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India Pale Ale - St. George Brewing Company, The

India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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155 Ratings

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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.4%

Brewed by:
St. George Brewing Company, The visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of obywan59


2.76/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

No born on date.
Purchased on vacation at Wine Cheese & More at Chincoteague Island, VA.

Golden orange in color with a mounding 3 finger white head that recedes leaving almost snowflake-like lacing.

Pleasantly citric with a sweet malt backbone.

Disappointing. A bit of sweet malt and a hint of citrus, but it's all overshadowed by a harsh, nose scrunching bitterness. I think this first bottle, at least, is past it's prime.

Light to moderate in body with moderate syrup and a slightly harsh, oily burn in the throat,.

When I uncapped the bottle and took my first whiff, I thought uh-oh, this may be a skunk, but the aroma in the glass was much improved. The taste however, confirmed my earlier suspicions. Not a taste I would want to pay for again, but I'll have to give it another chance, and hope for a fresher bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 03:11:20 | More by obywan59
Photo of rorjets


4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This English style IPA makes me feel like getting my armor on, and heading out to find a dragon to slay. Great taste, with the bitterness moderated by a vague citrusy sweetness. The color is coppery, with a nice head and lacy trails. Definitely btings out the Knight in me!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 22:06:51 | More by rorjets
Photo of Beer-A-Lot


3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy yellow-orange with 1 finger.

S - Lots of orange and lemony smells. Not overly citrusy, though.

T - Nice medium hop taste. Well balanced.

M - Light to medium bodied.

O - Pretty good, light-tasting beer, well balanced. Although not my favorite style, this is enjoyable. Easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 03:53:11 | More by Beer-A-Lot
Photo of CJfromPhilly


3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 12 oz bottle an impressive copper color with a foamy 2 finger head. There seems to be almost no carbonation going on inside the glass, I had to look really hard to find a small handful of tiny bubbles. Aroma is surprisingly faint with almost no hop presence...I get mostly the aroma of toasted malt. 1st sip brings a sharp note of spicy, piney hops, but it's not the overwhelming in-your-face hoppiness that comes with most American IPAs. Mouthfeel is right down the middle, neither watery of heavy. Overall, this is a decent, very drinkable IPA, a refreshing change from all the overdone hop bombs out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 22:45:05 | More by CJfromPhilly
Photo of bluejacket74


3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a copper/orange color with a couple inch off-white head that sticked around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is herbal and citrusy (orange, lemon peel) hops, and some bready malt. The brew tastes like herbal and citrusy (grapefruit, oranges) hops, and some bready and caramel malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy but also has a little too much carbonation for me. I still think it's a decent enough brew overall, it's certainly worth trying. I'd like to have this one again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 00:29:58 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of TechTriumph


3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 03/21/12:
Bottle code: 0042 B2 0343; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Just over an inch of off-white fluffy head with good retention; Clear appearance with a deep copper color; Some scattered lacing left behind

S - Nice balance of earthy, herbal, and floral hops with toasty, sweet caramel, toffee, and biscuity malts

T - Very toasty flavor up front accompanied by sweet caramel and biscuity malts, with good balance provided by leafy/earthy, herbal, and lightly spicy hops; Very light bitterness presence; Leafy hops begin to stand out more towards the end of the taste with just a bit of lingering sweetness and bitterness

M - Good amount of carbonation; Medium bodied; Fairly dry finish leaving a light oily, hoppy coat on the tongue

O - I'm not one to try too many English IPA's, but this one is a quality offering for the style and has me thinking I should try a few more. I really enjoyed the taste of 100% UK Fuggles, which didn't steal the show, but had enough of a presence to work well with the light bitterness and overall toasty, malty flavor. I wouldn't mind trying this brew again when I'm in the mood for another English IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 14:09:32 | More by TechTriumph
Photo of abrand


4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from a BIF poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy orange color with a 2 finger pillowy head. Smells is great with lots of fruity, hops and grains. Taste is spot on. Not overpowering but delicious. Plenty of oranges, hops, and pines. Not too bitter. Very sessionable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall this is great, wish it was available to me.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 02:23:12 | More by abrand
Photo of TappaKeggaBrew


3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours medium orangey-copper, with just a hint of haze. A fat finger of head lingers nicely, leaving a delicate lace well up the walls of the glass.

