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Plank Walker's India Pale Ale - Swashbuckler Brewing Co, LTD

Plank Walker's India Pale Ale
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very good

17 Ratings
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Ratings: 17
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 8.36%

Brewed by:
Swashbuckler Brewing Co, LTD visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Phatz on 09-18-2006)
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Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 10 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by RblWthACoz:
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3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours kind of a clouded gold touched amber. Pretty decent IPA. Pleasant floral and slightly sweet tone to it all. Mild hop spiced tone. Nice bitterness that stays constant through everything. A pretty easy drinking IPA. Well made, though nothing overly showy.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 18:59:45 | More by RblWthACoz
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

09-10-2013 16:46:54 | More by jrfehon33
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

08-18-2013 17:47:00 | More by Jason1337
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3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

had on tap today at the PA Renaissance Faire.

appearance was hard to guage, as was served in a "renFaire" plastic cup. (Albeit with the excellent advice slogan, "Live Free, Eat Well, Drink Good Ale) Seemed to be an apricot amber color, head was thick and white, and retained throughout.

Smell was good and hoppy, not much else that I could detect.

Taste was pretty good, nice hop feeling in the mouth, a little sweetness, did leave a slight sour, though not unpleasant, taste in the very back of the mouth.

Mouth was fuller than expected, nice and thick.

Overall, a pretty good beer on a warm sunny day.


Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2013 00:23:26 | More by MikeWard
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

05-27-2013 00:49:00 | More by Bdel34
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

10-28-2012 01:15:20 | More by let8it8grow
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-26-2012 17:30:20 | More by Kaetea
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-19-2011 00:54:35 | More by fester71
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-17-2011 16:23:09 | More by MerkurKing16
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: yellow orange with a 1 finger head

smell: citrus, hops, caramel, malts,

taste: hop presence with a malty backbone

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: basic IPA. I enjoyed the trip and had a great time sampling there beers.


Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2011 18:04:50 | More by THECPJ
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3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Celtic Fling this past weekend on the PA Renn Faire grounds. Poured into a 16 ounce pint glass.

A: Golden / copper body with a luscious, creamy white head. Clarity is very nice and a steady stream of moderate carbonation bubbles are lifting to the surface. The retention is great, leaving a nice cap and some sticky lacing.

S: Toasted malts and bitter earthy hop notes come first. A distinct spice note carries through long into the back end of the aroma with some citrusy hop notes this time. Overall this seems to be a nice display of both piney and citrusy hops. Not overly floral, either.

T: A rush of bitterness washes over the palate although it's quickly balanced by a really wonderful caramel malt backbone. It's just enough to take the edge off yet still allows the beer to showcase the hop varieties. The malt sticks through into the finish and linger with a caramel note and also leaves a certain spicy quality on the palate.

M: Good carbonation, medium-bodied & a bit sticky and dry in the finish.

I actually really enjoy this IPA and it might be one of my favorites from Swashbuckler. It's well balanced with enough hops and bitterness to know you're drinking an IPA. If you're ever visiting, this should be a definite go-to for their beers.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2011 13:43:10 | More by ShanePB
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3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This arrived with a finger of ecru head with excellent retention. Nose was nicely hoppy, definitely a West Coast-style American IPA. In fact, Mark Braunwirth the brewer, said that based on a current macro-beer promotion, he would begin marketing it as "Triple-hopped", but with Simcoe and Amarillo hops. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was smooth with a more English IPA flavor than I would have expected from the hops used. Mark smiled wanly and explained that this was due to an attenuation problem. No problem on my end as I do not mind differentiation in small-batch beers. The finish was still more malty than I had expected.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2010 23:33:51 | More by woodychandler
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3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Swashbuckler brewpub on 12/6/09.

A - Hazy, rusty orange with light copper hues and a finger of fluffy, off-white head that transformed into a sticky latticework of lace around the glass. Head retained well and swelled up with each swirl of the glass.

