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Deuchars IPA - The Caledonian Brewing Company

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185 Ratings

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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 22
Gots: 9 | 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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Ratings: 185 | Reviews: 113
Photo of Polidmar
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deuchars IPA is like furniture in every pub in Edinburgh. Nice golden ale with very little head which however leaves good lacing around. Smell is predominantly hoppy, slightly lemony also but taste is too bitter [even due to the lack of carbonation] to discern any malt associations or characteristic. A typical scottish 'real ale'.

Photo of khiasmus
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, light golden straw with minimal soapy white head that remains as a ring around the rim of the glass. Looks like a clean, simple English ipa.
Aroma is excellent. Balanced between rich, sweet malt, a hint of vanilla, and a bit of- strangely enough- coffee. The nose is balanced out with a medium dose of piney hops.
The flavor profile is much like the nose, but the finish is balanced hop flavor and mild bitterness. There's a hint of banana in there as well. A sip consists mostly of smooth malt sweetness, with the hop bitterness taking over at the tail end.
The beer is smooth, well-carbonated and clean, lending a very high drinkability to this beer. Highly recommended for a well-balanced and easy drinking but interesting English IPA.

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 bobsy
3.07/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This continues to be disappointing. I've had it on cask at the GBBF and enjoyed it, but perhaps times have changed. Both the the canned version and recent casks I've had have fallen far short, which is puzzling because this did win champion beer of Britain one year.

A clear golden pour fills the glass, and a small white head kicks up and exhibits decent retention and lace. For the style, the appearance is fairly standard - lean, but unexciting. The aroma provides a lot of promise, as its full of grassy hops, caramel malts and biscuit. Unfortunately, the flavour fails to come through and is surprisingly flat and one-dimensional, following all the promise of the aroma. Its little more than water with a modicum of hops and malt. There's definitely a bit of citrus and grassy hops in there, but not enough to add character. The malt brings some light biscuit, but feels a little to frail to support everything else. The body is passable, though not exceptional.

It may well be a drinkable beer, as there's nothing offensive about it. Unfortunately there's nothing interesting about it either, and the disappointing lack of hops makes it a bad example for the style, and places it more akin to an English Pale Ale. There's no incentive for me to drink this again.


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

Appearance - Golden brown with a generous head of white bubbles. Excellent retention down the glass, despite not being bottle conditioned.

Aroma - Citrusy to floral hops dominate with a hint of fresh apple or pear.

Taste - Bitter and hoppy, big on the citrus and fresh pear note. Refreshing, perfect for the seafood I was drinking it with.

Mouthfeel - gentle but pervasive carbonation, a little raw and acidy at first.

Overall - a gentle and refreshing brew that goes well with seafood. Not enough alcohol or hops to really call itself an IPA but more of a hoppy golden ale.

It was 4.4% ABV in the bottle.

Photo of Absumaster
4.54/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Photo of BrewSomerville
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: Buttered toast. There was some diacetyl there. Floral hop aroma.

Looks: Bright golden colour. Brilliantly clear. Average sized white head. Slightly above average head retention, it faded down to a thin cover that lasted for most of the Beer. No lace (in a Beer clean glass).

Taste: Spicy and floral hop flavours. Moderate bittering. Slight honey flavour. Biscuity malt flavour. I didn't taste any of the buttery diacetyl that I had got in the aroma, but I am usually better at picking up things like that on the nose.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation. Light- medium bodied.

Photo of sstackho
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500mL can purchased from LCBO in Toronto. I think I remember enjoying this beer during my year in the UK in 2001, but this example is making me doubt my fond memories. Appearance is light and clear and bubbly. Aroma is non-existent. Flavour is weak with just a tiny hint of fruitiness. Glad I only bought the single can.

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 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 ThatWineGuy
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly clear aburn-gold with a huge off-white head initially, moderate retention. Slow steady carbonation with lots of lacing. Smells like hay - a well-kept barn. Taste is hoppy but not overly so, barley malt, bitter, cashew nuttiness and dryness. Aftertaste is dried fruit and nuts. Mouthfeel is smooth, tart fruit, balanced bitterness. A very refreshing aftertaste lingers and pleases. I found this not as hoppy as some American counterparts I've tried, and not the same drawn-out kick, but it hit a very good balance and was very drinkable.

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

A - Pours a clear gold with a thick, creamy, sticky head.

S - Fruity - mandarin oranges come to mind right away. Floral hops also show up.

T - Malty, with a lightly toasty caramel and a nice hoppiness. Quite sweet with a mild bitter aftertaste. Well balanced.

M - Best described as smooth maybe. Not too much of anything.

D - Really nice, easy to drink and very sessionable. IPA though? I dunno.

Photo of Derek
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4.4% ABV. A stellar pale ale, but an IPA it's not.

A: Golden-yellow with a white head. Initially a hint of lace, but very little retention.

S: Earthy-orange, pleasant fruity aroma, toffee and biscuity malt.

T: Mineral, orange, biscuity malt, good bitterness, pleasant fruityness. Quality malt flavour is impressive for its weight, hop flavour & bitterness could be a little higher for an IPA.

M: Moderate body is creamy & smooth (impressive for its weight), carbonation on the low side of moderate.

D: Very drinkable.

Photo of Jonte
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden/pale orange color with small white head.

Very light smell for an IPA. Light aroma of citrus, malty sweetness,toffee/cookies. Some floral notes.

Smooth tastes of hops, citrus, malt, some caramel/toffee. Nice dry finish.
Very drinkable and a good session ale with low ABV, but I would rather classify this as a Pale Ale.