S: Not too complex. Slight malt, but mostly citrus, and with a medium hops aroma on repeat whiffs.

T: Sweet for a split second, and a quick burst of fresh citrus, followed by what seems like biting a grapefruit rind -- tart, bitter, and not very pleasant.

M: Moist, with fair crispness and decent carbonation.

O: Although the label says "English IPA" it lacks the balance and subdued notes I have come to expect from the English variety. This is an American IPA in character, and not a great one at that.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 03:36:24 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
Photo of Arithmeticus


3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: cloudy copper; two-finger head; decent carb action
S: thin, light lemon; bit of soapy smell
T: well hopped, but the hops have a mild profile, making this very smooth; bread and biscuits under a pine tree might be a good description

Overall, a smooth, solid IPA. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 00:31:07 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of Jayli


2.35/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Consumed 10/11
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy amber, copper color with a one finger of off white head. Head recedes quickly leaving wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is big bready malts, biscuit, and caramel malts.

T: Taste starts with a ton of bready malts and biscuit notes. Caramel fills out the middle. Finish is a slightly off-putting and oddly blended grapefruit hops.

M: Medium body, lower carbonation, oily body.

O: Goes down a bit meh, not very tasty, not too filling, mild kick, not a good representation of style. I wasn't a fan of this beer, and would not seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 22:05:05 | More by Jayli
Photo of micromaniac129


3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with some slight haze.
The foam head is about average I'd say with a fairly dense cap and lingering lace.

Aroma is of a nice hop bouguet with spicy and floral tones. Caramel malts back up.

A sweet and spicy taste. Hops have a nice floral taste but show hints of spice or pepper.
Malts have a sweet caramel backbone. There's some biscuit in there too.

A medium mouthfeel thats has a tart bitter aftertaste. Average carbonation.

Not a bad IPA. Very drinkable.
So, yeah go get one,

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 11:38:38 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of drabmuh


4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This a good IPA, especially an English IPA. Beer is amber with some haze and a one finger white head, slightly off white, lots of lacing, looks like beer to me.

Aroma is strong, piny and earthy, very nice!

Beer is medium in body and quite bitter in the finish, the midpalate is entirely populated by the hop flavors, more piny and more earth with a mild citrus flavor in the middle. Very nice, I'd have this again, very excited about a decent IPA from VA.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 19:40:42 | More by drabmuh
Photo of zaphodchak


3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a growler from Whole Foods Charlottesville, VA where it claimed "St. George Imperial Pale Ale," which in my research does not exist.

Pours a finger or so of bubbly tan-white head over a clear amber body with plenty of bubbles.

Smell has a bit of hop tang and a faint trace of alcohol, but doesn't smell like much.

Taste is pretty nice. Sweet for an IPA, and remarkable malt character which is tempered by some steely hops. Pleasant bold taste, but dry enough to go with most anything; think fish or poultry. Kind of a steely white-grape finish, but with more rounded maltiness than a chardonnay or something.

Mouthfeel is pretty standard, smooth and not over-carbed.

I'm not an IPA person, nor a hops person, but I can definitely get down with this. I only wish I cracked this growler before a meal, since I think it's probably rife with potential for food pairings.

Serving type: growler

06-11-2011 02:18:10 | More by zaphodchak
Photo of KingRamer


3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a beautiful head at least a couple fingers, with a wonderful smell, very fresh and brightly hopped, medium sized bubbles, looked to be a nice copper color to a colorblind like me, dominating bitter hops, but with an exciting sweetness that was the perfect complement to the fresh blast of hops, very light and refreshing body in the mouth, does the job great, good session beer

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 12:12:42 | More by KingRamer
Photo of engagechad


2.17/5  rDev -41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased at World Market in Charlottesville, VA as a part of a "Dragon Pack". Poured into DFH snifter.

