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Propeller IPA - Propeller Brewery

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Propeller IPAPropeller IPA

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very good

107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Propeller Brewery visit their website
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Not for the faint of heart. True India Pale Ales had to withstand long sea voyages before quenching the thirst of cranky British troops stationed in India. Our IPA is true to this style, it’s bracing, bitter and higher in alcohol (6.5% ABVl) and made with the trademark Propeller quality. It’s full-bodied ale for full throttle beer lovers!

68 IBU

(Beer added by: Mandrake on 03-12-2006)
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Devon_, Oct 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

MJ63, Oct 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Electros, Sep 17, 2014
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3.79/5  rDev -2.1%

Single bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Orange-yellow amber hue with a small amount of off-white head draping the top. Smells like a classic English IPA with buttered bread and toffee, grape-like fruity esters, and earthy, green, forest floor hops. Only shades of that resinous pine-like character one expects in an American IPA, this element instead replaced by orange and tangerine marmalade, lemon rind, pineapple gummy candy, buttered toast, faint molasses. Starts sweet and malty but finishes crisp and chalky. Hopping at an intermediate level between English and American, truth be told ... Some herbal and tea-like elements asserting themselves over time along with tropical fruit and floral notes. A little diacetyl asserting itself. Good stuff although the malt-forward vibe never quite disappears. Body on the thick side for the style like its stablemate Propeller Bitter, low carbonation. Some nutty character. Enjoyable enough but perhaps struggling with an identity crisis style-wise.

CalgaryFMC, Sep 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

HaliHops, Aug 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

dcerdman, Aug 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

pharmerdoc, Aug 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

muskiesman, Aug 17, 2014
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3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the brewery shop.
Pours a crystal clear deep straw color with a huge tightly bubbled white head that leaves a huge a mount of stickies on the glass. Carmel, earth, and pine in the aroma. The flavor is caramel and earth again with a touch of resin and a hint of alcohol. Sweet maltiness with just a touch of hop flavor and bitterness. Medium body and a moderate level of carbonation. English style maybe, but really tame for an ipa, or too much crystal malt to let the hops shine through. I could drink this there's nothing wrong with it but it has a 90's old school feel to it.

johnnnniee, Aug 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

prisdefer, Jul 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Jaymo13, Jun 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

murphius1118, Jun 20, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma very ephemeral - piney
Head average (4 cm), off white, creamy, slowly diminishing to 3 mm layer
Lacing good, nearly complete rings of small bubbles as well as islands
Body light orange, clear, with rising CO2 bubbles
Flavor begins with citrusy freshness which rapidly is replaced by a light bitterness which hangs on. No alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation.

This is a pleasant, easy drinking, IPA which hides the 6.5 % abv well. It is not a session beer but can certainly be consumed for a couple of rounds before switching to something else.

Ozzylizard, Jun 16, 2014
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3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice semi-hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves lovely lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of floral hops, some grass, sweet caramel and bready/buiscuity malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some floral hops, a grassy bitterness, some caramel and bready/buiscuity malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by decent flavors and aromas.

SebD, May 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

djcreepshow, May 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

DreamDeath, May 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

RyanM81, May 16, 2014
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3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to glass

Appearance - Golden amber colour with lots of carbonation. Nice fluffy white head

Smell - Grassy aroma, some floral tones as well, hops are definitely present though

Taste - A somewhat sweet start has some caramel and maybe biscuit notes? Bitter but not unpleasantly so. The finish has hoppy with some tropical fruits

Overall - A good year round IPA from Propeller. Hoppy enough to have some flavour but not so bitter its unpleasant. Good, but doesn't set the world on fire

Dna_Infinity, May 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

GoHabsGo, Mar 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

mmurphy525, Dec 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

valianes, Dec 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

StomachUlcers, Nov 13, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 341 mL Bottle

My First India Pale Ale and what a great experience it was!

A- Poured a beautiful Honey Gold hue with 1 1/2 fingers of a lumpy white head. Lots of Lacing on the glass.

S- Lots of Floral notes backed up by a maltiness and a smidgen of citrus.

T- Like the bottle said, this definitely is a "full-bodied" ale! Quite citrus-like to start off and then moves to a hop-bomb that is nice and bitter. The after taste has a honey-like characteristic that is quite refreshing!

M- Average carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing!

O- Coming from someone who avoided IPA's altogether due to the style's apparent unbearable bitterness, I have to say I really enjoyed this brew. Contrary to my previous belief, this IPA did not possess an overpowering bitterness and was actually served quite well as a session beer (I drained a six pack in a night). If you are thinking about diving in to an IPA but you can't seem to muster up the courage to do so, take it from me; I highly recommend Propeller's India Pale Ale to anyone who has not tried it, regardless if you are familiar with the style or not.

PorterPro125, Nov 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

TT--Cashout, Sep 03, 2013
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Propeller IPA from Propeller Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.