Bert Grant's IPA - Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
2.75/5 rDev -11.3%
Presentation: 12 oz. short bottle with Bert Grant on the neck proudly holding a pint and very brief history of Bert. The Taj Mahal in the background and stating " A highly hopped, faithful reproduction of the famous 19th century pale ale." No drink before date.
Appearance: Golden straw in colour with a frothy head that dissipates to a bubbly lace.
Smell: Very herbal hop with some phenol aromas. Hints of green apple and banana in the nose.
Taste: A very herbal hop flavour is dominate, almost too much, with some banana, malt sweetness and more herbal hop in the end. Bitterness is up there and helps dry this brew. Also in the mouth-feel, is an oily feeling that I believe to be either an addition of hop oil or usage of a hop percolator.
Notes: The following appears on their site, under this style, "I suggest drinking my India Pale Ale with sausages, curries and other spicy concoctions. And should you find a stray bacteria lurking about, don't worry. The necessary precautions have already been taken." Okay, what the hell does this mean? Why would a brewer even utter the word "bacteria" in association with the finished product, let alone say "don't worry" which is only going to make the consumer do just that. This is not much of an IPA; alcohol is too low. From what I remember, this seem to be a different recipe. The over use of Galena hops is a bit too harsh for this brew.
09-06-1998 00:00:01 | More by Todd
More User Reviews:
3.03/5 rDev -2.3%
Poures a pale yellow color with minimal head,very piney smell almost like walkin thru the woods.Tobiiter in taste for me not balanced enough in my opinion,very grassy and piney with no malt backbone.Havent been to impressed with the Bert Grant line as of yet.
05-10-2003 17:08:57 | More by oberon
2.95/5 rDev -4.8%
Appearance Light yellow and clear in the body with a hint of orange and some active carbonation. The head came up nicely and went down slow.
Smell The unpromising aroma of grain greets the nose first followed by some smallish floral hops.
Taste The hops are certainly in the background here, although a small hint of pine helps this one along. Otherwise, its standard American macro grain, although this is a notch above a Bud or Miller.
Mouthfeel Extremely dry with some light carbonation. This one was a little thin for my preferences, but the ultra dry mouthfeel made it palatable.
Drinkability Ill finish but wont buy again.
01-22-2004 01:30:04 | More by RoyalT
3.08/5 rDev -0.6%
The Bert Grant's India Pale Ale pours from the stubby bottle a crisp golden orange color with a nice half inch of bubbly white head atop. Aromas of light crystalline malts combine with a combination of floral, brickweed grassy and spicy citrusy hop tones. A bit of candy sweetness appears as well. Just doesn't really work for me.
First sip brings a crisp crystal maltiness upfront with a glaze of caramel that peeks through. Mid palate is dominated by an amalgamation of grassy, herbal, citric hop flavors. A bit bready with a spiciness probably contributed by the hops as well. Clean, full bitterness on the way down that lingers slightly. Eh....
Mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied with good carbonation. Fits the bill nicely. A fairly run of the mill brew here that I don't think I'd seek out again. I'm much more a fan of the American IPA style wise.
10-14-2005 01:56:37 | More by orbitalr0x
3.58/5 rDev +15.5%
Cloudy gold orangish color, little to no head Wonderful hoppy aroma. First taste is strictly hop bitterness, and this basicaly becomes the predominant feature the rest of the way.It's a little too one dimensional even for an IPA, could be a little fuller and more complex.
11-26-2003 00:36:53 | More by grynder33
3.15/5 rDev +1.6%
Pours a clear, pale yellow, with an offwhite head that quickly falls into some foam around the fringes. Not much of an aroma, other than some piney hops. Mouthfeel has medium carbonation, and a moderate hops bite. Carbonation splashes some bitter, pine hops on the palate, but that's about it. Finishes dry and bitter. Crisp and refreshing enough to drink a couple, but SNPA is much better.
03-02-2004 00:50:12 | More by merlin48
2.93/5 rDev -5.5%
Appearance: Golden amber copper hue with a nice vibrant white head leaves behind thick bands of lacing very nice looking brew. Aroma: Thick layers of citrus scented and floral hops with a grassy malt backbone leaves me with a wow experience different flavors not sure if the hops here blend with the malts. Taste: Overally bitter flavor caramel malts taste a bit stale with no bes by date the hops are piney and earhty a mix that leads to blah. Mouthfeel: Meidium bodied ale with decent carbonation I am left unfulfilled by this brew. Drinkability: I must try a fresher example of this brew this one just seems a tad off from deserving true good reviews.
01-17-2004 23:56:37 | More by WVbeergeek
3.6/5 rDev +16.1%
Appearance: Crystal clear golden straw body. Thin, but frothy nearly pure white head retreats but hangs on enough to leave minimal lacing.
Smell: Floral hops with strong bready/grainy undertones.
Taste: Light, crisp, subtle hop oiliness, followed by a course grain layer then wrapped up with a citrus/bitter dry-hop finish.
