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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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93 Reviews
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Reviews: 93
Hads: 206
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 19.22%
Wants: 6
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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: 93 | Hads: 206
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of imagese
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Rguardian989
1.88/5  rDev -47.6%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a finely beaded head that settles to a ring and leaves some decent lacing. Smells somewhat grainy followed by an earthy bitterness. The taste is similar, and although pleasant, a little strange. The graininess is a bit distracting, but the strong earthy, pithy, bitterness is nicely done and balances the grain to an extent. I'd like to see the mash cleaned up and the beer would improve. Nice to see in the Atlanta market.

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Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of industrialswill
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I can get this for $6.60 / sixer, it becomes too good a deal to pass up.
It's got a dark, murky amber color. Lots of suds cling to the glassware.
Smell hints of citrus and malt.
Taste is a burst of citrus hops with some malt balance. The hoppyness leaves the bite that IPA drinkers enjoy. Very drinkable and well worth the price I got it for today.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This ale pours a clear golden-copper with a thin white head. The aroma is moderately hoppy--pine and a bit of citrus with a bit of sweet/biscuity malt. The flavor is moderately hoppy--mainly pine with some caramel, biscuity malts. There is a high hop bitterness that dries the swallow and lingers well after the swallow. The body and carbonation are medium. Overall a straightforward IPA with a very solid hop bitterness, in fact you've got enjoy a very bitter beer to enjoy this IPA.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 1/24/2010. Bottle thanks to riversideAK. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of caramel malt and light citrus hops. Flavor of pale malts, caramel malts, toasted malts, light fruits and a touch of citrus. On the lighter side of hoppy but quite drinkable and enjoyable. Nicely done.

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Photo of oberon
3.16/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A mild and pleasant IPA.

Pours a golden amber with a fluffy, meringue-like head. The aroma is sharp and fairly hoppy, though it is difficult to get a fix on what kind of hops. The flavor is mostly hoppy - sharp and citrusy, with a lot of pine, particularly on the bitterness side. The malt is mild and largely in the background, a little bready, but really in the background. The hops predominate, but this is no hop bomb - I would call it a hop-forward session beer with a West Coast sensibility.

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Photo of beer2day
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pure gold pour with very little head. Thin wisps of lace all around the glass.

Nose is grassy hops and earthy malt. Tart citrus chimes in too.

Fairly smooth and creamy hit. Wee bit of hop burn in the finish. Lots of malt body. Dry pine.

Not a bad beer, but not a great ipa.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Gale Force India Style Pale Ale from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.