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

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Duke Of Wellington India Pale AleDuke Of Wellington India Pale Ale

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212 Ratings
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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 15.81%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
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3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Sampled at the Granite City Food and Brewery in Fargo, North Dakota.

Listed on the Beer Menu as "A cask conditioned India Pale Ale brewed with English hops. This beer has a strong malt character with a hoppy finish. 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." – 5.2% ABV. 20 ounce Pint.

Appearance: Nice presentation, dark ruby body with a copper shine, much darker than I expected. Clean highly filtered body with an off-white frothy head impregnated with a beige background. Head longevity was impressive and pumped up the overall looks no end.

Nose: Pine hops and a citric tangy aroma set into the English malt base. Decent permeating strength on the smell here but with a very satisfying overall fragrance at the same time.

Taste: Started with a good malt entrance, but this soon makes way for a ripe grapefruit middle with a tangy pine oil finish. The grapefruits take over after a few mouthfuls and I liked that, but the malts support adequately in the bitter hop driven finish which lingers for a second or two.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good malt skeleton. Toasted malts add a lovely baked bread crust aspect whilst the pine oil from the hops adds a resinous feel also.

Drinkability: The malty tangents and balancing sharp grapefruits in this IPA make for a really good drink, a pleasant diversion from the usual West Coast hoppy brews that I am normally used to. I really enjoyed the malts and controlled pine hops. Very English; but in a good way!

Overall: The description in the Beer Menu had me looking for a Beer Engine. I actually mentioned to the woman serving that Duke of Wellington IPA on sale actually breached its “cask conditioned” description, maybe even legally, but I guess I laid off for fear of sounding nerdish. Anyways, this is darker than most and has a healthy malt base with a sharp tangy grapefruit and bitter pine finish. Far from a mainstream IPA, but this is pretty damned good and a very enjoyable detour from the usual IPA’s about there. Probably not to everyone’s tastes but certainly fits in well with mine.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mojohawk21
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of SouthpawBrewer
2.96/5  rDev -10%

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!

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of tyleeis
4.5/5  rDev +36.8%

Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Tarks
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of skillerified
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of beerbrains
2/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of Beezee
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Snow81
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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

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.

Photo of pourmeadrink
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of bditty187
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Photo of bashiba
2.88/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Duke pours a simple copper color with little head or retention for that matter. Initial smell is of obvious hops and a bit grainy. Has a rather mild bitterness with the hops jumping on the palate towards the finish, a decent, yet not superior IPA. One of the better and more consistent Granite City brews.

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