1. American Craft Beer Fest is this weekend in Boston, Mass. Join us for 640+ beers from 140+ brewers! Tickets for Friday, May 29 are still available. Cheers!

Gale Force India Style Pale Ale - Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Gale Force India Style Pale AleGale Force India Style Pale Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
81
good

188 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 188
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 6
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Scuttlebutt Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.25% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jreitman on 08-03-2002

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 188 | Reviews: 91
Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a beige/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very light, some hints of hops. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, mild bitterness, a touch of pine. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a decent beer, but nothing special.

Photo of Scottmanimus
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I personally really enjoy this one, it's great to have at social occasions for people. It looks and feels classy for a really affordable price. It definitely is a bit stronger and a little more bitter then I normally care for but it still has a satisfying quality to it.

Photo of jamesmk48
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the price, this is a good IPA.

Photo of Spikester
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hops: Columbus, Goldings, and Cascades
96 IBU's
5.6 ABV
Appearance is not so great. Aggressive pour yields about a half finger of soapy head. Fair lacing though. Smell is mild dank grain husk. Taste is where it picks up a bit. Bitter hop forward taste with a touch of bready malts. Here is a bitter hop lover's dream. A 5.25% abv with 96IBUs. Not sure I believe those numbers as the website lists the abv as 5.6%. The mouthfeel is light to medium and the carbonation is just barely enough. Finish is long bitter finsih but somehow refreshing as well. A search for bottle date was found on the bottom of the bottle. A Julian date. 275 14. So it was about 4 months old.
That helps explain why the head was so small but the lacing was alright. I will try to find a fresher version next time. Watch out for the yeast layer on the bottom of the bottle if you don't want a cloudy pour.

Photo of JohnCassillo
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Amberish, mostly opaque appearance. Small head.

S: Caramel, malt, and a bit of a sea breeze finish, if that makes sense.

T: Less hops, more malt-forward approach. Floral notes are there, but it's subdued compared to malt and barley.

M: Warm with mild carbonation. Medium body that fits the 5.25% ABV.

O: Easy, drinkable IPA that meets the expectations of its moderate ABV. Nothing you'd shout from the rooftops about, but it's enjoyable any time of day or night.

Photo of cottonkoozie
3.17/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Hazy slightly yellow honey color. Nice head retention. Good lacing

S - citrus and pine hops smell, but equally as strong clean somewhat grassy wheat smell.

T - Hops are bitter without much other flavor unfortunately. Grassy flavor as well. I'm not sure about the freshness of this one and can't find a date on the bottle.

M - Average

O - Not impressed with this one, I love IPAs and love a really bitter beer, but I also want the flavors of the hops to come through and they just don't in this one. Something about this just doesn't taste fresh either though, so that may be what is turning me off on this one. I'm going to give this a 3 and may update this review if I have a chance to try it again. If it taste the same next time I may give it a lower rating, but if my freshness theory holds true it could go up.

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650 ml bottle. Pours and orangish amber colour. Subtle notes of mint, pine and and lemon on the nose. Taste is much deeper, earthy and resonant. Very bitter for a small beer. Huge bitter bite on the finish. More of an Old World IPA with its earthy, malty notes.

Photo of JayQue
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

An average, pleasant IPA. Poured from a 12 oz bottle, obtained at Total Wine Chesapeake, into a pint glass. Slightly hazy coppery color with a big (hard pour) off white head. Average retention and some lacing. Smell is pretty mild, mostly biscuity malts.

Tastes pretty good. This is a balanced IPA not a hop bomb. THe biscuity/bready malts are front and center. There is some undefined bitterness in the finish. No pine or citrus focus, just some bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery up front, better as you drink more. Still crisp and refreshing though.

Nothing special, but goes well with food, not a bad beer.

Photo of coldriver
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bomber pours a medium amber with decent but rapidly dissapating head. Aroma is grainy malt, not much in the way of citrus or pine. Taste is sharp malt with a metallic off-flavor, hops are bitter but not particularly flavorful. This one has a nasty aftertaste that unfortunately won't let go of my tongue. Overall very dissapointing. I used to work very close to Scuttlebutt before moving to Texas and always regretted not checking them out (although I was into craftbeer much at the time). Based on this beer I wasn't missing anything...

Photo of DoubleJ
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

IPA from the Pacific Northwest, those are phrases you want to hear together. This Washignton based brewery bottles their version in a 22 ounce bottle. Hoppy daze, and on to the beer:

The orangish copper color with yellow hues isn't much of a surprise per style, as is the good head retention and lace. The nose, which is rather malty with a pinch of hops, is a surprise. The doughy sweetness and dry caramel provide the wave for the aroma. There are gentle brushes of hop cones found, but at this point it's smelling more like an APA.