Pours a nice yellowy amber, mostly yellow, moderate head. Smells dank and musty.. like a funky doppel or something. Kind of like really old LME. Tastes like it smells, just funky and not appealing.

I poured this beer down the drain.

There was no freshness date on the box or the bottle so there is no way to know really if I got a bad one..

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 14:35:11 | More by engagechad
Photo of damndirtyape


3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass. No date on bottle that I could find.

Appearance: Clear coppery orange with some bubbles coming up slowly when held up to the light. Off white head that poured nice and dense and 1/4" thick, and died down to a thin skin across the top and good ring at the edge. Some strands and islands of persistent lacing noted.

Smell: Very mild citrus hop upon swirling, otherwise not a lot besides a hint of buttery malt and a metallic twang upon a deep inhale.

Taste: Buttery malt moving into a mixture of finishing flavors - part molasses, part English bitter hop. When the beer is cold the molasses flavor at the end dominates over the hops, but as it warms up the hops come out more and the molasses goes away. Good, but unusual flavor combination. Hop bitterness lingers at the end once the beer has warmed up and dominates most of the flavor of the beer, but it still starts sweet and buttery.

Mouthfeel: Slick and then the carbonation shows up on the tongue. Some lingering oil on the teeth. Nothing special.

Overall / Drinkability: Pretty good beer - not an amazing English IPA, but pretty good. The molasses flavor had me surprised that it was there at all, and it kept the beer interesting the whole way down. I could have another, but I think I would want it paired with food when I have it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 22:38:38 | More by damndirtyape
Photo of CuriousMonk


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours an amber color, medium off white head. Grassy, feety, aroma of thistle. More grainy than hoppy. A good beer, but suspect IPA credentials. Sufficiently bitter, but not really derived from the hops. Ash and lemon grass fiinish. Could use more citrus flavors, but overall a sessionable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 16:21:25 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of sholland119


3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear pale amber with a white head but no lacing.

S-Spicy, grassy hops and a light malt backbone.

T-Surprisingly, sharply bitter in the front with a sweet caramel malt underneath.

M-Light to medium bodied, crisp carbonation.

D-Nice, a little too bitter to be enjoyably sessionable. Not bad.


Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 02:26:25 | More by sholland119
Photo of StoneTSR


2.42/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

APPEARANCE: Brilliant, deep copper color. Crystal clear with an extremely foamy and inch-and-a-half-thick head. This is maybe the foamiest head I have ever seen on an IPA. Bottle art work was simple, but pleasing to the eye. Very nice lacing, covering about 50% of the opposite side of my glass.

SMELL: I have seen a few people review beer and use the term "grassy" to describe a beer. Until now, I never understood what that meant. I thought I was missing out on something, but this beer smells like fresh-cut grass.

TASTE: Very, very sweet up front. A little too much, but a light bitterness with a hint of sour balances the sip out towards the finish. This almost tastes as though sugar was added to some floral hops. Intense.

MOUTHFEEL: Rich and smooth.

OVERALL: This would be a beer you would give to someone who hates IPAs in an effort to introduce them to the style. Some hop flavor exists, but it is just so overpowered by the sugary taste that it's tough to finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 02:37:36 | More by StoneTSR
Photo of afordney


3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber, nice and clear. A good head with a little lacing around the edges.

Smells spicy with a little bit of coriander and some light citrus in the finish.

very bitter at first taste and a dark earthy note follows with some light nuttiness.

Overwhelming bitterness and a little thicker mouthfeel than a typical IPA.

A very complex and unique IPA one that was very satisfying to drink. I'd have two or three in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 22:56:22 | More by afordney
Photo of jporf911


4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle with no freshness date provided.

