Bert Grant's IPA - Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
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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
3/5 rDev -3.2%
I wanted to like this beer more than I did, but when compared to a Bell's Two-Hearted or a Victory Hop Devil, there is just no comparison. Yes, its good, but with other outstanding IPA's out there, this one is ordinary. It has that nice bitter taste, but lacks something in the finish. An IPA "Light".
10-16-2002 19:44:47 | More by proc
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
3.5/5 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 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
3.6/5 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
3.43/5 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
2.88/5 rDev -7.1%
Light golden-- almost yellow. Almost lager - like in clarity. Minty, crisp, citric hop aroma that could be more pronounced. Slighly grassy, citrusy Cascade hop flavor. Hop bitterness is quite mild for an IPA. Finishes dry. This is not a particular good IPA. Needs more hop bitterness, flavor and aroma, plus more malt backbone. Would fit the American Pale Ale category better. Still-- it's a refreshing brew.
03-10-2002 21:16:54 | More by marc77
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
Bert Grant's IPA from Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
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