Pride Of Romsey I.P.A. - Hampshire Brewery Ltd
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United Kingdom (England)
3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
This is my 2nd time to taste the bottle-conditioned version. BB 15/04/09, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.
A: bright dark-orangey golden, topped with a pillowy off-white head with decent retention; carbonation comes moderate, mixed of large and tiny bubbles. Slightly murky due to the yeast sediment, but overall looking very healthy.
S: tangerine, light caramel and longan-fruits, and a touch of prune are blended very well; a touch of yeastiness at the back goes with semi-fragrant hops and a deeper layer of biscuity malts and residual sugar-ness. Overall, quite juicy and fruity with more hops than malts on the balance, showing signs of US fragrant hops like Cascade as well as English Goldings. But the more I sniff it, the sweeter it gets.
T: juicy citric hop, thick-honey-ish malts, and leather-ish+phenolic yeastiness with a spicy kick combine to dominate the foretaste; quickly evolving towards a deepening impact of chewy-bitter and dry-ish aftertaste of hop fragrance, longan-fruit's undertone, licorice-like bitter-sweet herbal flavour...also constantly chewy on the mouthfeel, while a light wave of alc. is radiated in the very end.
M&D: soft in carbonation, very smooth and lubricating in a sense; while it's just medium-bodied for the flavour profile, the malt backbone provides the gravity for the flavoursome hops to dance freely. This bottle shows very decent bottle-conditioning, a world apart from my last bottle of this very same ale and also many previous Hampshire bottled brews. A tasty English IPA overall!
Tasting Date: 04/01/06.
BB 21/10/06. Served cool in a goblet.
3.5 A: very light amber hue with some chill haze; the beer head is loosely-formed and fluffy, against a very gently-carbonated body.
2.5 S: sourly-sweet fruity note dominating the nose, consisting of prunes, star-fruits, fermented pear juice, a lightly stinky note of scrumpy cider, and faintly citric aroma. The maltiness is overpowered by the sour fruitiness of hops. Overall off-balance--a bit weird...
2 T: gosh... it tastes like this beer is almost off!! Sour and thin maltiness on top of a soapy and damp flavour of... hops(?). The balance is lost as the sourness simply is too strong for a beer in reasonable health, and the aftertaste only avoids further humiliation by retaining some bitterness...
1.5 M&1.5 D: thin on the mouthfeel and no body at presence at all. I'm quite sure there's something wrong with the handling process of this beer but I feel obliged to record how I feel about it anyway. I'm angry about this beer right now, even more angry than bumping into a not-so-fresh barrel of real ale at my local pub!! Darn!
07-19-2008 18:58:37 | More by wl0307
3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
06-22-2008 15:27:17 | More by GreenCard
4.18/5 rDev +10.9%
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 IPAs 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.
09-23-2005 17:45:27 | More by sacfly
3.25/5 rDev -13.8%
Hazy copper-orange color with a large frothy off white head that leaves a some lacing in my glass, citrus and fruity aroma. Apple, pear and caramel flavors with a mild hop bite, medium body with a creamy and soft mouthfeel, finishes on the sweet side, a decent session IPA.
08-07-2005 19:09:08 | More by maxpower
3.75/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours out a slightly cloudy orange/copper color. Low-medium carbonation. Thin white head. I don't detect much in the way of smell - some hop aroma. I don't smell things all that well though...
A touch of a sweet taste up front, followed by some moderate bitterness. Slightly fruity...maybe oranges and lemons. Lingers nicely. Nothing too in-your-face, which isn't bad: sometimes.
This beer drinks fairly well. Nothing exciting, just a nice mellow IPA. I need to add that the more of this I drink, the more I want to drink. It's almost thirst-quenching.
07-14-2005 23:51:44 | More by bobbyc881
3.75/5 rDev -0.5%
Best before date is 27/06/03, so I'm basically two years late. However, Pride of Romsey has held up very well. Appearance is great, the color is a brilliant copper with just a little bit of haze. Plenty of carbonation that lasts throughout the entire pint. Head is above average in size and somewhat thick and creamy. Retention is excellent and leaves nice lacings. The aroma has suffered from age and is weak. Light malt smell is noted alongside a mild citrusy hop. Pride is still very flavorful after a couple of years. Taste consists of a light malt body overpowered by citrusy English hops. Flavor is nicely balanced and an interesting alternative to the super hoppy American IPAs that I'm used to. Definently not as bitter as expected, but still very tasty. Mouthfeel is good, but just a touch more watery than I would like. Drinkability is very good, this is the type of IPA of which I could spend a long session.
05-24-2005 03:33:57 | More by Gagnonsux
3.63/5 rDev -3.7%
Tangerine peel orange with multitudinous fine specks, capped by a lovely looking cap of ivory foam that is firmsticky in consistency. The bubbly surface gives up the ghost grudgingly and maintains a slightly humped profile as it does so. Cheese grater-like lace sticks to the glass in fairly heavy, intermittently broken, sheets.
The nose is acceptable, but would benefit from more power and more personality. Citrus zest (sweet lemon especially) is the dominant member of the nasal profile, but it's too subdued. I'll have to keep reminding myself that this is an English IPA and not an American one. Other fruit peeks through as well; tart apples lightly sauted in butter?
Pride of Romsey is very English on the palate, but it isn't all that IPA-like. Pale ale I could buy. I know that it's a fine line sometimes between the two styles and that it comes down to, for the most part, the degree of hopping, but this beer doesn't deserve the IPA appellation even when taking its country of origin into consideration.
It's acceptably malted, which is the only thing that saves it from underhopped hell. The semi-firm malt backbone could withstand much more of a hop load than it has been provided with. I hate to beat a dead horse, but some dead horses deserve it. What hops are present convey a bitter lemon flavor that is more bitter than lemon.
