Gale Force India Style Pale Ale - Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 193
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 6
Gots: 23 | 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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Reviews: 91 | Hads: 193
Photo of Rguardian989
1.88/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

I'm going to preface this review with "i pray to god this is an infected bottle"

22 oz bomber into sammy a glass.

appearance and smell - good ambery clear color with a good head...wait wait whats that smell. oh god. it smells like throw up? im not really sure what happened hear but this beer smells like one of my EMS calls from college.

Taste and Mouth - Ok nothing harmful can live in beer right? Lets hope so cuz i forced down some of this beer for the sake of a review. The pukey taste isnt as strong as it is in the smell but its still in play here. I let it warm up a bit more of the malt body comes through with some of the hops but i still cant get past that offensive smell. The mouthfeel is good but i cant stand to keep it in my mouth very long.

Drinkability - given everything i just said there is no way i'm going to be able to feel comfortable giving this a good score here. Maybe i'll re review at some point to see if this is jsut a bad bottle or what.

Notes - it looks good before u put ur nose up to it and the mouthfeel is right for an ipa but something god awful happened to the flavor in this bottle and i really have no idea what it could be. (1,171 characters)

Photo of MrOH
2.12/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Brilliant deep gold with a single finger white head.

Grapefruit and caramel in the nose. Not much else.

Caramel, a bit of biscuity malt, and then a grapefruit finish

Goes down easy enough.

Meh, I should have spent the extra dollar and gotten a Hop Stoopid. (260 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.24/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Jacob for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a nice amber/copper color with a mild off-white head and some spots of lacing.

S: The nose is buttery with some hints of bready malt. The problem is, I don't notice any hops and this is supposed to be an IPA.

T: Just as I feared from the nose, this beer tastes like buttered toast with a touch of bitterness. No citrus or floral or earthy of pine flavors to speak of.

M: The mouthfeel is fairly average. A light-medium bodied beer with a restrained amount of carbonation.

D: This was just not very good. I suppose the one thing it does have going for it is a bit of bitterness on the palate, but that's where the good news ends. (686 characters)

Photo of vacax
2.61/5  rDev -28.1%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of mfavoino
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of C20Percent
2.72/5  rDev -25.1%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of troutmask96
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Boo. I'm just not a fan if this brewery's beers, as I have also poorly reviewed their amber. Pours prettily enough, but taste is void of complexity and flush with bitterness, and not even in the good IPA-way. I do like the pine and citrus notes, but there's just not enough compel me to come back for more... (308 characters)

Photo of scootpolute
3/5  rDev -17.4%
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!!! (656 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (371 characters)

Photo of cottonkoozie
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (825 characters)

Photo of Bfarr
3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Muddy amber with a thin tan head with little retention or lacing. Sweet caramel aroma with some grapefruit. Deceptively hoppy balance with good caramel sweetness interplaying with hops and perhaps a touch of roasted malt. Moderate carbonation with a good body.

It's the missing link! This really seems like it wants to be a black IPA (or whatever the hell we're supposed to call it) but didn't quite go all the way. Interesting... (431 characters)

Photo of coldriver
3.23/5  rDev -11%
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... (543 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a very hazy, cloudy golden orange with just a slight trace of head around the edge, which left surprisingly good lacing.

The aroma, while certainly hoppy, was pretty much neutral. The flavors were similar, a nice blend of hops, and was very pleasant on the tongue, not a palate wrecker at all.

The body was typical for the style, neither thin nor full. The drinkabilty was very good, due the balanced mix of hops and the, relatively, low ABV (5.25%).

Overall, a solid beer that you drink a lot of and still enjoy the flavors, while not getting trashed. Worth trying if you see it. (614 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale, dull orange with a massive light khaki head, very dense and creamy, with super long last leaving a thick coating of foam on the sides of the glass.

Smell is sweet malt, bread pudding with wet, grassy hops that flirt with compost.

Taste is pretty sweet and malty, bitter finish is the biggest punch of hops, although there's some grassy hop flavor mid-palate. Really more of an American Pale Ale in terms of hop flavor, too bitter for an English IPA. Not a bad ale, but not what I look for in an IPA at all...and with a name like Gale Force, I was really expecting a bigger punch, PNW style.

