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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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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 15.81%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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 1Adam12
3.11/5  rDev -5.5%
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!

Photo of skillerified
3.29/5  rDev 0%
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 Snow81
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
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 tempest
3.64/5  rDev +10.6%
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 bditty187
3.86/5  rDev +17.3%
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
2.85/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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.

Photo of morimech
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Now available in bottles in liquor stores.

Pours a dark, clear amber with one finger of head that held on for a little while before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass.

Hops seem to be missing from the aroma with just a faint grassiness. The malt is welcoming with hints of caramel and toast.

The one time I had this beer on-tap at the Davenport IA location, it seemed a lot more hoppy in flavor and bitterness. There is a nice malt base that is bready with a slight toast, but the lack of hop flavor really hurts. Bitterness is low.

The body is the best part of this beer. Substantial for a pale ale and perfectly carbonated.

This beer could really be great if it had more hop flavor. Now it is just a malt dominated pale ale.

Photo of alleykatking
2.4/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had on tap today...

A- Semi hazy dark amber copper color. 1 finger white head dies down to nothing rather quickly and doesn't leave any lacing to speak of.

S- Smells very earthy and floral. Some citrus undertones but you have to really sniff hard in the beer glass to pick it up. Sweet malts in this as well are faint and almost cant tell they are there.

T- This taste like how a roadstop restroom smells like after being cleaned. I had others taste it and they said the same thing. I don't know how to describe it but I'll try. Some citrus tones come and go with this but the noble hops made this a very bitter and earthy beer. Grass notes in this as well along with a faintly sweet malt backbone. Could have used a little more balance I think in the taste.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation was lacking I though and was a little flat tasting. Beer sludged across the palate and left a potpourri kind of taste everywhere. Bitter floral after taste.

D- To be honest I had about half a pint of this and I was done with this beer. I would have moved on to something else sooner if I knew how horrid this beer was going to be.

I have read reviews of people who said they have tasted the most rancid beer in their life and it was in a catagory they normally liked. I never understood that until today. That beer was a nasty joke to me from the IPA comunnity.

Photo of Forb
2.41/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the brewpub.

A: The ale is a dark color, ruddy and brown without the brighter orange notes that some IPAs show off. The ale was filled rather high in the glass and really didn't have much in the way of head.

S: The aroma caught me by surprise. I was expecting a run-of-the-mill brewpub IPA: light hops but not much to get excited about. The nose on this one really grabbed me though. The cascade citrus aromas are great, intense but not over the top.

T: The hops are not as aggressive as in the nose but they don't slouch either. The caramel malts have a touch of nuttiness that serves as a nice foundation for the hoppiness. The hop profile is quick to show off the aromatic, citrusy cascade. As the initial flavor passes, earthy hops add a touch of dirtiness that compliments the fresh fruitiness of the cascades.

M: The mouthfeel is much better than I anticipated, a jumpy hoppiness that sits nicely on the palate.

D: I was pleasantly surprised, so much so that I almost bought a growler. A good IPA from a decent chain.

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.

Photo of JLaw55
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This one is pretty tasty with a mild hop presence.

Would purchase again, but the Batch 1000 is still my favorite from here. This is another nice go to though.

Photo of Tolnik
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes on a trip to Sioux Falls, SD to see family.

When this beer was served to me it came with a good inch amount of foam with a light amber hue to it. The aroma of hops was the typical amount. The taste followed suit of the hops with some floral but not too much. As far as the mouthfeel the beer kinda lacked on that as the aftertaste was not a lingering one that I desire. Overall this beer was a good beer compared to what else is the norm in SD for beers.

Photo of Monkeypaws
3.06/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at the brew pub - the glass seemed slightly larger than an average pint. It was a substantial pint.

The color was a very nice orange/copper, fairly opaque. There wasn't much smell, but I rarely get much anyway. The head did't linger, but the glass was pretty well laced by the time I finished.

The taste had some hoppy bitterness to it, but there wasn't much to back the hops up in terms of malt. Overall the hoppyness was enough to keep it interesting without being overbearing. I would have liked a more balanced flavor overall though.

Overall it was nicely drinkable, and if possible I would have had another. This isn't a great IPA, or even a very good one, but it is good.

Photo of edbeered
3.31/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap in an imperial pint glass, this pours a clear orange-amber color, with a smallish white head that rapidly disappears and a scant amount of white lacing on the glass. There is virtually no smell. The taste has many of the right elements. There is a piney and grqpefruity hop flavor. There is minimal malt flavor to back it up. Yet, somehow the flavors seem dilute, as if the beer was watered down. The alcohol content is respectable(slightly more than 5%)The flavors are there, but the mouthfeel is thin. I had a harder time than I thought I would finishing it, because there just wasn't much to it.

Photo of bwiechmann
3.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Girlfriend brought me a growler of this. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Poured a solid white head with surprisingly good lacing. Looks delicious.

Smell was weak. Typical pine and grapefruit citrus one would expect from an IPA but everything seemed quite muted.

Hop forward taste without much balance to speak of. Piny and earthy with a few citrus notes. Very average- not disgusting, not great. Had a really light mouthfeel with strong carbonation.

Overall an average beer. Nothing to get too excited about but if you like IPAs and you're eating here- it's worth a taste.

Photo of twbrewer
3.39/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this poured a dark orange color with very little head probably because of the growler

it had a slight hint of hops and malts but seamed a little underpowered in the hop department

the taste was clean,fresh but not as bitter as i was hoping for

it was a medium bodied beer that finished sweet and not dry in the mouth

it is a very drinkable beer not bad for an ipa
if you are a hophead this is not the beer for you

Photo of obywan59
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of supercolter
3.91/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is good, darker amber than expected but nice billowing head and lacing. Smell is pretty weak for the style. Almost smells like the hop characters are a mix of English and American. Taste is better, could have use a bit more hops but acceptable. Nice sweet aftertaste to balance it out. Mouthfeel and drinkability are fantastic for this style, right on par, nice work GCFB.

Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.71/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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

A - Poured from a growler that was filled less than 6 hours before. Poured into a pint glass. Adequate head - approx 2 inch, off white. Head leaves laces on the glass upon dissipation. Color is copper with a reddish hue. Clear.

S - Sweet, caramel base with dry-hopped earthy, grassy aroma. Hops dominate, but this is more balanced than some American IPAs.

T - Nicely balanced bitterness, hop flavor, and sweet malt.

M - Tingles on the tongue and leaves a lasting bitterness in the back of the mouth. Body is moderate.

D - This is a drinkable IPA. Nicely balanced malt and hop characteristics. Does not seem to be overly filling and I think you could enjoy other beers and foods after drinking this unlike some of the extremely hopped IPAs.

Overall - I liked this beer, but I tend to lean toward the IPAs. The balance is what stands out here.

Photo of klikger
2.36/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Medium dark amber with some red; fair amount of off-white head leaves behind some lacing

S - Slight hints of grapefruit and pine

T - Water with a hint of malt up front, turning slightly grassy and herbal after a few moments. Hops make their appearance in the back end, with citrus notes accompanying a modest amount of bitterness.

M - Too thin for the style and not enough carbonation

D - In terms of lack of offensiveness and ABV, this is easy to drink. Unless you're locked inside a mall with a Granite City due to zombie invasion, I don't know why you'd want to drink more than a couple.

This is a balanced IPA, and a watery one at that. It tastes fine, but it's not worth seeking out.

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Duke Of Wellington India Pale Ale from Granite City Food & Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.