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India Pale Ale - Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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Ratings: 24
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Based on the Northern English version of the style as originally brewed and exported to the troops in India, Spinnakers IPA is strong, full flavoured, with a very well balanced yet assertive hop character. This beer is a favourite of our regular patrons and beer aficionados alike.

55 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-24-2003)
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Reviews by OskarL:
Photo of OskarL
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale golden color with a white one finger head that leaves some lacing.

Smells biscuty, bready malt with sweet grapefruit and some sour notes.

Tastes malty soaked bread, some sweetness with citrus, little bitterness, less than expected.

Medium body, smooth and creamy with a mild carbonation.

OskarL, Apr 21, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650mL bottle. Pours a pale copper color with a very thin white head. Aroma of bready malt, fruit, and floral hops. The taste has sweet honey, malt, and some bitter hops. Medium-light body with nice carbonation. Not bad, this is a good English style IPA.

chickenm, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinkable IPA, hoppy and bitter and a transition to American style IPA. Went down very well with food. Spice and juicy peach in yeast, almost as if there was a bit of wheat as well. Lemon aroma. Nice transitory foam. smooth, light texture, hard to believe a 7.1%. Thanks Irondjinn!
Had 3.5 years later on tap and was not as good.

Sammy, Aug 18, 2004
Photo of elricorico
2.63/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours hazy golden orange with almost no head. There is a faint smell of caramel and citrus, though it is tough to find much aroma.

A fair bit of toffee up front with a hoppy finish that is both medicinal and a bit minty. Everything is a bit thin tasting. The overall impression is that there isn't enought flavour for the style.

Light bodied and dry with medium carbonation. Again it doens't excite.

This isn't an offensive beer, but I really expected better.

elricorico, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of Rutager
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a golden-straw colour with a thin white head.

Smell. Some slightly sweet, toasty, and bready malts and some light citrusy hops.

Taste. Bready, toasted malts, some cedar and pine, maybe a little bit nutty. A little bit of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. A good beer. Not exactly extreme like some of the west coast offerings, but it's pretty clear that's not what this beer is about. Easy drinking and unoffensive.

Rutager, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of IronDjinn
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light transparent amber hue, thin sticky head on top, lots of mottled lacing. Aroma is a very faint, biscuity malt and flowery citrusy hops. Mild biscuity malt flavour, complimented by sweet orange hops, with a touch of white grapefruit rind. Medium-bodied, slightly sticky mouthfeel. A mild IPA with subtle flavours, but it still delivers the goods.

IronDjinn, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of Rastacouere
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big frothy and rocky white head. Tons os sediments float around the glass. Strange aroma for an IPA. Very fruity (peaches, orange, pears) and almost belgian yeastiness where the wild hay come out, very flowery, lightly spicy. In mouth, range comes strong in the flavor development, but hops are not too flavorful, you wouldn’t think its and IPA. A sweet floral kiss comes back toward the end to finish with grace, if not with a wall of bitterness. Texture is perhaps a bit too bubbly, but still mostly smooth. Thanks frink!

Rastacouere, Jul 05, 2004
Photo of LampertLand
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

LampertLand, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

bumchilly25, May 13, 2012
Photo of Derek
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled this at the brewpub.

A: Pale yellow, clear, some head/lace.

S: A little bready malt and hop aroma.

T: Nice bitterness, bready, chewy malt, citrous aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden.

M: Moderate Body, creamy, light to moderate carbonation.

D: Quite good.

Derek, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of Bockerdoppel91
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Bockerdoppel91, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of bodybyadam
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A terrific IPA not to pass up.
The third and final sampler I had during my almost post bike ride dunch,?...linner?...my late afternoon meal. (mussels in a belgian ale sauce, I reccomend)

A: Served in a 4.5 oz sampler with a light golden yellow color that was bubbly and a small 1/4 inch head which quickly dissipated.

S: The nose was a beautiful citrus hop aroma.

T: A distinct classic IPA but this one came above others with a very smooth finish. Aftertaste was continuous and smooth.

M: Did I say it was well balanced and smooth?

D: I would enjoy many more before I realize the higher ETOH hit me.

Elbows Up,

bodybyadam, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of ericj551
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spinnakers IPA pours a bright gold with a thin head that fades quickly. Citrusy, herbal and earthy hops pop up in the aroma, with a nice light caramel maltiness. The flavor is nicely balanced, with plenty of sweet malt, and some light, citrus and herbal hops. The bitterness is moderate, and nicely balanced.

ericj551, Mar 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

EskimoDave, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Graham5161986
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This IPA pours a light orange yellow with a bubbly, frothy white head that dissipates to a bubbly foam and leaves a bit of patchy lacing on my glass.

Smell is predominantly malty with good hints of honey, brown sugar and bread. Not a whole lot in the way of hops though with is disappointing for a West coast IPA.

Taste is, again, much more malty than hoppy with flavours of honey, caramel and bread and just a very slight hint of bitter hoppiness in the background. Really, the hops don't add much to this beer in terms of bittermess. In fact, they give more of a sour flavour to the brew. The finish is dry with bready and very slight hop notes lingering on.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation and a slightly oily finish.

