Saint Of Circumstance India Pale Ale - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Saint Of Circumstance India Pale AleSaint Of Circumstance India Pale Ale

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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: portia99 on 04-27-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ZEROorDIE
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Brief review

poured from 22oz into pint glass.

poured a nice amber/burnt orange, with a nice tan head that stuck around for a while. nice earthy hops aromas as said. low IBU and for an IPA in my opinion. also doesnt seem to hold up with other EIPAs ive tried. not nearly as dry or bitter. still a good banace betweent he malt and hops. the hops stand out but still dont over power the malt. more standard hop flavor nothing exotic adn citrusy about this one. the mouthfeel on this beer is what really impressed me. its exactly what i look for in an american IPA, medium/thick bodied (for an IPA) with a nice creamy texture. this really accentuates the subtle undertones of the various hop flavors. defnitely leaves a sweet buttery taste on the toungue.

i let the bottle sit for two weeks prior to opening,and poured the first glass and a half without the yeast, then swirled and combined the yeast with the last few sips of the second glass. brought out some interesting characterisitics.

Photo of Aberration
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

Nice hazy appearance, amber/golden color with a head that lasts a little bit and leaves a slight lace on the glass.

Smells like a malty IPA, very inviting!

Tastes great, even with a little age on it!
The hops have faded a bit, but the smokiness of the malt comes in and gives it a unique taste.

Mouthfeel is good, a solid beer, good amount of substance to it especially for an IPA

Overall: Very good offering from BBC, I enjoy their beers and have never been disappointed by their offerings...especially at the price point! A very interesting take on the English IPA that I will certainly buy again if given the chance.

Photo of Ezone024
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The long awaited arrival of a s.o.c in my hand has finally happened as i stumbled into a beer store i havent been in a while to find the last one of these fine brews..

it pours out a clear copper with an orange/red hue. nice 2 inch had gives off aromas of slight pine smoke and butter.

the taste is mostly smoke but it's not overbearing, has a low profile whiskey barrel flavor. butter/toffee back end goin on here.
not much in the hops dept so i really dont get how it's an ipa but it's very tasty and has the signature "berkshire taste" which must be the water up there in deerfield.
nice special beer. wouldn't mind it if they made it all the time

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass a nice clear orange gold with a ton of light fluffy foam that very slowly deflates. Looks good.

The nose is light and sweet malt, some caramel. Not much hop nose, just a light earthiness.

A sip is sweet and bready throughout, but an earthy/citrus hop tone keeps it honest and balanced. Low carbonation, could use some more bite there.

For the style, this is right on. Really clean light and sessionable.
BBC rarely disappoints - they continue to put out beers that are well priced, balanced, and very drinkable. What more could you ask for?

Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice copper-orange color with a medium sized and thick off-white colored head that laces the glass a lot as it fades slowly.
S: Smells of big earthy, floral, and citrus hops with some sweet malt aromas and some caramelized malt aromas mixed in.
T: Tastes of sweet caramelized malts mixed with a large amount of citrus, floral, and earthy hops for a very nice tasting IPA. Slightly grassy tasting at the end, but overall a nice mix of flavors.
M: Crisp, fresh, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, medium bodied.
D: Overall a good take on the style and all the flavors mixed well for a pretty drinkable IPA.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber color with heady retention. Lacey splinters everywhere. On my second pour I must have disturbed the yeast because I got an opaque pumpkin colored mess.

Aroma is grass, apple juice, black pepper and lemon rind. Grainy.

Historic yes, hoppy no. Vanilla/toffee flavored mineral-y malt, steely mint, and a peppery reclusive bitter. When I accidentally dumped the yeast into my glass I got a apricot flavored yeast.

This beer reminds me a lot of another historical IPA - Brooklyn's IPA...which I detest. It's like a better, more nuanced version for that.

I'm puzzled by this beer. Out of all the beers that Berkshire has on their docket they chose an English IPA as a new offering...when they already have a far superior English IPA (Lost Sailor) in their portfolio.

Photo of cbutova
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apparently this beer resulted from an incorrectly brewed Lost Sailor IPA, somehow.

A- Amber body with a creamy white head. It displays nice size and retention. Frothy pillow leaves some nice chunks of thick lace.

