Bert Grant's IPA - Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
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3.13/5 rDev +1%
Doesn't really look like an IPA to my eye, or even like a pale ale for that matter. Looks like a lager. The color is the very definition of medium amber and it's clear with very little visible carbonation. The head is a bit darker than pure white, but is decently stiff with a pocky surface and is leaving a good amount of lace. I'll bump up the appearance score a little due to the nice lace.
Smells like a strongly hopped lager or a weakly hopped pale ale. IPA? I don't think so. The label says that Cascade (and Galena) hops were used to brew this, but I'll be damned if I can pick out the Cascade. Smells more like Fuggles or some 'English' variety of hops to me. So far I'm not impressed.
Calling this an IPA, even an English IPA, is a bit of a stretch IMO. There is a fair amount of bittering, so they were somewhat generous with the hops, but the hop flavor is awol for the most part. Again, where are the Cascade? Not much malt here either, which may have saved it. This is mostly bitter and tongue-parchingly dry with a little herbal hop flavor. In fact, it's the first non-dark beer that has reminded me of tea dregs, you know, the last few swallows of really strong, unsweetened tea that are bitter/herbal. The mouthfeel is on the thin side for an IPA which seals the deal on mediocrity.
Grant's was going for an authentic English IPA, but didn't hit the mark (not even close really). There are hundreds of better India Pale Ales out there. Give this one a pass.
07-04-2004 14:21:10 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.83/5 rDev -8.7%
Aroma: Intriguingly yeasty for an IPA. Bitter, but not as aggressively as I had expected. Decently malty.
Appearence: Medium golden or straw colored. Well carbonated. 1/2 inch head is white and efforvescent.
Taste: Bitter, as expected, from the nose. Afterwards, gets weak quickly into the body. Bittering hops hold strong, but body gives way quickly. Finishes bitter and weak. Mildly malty and a bit yeasty.
Aftertaste: Bitter and metalic. Dry with little lingering malt.
Impression: Impressed with the attemp at reproducing an original IPA, but have become accostomed to better IPAs.
06-08-2005 02:04:48 | More by BEERchitect
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
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
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
2.93/5 rDev -5.5%
Light golden, apricottish color, with a fine fluff of chalk-white foam on top.
Aroma, wide-open, airy...which is my way of saying "I ain't gettin' nothin', y'all!"...I'll flare the nostrils further!...a faint, barely perceptible citric character, but it's practically non-existent!
Taste: damp cardboard. No hop bitterness, only the barest flavor, a sad shadow of a lemony/orange flavor, a brief, nearly bright fruity flavor, then nothing. Little true hop character, very light in body, limp in ...hell, everything! This is one of those weary, disappointing moments, for I've enjoyed many fine ales from this brewery in years gone by, but this is no IPA, and whoever's in charge has no business pretending that it is!
A sad, sad state of affairs!
It's hard for me to rank a reputed craft-brewer, heck, craft beer legend, so low, but this falls so short in so many respects, I have no choice...belongs on the bottom tier of American craft-brew IPAs, but, take some consolation in that that still puts this far and about so many other beers in the world, for what it's worth!
...and thanks to JohnnyDuvel for procurement of the bottle!
06-13-2004 10:38:24 | More by feloniousmonk
2.55/5 rDev -17.7%
The beer pours with a nice bone white head. It has a mild golden color, but with a moderate maltiness and medium body suggesting the use of a low lovibond Munich malt in conjunction with a dextrinous "Carapils" malt to add body. I enjoy the malt characteristics, well done for a pale beer, but the hopping is much too subdued. True, Galena hops are a nice choice for bittering and Cascade are exceptional for flavoring and aroma, but what proportions are being used? The back label suggests "heavy hopping" and "a particularly refreshing" taste. I note very little hop flavor and equally as little aroma. The malt stands out more than anything else. This is not "refreshing" at all. The beer mirrors none of what I consider to be good IPA's. The Yakima region is known for it's plentiful hop production. My question is: Where are they? The label signifies class and tradition. I think this is a tradition worth ending. "Two Thumbs Down!!!"
05-28-2003 07:09:03 | More by WesWes
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
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
2.05/5 rDev -33.9%
Pours a clear light gold, doesn't look like an IPA.
