Sleeman IPA (46*) - Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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

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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 2.88
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: Derek on 11-04-2005

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.
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.32/5  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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.91/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

Photo of ADR
2.74/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Darker gold color, clear in appearance. White frothy head maintains at just under 1/2 an inch for some time. Nice grown of laces on the pint glass. Aroma is slightly tired, grainy with corn husk tones, not very hoppy. Mouthfeel is light, the carbonation is about average overall. Flavor is perfectly mediocre, actually seems much more malt-based with some adjunct vegetal qualities. Hops leak through as a squeeze of lime juice toward the finish. The close is thin, slightly ash-ridden. Well, this isn't a horrible to drink beer, but it lacks a lot of an Ale's normal fruitiness to say nothing of the hop profile you kind of expect in an India Pale Ale.

Photo of brewQ
3.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really have not rushed out to sample this brewer.
Not very visble in the Midwest US.

This 'IPA' pours A dark golden color with a firm head that stands nicely.

Aroma leans to floral with a bit of fruit.

Some hops in the taste but rather timid for an "IPA".

Finish is okay. This is a drinkable, serviceable brew.

I have to compare them with Genny/High Falls on the US side...
did not realize they were such a volume player until visiting their web site.

Photo of biboergosum
3.11/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of Sammy
2.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Yellow colour with some foam. A trace of grapefruit aroma in the head. Astringent overcarbonated taste, with an element of IPA taste. Could drink part of a bottle, that's it Trust Sleeman to minimize an IPA. Medium mouthfeel, wierdly bitter, must have with food.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.7/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pale yellow or straw color with a fluffy white head that stuck around for the ten minutes it took me to drink this beer. Nice bone-white lacing. The color and clarity of this brew are identical to those of Miller Light.

S - Dull hop scent, but not much else.

T - Nowhere near as hoppy as an IPA should be. More at the level of an ESB or pale ale IMO. Sweet and a little bit biscuity. This is a very dull's not really keeping me very interested.

M - Medium bodied and chewy. This is this beers best aspect.

D - Average. This is not an IPA IMO, but as a pale ale it's drinkable, but very boring and average.

Photo of nortmand
2.86/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light amber pour, with a fluffy off white head that leaves a little lace. Slightly cloudy.

Caramel and orange zest in the aroma. Also slightly metallic.

Sweet on the tip of the tongue, some hop flavors, then a weird woodsy bark flavor. Metallic aftertaste.

Medium bodied and a bit creamy, an ok effort, but not worth keeping around, try it once, then forget about it.

Photo of GrimmReaper
3.06/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.73/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear pumpkin orange color, with a thin white head.

S: Not much nose or hoppiness is evident.

T: For flavor there is a very light citrus and woody notes with some spiciness from the hops providing subtle floral notes and a dry finish. Moderate carbonation, light aroma and hoppiness that drinks more like a weak pale then a labeled ipa. Theres really not a lot going on here malt or hop wise. Labeled as an English ipa but the malting and hopping fall short of expectations per style.

M: Mouthful and body is a tad watery and overall a low moderate rating.

D: rather bland, unexciting, disappointing and watery.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear amber looking ale with a tiny bubbly white head with below standard retention. Aroma of hops is clearly present with some sweet malt. Taste is dominated by the golding hops with a way too discreet malt presence. Hops presence is definitely too low for my taste in IPA but I’ve seen a lot worse from Sleeman.

Photo of bloberglawp
3.36/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in pint glass, cold (just got back from corner store). Humm, smells a little like there may have been a little corn adjunct used in this one (although the label insist otherwise). Hop aroma just a little to weak for me to qualify it as IPA (its gotta slap you in the face like liberty ale or london pride... or maybe its just me).

Taste... yep, cold its got that "corn" taste, as it warms up it mellows and the bitter golding hops take over, not to shabby. Nice lacing as well. Not bad for Sleeman... could use a little more work for shure.