Mouthfeel: Thinner than many other IPA's but not too thin, light and tight carbonation.
Drinkability: Lightness and balance make this quite drinkable. A refreshing change from the mega-hop versions. Nice effort.
11-11-2003 02:24:51 | More by DagFishHead
3.93/5 rDev +26.8%
Clear, golden in color, topped by an average sized frothy head that holds OK and leaves some spotty lace. The aroma is brightly hoppy with a lightly citrusy character from Cascades. There's also some piney character from the Galena which is nice as the Cascade is not over used. The body is medium with a fine, crisp carbonation that's lightly zesty on the tongue. The flavor is of a lightly caramel malt that's well infused with lemony hop flavor and bitterness. It's well balanced, as the bitterness is taken just to the limit where malt flavor and drinkability are retained. Finishes quite dry with a long earthy bitterness. Clean, Crisp and refreshing, but fairly one sided.
10-06-2002 11:47:24 | More by NeroFiddled
4.2/5 rDev +35.5%
A nice small amount of head with a real light clear golden color. Not enough hop smell (maybe I had a bottle because thats not tiypical for Grant's). But thats ok becuase it had a great bitterness and hop taste. The hops give a grassy and real distinct hop flavor. The taste is very light on the maltiness, in fact there is no sweetness giving a really tart taste that compliments the hops.
07-30-2003 01:19:54 | More by Elemental
3.15/5 rDev +1.6%
Clear golden-yellow hue, very light in color for an IPA, the white head hardly reached a half a finger in height before fading to a tiny cap of bubbles. The lacing was minimal and spotty but present. In my option the appearance of this IPA is sub-par. The nose is clean and vaguely hoppy. IPA? My ass. The palate is not hoppy like and IPA, not even for an interpretation of 19th Century British IPA. Cascade hops are used by the way. I found the hops to be a little cheesy, the caramel malt is noticeable but I dont think they work well in conjunction and it is a little off-centered. It is drinkable enough and the low abv allows the user to session with it, but I cant see myself purchasing six-packs of this one in the future. Medium in body, good crisp, biting carbonation, the mouthfeel is respectable. I purchased a 12-ounce bottle in Iowa City for $1.40. One is enough for me, more for you?
02-15-2004 17:04:56 | More by bditty187
3.65/5 rDev +17.7%
Clear, brownish golden color with a white head.
Aroma of hops that have notes of citrus, floral, and earthy with sweet, grainy malt mixed in.
Seems to be lacking in hop flavor just a bit for an IPA. There is a good level of hop bitterness throughout, but they don't seem to provide the hop flavor I like to see. Malt balance is there.
Good drinkability. This could be a session beer.
Overall, a solid IPA with nothing exciting or bad that jumps out at you. Reminds me a little of RedHook IPA.
08-25-2003 00:42:46 | More by PhantomVodoo
3.93/5 rDev +26.8%
Slightly hazy with a good initial head. There's a hoppy, slightly musty aroma which I find pleasing. As for flavour, there's a nice hoppiness which isn't too bitter - but maybe not quite enough for an IPA as opposed to just a Pale Ale. The same goes for the aftertaste. However, this is a good, easy beer to be quaffing with plenty of taste to satisfy.
11-07-2003 18:48:51 | More by Imbiber
3.15/5 rDev +1.6%
Poured an average yellow color with minimal head and just a bit of lacing. Smell was mainly malt, very few hops were noted...almost reminded me of a lager. Taste was light malt with a faint hop bitterness in the finish...unspectacular for sure. Mouthfeel was light to medium, with a smooth quality. Drinkability was ok, smooth enough but where oj wher are the hops? A disappointment especially after their fine Porter.
10-26-2004 00:42:30 | More by edchicma
3.73/5 rDev +20.3%
This is not a bad beer. However, it is "off--style". If you are looking for the kind of flavor you get from Hop Devil, Pyramid IPA or your local brewpub's version (or any American IPA), you won't find it here. It's more like a Fuller's or Sam Smith's IPA in flavor but with a lighter color. This beer looks and tastes more like a highly hopped pale lager.
Yellow European lager color and white head that falls to a thin layer and leave a little lacing. Aroma is mostly sweet pale malt (rather than the hop domination you get from other US IPA's). Flavor is malty with a generous portion of bittering hops. It is well balanced, dry and refreshing. Finishes with a pleasing bitterness and spicy hop flavor with lingering malt notes. A tasty, enjoyable beer...BUT...it is not true to style. It's matches modern English IPAs in bitterness but still off the mark on color, alcohol and body.
07-18-2004 19:55:32 | More by EagleTalon
3.4/5 rDev +9.7%
12 Oz bottle served in an english pint glass
Very slightly hazy golden yellow with medium density head. Little to no lacing.
Smell was light spicy citrus hops, faint malt. Smelled clean and fresh.
Taste was slightly disappointed after the better than average smell. This is a pretty typical IPA. Nice hops bite with a bit of malt and pine. Nice clean finish.
