Gale Force India Style Pale Ale - Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

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Gale Force India Style Pale AleGale Force India Style Pale Ale

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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 6
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Scuttlebutt Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.25% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: jreitman on 08-03-2002

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Ratings: 191 | Reviews: 92
Reviews by djbreezy:
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

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a imperial pint glass a dull burnt orange witha nice defined white crown atop,it settles slowly into a creamy mass leaving one solid ring of lace behind.Very light aromas for a west coast ipa I gotta say,faint pine and some wet grain,grainy flavors with a sharp pine note,its dry and kinda bland really.Not a top notch ipa in my mind, it lacks any complexity.

Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Solid and clear orange in color with a wonderful, shaving cream head that showed awesome retention.

Smell – Man, this is piney. Not the hint or note of pine that you find in most IPAs. This is big and deep. I’m sure there are other smells in there, but damned if I can find them.

Taste – The bitter pine takes this thing over for sure. I can pick up a tinge of the malt base, but otherwise this is the pine hop monster.

Mouthfeel – Incredibly smooth and seriously bitter and dry. This medium-bodied ale will have you begging for more.

Drinkability – You have to love hops and love “the royal dryness” to appreciate this one.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Hazy amber color with a fairly small head. A tiny bit of lace.
Sweet malt aroma. Hops, mostly earthy/peppery, but some citrus also.
Piney, herbal hops taste. Some grapefruit. Faint malt background.
Rather bland.
Lots of better American IPAs.

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 Beerandraiderfan
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Olympia at the foodie grocery store. Standard dark yellow appearance, frothy white head. Aroma is grapefruit like.

Taste, lots of bitterness, not much hop mouthfeel, light bodied malt, slight caramel aspect to it. Big carbonation. Not much complexity. Decent price, $7 a 6er, helps drinkability.

Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade with barleywinefiend - thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of grainy pale malts with moderate amounts of grassy and floral hops. Hints of herbal hops waft in and out as well.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately dry pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by leafy hop flavors. Midway through the sip the flavors turn more toward grassy and earthy hops that carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was an easy-drinking beer but everything about it was understated - which while sometimes is a good thing was not the case here. Not worth seeking out but not worth avoiding either.

Photo of pwoods
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sirchugsalot for this extra.

22oz. brown bomber poured into an IPA flute. No dating.

A: Pours a glowing sunset orange with a bit of hazing. Maybe 1 finger of head forms but hangs on and produces some decent lacing.

S: Big citrus juices and some hop resin. A bit of a piny bite as well. Some sweet malts in the back that have a doughy smell.

T/M: Pleasant citrus notes that get hidden a bit by a very strong piny pepper spice and resin mixture. Very tasty but would like to see a little more balance in the hops. Malts kick in with a bit of sweetness to add a little balance. Hop bitterness is nice and lasts throughout. Bit of a dry finish.

D: Tasty and at just over 5%, it'd be nicely sessionable. Glad I got to try it.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scuttlebutt's Gale Force IPA pours a clear deep-amber/copper body beneath a massive head of off-white froth. The head retention is excellent, and it leaves dense sheets of lace as it goes. Superb.

The nose is mainly English in nature, displaying a good bit of sweetish caramel malt and leafy, grassy, herbal and floral hops along with a light bit of lemony and piney character to boot. That's a good thing, because at just 5.25% abv with so much caramel malt to it, it wouldn't have fit into the current American IPA style guidelines. On the other hand, what do Americans really care about style? We just do what we want. It's an arrogant (careless?) attitude, but it frees us up to create.

In the mouth it's decidedly medium bodied with a dextrinous edge (again, a little full for the "American" style). A fine-bubbled moderate carbonation leaves it smooth and supple across the palate, and even a bit creamy in the finish.

The flavor follows the nose "to a T", and it's bready and lightly toasty with a subtle touch of butter and just enough sweetness to balance its roughly 56 I.B.U's. Some yeasty fruitiness makes its way through (apple, pear, apricot), and the hops are nestled in nicely between thin layers of malt. It's initially about the malt, but the leafy, grassy, spicy, and slightly piney hops rise steadily just before the middle, and then crescendo in the lingering, drying finish. It's a nice balance, that teetering between sweet malt and bitter hops, and it may just propel you to keep reaching for your glass again and again until it's gone empty. You have to complete the circle... sweet... bitter... sweet... bitter...

Overall, I find it to be a pretty decent American-brewed English-style IPA. It's certainly full of flavor, but it's not overdone, and it's not too bitter or hoppy. Well enjoyed at cellar temperature!!!

Photo of cjgator3
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours a nice amber color with an off-white colored head. That head has pretty good retention and lacing qualities.

S- The aroma is pretty disappointing for an IPA. It is actually pretty disappointing for a beer, period. Not much to note here at all, you really have to try your hardest to catch the faint aromas of malt and hops. I'm wondering if this is an old bottle or what. No bottle dating to be found.

T- The taste is MUCH better and more flavorful than the aroma. Toasted malts up front with some lingering hops in the finish. Not bad.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation than expected.

D- Overall, not a horrible IPA, but not a great one either. The lack of a solid aroma really ruins this one.

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 frozyn
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L -- Hazy amber color, very thick, exploding head out of a 22oz bottle into a tulip. Head sticks around for a long time, very little to no lacing.

S -- Not very good. Smells a lot like cheap beer does. I wasn't expecting much for the price, but this lowered my expectations a lot.

T -- Much better than expected. Decent hops bitterness along with a tropical fruit flavor - bananas come to mind first. The alcohol shows through, along with some malts, at the end.