I would very much like to try this one on cask.

Had this at Haket Pub in Gothenburg.

Photo of crwills
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is on cask at pretty much every decent pub in Edinburgh, so on our recent trip I had a few.

Pours a deep, clear golden with a perfect fluffy head at nearly room temperature. Aroma is just the right combination of mild toffee malt and tangy woody hops, and it carries over into the flavour. Mouthfeel is just great, and accentuates the balanced, oily hop flavour of this IPA. Very little aftertaste compared to other IPAs and, as others have said, you could drink this all day long. A great cask session ale.

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 Stephen63
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very lively pour from the cask and takes its time to settle revealing a good half inch head and golden brew. A very attractive beer.

S - Quite subtle but nice fruity nose.

T - Quite mild, hops and alcohol very subdued but an excellent background citrus like taste.

M - Smooth and goes down very easily. Hops only apparent as an aftertaste.

D - Extremenly drinkable and due to fairly common availability in Glasgow one of my beers of choice when drinking in pubs. Alcohol means that can count this as a great session beer. Have a laugh at the guys drinking their fizzy mass produced lager when you enjoy this.

Photo of cichief
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a must find. I drink it whenever I have a chance. It is a great example of a session beer. You can enjoy this beer all afternoon and evening long. I occassionally spot this on cask in the Midlands and in London, but it was terrible at the William Wallace in London. They obvously were taking care of their beers. Find this in a good pub though and you will enjoy a great beer. As they say...You are Due a Deuchars!

Photo of kmacphail
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very popular beer throughout Scotland and it is not hard to understand why.

The ale pours an amber colour with a o-so-thick creamy head, which should last the duration of the drink. The nose is of hops with a hint of citrus and a sweet caramel hint.

The taste of malts and hops is dominant with a nice hint of citrus which provides the beer a slightly bitter refreshing twist. This feel like a beer should with plenty of body in your mouth and a constant tingling of the taste buds.

How does it drink, well ask any punter next time you see them ordering this in a bar, they will not deviate to any other beer if at all possible. This is highly drinkable and is a good all night beer as it is a very reasonable 4.4% abv, (in Scotland it is anyway, maybe the exported stuff is different). A very good beer, in fact most drinks from the Caledonian brewery are worth a try.

Photo of mdagnew
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's...

Poured a pale golden yellow / straw colour with light copper hints... Slightly off white head poured thick and rocky then faded to very light layer... Very sparse carbonation. Some faint sticky lacing...

Aroma - Floral, slightly spicy fruits (apples, pears, grapefruits and melons), light biscuity malts, pine notes, some creaminess, salty hints, very light honey sweetness, floral / grassy hops...

Taste – Light, maybe slightly washed out, spicy fruits (light grapefruits, apples and some lemons), creamy notes, light sea saltiness, faint biscuit malts, light hay hints, light grassy hop bitterness...

Feel - Quite smooth initially then some sharpness coming through.. light body... pretty refreshing and drinkable...

Overall - An average IPA - nothing groundbreaking... Probably worth a try though...

Photo of haz77
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear pale gold with a finger of bubbly white head. This quickly falls to a thin island, but doesn't disappear due to high carbonation. This heavy carbonation subsides after about a minute.

S - Pine, caramel, oily/resinous/floral hops, grapefruit, light fruit. A big improvement on the appearance.

T - Initial floral hops smooth into a fruity middle, before the caramel flavour builds to the finish. The finish and short aftertaste also have a restrained hop bitterness.

M - Just below medium in body, with soft carbonation. Very nice.

D - Near perfect drinkability. Don't expect a hop-laden IPA, just enjoy it for the excellent session beer it is.

Photo of helloloser12345
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Photo of seanyfo
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at local,

A - pale gold, with a full thick 1 inch creamy head.

S - To be honest i could not find much other than a faint malty sweetness, no hops to be found.

T - Creamy, faint sweet maltiness, touch of toffee, smooth finish. Lots of lacing. slightly watery

M - Very creamy and smooth, no real lingering aftertaste. Very light.
D - Nice pint to have a session beer, just a beer to enjoy and not think about too much, a good sessioner

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.37/5  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.

Photo of wl0307
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Transcribed from Notes, mid-Feb. 2006)
Revisiting the cask-conditioned version of this beer, when I spotted it fresh on cask at my local JDW pub, the Half Moon, East End London. Tasted by a pint.

A: flawless appearance--pale amber, low carbonation, great clarity, an extremely creamy, cappuccino-like off-white froth sustains only too well, leaving thick sheets of lacing covering every single inch on the inner walls of the glass... A sheer beauty~~
S: lightly spicy and floral hoppyness, as well as citric-like grapefruit zests and bits, plus a touch of honey drink and softly flowery esters in the background. Balanced, and aromatic.
T: green-tea flavoured and textured... a softly tannic bitterness, mild grapefruity flavour, and a delicate, aromatic tea-ish hoppyness springs non-stoppingly... just when the hoppy impact settles, a second layer of taste consisting of restrained toasted malts and a floral bitterness develops down the throat, leaving a faintly bitter-sweet touch and a long, semi-dry finish with endless tannic bitterness...
M&D: this beer on draught is distinctive from the bottled version, with a less aromatic profile, and somewhat less malty, but the lively and delicately bitter texture makes it an incredibly drinkable bitter-hoppy ale... Fresh and subtle on the mouthfeel, as a true real ale on form should be, superbly balanced... In fact, it's more like a cup of good quality Taiwanese high-mountain green tea if I may~~

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Deuchars IPA from The Caledonian Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.