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Deuchars IPA - The Caledonian Brewing Company

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Deuchars IPADeuchars IPA

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very good

170 Ratings

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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 17
Gots: 5 | 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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4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: cask

04-23-2012 22:15:08 | More by Reagan1984
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

04-09-2012 23:20:40 | More by TrevorWGrover
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

03-31-2012 10:30:43 | More by sneu
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The apperance was a pale golden yellow color with a thin foamy head. Bubbles rising to the top of the glass.

Smells of yeast and bready with faint hops.

The taste is big on the malts and coffee with mild hops.A little bit bitter.

The mouth feel feels smooth with just just little carbonation.

A decent english ipa, much less hops and alcohol than the american versions. It was OK, I wanted to like it more as I'm from
Edinburgh. But I must admit I find the americas ipas much better. I probably will buy it again though as it is very reasonably priced compared to lower quality beers in Edinburgh and easily available.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 12:00:29 | More by Dave1999
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

02-26-2012 17:49:14 | More by ltdantheman
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.3%

01-15-2012 15:44:45 | More by beerhunter13
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

01-12-2012 22:25:45 | More by DrNo
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

01-02-2012 02:07:59 | More by waiting4lunch
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

12-31-2011 05:14:59 | More by mbmyers3
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

12-20-2011 00:10:47 | More by gulden
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

12-16-2011 04:35:48 | More by fizzyted
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2.85/5  rDev -25%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 00:10:12 | More by racer2k
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-30-2011 20:47:33 | More by kelvarnsen
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United Kingdom (England)

3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 00:36:46 | More by jazzyjeff13
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-19-2011 23:35:02 | More by chickenm
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-14-2011 21:21:45 | More by tbeckett
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United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit of an oddity.

A really good beer, great actually.
Lively, refreshing and easy drinking, a real session ale.

As much as I love beer I don't really like it to wash down a meal, Deuchars however I would make an exception for.

A cask beer that goes down well on hot days, the cellar must have been a showcase example.

All thumbs up apart from, well it's not really an IPA
not being bitter tasting, missing the classic aftertaste and much lower gravity than usual.

I have a couple of bottles and they are alright, not quite as bright as the cask.

Serving type: cask

09-26-2011 00:15:39 | More by EmperorBevis
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3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Impressively looking beer--thick, tight head that lasted throughout the tasting, leaving a blanket of lace as well as a chunkier ring after each sip. The beer is a deep gold color and is clear.

Creamy aroma of soft, pale grain. For the style, I felt the hop was far too mild.

Before I knew the style, I wrote "this beer seems to be a British Bitter". It is NOT an IPA. The hop is far too muted to qualify and the advertised abv of 3.8% is far too low. Still, I would say it is a good bitter--full bodied with a low carbonation.

Serving type: cask

09-04-2011 17:37:19 | More by smcolw
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Medium light yellow, there is a pleasant yeasty quality to the nose and a soft body. A nice gentile yeastily bready soft zing in the mouth throughout as well.
Not much head or beading.
In general light throughout and a gently trqce of lemon comes and goes and the beer diappears from the glass.
I like it and should probably rate it higher but I remember what it once was and it seems to have lost those IPA qualities.. Just re-insert all that stuffing and we'd be back in action.

Serving type: cask

08-28-2011 18:35:25 | More by Zimbo
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3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow orange color, classic foam.
In the smell a carpet of malt, where you can find some fresh and pleasant hop.
Same freshness note in the taste, with camomile, a light peppery note, and citrus.
The beer is everywhere (in Scotland), but anyway, a pleasant and drinkable one.

Serving type: cask

06-21-2011 20:13:22 | More by stcules
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2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes. Served on draught in Glasgow, Scotland.

A: Crazy cloudy, like a swarm of locusts in the middle of the beer. Pale gold colour. Appealing. Thick head.

Sm: Bitter hops. Malt. Standard IPA scent.

T: Clean barley open, hoppy simple body, fresh finish - almost citric.

Mf: Something's off. More dense than it ought to be. Sme nice coarseness at times, but overall too smooth - especially for the style.

Dr: IPA fanatics might love it, but the mouthfeel brings this beer down severely. Doesn't hide its abv (which is quite modest in fairness) well at all. Not a good session beer. Move right past this one, lads, and grab something more worthwhile.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2011 23:47:06 | More by kojevergas
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rating the Cask version this time.

Light amber in appearance with a thinnish lacing around the top that stays throughout the pint. Nice but the lack of a good head was slightly disappointing.

Very similar in smell to the cask version of Abbots Ale with a blend of fruity, spiciness and hints of caramel.

Somewhat simliar to the aroma with a fruity, caramel taste and a mildly bitter aftertaste that os quite pleasant. A nice warm tang of a finish. Again simliar to Abbots Ale but a lot lighter with a more smooth taste & less bitter finish

A very smooth ale with a medium body & crisp finish. Very easy to drink and quite warm in the finish.

Very drinkable and not too heavy. Not my usual style of drink but very much one I would buy again although it wasn't as good as the bottled version.

Serving type: cask

03-01-2011 20:56:01 | More by flyingpig
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United Kingdom (England)

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint from "spoons" Copper colour,clear, no bubbles. It had a small head. Could detect a faint hoppy fruity smell. Tasted like slightly off pears and apples. Lots of hops. Quite bitter. Not much fiz. Decent IPA but i've had better. Could be one to session

Serving type: cask

12-11-2010 22:42:16 | More by jonb5
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 04:57:45 | More by megahurts4
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Duke of Kent in Toronto. Poured a golden colour with thin white head. Good head retention down the glass with some lacing. Lots of bready malt in the smell with some herbal/floral hops. Taste has mild bitterness with lots of the bready sweet malt. Carbonation level was nice. Easy to finish off the pint of this. I preferred this on cask in England, but still a nice find on tap in Toronto.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2010 02:31:33 | More by kwjd
Deuchars IPA from The Caledonian Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.