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

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 232
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 7.81%
Wants: 5
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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:
Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-06-2002

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.
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Reviews: 85 | Hads: 232
Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

West Des Moines location. The beer was served way too cold in a chilled, but not frosted, pint glass. Since it was barely cool by the final few ounces, I think that I got a pretty fair appreciation for the flavor.

Clouded bronzed copper, the color of sweet apple cider. It was a slow, careful pour so the light beige cap was on the small side. The foam fell quickly to a thin film and left faint rings and scattered scraps of lace. The nose was subdued initially and didn't become much more prominent with warming. 'Hops' was about all I could appreciate.

This American IPA was nicely bittered (Fuggles perhaps), but the bittering could have been a bit cleaner. The finish was long, hoppy and relatively dry. The mouthfeel was thinnish for the style, while still managing to be smooth and almost creamy.

This was my second GCFB beer and I'll bet it turns out to be my favorite. Broad Axe Stout was the first, but this one was better, hands down. Once I've tried their entire lineup, I'm sure that 'the Duke' is the one that I'll order on future visits. (1,057 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of mojohawk21
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark orange-copper with a small off-white head. Aroma of citrus and pine. Boozy, bitter, and citric taste. Not a bad example of the style. Very bitter finish that’s quite surprising from this “brewpub” that strives for mediocrity. Drinkable but the alcohol flavor gets tuff to handle after a couple of them. (310 characters)

Photo of SouthpawBrewer
2.96/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of 1Adam12
3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
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! (566 characters)

Photo of bpfrush
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of tyleeis
4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Tarks
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of skillerified
3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Came to the table a nice copper and amber shade combo with a tall and very bubbly, fluffy white head. Lots of really sticky lacing. Almost nitro creamy lacing really. A pretty tasty looking beer.

Pretty standard IPA scents here. Grapefruit, citrus and pine needles are the dominate notes. No real malt presence to speak of. Pretty bold for a chain brewpub, but nothing special really.

Grapefruit and pine needle flavors are the primary hits on the palate here. Again, no malt presence to speak of, which probably also created the light mouthfeel. Definitely could use a little boost there. Very crisp on the tongue from the strong hop presence. Bitter, but not too bitter. Impressive in it's crisp nature, but really could have used a malt boost.

An okay IPA. Don't go out of your way for it, but it's servicable if you're there. (838 characters)

Photo of beerbrains
2/5  rDev -39.9%

Photo of Beezee
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Snow81
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber

Head: Light tan head

Smell: Sweet malts with a hint of grass

Taste: Rich toasted malts with a nice hop on the back and a little caramel

Weight: Medium body with a low carbonation

Finish: Subtle bitter hop and hints of caramel, flavor is finish on this guy (292 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +20.1%
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. (493 characters)

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of tempest
3.64/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice, but not too impressive IPA. There's come good late and dry hopping here. Very strong english hops aroma and flavors, enoguh to make it an American IPA. Definately EKG and fuggles, but while the aroma and flavor is nice, the malt is too weak, leaving this beer without much of a body. Still not a bad beer, reminds me of a hoppy Redhook. (344 characters)

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.19/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a light orange with a two finger fluffy cream color head. Aroma is caramel, biscuit, and some hop balance. Taste is really malty, mostly caramel, biscuit, and bread/cracker. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall, a very malty pale ale that is confused between english and American, and could actually use a touch thinner mouthfeel. (332 characters)

Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of bditty187
3.86/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled in Sioux Falls:

Coppery-bronze hue, it was served headless. Disappointing. Fairly aromatic nose, nicely hopped, undertones of citrusy merriment, plenty of caramel malt for support. The palate had decent bitterness, hints of caramel malt too; the finish is stronger, well-balanced even though the malt plays a secondary role. Dry. Slightly thin mouthfeel, not really a negative but a heartier body would have really propelled this IPA to the next level. This is a very respectable quaff; there is even a little tummy warming. Duke could have used a morsel more complexity but it works. Served too cold for my preference. I’d drink it again. (651 characters)

Photo of bashiba
2.85/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at the Davenport, IA location.

The beer was a very dark red copper color with a very thin line of head at the top of the glass.

Taste was incredibly average, yes you could taste some nice crisp hops, but that was basically it. As basic of flavor as you can get. Very one dimensional beer.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability are both just plain ordinary on this non descript IPA. (388 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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