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India Pale Ale - St. George Brewing Company, The

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BA SCORE
83
good

163 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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.

(Beer added by: Murph on 07-18-2002)
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Reviews by Zraly:
Photo of Zraly
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium orange with a nice two-finger head. Nice lacing.

Scent is light and is of malts and herbally hops. A tiny note of a bready yeast approaches upon first sip.

Amazing balance of smooth hop bite and well-rounded malt flavors. Crisp and biscuity, a nice hop flavor that is a blend of orange peel and herbs (think thyme). The finish is dry and the overall body is medium. Wonderful "IPA twange" finish. Pretty sexy.

A great ale to start off the night with. Try with a pizza that has a garlicky cream base for a sauce. Might go well with some sharp cheddar and crackers.

Zraly, Jul 23, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rich copper color with nice head,nice balanced aroma of malt and very floral hop.Taste was balanced with a good malt background with the dryness from the hops hiting you in the end.I really like an IPA with a good malt base to it,and this has it.An IPA is not my favorite style but this one was pretty darn good.

oberon, Apr 22, 2003
Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A- Wow, great frothing head from a hard pouring ... no gushing, just good froth. Great head retention as well, crystal clear brassy hue.

S- Spicy veggie-like hop in the nose, clean and aromatic. Bit of bread malt in the aroma to.

T- Lots of toasted biscuity malt flavor. Earthened Fuggles hop reigns over the palate with a layer of bitterness and waves of flavor.

M- Mild carbonation with a creamy mouth feel in a medium body.

D- Yum-delish, easily a session brew for me.

I am super partial to Fuggles hops, lots of flavor all around ... lots of flavor melding together in a blurred harmony.

Jason, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of merlin48
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

merlin48, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, pours a medium dark amber and quite cloudy.White head, leaves pretty quickly, leaving a nice fim and then lacing. Musty and hoppy nose, some breadyness. Smooth, soft and creamy mouthfeel. Malty center, smooth hops come in later, grainy and resiny. Nice long finish, seems to linger on the tongue and lips. Nice Brit style IPA. Quality product.

Billolick, Jul 07, 2004
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the two cask offerings at the new Capital Ale House Innsbrook.

The beer arrived in a 20oz imperial pint glass with about 3 fingers of thick, thick white lace that stood its ground the entire time. Thick lacing of the glass. Color is a cloudy dull orange. Aromas are not as hoppy as expected. There is some floral to this, but it is mixed in with a bready-saltine cracker note as well. Flavor is more along the lines of an IPA...good bitterness supported by a firm malt base that lends sweetness. Middle shows a little more sweetness and tails off with a fruity bitterness that dries out the palate. A tad on the harsh side. I was surprised at the level of harshness given the cask-conditioning. Not bad, but there's better. I prefer the cask-conditioned Big Daddy from Starr Hill.

OldFrothingSlosh, Apr 29, 2004
Photo of amstokesdb9
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

amstokesdb9, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears copper amber with a yellow haze over it head is full with a tawny cream hued head with scattered webbed lacing in my pint. Aroma smells like a fresh baked cookie with nuts a ton of malt biscuit possibly and hops shining through my that is an astonishing smell in the form of beer. Taste is initially a malty sweet bitter with pine cone doughy monster, somehow these flavors meld together and boy am I glad they do. English style IPA all the way mouthfeel is silky yet oily at the same time body is meidum and mouthfeel feels robust and full very nice. Drinkability is excellent in my opinion what a great switch up of an IPA considering I am used to Stone, Victory, and DFH. Full flavors and robust mouthfeel make me realize that I would probably stop at a few of these but would yearn for more, just a great brew.

WVbeergeek, Jul 30, 2003
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

St. George- IPA

A- Light copper brown with a smal sticky head.
S- A nice balanced blend of caramel malt and pine hops.
T- Light sweet candy like malt with a moderate touch of pine hops.
M- Sweet and thick with a light bitterness

Overall- A good session IPA.

NJpadreFan, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of asabreed
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body is a light copper color with some brown hues interestingly slanted through the light. The head is confusingly reminding me of Guinness, still thick and frothy and at about 3/4" and huge rings of thick and clumpy lacing are all around also.

Smell: A rich and fruity aroma of peach, dark berries, a bit of sour cherries, and some honey. But not overpowering or unbalanced. Though I do love the hops, I also enjoy the sweetness here, and the hops are discernible, just not insanely so in the mix of everything.

