Duke Of Wellington India Pale Ale - Granite City Food & Brewery
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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
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 IPAs about there. Probably not to everyones tastes but certainly fits in well with mine.
Serving type: on-tap
12-22-2006 05:49:46 | More by TheLongBeachBum
More User Reviews:
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
Duke Of Wellington India Pale Ale from Granite City Food & Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.