Deuchars IPA | The Caledonian Brewing Company

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Deuchars IPADeuchars IPA

Brewed by:
The Caledonian Brewing Company
United Kingdom (Scotland) | website

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
4.4% ABV in bottles and 3.8% in cask.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-28-2001

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Photo of MeisterBurger
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Light golden amber with a thin white head. Half decent head retention.

S: Mild sweet caramel, musty fruit esters, leafy hops.

T: Tastes like piney tangerines in a biscuity malt, some Earthy undertones, overall grassy, slightly herbal hops with a mildly bitter, chalky finish. Not bad, but not overly interesting.

M: Medium to light with good carbonation.

D: It's more of an English Pale Ale than an IPA for me and pretty average for either. I only really drank the whole thing to finish it, not because I wanted more.

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

Drinkability - A good beer. I could have a couple of these but the earthy/grassy hops are not my personal favorite style.

Appearance - Clear amber, some lacing.

Smell - malty sweet butterscotch and grassy hops.

Taste - like the smell and fits the style. The grassy and earthy hops are more pronounced in the taste. A mild bitterness in the slightly dry finish. Some lingering tea-like tannin notes along with the light citrus.

Mouthfeel - very smooth, watery with good carbonation. A little diactyl slickness.

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Photo of ludachris
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of crowncapcollect
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Neil and Maz for giving me a can!

Pours a crystal clear light amber, some orange highlights, very thin white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spirals stick. Smell is nice, floral, herbal hoppiness, very fruity, mangoes, quite sweet, lots of honey and toast, nice biscuity maltiness, more floral and fruit, minerally, not bad. Taste is similar, sharp and minerally, some fruit, floral, caramel sweetness, biscuit, apricots, mango, herbal hoppiness, more fruity sweetness, decent bitterness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation. Definitely a good session beer, very refreshing and easy drinking. Thanks Neil and Maz!

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Photo of mintjellie
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.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 500-ml can into a pint glass.

Appearance - pours a lazy, golden colour with plenty of carbonation and very little head.

Smell - deep aromas of caramel-toffee and roasted malt, more than what I'd expect from the colour. Not a lot of hop presence in the smell and I'm curious if this will live up to the IPA style name.

Taste - a pretty neutral start, then a decent malt falbour profile emerges together with an apple- and pear-esque retreat into acidity, after which a subtle, yet assertive hoppiness brings up the end.

Mouthfeel - things are pretty passive at first and then there is a pretty steep intensification of activity. Not really smooth or even.

Drinkability - this is far from offensive but I would definitely look in other directions first for a decent IPA.

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Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honeycomb plastered in the sticky smear of golden toffee. There is some radiance, some resplendence and an impeccable clarity. Its bubbles seem to be loafing but make repeated appearances nonetheless. Its head is well spaced out, segregated to the outskirts where it is elevated hardly a quarter inch from the surface. Lacing is noted but not abundant.

The aroma is hoppy but not in the now conventional sense. It is pungent and inordinately herbal. It is leafy green with a very vinous quality. It is fragrantly floral with an underlying spice; very similar to what you find in teas such as chamomile, lavender or jasmine, with which it shares a particular affinity. There's more hops than I've become accustom to expecting from anything exported out of the United Kingdom.

Those hops find their way into the taste as well. (It's not IPA level hops but it's welcomed.) They impart a distinctively fruity persona, again not in the conventional sense, the one that touts bright and vivid tropical fruits oozing with resins and acidity, but in a dry, pithy sort of way. The taste of grapefruit skin and pomegranate peel combine with lemon and citrus zest for an arid and bitter (rather than vibrant and juicy) fruitiness.

And although all this pithy dryness and rind-like vinous character carries over into the mouthfeel, the beer never dries out. Its malt base is hefty, crisply toasted with a sweet honey-milk lather and subtle hints of maple, toffee and roasted pecans. The sweetness and bitterness play out well together, simultaneously appeasing both those parts of the palate.

The side of the can lists this as "2.2 UK Alcohol Units" and that "Responsible drinkers don't exceed 4 daily units". At least that almost allows me another can of Deuchars, which I am just about ready for. Let me go on record as saying this: this beer is better in bottle, and it must be a dream on cask, but it is so good that (unlike most other UK offerings) even the dreaded pasteurized, preservative ridden can can't ruin it.

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Photo of notdan
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first glance, this beer doesn't seem like much of an IPA. Neither the 4.4% ABV or pale golden colour are giving me much confidence in the beer, though I haven't had many IPAs from the UK. The smell definitely gave of a nice presence of light hops. The first sips showed some solid promise... I picked out some light floral/citrus hops and a bit of malt to balance things out. I found soon after though that while the flavour is good, there just wasn't enough of it. Given the lower alcohol, this brew had a pretty nice flavour but it was too light and not quite what I'm looking for in an IPA, though it would make a fine session beer. Having mostly been exposed to American IPAs, I would like to try a few more British ones to see how they compare.

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Photo of shamus
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Scotland. Pours a bit flat. I'm drinking this a bit below room temperature. Has a pleasant smell of butterscotch, vanilla and an ever so ghostly waft of strawberry. Very smooth and refreshing with butterscotch being the predominant flavour. For an IPA it doesn't have a strong hops presence. I quite like it nonetheless and is perfect for this crisp October afternoon.