Taste: A wonderful mix of fruity malt and just enough hops have this recognizable as an English IPA and certainly not something like a West Coast-er. It is indeed also a bit on the sweeter sides, so of course hop heads may not be a huge fan of this. The lingering sweetness at the end is one of almost honey and ripe cherries, and the hops also linger enough for a rich and strongly balanced finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy as all hell, with a bit of a carbonation punch at the end. Definitely exceptional stuff in my book.

Drinkability: Wow, talk about impressive and out of the blue for me. I've had a lot of St. George, and I've liked all I've had, and this continues to follow that trend. Looks like I'll have to seek out all I can now. Great great stuff.

asabreed, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its clear, copper body is topped by a frothy head of ivory foam. The head retention is quite good and it holds well before dropping to a short lid; and even then leaves some very nice lacing throughout the glass. The nose displays a doughy, caramelish malt that's accented by some mineral/metallic and leafy hops (Fuggles?). It's medium/full bodied and creamy-smooth across the palate with a very fine, median carbonation that leaves just a tingle on the tongue at the outset. The flavor is rich with an exceptionally well-balanced combination of honey-laced, slightly caramelish, and biscuity malt that's streaked with leafy, lightly mineralish, and softly grassy hop flavors (that become most apparent in the drying finish) backed by a solid bitterness. Well-balanced and highly drinkable. A brilliant re-creation of an English-style IPA! Enjoy this one at cellar temperature for it's fullest character.

NeroFiddled, Nov 28, 2003
Photo of ElGordo
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep golden/copper hue with a creamy head. Nice lacing. Aroma more of malt than hops, which belies the flavor profile. Very nice hoppy palate, you can taste the Fuggles. Muted aftertaste, but still well-balanced. Not exactly my favorite IPA (too balanced, not enough hops), but I can see why it wins awards.

ElGordo, May 24, 2004
Photo of zaphodchak
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

zaphodchak, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle obtained as an extra in a trade with Px2GrafX

appearance: pours a copper/red color with a foamy head and pretty substantial lacing, fairly see through

smell: very malty, quite earthy, a little spicey

taste: not really my style of IPA, but it is english! I like the earthiness but i like my IPA's jacked up on hops and this one is quite malty...interesting peppery spiciness to it.

mouthfeel: medium bodied, peppery on the tongue

drinkability: average or above


I love trying new things...I believe i have seen this one around in the south but i had definately never had it. Thanks Px2GrafX

dirtylou, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of avisong
3/5  rDev -18.3%

avisong, May 08, 2012
Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

cliff1066, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of Backer2004
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy amber appearance with some carbonation. Nice lacing around glass. Smell is a bit fruity, but the taste is quite hoppy with some bitter aftertaste. Good sensation in the mouth. Difficult to drink more than one. Label says "award winning" but nothing special about this british style ale.

Backer2004, Sep 13, 2004
Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Decent beer with a clear gold color and great head. first thing I smell id=s malt. Taste hits you first with malty sweetness, than moves into the bitterness of hops and citrus, more citrus than hops. Finish is bitter and nice, and ends crisp with a touch of hop bitterness at the end. Overall, ok but expected a little more kick of the hops

hophugger, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of Stubbie1
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice off orange/copper color with a nice off white head is the first to greet you. Your second greeting is the fine aroma of hops and malt. As this ale meets your taste buds the hops hit you. I found the hop flavor all they way though. Not having too much experience with the IPA family, I found this a nice change and will look for more IPA to compare this with. Overall, an enjoyable IPA. Try it

Stubbie1, Jan 03, 2003
Photo of akorsak
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a pint served at Sun Dogs in Corolla. The glass was frozen.

A: The ale has a small head and a pale amber orange color.

S: There is a slight earthy citrus hop aroma that emerges periodically.

T: The ale has a light citrusy hop flavor that is counterbalanced by a firm biscuity malt base. That malt base is the dominant flavor of the beer.

M: The mouthfeel is decent, not great, just decent.

D: The ale struggles to present itself as an IPA (english or otherwise), as the hops don't want to do anything.

akorsak, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

bluejacket74, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of Fusion7777
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Fusion7777, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of Darkale
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, malty aroma. Tight, cream-colored head, with a clear, copper body.

Taste is round and reminiscent of caramel, followed by hops and some grittiness. Slight memory of bitterness in your mouth that lingers and becomes smoky.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin.

Overall, another very refreshing St. George beer. Is it your typical IPA? Perhaps not, but a nice summer beer, very pleasing and solid.

Darkale, May 09, 2003
Photo of Sanchezrox23
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Sanchezrox23, Sep 09, 2014
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India Pale Ale from St. George Brewing Company, The
83 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.