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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 brentk56
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

brentk56, Aug 21, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

BuckeyeNation, May 01, 2005
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Mar 10, 2004
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

NeroFiddled, Jul 26, 2002
Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

Jason, Apr 01, 2002
Photo of feloniousmonk
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.

feloniousmonk, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of Gueuzedude
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.

Gueuzedude, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of wl0307
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!

wl0307, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
3.43/5  rDev -9%

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.

jdhilt, Apr 02, 2002
Photo of RoyalT
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. 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.

RoyalT, Jan 24, 2004
Photo of cokes
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.

cokes, Oct 02, 2003
Photo of Suds
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

Suds, Jan 25, 2003
Photo of Gagnonsux
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.

Gagnonsux, May 24, 2005
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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.

GCBrewingCo, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of rastaman
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

rastaman, Sep 09, 2003
Photo of WanderingFool
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.

WanderingFool, Nov 27, 2003
Photo of PorterLambic
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.

PorterLambic, Aug 07, 2004
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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.

CAMRAhardliner, Aug 28, 2004
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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.

maxpower, Aug 07, 2005
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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.

mschofield, Nov 19, 2003
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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.

GreenCard, Jun 22, 2008
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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..

edchicma, Jul 14, 2004
Photo of John
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

John, Oct 24, 2002
Photo of StevieW
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.

StevieW, Feb 19, 2004
Photo of goindownsouth
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%

A very palatable India Pale Ale, indeed. This is probably one of my favorite brews, for some strange reason. It offers a great bouquet to the nose, while the color is a wonderful effervescent amber. The flavor is one that slightly forces one to take a step back. While it brings a good bit of hoppiness to the table, it also contributes a little underlying fruit, and maybe some vanilla. Nevertheless, a good beer to try if you like full-bodied IPAs. Prost!

goindownsouth, Mar 25, 2003
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Pride Of Romsey I.P.A. from Hampshire Brewery Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.