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Empress India Pale Ale - Steamworks Brewing Company

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Empress India Pale Ale
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28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Steamworks Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
During the heyday of the British Empire, India Pale Ale was born as a strong pale ale brewed especially to endure the rigors of the long journey to the colonies. In order to guard against spoilage, I.P.A. was brewed with a high alcohol content and with liberal amounts of hops, which act as a natural preservative. This ale's golden amber colour only hints at its full-bodied flavour. Its sumptuous maltiness is tempered by a goodly amount of bitterness and a mouth-filling hop flavour. In order to finish our I.P.A. with a truly fresh hop bouquet, we dry hop this ale in the serving tank with both East Kent Goldings and Mount Hood hops.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-15-2005)
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I am transcribing this from notes that I took last summer. Poured on-tap at the Steamworks Brewing Pub in Vancouver, BC, it was served in a pint glass. The beer is a very light, clear yellowish color, more reminiscent to a lager coloring than an IPA. There was a light, frothy head that settles into a thin layers that clings to the side of the glass as you drink. Smells are extremely flowery with only a little hops influence. The flavors are fairly floral, as well. Juniper and jasmine, with a little bit of hops, again only in the background. The aftertaste is remarkably a little more hoppy, but overall it is mild, and the beer has a clean, crisp finish. Not bad, but left my wife and I wanting a little bit.

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Clear and amber with low head retention. Very little lacing. Floral aroma with a soapy characteristic. Bit of a carbonation bite up front and very little in the way of sweetness. Bitter middle and backend in the traditional English style. Could have used better balance between the hops and malt. I found it closer in style to a pale ale.

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Appearance: Coppery amber, clear, with a small white head that manages to leave surprisingly good lacing. Lovely colour for an IPA.

Aroma: Mixed fruits and a fair amount of hops.

Taste: Hoppy, mixed fruit, some citrus, with a gentle malty sweetness and some nuttiness. A big malt profile for an IPA with an unusual fruitiness that is a welcome change from the grapefruit grapefruit grapefruit of most pacific northwest IPAs. The malt and hops balance each other nicely.

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Slightly hazed, orange copper color with short and dense head that left lots of lace. Has a leafy / floral hop smell with some citrus. Hoppy flavor, pine resin with grapefruit hop finish. Some malt, but not really enough to balance. Dry, slightly acid aftertaste. Medium body, low carbonation, about as expected. Lots of bitterness and hops, but not much depth. Good, but there are better examples.

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1 inch head capping an almost opaque hazey orange brew with tons of lace. Mild, lazy carbonation pierces the gloom. Nose is just not that hoppy. A light floral note over an almost soapy, nearly non-existent malt character. A bit weak for my liking.

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Empress India Pale Ale from Steamworks Brewing Company
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