India Pale Ale - Pedernales Brewing Company
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2.65/5 rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
6% ABV confirmed per the label. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with orange & white label and branded pry-off black/silver pry-off cap acquired at a local corner mart and served into a conical Pinthouse pizza pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery, with which I haven't had much experience. Reviewed as an IPA for obvious reasons.
Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Okay thickness and creaminess. Head retention i above average - about 3-4 minutes. Nice even lacing coats the sides of the glass when I tilt it, but little sticks.
Body colour is a clear translucent pale copper of average vibrance. Appears adequately carbonated. Clean looking; there's no visible yeast sediment or dregs.
Overall, it's a pretty standard IPA appearance. Far from unique or special. I don't notice any flaws. i'm optimistic.
Sm: Pleasantly fruity - peach and pear mainly. They're light, but they're there. There's also plenty of butterscotch, as well as some sweet caramalt and pale malt. Has some nice floral hop character but no discernable hop bitterness. Cotton candy/candy floss. Bubblegum. Sweet breads. Corn adjunct.
Hopheads will note the absence of piney, nectary, citrusy, oily, et al character. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.
It's a pleasant aroma in a general sense, but for an IPA it's a bit lackluster. In spite of its notable lack of real hop notes, it's an enjoyable clean scent and I'm excited for the first sip. Above average but mild in strength.
T: Sweet malts (caramalt, pale malts, and bready malts), strange bubblegum and cotton candy notes, and butterscotch. I do get a peck of grapefruit but there's no accompanying bitterness. Indeed, this beer has no real hop bitterness at all, falling pretty far on the sweet end of the spectrum. I do wish it had more hop flavour than that bit of grapefruit and its underwhelming generic floral hop notes.
No yeast character or alcohol comes through.
It's a cohesively built flavour profile with some likable elements, but it largely fails as an IPA. Still, I'd take this over many of the overly bitter offerings in the style, and I do think even without much hop character it boasts better balance than many popular IPAs. It's not horribly complex, subtle, nuanced, or intricate, but I do like it for what it is and outside of style conventions it's pretty likable stuff. I could see many reviewers giving this much higher scores if it was reclassified as a different style; I'm not sure that should be the case.
Below average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Buttery. Overcarbonated. Unrefreshing. It's got a light bite to it. Would be better softer and creamier. Medium-bodied. Decent weight.
Not gushed, oily, hot, boozy, harsh, or astringent.
It doesn't have a very good presence on the palate, but it's pretty average overall. It doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to this taste, but the texture suits this flavour profile in a general sense.
Dr: Downable but forgettable. This is best reviewed outside of style conventions. IPA fans aren't advised to purchase this, but for those who like beer in general, this'll fit the bill. Hides its ABV well enough. I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners, but it's too far below average.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 01:07:57 | More by kojevergas
3.95/5 rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bought this HEB in Killeen, TX about 2 hours from Fredericksburg where it is made.
Poured into a mixer glass from a 12 oz bottle. Amber in color nice head. smells good. Does not taste like a typical IPA. It has some hops and a hint of ruby red grapefruit minus the natural sweetness and with out the normal bitterness that is expected in an IPA. In the back of my mouth i could taste something familiar but unrecognized yet very yummy. I do like a bitter IPA and this is not bitter but I still like it.
I think this is something I would want to recover with after my next marathon.
I am eager to try the other beers made by this brewer.
Serving type: bottle
10-06-2013 22:20:46 | More by wejohnsn
2.91/5 rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
You wouldn't mistake this for an IPA after the first sip. It's hard to approach a review of this since it's really not a bad beer, but it doesn't seem to share the attributes of what an American IPAs seems to be these days. It's more on the malty side than a hop showcase.
A little fruity and rather malty. Some pleasant aroma of fruit cocktail and malt. A little grainy with a slight bitter edge. I don't taste much hop flavor, but there is some bitterness toward the end. Not too much carbonation in the mouth.
Really quite drinkable, but it's more of a Maibock than an IPA. Poured from the 12 oz bottle bought at Texas Wine Cellars in Fredericksburg, TX.
Serving type: bottle
05-15-2013 05:27:43 | More by mactrail
India Pale Ale from Pedernales Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.