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Sleeman IPA (46*) - Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

Sleeman IPA (46*)Sleeman IPA (46*)

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101 Ratings

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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 2.89
pDev: 16.26%

Brewed by:
Sleeman Breweries Ltd. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Sleeman India Pale Ale is the second in our John Sleeman Presents series. This ale reaches back all the way to 18th century England, where it was first brewed to export to thirsty English troops in colonial India. The Sleeman family personalized the recipe back in the 1800's with a brewmaster's special attention to detail, and now presents it to you one more time for your continued enjoyment.

(Beer added by: maxpower on 12-18-2005)
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Reviews by GrimmReaper:
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden copper/orange color with a 2 finger head that is a creamy tan and very rocky and leaves some nice sticky lacing.That's the best part of this beer,very appealing in the appearance,but not much in smell and taste.The nose is of very faint fruit and even less on malts and hops.Taste is mild bitterness with peach overtones and some orange in there with very mild hops and leaving the mouth dry,while you wait for some other flavors to blend in,but nothing else there leaving you in dissapointment.Kinda watery with a peppery kinda taste,i tried to sit back and really feel for the flavors while enjoying a hockey game,but,nothing there,not enough aroma and full body flavor for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 00:29:38 | More by GrimmReaper
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2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

04-12-2014 15:48:02 | More by harpus
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Alberta (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

341ml clear as ever was bottle, a refugee from the local Liquor Monopoly's remainder bin.

This beer pours a slightly cloudy, medium copper amber hue, with one fat finger of puffy, tightly foamy, and perhaps a tad creamy off-white head, which leaves some random spackled rime lace around the glass as it quickly and evenly subsides.

It smells of musty leafy, floral hops, crackery pale and caramel malt, with a touch of sweetish corn, a metallic stoniness, and a late-arriving lemon polish and stale orange pith bitterness. The taste is more hop-forward, but that's about it, as said hops manifest in a bland, muddled citrus nature, and flat, green piney notes, before a weak, cereal-informed bready caramel malt comes idly sidling by.

The bubbles are quite sedate, and barely perceptible at times, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and kind of tacky in its attempt at smoothness. It finishes on the sweet side, just, the bready caramel malt waving goodbye to the hops that hardly were.

If they were going for old-school English here, then Sleeman hit the mark, and more, as this is a rather underwhelming IPA, no matter what side of the fence you sit on (not including Minhas, of course). No off-flavours, so points for that, but otherwise, this is a relatively weak effort at convincing macro drinkers what an IPA should really be, in any of its many forms.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 05:17:41 | More by biboergosum
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Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev +3.8%

02-09-2014 00:48:07 | More by wizo
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Ontario (Canada)

1.75/5  rDev -39.4%

01-09-2014 21:48:21 | More by Hoppy_McGee
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Ontario (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

341 mL bottle taken from a Sleeman Selections six-pack picked up at the LCBO. This is one of those brands that is typically only available at The Beer Store in 12-24 bottle cases, so I'm rather glad that they opted to put together this new sampler, which also includes two of their similarly-treated brews (the Silver Creek Lager and Fine Porter). Served slightly-chilled.

Pours a somewhat foggy copper-amber colour, with one half-finger of dense, off-white head head seated atop the liquid. The aroma is weak and rather uninspired, with only a touch of leafy, floral hops and lemony citrus to remind you that it's actually an IPA - otherwise, the caramel malt and sweet cereal grains are all that can legitimately be picked out of the bouquet.

The flavour is similarly underwhelming. Grainy, vaguely bready malts mingle with caramel malt sweetness, with the previously-mentioned floral hops and lemon concluding the forgettable flavour profile. Sweet finish with some accompanying dryness; not what I want from this style, and kind of gross, actually. Light-bodied, with fairly restrained carbonation that prickles the tongue and helps to scrub the cloying aftertaste away. Relatively easy to drink quickly, and not really good for anything else.

Final Grade: 2.88, a C. By Sleeman's standards, their India Pale Ale is a tolerable offering, but as an IPA it's completely forgettable. American IPA fans will scoff at this one's limp-wristed hop profile, and English IPA fans will be left longing for a sturdier, more refined malt backbone. This is one of Sleeman's lesser-known brands for a reason - unlike the porter, it's just not very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 05:49:46 | More by thehyperduck
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3/5  rDev +3.8%

12-07-2013 21:41:08 | More by BillRoth
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +3.8%

11-19-2013 04:37:47 | More by MJ63
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Ontario (Canada)

2.79/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

341ml Bottle from March Omni QC for $2

Appearance - Slightly hazy copper colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, corn, grass, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and very very light hops. There is also some corn syrupy like caramel flavour.

Overall - It tastes like their lager with a little more hop and caramel malt mixed in. My ratings would be better if I was rating as a lager, which it basically is.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 01:03:22 | More by spinrsx
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +3.8%

06-11-2013 20:32:38 | More by yabud
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1.91/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

A color in between amber and orange, this one pours out with a very thin white head ring that disappears quickly. So quick that there isn't even time to leave any lace on the side, because it was already gone.

Aroma was woefully lacking hops. I mean almost utterly devoid. At best, you could say there is a light floral aspect to them, but I think that's just the big carbonation rushing towards your nose.

