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Pride Of Romsey I.P.A. - Hampshire Brewery Ltd

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BA SCORE
85
very good

41 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.65%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hampshire Brewery Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WanderingFool on 09-02-2001)
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Photo of beerinator
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Super clear golden ale. Nice retentive white head.

Aroma: Hint of pine, with a sample of sweet caramel.

Taste: Sweet roasted caramelly malt upfront. Drys out to a fairly smooth finish. Bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue.

Notes: Beer seems pretty balanced. The mouthfeel is nice. The hoppyness is nowhere near an American IPA level, but seems nice for the English style. Pretty good beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange with a light head that dissapates pretty quickly,aroma is nutty and very herbal nice and appetizing.Hints of brown sugar and minty flavors hit my taste buds right away with some resiny hop flavors come thru in the finish.I really like the flavors in this beer like the minty touch,a great beer would love to have again.

Photo of RoyalT
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Dark orange and cloudy in color with a decent head.

Smell – The citrus hops are supercharged with a big infusion of grapefruit. There’s also a malty base to this one, but it’s hard to find underneath all of that zesty grapefruit.

Taste – Pink grapefruit dominates this bitter IPA. The doughy yeast comes out much bigger at the taste, and the endive at the finish will leave you dry.

Mouthfeel – This one is dry and bitter with a medium body and well-balanced mouthfeel.

Drinkability – A little too much grapefruit for me, but this was a nice one nevertheless. I’d like to get a hold of this on-tap.

Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1pt 9fl oz English style brown bottle with long neck. Best before date stamped on the neck. “Bottle conditioned beer” stated on the label.

Appearance: The head is quite amazing, a frothy two fingered layer of foam that takes forever to dissipate. Dropped bright which means it is a healthy bottle conditioned brew, orange amber in colour.

Smell: High citric notes of grapefruit and lemon-lime from the delicate flowery yet resilient pungent hops. Malt is somewhere in the back and still perceptible with hints of light crystal malt and fresh milled grain.

Taste: Sturdy moderate body with an incredibly smooth , though slightly thin malt mouth feel and an even carbonation. Rounded malty palate of fresh grain with a little toasted and caramel flavour to. Hops drop a sharp bitterness and leads to a more vague citric and oily pungent flavour of grapefruit and citrus zest. Handful of residual sweetness from the malt shows this brew is not on the dry side and will not be pushed around too much by the hops. Fruitiness of half ripened plums and red delicious apples peek out for a second. Hop flavour flows into a flowery almost herbal character that enhances the puckering finish with grace.

Notes: Well structured and very well balanced to say the least, perhaps the actual hop bitterness is not as high as the usual IPA it still has the aromatic and flavourful punch one should have. One of the best IPAs I have tasted from the UK in a long while.

Photo of ryanocerus
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange beer with minimal head. The citrusy hopped smell was nice but the taste was a slight bit sour, with a hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was smooth, but thin. It is a light refreshing beer and worth trying.

Photo of rastaman
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretty much how i would expect an IPA to be, hoppy and bitter. Citic, bitter hops, bready malts, fresh and kinda summery. Really good. Had it from a bottle, which makes me think the cask version would kick arse, tasty little brew. An easy enjoyable session ale, nice bitterness.

Photo of cokes
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smoky goldenrod with a moderate beige head.
Buttery toast, spruce and iron-spiked herbs as far as the nose goes.
Begins caramel sweet, then toffee, then grainier with dollops of butter. Mineral notes pop up, with a strange gin-like alcohol (strange in that it appears so early). Yeast pour adds breadiness, and tempers this alcohol. Tonic-like, quinine hops rides this out with a midget herbal sidekick.
Medium full-bodied. Seems to loom larger than the ABV indicates.
Decent (at best) English IPA.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent example of the revived English I.P.A. Full flavored, malty, hoppy, strong. No longer just a term for the brewerie's "super premium" brand. Pours a nice clear deep golden with some amber highlights and a firm head. Very interesting yeast character combines with a good bit of hops in the nose. These aromas follow into the flavors - quite complex - citrus, light caramel, and prune? (or maybe some other dark) fruits. Slight spicy & grassy hop character in the background as well. Finishes with a big, lasting mouthcoating.

