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Duke Of Wellington India Pale Ale - Granite City Food & Brewery

Duke Of Wellington India Pale AleDuke Of Wellington India Pale Ale

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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 15.2%

Brewed by:
Granite City Food & Brewery visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The copper color of this India Pale Ale hints at the strong malt character needed to support the huge hoppy flavors and defining bitterness of this classic beer.

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-06-2002)
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Photo of blackcompg


3.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - opaque amber, nice lacing, looks good in a glass

Smell - lots of sharp citrus pith and a little pine, smells good

Taste - wow, nice dried line and citrus flavors, and so e nice floral to back, a nice malt backbone to balance

Mouthfeel - nearly medium, great mouthfeel, nice lite foaming across the tongue with sharp edges

Overall - I like this ipa a lot! Good flavors, very drinkable and refreshing, try tis if you visit granite city.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2014 22:53:52 | More by blackcompg
Photo of Bierwolf


3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: resin, floral, citrus, clove, licorice.
Appearance: amber, clear, frothy, white foam nice lacing.
Taste: light sweetness, medium to high bitterness.
Palate: medium body, slick feel, average carbonation, bitter, long finish.
Overall: really nice IPA. When I went to dinner I was looking for an amber but chose this instead. It went well with a blue cheese burger and I am glad I chose this.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2013 01:52:11 | More by Bierwolf
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

At Granite City, Omaha NE:

Into a pint glass:

A: golden/somewhat amber colored body with a moderate amount of carbonation that is seen rising, one finger white foamy head, light lacing surrounding the glass

S: strong malty presence up front with some hops trying to make a strong secondary take, but mainly stay subdued

T: sweet through the malts, sweet sticky aftertaste and finish

M: light to medium, somewhat sessionable, carbonation seems to be right on for the style and for me

O: this is an EIPA, really? uh... ok, well, I thought it was more of an EPA, not bad, not spectacular, but hey, I'd probably have again

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2013 23:58:57 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of TMoney2591


2.64/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I had no idea Granite City even bottled... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber-copper topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises perfume-y flowers, light toffee, light menthol, and a hint of pine resin. The taste brings in more of the same, emphasizing the menthol and adding in some eucalyptus, making it seem as though I'm drinking some sort of Vicks Vap-O-Rub beer or something. (Note to Sam: DO NOT DO THIS!) The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a pretty weak IPA, English or otherwise, one that just plain doesn't taste all that good.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 04:15:42 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of KFBR392


3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: golden color, typical IPA look. Very good carbonation throughout with about 3/4 of a finger of lacing while drinking. Light lacing on the glass.

Smell: A slight sour aroma with a very average hop presence. Some tropical citrus and pine hits at the front of this brew. Little bit of malt.

Taste: A watery front of this beer brings some light hops. The hops come off as an interesting sweetness over a more traditional hops bite. Notes of pine and bright fruits which find a decent combination together. Overall a thin body. A grassy sticky aftertaste lingers for quite a while.

Mouthfeel: Very light. Smooth texture. Very little hop crispness.

Overall: I've had Pale Ales that had more powerful hop action then this brew. That being said, this is not a bad beer. Easy drinker which is certainly better then getting any of the major products. Worth the $7.50 to fill up my growler.

Serving type: growler

01-30-2013 01:35:37 | More by KFBR392
Photo of JamesMN


3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy dark orange with a tiny film of an off-white, almost yellowy head.

Aroma: Not much there. A hint of citrusy/grapefruit hop aroma and some faint caramel malt.

Taste: Like an IPA Light. Low bitterness and watery. Some grapefruit flavor from the hops which is it's only saving grace in the flavor department. Very mellow caramel malt character. Lacking complexity.

Mouthfeel: Drinks like a lawnmower beer. Medium carbonation and a light body.

Final Thoughts: I had this beer almost a year ago and thought it was good. Having had lots of experience in IPAs and beer in general since then, my experience this time was not so great. I did a double-take when I noticed its low 5.2% abv on the menu. This is definitely an IPA meant for the first-time drinker. The IBUs and hop character are too low for my taste. It also tastes more like an American IPA than an English IPA. Overall, this is an average beer and a below average IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2012 03:22:13 | More by JamesMN
Photo of hardy008


3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Dark amber with an off white head, with decent retention and lacing. Smells and tastes like caramel, with floral and citrus hops. More bitter than sweet. Medium bodied, average carbonation. Has a somewhat bitter aftertaste. A decent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2012 22:38:44 | More by hardy008
Photo of AtrumAnimus


3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this one out to drink before starting my first crawfish boil of the season. It is hot and humid and I am ready for, well many, beers.

This one pours a very nice tan to amber color that has a very thick tan colored head that settles slowly with good lacing on the glass.

The nose is malt with a subtle woodsy and pine like undertones. It has a pleasant and enjoyable nose.

