Deuchars IPA - The Caledonian Brewing Company

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Deuchars IPADeuchars IPA

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very good

189 Ratings

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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 22
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Caledonian Brewing Company visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-28-2001

4.4% ABV in bottles and 3.8% in cask.
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Photo of newk340
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a cask in Deacon Brodie's Tavern on High Street in Edinburgh.

A: a hazy golden orange that is topped off by a full, but quickly dissipating, head. leaves a decent lacing despite the short lasting foam.

S: plenty of citrus evident as well as wheats and grasses. smells like fields in the countryside of Scotland.

T: while the traditional bitterness of an IPA is not entirely present, there are plenty of wheat, citrus, and hop flavors to go around. some malt flavors round out the taste after each swallow.

MF/D: a warm, full feel fills the mouth with each sip. very low carbonation leaves the mouth wanting more.

Photo of Jason
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served @ NERAX 2004 in a pint a glass.

Sunrise golden orange color, mild haze and a thin lace to boot. Tons of delicate hop oil aroma and flavor, suggestions of ripe pear and golden raisin come to mind. Light dough malt in the back with a mild bitterness to balance ... there seems to be more hop flavor than bitterness is provides a perfect base for such a tasty brew. Certainly not an IPA by any means ... regardless this is a great cask ale.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2012.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear golden colour with medium carbonation. Forms a decent head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before disappearing. Aroma of light malt with notes dry yeast and subtle flowery hops; perhaps a hint of citrus.

Tastes of light malt with a dry finish. Notes of earthy yeast and flowery aromatic hops, with some leafy stewed hops upon swallowing. Not much bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry; coats the palate. Slightly astringent, with an aftertaste of yeasty malt.

A decent pale ale - it goes down easily and I rather like it. Not an IPA in the modern sense; the hops are very restrained. The aroma could be more distinctive, but the flavour is nice and distinctly yeasty. It's better on cask than from the bottle, but worth trying if you get the chance.

Photo of Shovelbum
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Edinburgh airport (that's right, cask ale at the airport).

Arrived with a thin creamy head over a golden body. Creamy head sticks around until the end of the pint, leaving a creamy coating down the side of the glass. Aromas of light sweet malt with a trace of floral/ earthy hops. Subdued maltiness provides a canvas for the citric hop bitterness and earthy hop flavors. Creamy mouthfeel with an almost milk-shake-like head. Low carbonation, served nearly room temp. Medium bodied.

Moderate hop bitterness by American IPA standards, but eminently more balanced in my opinion. I don't generally like IPAs and avoided this brew for most of the time I was in Scotland in favor of the wealth of Scottish style ales, but once I actually tried this ale I loved it. It would probably be considered a Pale Ale by our hop-crazed standards. The room temp serving brings out the hop flavor complexity, which is quite nice without over the top bitterness. In fact it is supremely well balanced with a wide variety of hop characteristics working together with a flavor malt backbone that is still detectable. Scotland’s ubiquitous cask ale (even the airport, where I got my final fix).

Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy like an IPA should be, hint of peatiness in the finish, combined with a nice bitter hop flavour, i really couldn't believe it had 3.8% (different to the the above ABV given, however i did sample it cask conditioned, so maybe its different from the bottle), this certainly was very tasty.

Photo of racer2k
2.87/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured beer into a pint glass

A - Golden copper color which yields a very clear beer. Small head of foam on the pour with very little retention around the glass.

S - Mild but sweet malt and some earthy citrus hops in the background.

T - An initial bready yeast flavor with a mild hop taste. There is plenty of back end grain flavor with a toasted mailt finish. The hops are quite mild compared to north american craft beers but this is a nice english version of the IPA.

M - Medium body with very little carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Drinkable session IPA with very little alcohol volume. Not my favorite but drinkable.

Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wonder how the Scots like having their IPA categorized as "English"... and for we New Worlders, "Dookers" it is...on the can, they have no lack of confidence in their assertion of the taste bud-satisfying qualities of their brew, so let's put that to the test...

This beer pours a clear medium straw colour, with a couple of fingers of thick, foamy white head, which leaves some random lace around the glass. It smells of biscuit malt and light citrus hops. The taste is crisp bready, biscuity malt, lemon, sour apple, and herbal, grassy hops, that seem to increase towards the finish. The carbonation is moderate, the body fairly light, and a bit slick, and the finish is dry, the mild citrus and earthy hoppiness maintaining its strength to the end.

As far as UK-produced IPAs go, this is surprising vibrant - smooth flavours, balanced hops and grain - I'd gladly have this one again.

