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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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84
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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: portia99 on 04-27-2011)
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

ComRock12, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of mrhartounian
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

mrhartounian, Sep 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

yossarian14, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of mclynch
4.5/5  rDev +20%
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!

mclynch, Jul 28, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

ms11781, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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)

BostonHops, Jun 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

DoctorB2B, May 27, 2012
Photo of beer4colin
2.65/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

beer4colin, May 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

40451, May 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

smutty33, May 14, 2012
Photo of beer2day
2.8/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

COudy orange-to-red pour. One finger of light cream head. No retention and no lace.

Weak biscuit malt nose. Just the slightest hint of hops. Light tart fruit sneaks in underneath.

Hint of caramel malt and light strawberries come to mind on first taste. Tart, sour finish. Reminds me more of a mild than an IPA.

Very light body.

If you like your IPA's more malty and fruity, then this is the beer for you.

beer2day, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

JAHMUR, Mar 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

mctizzz, Mar 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

billybrew21, Mar 02, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

chrispoint, Feb 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

livewire05, Jan 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

alamode, Dec 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

rab53, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

AndyAvalanche, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of Ezone024
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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

Ezone024, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served at 49 degrees in my BBC Pint. No dating evident on the bottle. Pours a translucent amber with a rocky, two inch, cream-colored head. Head eventually settles into a creamy, 1/8th inch skim. A thick, textured band of lacing encircles the glass. Nose expresses faint citrus esters, a trace of grass and perhaps a hint of rind. Taste is a bit maltier than I anticipated - not overly prominent by any means, but there's definitely a light, toasted malt presence along the backbone with a bit of sweetness. The light citrus and grassy character present in the nose intermingles nicely with the malt and there's a slight mineral quality at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a slightly oily texture and a lively, almost prickly carbonation. Overall, a really nice brew - not your typical English IPA in my opinion in that I don't get a lot of the biscuit or noble hops flavors I've come to associate with the style, but I did quite enjoy this beer.

Jwale73, Sep 21, 2011
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Saint Of Circumstance India Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.