Mouthfeel is on the crisper side, medium-light bodied.

Drinkability is ok, but it really didn't hit the spot I was going for. Really more a question of design then execution, just not to my taste. (801 characters)

Photo of frozyn
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (612 characters)

Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Amber with a good head and nice lacing, looks like it was dry hopped but not overly hazy. Very nice

S- Citrusy and pretty peppery, which is odd, never smelled pepper before pretty cool since I know it is in some hops. Finally I am learning the beer ways.

T- Tasted great at first but the warmer the pint got the more off flavors I discovered. Grass, Carmel, Citrus and pepper. A little cardboard too :(

M- Mouthfeel is good with a lot of carbonation and zero cloying.

D- Overall I wanted to like this beer but it seems to be a little to mellow and unmatched. Might be a better english IPA then American with the pepper. (625 characters)

Photo of peck95
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer shortly after finishing a & 7 hour drive from the Yakima valley to the Oregon coast. Going through Friday Portland rush hour traffic and severe rain/for in the coastal mountains. That being said I was really exited to sit and have a good beer but my wife randomly opened this one. (i wanted one of my Top Sails
I purchased on the way up) That being said here is the review.
a: a rusty orange/brown with a small head and some lacing
s: a faint sweet citruisy smell (reminicent of nectorines) very little hops.
t: a lot more hops present in the taste tan in the smell, but not enough to qualify as a solid ipa, also has a good sweet malty taste.
m: this beer has a nice feel to it the sweet malts give it a nice body
d: i wanted to rate this beer higher for both drinkability and tast because initially i was quit impressed with how good I thought this beer was, but when it sat a little (because i was drinking while unpacking etc.) or after a few drinks the beverage lost a lot of luster and became an average ipa but still a decent beer. (1,055 characters)

Photo of tbeck
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up from the Beer Shoppe in Yakima, WA.

Pours a clear, light copper in color with a decent white head. Aroma is hops, citruis and pine, but fainter than I expected. Taste was hops with a slight bitterness, but has an aftertaste of cereal grains. Good mouthfeel with a creamy texture. Drinkability is average, on the light side. Moderate flavor, nothing outstanding that makes me want to purchase this again. Nothing terrible wrong with it either. (458 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (1,020 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is not strong, but it does have a firm hoppy component and just a hint of grapefruit. It pours a pretty clear golden amber with a pale orangy-tan head that leaves some decent lacing. Flavor is typically hoppy and fairly bitter with a woody undertone and citrus hints, as well as just a whisper of honey sweetness. Texture is fairly fizzy, leaving a woody finish and a subtle tingle. (388 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a curvy pint glass

Pours an oaky amber color, not cloudy, not very carbonated, very little head. Looks a little flat. Smell is malty, can't really detect much in the way of hops. A little floral that might be hop related, very sweet smelling. Not IPA smelling, though.

Hops do actually come out in the taste, but it's mild and malty. Hops come out as grapefruit rind. Surprisingly sweet, though, and a little bit boring (although not bad -- just not exciting).

Mouthfeel is only average -- lack of carbonation flattens it out. Drinkable, could easily go through a six pack, but wouldn't ever go looking for it. Probably will only buy it again if it's on sale or the only craft beer at a happy hour or something. (738 characters)

Photo of imagese
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bomber purchased while in Vegas. No date on bottle

A- light hazy golden with a half finger head that faded fast and left very small lacing. There are a few flakes in the glass, so I assume this is an old bottle.

S- sweet bready malt with a faint citrus spice. Smells like a really good lager

T- big burst of malt sweetness with a nondescript bitterness at the end. A faint rind bitterness hangs out.

M- actually really nice. Good body with perfect carbonation

D- low abv and no hop kick, so yeah, it's drinkable, but not if you're really looking for that IPA kick

This beer has all the components to be a good beer, but just falls short. I'm assuming it's an old bottle. If it isn't, not really sure who this beer would appeal to. At the price and being made in the PNW, there's a ton of better options. (811 characters)

Photo of GrizzlyBrew
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (1,000 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (276 characters)

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Gale Force India Style Pale Ale from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.