Photo of mintjellie
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange body with a finger of white head. Head fades pretty fast. No lace.

Sweet aroma. Caramel and bread. A little bit buttery. Light lemony hops.

Nice caramel flavour. Herbal, lemony hop flavour. Mild bitterness with a short aftertaste. Buttery.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and creamy. An easy drinking session beer.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An IPA in the American style. Big hops in the bottle. Fresh at the LCBO. Chinook citrus smell. Bit bitter side, but easy drink. Wheat for fruit? Peat moss grassy. Tad metallic. Are they foolin' with the recipe? Pine, limes? Very decent, session ale.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the first ale I ever had. Drank it from cask at a small pub in a small highland village. Loved it and it started my love affair with ales. As others have said, it ain't an IPA, but it is a great beer. Lost something in the can, but still rocket in my books.

It's pale, gold, clear. From the can it had a fast disappearing head and the lacings were non-existant. A fine looking beer.

Great juicy trangerine maltiness on the nose. One of my favourites as far as aroma goes. Begs to be tasted.

Opens with the juicy marmalade noted in the smell. Some nice citrus in there, grapefruit minus the acidity. Doesn't quite make IPA in the finish. Bitterness is very slight and has pretty weak lasting power, taken over instead by that lovely malt.

Although the lack of strong bitterness makes this fall short of an IPA, it does put the drinkability way up there. This is a fine session ale. Refreshing with a wonderful balance of fruity malt and underachieving hops. My tilt is fairly high on this one, but I say it's a damn fine beer.

Photo of surfadelic23
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on Cask at The Mitre, London.
This is a pale orange ale with a nice albeit quickly vanishing head.
Has a very nice balanced hop aroma with a slight hint of malt.
This is a nice balanced taste with the hops a bit ahead of the malt sweetness.
Good mouthfeel! Gotta love casks!
After three of these, I have to say a yummy ale quite tasty and obviously very drinkable.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On Cask, served at what appeared to be slightly above room temperature, at The Horseshoe Bar, Glasgow, Scotland, April 20, 2009:

A: Appeared a nice golden/amber color with a thin white head and decent lacing.

S: Aroma was kind of lighter than expected, slightly hoppy and a little hint of fruit or sweetness.

T: The taste was maybe slightly above average, although I was expecting more, considering the only other English IPA I have tried is Meantime, but the taste is light hops with hints of citrus and florals.

M/D: The beer had a medium body to it with the carbonation not that noticeable. It was smooth and creamy and very easy to drink, although I would think that this was more of just a pale ale than an IPA, but very sessionable.

Photo of Flyer
2.53/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Maybe I’ve been having too many Imperial IPA’s lately, but this IPA struck me as more of a pale ale or even a bitter than anything else. It has a golden ale color, and a moderate head with a soapy appearance. The aroma is very lightly hoppy and a little herby. The body is thin, and the taste reminds me of a mild bitter with some subtle pepper notes. Not much malt character to this one at all. A refreshment beer much more so than a sipping beer, and it’s only a so-so one at that.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.8/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a golden colored ale with a small head with minimum retention. Aroma is mostly comprised of floral malts with limited sweetness. Taste is lightly hoppier then your average English pale ale and a bit dry at the end. Overall, very refreshing but I feel again that this would be way better served fresh on cask…

Photo of ZorPrime
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on July 17, 2009. Obtained from Bobsy in a recent trade.

The beer pour as a golden color with a very small head. The smell is not that much hops I would say. I get some caramel. Not bad, but I'm not use to this smell from an IPA. Could this be another type of hops? Possibly. It reminds me of La Ciboire from Archibald. Taste is definitely more hops and a bitterness at the end. I get caramel notes too. Light notes of citrus. Medium body. Simple but a refreshing beer.

Overall not a bad IPA, however more english style IPA than american. In the english style, I think we get more malts notes... is it just me?

Thanks Bobsy.

Photo of ToneControl
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lovely, hoppy but balanced beer, that does differ from the bottled version. Not easy to find in the cask in North-west England!

I am addicted to heavily-hopped beers, and this has dryness (although not as much as my other favourites - including the bottled version)

Photo of irishkyle21
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color. Thin head and a little lacing here and there.

Smells of fruits, floral hops and biscuity malt.

Tastes of grassy and earthy hops, pale malt and a dry lightly hoppy finish. A highly drinkable beer and on of the best canned offerings from the LCBO this year.

