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Proper Job - St. Austell Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

85 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
St. Austell Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2007)
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Photo of prosper
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%

500mL bottle. Pours clear, but obviously not filtered. A thin skim of well-compacted yeast on the bottom of the bottle. Thin white head.

Smell - it doesn't have a strong aroma. Sticky sweet malts, some alcohol, and some candy-like citrus, a combination of yeastiness and the hopping.

Taste - wow. Great balance - not overly bitter, but definitely a strong hop presence. Not really an 'english' character to the hops, either - I could totally believe this was a Rogue product, or other american micro.

Mouthfeel is not heavy and thick, but also not thin and watery. About right.

prosper, Oct 26, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

StevieDarrier, Jun 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

innominat, May 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

fionn13, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%

A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2013. Picked up a while back in Sheffield. Described on the label as powerfully hopped, resulting in a 'proper' IPA. We'll see.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. Bottle conditioned. A golden-amber hue with faint haze and medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a while before subsiding. Aroma of leafy hops with notes of citrus, white grape and faint melon, underpinned by grainy malt and mild earthy yeast. A subtle whiff of alcohol in the background.

Tastes of fruity aroma hops and caramel malt with a distinct bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, citrus, grass, mild white grape/melon, caramel, faint grain, earthy yeast esters and stewed hops. Quite dry. A leafy bitterness upon swallowing, with a hint of booze in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly, spicy and dry, with decent body and nice carbonation. Rather astringent, with an aftertaste of grassy aroma hops and bitter stewed leaves.

A tasty brew - hits the spot. Solid hop character (for an English IPA), with plenty of fruity notes coming through and decent bitterness. Nicely balanced, with a good malt presence. Looks the part, and the mouthfeel is lovely. St. Austell have done a fine job - if this was regularly available near me I'd consider making it a staple in my fridge. Worth sampling if you come across it.

jazzyjeff13, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of dwren89
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%

Appearance:straw gold color, pours a 1 finger head, little head retention, bubbly, prickly head

Aroma: citrus aroma, mild in aroma strength,

Taste: balanced leaning towards hops, about what I expected from an English IPA that’s labeled as “powerfully hopped,” pale malt background with citrus flavors doing the heavy load of taste. Bitterness subdued by grainy, slightly bready pale malt background as you would expect from an English IPA.

Mouthfeel: prickly mouthfeel (as anticipated from the looks of the head), biting finish-- leaves the jaw bone tingling, quite refreshing and drinkable mouthfeel, but finish leaves the mouth tingling

Overall Impression: Average English IPA, certainly more hopped than average in this style, and at 5.5% ABV it packs a punch. Sessionable taste (for an American, at least), with slightly higher than sessionable ABV.

dwren89, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

500ml bottle. Ooooh - a well-named English IPA, and one all hopped up with Yankee goodness at that - let's see how this one rolls.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and rather fizzy off-white head, which dissipates slowly, making a lot of racket, and leaving some random streaky and sudsy lace around the glass.

It smells of sharp, and sour yeast, bready, crackery pale malt, orange and lemon juice, and musty leafy, floral hops. The taste is rather bitter leafy, earthy hops, a bit more lemon pith, dry white grapefruit, and gritty yeast, all supported by an equally up for it bready, crackery, and biscuity malt backbone.

The carbonation is average, just a mild poking and prodding edginess, the body an adequate medium weight, and generally smooth, a small hoppy tackiness worming its way in. It finishes off-dry, the bready graininess mostly making nice with the lingering citrus and floral hop notes.

While this is agreeable enough for an English version of the style, I just wish they hadn't proclaimed a grapefruit character so fervently on the label, backed up by the American hops on the ingredient list. The flavour just doesn't seem to bear that out, but, overall, this is still good and hoppy, in a more indistinctly bitter sense, and generally pleasant to put back.

biboergosum, Aug 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

beerinabottle, Jul 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

adamcthomp, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of MrKennedy
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

500ml.bottle, thanks to bluebetty for picking this up from the International Beer Shop. Poured into an Amager tulip.