A malt forward IPA. Big and doughy sweetness at the base, caramel, a snap of hops and grapefruit, and a touch of ash make this a tolerable beer. For what it's worth, the hop intensity is a little stronger in the taste than in the nose. It's lighter medium bodied with a slight creaminess, with gentle carbonation. Easy to drink as well.

A decent little beer, but the debate will range whether it's an IPA or APA. My bottle wasn't dated, so who knows who young or old my bottle was.

Photo of mactrail
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orangey amber with quite a nice head, pour after pour. Pleasant sudsy mouthfeel. Modest flowery aroma. Malty and mellow before the hops hit.

Starts with a big hop mouthful, plenty of resiny and piney taste. A little woody, but I wouldn't describe it as astringent. In fact, it seems less sharp than a lot of IPAs. Bitter, but the aftertaste does fade after a while. Not exactly exciting, but certainly quite drinkable in the lighter style of IPA.

I had this years ago at the brewpub and still remember the astounding bitterness of the stuff. So apparently they've toned it down a little. From the 22 oz bottle.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up in Ponderay, Idaho, from a 22 oz. brown bottle. Pours out a clear intense copper hue, with a tall tight foamy light beige head that slowly settles to a thick cap.

Sweet sugary caramel malt and sweet dates at first on the aroma, backed by floral hops and orange peel.

The first few sips are almost cloyingly sweet, bready and caramel malt, but soon balance out with leafy, piney, citrus pith hops, which crank things up a few notches on the finish. Spicy pine and grapefruit pith assertively linger on in the aftertaste, adding a bit of heat (well beyond what the 5.25% would be capable of its own accord).

Mouthfeel is medium-light, texture is somewhat thin and slippery, with moderate carbonation.

Typical West Coast IPA that hits all the right spots, and offers a bit more balance than many.

Photo of Offa
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper, this has a small pale tan head slowly shrinking to thin ring and some lace.

Aroma is nice toasty bread, caramelized crust and barley, juicy leafiness, faint citrus.

Taste is vague bitter leaves and peppery spice, very light juiciness and light citrusy sweetness. It is dominated by astringent medicinal bitterness. It’s fairly good, but not great, being a little too astringently bitter and lacking complexity.

Photo of djbreezy
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - nice transparent, caramel malt body, medium retention/lacing

smell - floral/malty nose

taste - big dose of hops balanced out with a big dose of tasty malts, has a Dogfish Head 90 type of profile going on here, the hops are plentiful, good resin and floral notes

mouthfeel - medium/full body for 5%, slightly dry, slightly oily

overall - nice, balanced, full bodied ipa

Photo of C20Percent
2.72/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

*Review taken from notes*

A: I don't know what happened here, but this pour came out all head. Don't know if there was an issue with the bottling or what. Not a good start.

S: Some sweet citrus. Floral notes. Very, very subtle aroma. Putting my nose all the way in this and very little aroma.

T: Getting some citrus flavors, but feeling the malts and barley even more. An IPA dominated by malts works sometimes; not here.

M: Light to medium body.

O: There are some positives here. It's an easy drinking brew. But, just not the flavor I'm looking for in an IPA. A below average beer. Haven't found a beer from this brewery that I really enjoy, yet.

Photo of wl0307
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Jasons supermarket in Taipei City, Taiwan; coming in a 355ml short brown glass bottle, bottled on 09/05/2011, BB 18 months past the bottling date, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a dark orange amber body with light haziness, coming with a tremendously thick and fast building beige frothy head that lasts only too well, while the carbonation is equally lively, full of tiny bubbles.
S: oily rich fruitiness of lychee fruits, flowery hops and citrus fruits come on top of toasted tea-ish maltiness and caramel sweetness, altogether rather sweet, like the American IPA should be, yet the oily hop resins and fruit esters as in pear drops also lend extra body to the aroma. Pleasant and lively.
T: juicy and oily rich palate of sour-sweet amber malts, burned caramel, and pear drops come forth, ensued by lychee fruits’ sweetness and lightly toasted malts’ aroma; going more bitter in the aftertaste, bringing with it rough-textured hop tannins and toasted semi-fermented tea aroma. Sour-bitter, mildly chewy and still more aromatic in the finish, true to style but slightly lacking complexity if you ask me.
M&D: due to the lively and fine carbonation, the mouthfeel comes fresh and even light vis-à-vis the flavour, although this initially lively carbonation does lose its intensity rather fast during the drink. This medium-bodied IPA shows a rather pleasant flavour profile, albeit slightly thin on the side of hop influence. That said, to me this is still a delicious and easy-drinking IPA that benefits from sound sourness throughout.

Photo of mfavoino
2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy, dark golden-orange head with one finger of foam and lots of carbonation.

Smell: Not much going on here aside from a mild piney hop scent.