Photo of StevieW
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big 550 ml Euro bottle, clear with a shiny blue label. Best by April '04 on the back label.
Shiny medium copper color with an orange-like hue. Light frothy white head. Tight and compact with sticky lacing. Nice smell of moderate grapefruit and citrus tang. Taste is very hoppy, citrus zest and puckering bitterness at the end. Very lightly toasted malt flavors lie way underneath. Hop bitterness is present but not overwhelming like an American IPA. Moderate carbonation and crisp hop bitterness make it very refreshing and easy to drink. Very crisp and dry, cleansing the palate with every gulp. I had this one with citrus stuffed mini chickens (cornish game hens) and it went very well. This version of an IPA was more subtle, very drinkable, and very refreshing. Worth a try.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two hand pulled pints in the excellent 'Queens Head' a small locals pub very close to Gretna Green in Scotland (9th June 2012).

Fresh and well kept: pale with a good full, staying head.

The aroma was all about hops and their smells: piney, citrusy, this was a fine smelling beer if you like your hops.

The taste also had a hop front, side and back: not overly so, but it just seems right. A lovely couple of pints and although I've not rated/reviewed this in cask form before it is in fact a beer I often drink when in the UK, be it in England or Scotland.

Photo of 3Vandoo
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well after reading the reviews of this beer, I must think I have to try in draft, not in bottle as my experience wasn't really interesting.

A very pale beer, so pale I thought I was looking at some Bud light diluated with some Coors Light, no head, no retetion and I was able to count the bubbles, 1, 2, 3!

Smell very shy of sugar, hoppish and a a finish of shy malt, everything was shy indeed.

Her taste is quite shy, a very watery beer with no character, not much body in mouth. shy hoppish flavours that came with a shy bitterness nothing interesting!

I'm disapointed

Photo of megahurts4
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at 53 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance: Amber with a large initial head that dissipates and leaves minor lacing on the glass

Smell: minor apple and honey smell alongside the hops

Taste: citrus flavors, slight honey flavor, apples, and of course the flowery hops

Mouthfeel: smooth, slightly malty, medium-full bodied with the finish of hops

Definitely something to try if you like Sierra Nevada or Rogue Dead Guy Pale Ale. It is very smooth and flavorful. I am unsure where this is sold (or if it is) in the USA. This bottle was brought to me from Edinburgh, Scotland.

Photo of joecast
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle listed at 4.4%abv. best before jul. 06

clear, well, slightly hazy, golden color. struggles to form/maintain a head. when its there, its fluffy, white and thin.

light citrus and lemon aroma. a nice floral hoppiness. not strong or pungent like some more assertive ipas, but nice nonetheless.

soft maltiness rounded out by a good level of hop flavor and bitterness. nothing earth shattering, but at this low abv the hops could easily get out of control and dominate (in a bad way i mean). as it is, its very well balanced.

good thing its a 500ml bottle cause it goes pretty quickly. i've been interested in trying this for a while and am glad i finally did. now to try it on cask...i wish.

Photo of baiser
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale straw colour, with a smallish white head after a hard pour. It reduced to a thin film quickly.

Nose was very floral, great hop aroma. Also some esters.

Taste was very crisp and clean, distinctive hops, some apples. Sweetness from malts and a touch of bitterness at the back. Good balance, but could've used a bit more bitterness to balance. Quite pleasant and tasty. Quite a smooth beer. Very drinkable.

Probably way better on cask.

Photo of AylwinForbes
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this in my sister's local in Dulwich, South London; I add this to indicate that the distance from the source may be influencing my assessment of this beer. It is perhaps the least interesting of all the cask beers I had on my tour (about twenty). Orange amber colour with very modest head. Distinctive taste, very mealy and biscuity, dry hops. Personally I didn't like the style, but the weight of reviews suggests a flaw in my particular barrel.

Photo of Globetrotter
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found at the Biererei in Vienna, the tall brown half liter bottle sports a green and white oval label featuring hops above the name. Back label says it contains wheat and barley. Best before 8/6/09, I opened it on 3/22/09.

Pours a slightly cloudy pinkish orange under a one finger off-white head that settles very slowly, leaving some nice lace on its way out. Very enticing citrus and floral nose, with the emphasis on carantion. The mouth is mildly carbonated and surprisingly light. The taste brings a great deal to the table, including a minty note along with the flowers and the fruit. It is crisp and refreshing, rather than overly hoppy, in line with the British version of the style. Very nice and crisp, I could drink quite a few of these.

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Deuchars IPA from The Caledonian Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.