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Green Devil IPA - Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap

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Green Devil IPAGreen Devil IPA

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very good

32 Reviews
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Reviews: 32
Hads: 82
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 16.49%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jazzyjeff13 on 07-07-2012

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Reviews: 32 | Hads: 82
Photo of BeerWatcher
2.82/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Easily one of the ugliest pours I have ever seen. It is over-filtered to the point where it looks like completely filtered gold water. I could watch TV through this beer. No head to speak of. Aromas are a mixed bag, but there is some definite dirty sweat socks going on. The next layer down is cat pee. I think there are some fruity hops lurking at the bottom of the well. As it warms, there is a cloying honey musk aroma.
Crisp and clean palate. Flavours of tropical fruits, laying under a tongue-mashing mustiness. I wanted to like this one. I don’t.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hand-pulled half-pint in The Fighting Cocks, Oakengates on 3rd Oct 2013.

Bright, pale golden brew with a white covering of thin foam.

Not as hop bitter as I was expecting, nor as citrusy either.

This was a pleasant surprise: I'm not a big Oakham fan to be honest, however I really enjoyed this. The hops rule, but they don't kill the malt content or take over completely like a lot of Oakham brews tend to do in my eyes.

This wasn't sweet, but there were some fruity notes leading that way at times and I nearly had another half, to confirm my thoughts, but the wife had a swig of my beer and she agreed with me about the semi-sweetness that became evident as the beer warmed a little in the glass.

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Photo of TerryW
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pretty ordinary looking. Not much head, no lace, clear gold. Nose is fruity and resiny, but nothing special. Big resiny hops to taste, some sweetness, offset by some distinct bitterness. Fruit, citrus rind to taste. Big mouth presence, but not really particularly memorable. Just clumsy to me.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Little head on pouring, but the color is bright gold/orange in the afternoon sun.

S: For an American IPA there is very little hops on the nose in my opinion, malts are far more present.

T: Again, I am not getting a lot of the hops that are promised in this beer, but the malts are coming through, more of what I would expect from a British IPA or session bitter.

M: Smooth and clean, medium carbonation, but a very bitter and harsh finish.

O: An average beer. Not what I would call and American IPA based on what I tasted. That being said, it may have been a little old and that could have affected what I was sampling.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another decent IPA, although this one seems to be lacking body, which a surprising turn from a UK beer. It's nose is a bit disturbing as well. It seems as though Canada and the US has overtaken the UK in mastering IPAs.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for around $6.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that is gone pretty fast. Medium gold and filtered clear

S- Goodly amount of hops but nothing special

T- Bland and drab. Not very good at all. Weak hop flavor and single ended. Malt base is adequate

M- Bland and blah. Syrupy and low carbonation in all respects. I know IPA's aren't the most carbonated but they have it in a certain way, not this beer

O- Not so good. Will not buy again.

Food Pairing

This ok beer paired well with..... Fish pakora or Indian fish. Nice heat from the fish contrasts this beer well


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Photo of biegaman
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Green Devil is actually yellow - and a very light shade of it at that, especially by British IPA standards. For a brewery situated in the east of England, not terribly far from the North Sea, it's a little surprising to see such a sunny, California-coast looking ale. Let's hope it has the hops to match too!

First sniff says it does. Not quite in quantity but definitely in quality; this bouquet smells like a mountain of citrus rinds surrounded by fresh flowers. It's a landscape dotted with lemons, grapefruits, passionfruit, lychees, and just about any other delicious fruit you care to name.

But rock-hard water minerals and an austere maltiness snap us suddenly out of the tropics and place us squarely back in the UK. Conventional pale malt-derived flavours of bread and grain set in, sulfate and calcium notes begin to dominate, and gone is the notion of a flamboyant and exotic IPA.

There's still some hoppiness, mind you. A grassy, pungent earthiness courses throughout the beer, lending evanescent tastes of fruit peels and rose petals. Such soft notes are appreciated; hard water minerals compound bitterness to make feel stronger than it really is.

This bottle of Green Devil, ironically enough, expires on Halloween (still another 7 months away). But I've also tried an old example and it aged surprisingly well. I've ranted about British brewers shipping out the wrong types of beers, and while IPAs normally make that list, this is one hoppy export you can confidently spend your money on (though at $6.70/500ml I wouldn't do it often).

