Gale Force India Style Pale Ale - Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
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Reviews by zacharius:
4.08/5 rDev +15.6%
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.
01-26-2005 22:50:49 | More by zacharius
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3.15/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
12-20-2010 21:42:49 | More by oberon
4.15/5 rDev +17.6%
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. Im 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.
02-11-2004 04:09:44 | More by RoyalT
3.45/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
Lots of better American IPAs.
02-13-2011 20:45:27 | More by lordofthewiens
3.45/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
02-19-2011 00:00:15 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.68/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
01-06-2011 22:27:14 | More by glid02
4.13/5 rDev +17%
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.
01-31-2008 04:07:20 | More by pwoods
4.18/5 rDev +18.4%
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!!!
03-22-2011 22:50:07 | More by NeroFiddled
3.53/5 rDev 0%
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.
02-17-2011 04:31:35 | More by cjgator3
2.93/5 rDev -17%
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!!!
09-29-2011 21:41:38 | More by scootpolute
3.75/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
01-24-2011 19:41:01 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
4.53/5 rDev +28.3%
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.
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!
05-03-2006 08:34:11 | More by waldowin
Gale Force India Style Pale Ale from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.