Photo of bearcamp
2.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up in a make your own six back. Caught my eye because it didn't have a label. I thought maybe some home brewer sneaked some beer into the store.

Pours a light brown color and the hops come out a bit. Some lacing around the glass as I drink it down.

Taste is average. Not the best and not the worst I've had. Somewhat light taste makes this a session able beer.

Worth a try! But wouldn't pick it up again.

Photo of Ragingbull
3/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark gold or faint orange in color with a light head after pouring into a pint glass. Very mild hops in the nose. Easy attack with an almost sweet flavor. Clean finish with very little impact overall as a beer. Pretty straightforward and "common" tasting. My wife says that it reminded her of a piece of "old spearmint gum."

Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first impression of this beer was that IPA must stand for "insipid pale ale," but that is not fair to the beer. I suppose I was predisposed to be critical, after reading the marketing bit on the mix pack box about how the beers are supposed to be recreations of old pre-prohibition family recipies from a nearly forgotten little black book. By the second bottle, my expectations had adjusted to that of a pale ale, and the beer registered in the "okay" range. Fairly nondiscript malt, perhaps a little crackery and a hint of caramel. Hopping was more in line with the pale ale range, certainly not the heft of an IPA. Drinkable, but not memorable.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As far as I know this would be the second yearly offering from the John Sleeman Presents limited edition run, inspired by his grandfather's old recipes (but aren't all of his beers supposed to be from those old recipes anyways?). I recall the porter last year was decent for a Sleeman product, but not very inspiring or noteworthy for the style. Let's see how this year's crack at an IPA stands up.

Poured from a clear 341 ml bottle with a cream and green coloured label, a rarity for Sleeman to stick a label on their normally clear embossed bottles. And although the shortcomings can be found in other aspects of it, I've always said that Sleeman's knows how to make a decent looking beer, and this one is no exception. A beautiful clear bright copper hue with a massive chunky white head to cap it off. It eventually recedes to a thin film, leaving rings of lacing. I'm impressed.

The aroma is very timid, however. Thin toasted malts with a dominant chaperone of herbal, astringent Golding hops, even though the hops seem quite tame for the style.

The flavour is that of a mild pale ale at best, I've had hoppier pilseners actually. Light toasted biscuity malt up front, an escort of mild grassy herbal hops from that point on, with an indescriminate finish, and a slightly buttery aftertaste. All the action seems to happen up front.

The mouthfeel suffers from the typical Sleeman carbonation issue, which seriously detracts on the finish.

As an IPA, or even just a pale ale this is a very unoffensive offering from Sleeman, very middle-of-the-road and wishy-washy. The wallflower of IPA's, standing right next to Big Rock's version watching everyone else slow dance to Stairway To Heaven. Nothing exciting or new here, and I won't be picking up another case, I'll wait until next year to see what else they brew up from the old recipe book for a limited edition.

Photo of plaid75
4.23/5  rDev +46.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger white creamy head. There was excellent retention and excellent sticky lacing.

The smell had an upfront biscuity aroma that morphed into a nice sticky marijuana hop aroma.

The taste was very well balanced. A nice light malt body, just enough to house the lovely oily hop flavor. One of the most flavorful EIPA I have had.

The mouthfeel was very good. Excellent body. Nice and crisp. Excellent carbonation.

I think this is an excellent beer. I am new to Sleeman, and so far so good.

Photo of dstc
2.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Nice golden, slightly cloudy color.

S: I personally couldn't detect any major component coming though my olfactory. Smelled a bit weak I guess but certainly not bad.

T: Bitter, very bitter. The ale seems to have a nice flavor but my palette can't get past the overwhelming bitterness of this beer.

M: Feels like a nice beer, not too watery and just the right amount of carbonation for this style of beer.

D: I'll admit, IPA's are usually not for me but was looking forward to trying something new and really went in with an open mind but I guess I just can't get past the bitter aftertaste. I enjoyed the beer more an more the further I got into it but it's not something I will continue to drink regularly.

