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Propeller IPA - Propeller Brewery

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Propeller IPAPropeller IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | 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:
Beer added by: Mandrake on 03-12-2006

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
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Ratings: 118 | Reviews: 63
Reviews by spinrsx:
Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to my father for sharing this beer. Bottled the second week of September 2010.

The beer pours a golden orange color with a white head. The aroma is very strong. The first whiff is very similar to juicy fruit gum, but I also get some flowers and bready malt notes. The flavor is very fruity. I get some bubble gum, perfume, flowers and a little bit of pine. Low to medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The beer is very good, but it got a little hard to drink near the end.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a sample pack brought back from the East coast for me!

Poured into a nonic glass. Terrific foamy head, with exceptional lacing streaks all along the glass. Only loses marks on the colour - kind of a washed out, light copper, pretty light on the IPA spectrum.

Nose is citrus and pine, with a touch of biscuits and malt.

Citrus and earthy hops start things off, but a malty sweetness evens things out well with notes of caramel, biscuits and peach. Finishes with a tart, peppery hop bitterness that lingers well. Quite tasty.

Thin, with great carbonation though. Slightly creamy from the still-present head.

A Canadian IPA done right! An enjoyable brew that is a great summer thirst-quencher. Hoppy, but not to the point of DIPA insanity, which means I could have a few of these in an evening and not get hopped-out.

A great pickup.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to biegaman for this brew in our never ending sports bet! Pours with a big head which settles after a while. Not very hoppy in smell. Very smooth/subtle hops taste typical of an English IPA. Nice mouthfeel. A good example of the style. Cheers.

Photo of niz
2.01/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

gold medal winner in chicago @ the world beer championships,
really looking forward to tasting this one,

pours a clear honey maple with minimal head, and moderate carbonation,
smells of citrus and oxidation.
tastes the same but with the addition of soap. not very tasty,..
i was looking for more of an west coast style ipa, huge hazy and hoppy,
this tastes moderately better than alexander keiths,...with a bit more malt.

i can't finish this,... hope the toilet enjoy's this more than i didl. bye bye,..

damnit, i still have 5 more,... presents for someone else.... lol!

Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle. Nice to see some East-coast versions of this style made available to we here in the Western provinces.

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and ebulliently soapy off-white head, which dissipates rather slowly, leaving some random low-pressure system cloud lace around the glass in its slow-ass wake.

It smells quite floral, with a certain perfumed essence, and duly on the tangy side, with a bit of spicy bready malt, and muddled orange and grapefruit citrus bitterness. The taste is surprisingly sweet at first, caramel, toffee, and brown sugar presiding, abetted by a sugary field honey essence, all before the orange/tropical fruit hop essences arrive, and balance things out, more or less.

The carbonation is on the duly low side, lending well to a smooth and unobstructed mouthfeel. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt still large and in charge, with the mixed-up hops doing just enough to keep things from scraping further pith from my tongue.

Definitely big for the style, in the East coast sensibility, the hops pushing the envelope, similar to a number of BC EIPAs that I've tried that exhibit the same characteristics - English, right, and not really, American - but not quite, Canadian - fer sure, maybe, eh? Wow - this is confusing, for we IPA fiends in the Great White North.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at DougShoemaker’s 2005 December gathering - bottle courtesy of jerc & OKBeer via mr_kimchee. It was OK for Canada. significant hops and malt. SOme Amarillo cirtus type flavour. Bitter finish, citrus aroma. A decent IPA, particularly for understated British type. Propeller makes decent stuff.

Photo of Dna_Infinity
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - slightly hazy bubbly golden copper, a tall white head retains extremely well eventually leaving a great laces of foam up the glass
S - a herbal and spicy hop mixture, some light toasty grainy malt hints, with subtle woody cedar notes
T - the spicy hops are prominent with some herbal notes, a slight woody flavour, toasty malts are more sublte, a peppery and light citrus on the finish
M - medium carbonation leads to a nice hop bitter with a spicy tingle lasting on the tongue
D - great hop flavours and feels are presented well, it is fairly bitter and tart, a nice IPA offering but maybe not sessionable

Photo of Mandrake
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium copper with a two finger bone-coloured head that lasts well and leaves good lacing. The smell has a piney tone to it, with the sugary sweetness of the malts apparent underneath the hops. Taste is quite sweet, and not overly hoppy, with the same pine notes that are present in the nose, along with a slight flavour of butter and fruits. Mouthfeel is fairly well carbonated, but not as crisp as I might like, and drinkability is very good. A solid IPA, but not an exceptional one. Even so, it's nice to see a real IPA from my home province, where the best known beer is Alexander Keith's.

