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Vale IPA - McLaren Vale Beer Company

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Vale IPAVale IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 10%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
McLaren Vale Beer Company visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MrKennedy on 06-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Decko
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad AIPA but just felt a bit unbalanced to me. Citrus and earthy aromas and pretty much same in the taste with the hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Not a bad beer for the price but doesn't quite hang together to be a great one. Happy to have a few as a session beer but won't seek it out.

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JKCooper
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Andrewziggy
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

grapefruit citric and pine hops, with the sweet malts coming through

Photo of Rwalford74
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of baumaxx1
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance-
Pours a clear red/amber colour, 2 finger thick off-white head and strong effervescence. Lots of lacing - like glue to the glass.

Smell-
Hop resin, spice, orange peel, rosehip, with a bit of bran and malt sweetness.

Taste-
Balanced, a bit of hop bitterness, lemon peel, pepper, and cut grass but the bitterness is balanced. A good malty body and a hint of almond oil and earthy flavours. The alcohol is balanced and the hop resin flavours linger. Slightly medicinal result, but this doesn't dominate. The spicy IPA flavours are front and centre.

Mouthfeel-
A good tang on the tongue thanks to the effervescence. A good medium body, and smooth creaminess thanks to its tendency to froth. Clean, crisp and dry - a good light and refreshing beer for the summer thanks to the hop resin.

Overall-
A very sessionable beer and an easy drinking one. It's also on the affordable end of premium beers to boot. Nothing revolutionary, but a solid example of an IPA. Seems to have earthy and malty flavours that carry across the Vale range to set it apart - not the most bitter IPA out as a result.

Had to follow up the Vale Ale review with a positive - skip that and get the IPA. Get this instead. It doesn't cost too much down under and it's my go-to IPA.

Photo of CaptainHungry
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Stuckey_Stuckey
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of mrjez
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of bcm75
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Manzier
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark coppery, light reddish. Medium carbonation with a small but lingering self sustaining head. Which is a good sign of an IPA or high hopped beer.

S - Spicy and Fruity hop aroma. Fairly strong. Maybe a little bit of resin aswell. A small amount of malt sweetness on the nose as well.

T - Fairly malty. Crisp finish with good bitterness that lingers. Very refreshing taste. No hint of alcohol. Actually it is very malty but is well balanced with the bitterness. Very enjoyable. Resiny hop aftertaste with the bitterness

M - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. The resiny hops provide a good mouth-feel.

O - A solid IPA that I am definitly a fan of. This is the first time i've tried it while writing the review and I'd recommend it. Well balanced and can easily drink a few of these in a row.

Photo of Teddy-Pickles
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Vanz
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of dking1525
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Gasc0igne
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of magpieken
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of admiral
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An excellent beer, made for everyone to enjoy - very sessionable.

aroma - malty and lemon blend

Taste - A very tasty beer with low bitterness, for this style of beer, and a nice lemon and malt flavour with orange marmalade and pepper to compliment these flavours. Made for easy drinking - nice and sweet for the style.

Photo of SmashPants
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: standard brown 330mL bottle, semi-macro label with a touch of classic minimalism. Stylish.

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy deep copper in colour with minimal fine carbonation. A one-finger off-whiteh ead pops up and hangs about for quite a while with sporadic lacing. Looks good.

Aroma: everything is there that should be - citric and pine hops, and some sweet bread malts. The only problem that I can see is that it is a bit light compared to most AIPAs. Still nice though.

Taste: pretty much follows the nose - grapefruit citric and pine hops, with the sweet malts coming through stronger than in the aroma. A good-quality, textbook AIPA again, but also a touch on the demure side.

Aftertaste: flavours drop away pretty quickly, leaving a decent amount of bitterness.

Mouth feel: a medium body with a decent whack of carbonation. Carries the flavour well without being too 'spritzy'.

Overall: a good compromise between making the hops-forward flavour intense enough for the beer tragics whilst not overdoing it for the everyday consumer. A good beer, and certainly worth a 6-pack every now and then, at AU$65 a case (2013)

Photo of doktorhops
2.87/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Another Aussie brewers take on the holiest of holy American beer styles - the India Pale Ale. Now McLaren Vale is renown for its wine so it is interesting for craft brewers to set up shop there, especially as brewing beer is less tied down by the region it is made in - with brewing ingredients like hops, barley and yeast being easier to transport than grapes.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Cloudy deep amber body, hints of copper, with a frothy white head that leaves a sticky lace around the glass.

S: Strong caramel malts mixed with buttery Diacetyl and burnt sugar. The hop aroma is distant and earthy. The Diacetyl on this is like nothing I've ever smelt - it's a full on butterscotch party here.

T: Flavour is interesting, not sure if I like it, very much like those cough lollies "Butter Menthol" it is primarily a mix of butter and menthol. Caramel malts and earthy, medicinal hops are in the background but they never really come to fore. Finish is medicinal bitter, along with the after taste.

M: Mid to light body, medium carbonation, likely the best aspect of this brew for me.

D: Hmmm, I had a quick look at other reviews and they describe a completely different flavour profile to me. Perhaps I got a 'skunked' beer, it was reduced to clear and half price after all. Taking this into account I may have to re-review it in future, however as it stands the beer I'm drinking now is not good at all, I thought I would like a Diacetyl-bomb but in combination with the menthol taste and the medicinal bitterness it is a no go for me.

Food match: With food this one is a total miss, however it is good on the sore throat I'm experiencing now (I'm in the early stage of a flu at this moment).

Photo of PolarBear3
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A -Pours a darkish copper/honey colour with a frothy head the dissipates fairly quickly leaving a thin film

S - Citrus and floral like aromas including passionfruit, honey and some caramel.

T - passionfruit very prominent with some peach, mango and lemon giving a mild bitterness at the finish that I reckon balances fairly well.

M - Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation

O - Didn't mind this beer at all. Good balance of hops and light malts with a little bitterness to finish.

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Vale IPA from McLaren Vale Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.