Appearance- 4.5 out of 5. This IPA pours with a perfect three-finger beige head that is fluffy, foamy, and leaves huge chunks of lacing all around the glass. The head retention is great as well. The beer itself is like molten brass-- brown and orange mixed together. The only thing keeping this from being a full 5 is the lackluster carbonation. It's present but not powerful enough to match the awesome head. There is also a bit of sediment floating in the brew.

Smell- 4.5 out of 5. A mild sweetness permeates the scent of this beer, back up by fruity esters that are reminiscent of lemon and apricot. The typical IPA pine-tree scent is present but not pronounced. A slight hint of hops finishes the whiff.

Taste- 4.5 out of 5. I'm not normally a big IPA fan, but this stuff is wonderful. Sweet biscuity malt starts the taste, followed by a taste of citrus fruit and floral flavor, much like a jasmine tea. The slight acidity (which is less pronounced than some popular IPAs) combined with the Fuggle hops give this beer a tasty bitterness that reminds me of grapefruit but without the mouth-puckering sensation and sourness. After mild phenolic and spicy qualities mingle with the aforementioned flavors, this IPA finishes with an aftertaste of pine and mildly sweet caramel malt. Everything is balanced and delicious, just not particularly strong.

Mouthfeel- 4 out of 5. This beer has a light to medium body that is crisp but becomes a bit creamy as it warms up. A slight astringent bite compliments the citrus twang of the flavor.

Drinkability- 4 out of 5. St. George Brewing Company's India Pale Ale combines all the high points of the IPA style with a high drinkability factor. Some IPAs are delicious but too strong to make a session out of; this one, on the other hand, could easily last for quite a few glasses. It bridges the gap between being a sipping-beer and a chugging-beer.

Note: Be careful when you pour this beer! It damn near overflowed from the glass. If not for my quick lips, the head would have been all over the desktop.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 22:00:52 | More by jporf911
Photo of merlin48


3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a coppery amber body with a two finger beige head that hangs around for a few minutes. Attractive patchy lacing.

Aroma of fruity hops, brown sugar, and toasted caramel.

Medium body and carbonation.

Taste has a grassy and grapefruity hop bitterness that is largely overshadowed by an assertive malt bill that serves up waves of brown sugar, toffee, and caramel sweetness. Finish is a bit more even as the hop bitterness tries to clean up the finish.

This one comes off more as a full flavored amber than any kind of IPA. This brewery makes good beers but they seem to be off on style guidelines.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 23:18:42 | More by merlin48
Photo of TMoney2591


4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Watching Kevin Millwood fail this consistently makes me wonder why he's still considered an ace... Anyway, this beer pours a clear amber-copper topped by a thick, healthy, off-white froth. The nose comprises sweet, sweet toffee (with what seems like a cinnamon vein), orange peel, and hoppy florals. The taste brings those hops forward, adding in a decent amount of piney grapefruit to the already plentiful greenery, though the toffee stays strong, even having the last word in the form of an interesting stab of sweetness at the end. The body is a slight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a surprisingly good, relatively malty IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 17:39:51 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of haver


4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Beer is a great example of a tasty I.P.A. that can be a session beer thanks to the ABV of 5% and the clean drinkability. A lot of earthy spice notes dancing with the sweet malt. Leaves a spicy hop resin on the lips with a sweet apricot finnish. Gets very creamy as it warms up a little. Good stuff

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 03:44:37 | More by haver
Photo of Tucquan


3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this in Columbia, PA on 2010-05-09

A - Slightly hazy gold color with 1/2" white head

S - Very nice with a lemon candy and yeast smell

T - Flavor follows smell with lemon candy, grassy/vegetable and biscut. Medium hop bitterness with a somewhat sour aftertaste

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation and a bit creamy

D - Pretty good although I tired of the sour aftertaste after awhile.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 21:08:02 | More by Tucquan
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India Pale Ale from St. George Brewing Company, The
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