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Deuchars IPA - The Caledonian Brewing Company

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Deuchars IPADeuchars IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

181 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 20
Gots: 7 | 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:
4.4% ABV in bottles and 3.8% in cask.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-28-2001)
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Reviews by newk340:
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3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

newk340, Aug 07, 2010
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +5%

beerhunter13, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Jason
4.3/5  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.

Jason, Apr 29, 2004
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4/5  rDev +5%

innominat, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of NilocRellim
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Nov 27, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

chickenm, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Shovelbum
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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).

Shovelbum, Mar 14, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

rastaman, Aug 03, 2002
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4/5  rDev +5%

ltdantheman, Feb 26, 2012
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2.85/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

racer2k, Dec 16, 2011
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3.98/5  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.

biboergosum, Sep 05, 2009
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3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

mintjellie, Jul 26, 2009
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4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Sammy, Sep 19, 2004
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4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

CanuckRover, Sep 27, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

beerinabottle, Jul 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

WoodBrew, Sep 12, 2014
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3.98/5  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.

surfadelic23, Mar 28, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Jacobus79, May 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

beerman999999, Sep 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

Coresix, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

PhillyStyle, Apr 30, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

WastedYouth, Feb 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

TrojanRB, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of Flyer
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

Flyer, Jun 04, 2007
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Deuchars IPA from The Caledonian Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.