S- Floral, herbal and citrus hop notes. A bit of a yeast and malt presence, caramel and bread. Not all that strong and it fades out over time.

T- Sweet caramel, toasty/nutty malt and yeast bread are quite big. Hops are give off floral, earthy and slight citrus. Definitely quite herbal giving it a tea feel. Some buttery hints.

MF- Highly carbonated light body. Bitterness is pretty low.

Certainly a difference from Lost Sailor, which I prefer to this. It is nice to have a maltier beer once in a while in the hop dominated American beer world of today. Leave it to the East Coast for that.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, grassy hops, tea and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out a bit smoky with some breadiness from a hearty malt character. Then some mild sweetness comes in from flavors of caramel and a bit of citrus. The hops presence is subdued but creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice beer to drink for a whole evening.

Photo of mclynch
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A surprising beer - aged in sour mash casks from Tennessee... hmmm, sort of begs the question! But wherever they got them, the sour is certainly present. Probably one of the best aftertastes I've ever had from a beer. Light and crisp, nicely tart, smooth finish. I absolutely love this beer and wish they would make more!

Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the cloudy burnished copper brew. Dense head lasts well, with slow-falling coating lace. Aroma is is a sedate mix of sweet, florals, and citrus.

Taste is sweet upfront, earthy in the middle, and closes with lightly bitter citrus. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Fits into what I would expect for the style.

Photo of abgba121
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: clear golden pour with a thick white head that leaves a thick lace down the entire glass right until the end

S: great smell, a light sweetness and wonderful floral hop aroma with a little citrus

T: Amazing! light sweetness, smooth, great hop taste and lingering finish with a slight bitterness

M: great carbonation and medium body

O: great beer, if I could find more I would buy many, many more bottles!

Photo of PicoPapa
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. Pours a somewhat translucent burnt amber with an inch of thick, frothy head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is grassy and earthy. Faint citrus to aroma to it. Slight sweet aroma with some hops in the background. Flavor is of cut grass and floral hops. Fair amount of malt flavor as well. Biscuity with some bitterness towards the end with a tiny bit of citrus. Very drinkable. Decent amount of hop flavor from a brewery that doesn't put out many hoppy offerings. The price, smoothness, and good amount of flavor make this a nice summer IPA. Overall, worth grabbing again.

Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dammit Bill, sneaking this review in just before me.

Pours a large 2 finger head that fades semi quickly to a point then slows, over clear copper orange colored beer, a bit of sticky lacing.

Nose has that typical Berkshire malt and yeast style, light toasty and grainy as well as wheat like malts, a bit of sweet reddish malts, with that is some fruity hops, a bit earthy and almost aged, almost herbal but not quite, a slight dry malty farmhouse rustic like aroma.

Taste starts weird... a darker malt flavor, dark toasty rustic like malt flavor, gritty grainy taste, a bit of reddish malts, a bit of a hot like spicy malt flavor... and with some spicy earthy hops, a bit of herbal tastes, a light hop overall but earthy and a bit fruity, somewhat aged hop flavors, a bit of bitterness but not much. Finishes with a bit more spicy and earthy hop flavor, very little bitterness, it dries a bit as well, with a weird anesthetized mouth feel from the hops and weird malts I believe since it has little abv, a lingering slight metallic and caramel reddish malt flavor.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation, and eventually gets really dry so my mouth feels weird.

Overall OK, but not great, the hops are light and aged tasting, earthy and slightly herbal, definitely an older style but doesn't quite sit well with today's styles and tastes, but decent and drinkable.

Photo of BostonHops
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a standard shaker pint.

body is a slightly cloudy, dull amber shade; fairly aggressive pour yields a big 2" off-white head which demonstrates great retention and a lot of lacing. nose isn't as aromatic as i typically look for in my IPAs, but there is a distinct floral hoppiness to it. for the style i'd put the nose as about average, maybe slightly above.

flavor is interesting. definitely a unique take on the style, the question is 'good unique' or 'bad unique'... seems like i vacillate with each sip. very earthy and florally with some caramel and i do get a hint of smoke. ok, i guess i can dig this. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, i guess you could call this one a nice change of pace, a departure from the citric, piney IPAs i tend to gravitate toward. not something i'd seek out on a regular basis but i will be definitely open to more in the future.

