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

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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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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 BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of emerge077
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
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 zeff80
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.68/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Gavage
3.61/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.42/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tempest
3.64/5  rDev +11.3%
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 John_M
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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....

Photo of akorsak
3.87/5  rDev +18.3%
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 WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +22.3%
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 Duff27
2.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Tone
3.56/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear deep amber color with a copper hue. Poured a soapy 2 finger off-white head with fair retention settling to an even skim. Laced in fingers that slowly washed down the glass.

S: Citrussy hops with a faint grapefruit. Also wet grass and biscuity malts. Won't compare to the aggressively hopped West coast IPA's (but that's ok)

T: Toasted malts are right up front. Resiny floral hops follow. Good bitter bite to balance and finish. Floral hops became more prominent with warming.

M: Full side of medium body with good malt character. Nicely balanced carbonation. Finish was crisp (but certainly not dry).

D: One of the more drinkable IPA's. More balanced than most.

Photo of Durge
3.8/5  rDev +16.2%
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!

Photo of ZAP
3.97/5  rDev +21.4%
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..

Photo of tavernjef
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of RBorsato
4.12/5  rDev +26%
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.

Photo of maximum12
3.72/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We really enjoy our local Granite City. The kids love the food & menus, we can use of Club Cards to get nice big brews, & where else can a family of four sit down to a good meal with good beer for $40 or less? We've become regulars.

Sunny golden & foamy. The nose on the Duke is the best thing about it, & has certainly improved over the years as (assumedly) they've tweaked the recipe. Strong citrus & bitterness flows freely.

The Duke of Wellington is much improved. Not a terribly complex ale, but with a dash of citrus, pale malts, & a slash of finishing bitterness, the kid is alright. And drinkable? Yes.

That said, I had the Duke long ago & have generally avoided it; pretty weak sauce. I don't know what they've done, but this incarnation was vastly improved over the old, weaker version that I recall. Good beer.

Photo of mynie
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Probably not fair to review this after a trip to the Floyds... but it's been like 4 hours since my last beer and this growler's just sitting here so whatever, might as well do some drinking.

Everything about this is really tame for an IPA. It's tame for an APA, actually. And I'm not making that complaint due to an ignorance of the style, either; this is trying really hard to be a west coat APA, but for some reason it has been officially labeled as an IPA and seems geared towards people who don't much care for APAs.

None of this makes it a bad beer. It's a fair attempt at a Sierra Nevada clone, with pale and caramel malts holding their own against a medium-sized dose of cascade hops. There's a little bit of ethanol weirdness in the aroma, but I'm just about positive that this wasn't brewed from kit (which, when dealing with chain brewpubs, is enough to be thankful for).

Not bad.

Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The last brewpub in ND. what a shame. But at least they still have one!

Medium copper/amber. Small whispy head of white foam. Aromas of biscuit malt and light hop. Malts dominate and this is truly English in style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and almost light. Drinkability is decent, but this is somewhat bland and boring. At least they tried.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of KarlHungus
2.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear amber color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma has a hint of floral hops, but it is very faint. The taste is similar to the aroma. There is a nice bitterness in the finish, but the sip is quite weak. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a water texture, and moderate-low carbonation. Overall, I will pass on this beer again.

Photo of morimech
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
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 Tucquan
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a single pint of this while waiting for a table for dinner. I hadn't realized when choosing this resturant that it was also a brew pub so it was a nice surprise.

The barmaid poured the beer into a 20 oz glass. The beer has an amber color with a medium head. I liked the clean, citrus-infused taste and the high carbonation.

Photo of Monkeyknife
2.91/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a bright reddish copper color with a full white foamy head.

Aroma was on the light side with a bit of sweet malts and even less hops.

The taste was thin, malty, light on hops and with a metallic tang. Nothing really stood out to the palate.

Light bodied, wet, and moderately carbonated.

Easy to drink once you get used to the lack of flavor. There are much, much better IPAs out there. I wish this had been one of them.

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Duke Of Wellington India Pale Ale from Granite City Food & Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.