Duke Of Wellington India Pale Ale - Granite City Food & Brewery
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3.73/5 rDev +13%
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.
02-05-2004 00:23:07 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.64/5 rDev -20%
Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.
I had no idea Granite City even bottled... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber-copper topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises perfume-y flowers, light toffee, light menthol, and a hint of pine resin. The taste brings in more of the same, emphasizing the menthol and adding in some eucalyptus, making it seem as though I'm drinking some sort of Vicks Vap-O-Rub beer or something. (Note to Sam: DO NOT DO THIS!) The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a pretty weak IPA, English or otherwise, one that just plain doesn't taste all that good.
02-13-2013 04:15:42 | More by TMoney2591
3.03/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
02-28-2012 04:38:38 | More by emerge077
3.24/5 rDev -1.8%
A - Poured a clear, copper color with a foamy, off-white, two-finger head. It left some sticky trails of lace.
S - It smelled biscuity and grassy. It had a earthy aroma, too.
T - Burnt toast maltiness is the dominant flavor with a nice bitter hop kick. The hoppiness increased as the beer warmed.
M - It was crisp and fairly sharp. A medium-bodied beer.
D - This was pretty decent for the style, fairly mild and balanced.
07-31-2008 20:39:23 | More by zeff80
3.6/5 rDev +9.1%
Appearance: pours a clear amber color with a one finger head.
Smell: floral hop bitterness and caramel are most notable. Some fruit tones are light.
Taste: caramel, light fruit sweetness, earthy hop bitterness, and some light floral tones.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp and refreshing. Aftertaste is short lived.
Overall: easy drinking ale. Very basic flavors but satisfying.
02-20-2012 17:53:23 | More by Gavage
3.43/5 rDev +3.9%
This came with a foamy, medium-tan head. It had a lightly cloudy, medium-amber color. The nose had a really good hop presence. I experienced good hop bitterness on the palate and the finish had a decent commingling of hops and malt. It produced nice lacing throughout.
12-07-2006 11:49:02 | More by woodychandler
3.63/5 rDev +10%
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.
06-05-2006 05:32:22 | More by tempest
3.88/5 rDev +17.6%
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.
07-26-2008 01:03:59 | More by akorsak
3.55/5 rDev +7.6%
Given the vibe of the brewpub, I kind of figured the IPA here would be nothing special.
The beer pours a reddish amber color with fairly good head retention and light lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light dry grapefruit peel and some dry malt. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this dry, lightly bitter IPA. Otherwise, I thought this kind of an odd IPA, as it had almost a cardboard flavor on the mid palate. While I typically prefer IPA's that are on the dry side, this is a beer that really could have used a bit more sweetness, along with a more interesting hop profile. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, and the beer finished fairly well. Drinkability was decent, though I was surprised by the noticeable alcohol I got on the finish. Considering the low abv., I would not have expected to encounter the heat I picked up in the finish of this beer.
While not terrible, it's really hard to imagine ever ordering this again. My impression is that there are plenty of well made IPA's in the twin cities, and this really doesn't seem to be one of them. Mehhhh....
11-24-2010 16:54:57 | More by John_M
3.55/5 rDev +7.6%
Pours a clear, red/amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of dry hops, sweet malt, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of pale hops, floral hop aroma, and sweet malt. Overall, not complex, weak aroma, but great appearance.
04-12-2010 23:46:01 | More by Tone
4/5 rDev +21.2%
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.
11-02-2011 00:48:24 | More by WoodBrew
3.43/5 rDev +3.9%
Dark pale gold with a slight dirty brown cast to its clearish body. Small capping of white foam sits briefly. Small spotty lacing sticks in a few areas.
Nice clean aroma of grapefruitish hops with a bit of starchy pine notes, uncomplicated yet bold and citric. About what a really good APA smells like.
Taste is a bit empty and one dimensional, a decent approach to hoppyness is here, but lacks depth, complexity, and length. Snappy, crisp, and quick, with a lingering parching dryness of pine and grapefruit that begins to grab about midway and leads into the finish slowly and lasts for a decent amount of hoppy lip smacking quenchness.
However, it falls quite flat with the body were its taste could actually be brought into a decent girth and maintain some substance it descends quickly into a watery grave. Thin, weak, and lackluster and left for nuaght on the palate. Perhaps a bit of malt decides to intervine, but only to the dismay of a few leftover hop pellets.
As is, this was the better, if not the best of beers I had, and the only one I will be reviewing as the others would be a waste of time, energy, and words.
06-17-2007 22:53:05 | More by tavernjef
4.03/5 rDev +22.1%
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..
08-17-2003 22:32:52 | More by ZAP
2.93/5 rDev -11.2%
A- Semi-aggressive pour forms a two-fingered head. Beer is an amber/light ruby red color. Good head retention with some visible lacing.
S- Smells of pale malts and lemon zest.
T- More semi-sour fruits. Has a weird taste that I can't put my finger on....can't tell is that's the booze or an off-flavor. "Mineral notes."
M- Kind of watery. Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel. Alright carbonation.
D/O- I get the English IPA thing, but just not a *good* representation if you were to say "here, this is an English IPA" to someone who has never had one before.
08-26-2011 04:39:42 | More by Duff27
4.1/5 rDev +24.2%
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.
05-18-2005 17:08:28 | More by RBorsato
Duke Of Wellington India Pale Ale from Granite City Food & Brewery
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