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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Reviews: 47
Hads: 65
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 8.18%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 65
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.26/5  rDev -14%
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. (778 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear orange with some brown hues. A strong pour results in a large white head that does not quit. Big globs of uneven lacing cling to the glass.

S: Pine, mango puree, oranges, and a dash of pineapple and grapefruit. Floral. Tobacco leaf. Bready and caramel malts underneath. Some gritty yeast. Good.

T: Juicy hop tastes up front. Orange, some melon. Faint pine. Hop oils create some of that enamel-stripping feeling on the teeth, though the overall bitterness is pretty tame. This is a well-balanced IPA, and bready and caramel-like malt tastes are also prevalent. The gritty, earthy yeast taste that we've all come to expect from BBC is there too, and it works. Mineral tastes come out just before the finish. Finishes with bready malts, faint hop tastes, mineral water, and a bit of an herbal spicy taste.

M: On the thicker side of medium bodied, full, and just a bit slick.

O: Pretty good. Not your standard IPA. Pleasant hop profile, but well balanced with a minerally hard water taste. Very much like a British style IPA.

Notes: The description on the label did not make this beer sound appetizing. Smoke and mineral tastes are not normally something I want in an IPA. It all works though. I like it better than their original IPA, Lost Sailor. Certainly not for the hardcore hop-head though. It is a very balanced Old-world style IPA. (1,390 characters)

Photo of Azurescens
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date poured into Hair of the Dog tulip. Reviewed on 5/28/11

A: Pours a clear, golden orange with fluffy whitish head. Good retention and nice lacing left around glass.

S: Smells of sweet caramel malts and toffee with some herbal and grassy hops coming in behind the malt.

T: Really sweet and earthy for an IPA. I taste honey, lots of malt, toffee with only slight hop character and bitterness.

M: Pretty thick and resinous for an IPA, medium body with moderate carbonation, finishes sweet.

O: Interesting beer, not the crisp hoppy IPA that I was anticipating, it tastes more like a watered down barleywine or a sweet pale ale. It is a tasty brew none the less, just not what I would grab when I crave a refreshing and dry american IPA on a hot summer day. (804 characters)

Photo of perrymarcus
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (914 characters)

Photo of BeerMaverick
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a flute glass.

A - Darker golden, almost amber hue with tons and tons of off-white frothy head. Fantastic retention that lasts the session and plenty of lacing.

S - Floral aromas with some hop bitterness. Some woody notes as well with slight malty wisps.

T - The hops are definitely there, but they lack in comparison to other IPAs. Similar to a pilsner in taste with a dominant floral characteristic.

M - Not much to note here...the hop bitterness lingers slightly in the aftertaste, but again, weak overall for hopheads.

O - Overall a decent IPA, but more of a pale ale or pilsner in taste. I like the Lost Sailor IPA better, but I would recommend trying this beer because it probably won't be available anymore due to the fact that it was a mistake to begin with. BBC was shipped the wrong type of hop (they were originally brewing a large batch of Lost Sailor), but they didn't notice until they had brewed a ton of the beer, so they decided to call it something different rather than just dump all the beer...good call! (1,055 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.17/5  rDev +10%
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! (954 characters)

Photo of ZEROorDIE
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (991 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this on-tap at Peppercorns Bar and Grille in Worcester, MA. Had never heard of this one so I figured to give it a try. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - A crystal clear copper pour with a nice two finger head that leaves pretty good side lacing and a good white blanket atop the brew.

S - Very light malts and hops. Very light citrus and grass. Would like things to be more assertive.

T - Nice sweet, carmel malt backbone with some bready notes. There are some average grassy, slightly herbal hop notes. Nothing too exciting.

M - Low carbonation gives this an almost creamy mouthfeel, yet still remains just slightly crisp on the finish.

O - My biggest issue with this beer is how the ABV, somehow, is very noticeable. Almost across the board on every category. I figured this to be alot stronger than the 5.7% that was listed. (843 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New release from Berkshire, always nice to try something new from them.

Pours hazy brownish orange, huge clumpy white head retains at least at a finger and cakes on the lacing on each pour. Best looking beer I've had in a while.

Pleasant scent of grassy and earthy hops and some sweet malts (toffee/buttery). Light fruit notes and some woody, oak-like notes too.

Bitter at the start from the hops, but evened out with a good dose of malts of the toffee and buttery variety, bready on the finish. Mostly a pretty dry, herbal kind of feel, yet it's sweet as the nose hints towards. Light citrus and wood/oak come out as it warms.

Mouthfeel is a good overall, but bitterness seems to vary on each sip, being overpowering at times, makes it seem a bit off-balance. Carbonation about medium.

I prefer their Lost Sailor over this, but this is a beer definitely worth trying, it's got complexity and an interesting feel I haven't come across in IPAs before. (955 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (808 characters)

Photo of silentjay
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

slightly hazy deep orange/amber color that produces a sizable beachsand colored head that quickly recedes to a finger and a half, leaving behind plenty of lacing.

pretty herbal and fruity (like an orange herbal tea) with lightly toasty and crackery malt aromas. a touch of mesquite spice as well.

taste follows the aroma, being herbal, slightly spicy, plenty fruity with a good amount of toasty malts. there is a touch of smokiness detectable, but not bacon-flavored sense, its more like a wood bbq and subtle, but it adds a bit of astringency to make the hops taste a bit sharper.

not overly heavy bodied with plenty of fluffy carbonation and a nice crisp finish.

pretty nice. well balanced and unique. tasty and somewhat refreshing. (738 characters)

Photo of gfreed
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you latch onto one New England brewery, latch onto BBC. With a single exception, I've never had anything from BBC that hasn't been good, level-headed, balanced and tasty. This particular beer is, as others have already noted, similar to their Lost Sailor IPA, but it's less sharp, more British and fruitier, with a flowery aroma and a hoppy tang at the back end. Well worth hunting down before they run out, it's a good beer for a spring evening. (449 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with a dark cream cap of fine bubbles. Good head retention, lots of clumpy lacing. Fruity aroma, sort of juicy, earthy, strawberries, a little caramel. More of the same in the flavor. Moderate bitterness, a bit woody and very slightly herbal. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation, off dry, decent texture. Overall, a decent English IPA. (349 characters)

Photo of harsley
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours nice with a big head over a copper colored beer with lots of lacing.