Take two, with a bottling from the first week of October, 2006. Hard pour yields a beer that's the same medium copper, just slightly hazy, with a big three-finger head that lasts very well and leaves good lacing. Smell is full of floral hops, and the sugary malts from the first batch are much more subdued. Less of a pine tone, though that is still there, a much more grapefruit and other citrus scents. Notes of toffee and butter are also present. Taste is very english, the hops taking the lead with lots of citrus coming through, and breadiness, caramel, and just a hint of diacetyl rounding it out. Mouthfeel is similar, still not quite as sharp and carbonated as it could be, but with plenty of body. Drinkability is excellent. I'm glad to have tried it again, it looks like I did get a bit of an off batch the first time.

Photo of eat
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apparently I just re-reviewed this accidentally (07-28-2011). I'm leaving the updated review here since I don't feel that I totally agree with the old one. Almost-clear honey coloured body topped with a cover of bright-white head. Some okay lacing.

The nose is fairly balanced between hops and malt, with light grapefruit, tropical fruit and grass blending into sweet caramel. Some minerals and a touch of butter show as well. I prefer a more hop-dominant nose on an IPA.

A decent bitterness appears in the mouth, though the character of the hops remains subdued: earthy pine with toasty cracker and light minerals. Almost none of the sweetness from the nose shows here, with the flavour focusing on its earthy bitterness. Alcohol is smooth for 6.5% ABV, showing only when partnering with grapefruit pith on the finish.

Medium light body with a low carbonation. I wouldn't mind something a bit more viscous here. Not bad though.

Definitely more of an English-styled IPA, though with a higher bitterness than most. I'm not generally a big fan of that particular take on the IPA but this one is all right. I might pick this up sometimes if it were more widely available.

Photo of souvenirs
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of elricorico
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear coppery colour with a thin beige head, partially my fault for slowly pouring. Bit of lacing.

Aroma seems a bit muted, though toffee and herbal notes can be dug out.

Taste starts slightly toffee sweet, then floods the mouth with a balance of toffee, herbal an citrus flavours. Big taste and very nicely balanced. Every bit of the flavour seems to linger.

Seems that the body is almost a bit creamy in its fullness, and the carbonation is well suited.

Absolutely quaffable, with a smooth body and balanced flavour this one is a great example of a Canadian twist on the style.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.09/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Okbeer: Poured a dirty amber color ale with a nice white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of mild citrusy hops with a dry malt base. Taste of citrusy hops is lighter then expected with a malt base that is too dry and IMO would have profited from more caramel malt. Body is quite full with a low level of filtration which I appreciated and some medium carbonation. Interesting but a bit weak on the hops side for the style.

Photo of ZorPrime
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received from Ralphus as part of a trade. Tasted on July 20th, 2009.

The beer pours as a copper color with a very nice head which stick to the glass quite well. The looks is all good for the style! Almost perfect! The aroma is hops with some caramel (malts sweetness!). The taste is similar. Hops first, then some sweet malts (I associate this with the caramel) and then the bitterness finish! A medium-bodied beer. A very good beer. An excellent IPA. Very well balanced in my opinion. This is beer is an easy drinker.

Photo of Lukecook
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A-Frothy head, clear copper color, thin head remains as I drink the beer, some lacing.

S-Sweet malts and mild hops.

T-Mild bitterness, sweet malt and biscuits in the background, bitterness lingers a bit.

M- Medium body, light carbonation.

D- Pretty good beer, I will definetly buy again.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tall loose frothy off-white head, slightly hazed bright coppery amber in appearance. Thick sticky lacing.

Sweet toasty bready malt blended with floral and fruity hop notes on the nose, light white grapefruit.

Great balance in the flavour as well, bready toasted malt with dandelion greens, pine and gtrapefruit zest on the finish. Hope aren't too overwhelming but still offer a nice lingering hop kick

Medium-full mouthfeel with a light zip of carbonation, really suits the flavour profile.

Hell yeah, one of my new favourite Canadian IPA's, glad it's available out here in Alberta now, it'll be giving Tree's Hophead a run for its money, I'll have to start alternating.... Seriously, a worthy IPA that isn't obnoxious and nearly has it all in all the right places.