The taste is brisk hops with a pine like hoppiness to match the nose. The bitterness is strong and well balanced to the hops. The finish is a steadily increasing bitterness that fades slowly.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. I liked it and would buy it again, but it wouldn't make the top of my list.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 20:23:23 | More by AtrumAnimus
Photo of obywan59


3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The ale pours a mostly clear (at first) coppery color with a cloud of swirling sediment near the top that gradually results in a translucent appearance. A 3 finger off-white head towers above, leaving decent lacing as it recedes.

A pleaant floral hoppy aroma that nicely counters the sweet malts.

The taste is a bit of a let down after the aroma. Sweet malt and birrer hops is about all I get.

Light to medium mouthfeel with some light pepper on the tongue.

An easy drinker, with nice sweet and bitter components, but not a lot else going on.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 01:52:36 | More by obywan59
Photo of suspect

New York

3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Thanks to mrmarmot for leaving this one in my fridge.

A: Hazy golden amber in color. Aggressive pour leads to a 1 finger almost white head that fades in under a minute. Lacing is sticky and lasts a while.

S: Not great. Not bad, just not great. Molasses, caramel, barley and grain fill the nose. Slight floral hops as well...not enough to write home about. Full malt bill makes itself present and accounted for. SIR!

T: For the style, it fits nicely. Malt-first profile with some hop additions according to my stuffy nose. The flavor profile is like a fully malt-i-fied pale ale. Good...just not excellent.

M: Kind of big-bodied, thanks to the malt profile. ample carbonation, not over, not under...just right. Bitterness makes me pucker a little.

O: Makes me wish I was sitting in a bunker in Bastogne with my Army buddies on a crisp winter night. If this is what the UK troops drank back during the war, I'm happy to know it wasn't shite. Although I have the feeling it was anything they could get.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 05:47:46 | More by suspect
Photo of emerge077


3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle served in a tulip glass. "1084" julian date inkjetted on the bottom, likely more than a few months old at this point.

Dark reddish copper, fairly transparent. A compact biscuit of foam on top, speckled sheet of lace on the opposite side of the glass. Head fades to a thin ring after a few minutes.

Smells very skunky at first, becoming very sweet and malty. English or specialty malt it seems like.

Flavors are similar, buttered bread, toast, caramel sweetness. Pretty smooth and bland, definitely British. No hop content to speak of really, a stray floral note maybe? Low carbonation, light to medium body. Seems like an English Pale Ale to me, and the label says "Pale Ale", no mention of IPA. Pretty pedestrian, tastes similar to the Argus Pegasus "IPA" I just had previously.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 04:38:38 | More by emerge077
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear amber color with a one finger head.

Smell: floral hop bitterness and caramel are most notable. Some fruit tones are light.

Taste: caramel, light fruit sweetness, earthy hop bitterness, and some light floral tones.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp and refreshing. Aftertaste is short lived.

Overall: easy drinking ale. Very basic flavors but satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 17:53:23 | More by Gavage
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this as part of a BOTMC, dark copper pour with a rock solid 2 finger head, tons of lacing. The beer is full of grassy and floral hops. The flavor is similar to the nose, as well as a ton of caramel malts, pleasantly bitter, lingering finish. The body is on the light side of medium, good carbonation. Solid English IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 01:36:02 | More by bonkers
Photo of JackieTH


2.7/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served as part of an 8-beer flight at GC in SLP, MN. Color was light amber with a half finger of foam that left just a wee bit of lacing. Smell was faint bits of citrus over a malt base, definitely IPA-like. Taste was not bitter. Mildly citric hop but with a fairly stiff dose of malt that had some sweetness. Not hoppy. Some earthy elements. Mouthfeel was average. Not a great, and a slightly below average example.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2012 04:27:29 | More by JackieTH
Photo of WoodBrew


4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought the Duke of Wellington IPA was the best of the group. The beer poured a hazy orange copper color with a frothy white head that laced. The scent carried bitter citrus like grapefruit and mild floral hops. I thought the taste was pretty good, followed the scent quite closely. There was some malt present to balance the hop and kept the bitterness low. The mouthfeel was decent...medium to light body....definitely sessionable. Overall I thought it was the best and would recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2011 00:48:24 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of tykees88


3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- It's a nice orange copper color with a frothy white head

S- Smells of grapefruit and floral hops.

T- Tastes pretty decent, mostly just that citrus hop taste, but no balance to speak of.

M- A little heavier than i'd think it would be. Leaning towards the heavier side of medium

O- It's drinkable and not off putting so give this a try from your local granite city

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 21:05:45 | More by tykees88
Photo of hosehead83


3.9/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Deep amber in color, with a thick head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint citrus hops and toasted malt.
Taste-Toasted malt, grapefruit rind, a nice dose of Noble hops. Very much in the English style. Nicely balanced, spicy tasty, decent character and flavor. Worth a try with spicy fare.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 16:38:24 | More by hosehead83
Photo of Duff27


2.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Semi-aggressive pour forms a two-fingered head. Beer is an amber/light ruby red color. Good head retention with some visible lacing.