Mildy sweet in the beginning and middle, things take a turn for the puckeringly bitter and dry by the finish. Maybe there are more hops here than the flavor would suggest. The body is on the light side of medium and the carbonation is on the low end.
Pride of Romsey is one of those beers that grew on my as I got deeper into the bottle. The hops seemed to assert themselves much more with warming, but this ale still fell short in the all-important arena of flavor. 'Pride' may be a bit of a stretch, but 'We're Not Feeling Too Bad About Ourselves In Romsey IPA' probably wouldn't sell very well.
05-01-2005 15:10:38 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.58/5 rDev -5%
Pours a golden orange hue with a frothy head. Aroma is of pine trees and oranges. Much more of a pronounced hop bitterness that sneaks up on you and lingers in the mouth long afterwards. Lacks a malt backbone...very little caramel and roasted qualities. Does however, have a fruity,flowery taste but is overshadowed by the lingering hops. Very drinkable British IPA but not sure if worth the $5 a bottle.
Note: Freshness date on the bottle says 6/27/03. Perhaps it is somewhat past it's prime now???
02-27-2005 01:56:44 | More by cracker
4.88/5 rDev +29.4%
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.
08-28-2004 02:21:56 | More by CAMRAhardliner
4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
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
08-21-2004 21:50:04 | More by brentk56
3.5/5 rDev -7.2%
A nice orange-gold color with at big 1 1/2" head that subsided to 1/4 " that stayed almost to very bottom of the glass. Good lacing.
Smell was hops and citrus.
Taste followed: hoppy with a hint of grapefruit. The label suggests orange, grapefruit & lemon. I wasn't able to pick up the orange at all or the lemon enough to be cretain it was there.
Medium-bodied with a nice astringency and lightly effervescent all over the tongue. Nice complexity for an IPA, quite drinkable.
One sidenote: the label listed a "best before" date of 6/27/03. I drank it on 8/6/04. The ABV seemed a bit higher in this bottle-conditioned brew than the listed 5%, no surprise, but the beer did try to rush out like it was champagne, so watch out and have your glass really close by so as not to waste any.
08-07-2004 13:59:37 | More by PorterLambic
3.58/5 rDev -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..
07-14-2004 01:00:53 | More by edchicma
3.48/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
06-06-2004 01:10:47 | More by Afterburner
3.13/5 rDev -17%
Clear, bright amber color, capped with a fresh layer of 1/2" chalk white froth on top. Aroma: citric, grapefruit, lemon, orange,pineapple, piney, shades of Cascades, but mild and mellow.
Taste: hops come a bit soapy on first entrance on the palate, but his washes away rather quickly, though it returns with eac h sip. Still fruity and refreshing, but a bit too thin and watery. Good malt, light bodied, and weak in the finish.
A mild IPA, and I usually yearn for a little oomph and tingle. If you like your ales on the disposable side, by all means.
03-11-2004 06:25:03 | More by feloniousmonk
4.3/5 rDev +14.1%
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.
03-10-2004 00:45:50 | More by oberon
3.98/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
02-24-2004 01:56:26 | More by mikeys01
4/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
02-19-2004 00:51:25 | More by StevieW
3.63/5 rDev -3.7%
This bottle -conditioned IPA came in a sturdy brown bottle. The color was a cloudy gold with a nice small bubbled sustaining head. The aroma was citrusy (grapefruit and orange peels) with some floral bouquet. The taste was citrusy (orangey and grapefuity) with elements of caramel and some sweetness. It had a very good hop bite and good carbonation. The finish was fairly bitter. Overall, a pretty good beer.
02-12-2004 13:48:26 | More by genaro
3.3/5 rDev -12.5%
Appearance Dark orange and cloudy in color with a decent head.
Smell The citrus hops are supercharged with a big infusion of grapefruit. Theres also a malty base to this one, but its 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. Id like to get a hold of this on-tap.
01-24-2004 01:36:17 | More by RoyalT
3.4/5 rDev -9.8%
Sampled from an imperial pint brown bottle and poured into a new style fluted English imperial pint glass.
Beer pours in the glass with a low white head that sticks hard to the glass with a beautifully clear and bright orange beer.
Aroma is fruity with red rusty sweet apple character and a small bit of butter that starts running the edges with a growing medicinal pheolic
Flavor is bitter and tannic apples with a caramel base malt that quickly leads to a drying and growing hop bite with a slightly metallic finish.
01-16-2004 08:30:19 | More by drewbage
3.35/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
11-27-2003 17:26:22 | More by WanderingFool
4.13/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
11-19-2003 19:16:12 | More by mschofield
3.38/5 rDev -10.3%
Hardly any head, pale golden and hazy are the best ways to describe the appearance. The aroma has a very slight orange/citrus/grapefruit note. The flavor is buttery slick with a moderate level of diacetyl. It has a decent bitterness, but may be a bit stale. There is a definite caramel flavor and the aftertaste is dry bitterness. I don't rate the drinkability too high on this IPA.
11-01-2003 00:04:38 | More by GCBrewingCo
3.5/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
10-02-2003 03:39:01 | More by cokes
3.73/5 rDev -1.1%
A Bottle conditioned beer. An orangey-copper color, that pours with a bit of haze and a large off white head with tan notes. This beer has a grassy-hay aroma. It tastes quite bitter up front, with a fairly clean but definitely grassy hop flavor note. A modest body and a modest malt character accompany the hops. This beer, as it should be, is very much about the hop. A nice straight forward IPA. As it warms up the English style hop flavor becomes much more evident. This was a nice contrast to the typically American-hop hoppy IPA.
09-10-2003 16:33:32 | More by Gueuzedude
Pride Of Romsey I.P.A. from Hampshire Brewery Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.