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Deuchars IPA - The Caledonian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

178 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 19
Gots: 8 | 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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5/5  rDev +31.2%

drtommcg, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of flaz
5/5  rDev +31.2%

flaz, May 23, 2013
Photo of freed
4.93/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Haven't found it in the states, but had the honor to drink this cask conditioned ale at the brewery after the tour.

Fresh, hoppy aroma, great head retention, great color, and wonderful taste. A slight departure from Northwest IPAs, but a wonderful beer in its own right. They did invent IPA, after all.

I'd recommend trying it on tap or cask, and if you find a distributer that has it, e-mail me.

freed, Oct 22, 2002
Photo of Johnq1964
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Johnq1964, Jul 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

delta490, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of Mark
4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Once again had this on my most recent trip to London. I was shocked that the color was pale straw, looked like a lager. it is hoppier than most English brews but still way below ours. A very refreshing beer with high drinkablity. I found it a bit unusual it was being offered in winter. seems better suited to spring and summer. My girlfriends favorite.

Mark, Feb 11, 2002
Photo of champ103
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color. A one finger white head forms. The foam recedes in a minute, sticky lace is left all the way down the glass.
S: Light hop oils up front. Plenty of citrus, floral, and grassy hops. Ripe fruits of green apples. A sweet malty, toffee aroma lingers.
T: This is excellent. Plenty of hop flavors to go around. Citrus, floral, and grassy. A huge ripe and tart green apple flavor that I can not get enough of. A light toffee sweetness in the finish.
M/D: A light to medium body. Dry, crisp and smooth. Really easy to drink. A great session beer (3.8 ABV on cask). All day long with this one.

An excellent beer on cask. Caledonian really impresses me. Probably the best Englsih IPA I have tried. The hops are present and strong, but the tart apple is what puts this over the top. Excellent, and highly recommended.

champ103, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of ToneControl
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
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)

ToneControl, Sep 12, 2003
Photo of Absumaster
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I took this beer back from a recent trip to Newcastle, UK.

A clear, orange, golden beer with a declining head.

Smell is hoppy that is flowery and gives some citrus notes. On top of that a great malt base that adds toffee and a great fresh, hay-like maltiness. The typical Scottish yeast adds a hint of diacetyl that smooths the beer.

Taste is flowery, citrus and a little soapy from the hops, although the beer is not very bitter. There is nothing about herbs or special hops on the label, my guess would be Fuggle hops. The malt is light and toffe, light biscuity, that adds a great balance to the hops. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth, also by the (suspected) diacetyl. A somewhat sweet body comes from the yeast that is not known for it's great attenuation. Drinkability is great and every sip seems to taste different.

Absumaster, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of beerinabottle
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

beerinabottle, Jul 23, 2014
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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, Thursday at 02:47 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

mbmyers3, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of helloloser12345
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle.

Appearance: Golden body with a nice think creamy brilliant head

Smell: Subtle notes - fresh floral/citrus nose.

Flavour: Smooth body with little carbonation makes this a very drinkable beer. Initial flavours are citrus (lemon/lime) and that of melon. Nice and hoppy on the finish

Overall: A remarkable brew, truly refreshing and drinkable. A great session beer.

helloloser12345, Aug 22, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer sampled on my recent trip to Europe (which included Belgium!).

This beer really surprised me. For 3.8% abv, this is extremely well balanced between hops and malt. This is the session beer that I want to quaff all the time. Why can't I have this in the US??!

Pumps into my glass a murky golden color with a dense white head. Aroma is full of fruity, grassy and floral hoppyness. Tastes of pine cone, orange zest and lemon balanced well with light caramel malt. Creamy and soft on the palate, finishes dry. I love this beer, I drank 4 imperial pints in one session! This is the ultimate session beer for a hophead.

kmcnair, Aug 16, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

DrNo, Jan 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

BILF, Jan 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

vauxhaulastra, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of CanuckRover
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
Photo of Trizzle
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours with a thick dense creamy 1" head with good retention and great lacing. Clear yellow Amber with some bubbles rising through it.

Cut grass and hop oils in the nose, some sweetish biscuit notes too.

Fresh, Floral and lightly bitter hops decorate a light smooth and biscuity malt body. Finishes biscuity and just bitter. Drinks as easy as you like. Fresh and delicious. A top ale.

Trizzle, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of Reagan1984
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed several pints of this on cask at Ye Olde Mitre Pub in London. What a wonderful beer on cask.

The bartender would top off each glass which reduced the head since they would let it settle as they hand pulled each pint. The beer was a slightly lighter orange/amber color with excellent clarity. The glass was essentially covered with lace as the glass emptied.

Aroma was smooth with notes of fruit, some light hop notes and some light grain. Definitely an English IPA vs. American. Still a very nice aroma.

Flavor was excellent. A perfect balance of fruit, bread and hop bitterness. Nothing overwhelmed and it all melded in a great flavor. Cask was clearly fresh and well tended.

So silky smooth it was crazy.

While I am a certified American Hop head and love the likes of Sculpin, Pliny and the American hop bombs, it was a real treat to try an English IPA as it was meant to taste. Just fantastic.

Reagan1984, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dull copper with a slightly manila, white film of a head.

Smells of doughy and pasty pale malts with a touch of honey and a hint of pears. The hops are hidden in the background and only come out as a faint, woody dryness.

The malt is the same in the flavor with the pale malts and honey except the hops are now present in full force. They come across as a very straight forward, herbal, organic bitterness that picks up steam as the malt fades. Nice dynamics!

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with a prominent small bubbled carbonation that was rather distracting.

First of all, this was a nice change of pace from an American IPA. The hops were very upfront, but not overwhelming in the least and the dynamics were stellar. The 4.4% ABV was a nice change of pace as well.

DarkerTheBetter, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of ludachris
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden straw with a one finger, tightly knit white head that quickly makes its way to the edges of the glass where a strong amount of carbonation keeps the ring alive. Very little lacing.

Strong smell of toffee, caramel, lemon zest, green apple with some herbal hops hiding in the background.

Bready malts, sweet sticky toffee and biscuit hit the palate first followed by a refreshing kick of citrus and dry herbal hops.

Light, crisp and ridiculously refreshing; a great IPA for sessioning.

Overall, a fantastic and somewhat unconventional IPA. Judging from the almost bland, light appearance, it seemed that it would be a decent brew at best, but that was the only weakness of this beer. Taste was excellent, with the sweet malts claiming the spotlight and the drinkability was one of the best I've had for an EIPA. Another great brew from Caledonian.

ludachris, Sep 14, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint on tap, Standing Order, Edinburgh

Scotland produces some really good beers these days, not like ten years ago.

A delightful refreshing ale, eminently quaffable. I had several. Well, at 1.49 in Wetherspoons, who was I to resist. A great session beer.

crowncapcollect, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of Shiloh
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deuchars IPA is a very nice pale ale in every category. The colour is a crystal clear deep yellow with a thin crown replaced by an equally thin island lace and moderate cling.
Carbonation is medium and the body also has a medium weight.
Aroma is lightly fruity.
The taste is mildly sweet to begin but of short duration...then a quick burst of fuggles takes command to the end.
This brew is very refreshing and would make a great session beer.
Recomended.

Shiloh, Dec 19, 2004
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Deuchars IPA from The Caledonian Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.