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Proper Job - St. Austell Brewery

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 125
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 10
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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St. Austell Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2007

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Photo of prosper
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (580 characters)

Photo of Tobiasmjh
4.61/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Perfect pale gold colour with clean white head. 4.5% not 5.5% (apparently difference is between cask 4.5% and bottle 5.5%). Fruity and floral on the nose almost grassy scents. True traditional IPA 'hoppyness' lingering in the foam. Pint served first at "The Old Customs House", Padstow Cornwall after a strong recommendation by the barman 'Duncan' (sorry for not filling out your survey, I hope this counts for something.) Free sample given with commentary. Later enjoyed at "The Shipwrights Inn", Padstow, Cornwall to the same standard and have one to take home in a bottle along with "Tribute" and "Trelawny", looking forward to a return to cornwall, will certainly be stopping to find this ale again! (703 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast

Poured a light golden honey colour. White head poured thick and foamy with a pock marked topping then faded to light covering with thick edging... some light carbonation bubbles drift slowly to the surface... light lacing...

Aroma - Some juicy tart fruits with maybe some tropical hints (peaches, lemons and limes, pears,), quite grassy, floral honey, light sweet grainy malts, talcum powder traces, herbal, peppery hops...

Taste pretty much mirrors the aromas... good grassy and peppery hop bitterness, quite floral, some hay, metallic hints, light biscuit malts, mouth watering fruits (lemons, apples, limes), some saltiness, faint floral honey sweetness, light chalky hints...

M&D - Fairly sharp and dry... light bodied... very quaffable and sessionble brew at 5.5%...

Overall - An excellent example of an English IPA... recommended... (890 characters)

Photo of whomas
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a burnished golden colour, hints of caramel with a modetate off white head which stays around for a bit. looks good.

S- smells deep citrus with hints of tropical fruit some bannana in there to, a very complex and inviting smell umong the best i have had from this style.

T- taste is full biscuity and citrus dominated hops up front that contiue and linger to the finish, a malt sweets is detectable towards the end finally becoming dry and quite bitter indeed.

D- An extremly drinkable and quenching beer and one of the best English IPAs i have had. This would make for fine parring with spicy foods or refreshment during the summer months, i must endevour to find on draught! (688 characters)

Photo of endovelico
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This golden beauty displays a lovely bouquet even out of the bottle, with an admirable coalescence of caramel malt, peaches and lemon balm aromatics.

At the mouth, the beer is crisp, angular, modestly bittered - but at the same time splendidly balanced with the sweetness - and carrier of woodish, mossy, minty, piney like notes in play with the obligatory grapefruit notes and bubblegum center.

It's a polished, extremely competent IPA that wears the typical American aromatics but is still very British in it's temperance and elegance. A proper job indeed. (560 characters)

Photo of sasky7777
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To me this beer was a trans-atlantic IPA. It seemed to have a malt profile that fits and English IPA, but with the citrusy hop notes of an American IPA. A good all-round beer, it doesn't hit you in the face with hop bitterness, but has great aroma and balance.

I really enjoyed this beer, it wasn't extreme and I would recommend it to any IPA fan. (348 characters)

Photo of Jetulio
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass

Aroma... lemon, herbs,grass,
Appearance... hazy yellow colour, with a big head not too much lasting
Taste... lightly citrus but inmediatly with bitterness end , long aftertaste
Palate....medium body an light/medium carbonation
Overall... well balanced ale. Not extremely hopped but well hopped, nice in mouth. One to revisit (365 characters)

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a pale amber colour with a nice head that remains for absolutely ages as half a finger of creamy foam.

Smells quite fruity and very fresh, definitely hoppy.

Tastes very refreshing and hoppy (English hops so fruity, sweet and tangy) but at the same time very well balanced and drinkable.

Overall quite a lovely beer and a great example of this particular style. (416 characters)

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%

A: Light copper body with a quickly diminishing head.
S: Lovely floral hops and honey.
T: Repeats the nose. Dry and biscuity and a nice bitter finish with a touch of rindy lemon. Slightly astringent. Also a good bit of earthy ashtray like dirt, which I quite like.
O: I really like the hop profile in this one. (310 characters)

Photo of bark
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is pale gold (7 EBC), the liquid is clear. The large creamy head is compact and off-white. It sinks very slowly leaving lots of lacing.

The rather strong smell is bitter, hoppy and fruity (kiwi, bitter oranges, apricots, lemons, green bananas). Malty flavours – caramel, sweet bread, roasted nuts – creates the balance. Hints of dough and yeast in the background. And maybe a hint of breath mint?

The smooth medium bodied taste is hoppy without any harshness. Sweet fruits like ripe apples and plums, hints of mint and French loaf. The bitterness is smooth and elegant. The aftertaste is sweet and malty with even more fruits and a hint of butterscotch. The finish got some light green hints and a long lasting bitter note.

