Bert Grant's IPA - Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
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4.6/5 rDev +48.4%
First tasted courtesy of a vendor sample. I was delivered two cases, each with slightly different packaging. One of them tastes older than the other. The fresh one nearly matches my original review, only the bitterness seems more overwhelming than I remember. Inconsistency, or is it in my head? Anyway, I'm changing the taste score from "5.0" to "4.5."
Unashamed, brassy blond wood-colored liquid.
Biscuity, bread crusts toasted with a dab of butter combine with forest and August prairie grass perfumes.
Outrageaously refreshing for an IPA!
This never signed-up for the North American race to sticky sweet, Vermouth-flavored IPA. A perfect sword-edge of bitter tannins characterize lemon and herbs flavors on the dry finish. Silk-textured. Bone dry. What's really fun is the polished, classical frame that supports the intense dryness. I love the pale color and lack of sticky sweetness. Try drinking it warm folks. I intend to buy lots and drink it all.
Only after drinking and grading this beer did I notice that it is intended to represent what ACTUAL India Pale Ale tasted like 100 years ago. Can anyone honestly think that British soldiers would have consumed what passes for IPA in this country today? Not likely! They would have drunk beer like this: a DRY, intensely bitter pale ale, that quenches one's thirst and demands to be followed one with another.
03-11-2005 20:17:10 | More by putnam
4.33/5 rDev +39.7%
Now Quaffing: Grant's IPA
This beer pours a clear yellow with just a hint of copper. Head is thick, white, and sticky, with nice lacing all the way down. Smell is distinct, and unique and I really wish I could identify the exact hops that are used, but alas I cannot. The taste is what sets this beer apart. A perfect example of an english-style IPA, perfectly balanced with emphasis on nice mellow hops that stay with you after every sip. Overall, this is another beer I will add to my "session" list....
08-26-2003 00:46:15 | More by TripelJ
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
3.93/5 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
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
3.9/5 rDev +25.8%
Pours a slighlty hazy gold color with a thick head that produced some lacing during the drink. The aroma is floral and sweet. The malt and bitterness are nicely balanced, but neither is strong enough to really excite the tongue. Mellower than others but still tasty. The bitterness seems to stick on the base of the tongue. This IPA is somewhat dry and thirst quenching.
11-08-2003 03:42:31 | More by Gavage
3.85/5 rDev +24.2%
The beer poured out looking like a lager and that made me a bit nervous. Therefore, the color was yellow and there was a thin white head and very little lacing. The smell was of hops and fruits, maybe pear or apple but not citrus. The taste was very hoppy as well, slighly bitter, but this is an IPA so I enjoyed and appreciated it. This brew was not what I expected, it was actually far better.
02-07-2003 19:29:19 | More by doho95fu
3.83/5 rDev +23.5%
I like Bert Grant's beers. They will never rate among my favorites, as they are usually thin and relatively low in ABV. The thing is, I really like the taste of their beers. This one follows that formula. Lots of hops, nice flavor, but quite a bit thinner and more watery than any IPA's I've had. This is a good ale, not an IPA. I would have no problem drinking a few down, however, and I feel that way about every Grant beer I've tried.
01-18-2004 05:22:27 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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
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
3.75/5 rDev +21%
A clear gold body with a small but thick head topping it. The aroma is of grains. Its a crisp tasting brew at first with the hops kicking in after a second. Heavy grain taste. Maybe a bit of lemons. Different than the other IPAs ive had, but that doesnt make it bad. Not bad, not spectacular.
09-18-2003 03:40:17 | More by Tballz420
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
3.68/5 rDev +18.7%
The golden body is topped too briefly by a single finger of creamy white foam; fortunately the residual layer fights on and laces with amazing effect from the small layer. The nose is hoppy, mostly herbal and has some real strength. The flavor is about the hops - less citrusy than most IPAs but thoroughly bittering to the palate. Actually quite nice and refreshing. A good solid body finishes the experience and creates a crisp finish. Good drinkability. Along English IPA lines.
12-26-2003 00:43:37 | More by AtLagerHeads
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
3.6/5 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
3.6/5 rDev +16.1%
This beer poured a dark straw color and formed a white head that subsided quickley and left a little lace. The aroma was of hops and banana(?). The taste was definately of hops and the finish due to this was dry and a bit bitter. While an IPA, the hops and lack of other elements I usually expect in this style affects my opinion on this beer. It's servicable, but there are better ones out there.