Nose is much like lots of Berkshire beers, traditional English brewing, lots of malt and yeast with some earthy hops.

Taste is similar. Malt and yeast forward with mild earthy hop flavors playing a background role. I guess you can say it's well balanced, like most Bershire brews, but it's IPA so it's not really supposed to be.

This beer was supposed to be their normal Lost Sailor IPA but the hops they used were similar but a little different, and perhaps old, or smelled a bit smoky like they had been near a fire. Earlier batches had a bit of that smoke tatse I was told but the one I tried tasted almost exactly like Lost Sailor.

Not a bad way to fix a batch that wasn't quite right, but they could've released this as Lost Sailor and only a handful of people would have noticed any difference. (879 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a Clown Shoes pint glass.

The color is hazy golden/copper with a foamy off-white head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit earthy aroma that is a bit like spring flowers and a touch of malty sweetness that has a bit of a spicy biscuit aroma.

The taste is bready like part of the nose with some bitterness hitting the tongue that is more mellow and must be a mid range alpha hop. (or one slightly lower then I am used to lately) There is a dough like flavor that makes me think of pancakes without syrup. There is a light toast flavor here as well, a lightly toasted bread flavor with earthy hops carrying the end of this beer till there is a please was of bitterness and mild hop flavor.

The beer is medium bodied but is a more mild in the mouth-feel. This beer is a nice journey away from a high bitter IPA and has a good even balance between the hops and malt. (921 characters)

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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? (569 characters)

Photo of bernie879
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Killians pint glass, millions of bubbles rose through the light copper colored ale and formed a 3cm thick off white head. Following a pretty sufficient hang time, the head reamained as a thin layer over the beer,still present after drinking half a glass with splotchy, spotty lacing.

A-The aroma was an odd melding of the ingredients. Mainly picked up a bready, honey wheat nose with the hops contributing earthy notes and slight apricot hints. Also seem to pick up underlying minerally qualties.

M-Medium bodied and smooth with the carbonation barely adding anyhting to the mouthfeel. A touch of bitterness, though this seems more due to a toasty character of the malts, which also contribute a signifigant sweetness. The earthy, apricoty aspects of the hops found in the aroma continue on the palate.

O-I would say this was a pretty succesful beer in what they were trying to achieve. This definatly has an english character to it, from the hops, malts and mouthfeel. Drikability is pretty good, does get a bit sweet for my tastes. I do like how persistent the aroma is, contributng a nice experience with every sip I take.

Definatly worth trying, especially those into english styles or interested in what defines english pale ales. I'm not an expert on the style but think this captures many of the qualities I would attribute to them. (1,359 characters)

Photo of Pahn
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split with BA morningthief and his wife. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one inch, fluffy white head that dissipates very slowly and, like the beer, leaves a wall of lacing. Pours a hazy light orange.

Smell: Lots of orange and tangerine, with some candy sweetness and cereal in the background. Smells hoppy and fresh.

Taste: Follows the nose only more pronounced; up front the flavor is dominated by orange and tangerine with some lemony soapiness and an almost lime-like note, which moves into a healthy bitterness (I think it's a bit more bitter than BBC's Lost Sailor) with some light cereal notes. Crisp finish, very refreshing. Great for the hot weather.

Like most BBC brews, the balance in the flavor is very good. The orange-like hops blend really well with the light grain flavors and mild sweetness. BBC are masters at making flavorful pale ales like these. That said, it's almost a little too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a lot of carbonation (works well). Slightly creamy.

Overall: Very nice beer. The citrusy hops are pretty succulent, which is enjoyable but contributes a bit to the perception of "a bit too sweet". I would like this beer to be dryer, but as is it's very flavorful and seasonal. (1,258 characters)

Photo of morningthief
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pahn for sharing a bottle on this brew day!

Pours a clear, slightly hazy orange with a pillowy, one-finger head that dissipates cleanly. Some residual lacing on the glass is visible.

Smells malty with a slight twinge of orange. Hop character is subtle. I am somewhat disappointed by this, but I shall delve further into the brew.

Tastes citrusy up front, with very slight bitterness that resolves to the trademark bready, malty Berkshire finish. Overall quite pleasant. It's reminding me of Cap'n Crunch (totally fine with me). Overall, this is an extremely well balanced brew.

This is a light to medium bodied beer that is quite nice on the tongue. Well-balanced carbonation rounds out the feel. Drinkability is quite high as are most Berkshire offerings.

Overall a nice, clean, refreshing IPA--perfect for a seasonably warm Spring afternoon. I am glad that Berkshire took what could have been a disastrous ordering debacle and turned it into an auspicious opportunity to brew something new. (1,007 characters)

Photo of steinlifter
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a hazy copper, frothy 1 inch head that diminished to a nice 1/4 inch collar with great retention, puffs of broken lace around glass.
fruity esters..and fresh baked bread on the nose.
citrus and hops abound....well balanced IPA...complex flavors, full satisfying mouth here.
Overall, I am a big fan of BBC, and they really nailed this one! could easily be a "session" beer 4 me....good Job guy's! (402 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (1,376 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (1,398 characters)

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Saint Of Circumstance India Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.