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Photo of DerBayer
2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I tried this yesterday and was a bit disappointed although I am not hugely a fan of IPAs

A - Quite nice really gold-ruby, slightly thin head.

S - It was lacking the fruitiness of many good beers

T - Quite bitter - a bit bland also

M - Mouthfeel was OK nothing special - low in carbonation

D - A can do if you re set on an IPA and there s no better IPA around

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Photo of EatsTacos
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at The World's End in Edinburgh, June 2009

Pours a light golden yellow with a one finger head. The lacing was fantastic.

The smell is quite citrusy; lemon and lime. The malt backbone is not as bready and buttery as most English IPAs but is more piney like an AIPA.

Taste: The hops are the showcase of this very sessionable beer. The hop profile is very citrusy and bitter and reminds me mostly of lemons. The background malt is piney as in the nose, it's earthy and sticky. Finishes dry and bitter.

A medium body with a light and soft carbonation further contribute to this beer's extreme drinkability

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask in London:

Pours slightly golden with a thin white head. Patchy lacing sticks.

The smell is herbal and lemony. Mildly tart and bitter.

The taste is of a mild malt sweetness with a lemon tartness and a minty, herbal tea-like bitterness. Pretty complex in a more subtle way. Well-balanced.

Light-bodied for an IPA, though a refreshing dryness lingers.

Very drinkable. An IPA by hop character more than strength or body. A very good choice for a "sessionable" English IPA.

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Photo of jstassi
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pumped from a Cask in to a pint glass

A) Poured a nice golden color, with a thin blond head. Abundant lacing

S) Slightly hoppy and wood. (wasn't expecting much)

T) Not hoppy at all, as I've come to expect from an IPA. Very smooth and malty. Finishes well and light

M) Aggressive carbonation, Kinda on the thin side though. Mild aftertaste

D) Could drink these all night, even brought a few bottles home with me to the states!

Being my first venture into English IPAs, I'd have to say I'm very happy with the beer and would suggest it highly.

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Photo of ralree
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried at The Highlander Pub, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

A: Orange with no head, which is normal for this style.

S: Sticky, fruity, hops are slightly subdued though.

T: Apricots come on strong. Nice hops in the background. Great fruit esters - this is the best part of the beer. Aftertaste is bready, with perhaps a little barley flavor. Finish needs work.

M: Needs more carbonation (the tap's set too low). Non-astringent, pretty dry. Good, overall.

D: Drinks alright. Would go down easier if aftertaste was sweeter. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Photo of froghop
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

beer two of day two in hong kong.

pours a clear pale orange-amber with a small white head, and good lacing.

smell is of purfume, bitter, some sour malt.

taste is of grain, bitter, and earth.

overall i would not call this an IPA, more of an english pale ale. needs more hops.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 3/22/2007 (Tap @ Salisbury, London, England):

Pours a clear golden yellow colored body, somewhat reddish, with an average head, lasting, creamy. Has a somewhat hoppy aroma, and some malts. A nice creamy mouthfeel, with some hops on the end, but smooth. Has a sweet malt taste.

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Photo of WHROO
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a pint of mild ABV i thoroughly enjoyed this drop.

Appearance is golden with good head & nice lacing...carbonation is just right

Aroma includes some aromatic hops & some honey/caramel sweetness

Taste was very enjoyable: very mid palate I found, with a hint of honey sweetness, also some spice like 'pepper' in the finish with some bitterness. Although considering this is an IPA the bitterness is a little retrained.

Mouthfeel, well considering its a slightly lighter beer, I found this to be more fuller & less watery than anticipated. Carbonation is a little too alive, but all in all good.

Drinkability: was wrapped to pick up a box (12 pints) from the local First Choice Liquor for under $20AU...& thoroughly enjoying chewing through it.

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Photo of ElGeordie
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hand pulled on cask at room temperature in a pub near Newcastle.
Good amber colour with half an inch of head.
Tasted like a 70 shilling from the old days.
Not too strong, in fact fairly mild for an IPA.
I was expecting a bit more hoppiness as it is an IPA, however not a bad session pint

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Photo of LittleCreature
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I drank this at a pub in Edinburgh, it was served at cellar temperature in a pint mug. Review is from rough notes typed into my mobile, so apologies for lack of detail.

Appearance - 4.0
Creamy white head eventually reduced to a thin layer. Clear, golden orange body.

Smell - 4.0
Very fruity, buttery with pale malt.

Taste - 4.0
Brilliant flavour for just 3.8%. Very fruity, citrus, buttery, smooth, not oversweet.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Creamy, a little thin, but oh so smooth.

Drinkability - 5.0
At cellar temperature this goes down just as easily as chocolate milk! Brilliant session ale.

This currently stands as the best beer I have tried in England so far, I actually enjoyed it a little more than Fuller's London Pride on cask. A little gem of a real ale.

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Photo of Nickls
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Light gold color with a thin, white fairly bubbly head given that it was on cask. Superb lacing throughout sample

S - Great malt aroma up front, but followed be a sweeter smelling hop bitterness

T - Still get the malt in the front, but the hop bitterness really shows up with the finish

M - Medium MF, and a little creamy. Very delicious!

D - Overall, this was a really great brew and enjoyed the whole sample. I immediately had another after finishing the first.

Overall, this was an interesting brew. Very restrained in the hop department compared to American interpretations of IPAs, but still great stuff. I would definitely recommend.

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Deuchars IPA from The Caledonian Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.