S - Subtle hop nose with a spicy kick and some citrus fruit attributes. Amarillo hops, perhaps? There is also a slight catbox aspect, but it remains very subdued at best. There is a hint of pine and orange peel in the backend.

T - Sweet and hoppy with a citrus oil or peel quality and a hint of sappy pine. Malt is sweet and caramely (as to be expected) and even a bit sugary. Hop character remains dominant though, resulting in a well-balanced IPA.

M - Medium bodied with a light syrupy, somewhat oily texture and moderate carbonation. While not overly dry in the finish, it is pretty sweet on the palate.

D - Solid IPA and my favorite from the sampler tray we ordered. Swashbuckler is only about fifteen minutes from my house, so I am surprised they've eluded me for so long. I was pleasantly surprised with this offering, and it certainly exceeded my expectations.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2009 16:39:51 | More by ffejherb
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has this on tap at the Quentin Tavern off 72 as I was coming home from the Hershey AACA meet.

The beer poured a cloudy yellow with little to no carbonation. There was a decent one finger head.

The nose had moderate hops, with a grassy yeast component on the back nose. On first taste I got a lot of hops on the front taste buds. Subsequent tastes gave me the hops with slight malt and some citrus/banana.

All and all a decent beer. The mouthfeel was good for the style and rather refreshing. This is an inviting beer that is easily drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2009 16:07:39 | More by garcia2a
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4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

orange, grapefruit, lime & lemon is all my non beer drinking wife said. A gentle mix of cascade and cluster hops danced on my pallate! My, I do enjoy fresh beers probably only brewed 4 days ago. Sandy copper color the only turnoff due to the fact it isn't filtered but still very delecious leaving you wanting more. So I enjoyed each drop of the 64oz. growler. Will return for more of this fully hopped IPA!

Serving type: growler

08-17-2009 05:13:40 | More by jonedm
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3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The board simply said IPA, but I am assuming this is the same beer. Serve cold in a taster

A - A deep gold w/ slight white head w/ very good clarity

s - Very fruity IPA w/ a floral and citrus hop aroma

M - Mild bitterness w/ lightly acidic hoppiness and a mild sweetness from malt w/ a dry finish

T - Very nice orangey amarillo cascade type citrus and floral taste w/ malt sweetness in check

D - A very good tasting IPA, fits the American style well w/ a very drinkable quality and plenty of hop flavor easy to quaff.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2009 01:42:31 | More by Slatetank
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4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For years Swashbuckler had a Plank Walker's Pale Ale that was not very exciting. They "Retired" it! This is BRAND NEW! this is Plank Walker's India Pale Ale and it is good.

Appearance: Pours a rusty copper color with a large off white head with good retention and very nice lacing down the entire side of my pint glass.

Smell: The beer really needs to warm to get the all out of the aroma. However even in the beginning you can smell the hops and a hint of caramel, but any other delicate aromas that might be there are overpowered by the pine hop that dominates the beer. As it warms a toffee and husky grain aroma are present as well.

Taste: Big hop flavor slaps me right up front. The citric bite grows as I swirl the beer in my mouth then on the swallow the aftertaste is WOW hops! The flavor does have a bit of a metallic note to it. (Was that just the growler?) Regaless I adjusted to it quickly and it didn’t bother me anymore. There is a tad bit of sweet and balancing malt charectoristic, if you look for it but this beer has become a pretty much one sided hop lover's dream. I really like this *new* direction for the Plank Walker's India Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel: This medium body beer is smooth with and slick through the center but very tingly dry and hoppy bitey on the cheeks and tongue.

Drinkability: Exceptional. I like the acidic pine hop flavor and the bite in the aftertaste. To me it says drink more and more but it is not for everyone.

Hope this is helpful.

Serving type: growler

09-18-2006 07:08:20 | More by Phatz
Plank Walker's India Pale Ale from Swashbuckler Brewing Co, LTD
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