Pours a hazy golden colour with decent carbonation. Small head of white foam that fades quickly.

Grapefruit mixed with marmalade and bready malt are the three smells on offer. A seeming mix of County Kent meeting Washington State that works quite well. The smell lingers on throughout.

Tastes of grapefruit and bready malt, reinforcing what came out in the smell. Very well done. Sessionable but plenty there.

Full mouthfeel, nice bitterness imparted throughout and leaves you with a reminder of what was there and a reason to go back.

Doesn't put a foot wrong. Flavoursome, consistent, sessionable. Cornwall and Devon have some good brewers down there and this is another reminder not to forget St. Austell.

MrKennedy, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of Octathreat
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Octathreat, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%

A - clear and very bubbly golden, two fingers of white head with large bubbles, retained well, not much in the way of lacing
S - fresh cut grass, mild floral, toasted grain and some metallic
T - grassy and citrus hop notes, toasty grains, finishing with a light herbal and mineral aftertaste
M - light with medium carbonation, a little watery, finishes pretty tame
O - generally mild hop flavours, so not sure where they 'powerfully hopped' claim on the label comes from, an easy drinking IPA, worth a try but will not be a repeat purchase for me

joemcgrath27, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of mapofthedead
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

A: Poured a nice amber color with a white head that didn't last very long, leaving a little lacing.

S: Some citrus notes in there, slightly sweet and very pleasant.

T: Lovely! Very citrusy with a pleasant bitterness at the end.

M: Nice mouthfeel, smooth with decent body.

D: Could drink this all day - a very nice session beer but enough complexity to keep you interested!

Notes: 500 ml bottle poured into a Samuel Smith Pint Glass. BBE 03/10/09.

mapofthedead, Mar 01, 2009
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

ArtZan, Mar 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

BrazilianAussie, Jan 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

MacarthurParker, Oct 28, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

500ml Bottle condition, poured into a UK pint sleeve without any sediment leaving the bottle.

Good, clear mid-golden colour, full head of white foam. The head sadly fell away very swiftly, leaving just a weak wispy covering along with a thin collar around the glass.

The aroma is mostly of hops (label claims it is "Powerfully Hopped"), however there is also a semi-sweet malty smell just below the grapefruit type citrusy hops.

The taste is mini hop bitterness (those grapfruits again), with a healthy malt undertone present from start to finish.

This is almost sweet, it is sweet for an IPA, yet there are plenty of hop notes to let you know it's an IPA: very well made and lovely to drink. The alcohol is well hidden by the blend of ingrediants, I had to check the bottle to see if mine was really 5.5% ABV.

BlackHaddock, Sep 10, 2011
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3.89/5  rDev -0.3%

Drank from my Duvel pilsner glass

A - Pours a golden amber colour with a nice white creamy head that retains well.

S - Nice hoppy aroma with a little grain and malt.

T - Nice hops up with caramel malt balance. Predominant flavours of grapefruit and citrus.

M - Medium body and low carbonation.

O - A better than average EIPA has some nice hoppy notes.

eric5bellies, Oct 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

gushov, Aug 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

fmccormi, Jan 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

vinicole, Mar 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Arborescence, Aug 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Picked this up at the biggest beer store in the UK, Beers of Europe Ltd. Clear amber-yellow pour with quickly fading two finger head and decent lacing. Citrusy, grassy, hoppy nose with hints of lemon, caramel and metal. Piney, citrusy, bitter hops dominate the taste with a hint of lemon. Although the bitterness is the star, a nice caramel malty sweetness emerges as it warms to help with the balance. The finish is bitter, crisp and dry and the drinkability is awesome. The hop intensity was really surprising for a British IPA.

beerdrifter, Feb 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

jooj8, Dec 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

BogBoyJD, Feb 20, 2014
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Proper Job from St. Austell Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.