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Lotus IPA - Ilkley Brewery Co.

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Lotus IPALotus IPA

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

16 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ilkley Brewery Co. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BDTyre on 11-25-2011)
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Reviews by wl0307:
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3.54/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, not bottle-conditioned; BB 06/2014, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a bright reddish amber colour with great clarity, light carbonation, and a thin off-white foamy head to last.
S: the aroma is more candy-ish malty than hoppy, featuring fresh apple fragrance, while a swirl gives rise to sweet peachy as well as mixed tropical fruitiness, light caramel and nutty malts. Not particularly fresh is the hoppiness, but at 5.6%abv. one would expect a more weighty impression as it is showing in front of me.
T: richly malty and quite sweet or syrupy, as if influenced by pasteurisation, with light sultana-ish fruitiness lagging behind along with caramelised apples, sweet citrus, and bits and bobs of undiscernible flavour elements; finishing lightly spicy and pretty flat-textured bitter with a lingering dry-ish palate.
M&O: lightly carbonated, medium-plus bodied, the flavour could’ve been better but I strongly suspect the pasteurisation disturbs the balance and the overall enjoyment. The back label says this is a “multi award winning beer”, surely not in the present form in which I’m having it…

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Photo of rworkman
3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Chrisives
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of StJamesGate
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Lively pale gold with clingy fluffy white head that rings.
Blossom and stewed orange on the nose but also sticky resiny buds.
Apricot compote and almond biscotti then searing mandarin oil, rosin, white grapefruit and pine needle hops.
Lemon peel finish and burning horseradish finish that gets fruitier as it warms.
Fizzy, some chew, lt-med.

Unique nose - big tension between dank and floral. And that carries over to the taste, which is not so much balanced as a push-pull between IBUs, oil, and aroma. However you look at it, it's a total bomb, with loads of citrus oil, that hits ways harder than 5.6%. A bit too thin and fizzy, but the oil makes it sit on the palate and compensates for that.

Summit unchained. Possibly the biggest British IPA.

Photo of Mphis
3.25/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of BDTyre
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber with a thin white head. Creamy toffee malt, floral and fruity hops. Floral aromatic hops, very creamy malts and a nice light toffee taste.

Moderate carbonation, slightly thick. A great beer; easy to drink, but at 5.6% not quite a session beer.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.11/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Megan!

The beer is golden with a small white head. The aroma brings tangy citrus, pine, bready malts. really nicely done. The flavor is elegantly balanced. Light in body with a crisp and clean aftertaste. Grapefruit and orange followed by biscuits and pine. Moderate carbonation. Highly drinkable. A very good example of an English IPA.

Lotus IPA from Ilkley Brewery Co.
93 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.