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows floral hops, orange and marmalade, soft light malt and earthy hops.
Very floral flavours, big distinct lavender notes. Crazily prominent lavender! Also some clean malt followed by an assertive bitterness. A bit astringent.
Body feels thick.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a pale, hazy, straw gold coloring with no head. Aromas of cedar, cut grass, bitter hops, vegetal notes, spearmint, and a subtle caramel backbone. Pretty green on the nose. The flavors are extremely tart citrus forward, with lemon and grapefruit, followed by cedar spice, moss, cut grass, pepper spice, and herbal highlights. Smooth, light, and dry in mouth, with a solid herbal and tropical fruit sweet aftertaste. These are some dynamic hop profiles. Dry, tart, bitter finish. Solid.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a dark orangey color ale with a nice large pure white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of green grassy hops with some citrusy bitter notes. Taste is dominated by light grassy notes with some citrusy hops, some residual sugar and a bitter finale. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable but maybe a tad more bitter then I would have like.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw colour with a small frothy white head. Aroma is grass, citrus, hops. Taste is malty, hops and citrus notes. Nice beer worth a try if you can get it.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

660ml bottle from Slowbeer, into a Great Divide glass.

Pale gold colour, lovely white foam on top. Really nice lacing, honeycomb at times.

Smell starts with passionfruit, then a little pineapple and finally pine becomes the most dominant aroma. No skimping on hops here!

Taste is all about passionfruit first and then pine. Lacks a little bit of malt base to make it a bit more balanced & robust.

Lighter body. Strong bitterness most of the way through. Just think that a bigger malt backbone might just make this smooth out a touch.

Nice beer, plenty hoppy. Loved all the stuff I've had from Oakham and this doesn't harm their reputation in my mind.

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Photo of charlatan
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Half pint in 'spoons Counting House in Glasgow. Very light straw colour with a white head and orange and grapefruit citrus nose. It tastes like tangerine yet swetter and still somehow leafy, well balanced, with a slightly oily feel. Bravo. Took these notes while revising for an exam. Alas in the exam I attempted to recall what I had been revising at the time and I could picture the page and this beer, but not the details of what had been written on the page.

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Photo of peensteen
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes

Pale golden colour, ring of white head, no lace. Smell is hoppy, citrus fruit and a bit perfumey, earthy hops with some malty-cracker like notes. Taste is hoppy and quite bitter, dry fruity-earthy hops, some sweet bready malts mid palate with a lingering hop finish. Medium-light carbonation, medium body. Overall its a nice English IPA with some American influence, good but a bit unremarkable.

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Photo of vinicole
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear yellow colour. Large bubbles but little to no head.
Rich fruit and hop aroma.
Light bitterness but plenty of citrus fruit flavour.
Moderate feel.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 660ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2014. Acquired recently from Trembling Madness in York. Nice to see a large bomber-type bottle for the price of a normal bottle! Winner of several awards, including SIBA's 2012 Supreme Champion. Bottle conditioned.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A golden-yellow hue with fine sediment but no carbonation to be seen. Produces a good head of white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before collapsing. Aroma of intense, juicy fruit notes - mango, pineapple, grapefruit, tropical fruits, citrus....you name it! A lingering sweetness. Hints of sweet malt and dry yeast esters in the background. Impressive.

Tastes of fruity aromatic hops with a juicy character and a spicy bitter finish. Quite dry. Notes of tropical fruits and citrus - mango and grapefruit in particular. A faint buttery hint along with subtle yeast esters. A piquant bitterness upon swallowing - intense and lingering. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and full-bodied. Pretty astringent; dries the palate. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops - the flavour stays with you.

Good stuff - tons of flavour and character. The emphasis is on fruity aroma along with an intense bitterness; the malt is completely overshadowed. The lack of apparent carbonation was odd, particularly given the bottle conditioning, but it still felt as though the CO2 was hidden away somewhere. However, good as it tastes, the fruity hop aroma and bitterness never quite achieve a perfect union; it's as if they're competing for your attention. Still - a solid effort with only minor flaws. Grab one if you see it.

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Photo of dgilks
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear golden amber colour with a smooth, white head. Good head retention.

Bright orangey aromas with other rounded citrus notes. Almost herbal but very good.

Moderately sweet malt flavour with a sharp, moderate bitterness. Good citrus hop flavour. Clean but everything an AIPA should be.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Fine.

A solid AIPA. Very crisp, flavourful and refreshing.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle B and M stores, Bristol. Pours clear gold with small white head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - strong citrus fruits, hoppy overtones. Taste - Fruity, bitter with a dry after taste. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Overall solid IPA. Great aroma and proper use of hops. You smell tropical fruits. The taste starts with pineapple and citric, moderately sweet with a pleasant bitter aftertaste. There are some sweet malts, but are quickly overwhelmed by all the hops.

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Photo of thepeter
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden pour with a white frothy head lasting quite a while. Aromas of pine, citrus, fresh hops and tropical fruits. Taste of fresh hops, very green, lime, pine and a long lasting very fresh bitter finish. Palate is medium and refreshing, overall this is a great IPA and fantastic value.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle served fairly cool into a pint glass. Cost was a steep $6.95 CDN from the local LCBO. Best before December 2015.