F -- Way too carbonated. Trying to let the beer settle, warm, and open up just leads to bubbles.

O -- Not a bad beer, not great -- just good.

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 CHILLINDYLAN
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper with tangerine edges. Thick dense creamy offwhite head. some decent lacing.

Pine resin and grapefruit. Toasty sweet caramel and bread. Some bready ale yeast. I'd like a bit more hop punch here.

Pine, resin, spicy and peppery. Toasty caramel, bready. Piney resinous bitterness. Somewhat more balances than most IPAs around here.

Somewhat rich and sticky. Slightly drying. medium body. low carbonation. not flat, but a bit low.

Tasty balanced IPA with a nice piney bitterness. A great local value IPA when youre not looking for a hop overdose.

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 waldowin
4.51/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear light gold, straw-colored at the edges. A massive white head forms immediately, several times the size of the poured beer, and stays for ages. Lacing is thick, sticky, and clumpy, this isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

Smells of grapefruit, and a hint of pine. Enticing.

Tastes of golden raisins, grapefruit, and oak. Fairly smooth, with just a hint of hops bite at the end.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth as silk. Just enough carbonation to keep it from feeling syrupy, this is wonderful stuff.

And wow!
Just realized it was only 5.25%! That's a *lot* of flavor something this low in ABV, and it's definitely sessionable. I'd have a pitcher this at a restaurant with dinner without hesitation!

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 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 vacax
2.61/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours bright cold, good clarity, medium sized head with decent lacing. Smalls sharply floral with dish soap and toast. The taste is overly fruity, dish soapy and astringent, light bitterness and some cookielike malts on the finish. On the lighter side of the body despite restrained carbonation. I would finish this pint if I happened to order it in their brewpub or something, but not something I would recommend or purchase in bottles.

Photo of zacharius
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden color with an everlasting white head that leaves lace all over the glass. Aroma is that of piney hops with citrus notes. Favor is more piney hops with a carmealy malty background. Balanced towards the bitter end. Medium in body and refreshingly drinkable. It's a pretty low alcohol for an IPA.

Photo of Globetrotter
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a tall brown 625ml bomber with a plain red and white label. No content or freshness information. Obtained at Bottleworks in Seattle and opened on 6/20/04 - Happy Father's Day to me!

Pours a slightly cloudy copper under a one finger light beige sticky head that settles slowly and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. There's a good full floral hoppy nose. The mouth is medium of carbonation and body. The opening features some sweet malt, with just a touch of caramel, before the crisp hoppiness takes over. The impression is very floral, but there is something else in there, too: a touch of espresso and a hint of pine. The aftertaste is dry, with a good bitter tingle and long-lasting floral impressions. A good effort.

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

4.5 huge head with a nice orange color. Great retention.

4.0 Smell is of mainly citrusy hops that are slightly perfumy and floral.

4.0 caramel malt backbone provides a slight balance for a nice citrusy hop bitterness. It seems that hops were added at various parts of the brewing process as I taste a hint of dry hopping.

4.0 crisp and clean and refreshing with a nice lingering dry bitterness.

4.0 This beer is a straightforward and nice ipa. I could easily make a session of it and will look for it again.

Thanks to whoever gave it to me for the sample.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This bomber caught my eye doing a walkabout at TW. For the price, it jump in my cart by itself, let's give it a whirl. On the uncapping, I get malts and grapefruit. On the pour I need to give it a real beer pour to coax out a head but it is there, barely. On the taste this brew has a great citrus hop flavor but bitterness is really zero. The citrus hops are followed by a shot of malt then a slight bitterness kicks in. This appears hopped early and late but not much in the middle. The mouthfeel is a little thin but the flavor is still refreshing. I don't know about Gale Force IPA, I would say more like Ocean Breezes IPA and even leave off the IPA and make it just Ale. This is disappointing as an IPA but it's not a total loss, I will buy this again because it is a very refreshing beer, especially for hot weather, a good value and at 5.25% AC, a good sessioner. For this I give high drinkability. A premium lawnmower beer of sorts.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a fairly deep, hazy amber-burnt orange color. The head has a similar orange-amber coloration, and is a solid two fingers initially, with a somewhat foamy and rocky texture. Retention is solid but not spectacular, and some patchy splotches of lace stick to the glass.

S: Some moderate caramel malt aromas. Fairly assertive citric (orange and grapefruit) hop notes, along with an unusual floral/herbal hoppiness that I can't quite put a finger on.

T: A bit of light caramel sweetness up front, with some toasted notes also present. Hop bitterness is fairly strong up front. Some citric/tropical flavors (grapefruit and pineapple) are joined by a firm bite of floral and lightly earthy hop character.

M: Alcohol is on the low end of the IPA spectrum, but this is still medium bodied. Carbonation is a shade lighter than medium. A lasting, borderline bracing dryness into the finish.

D: A solid, somewhat differently-flavored IPA from Scuttlebutt. Floral and earthy hop notes seem to grow stronger as the beer warms, though there is a consistent underlying citrus tone. If you're looking for an IPA with above average bitterness, this is a worthy choice.

Photo of beerceller99
4.01/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle sampled on 8-1-04.
Pours a massive head which lingered the entire glass and left a beautiful lace. Has a honey orange hue. A decent smell of grapefruit and flowers .
The taste is fairly mild, with a hoppy grapefruit flavor predominating. An ever so subtle caramel sweetness kicks in at the back of my mouth. Finishes with a pleasantly mild hop after taste.
This is a smooth , subtle, easy drinking IPA.
Nice

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Gale Force India Style Pale Ale from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.