Annabelle's India Pale Ale - Galena Brewing Company

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Annabelle's India Pale AleAnnabelle's India Pale Ale

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very good

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Galena Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 08-10-2010

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Ratings: 56 | Reviews: 10
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Photo of Loki478
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of tasting this fresh out of the tap at the brewery in a flight, and everything I tasted there was good. This one stood out, so I bought the growler, and this review is based on a second tasting from that growler.

Annabelle's has a lovely amber color, and it is slightly opaque. In this pour, the head was non-existent. Swirls leave a small trace of bubbles on the side. The smell is, to me, lightly floral and grassy with a touch of citrus. The nose is very light.

The taste is well balanced, with a hint of fruitiness and malty sweetness up front. The backend is hoppy, on the floral side. It leaves a nice trace of bitterness at the very end, and a classic hops flavor lingers in the mouth for a bit after every sip. Very smooth mouthfeel, not very heavy. This beer is very drinkable, would make a great session beer, and seems like it would also play well with food. So far you can only get it direct from the brewery in Galena.

Photo of drn
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The GBC’s entry for those desiring lively, hoppy beer (as the servers' shirts say: “Don’t worry, be hoppy”).

Annabelle has a great slightly cloudy golden color with reddish tinge and well-formed head with generous lacing of the glass. Brilliant piney, citrus (slightly grapefruit) hoppiness up front which holds, then finishes with a snappy cleanness.

Food pairing: Pairs well with Oriental food, especially spicy food. Able to take on stronger flavored food and stand up to it, but not a good match to overly acidic foods.

Available year-round on draft, in bottles and in kegs. My favorite at GBC.

IBU’s 70; 7.5% abv

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh on tap today at the brewery.
Review from written notes, scoring to style

Deep saturated orange color, fairly bright and clear.
Sticky collar of white foam that leaves some lacing on the way down. Herbal and citrusy hop smell, dried orange peel from the Cascade and Amarillo. Moderately bitter with some citrus and caramel notes. Dry resiny finish. Meduim bodied, approaching a DIPA in terms of the abv range (7.5%), which was thankfully hidden. Pretty tasty, could be a little more aromatic and punchy with the hops. Bartender said they ran out for a week or two recently due to a scarce hop supply... better stockpile!

Photo of cosiv
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a can into a pint glass. Golden brown with a small head, noticeable sediment.

S: Notes of hops and brown sugar

T: Well balanced hop flavor.

M: A little watery, but a nice carbonation.

Photo of KFBR392
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden orange color that has a very murky body. This beer has a gorgeous glow. Half a finger of creamy head on the pour. Rich sticky lacing left behind with each drink.

Smell: Bright citrus exploded out of the can. Nice pine body with lingering fruit accents of tangerines, mangos, and oranges. There is a touch of spices and peppercorns on the nose as well. Fresh caramel warms up on the body. Grains and freshly cut grass bring it on the body. Touch of bready, airy yeast rounds this one out.

Taste: The front is saturated undistinguished citrus fruits. Caramel and molasses syrupy malt profile warms up on the body. Sticky toffee continues to linger and sit heavily on the palate. Lighter tropical fruits with accents of mangos, tangerines, pineapple, and pine hit on the back end. Pine rides out hard into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Rich syrupy malt texture wins out on the palate. Lingering bitter pine also takes its toll. Carbonation is low but fits the big malt backbone.

Overall: Digging this local IPAs that are popping up all over the place. The dry hopping really stands out with this brew and is certainly the highlight. Nothing about this brew is watery, its more potent tones linger long after drinking.

Photo of crewfan16
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Stella goblet. This is another one I have had on tap at the brewery, but recently found in bottles. Thought I would give it a shot.

a- aggressive pour gives it an inch and a half of creamy white head. Not quite as thick as some IPA's I have seen, but it still has nice tight bubbles and lasts quite a while. Leaves a pleasant lacing on the glass. Color is light burnt orange, typical for the style.

s-sweetness or tropical fruits, pineapple maybe. some bitter hops and some sweet malt

t- sweet malt and sticky hops resin. Tropical fruits, pineapple and maybe mango and as it warms a little cherry. Some sugary sweetness on the backbone and then more hop resin bitterness.

m- very slightly oily feel, coats the mouth nicely. Lots of sweetness in the beginning and dry bitterness doesnt come on til the finish. Extremely drinkable for being 7.5 abv. This is a sessionable IPA that could catch up to you quickly.

overall, this is one of my favorite Galena Brewing Brews. I have had it from the tap as well, and neither dissapoint. This is the first time I have seen it bottled, and hope they continue to do so. At $7.50 a six-pack, it is a great beer and one I will continue to seek out if I cant get downtown to the brewery. 4

Photo of ferrari29
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from bottle into Nonic shaped pint glass

A - Beer pours from bottle with 1 & 1/2 finger sized rocky head; holds very well; moderate level of foamy lacing; body is dark copper in colored and opaque;

S - Very hoppy nose; roasted malt comes up right after; caramel; pine; touch of cotton candy; sweet

T - Smooth caramel and roasted malt flavor; hoppy, pine taste; delicious hop flavor; not to heavy and not to weak, just right; slightly sweet

M - Thick body; moderately bitter aftertaste; very well carbonated

D - Very well balanced flavor and mouthfeel profile; great taste and fantastic drink

Photo of Pepper167
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Here's the gist... This beer is fantastic. It's not as "grassy" as I like my Pale Ale's to be, but it deserves way more respect than it gets on this site. It may be due to lack of popularity or bad marketing, but I would LOVE to see this beer selection in my beer aisle. 10/10 would buy again.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: light amber/rust/orange body, finger head, patchy lacing

S: lemon grass, malt, floral

T: light sweet lemon grass, malt, floral, earthy,
light long bitter finish

M: med body, smooth, hint of oily/sticky mouth

O: Very earthy, malty IPA. Interesting
offering from Galena. Was able to share a growler
with my brother-in-law. This is a nice session brew,
the alcohol is very well hidden.


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

On tap at Bombfire Pizza in Sabula, Iowa. (Every word in that last sentence was spelled correctly, even though they don't look like it).

Pours a thick amber with a nice head. Smells like citrus and pine hops against bread malt and a nice, doughy yeast finish. Big nodes of cascade, but the balance is what really makes the beer worth writing about; that, and the fact that it does a grand job hiding its fairly high ABV. The hop profile isn't exceptional or anything, but overall this is a wonderfully quaffable strong-ish IPA.

I've had a few beers from Galena, and this is by far their most solid offering. Makes me think they might be getting their act together and maybe even producing beers worth seeking out.

Annabelle's India Pale Ale from Galena Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.