Taste: Bready malts with a mild piney hop flavor are quickly overshadowed by an astringency that leaves the mouth dry. Bland.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with above average carbonation and an unappealing dryness to finish.

Overall: Wondering if this beer had been sitting on the shelf for a while because it was underwhelming. Astringency was really a turn off for me.

Photo of captenaj
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours light amber with a huge, overly exuberant head.
S: Hops and citrus. Nicely aromatic.
T: Quite hoppy with a tinge of bitterness (and not in a good way).
M:Full but not creamy.
O: Very pleasant. Enjoyable. I would have it again but not seek it out.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An excellent American pale ale - lots of flavour, without the high ABV.

Beautiful hazy amber with a dense off-white head. This particular bottle is over-carbonated, foamed like crazy, but I won't judge the brewery too harshly on one bottle. And the head is making interesting shapes as it subsides?!

Aroma of west-coast hops and caramelized malts. Flavour is well balanced, a pleasant blend of sweetness and bitterness. The finish isn't as lingering or bitter as some, but as a result this will probably appeal to a wider audience...

Now I need an excuse to visit Washington!

Photo of GrizzlyBrew
3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark Straw to copper, super dense head!!! Beautiful! It's reminding me of Oral right now - so f%#$ing rocky! But.... beer is sooo hazy.

S - average... low malt, moderate-mod high hops with citrus varities

T - nice. balanced. although low in the nose, there's good malt in the taste. There's a firm bitterness that carries through the taste. Not over the top with aroma hops - maybe just a tad too low (could just be my bottle - came from total wine).

M - lovin' it. half way through glass and that beautiful rocky head is still perched up on top 1/4" thick. I get a good sample of it each time I sip and it blends wonderfully with a well-(ie: not over-) carbonated beer.

O - slightly better than the average. If there was a little more complexity (both malt and hops) going on and a higher aroma hop level and the beer was clearer, this would be a very excellent IPA. Most IPA's should give their left cone to have that head and firm-bitterness carry-through. As it stands, a pretty good IPA.

Photo of KomodoDragon
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A determined pour yielded a mutliple inch head with great lacing

S - Floral hop aromas

T - It's starts a bit acidic & harsh, but eases into some orange peel and light fruit flavors. Finish is nice but this lacks any real complexity of a top notch IPA.

M - Hazy look and a hazy feel. Bit too carbonated for my liking.

O - refreshing,simple, but it'll be hard to pass up the another good IPA to seek this one out again.

Photo of scootpolute
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 FL OZ. bottle into pint, 'cone' glass.

A - Pours semi-cloudy golden, with a nice white head...- some good lacing.

S - Hops and lots of sweet citrus - some orange & grapefruit tones...

T - On top, Smooth & Bright! A great hop kick aollowed by some sweet citrus, turning quickly into a sour-soapy flavor?!----Oooh this takes a VERY bad turn for the worse at the end!!!

M - Good carbonation... There's a good fullness. Present, but not 'too' much fruity/sweet flavors...The final sour-soapy taste ruins this one!

O - For a beer that appears (look & smell) so good...Continues to taste good, but where does this ending soapy flavor come from...YUK!!!

Photo of Halcyondays
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a clear orange with a medium white head, solid retention and good lace.

S: Heavy white grapefruit with a hint of malt. Somewhat astringent.

T: Grapefruit dominates with a bit of pine and hop oil. Light malt flavour but more than the typical West Coast IPA.

M: Resiny and sticky. Medium-bodied, nice firm carbonation.

O: A nice lower alcohol IPA. The hop flavours aren't exactly my style, but it's still enjoyable and well made.

Photo of Rifugium
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their brewery

Poured a hazy golden-amber with a thin white head that lingered as a small layer of bubbles. Citrus and pine in the aroma with pale malt undertones. Grainy malts in the taste, quickly overcome by piney hops, zest, and resin, with a little sugar and spice in the middle. Finishes dry and bitter, with a bit of an acrid aftertaste. Light-medium mouthfeel and fairly drinkable.

Photo of doughanson78
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kinda mixed hopes for this beer. After 2 bombs for this brewery I'm hoping they can make a comeback. I've heard their only good beer was the IPA.

A: Nice Golden color. Little bit hazy. One finger fluffy off-white head. Lots of carbonation. Real good lacing.

S: Real good floral hoppy smell. Nice mild citrus smell. Kinda grassy. Very faint skunky smell.

T: Nice spicy, peppery taste. Not to bitter. Just about right. Kinda flowery. Little citrus.

M: Light to Medium bodied. Not fizzy considering the carbonation when poured. Dry finish? (Don't know what people mean by this, but first time I think I've felt it.)

O: So Scuttlebutt came back. Definitely a decent beer from them. Base hit for the hometown.

to view more.
Gale Force India Style Pale Ale from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.