Appearance - Clear pale golden colored beer with minimal visible carbonation. Topped by a finger of quickly receding fluffy white head. The head leaves a nice swath of lacing around the glass and a small wisp of foam on top. Decent looking IPA.

Smell - Big but not overstated citrus aroma. Pineapple, mandarin orange and passionfruit that leans to the sweeter side of tropical fruits. This has a great nose.

Taste - Starts sweet with the juicy pineapple and orange but quickly turns rather bitter. While retaining its tropical bitterness there is a bit of a leafy and earthy undercurrent to the beer. Slightly sour and bitter passionfruit to finish everything up, with an added lime dimension.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, light body and very drinkable even as far as IPA's go. Nice soft feel in the mouth that coalesces in a dry finish.

Overall - A damn fine IPA, that would be more appealing to pick up a lot more of, if it wasn't for the price and the fact that other tropical fruit IPA's are still available for much cheaper. Still a damn good find and worth a shot for all IPA lovers.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Dec 31 2015 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a bright, clear golden-yellow colour, generating one finger of sparse, soapy, white-coloured foam at the surface. Within 60 seconds, it has wilted away totally, leaving behind a thin, bubbly collar and very little else. Not much to look at, that's for sure - but thankfully, the nose is a bit more interesting. Aromas of citrusy grapefruit rind and lemon pith step up in a big way, with notes of apricot, lychee and mango also coming through. It's not just fruity, but also quite floral and 'green' on the nose, with mild hints of grainy pale malts located just beneath the roiling sea of hoppy smells.

Approachable flavour profile. Given the aroma, I expected the malt presence on this one to be a bit of an afterthought - but the first sip left me pleasantly surprised, as a modest backbone of grainy, bready pale malts, along with some restrained caramel sweetness, immediately greets the palate. Flavours of apricot, lychee berry, pineapple and passionfruit start to carry much of the weight by mid-sip, with hoppy flavours of citrusy grapefruit pith and grassy, floral bitterness left to dominate the finish. Leaves a lingering astringency behind on the palate, somewhere halfway between pithy and resiny; this feature is quite persistent, and dries out the mouth. Medium-light bodied, with restrained carbonation levels that weakly prickle the palate; moderately soft, and a bit more refreshing than your average IPA.

Final Grade: 4.08, a solid A-. Oakham's Green Devil IPA is a worthwhile selection that should leave most members of the hophead set feeling pretty satisfied with their purchase. I'm enjoying this pale ale and would be up for drinking it again, but at nearly 7 bucks a pint (and with plenty of other similar-quality options constantly calling my name at much lower prices), it has no real chance of becoming a go-to. Still, it's drinking very nicely at four-plus months of age, and I don't regret the pick-up.

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Photo of interzen
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Look: Pours a mid-golden yellow - crystal clear with a small white head that drops to a thin foam cap fairly quickly.

Smell: Plenty of grassy, resiny, piny hops as you'd expect from an American-inspired IPA. There's a good chunk of tropical fruit in the smell too, with passion fruit and pineapple by the truckload. There was also a slightly skunkiness to it too.

Taste: The barest hint of malt up front is blown away by a tidal wave of bitter hoppiness which is really rather delightful. Underneath it all is a floral earthiness. Good, solid IPA flavour profile.

Feel: Light and dry - good level of carbonation and accentuates the long, dry and hoppy finish.

Overall: Not bad at all - if you're expecting an American style hop-bomb then you'll likely be disappointed, but as an American inspired IPA it hits the spot very nicely indeed. Probably a bit on the heavy side to be sessionable but a worthwhile pint nonetheless.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oakham's only keg beer and their most expensive offering. It's also their least flavourfull.

A: A copper tinted blonde body. Nice big bubbles in the white head.
S: Big lychees and some blackberries? But that last one could also be analogous to wet cardboard.
T: Bitter, with big lychees and toast. Just enough residual sweetness provides a nice snappy finish. Light on the malt character.
O: It's okay. In the Brewery Tap though, why would I pay more for a keg IPA when I can get a superior cask ale for less?

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold with a white head and almost perfectly clear, this could be confused for a pilsner. Until you smell it. Huge passion fruit, tangerine, papaya, a touch of lime, and a faint whiff of rose and a little mint. Not much there in terms of malt character, so the overall impression is of an aromatic Alsatian white wine.

Crisp, dry, and bitter in spite of its "sweet" aroma, but still big on tropical flavors, especially mango and dried pineapple. The bitterness is big and grapefruity and mouthwatering and the carbonation has an almost creamy fineness to it, which helps take the edge off an otherwise aggressive beer. If I have one complaint it's that the malts don't express themselves at all, which seems like a waste. But otherwise it's a lovely beer, refreshing and full of unrestrained hop flavor.

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Green Devil IPA from Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
86 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.