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Southampton Burton IPA - Southampton Publick House

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44 Reviews
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Reviews: 44
Hads: 204
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 2
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Kendo on 04-27-2012

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Photo of Guuggysdad
2.78/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance/color good on pour (amber). Not much head. Smell is okay, but not really what I would consider typical of a good, craft IPA (ala Dogfish Head 60, Stone, BP Sculpin, or Lagunitas). Not really hoppy either. Would likely have a more mainstream appeal than to a hop-head or someone with a taste for a solid IPA. The closest comparison that I have would be Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale. (396 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
2.94/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into Hardywood Park tulip. no bottled on date.

A: hazy caramel hued body. head is slightly off-white and frothy. retention is good with very good lacing.

S: caramel aroma. fruity. kinda smells like apple juice. perhaps acetaldehyde? a little bit of herbal bitterness, but nothing substantial.

T: slight bitterness throughout. a earthy hop flavor goes along with it. sweet grain provides backbone, but no more than your typical american IPA.

M: moderate carb on a medium body.

D: i feel like this example may not have been the freshest, but it is a shame when there is no bottle conditioning to let the customer know! the acetaldehyde in the nose definitely threw me off as i felt some late kettle, or even dry hopping, additions would have really helped this brew out. not a great example of a not so great style to begin with. (850 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
2.99/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A-Pours a clear, dark copper color. Big, fluffy, doughy head. The color of the head is almost straw. Good lace.

S-Firstly, malt sets the tone. Caramel and sweet dough.Not sure about the freshness of this one. The hops are dull, herbal and a bit grass with light candied citrus.

T-Tastes old but maybe that's just because its an EIPA. Herbal and tea-like hops are mostly overshadowed by the rich malt. Sweet doughy malt. Then a surprising bitterness sets in. I get some offputting metal too.

M-Medium bodied with growing bitterness. Took me a while to finish the first bottle.

O/D-Did not like this one very much. Needs more hop! A bland cup of suds. (653 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some hops are present. Taste is bitter, some piney hops, a bit of malts, not a lot of flavor other than bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall I found this to be a mediocre beer. (286 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.19/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

No discernible dating on this bottle. If it is this beer is any where near the years listed on the label, it's vinegar...

Pours a hazed amber with a thumb of cream colored head. Never cleared up, good head retention & above average lacing

S: Pears, figs, no hint of hops other than some woodyness

T: Follows the nose, woody hops & mineral dryness, also leafy hops up front. More figgy notes , leafy & woody hops, figs & pears as this warms. Finishes dry & fruity & more like an ESB, some mineral dryness

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, decent balance

I like the concept, had a few burton IPAs over in England; this just seems like a very muted version, drinkable, but not worth buying (696 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Stopped by the publick house for a bite and to pick up some IRS bottles. Ordered a flight with bratwurst. Brew arrivedin a few ounce sample pour. Transparent orange yellow.. Smells of watered down hops. Tastes like an english ipa...which tastes to me like an old ipa. Bitterness is on the finish only. Easy drinking but when i want an ipa i like more of a hop assault. (368 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None, "16121234B20818" stamped on bottle's bottom
Glass: Tulip

Southampton's Burton IPA is the brewery's attempt at the historical style, but what methods and ingredients is unknown. The focus is primarily on hop bitterness and caramel malt sweetness and bread-like characters, resulting in a fine-tasting beer that doesn't differentiate itself much from any other bitter beer with a slight emphasis on the lighter end of caramel malt sweetness. The lack of hop aroma in an IPA is a bit interesting from a technique perspective, making me wonder if the brewery used only bittering hops and mostly added them early in the boil.

Pours a dense, substantial 1.5cm tall head of small-sized bubbles, fairly clean white in color, with slightly above average retention at lasting one-and-a-half minutes long. Lacing is good, with thin patterns clinging to the insides of the glass. Beer is a bright golden orange color, light bringing out brighter orange-yellow hues to the transparent body. Carbonation is visible, fairly active, but modest in number.

Aroma is somewhat muted, primarily of caramel malt, with inclusions of light fruit esters (orange, plum) and equally light tea.

