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

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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 15.76%
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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Ratings: 219 | Reviews: 83
Photo of Tone
3.56/5  rDev +7.9%
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 bwiechmann
3.14/5  rDev -4.8%
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 Redrover
4/5  rDev +21.2%
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!

Photo of Mistofminn
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ordered this at Granite City before a movie at the AMC next door.

Served in a giant pint glass, this slightly hazy copper colored beer has a nice, chunky light tan head that leaves great lacing all over.

The nose is actually very pleasing. Floral and fruity hops, citrus and grapefruit, with a Crystal malt backbone. Lots of c-hops in this one (Cascade for sure, not entirely sure about the others).

Taste is similar to the nose, although its more bitter and earthy as opposed to the floral and citrus qualities of the nose. A nice strong malt backbone balance this one out nicely.

Mouthfeel is lighter than I'd hoped, and the carbonation is slightly higher than I would have liked to see.

Drinkability is ok, nothing special. I had no problem finishing my massive glass.

Not a terrible IPA, and I'm sure it's better than everything else on the menu.

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.01/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap poured into 25 oz. glass mug.

$3.25 / ea.

S: Very minimal scent of any kind. There is a bit of a subdued hop aroma that you would expect from an IPA, but over all it is a very weak showing.

A: Dark straw to copper body with a small loose head that leaves virtually no lacing or cover. Not a great showing.

T: Very strong hop flavor that overpowers any malt. The hops itself does not come across as the normal citrus, and leaves an unpleasant lingering aftertaste.

M: Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Crisp beer with a tannin feel from the bitterness that tightens up the taste buds.

D: Very light beer, and reasonable carbonation. Eating flat bread pizza improved the beer's taste many fold. If I were sitting around snacking and drinking this would go down very well.

O: As a stand alone beer this was really disappointing, but with food it has a chance to shine. I would recommend not sitting down just to drink this IPA.

Photo of alleykatking
2.4/5  rDev -27.3%
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 chadu
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A light smelling IPA, really more of an English Style IPA. Light on hops and witha tad more carbonation than a West Coast Style IPA.

Again, the lack of a stong hop character is missing, but the slightly citrusy finish is a welcome companion. Not much in the way of malt here.

I have had this several times and from time to time, it's a tad more fizzy than others. It is a pretty light IPA, so don't expect much richness in the mouth.

If you are a mug club member, 2 of these are more than enough. Not sure what the ABV is, but any more than that, and someone else is driving you home, for sure.

Photo of younger35
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank this while waiting for the little lady to finish working. This will be my second Granite City brew and it's got to be better than the Blueberry Ale. Drank from a generic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a dark orange with a nice one finger fluffy white head. Quite a bit of sticky lacing crawls about my glass.
Smell- The cascades come through slightly in the nose as they are lightly fruity but mostly the earthiness of the nobles do there thing. Water cracker malt hides behind the hops and does just enough let your nostrils know malt is present.
Taste- Kind of mirrors the nose as the earthiness of the hops dominate but I don't get any fruitiness. Loads of grass and dandelion stems add that dry sticky bitterness that makes me think English all the way. The bitterness isn't harsh but It's almost woody (if that's possible). Lightly buttery and nutty with the lightest touch of caramel sweetness.
Mouthfeel- Fairly heavy with a nice crisp carbonation.
Drinkability- Not too bad I suppose for a English IPA. Not sure I've had a brew made with Apollo hops but I'm going to assume they are a lot like the fuggles also used. The cascades do nothing for the taste but whatever. Mildly enjoyable.

Photo of simmons
1.8/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A lightly copper,hazy Ipa that has no signs of carbonation & leaves a thin lace. Has very mild floral along with a moderate sweet hop aroma , malt aroma is a light grainyness. As for flavor the malt is very light not that much to notice. hops leave a heavy vegetation flavor as if they were freshly picked. Overall flavor of this beer you get mild sweet malt, then medium bitterness then a vegetable after taste. Mouthfeel: light in body, low carbonation & dryness in the end. Overall this beer could have been a lot better, wasn't awful but it could be balanced out a lot better. It is as if I were drinking a bitter grass beer.

Photo of supercolter
3.91/5  rDev +18.5%
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 Haybeerman
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
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 ghebel
4/5  rDev +21.2%
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 Durge
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
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 francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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 zeff80
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
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 akorsak
3.87/5  rDev +17.3%
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 Monkeyknife
2.91/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of Monkeypaws
3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
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 Tucquan
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
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 MarzenMan
3.24/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of twbrewer
3.39/5  rDev +2.7%
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 edbeered
3.31/5  rDev +0.3%
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 jackorain
3.72/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Atron67
3.52/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of tavernjef
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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