with a mild fresh-hop finish. Aromatics are inoffensive and fit the style.

Taste: Dry throughout, with a hint of malt towards the back end. Finishes with a touch of hop bitterness but, again, very mild.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp. As the carbonation dies down some the body fills out a touch but is still notably effervescent.

Overall: Infinitely quaffable. Light, crisp characteristic with a mild aromatic profile and refreshing array of flavors make Thornbridge's Kipling and excellent summer beer. A definite improvement on many summer standards. I approve.

iD9, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of JohnQVD
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured on Feb 19 from a growler filled on Feb 16.

Straw colored with a light layer of foam. Mildly effervescent. Nose is grapefruity and floral with pine resin. Mouthfeel is light and bright. Taste is bitter and tart at first, with a hint of mineral and a slightly bitter, nutty aftertaste.

Overall, this beer is well balanced, tasty and refreshing.

JohnQVD, Feb 20, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +11.3%

A: medium yellow-gold color, with a touch of haze....topped with a bright, off-white, soft-foamy head....very nice, narrow bands of lace, some smears

S: fresh, green cereal grass, earthy and woody....lemon or grapefruit peel....sweet, sugary crystal malt and some light toffee....some faint toasted pale malt

T: earthy, "plant-like" hop flavor, potent, vibrant...nice hop bitterness, balanced well with the honey-ish, slightly doughy malt flavors....moderate, smooth citrus-zesty zing...touch of sweetness....refreshingly bitter and fruity (white grape, lemon) through a dry enough finish

M: light, yet malty, in a Czech Pils fashion....perhaps some delicate graininess

O: fantastic English pale....more like a prototypical American pale, but with very (or entirely) English nuances....could see this being misinterpreted and/or underrated (though I see here many agree with me on its merits)

Bouleboubier, Feb 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

Pelicanrocks, Feb 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

MikeyMikee, Jan 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of hopsolutely
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%

The best American-style pale ale I have ever enjoyed from a British brewery. As a self-professed "hop head", this beer is an exceptionally pleasant surprise.

Pours a hazy and insipid yellow with a limited white head that did not offer great expectations. However a delightful hop-forward aroma of tropical fruits with a mild citrus undertone hints at the upcoming flavour profile. Enough malted barley for a decent body and mouthfeel, but an impressively wide hop palate: mango, pineapple and other tropical fruits with pine resin and citrus elements. Nice balance of sweet and dry across the body with a lingering bitterness to the finish.

Rating it based on enjoyment rather than style, as this is unlike any other "British" ale I have had... would definitely recommend!

hopsolutely, Dec 22, 2012
Kipling from Thornbridge Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.