(originally reviewed: 05-29-2011)

Photo of mrhartounian
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting take on an IPA. Appearance is what you'd expect from an IPA, but the smell is most definitely not. Lot's of whiskey and not a whole lot of hops from this one. Taste is sour with some of the whiskey coming through, not a ton of bitterness. I have to say this is a bit strange for me. Never had a beer like this one and as I am half way through the bottle I can say I am a bit ambivalent about it. A nice change of pace from the typical hoppy IPA, but not sure I would seek it out again.

Photo of Thads324
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : pours a clear and bright amber with a thick and small bubbled white head. A bit of lacing. color looks great
S : sweet biscuit and a small amount of sweet caramel. Only a little bit of earthy hops towards the end.
T : starts watery and then the malt waves in. Sweet and easy going, with honey and bread flavors. The malt takes the back seat to a nice hop flavor that isn't bitter at all. A finish with a little bit of hop bitterness and more sweet malt. the ending hop is a bit piney and a bit lemongrass flavored.
M : bubbly carbonation, but no worries. Easy drinking and finishes very clean and crisp. Nice hop linger afterwards.

A really really great beer. Easy to drink and would probably be a great intro ipa for a first timer. I might like this more than the lost sailor.

Photo of smcolw
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks good: a long lasting head that leaves ample lace after each sip. The color is a cloudy orange-amber.

Raw, peppery hop smell. Light yeast. Slightly sour with no other malt notes.

A well-balanced IPA...might be closer to an ESB in flavor. The malt has a touch sweetness that shows up with the swallow. There's a sourness which I associate with a stale mash--appealing in its own way. Quite effervescent without a correspondingly full nosy. The hop is muted but present.

Photo of beer4colin
2.74/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Local Ma. guy who loves what BBC does, full disclosure. I was very excited to see a new barrel offering....

A- A nice tawny oak, hazy, good pour into a pint glass. A good finger of faom and clingly lace.
A - This is what I am talking about!!! Whiskey barrels! As it should be...
T - Now we're talking about the elephant in the room. This is a barrel IPA but something went a tad askew. This is closer to a sour or a bad barleywine. Big disappointment.
MF - Doesnt matter at this point...
OA - This was a special offering to me from my fave packie (you know where I shop!) . Appreciated but, for once, finding BBC missing the mark.

Photo of davey101
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a shaped pint glass. Ahhhh, a one off IPA from BBC. The result of a botched version of lost sailor with some new "mystery" hop. As always it was at a bargain price of $3 and change.

A - Pours a nice dark amber color with an impressive white fluffy head that sticks around for a while. Tons of carbonation and bubbles.

S - Sweet malts, citrus hops, and some grassiness. Very balanced smell that doesn't really hint at the smokiness I'm about to dig into.

T - Woah. Who let the smoke in? Theres the balance between the caramel sweetness of the malts and the light citrus from the hops. And then theres this amazing smokiness that comes and goes rather quickly. Its not too intense, but it really compliments these flavors. Bitterness is pretty low making this very drinkable.

O - I wish I had a lost sailor to compare this to since I haven't had one in a few months. This is definitely a unique take on the IPA. I'm used to the American IPA with the blistering bitterness and grapefruit, but I gotta admit that I really dig this brew and style. I'll be sure to grab another bomber before they're all gone.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saint of Circumstance IPA pours a hazy copper color with a big, rocky head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick sheet on the surface leaving behind clumps of lace on the glass.

The aroma is malty with notes of toasted pale malt and some flowery (rose) hop aroma mixed in. Hints of grass and citrus are also detected.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, creamy with a mild carbonated fizz. The flavor is sweet with a nice balance of bitterness. Notes of caramel, toffee, a touch of smoke and toasted malt are followed by a mild bitterness with flavors of grass and flowers. The malt carries through each sip and lingers once the beer is gone.

This is a very tasty, easy drinking beer. Not your typical IPA.

Photo of portia99
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a clear medium amber color...very marginal haze to the body. Two fingers of off white foam rests on top of the beer with decent staying power and on the dense side of the scale. Head dies slowly and steadily after a couple of minutes leaving behind sparse, loose lacing on the glass.

