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Gale Force India Style Pale Ale - Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 202
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 19.5%
Wants: 6
Gots: 28 | 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: 202
Photo of mactrail
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of Offa
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of djbreezy
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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

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Photo of C20Percent
2.72/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

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Photo of wl0307
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of mfavoino
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

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Photo of captenaj
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

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Photo of GrizzlyBrew
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of scootpolute
3/5  rDev -16.4%
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!!!

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber trimmed in goldenrod with a loose off-white head that flees but leaves trailers. Orange jelly bean nose. Wood and husk malts with pine needle and red grapefruit hops. Toffee and Grand Marnier as it warms. Aspirin finish and tingly tight linger. Medium, prickly, sticky.

An "average" Pacific NW IPA which means a whole lot more IBUs than in most other places. Bonus to drinkability for the low ABV.

Thanks to Ina for bringing this back from Seattle.

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Photo of MrOH
2.12/5  rDev -40.9%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
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!!!

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: more on the golden apprearnce with
a little red glow, not much.

smell: decent hop aroma, piney

taste: balanced ipa, nice pine flavors

mouthfeel: light-medium bodied

drinkability: a good IPA with a decent backbone, amazing price for what it is

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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