S- Smells of pale malts and lemon zest.

T- More semi-sour fruits. Has a weird taste that I can't put my finger on....can't tell is that's the booze or an off-flavor. "Mineral notes."

M- Kind of watery. Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel. Alright carbonation.

D/O- I get the English IPA thing, but just not a *good* representation if you were to say "here, this is an English IPA" to someone who has never had one before.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 04:39:42 | More by Duff27
Photo of herman77


2.7/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark, cloudy orange brown, kind of looks like ice tea. Hardly any head. Decent lacing

S: Light citrus. Sweet bready malt and grassiness.

T: Stale semi sweet malt with a bit of citrus hops. Not much of a hop kick on the backend.

M: Medium body, average carbonation.

O: Not the greatest. Wasn't expecting much out of this one, saw it as a single and said why not since its the first time I've seen them in bottles.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 23:44:29 | More by herman77
Photo of BucannonXC5


2.9/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a tap into a pint glass at Granite City Food & Brewery in Sioux Falls, S.D. Color was reddish copper. Had about ½-inch of head. Plenty of film/lacing that lasted throughout. Decent look.

Good smells with plenty of different flavors. Citrus, mainly grapefruit led the way.

Bitter first taste with some hints of caramel and malt. Strong aftertaste with a heavy alcohol bite. Not anything like the smell.

Decent mouthfeel. It grew on me slightly and it went down pretty well.

Well it couldn’t have been worse than the wheat. The smells are the best part of this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2011 05:42:28 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of 1Adam12


3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Gotta do whatcha gotta do on a sunday in Indiana. Growler fill.

Pours an orange golden color, non lingering head, decent lacing. Smell is very weak. Mild hops, very earthy, small amounts of grapefruit and other citrus. Taste is similar. Just not very hoppy. More earthy than anything. Slight citrus flavor to it. Mouthfeel is ok. Light and heavily carbonated. Earthy flavor lingers on. Overall, definitely not my favorite, but decent enough for a sunday in Indiana when I'm out of beer, and I can't buy beer because of stupid old laws. Come on Indiana, get with it!

Serving type: growler

08-07-2011 21:48:45 | More by 1Adam12
Photo of Rmason104


3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper/caramel clear color.
The smell is sweet malty, almost cloying.
The mouthfeel is good, medium to chewy.
The malt sweetness is first on the palate, although not as sweet as the nose suggests. Almost Belgian sweetness - is this perhaps mis-categorized? Then the floral hops come in. Medium to long finish w/ the floral hops ending with some bitterness.
I think many of the reviews for this beer miss the point of this style. English style IPAs are going to be muted on the hops compared to American IPAs. Since I am not a typical American hophead, I don't mind this. However the sweetness does make me wonder if this should be categorized more as a Belgian IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 19:54:33 | More by Rmason104
Photo of Forb


2.42/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Granite City - Omaha, NE...

Appearance: Pours a light orange / amber body with a weak looking head. Not at all what I expect to see in an IPA.

Smell: Everything is so faint. The minor malt and the below par hop scent makes me wonder if I was brought the right brew.

Taste: Below par for what I expect having had a plethora of IPAs. I am saddened because it lacks. It doesn't have the hop kick I expect in a good IPA. Faint pine hop and even more faint sugary malt.

Mouthfeel: Honestly this beer just tasted watered down. It's faint IPA elements and easy drinkability put it down fast but I was ready to move on to my next test.

Overall: The weakest IPA I have had. I wouldn't recommend this one.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2011 01:32:27 | More by Forb
Photo of Tballz420


2.45/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dark copper colored brew, hazy, small short-lived white head. Caramel malt scent with some diacetyl. Some caramel malts to start the taste, just a bit of diacetyl, just a touch of hops. Medium bodied and pretty wet. This has homebrew written all over it, not impressed at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 03:05:24 | More by Tballz420
Photo of SkitzIrish3


3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a Granite City Growler light/medium brown and hazy with a full, creamy finger of head that leaves decent lacing around the glass.

Smells of sweet malts and a light floral hop aroma. Attractive and balanced.

Thin mouthfeel. Taste of roasted malts; not as sweet as I was predicting from smell. Floral hops rush in under the bitterness I find a bit excessive (maybe too many Ales, Light Lagers and Witbiers lately?) Finish is dry and leaves traces of alcohol that are slightly prickling the roof of my mouth and tongue.

While "The Duke" isn't the great, it is enjoyable. And considering the price of a Growler on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Granite City, a worthy deal.

Serving type: growler

07-12-2011 22:22:50 | More by SkitzIrish3
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Duke Of Wellington India Pale Ale from Granite City Food & Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.