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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 Bfarr
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
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...

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Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz twist off bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager Pint Glass. Bottle now has a pic of a mermaid holding a mug imposed over top of a large "S"

A- Pours a hazy gold/copper, with ~1 finger of white head, which fades rapidly into a smattering of bubbles.

S- Very malt forward, with a bready/caramel sweetness. Floral hops are feint and nearly indistinguishable.

T- A surprising amount of floral/herbal hop bitterness, with a solid caramel malt backbone.

M- Slightly low carbonation. Medium feel.

D- Decent. Unspectacular, pleasant, easy drinker.

Future outlook: Brought this one back from Seattle...decent enough, though far from worthy of seeking out for an IPA...

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Photo of vacax
2.61/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

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Photo of unHipHopHead
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy dark copper color with almost no head. The cloudy colored brew is appealing but the lack of head was dissapointing.

S: Smells like faint earthy hops and some caramelly malt.

T: Tastes pretty good, an initial quick hit of hops is balanced by some toasted malt flavor. Finishes with a nice lingering mildly bitter hop.

M: Very light carbonation and some good hop resin. Pretty refreshing mouthfeel overall.

D: I'd say this is quite drinkable, especially with the light carbonation and lower ABV of 5.25%

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Photo of womencantsail
2.24/5  rDev -37.6%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Many thanks to Terry (beertunes) for the opportunity to try this one.

The beer pours a fairly light copper color with lots of pillowing head retention and OK lacing. The nose is attactive, with some light pine, sweet malt and citrus. This smells as if it will not be an intensely flavored IPA. To no great suprise, the flavor profile is not hugely impressive. This IPA is definitely on the malty side, but I'm just not all that happy with how balanced it is (in other words, it really isn't). This beer is pretty malty and sweet, but then I get some hoppy bitterness, but with a a sweet, malty middle, and then with a fairly dry and bitter finish. I just can't say I'm hugely impressed. Mouthfeel is fairly light, with decent carbonation and flavor. Drinkability is OK, but the beer is so uninteresting and boring, it's pretty hard to say much about this beer's drinkability.

This beer is far from wretched, but these days, there are so many good beers out there, unless this was really, really cheap, I can't imagine why I would want it. Mehhh....

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Photo of Derek
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper-bronze with a thin white head, thin ring of retention but it leaves a little lace.

S: A decent hop nose, citrus, rind & a little pine. Hints of toffee.

T: Tangerine, nectarine, grass & a touch of pine. Biscuity malt with a hint of toffee. Modest bitterness. A little weak for an IPA, but a great Pale Ale.

M: Light to moderate body has a slight acidity.

D: A good drinker.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.55/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

At 5.3% ABV, Gale Force is a bit low for an IPA and doesn't live up to its name in terms of alcoholic potency. But it's a full-on, all-out, great IPA. It is classic pale amber with sea foam head and aggressive lace and exhibits massive floral qualities. Each sip is like a walk through a garden. The aroma also suggests pineapple and simple syrup.

Exceptional for its forced relaxation. Trespasses on perfection.

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

In the simplest terms, if you keep packing this in your suitcase when you travel to the northwest, then I guess the beer is pretty good. I know there are other well known, cult classics from the North, but this is one of my favorites.
This pours a deep amber, big frothy head. Malty notes on the smell. The most important, the taste, I like the malty taste with the citrusy hops. Very easy to drink, simple but tasty.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy; tawny-orange hue with a two finger ivory head.

Smell: nice mix of earthy, piney and citrusy hops over a fair amount of malt.

Taste: a little caramel malt with plenty of hops over it; here the hops are more floral and fruity than in the nose. This is actually quite a well-balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body; nice, though the carbonation level is a bit low for my taste.

Drinkability: quite drinkable in my opinion. A solid Northwest IPA.