Photo of Cresant
2.71/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 11.5 oz. into an IPA glass. Created two fingers of head. Burnt butter colored body had a chill haze. Head faded to a thin film. The thick bottle was interesting in design, with raised/relief letters of Sleeman Brewery and their trademarked beaver/maple leaf.

Smell was underwhelming, not offensive but difficult to detect. Hops up front and sweet maltiness following.

Taste was not what I think of as traditional English IPA. More hop bitterness, mild citrus rind and faint asprin flavors. Not especially complex. A Canadian EIPA.

Mouthfeel was a pleasant zestiness, medium bodied.

Easy to drink, yet you may become bored with it after one bottle.

Photo of Gump
2.34/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Plenty of foamy head. Clear pour.
Smells of grain.
Taste is dry and flat bitter. Watery mouthfeel. Not the hoppy taste I would expect from an IPA.

I'm not even sure why they call this an IPA. There is nothing that makes it stand out.
No bitersweetness, no hoppiness, no floral aroma.

Poor example for an IPA. I can't get past that.

Photo of spinrsx
2.79/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden amber with a nice one-and-a-half finger, slightly off-white head that slowly settles to a thin cap that remains throughout the rest of the lifespan, leaving thick rings of lacing down the entire height of the glass.

Aroma is of vague herbal notes, with not much there to discern.

Mouthfeel is medium-thin, with decent carbonation, though it could perhaps use a little more. Taste begins rather metallic-like, with an oh-so-slight hop bitterness; as the brew warms, more hops come through, eventually melding with grainy, slightly-sweet malt. Finish is dry and bitter, though in a somewhat unpleasant way, not like the pleasing bitter-dry finish of most IPAs.

This beer would be easy to session, especially considering its low alcohol content in comparison to typical IPAs, though that's the problem with this beer -- it just isn't a good example of the style. It retains more characteristics of a traditional pale ale or lager than an IPA, and if served chilled at fridge temp, it's just rather bland and metallic-tasting. Serve it closer to room temp, and it's a good replacement for any macro, at the least.

Photo of happygnome
2.36/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

a: amber colored beer with eigth inch of head that dissapears fast leaving a little lace
s: a sweet malt flavor with a decent floral hop aroma, although not a very strong hop aroma
t: a sweet malt flavor followed by a mild hop taste, not too much flavor going on here
m: medium bodied with a little less than average amount of carbonation

overall this isnt the best ipa ive had, not by a long shot but not a bad beer

Photo of daliandragon
3.3/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this mixed 12 pack of Sleeman beers from Ontario at my local store. Although this isn't outstanding beer, I hope it's a sign of more international breweries selling mixed twelves of their products in the US.
This IPA pours fairly robust into my pint glass, with wet, foamy head and a bit of cloudiness. The color is a bit lighter than I'd prefer but not a deal killer. Nose has hops but also something that smells like chemicals.
Taste is mellow but has enough hops to keep me interested. Again, chemicals seem to be present but not as obviously as in the smell, its much more bearable here. Bitter aftertaste is mildly astringent. Mouthfeel is respectable and fairly full.
Well, I recognize it as an attempt at an IPA, that's something. It's not wondeful, but it's drinkable if you like IPA.

Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy light copper with a thin head that leaves some spots of lacing.

The smell is very mild. Inoffensive, but mild. Some restrained floral notes come through.

The taste is floral, with a tea-like leafiness and hints of tobacco. There is an orange zest in the finish. The malt catches up to the hop bitterness for most of the drink. Flavors rather restrained.

The body barely makes it to medium. A slight bittersweet taste hangs around for a bit. Even a touch more watery, and it would have fallen apart.

This is not bad - That is, inoffensive. Nothing "bad" tasting, but it it's not one to grab if you are looking for an IPA - too balanced. But, it is inoffesive and easy enough to drink - rather boring though - mild abv for style - mild, bordering weak, taste.

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Sleeman IPA (46*) from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
69 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.