This beer's 7.1% ABV is hidden quite well despite its relatively weak flavour profile. This is likely its best quality as I could see myself polishing off a couple of these without any problem at all. However, it just doesn't deliver the hoppy flavour that a good IPA should. Thus, if I were in the mood for an IPA, I would not consider buying this beer again. This is more of a simple pale ale to me.

Graham5161986, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of canucklehead
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't believe this should be classified as an American IPA as the hop profile is too subdued and lacks the grapefruit nose. This is a English style IPA that has been punched up in the alcohol and the flavour department. This may be one of the best BC IPA' s along with Tree Hophead, Granville island and Lighthouse. The balance and drinkability of this beer are great with a finsih that begs for another pint. This beer is also in a 22oz bottle and deserves your attention.

canucklehead, Jul 27, 2004
Photo of biegaman
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Spinnakers IPA is awfully fair and frail looking for something supposedly modeled after beers that survived the unfavorable, several rough months long journey from England to India. Going on appearance, there ain't no way this one would have survived the trip! It hardly looks like it survived the voyage from British Columbia to Ontario: it's flat, filmy and dull.

The aroma, fortunately, shows some sign of life. The scent of toasted biscuits reassures me that some malt was used and a faint floral fragrance does likewise for hops. Any way it's sliced, however, this bouquet (and indeed the beer) comes up lacking in every regard. Even for a self-affirmed mild mannered example of the style, this is no great shakes.

If, as a homebrewer, you happen to have tasted un-hopped and/or unfermented wort you know how plain and often genuinely grainy a beer can taste. This tastes kind of like that. Despite a slight earthiness (which honestly comes across as little more than an afterthought) this beer is plainly cereal-y - not my first choice of flavour when drinking a beer.

This IPA is only as hoppy as the North Koreans are free. Sorry Spinnakers, but double-check your math - that calculation of 55 IBU has to be way off (and, to be fair, so too does the 7% alcohol claim). Those may not be such bad things as far as the conventional customer is concerned, but anyone who knows what to expect from an IPA is sure to be disappointed.

If the brewery wants to keep doing an IPA I highly suggest they do some soul searching on this issue - their current offering leaves much to be desired and really leaves nowhere to go except up, especially considering it's brewed so near one of the world's great hop growing regions. I get that it's meant to be an ode to the British offerings, but that requires more than just harder water minerals... I suspect even U.K. brewers would find this lacking.

biegaman, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of BDTyre
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spinnakers consistently delivers excellent beers.

I find the colouring of this to be a little on the pale side; most IPAs I've had are on the darker side. This is a very pale caramel-gold colour.

The smell does not believe an American IPA. Hops are somewhat mellow, but certainly make their presence known. There is not a definite citrus hint I find in the hoppier American IPAs. Yeasty, bready scents are dominant.

The taste as well brings to mind the mellower, maltier British IPAs. There is a deep, rich malt and bread flavour with very faint notes of citrus.

A nicely done IPA, but not an American styled one.

BDTyre, Mar 26, 2006
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3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at the Spinnakers brew pub. A nice looking, clear orange with a nice head and good lacing. Aromas were of citrus and malty tones. Taste was pretty good, not the best I've had but still very good. More malts than I'm used to in an IPA, perhaps as other noted, it is more in the English IPA realm. Nice citrus and pine notes, with a bittering aftertaste, but not overwhelming. Well balanced, smooth and easy drinking. I'd have another one in a heartbeat.

sockeye101, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden amber with a nice off-white head of thick-ish foam that lasts and leaves nice lacing. Aromas are notably different than those of this breweries 20. Hops are more subdued and less citrusy, more UK in nature. Malts shine more here as well and seem very sweet, bready, and caramel-like in nature. Taste is big with a nice UK hop profile and the bready malts in the foreground. Finish is pretty dry and another sip is needed. Mouthfeel is good, as is drinkability. A choice IPA.

francisweizen, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of DIM
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a cloudy golden color. It was served to me with a thin whisp of white head.

s: Sweet brown sugar and moderate citric bitterness, smells a little lemony.

t: This wasn't hop forward enough for my taste. Sweet brown sugar up front, too much so. The finish was some mild lemony/grapefruit hops.

m: Sticky, oily body, with moderately fizzy carbonation.

d: Okay overall, just a little too sweet.

DIM, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of kjyost
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

660 mL bottle given to me from my sister for my birthday, thanks J&T! Poured at 4C into a nonic.

Pours a sunset orange with a bit of head, though too little for the hardness of the pour. Dabs of lacing as it is consumed. Malty nutty aroma with light earthy hop notes. A very earthy hop flavour in the body with spicy notes and some biscuit or vienna in the body. Tasty for an English IPA, I jut prefer a stone assertive citrus note and American IPAs... Great crisp bitterness that couples almost perfectly with the residual sweetness. Solid beer, just not my normal cup of tea.

kjyost, Jun 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

KalanM, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of 2beerdogs
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

2beerdogs, Jul 23, 2013
India Pale Ale from Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse
81 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.