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McEwan's India Pale Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

McEwan's India Pale AleMcEwan's India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
69
poor

164 Ratings
THE BROS
62
poor

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 20.48%


Brewed by:
The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-07-2001)
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Jason

Massachusetts

2.88/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Weak looking head, clarity is fine though.

Smell: Smells of shortbread, a touch fruity … where are the hops?

Taste: Maltiness is slightly feeble, light on the palate with a cracker like graininess. Bitterness tastes processed like an extract perhaps and light at that, just gets to the balancing point and goes no further. Maltiness drops a little residual sweetness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, faintly crisp. Lacks in fullness and depth.

Drinkability & Notes: Quite drinkable, it actually goes down real easy like a light ale would. Sad thing is this is not labeled as a light ale, labeled as an IPA makes this beer somewhat of a sham. I have had pale ales that are bigger than this! At $9 a six-pack don’t waste your dough.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2002 18:45:08 | More by Jason
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Todd

Colorado

2.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12oz European brown bottle, red labeling and a picture of the weird smiling pirate guy wearing a funny fu-fu hat. No freshness date

Appearance: A brown beer, with light copper hues. Pours a moderate healthy looking creamy white patchy head.

Smell: Bitter hops, floral aromas, toasted malts, some caramel.

Taste: Creamy mouthfeel, followed by an even semi-sweet malt flavour. Grain, a touch of caramel and toasted malt flavours. Little malt character. Alcohol notes. Bitterness is limey, floral and tea-like, becoming more pronounced by a fine, dry, champagne-like carbonation. Finishes grain dry.

Notes: An unusual IPA. First, it's Scottish. Second, it taste nothing like a traditional IPA and holds none of the characteristics that you might expect (big malts and big hops to balance). I'll pass on this one. Not to style and a rather bland brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2001 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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2.75/5  rDev -6.1%
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Looks like a faint brown ale, almost no head, aroma was lacking hops but did have a fruity tomacco (yeah like the Simpsons episode) aroma that was enjoyable.

The brown ale comparison really comes out in the taste, this doesn't even taste like a weak English ipa, this is just like a mild brown ale. It is what it is. Expensive and disappointing. I used to enjoy these in the 90s, they were helpful in getting my palate in shape after drinking sub-BMC type of stuff in the early half of the decade (Meister Brau), but the more I drink of these lately, the more bland and expensive they come off.

Serving type: bottle

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2.23/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Brown, kind of like a caramel color, somewhat odd I thought. Not much of a head, just a 1/2 a finger of bubbles that dissapeared quickly leaving no lacing.

S - Somewhat grainy, slightly malty, more of that than any hopes.

T - This is not good, and I don't think it's an IPA. Tastes more like a somewhat creamy, crappy english bitter that was poured out of a can. Too sweet, not enough hops.

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tatoodkelt

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Consumed 12/10/2009- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle as shown poured into a pint glass.

A- Poured a clear rusty brown with a thin soapy white head that faded away quick. It was almost all red when held up to the light. Not much in the way of carbination or lacing.

S- Sweet malts, almost a Log Cabin syrup smell. Not bad, just not what I expected.

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M: a touch thin, smooth and lightly carbonated.

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McEwan's India Pale Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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