Smell is mildly of hops, and that is about it.
Taste is under welming; there is a lingering bitterness. Take Budweiser; add a bitter twang and that is what you have here.
Mouthfeel is light.
Not real drinkable, Budweiser beats this I'm afraid.
02-17-2004 01:42:27 | More by Zorro
3.08/5 rDev -0.6%
12ozer bottle bought as a single from Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" bright white head above the golden brew. Head shows some resilience, with average to good lacing. Aroma is somewhat off-putting, with a bit of pale malt sweetness that is overcome by some veggie-matter tinges. Taste is initially sweet pale malt, and gives way to a slight hops bitterness. A bit sedate for even an English pale ale. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay. Not a horrible brew, but lots of English IPAs will come to mind before this one.
Note that the bottle mentions that this is a faithful reproduction of the 19th century recipe, so it would seem they're not totally responsible for the lacking in some areas...
12-12-2004 21:08:24 | More by ppoitras
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
3/5 rDev -3.2%
Not too much of a kick to this one, and very dry. Although lacking in character, this IPA is not too bad overall. If it had more hops it would be more memorable. As it stands it cannot compete with the premium IPAs that are widely available.
09-16-2002 14:17:35 | More by Dogbrick
3/5 rDev -3.2%
Michael Jackson once called this the hoppiest IPA in the U-S. That was an older book....I have no idea if it changed or the rest of the U.S. changed but this is one of the most mediocre IPA's I've had with little hop goodness.
It looks more like a Helles Lager in the glass..bright gold with just a little haziness...Nose is sweet...earthy in some ways...definitely more English style hops but the malt backing doesn't feel "English" to me....basically tastes like a poor Pale Ale...light bodied....semi-sweet with a slight earthy hop taste...
A big let down...Not recommended..but there are worse beers you can drink
08-01-2005 01:13:23 | More by ZAP
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
3.5/5 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
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
3.18/5 rDev +2.6%
Pours a pale golden yellow color with a thin, wispy (but sticky) head. The aroma is of a dominant, but restrained, floral, earthy, musty hoppiness. A polite IPA? A touch of fruit and grain in the nose. Very slight sweetness up front, that is quickly swept away by a dryness. Carbonic, somewhat spicy, herbal, a tad medicinal. Seems a bit thin. The first sips seem well rounded, but as you work through the beer, it turns to a watery, light mouthfeel. Finish is crisp, clean, and bitter. Its unquestionably easy to drink. Also, its nice to see a break from the overpowered west-coast IPAs. Still, its a little under-powered.
04-19-2004 00:37:04 | More by Suds
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
2.5/5 rDev -19.4%
OK I am usually a fan of Bert Grant's..so when I read the many not so good reviews I was sure everyone was wrong..so here goes 22 oz brown bomber.
Appearance??? this is meant to be an IPA.??.it looks like a Golden/Blonde ale!!..pale gold with a tiny head..off style.
The aroma is of hops..but very weak and near overpowered by faint malts.
This has gotta be some sort of joke..the taste is nowere near an IPA..in fact it remeinds me of Henry Weinhards Northwest Trail..which is a blonde.Its just insipid.
Mouthfeel at least is average.
Its drinkable..but Im very sad..this is the worst beer Bert Grants does.
03-19-2004 02:48:59 | More by Reidrover
2.45/5 rDev -21%
Brilliantly clear, light golden in color with a puffy white head atop medium-sized bubbles. Retention is excellent, but lacing is non-existent. Carbonation is moderately strong. Unfortunately, I think this one has been light struck..there is some skunkiness, as well as an odd "Sugar Smacks" smell and a slight soapiness. Mouthfeel is mediocre with a suprisingly watery, thin body. Taste begins with some "not-so-fresh" flavor hops, somewhat herbal and earthy, fades into an adjunct-tainted off flavor, some brief unpleasant isopropyl alcohol character, and ending in an astringent, overly bitter, harsh finish of stale hops. The malts are barely noticeable, and this beer is completely lacking any balance. Perhaps this bottle is bad, as I've thought Grant's other brews are OK, but reading the other reviews, I detect a trend here. At any rate, not impressed at all.
03-09-2003 17:22:33 | More by Mitchster
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
Bert Grant's IPA from Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
73 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.