07-02-2002 16:18:55 | More by Wildman
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
3.5/5 rDev +12.9%
Bert Grant's IPA showed up with a yellow transparent colour. A foamy head rose up and deflated. This looks like a mass produced lager.
The smell threw yeast and modest hopping at my nose.
The taste was light. Not very bitter. Not much interesting happening here. What a disappointment. This is a supposed recreation of 19th century British IPA. All I can say is, if that is true those poor fellows were really missing out.
The mouthfeel and drinkability were just like your average Joe beers. The label says medium body, but I wouldn't go that far. This stuff is an average Joe beer. Highly disappointing.
I hate to be so harsh, but I am really unsatisfied with this one. Maybe the American IPA's have jaded me. This is just a confirmation that good beer is alive and well. I have a renewed appreciation for the truly above average brews after trying this one.
Edit: 05-11-05 I had a few of these in the early morning after work one day. They were much better than I had awarded them credit for initially. Not a huge amount of character, but this is a nice middle of the road stop. Goes really good with some pub pizza too. I do not feel like re-doing my whole review. Plus that is how I felt at the time, so I have to respect that. Bert's is alright though.
03-12-2005 01:34:57 | More by SupaCelt
3.5/5 rDev +12.9%
Perfectly clear and golden yellow in color with little to no head retention. The hop aroma is mildly citrus, but more likely the galena hops break through. The taste is clean and bitter, but not as dominant as some westcoast IPAs. A drinkable IPA that has been surpassed by its other Washington State cousins.
09-20-2002 18:32:31 | More by brakspear
3.5/5 rDev +12.9%
A slightly above average English-style IPA from washington state. This beer pours a yellowish colour with a small white head. The aromas are of hops with slight malts in the background. The taste is all cascades with *slight* malt in the background. The mouthfeel is average, as is the drinkability...
08-06-2003 05:37:33 | More by francisweizen
British Columbia (Canada)
3.5/5 rDev +12.9%
Bert Grant's IPA is a fairly decent representation of the ageless brew. It's quite hoppy, sufficiently carbonated and delivers about as much flavor as one might expect from a mid-grade ale.
Pours incredibly clear and pale, almost Pilsner like with plenty of carbonation but with a slightly larger head. In fact the head sticks around for some time slowly giving way to a moderate foam like surface coating and plenty of glass lacing.
Quite aromatic with above average hoppiness and a good hit of fruity (apple like) and flowery attributes on the nose. Taste wise, it delivers a very long bitter aftertaste and is quite dry. The dryness in the aftertaste hit reminds me of an Asahi Super Dry with similar long-range sharpness sticking around in the back of your throat. Made with two local hops -- Galena and Cascade -- the former tends to overwhelm the taste buds quite a bit. [It would be interesting to see the roles of these hops reversed to see what a heavier dose of Cascade would do to it.]
All in all, this is a pretty decent IPA. Despite its deficiencies in color and alcohol, it is quite enjoyable and makes for a very easy drinking IPA that goes well with food. My pairing tonight was with plenty of spicey East Indian food. A great combination.
02-01-2003 18:39:50 | More by 49degrees
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
3.48/5 rDev +12.3%
Pours a straw gold color with a white head that lasts about the time it takes to pour the beer in the kitchen and carry it to the computer. Lace sticks around a bit longer. Smell is very light - bit of hops, maybe some green apples. Taste is dominated by hops - nice sharp bitterness midway through the sip that gives way to light malt characteristics. Mouthfeel is average - bit of dryness, maybe astringency at the end that leads you to your next sip. Pretty good beer to while away the afternoon.
11-02-2003 19:08:39 | More by jlervine
3.45/5 rDev +11.3%
A very pale straw color, pours with a dense white head. This one has a grassy aroma. The first taste is one of subdued sweetness (though this beer is quite dry). It finishes with a clean bitterness without much in the way of hop flavor. This beer is all about the bittering hop, it is very light and dry. A very nice refreshing summer beer.
08-26-2003 17:04:05 | More by Gueuzedude
Bert Grant's IPA from Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
73 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.