Overall flavor is of caramel and lightly bread-like malts with mild mineral character, modest herbal and spicy hops with medium-strong intensity bitterness, and a light, somewhat sweet fruitiness from ale yeast ester production. Front of palate detects caramel malt sweetness, bread crust, somewhat herbal and fruit-like flavors from hops and yeast esters. Mid-palate notes pleasant caramelized malt sugar sweetness, modest breadiness, light mineral character, medium-intensity hop bitterness and spiciness, and modest fruity esters and herbal characters. Back of palate features caramel malt sweetness, hop bitterness and spiciness, with light herbal characters. Aftertaste is of mild caramel malt sweetness, fairly strong bitterness, and slight herbal characters from the hops.

Beer has a medium to medium-light body with carbonation of medium to medium-low intensity, leading to a feeling of sluggish, faint foaminess and slight wateriness. Closes quite dry, with low stickiness clinging to the palate after each sip. (2,233 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -10%

A decent beer, my first from this brewhouse. Color is a cloudy deep orange. Lots of malt sweetness at first and then it releases the hops, not too much, though. More hops come out as you progress throught the brew. Carbonation is good and maintains throughout the drinking process. Would like to have had more hop bitterness but I assume this is a pretty accurate English style beer (382 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Hazy brownish amber with a short white head that dissipates quickly. Low carbonation.

Nose
Biscuit, toffee, butterscotch and grapefruit.

Taste
Grapefruit juice with splashes of pineapple and mango. Biscuity malts with a restrained toffee sweetness. Finishes lightly fruity with an earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth, clean and refreshing.

Overall
Very balanced and easy drinking. A competent English IPA. (475 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz : tulip

Pours burnt-orange with a thick, foamy off white head. Good retention, leaves nice lacing.

Toasty, toffee and caramel malts, with floral, lightly fruity hops in both the nose and taste.

Medium+ body, with mild, foamy carbonation.

An enjoyable English IPA. The taste was just a bit one dimensional in my opinion, but I would be willing to have another of these sometime. (386 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is definitely an English ipa. I don't know if it's the beer that's lacking or the continued bombardment of my taste buds that is hampering my judgement. The beer has a thick malt base, though I'd probably say a bit too much really. Hop influence is calm. For an English ipa it works. On this one, it sorta works. (317 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: Philly Beer Scene Tasting panel with Matt Falco at Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA

I was privileged enough to be on the tasting panel for PBS Magazine, along with Bill Covaleski of Victory and Greg Ramirez of Exton Beverage. This was one of 21 beers we sampled during the session.

Poured a clear copper color, with a small cap of white head. Aroma of bready malts, dull distant hops. Hmm...my fears of a malt-heavy IPA were confirmed on the taste. Toasty grains, nutshells, mild leafy and earthy hops. Fairly and smooth for the style, but not very flavorful or balanced. Solid overall but nothing tremendous. Aka, a British-style ale. (656 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is light in appearance - golden-amber in color with a small whitish head. Some random splotches of lace.

S: There's really no nose here - a touch of bready malt is it, but I've gotta stick half my face in the glass to even discern that.

T: First impression is more about the feel than the taste - there's a buttery slickness to it, perhaps diacetyl? Some sweet, toffee-like malt with an ever-so-faint bitterness - more floral hops with a touch of lemon - than anything - in the aftertaste. Tea-like in some ways.

M: As noted above, it's slick. Carbonation appears light (i.e., I see no bubbles until the glass is agitated), but I get a bit of creamy carbonation towards the back of the sip.

O: This is only OK by me. I've generally been pretty happy with Southampton's beers, but this one leaves me a little flat. I had a Middle Ages English IPA right before this one, and that one may have had an impact on how I viewed this one, as it was more American in style, and I liked it better. (1,042 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mix a six pick up. Twelve ounce bottle, into a pint glass.

Pours hazy copper/bronze. Light layer white foam. Mild pine nose, very light. Taste has a mild bitter, a little gritty and annoying. Very firm bitter finish. Even keeled, but not remarkable. (250 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not bad IPA. Not expecting a hop bomb from an English IPA, didn't gt one!!! Pours a hazy coppery/honey gold color with a small antique white head. Some lacing.

Mild bitterness in the nose.

Taste is balanced between dry bitter hops and biscuity malts. The hops are more prominent in the finish. Overall good flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry. A bit on the thin side until the hops kick in. There is a slight metallic finish that takes from the overall effect.

On the whole a nice bitter beer, good with food. I prefer the AIPA style, but this is a pretty good take on an English IPA (586 characters)

Photo of hreb
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Short 12oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer is pale orange amber with nearly no head, and significantly hazy. Aroma is rich and malty, closer to barleywine than IPA? Aroma certainly does not deliver on any of the notes I expect, though it is pleasant.

