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Propeller IPA - Propeller Brewery

Propeller IPAPropeller IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

88 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 88
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%


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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Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 56 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Watershed:
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Watershed

Ontario (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First of all, I'm not sure why this is categorized as an American IPA when, from both the taste and the info on the case (it references the sea-voyaging British history of the style), it is clearly trying to be an English IPA -- as is usual for many of the brewers in Canada's maritime provinces, which engage very effectively with British styles.

So this needs to be reviewed as a British IPA. With that established, this pours a bit light in colour even for that style -- honey-toned with very slight reddish highlights. The aroma provides the first clue that this isn't an American IPA: the malts are too strong, almost cloying, and the hops far too subdued. Still, it smells appealing. Taste-wise, this is an almost perfectly balanced English IPA, with grains, fruit, and citrus mingling so that it's tough to tell which flavours are coming from malts and which from hops. Don't get me wrong, the flavour is very full (and you can taste the ABV), but there's a subtlety here that's lacking in your average IPA of either style. The sweet-sharpness of the hops really lingers in the mouth, too, so that I find myself wanting to sip this quicker than perhaps I should.

Overall, this is a solid, solid beer that provides further evidence of Propeller's status as one of the most reliable brewers in Canada. This might not blow away any hop-heads, but anyone interested in the wide spectrum of British and American varieties of the IPA style will want to give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 01:26:04 | More by Watershed
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GoHabsGo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-14-2014 01:20:34 | More by GoHabsGo
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mmurphy525

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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New Brunswick (Canada)

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PorterPro125

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 02:34:26 | More by PorterPro125
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TT--Cashout

Newfoundland (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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groleau

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

08-20-2013 20:33:42 | More by groleau
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -23.1%

08-19-2013 17:12:08 | More by bigox420
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.6%

08-16-2013 01:04:21 | More by RedAleMan
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souvenirs

British Columbia (Canada)

3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle split with my Dad, bought at the NSLC in Windsor, NS. My first east coast IPA (unless you count Keith's...).

A: honey-coloured and clear, with a couple fingers of head.
S: floral, just a hint of citrus, pale malt.
T: more bitter, but kind of lacking in the more complex hop flavours I've come to expect, based on west coast IPAs. Pale malts are more prominent than hops... not to my liking.
F: perhaps a bit overly thick.

It's certainly not bad, but I think I prefer the hop complexity of the West Coast IPAs I'm used to. A solid beer, but I won't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 21:05:23 | More by souvenirs
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deBeaupre

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

07-31-2013 01:34:57 | More by deBeaupre
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New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-27-2013 02:59:59 | More by LXIXME
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ssmack

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

A clear, bright gold with half inch of fine, white, hilly head and good lacing.

A floral aroma with sweetness in the malty smell with a hint of hops.

The taste of sweet honey at first that slowly flows into a grassy, resiny hops taste. Lots of bitterness over a sold malt back bone.

An oily mouthfeel.

I agree that this IPA is definitely British and not American. This brew is unfortunately short of an enticing aroma and is not complex.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 01:06:00 | More by ssmack
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-20-2013 02:03:58 | More by cam477
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9%

06-07-2013 21:11:50 | More by Molson2000
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

05-10-2013 16:27:14 | More by yancot
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DanielleLouise

California

4.25/5  rDev +9%

05-06-2013 03:16:16 | More by DanielleLouise
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -23.1%

04-29-2013 23:57:38 | More by cfalovo97
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GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is definitely one of the the nicer Canadian made IPA's out there. Pours a light brown/copper with a nice head.

Smells of hoppy goodness with some grainy malts.

One of the best tasting IPA's I've had in a while. Lots of flowery, fruity hops balanced almost perfectly with some bready malts. This beer is alive, and it's hard to find an IPA this well balanced. Leaves you with a wonderfully hoppy bitter aftertaste!

This is a beer I will stock up on for sure!

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 01:42:19 | More by GodOfBeer
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

341 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO. I tried Revolution earlier this year and was a pretty big fan, so I'm hoping I've found another winner from Propeller. Served only slightly chilled, and poured into a big wine glass.

Pours a nice golden-amber colour, bright and transparent, topped with one finger of dense, creamy white head that hangs around for a good long while. A decent swath of stringy lacing is left clinging to the glass as it gradually recedes into a thin, smooth, even cap. The aroma is light and enjoyable, with notes of biscuits, toffee, honey and leafy hops. Lightly earthy and herbal; seems a little more English to me but enjoyable nonetheless.

Tasty stuff, and much more balanced than most American IPAs. There is more than enough crackery, biscuity malt, honey and butterscotch sweetness to deftly counter the modest wallop of tea leafy, earthy hop dryness that surges forward in the finish. The ethanol isn't a major factor in the flavour, but the piney aftertaste helps make you well aware of its presence. Medium-bodied, with a modest oily slickness left behind on the palate following each sip. Restrained carbonation that provides an appropriate crisp bite. Not something I'd care to drink quickly, and two bottles would probably be enough for me in a night.

Final Grade: 3.96, a very high B+. Propeller IPA isn't a mindblowing example of the style, but it's still a well-made one that I (and the friend I split this pack with) enjoyed considerably. Unlike a lot of IPAs, the malt profile is what shines here, at least in my opinion - not that the pleasant hop dryness doesn't provide a mixture of piney, earthy goodness that most hopheads should find highly agreeable. This stuff is well worth a try for anyone in the mood for a more restrained, balanced, (dare I say) English sort of IPA, although I have a feeling it would really shine on tap, or perhaps simply closer to the source out East.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 03:59:26 | More by thehyperduck
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BigGruntyThirst

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.6%

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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml Bottle from the Nepean LCBO - 13$ for a 6-pack

Appearance - Clear light copper with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, grass

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and earthy hops. There is also some very light grapefruit and some grassy notes. It ends with a malty earthy aftertaste.

Overall – Blah.. it's okay I guess, just don't expect any 'american' IPA flavours.. or any vibrant citrus notes, or pungent hops. It's an average east coast IPA.. or even a pale ale.. or even an ESB.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 23:32:35 | More by spinrsx
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lgmol

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

02-22-2013 02:10:51 | More by lgmol
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sdm9465

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-29-2013 16:38:33 | More by sdm9465
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Propeller IPA from Propeller Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.