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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: 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 Monkeyknife
2.93/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

Monkeyknife, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of Monkeypaws
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

Monkeypaws, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of Tucquan
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

Tucquan, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of MarzenMan
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%

A - Nice rocky head with a light amber color.

S - Very nice hoppy aroma. Nothing else as expected from a standard IPA.

T&M - Hoppy of course. But mostly a straight bitter not floral type of flavor. IMO the hops was a little too one dimensional. Pretty fair carbonation.

D - Eh. I'm an IPA fan but this one just wasn't very interesting. Fairly hoppy but not the best flavor.

MarzenMan, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of twbrewer
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%

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

twbrewer, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of edbeered
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

edbeered, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of jackorain
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%

A-Darkish Amber to darkish copper. 1/2 inch head of off-white tight foam. Fair retention and a little lcae.

S-Smeels nice mus be a lot of finishing hops. Grapefruit, citrus, earthy hops and caramel malts

T-quite earthy, bitter grapefruit pith biscuit and bready malt. Caramel from the nose did not show itself here.

M-Fizzt, good carbonation, medium body.

D-easy drinker would not have a problem making a night of this one.

jackorain, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of Atron67
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%

A- dark copper, little tinge of orange, pretty decent head, stayed medium length, a little lacing
S- a relatively bitter scent from the hops, a little malt presence but mainly the slightly piney hops
T- pretty solid, no big flaws, a pretty solid better ending that was its best part,
m- sharp carbonation, medium light body,
D- not bad, solid drink i wouldnt turn down, but with bitter woman and hop hearty nearby ide prolly go with those

Atron67, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of tavernjef
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

tavernjef, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

DaPeculierDane, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of skillerified
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

skillerified, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of bucko
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%

This beer pours a deep copper color with a 1" off-white head with some real staying time. EKG and Fuggles hops come through in the nose rather prominently... more than one might expect for an English IPA, but not really on the level with your average American IPA. Citrus and floral notes come through as well as a bit of sweet, caramel. More mildly sweet malt come through in the flavor as well as the caramel and a touch of biscuit. There's a bit of citrus and floral hops in the flavor as well as a grassiness that I'm not crazy about. Mouthfeel? Medium body... a bit less than what I'd expect in an IPA. Very drinkable, though it goes down more like a pale ale than an IPA. Regardless this is a decent beer. Not very adventurous or overly exciting, but not bad either.

bucko, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of woodychandler
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

woodychandler, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of grumpy
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Appearance: Blonde, clear, filtered. Minimal white head with moderate lacing.

Aroma: A light hoppy aroma with a mixture of citrus, pine, and floral qualities

Taste: Pleasantly hoppy in the manner noted above, though this is not a big, bad-ass, bitter American IPA. A little bit of pale malt balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, at best, and substantially carbonated.

Drinkability: This would probably be a decent session beer, I suppose.

Remarks: The Granite City website lists this beer as a cask-conditioned offering. I’m struggling with that notion, as it was pulled through a CO2 tap, and obviously force carbonated. Nothing about the taste, texture, or carbonation of this beer suggests cask conditioning. It was also served too cold, in a chilled glass, which seems to be SOP at Granite City.

grumpy, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

tempest, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of Oxymoron
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Granite City is a brewpub in a variety of different locations. I went to the Sioux Falls to sample their stuff

Duke of Wellington IPA has a light amber color with decent carbonation and foam staying power but limited lace to the glass. The smell is hoppy and more of a American style with earthy tones. I would guess some Fuggles and maybe Goldings.

The taste has a nice malt and hop mix. It has a smooth and slightly sweet malt that doesn’t overpower the beer. The hops have more of a grapefruit flavor (as compared to grassy). The beer is relatively nice but slowly a more stronger bitter flavor takes off and almost gives it too spicy of a flavor. The sweet aroma hops are nice, but the earthy bittering hops really give it a zing bite to it.

Overall I did enjoy this IPA. Not fantastic but overall a good tasting beer, but the zip at the end could be smoothed out.

Oxymoron, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of beerfan82
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%

This beer is really dark when poured out. It's got a nice hop accent to it gives it character. The only think I did not like about this beer you couldn't drink a lot of them. It is extremely bitter but it gives this beer a lot of character. This beer would be excellent with spicy foods.

beerfan82, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of RBorsato
4.1/5  rDev +24.6%

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
Photo of bashiba
2.88/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

bashiba, Nov 22, 2004
Photo of BigRedN
3.78/5  rDev +14.9%

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
Photo of BrewMaster
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

i had this beer on tap at the Cedar Rapids location. the beer was served way too cold and therefore had almost no aroma. when it warmed up after a few minutes the hoppy scent surfaced a bit. the only way i can discribe the flavor is that is tastes like a sloppy IPA. all of the expected hoppy and malty flavors of an IPA were there, but they were very disproportionate. not much of a fruit flavor that many great IPAs have. this beer is not much better than average.

BrewMaster, Jul 29, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.73/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 05, 2004
Photo of budgood1
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

poured out a dark amber...little to no head with wisps of lace left on the glass. rather strong citrusy hop aromas...some maltiness, too. upon tasting....the first thing one notices is the bitter citrus notes...quite evident and bordering on puckering. malt balance is beaten down by the hopping. rather lively mouthfeel but smooth and drinkable. definitely a citrus zest finish and aftertaste. makes for a nice beginning brew before a meal, getting the appetite up.

overall, an average and unbalanced IPA, but tasty nonetheless. i had a few and would drink more again.

budgood1, Sep 16, 2003
Photo of ZAP
4.03/5  rDev +22.5%

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