Flavor is moderate to high intensity, with the hops coming out in a pretty well balanced bitterness, and bringing a lot of crispness to what otherwise could have been a pretty syrupy brew. Medium fizzy.

Drinkable, but English IPA? More like English Ale done with (heavy) American IPA proportions. Very B-. (560 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly hazy bronze-gold color with just a thin cap of off-white head that had no retention or lacing.

The aroma was very nice, good, earthy malts and nicely gentle hops that provided a nice contrast. The flavors were also very good, those same earthy malts were fuller and the hops a bit crisper. The beer was very nicely balanced, and had a dry finish.

The body was smooth, even and well balanced. Drinkability was excellent, I could easily drink these all afternoon. Overall, a very nice take on the style. This is a must try if you see it. (579 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden color with a thin head with low retention, but leaving laces.
Aroma of papaya, herbal and a bit of English hops, white bread, orange citrusy and pears.
Crisp flavor of citrus, figs, herbal and some earthy hops, and pears. Hints of oranges. Warming up becomes more English, and sorry to say that, but actually one burps English beer. Dry and bitter aftertaste, with a distant acidity.
An American interpretation of an English IPA, but besides of the US citrusy and a soft tartness, it ended up with milder flavors than the original reference. (562 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that gradually died down, but never completely faded away and left a thin head covering the surface along with some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of minerals in the nose (similar to what you would expect from a glass of Perrier). Notes of caramel malts become evident as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has light flavors of minerals along with some hints of caramel malts (the latter becomes stronger as the beer warms up). It is accompanied by a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is easy to drink but seems like it could use a little more malts and a little less minerals. (911 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy medium brass hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured sharp grassy hops and a touch if diactyl.

The taste was earthy and herbal with a moderate dosage of caramel malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall an enjoyable malt forward IPA. (335 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very thin head but nice lacing on a orange golden body. Very woody, mostly cedar and also very nutty with toasted bread and malts fr aroma. Flavors of English malt and yeast, very toasty buscuity and nutty but lightly hopped with an abrupt finish with the flavor being cut off immediately. Medium body and moderate carbonation, a little oily. The English character is excellent. Needs more hops even for the style it is under hopped. (433 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale copper color with a small off-white head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma has an apricot, light tropical fruit hop aroma that is associated with British ales. Some minerals detected. There is an overall toffee like sweetness.

The taste is of malty brown bread and scorched caramel. Slightly buttery. There is some mineral notes but not as apparent as the traditional burton on trent EPA/EIPA. The hops have an apricot flavor and are grassy and peppery.

The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. More sweet on the palate than bitter. Bit surprised that this is 6.5% ABV, can't tell.

Not my favorite style by a long shot but Southampton did a good job replicating an EPA/EIPA (708 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the few beers I have left from my Halftime beverage order. Poured into a pint glass.

A - A very dirty amber brown with tons of carbonation bubbles feeding the 1/4 inch of head that pulls back to a sticky lace ring.
S - May be old but I am not getting much hop wise from the nose. Just some teabag like malts and a bit of gram cracker sweetness.
T - Not bad it's not overly hoppy and doesn't seem to have much herbal tea edge either. Just mild somewhat boring bitterness mixed with sweet and crystal malts.
M - medium bodied has a bit of a muddled base. Could be better.

Overall whats the difference between this and their regular IPA? Maybe it's just the medium/thicker body that impairs drink ability but to me they taste exactly the same... (752 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from CJ's Syracuse NY for 2.75$

Appearance - Clearcopper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, grassy notes, light grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and hops. There is also some very faint grapefruit, a grassiness, and something along the lines of apricots. It ends with a mildly hopped aftertaste with lots of sweet caramel flavour.

Overall – A nice EIPA. I'm a much bigger fan of the American IPA, but this is still a tasty beer. Not something I'd rush out to buy more of, but still nice to have tried. (757 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear light golden with a creamy-like thin top that did last through the duration of me drinking it.Aromas of biscuit malt,toast,and faint mineral with not much hop presence,still not bad for the style it is.Toasted grain and caramel toffee flavors with more of that light mineral element in the finish,again just a light leafy hops presence.You know for what it is it's not bad,don't expect a big hopped up IPA,it's not supposed to be. (472 characters)

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Southampton Burton IPA from Southampton Publick House
82 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.