The taste was of mineral water and something like bass pale ale, but even worse. Very mild malt contribution. Hops, still MIA much like they were in the nose. This tastes like a very mediocre beer aged in whatever mineral water is stored in with its earthiness.

I realize this is an English IPA, but this is even bad for that standard. Somehow the beer gets some bitterness into it, but I don't know how. Even then, its a bitterness without a flavor companion, which makes it even worse somehow.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 17:30:59 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3/5  rDev +3.8%

03-11-2013 17:22:18 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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New Brunswick (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -13.5%

03-10-2013 19:12:29 | More by TimeLincoln
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New York

2.25/5  rDev -22.1%

02-02-2013 14:57:31 | More by Noelito76
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3/5  rDev +3.8%

01-10-2013 00:04:50 | More by bluetrevian
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2.5/5  rDev -13.5%

10-16-2012 03:30:30 | More by bzach
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Sam Adams signtaure glass.

Appearance: Deep gold, heavy bubbles on the body with a white head maybe 1/8" still not bad.

Smell: has a scent of sour hops.

Taste: Light bitterness, but this doesn't really have IPA attributes lacks any floral or grapefruit feel.

Mouth: medium carbonation little light in the end.

Overall: Not bad, I mean if you like light beers and preferably lagers this is for you but to call this an IPA is seriously questionable. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 00:49:36 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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3.25/5  rDev +12.5%

08-22-2012 01:21:42 | More by JimmytheSaintPSU
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Quebec (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -22.1%

03-15-2012 14:23:03 | More by oldp0rt
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Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -13.5%

03-03-2012 18:29:19 | More by Rlombardi75
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Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bronze Caramel, slight haze, foam cap disolved quickly even in a beer clean glass.

A: Citrus; orange, lemon, astringent, grapefruit, jollyrancher, crackerjacks.

T: Dark Fruit, Fig, fruit roll up malt front. snappy citrus bite on the tail. very nice.

M: Mild Co2. cleansing.

F: nice grapefruit citrus kiss on the way out with a nice balance of "whole wheat" malt. (i know there is no wheat... it just tasted wholesome)

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 19:19:01 | More by jthelamontagne
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Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -30.8%

01-16-2012 18:47:18 | More by irishkyle21
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Ontario (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A well furbished gold colour is a bit of a faux pas when reconstructing a classic English IPA, although Sleeman did know well enough to leave a dense haziness. Beyond that, however, I'm not sure there's much here to satisfy the IPA purists out there. Historical accuracies and style guidelines aside, this is a decent looking beer.

But it will obviously be no hop clinic. Sleeman IPA has a bit of an off smell that cannot be attributed to the clear glass bottle it comes in. There's nothing skunky about it. Rather, it's a cheap smelling malt, something you'd expect from an Asia or Latin American lager, but not an English-inspired IPA. Dextrose jumps out of the glass.

English crystal malts can really be tasted, but the biscuity, cracker-like flavour they impart is less than delectable. The flavour is not what I'd consider offensive and seems to lack adjuncts, but the malts seem to be of the utmost lowest quality. More significantly, however, there's not a trace of hoppiness of any kind what so ever.

The most tasted ingredient, unfortunately, is dextrose. This beer is sugary whereas a true IPA should be bitter (or at least bittersweet). This, however, seems like they took the recipe from the back of a Splenda packet. The finish is saccharine sweet leaving a syrupy texture. This is not a case of bad milk, but of bad cow.

Dear Sleeman: if you’re going to tread water, there's no point in drawing attention to yourself whilst doing it. The whole "family recipe book" might make good advertising, but it doesn't make good beer unless you actually follow the recipes! Cut out the sugars and adjuncts and try your hands at brewing a real beer for once.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 01:53:36 | More by biegaman
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2.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine June 2007.

Hate to say it before we even try this, but with a ton of American IPAs (let alone Double IPAs), this one is probably just going to look like a Pale Ale. Of course, that's just an educated consumer's guess, right?

Clear and bright copper-colored brew. Soapy-looking white froth forms thin rings of lace down the glass after each swig. Hint of rough malt husk with floral, faintly citrus aroma from the hops. Clean nose all around. Very crisp up front, with a loose light-to-moderate body--almost fluffy. A hard touch of forced oily hop resin comes off as bitterness; harsh at times, being that there's not enough malt to keep it in check. Nutty malt and bitter citric-peel hop flavor. Middle to end offers an aggressively harsh carbonic flavor of mineral, salt. It's a tad unpleasant. Dry, more or less, but there seems to be a lost dextrin that throws a curveball at the end.

One brewer's IPA is another brewer's Pale Ale. This one's just not up to snuff. If you're looking for a true modern IPA, you should pass on this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 18:55:38 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the first english ipa I have had and the fifth beer in the Sleeman line poured from a bottle into a mug.

Colour-More of an orange/lighter brown colour than amber with a one finger head that dissipated into a ring with no lacing on glass.

Smell-Very mild with slight citrus notes almost smelt more malty then hopy to me.

Taste-For my first ipa I thought the bitterness was there but it wasn't over powering with a slight sweetness and citrus flavor.

Drinkability-very high could see myself buying it again and session it easily.

Overall-it is a mass produced ipa so I didn't expect to be the ambassador for the style and I can't say I have one to reference but I liked.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 02:11:23 | More by SuperSnake
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Sleeman IPA (46*) from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
69 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.