Flying Duchess IPA - People's Brewing Company
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Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 2
4.23/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Billed as an English IPA, although I wouldn't have recognized it as such were it not explicitly labeled that way.
Pours a nice, dark orange with a fluffy white head. Smells quite nicely balanced,
Tastes sweet, but not in the usual EIPA way, with bready and doughy nodes. This sweetness is very fruity, with heavy streaks of apricots, black currants, and sugared strawberries, and it's backed up well by a hop profile that I couldn't quite place but didn't taste or smell saliently British. The backend is bitter, spicy, and grassy, and it does a phenomenal job of balancing out the fruity, sugary start.
Very good; one of People's best.
Serving type: on-tap
05-25-2012 02:55:08 | More by mynie
4.05/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Never heard of this beer before, so I had to look it up on BA. Surprise – it’s not even on here! Might as well try it, anyway, and tell the world about it. I’ve heard it’s an English IPA, and that’s right up my alley.
Poured into a pint glass at the best pub in town: The Black Sparrow in Lafayette, IN.
A: Of course, the majority of the head has been poured off, but there’s a nice cream texture to it: pretty thick, leaving great lacing. The body is a dark, slightly hazy amber, a bit of sunset orange in the color. Looks pretty standard, with that excellent-looking cream up top.
S: Aromas of fresh strawberries, whipped cream, and vanilla yogurt (sweet, not funky); must be a product of the English malts. Pretty fruity, augmented by the light, loveable hop oils, which pull off some delicate apricot jam and floral scents. It’s balanced for an IPA – the hops aren’t huge, and that allows the beauty of these malts to come through.
T: Chewy and very malt-forward, this palate is a beautiful tribute to IPAs across the pond. The Maris Otter give a big apricot and carrot cake taste, with subtle hints of vanilla, butter, cashew, and pecan – quite nutty. A bit of dried blueberry shows before the hops kick in, an oily tone of bitter herbs and resins. They’re not piney like big American Centennial hops, but rather thick and herbaceous, tasting like peppermint oil, white pepper, and smooth resins. Very British, but heavily hopped (though with First Gold). The aftertaste is thick with dark sugars and some dryness in the oils, but with some odd grilled vegetable tastes when you sit and dwell on it. Not enough to downplay the full palate, though.
M: This drinks wonderfully – it’s as thick as you’d expect for the style, but not so much that it keeps it makes it too syrupy. Feels like it was poured from the bottle in a British pub.
O: Now THIS is an IPA with character. I really enjoyed this brew from first sip to last; and from what I hear, it’s cask-conditioned at the taproom! Hell yes! I’d love to see how this beer fares from the barrel.
Serving type: on-tap
05-21-2012 22:03:36 | More by BarryMFBurton
Flying Duchess IPA from People's Brewing Company
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