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Southampton Burton IPA - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Burton IPASouthampton Burton IPA

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46 Reviews
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Reviews: 46
Hads: 207
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 25.42%
Wants: 2
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 46 | Hads: 207
Photo of kylehay2004
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Small head of white foam on top of a hazy copper body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Fruity yeast with notes of plum and red apple as well as lightly herbal hops.

T - Caramel and red apple up front with notes of licorice, plum and cinnamon in the middle. Finishes with spicy hops and licorice yeast character.

M - Medium thick body, moderate carbonation and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Nicely done, a little lacking in the hop character but otherwise quite appropriately British.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
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

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 5/23/2013. Pours slightly cloudy orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange zest, grapefruit, pear, floral, caramel, toast, bread, grass, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of hop and malt notes; with fairly weak strength. Taste of orange zest, grapefruit, pear, apple, caramel, toast, brown bread, floral, pine, grass, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, light fruit, caramel, brown bread, toast, pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of hop and malt flavors with light yeast fruitiness; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good English IPA style. Nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a light golden orange amber. One finger fine white head with good retention and lacing. Looks good. Light aroma of pineapple and light caramel malt, not much hops present. Flavor is mild bready and light toasted malt, light citrus hops, low key, but well integrated. Mild citrus and hop aftertaste. The citrus has a mild astringent effect that slightly marrs the flavor. A bit of pleasant earthy spiciness developed in the finish as the beer warmed. Medium bodied. A mild English style ale that may well be true to style; unfortunately I've never had the chance to try a try early 20th century IPA, but this seems like it would be in character.

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Photo of tone77
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
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...

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.99/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Shiner Bock pint glass. No freshness date. I'm honored to be only the second person to review this.

A- Pours a light copper color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a light sheet of surface foam. Below-average lacing.

S- Nice hop nose with a good amount of malt sweetness to back it up. Somewhat citrusy and floral but stays on the earthy side just as well to maintain good balance.

T- The taste is more malt heavy, actually reminding me of something closer to a strong pale ale rather than an IPA. Slight metallic taste along with a lingering bitterness that's not all that pleasant. As the palate starts to even out the flavors, the drinkability goes up but the vibrancy remains neutral. Just not what one would expect from the delightful nose.

M- A bit dry and sharp. Medium carbonation and a body that leans more toward the full side of things.

O- Pretty good, but didn't meet my expectations which were quite high.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of FLima
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
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

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear copper color with a white head that thinned out while leaving a good amount of lacing behind.

S - flowers, citrus rind, earth and bread.

T - everything in the aroma with a nice dose of bittnerness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

O - good example of the style.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southampton Burton IPA has a medium, off-white head and a mostly clear, bubbly, reddish-gold appearance, with a good amount of thick lacing left on the glass. There is a rich, roasted, malty aroma and a moderately hoppy, malty flavor, with hints of caramel and toffee. The mouthfeel is medium and Southampton Burton IPA finishes wet, refreshing, and very tasty. Overall, this is excellent.


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Photo of sulldaddy
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a mug. the beer pours a clear copper hue with a 2 cm dense creamy eggshell white head.
Aroma is a bit of caramel and some grassy and spicy hops. Not a huge nose but appealing.
First sip reveals an average body with medium carbonation and a soft smooth texture.
Flavor is caramel and grainy malt up front then some spicy hops and a bit of a dry chalky note on the finish.
No hints of alcohol and certainly not an american IPA. This is a well balanced beer. I find it enjoyable and extremely easy to drink. Well made just dont expect to get hop smacked and you wont be disappointed.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with an amber color, crystal clear with desent carbonation. The head is smallish and white leaving some lacing. Aroma is mostly malt based with hints of hops and minerals. Taste is really good. Balance malts and hops that have a bitter and sweet aspect, sweet and sour. A very good EIPA

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An attempt to recreate the traditional Burton IPA, which is believed to be the first IPA brewed back in the early 1800s. They added minerals to the water in an attempt to replicated the water used at Burton-on-Trent when this style was first brewed. Since I'm reading Mitch Steele's IPA book which covers the evolution of the IPA, I was very interested to try this beer.

Pours a deep copper color which is more true to the modern IPA. I was expecting the color to be much lighter as the Burton IPAs were described to be.

Nose is malty with some faint hops

Taste is sweet, malty, with toffee & caramel notes. Some nice earthy hop bitterness on the way down. Definitely has the English IPA characteristics, very balanced, not hop forward like your American IPA.

Not sure how this compares to the original Burton IPA, but the taste is close to what I expected after reading about them. Seek this one out if you want to see what the classic Burton IPA was like. However, don't expect it to be anything like the American IPA we have all come to love.

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Southampton Burton IPA from Southampton Publick House
82 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.