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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
80
good

173 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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 sanford_and_son
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

sanford_and_son, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of Abarhan
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Abarhan, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Eriktheipaman, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of cantfindme
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

cantfindme, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of IronDjinn
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

IronDjinn, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of Offa
3.6/5  rDev +2%

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.

Offa, May 16, 2012
Photo of djbreezy
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%

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

djbreezy, Apr 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

BCross, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

muchloveforhops3, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of C20Percent
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

*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.

C20Percent, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of piclee
4/5  rDev +13.3%

piclee, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Hanzo, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of wl0307
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

wl0307, Feb 01, 2012
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2.68/5  rDev -24.1%

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.

mfavoino, Jan 29, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

captenaj, Jan 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

strongaf, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

SargeC, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of hopsolutely
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%

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!

hopsolutely, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of GrizzlyBrew
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

GrizzlyBrew, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of KomodoDragon
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

KomodoDragon, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

rhino54, Nov 27, 2011
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3/5  rDev -15%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

twelveinches, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of scootpolute
2.93/5  rDev -17%

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!!!

scootpolute, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

Halcyondays, Aug 10, 2011
Gale Force India Style Pale Ale from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.