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Drunken Sailor India Pale Ale - Crew AleWerkstatt

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Drunken Sailor India Pale AleDrunken Sailor India Pale Ale

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very good

13 Reviews
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Reviews: 13
Hads: 52
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 18.27%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Crew AleWerkstatt
Germany | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: sfprint on 10-26-2012

Weigh the Anchor, Hoist the Sails...
colossal waves and lashing winds.
That was the life of the English sailor whose job it was to bring beer to Colonial India. Only with an insane amount of hops and high alcohol content could it withstand the perilous journey. Drunken Sailor IPA brings the adventure and powerful taste into the 21st century...
Ship Ahoy!

Hops: Herkules, Citra, Cascade, Simcoe

Malt: Pilsener Malz, Münchner Malz, Karamellmalz
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Reviews: 13 | Hads: 52
Reviews by Liquoric3:
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Slightly hazy pour with a two finger beige head with great retention and lacing. The nose is malt forward with lots of caramel and brown sugar along with hints of pine, perfumey hops, toffee, and subtle tangerine and grapefruit. The taste is more balanced with pine and resiny hops up front along with hints of tangerine, caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and chewy with medium carbonation and a syrupy finish. Overall, a pretty decent, well balanced IPA from an up and coming German craft brewer.

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of intoxabroad
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, dubbed 'Crew Republic' here. Strange mix of English and German on the label description, not to mention the rather American-sounding name. Oh, and I choose to submit this under the listing where they at least know how to fucking spell.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark copper amber hue, with a shocker (the finger configuration, FYI) of puffy, lazily foamy, and mildly bubbly tan head, which leaves some eroded landform lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of sugary caramel malt, bready toffee nougat, further brown sugar, orange cream, candied grapefruit, subdued pine resin, and leafy, floral hops. The taste is more sweet caramel/toffee/Mars Bar nougat, citrus Creamsicles, a soft acrid pine needle and forest floor bitterness, hints of metallic alcohol, and a mixed grape must fruitiness.

The bubbles are fairly understated, manifesting in a weak-form frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, smooth, and even a tad creamy. It finishes on the sweet side, the malt still holding it over the hops, who, despite their peppy attitude, cannot overcome all that damned sugar.

Is this tasty? Yep. Is this hoppy? Uh, sure. Is this really an American-style IPA? Nah - the heavily sugary leanings lend credence to the idea (mine alone, so far) that being so very far off there in Bavaria, something got lost in translation, and they went and flipped the recipe in their attempt at Yankee Doodle Dandy-ing up their brewing efforts. So, next time, Fritz, or Karl, or whatever, a bit of advice - the hops come first, dummy.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of sfprint
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pretty dark for an IPA. Sun tea with an edge of fuzz at the top. Cloudy. Carbonation lines the glass but I don't observe it rising.
S: Heaven in my nose. A beautiful hoppy pine scent with the perfect degree of sweetness. Very similar to Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale.
T: Quite good. For a German IPA, I have to give it 4.5. A smooth, well blended flavor with a nice moderate spiciness. Also celery.
M: Slight sting, medium body.
O: The best German IPA IMHO. So glad to have finally found a wonderful one.

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Photo of megu
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Beer-Ed
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Noelito76
3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of parintele
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drmeto
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

-Big honey and grassy flavour first
-piney Resin,Hop bitterness kicks in
-very malty,bready,bitter finish
-well carbonated,nice head retension

Good,not great IPA.
It couldve been more balanced in terms of hop bitterness
I like citrus/Tropical forward IPAs more anyway.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of LampertLand
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crew Republic 'Drunken Sailor' @ 6.4% , served from a couple of 330 ml bottles purchased for $ 3.70 each

A-pour is dark gold from the bottle to a hazy amber in the glass with a small off-white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint

S-hoppy German IPA

T-big tasting German IPA

MF-ok carbonation , feels full bodied

Ov-ok/good beer , interesting take on an IPA , I'll try again

prost LampertLand

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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of k3ve
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Tomais
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only my second IPA, and they were both German interpretations of American IPA's. Judging by other reviews, both also not true to style. Not being familiar with the style I'm not going to knock points for varying from it. Especially not if I like the beer. It's possible my standards will go up after trying more of these: we'll see.

7 months before sell-by date. Cellar temp.
Served in a medium-to-narrow glass (seemed to suit that fine).

Deep bernstein amber, lots of suspended particles. A few threads of carbonation slowly moving up the glass. Biggish head which settles and holds fairly well. Some lacing.

Another beer that smells a bit wild: pine resin, rasberry leaves; strong citrus peel, held together with raw dark sugar. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel is nice: smooth, a little thick, with lovely fine carbonation.

Starts smooth malty, taste as strong as the smell comes through in the finish, lots of lemony orange-peel marmalade with concentrated bitter at the end.

After-beer-taste leaves me a bit unsettled: I can still taste the hops, but there's a watery taste/feeling too. Maybe it's just me and the evening that's in it.

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3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Drunken Sailor India Pale Ale from Crew AleWerkstatt
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