Photo of edchicma
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle--BB date of 6/27/03. Excellent appearance...light copper with nice head and lacing. Smell is sweet, yet citrusy. Taste is unusual. Early bitterness lingers, but leaves a plastic like quality that finsihes in a very strong bitter quality that stays..not overly great. Mouthfeel is too dry, even for this hophead. Drinkability suffers due to plastic quality, over bitterness and extreme dry quality. This sample had a BB date that was over a year old so I might try a newer sample at some point..

Photo of Darkale
4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Copper-bronze clear body, thin tan head. Fruity, malty, sweet aroma. Very thin in the mouth, with the typical English ale sourness. But, there's a nice bit of citrusy sweetness mixed in, followed by a good blast of hops.

Interesting take on the IPA. Lacks the full, chewy, thick mouthfeel of most American IPAs, but retains the bitterness of typical English ales -- not the "let's remove your enamel" hoppy bitterness of American IPAs, but the more moderate, cleansing bitterness that one expects from English ales.

Very drinkable and subtle.

Photo of StevieW
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid brown euro 550 ml bottle. Shiny medium copper color, very clear body with a sticky, crusty white head. Initial smells of citrus and freshly chopped hop leafs. Taste was tangy, bitter, lots of grapefruit and resiny, but smooth and not overpowering. Hints of oily malt underneath, some toasted biscuit flavors way underneath. Hop presence is there, but very different from an overpowering hoppy American IPA. The IPA flavors are there but more subtle, and maybe even more flavorful. Light to medium bodied, certainly refreshing. Paired this with grilled chicken and vegetables. Very good.

Photo of GreenCard
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange-copper, slight haze, frothy off-white foam, OK head retention

Aroma: orange marmalade, iron, soap, caramel

Flavor: balanced malt sweetness; grassy hop flavor with hints of orange peel, mold, and leather; finishes semi-dry with a scrumptious, smooth grapefruit bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, terse carbonation, slight astringency

Other comments: A very tasty, balanced IPA with an American IPA aroma, but not an American IPA flavor/bitterness explosion.

Photo of jdhilt
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a very good IPA, nice mix of hops and malt, citrusy overtones, medium carbonation & head. I can see why it won a gold award in 2000.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I wanted to compare a British IPA with its American counterpart so I picked up a bottle of Pride of Romsey IPA. This beer pours a hazy (I poured the yeast) straw yellow color with orange hues. A medium bodied ivory head dissolved slowly to a thick ring around the surface. Some lace clinged to the side of the glass in clumps.

The aroma was faint but I could detect some citrus and toasted malt. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is very smooth. The flavor is a well balanced combination of citrus (orange) and fruit (apricot) with a caramel malt taste holding it all together. It finishes mildly bitter leaving a dry citrus taste behind.

This beer is very drinkable and has a well balanced flavor. It reminded me more of a pale ale than an IPA and is not nearly as hoppy as its American cousins.

Photo of mikeys01
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a brown squat imperial pint bottle, acquired from Mancheste rWine & Liquors for $3.99 I believe. Pours out a just slightly hazy orange/amber color, with a generous white head that dissipates quickly to a nice lacing that remains through the drinking. Aroma is sweet and fruity, detecting apple and raisin as well as some citrus, not overly hoppy at all but more malty in character. Taste is remarkably balanced for an IPA, a refreshing change from our typical American IPA. A good amount of bready yeast and pale malt flavor is ever present, with some soft citrus hops making an appearance midway and developing into just a bit of bitterness that quickly buils and then fades back to malty sweetness and caramel in the finish. Body is on the lighter side of medium. Very smooth and drinkable traditional IPA, alcohol is not noticeable at all.

Photo of Suds
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep straw-colored ale with a thick, large bubbled head. It's a very attractive beer, with the a little hazyness from the yeast, and great lace. Brilliant floral hop smell. Think of holding you nose about 10 inches from a just-opened packed of hop pellets. But there's a little maltiness and an earthy aroma as well. Lemon hidden in the background. Taste has a bit of malty sweetness up front, caramel characteristics, and hops throuout. Very nicely balanced with a pleasant hop finish. Terriffic.

Photo of Afterburner
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Rich copper-orange color with a small, crackly eggshell-colored head. Minimal retention and lacework, but nice collaring.

Smell: Citrus-y and pine-y hop character, in roughly equal measure. Moderate malt backbone. Faint spicyness, akin to allspice or perhaps cardamom.