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Photo of beertunes
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of jraycee
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light orange witha a medium head that fades to a small layer.
Smell is bright sweet and fruity. Not apple juice but apple blossoms maybe. Nice yet scary due to anticipation.
Nice tiny sweet raisin flavor right up front then the hops attack the sides of you tongue bitter and dry with just a small stroke of toasty malt down the middle to hold oi together.
Mouuthfeel is what I expect from the style. Resinous dry and a little sticky.
Very drinkable for me. I could session this easy, but I'd probably have to move or go on vacation...too bad.

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Photo of atsprings
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a thin off-white head. Aroma is slight citrus hops and sweet malts.The taste is a nice amount of citrus hops overpowering the malts in both the initial and the lingering finish, while not quite coming off as total hop-bomb. the beer is light and crisp with decent carbonation. For a 5.25% IPA, this one is actually quite enjoyable.

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Photo of tbeck
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of erikm25
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This one pours a very crisp amber mixed with burgundy and copper coloring. Not as golden as other IPA's but I liked this scarlet tint that swam throughout. Even the full, finger and a half, off white head had a hint of this hue. The retention was great and the lacing abundant.

S: Great greeny pine scent that is bursting. There is a suggestion of citrus thrown into the mix but overall the crisp pine smell is leading the way.

T: Despite the sharp pine smell the initial taste is not as hoppy as expected but is subtle and long lasting. The citrus becomes a little more noticeable over this period of time and there was an undertone of a malty / nutty base. Even thought the onset of that hoppy taste is slow it has a nice clean quality making it very easy to drink.

M: Very silky with a relatively light body and light carbonation. Bitter and dry with a refreshing aspect especially since the alcohol is on the lower end of the scale.

D: Extremely drinkable with well balanced flavors and all the essential hop characteristics. Couples nicely while blasting some High on Fire. Washington state should be proud and I plan on picking up more of this down the road.

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

Appearance is a cloudy orange brown with a thin but steady head. Smell is hoppy, citrus with a slight pine to it. Taste of hop, grapefruit and slightly bready. Mouthfeel has a good medium body with good carbonation. A good drinker with some character to it, a good one to try again.

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Photo of jkdrummer
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish golden hue. Nice creamy head that lasts. Aroma is very fruity and wonderful. Taste is well balanced - sweet with right amount bitterness - the hoppiness shines through. Wonderful session ale and worth picking up when in the mood for an above average IPA. Recommended.

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

4.5 huge head with a nice orange color. Great retention.

4.0 Smell is of mainly citrusy hops that are slightly perfumy and floral.

4.0 caramel malt backbone provides a slight balance for a nice citrusy hop bitterness. It seems that hops were added at various parts of the brewing process as I taste a hint of dry hopping.

4.0 crisp and clean and refreshing with a nice lingering dry bitterness.

4.0 This beer is a straightforward and nice ipa. I could easily make a session of it and will look for it again.

Thanks to whoever gave it to me for the sample.

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Photo of peck95
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of pwoods
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Beerzebub
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orangish amber, modicum of beige head, finely textured classic looking lace.

Straightforward smell of caramel malt, citrusy and earthy hops, and rose.

Tastes mainly hoppy - grapefruit, blended with flowers, earth, and spice - along with some restrained slightly toasty caramel malt. Fairly dry, but there's just enough malt, helped along by the impression of juicy grapefruit, to balance the bitterness adequately. Finish dries out, and the grapefruit fades, with lingering spicy earthy floral bitterness.

Carbonation can fizz up a bit. Quite drinkable, though.

Not very complex, but the hop profile has some character nonetheless. Good enjoyable IPA on the dry spicy floral side.

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Photo of troutmask96
2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
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...

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Photo of BDTyre
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice American IPA from just across the border. Nice amber-red copper with a quick dissipating head. A thin layer is left and it leaves a film on the glass here and there.

Rich malt smell with a very zesty dose of hops. Ctrius and caramel notes.

Bread and caramel flavours and a grassy zestiness due to the hops. Well balanced, but you can really pick up the hops.

Good, tongue numbing carbonation and a surprisingly low ABV (for an AIPA) make this very drinkable.

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