S - Lowish hop aromas, seem to be English varieties - quite earthy, very low and just noticeable spicy hop character as well. A buttery/butterscotchy aroma rides alongside, some sugary malt, light caramel and roastiness, and some breadiness.

T - Flavors follow the aroma pretty well. Earthy hop bitterness up front, somewhat grassy, very bready, low roasted malt character and sugary toffee sweetness and the undertones of buttery-ness.

M - Medium bodied with a lowish medium carbonation that is creamy in feel with a touch of foaminess too. Well balanced, but the earthy bitterness from the hops leaves the most lasting impression and washes away the softly sweet maltiness that shows in the middle of each sip.

O - Worth a shot. By far not my favorite IPA, but a solid effort and a pretty easy drinker. I wouldn't hesitate to have this again, but probably wouldn't seek it out either. Overall, I definitely prefer the Lost Sailor (which, if I understand correctly, this is based upon)...the hop profile just suits my tastes better.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass, the rest split with my wife. Orange in color, very hazy, clearly unfiltered. Lemon popsicle colored head with REALLY good lacing too it. Good looking beer overall.

Smell is pretty good. Yeast is actually a big part here, more than any other IPA I've had before. Kinda bready, but like orange bread. Citrus and floral hops, good pretty good overall.

Taste is good. Again I find it very bready in comparison most IPAs I've had before. A little more malt here, toasted caramel. Citrus, zesty, and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is pretty good is alright. Not very clean, sort of earthy and thick, because of the yeast. I like it though, pretty drinkable, I'm almost running out of beer to review here.

Overall I like it, an interesting take on an IPA, I guess this one was a pretty happy accident overall.

Photo of jrenihan
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber, with a two full finger widths of thick white head- and that is with a semi-restrained pour.

Smell is fairly sweet and malty, a little biscuity. Notes of honey are present as well. Smells very "fresh", reminiscent of a rural outdoor setting. Perhaps this is what they mean by an "earthy, grassy" character.

Taste is pleasant, but not remarkable. The malty taste is right up front, just like the nose, with a caramel or toffee flavour. Finish is mildly bitter. The 'earthiness' of the nose are present as well- again, very 'fresh' tasting. Nice, but not thrilling.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. A little too much carbonation for my liking. but otherwise pleasantly medium to light bodied.

Overall, definitely an enjoyable beer, and one I would be happy to have again. Was not aware that it was a one-off when I picked it up while in the Berkshires for a weekend. Definitely glad I had a chance to try it out.

Photo of Sam21
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased for $3.75. No bottling date. Poured into pint glass.

Appearance – A hard pour yields a beautiful hazy amber body with a fluffy cream colored head. Frothy and sticky.

Smell – Juicy caramel malt with a healthy helping of grassy and slightly citric hops. Mineral twang in the nose with earthy undertones.

Taste – Smoky caramel hits up front. Malt is thick and sweet with toffee, notes of oranges, and smoky edges. Finish has a nice herbal bitterness with citrus undertones. Tea-like hop character at times. Dry and quick.

Mouthfeel – Light-medium body. Slick at times. Carbonation adds a nice fluffy feel.

Drinkability – This is a unique beer. It feels unrefined and a bit rustic with the smoky edges and slight mineral twang. Hops add notes of mint, citrus fruit, and a crisp bitterness. A wonderful beer. If only Berkshire could replicate this mystery hop order, because I would love to have this as a year round.

Photo of scottfrie
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip. Thanks goes to SneezyAchew for sending me this one.

A: Pours a deep caramel color with a billowing, oily, off-white head that took forever to settle into a massive film that left rings of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Light notes of fruity hops and clean crisp grains. Not super potent but what's there is good.
T: Sweet, light, bready and grainy with just a touch of balancing earthy, fruity hops. It's sweet overall with pretty much no hop bitterness. Instead there is a ton of fruit juice and dry roasted grains. The aftertaste is smooth and fruity.
M: Slick medium body with a viscous (but not oily) mouthfeel and medium, tingly carbonation.
O: I've only had a few English IPA's as I tend to prefer the bolder more hop forward versions from this county, but this is definitely the best one I've had yet. It's also a damn good beer and one that I would definitely recommend and drink again. Thanks Michael!

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Saint Of Circumstance India Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.