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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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BA SCORE
81
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177 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jreitman on 08-03-2002)
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Photo of SargeC
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.93/5  rDev +11%
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
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of rhino54
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of DoctorB2B
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of scootpolute
2.93/5  rDev -17.2%
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
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of MrOH
2.1/5  rDev -40.7%
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.

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 CampusCrew
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
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

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.58/5  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.

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 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 cjgator3
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Ever so slightly hazed, amber-hued body with a sudsy, spumy, off-white head.

Smell: Scents of wet citrus fruits, pine, and an herbaceous grassiness overneath a modest toasty, caramelized maltiness.

Taste: Malty tastes of caramel sauce and toasted grainy loaf bread. Herbal, earthy, spicy hops with a flavor of dehydrated lemon peels and pine. Moderate bitterness. Little scoop of brown sugar. Takes on a more peppery tone on the back half. Dry, bitter, with a hint of toasted pine needles on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability: Sufficient and satisfactory. The restrained amount of alcohol and relatively light body aids in its overall drinkability.

Photo of imagese
3.4/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Rguardian989
1.9/5  rDev -46.3%
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.

Gale Force India Style Pale Ale from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.