Although the taste is not outstanding, this is nevertheless one very drinkable beer. Would make a good selection when you want to have 3 or 4 of the same thing in a row.
11-11-2004 14:50:23 | More by oracle
2.93/5 rDev -5.5%
Calling this beer an IPA is stretching it. I found it light all the way around. The color was light -- a pale straw and very clear and clean. The aroma is light -- what's there is a slight English hop aroma. The flavor is light -- it's missing the malt and the hops. And the body is light, therefore, it's missing the alcohol levels of a good IPA, too. It just misses the style.
There are no real flaws in the beer. I found it crisp and refreshing. But it never would have made the trip from England to India. The hops and alcohol would not keep it from spoiling on the way.
09-21-2004 02:23:01 | More by ncbrewerbun
2.98/5 rDev -3.9%
Presented in a 12oz bottle just like the one in the highly educational picture. Poured into an imperial pint glass. A moderately aggressive pour yielded a brew with a clear golden color reminiscent of your favorite macro and topped with a lumpy bright white head that left sticky lace behind.
The smell had little in keeping with an India Pale Ale, English or American. This smelled more in line with a lager. Some grassy malts, fruity notes akin to pear or apple skins, and only a token hoppiness that required some real work to detect.
The taste at least brought out some more flavors which made me think (briefly) that this was patterned on a British IPA. Again with the grassy malts and fruity flavors. A vaguely tea-like taste skittered around and it all finished up with about the mildest lemony hops bite you could imagine and still care to refer to this beer as an IPA. In fact, the bittering reached it's height of appeal about 15 seconds after each sip/gulp was swallowed as a modest herbal hops flavor crept up the back of my throat. The feel was light and thin; again, not what I've come to expect from any IPA.
Bert Grant's IPA gets decent marks on drinkability simply because it's about as benign a beer as I've let past my lips in a while. It's not offensive; it's just not much of anything. Certainly you can find a better example of the style so save your funds and avoid this one.
11-10-2004 05:17:52 | More by Boilermaker88
3/5 rDev -3.2%
"A faithful reproduction of the famous 19th Century pale ale." So, they used Cascades hops in English 19th Century IPA's? Otherwise, I'd agree with the bottle. Solid body - plenty of malt "feel" rather than taste. Hopping is plentiful, but a touch harsh and monochromatic - then again one shouldn't expect all the hops bells and whistles of an American pale ale in an IPA true to the traditional English style. An acceptable, but not impressive, IPA.
04-30-2003 07:03:54 | More by Brent
3.43/5 rDev +10.6%
Nice color, yellow to golden, fairly clear with a nice white head. Smell was mostly grainy, slightly hops noticable. Taste was a little better than average. Some hoppy IPA qualities, but lacked any malt richness. Lots of grainy flavors finish it, not the thick biscuit feel of other notable IPA's. Thin to medium feel, easy to drink, but not very flavorful. A bit of a disappointment. I am glad I only bought it as a single.
06-29-2002 15:49:32 | More by StevieW
3.78/5 rDev +21.9%
Upon leaving the bottle to consummate its marriage to my glass a transpicuous gold amber color is observed with a spumescent white head that is pythonic in size, upon its dissipation the lace left behind forms a concealing sheet upon the glass. Light aroma of the hop flower present, but the sweet malted grains win the day, crisp and fresh as a daisy in May, with the start an innocuous sweet malt and the top fair to middling in its feel to the palate. The finish is briskly carbonated, the hops piercing in their spicy bite, and the aftertaste droughty, a nice middle of the road IPA.
09-10-2003 23:56:45 | More by Gusler
3.48/5 rDev +12.3%
Curious... A rather weak interpretation of an IPA. Pours a clear light golden colour with an average head - looks like a pilsner. Why is it so light and clear? Hoppy nose and taste, balanced with light malts. Long, bitter finish. Not a bad beer in any case, certainly decent, it's just less than I expected (especially after their excellent Deep Powder and Fresh Hop Ale).
12-18-2002 19:45:34 | More by the42ndtourist
3.8/5 rDev +22.6%
Poured a clear yellow with a moderate head that stuck around for a while. Smelled of hops, low malt, a spicyness in the aroma, plus the obligatory citrus, not much else. First drink I could immediately taste the hops, but could not taste much of anything else. Subsequent drinks, I was able to begin tasting some sweet malt, even a little bit of an earthy, fruity flavor. Wasn't incredibly moved or impressed with this beer. IPA is my favorite style, but this just didn't do too much for me.
04-17-2005 00:16:25 | More by HoboAGoGo
1.7/5 rDev -45.2%
I originally sampled this beer on 30 December 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
This beer left a funny taste on my tongue. I wasn't too impressed with this IPA. It didn't have much aroma. There are numerous better IPA's out there. All in all, I would call this a loser.
09-03-2003 02:18:32 | More by jcalabre
Bert Grant's IPA from Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
73 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.