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

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Pride Of Romsey I.P.A.Pride Of Romsey I.P.A.

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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 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.

rastaman, Sep 09, 2003
Photo of longpondbeerman
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour was quite good on this IPA: a light golden amber with a lovely cascading head. Alas, the ale did not fully justify this strong beginning. The smell was lightly hoppy, and there was a tangy citrus undertone, but it all was rather muted. The taste, likewise, was understated. There is little complexity to this ale; the taste was pleasing and refreshing, particularly at first blush, but it faded quickly and left a dull finish. It needs more of a malty foundation (as I've found in other English IPA) or a more potent hoppiness (as appears to be customary with the American IPA).

longpondbeerman, Aug 27, 2003
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.

beerinator, Aug 27, 2003
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.

Darkale, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of goindownsouth
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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.

kunzbrew, Feb 19, 2003
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.

Suds, Jan 25, 2003
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.

mjohn27603, Jan 11, 2003
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.

John, Oct 24, 2002
Photo of tigerpaws
4.78/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Good friend and fellow BA goindownsouth recommended this IPA to me since we share the same taste. I was PLEASED, it pours a nice dark copper color with a thick holding head. Has the hops aroma but not the sinus opening hit that some IPA's have, i detected a slight malty scent also. The taste is probably the best balanced of any IPA I have had, I love hops and they are there but not overwhelming. At tatse the hops hits the tip of your tongue and the malt flavor lingers on the back of the mouth. A very enjoyable and drinkable beer, try it......CHEERS

tigerpaws, Oct 18, 2002
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.

ryanocerus, Sep 10, 2002
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.

Longstaff, Aug 20, 2002
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.

NeroFiddled, Jul 26, 2002
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice shiny bronze color. I totally agree with the other reviews surely not as hoppy as the some U.S. IPA's, but very enjoyable and easy to drink, at the same time tasty and balanced very well. On the palate there are tiny hints of orange peels, and grapefruit and maybe a little lemon too. Not to much citrus flavor though...it is balanced with malts very well. I think it was a very nice change up from some of the US IPA's. Overall a very enjoyable IPA!

WilliamPhilaPa, May 05, 2002
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.

jdhilt, Apr 02, 2002
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.

Jason, Apr 01, 2002
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Pride Of Romsey I.P.A. from Hampshire Brewery Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.