Taste: Strong citrus character on the attack, followed by -- holy crap -- BIG, exceptionally aggressive hop character. I feel like my tongue has been sandblasted. Malt backbone is barely noticable on the first swallow, and completely overwhelmed on subsequent sips. Long, dry finish with hints of orange.

Mouthfeel: Moderate bead, moderate carbonation. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: This beer may be brewed in England, but it's an American-style IPA. Unfortunately, it's a fairly unbalanced IPA. Like so many other heavily hopped brews, it's basically a hop tea. Nothing whatsoever to balance out the hops. If you're a serious hophead, give it a try. If you lean more towards the malt side of things, I'd say to avoid it.

Photo of John
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange/peach color with haze from bottle conditioning. Pleasant citrus hop aroma...assertive, but soft as well. Hop bitterness is upfront with the first taste, displaying a orange zest and grapefruity character. The yeast contributes a breadiness that blends with the malts to create a nice balanced brew. An admirable effort at reviving the traditional English IPA.

Photo of sacfly
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber. Inch thick head of medium bubbles. Hops are evident in the nose. Sweet, herbal aroma.

First sip is interesting. The hoppy herbal quality from the nose comes out in the flavor and is nicely balanced by the malt. Smooth bitterness in the aftertaste. Very good. A solid English IPA.

I was a bit leery of this one. I love American double IPA’s and this was a 5% British, which normally leave me wanting. Nothing too complex, but this was an easy drinking satisfyingly hoppy, bitter IPA that was a change from the citrus/pine high alcohol American hop bombs. Will drink this again.

Photo of mschofield
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange-gold and hazy from the sediment (bottle warns not to pour out the sediment, but I happen to like my beer that way - haziness won't apply if you don't). Very foamy from the bottle conditioning, leading to a strong white head but it disappears quickly.

Lots of citrus in this one - orange to the nose, orange in the taste, with what I can best describe as lemon without the acid, and then a grapefruit bite. A smoothened bitterness throughout, not an overpowering hop bitterness even though it has those strong hop citrus flavors.

I could put away a few of these, and thanks to the alcohol being lower than most American IPAs I could. With the citrus flavors I think this would go well with some grilled or broiled fish.

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light copper body with a nice head; good lacing

Smell: Heavy citrus nose; lemon and grapefruit

Taste: Just a smidge of malt on the front of the tongue; quickly subsumed by the citrus hops; long finish of bitter hops; not overwhelming like some American IPAs

Mouthfeel: Relatively full-bodied; nice carbonation

Drinkability: A nice IPA with some pleasant, well-rounded attributes

Photo of kunzbrew
1.15/5  rDev -69.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer pours a semi clear copper color with a big head that reduces to just a minimal head that leaves a lace behind. A strong hop aroma smacks me in the nose. A rubbing alcohol aorma also hits the nose, reminding me of surgery. Man I think I got a bad batch, this is disgusting it smells and taste like you are going in for surgery and they are putting that damn mask over your face.

Photo of mjohn27603
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured very carefully into the bottle without much disturbance to the contents as suggested on the bottle. The beer is gold is color but is very transparent. The smell has hint of grapefruit. Taste is more citrusy than bitter. A bit of a change of taste when I'm used to American IPA's. It doesn't push the boundaries on an IPA but is pretty enjoyable. Grapefruits in the taste but doesn't have that rind flavor I've had before.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.88/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer, and also the hoppiest I came across in the UK.

Pours a bright orange color with a big fat head with moderate retention. Beautiful wisps of lace are left on the glass.

The aroma is full of fresh citrus hops, with perfumey and bitter notes as well. Theres also malt in the nose.

The taste is full of pungent, oily hops. With massive lemon and grapefruit notes. There must be a lot of cascades in this beer. Theres also a clean bitterness and a restrained maltiness.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and satisfying with very minimal carbonation. This beer is eminently drinkable, and thirst quenching. With a great hop profile and a clean finish, this is is definitely one of my top five English brews.

Photo of Longstaff
4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great IPA this is. Just goes to show you that an IPA doesn't have to be overburdened with hop bitterness in the name of hop flavor. I wish some US brewers would catch on to this concept. This beer is wonderfully balanced and has a lot of hop flavor that still lets the flavor of the malt come through.

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Pride Of Romsey I.P.A. from Hampshire Brewery Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.