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

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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 16.11%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of RBorsato
4.1/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid golden color with a nice off-white head that leaves nice lace. Nice citrusy grapefruit hop aroma and flavor with nice balance. Medium bodied, smooth, and creamy with a light bitter finish.

A fairly good example of the style and one of their better efforts... they seem to be better at ales than lagers.

The GC corporate website mentions English hops but that doesn't seem right for this location... I could swear this is Cascade.

Tasted On-Tap 05/11/05 at the Cedar Rapids, IA location.

RBorsato, May 18, 2005
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4.05/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

stayed just across the street from Granite City , had to give them a try.

A: hazy amber brew with SUPER LACING. nice 1 finger head settled quick.

S nice pine hoppiness

T: classic IPA flavor - nice bitterness

M: medium body: no ABV bite.

D: great for an IPA!!! I seriously expect this is the best at Granite City. strong hoppiness prevents mega drinkablility though.

ADDENDUM:
found out later, this comes in at 5.2% ABV and
FIFTY-SIX IBU's!!! just FYI

burnerfinger, Jul 11, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled in Fargo

Rich amber...no head...a shade darker than most IPA's...nice fresh floral hop notes...another one of their that israther light on the nose..good juicy hop flavors...a slight biscuit maltiness...decent bittering....some raw citrus notes...just a lot of hop juice but it doesn't seem unbalanced although the hops are up front as I like them...some great hop burps...relatively flat mouthfeel...

A real nice IPA..they bill this as an English stule and in some ways it seems to be one (biscuity maltiness)..but really the nice citrus hop flavor makes this seem like a west coast IPA that borders on special but falls just a little short...definitely a solid IPA..

ZAP, Aug 17, 2003
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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.

WoodBrew, Nov 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev +21.6%

BeerFMAndy, Feb 23, 2013
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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.

ghebel, Feb 27, 2009
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4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an oversized pint, the beer is a dark copper with a light tan head.

The nose is of grapefruit, pine and crackers.

Nicely bitter beer that leads with pine notes that have a floral undertone. The beer also has a grainy taste mid-sip and finishes with a bit of fruit. Hops out muscle the malts the whole way.

The mouth is slightly oily with a bit of heft. I thought it was an easy drinker even if it's a bit unbalanced. I had two and it went great with my food.

My favorite beer of the night!

Redrover, Mar 31, 2010
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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

cbyrd4088, Feb 26, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

supercolter, Apr 17, 2009
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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.

hosehead83, Aug 29, 2011
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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.

bditty187, Mar 17, 2003
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3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

akorsak, Jul 26, 2008
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3.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stopped in for a quick beer en route from the airport. This IPA was a clear golden color brew poured cold into a big pint glass at the Kansas City Brew Pub. It had a fair white head and polite lacing. The aroma was a certain high pitched citrus hop and not much else, though that's not necessarily a bad thing. And indeed, the first taste confirmed that this is pretty much about cat piss hops and it wasn't too bad. It's a bit thin in feel but it's just fine for a hop fix, very drinkable as long as you like your hops by the bucket. I enjoyed it, not everyone will, but the heck with them!

Durge, Feb 03, 2009
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3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at the Lincoln, NE location.

Appearance: Copper color, Slight white head which disappeared quickly. Little lacing down the glass.

Smell: Hops to the front, as would be expected from an IPA. Hint of malt, but buried by the floral aroma of the hops.

Taste: Yes, this is what I would hope the IPA would be like. I was slightly disappointed by the Maibock, as I thought it may have been "dumbed down" to accommodate BMC drinker. Hoppy, but with a hint of malt for balance. Slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied, with some carbonation. Lively.

Drinkabililty: I thought this was a good IPA. A friend of mind (a strict Anheiser drinker) took a sip and remarked "Bitter beer face!". I guess that's when I decided this was a good beer.

BigRedN, Nov 07, 2004
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Duke Of Wellington India Pale Ale from Granite City Food & Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.