Photo of ssmack
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, label says Enjoy Fresh but no bottling date to know if this is a fresh bottle. Pours a wonderful clear, golden yellow with the faintest hint of orange. Couple fingers of head leaves patchy lacing down the glass.

Floral hops couched in a sweet, sweet caramel/honey malt blanket - very sweet.

Entry is bold bittering hops with hints of orange and grapefruit citrus and floral hops (very little compared to the nose). A caramel backdrop that hides from contact - Though, as the brew progresses the hints of citrus and caramel surprise you in spurts. Light body.

I realize that this is an English IPA but the hops are nowhere as vibrant, active or bold as an IPA should be. They bitter without bettering. The promise is there in the appearance and the look but it just doesn't deliver; not a horrible brew but one that, with a few minor improvements could be a lot better.

Photo of liamt07
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from mmurphy525, 650ml bottle into a tulip. Brewed in the first week of April 2011, by the notches on the label.

Pours a dark orange brown, with a dense couple of fingers of snowy white head. Great lace and a good finger of solid head is retained throughout the duration of the bottle. Nose has some caramel, mild English hops, some earthy character. Taste is substantially bitter upfront, more earth, bread, and caramel again. Finishes somewhat dry and the bitterness does not subside. Medium feel and medium carbonation. Drinkable, but not overly so. Not as impressed with this one as I was when I had this over a year ago for the first time. Freshness doesn't seem to be an issue but, this was underwhelming.

Photo of ludachris
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a thin, quickly dissipating thin china white head. Minimal lacing and strong signs of carbonation.
Typical nose of grapefruit, pine with some grass and a hint of biscuity malt.
Grapefruit rhine, pine and lemon upfront in the hops which are very pronounced compared to the light bready malt that does little to even out the bitterness. That much more hops for me.
Smooth and decently balanced and finishes off dry and crisp with a lingering bitterness.
Overall, being my first EIPA, this seems like a great brew. Definately get my hop fix here, but nothing too overpowering, which allows for the bread like malts to stay subtle and take a back seat throughout. Next time I'm down here in Hali, I'll be sure to pick this up again.

Photo of SebD
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml brown bottle (label as above) courtesy of MMansfield.
Poured into my Propeller pint glass (also thanks to Matt) a clear dark gold / orange color, with a huge fluffy white head of big bubbles. Pretty good retention and resultant sticky lacing. The aroma was as expected for an IPA, grassy and citrus hops, with enough toasted malt to keep it balanced. Tastey bitterness with juicy, fruity kick. Lots of grapefruit and a bit of piney resin. Well carbonated give a good body without being to foamy. This was a very drinkable beer, well made, nicely balanced. Hoppy with out being to over the top, nice flavor. One of my highest rated Canadian-made IPAs, setting a personal standard.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of hmc
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After reading the first 2 reviews, I felt compelled to comment on this beer. The two reviews in question seemed very different, and I'm here to say that they are both right, from the different batches I've tasted.

I've purchased and consumed 24 of the 650ml bottles to date. The first 6 from a local Halifax seller, the next 12 directly from the brewery's outlet on Gottingen St., Halifax, and the next 6 from another local seller. As the bottle indicate the production date, I know all three purchases were from different batches.

Disclosure: I am a big fan of Propeller's brews.
My first bottle of this IPA, their latest creation, was nothing short of great. So good in fact that I went to the source to get more 2 weeks later. It too was great. My third purchase was not quite as good. I will speak to this in a moment, for now the review is of my first 18.

A: Clear copper and very attractive

S: HOPS, not just a few sprinkled on top, but not so pungent as to be offensive.

T: Pine and citrus with a more balanced hoppiness than the nose would suggest. There is a background floral characteristic that quickly hides behind those prominent but balanced hops. The finish is dry and long lasting.

M: Medium carbonation sets up the tongue and palate for the great taste. Nothiing earth shattering here.

D: Non stop. No trouble here, I could easily call this a session beer. A long session...


The only serious failing I have with this brew is consistency so far. The third batch I had was not as hoppy, lacked for head and was a pale imitation of the first two batches. The label indicates it was made in the third week of June, and I consumed it in the third week of July, so it should have been as good as the others.

I count the Propeller Bitter and the Propeller Porter in my top 30 beers of all time, and I will put their IPA there if the next is like the first, and stays that way.

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Propeller IPA from Propeller Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.