The carbonation is medium strong; the small bubbles medium strong. The liquid is very smooth, almost a bit sticky.

A very malty and luxurious English IPA: It focuses on the hoppy flavours, not a harsh bitterness. (957 characters)

Photo of jonb5
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden colour, clear, small head which was quick to disappear. Aroma was pine , citrus and very prominent Cascade hop. Tasted lemon, Maris Otter malt and some apple, finish was long, wheaty and bitter. Crisp texture, fairly light body, some carbonation. Overall it was very well balanced and had no weaknesses. (310 characters)

Photo of keyserkeg
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of a friend who was in Tavistock, England visiting his family.

Poured a very light amber. Ever slightly cloudy, Nice lacing.

Biscuity and grassy aroma.

Slightly sweet maltiness, immediately followed by crisp dry, medium hopiness. The hop flavor lingers very pleasantly, to create a lovely after-hop burn. Hint of citrus/lemony notes.

Pleasant substantial mouthfeel.

A very enjoyable English IPA, and slightly hoppier than expected (but that's quite alright). I really enjoyed the St. Austell beers when I visited pubs in Devon and Cornwall a few years ago. I only wish I could get them in the States. (621 characters)

Photo of Giuseppina
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful golden colour, crystalline, little head that disappears very fast

Smell: tangy fruits and hops, extremely pleasant

Taste: Again fruity and a lot of bitter from the hops. Strong hoppy aftertaste

Feel: soft but present carbonation, medium body, very satisfying

Overall: excellent, somewhere in between US and UK IPA as somebody already wrote. (366 characters)

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Rich Golden Amber colouration, just like the big lump of amber in Jurassic Park. produces a think rocky head that has about average retention and dies to a lace cover in around 5 minutes. Some light evidence of CO2.

Smell - Floral tones are evident and there is ample pine hops with some mild citrus leanings all balanced by sound sweet malt aromas.

Taste - Hoppy pine punch from the first sip all the way to the back end, this punch is balanced out by sweet malts of caramel and toffee. Very bitter on the back end with slight touches of burnt sulfur like the taste of spent match heads some oaky wood nips and a tiny hint of lime.

MF - Oddly thin this one but as it has such good linger with a pleasantly drying finish it is not a problem for me.

Overall - Very well balanced almost like an equally matched boxing round between hops and malts on your tongue. I feel this beer is a great testament to the strength of British brewing and the rounded nature of a good IPA! (988 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Light straw with moderate to low cloudiness, a little slow rising carbonation, 3 fingers of creamy off white head.


S: Creamy, hard water, light floral like wild flowers and dandelion, peach and citrus.


T: A good hit of dry floral qualities, moderate and appropriately balanced bitterness for the style, a hit of hard water. Floral, dandelion and peach, and a hint of citrus.


M: Medium body, medium low fine bubbled powdery carbonation, balance of sweet and dry leaving a smooth finish.


O: Really proper job on this one. The flavors are integrated appropriately so that its smooth and drinkable, yet such a true rep of the style. Great job! Will give it 9 out of 10. Bought in Bangkok, drank on a beach in Songklha, Thailand. (740 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corn silk blonde with piles of lumpy shaving cream white head. Flinty fresh grain, lemon hard candy, pizza crust and musty grapefruit nose.
Lemon preserves and golden crunch biscuit up front with hints of nectarine then Lemonheads, cedar oil, and smoky spiced candle hops with sprinkling of white pepper.
Lemon Starburst and white grapefruit finish and light resin linger.
Creamy, some chew, light to medium, crisp.

Williamette, Chinook and Cascade.

Not as punishing as Kipling. Unmistakably English - definite Maris Otter presence, and I get as much wood spice Willamette (descended from Fuggles) as I do Cascade citrus. Direct hit for the style, but nothing bigger - this is 5.5, not 7%, so that should tell ya.

Actually more English and less drinkable than their contract-brewed Cornish IPA, which is a little star of an APA.

7.Aug.2013, on cask at W J Kavanaghs: Just tapped, it jumps with grass, grapefruit, orange jellies, and nectar. Still more an APA, but a top one. (982 characters)

Photo of MAB
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Powerfully Hopped"? Maybe for a British beer...

This one looked great in a glass, good tight head indicative of the added hop presence.
Smell was pleasantly hoppy, malty, but nothing outstanding.
The taste was awesome, however. A fine amount of hop flavor and bitterness. This ain't no "Hop Stoopid", or other brands of that ilk; this was a well balanced very drinkable brew.
I would gladly buy another of these. (414 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Handpump halfpint at the Coal Hole.

A: Clear gold body with a finger of fine white foam. Mediocre retention, but very nice lace. Ok.

S: Pleasant, restrained hoppiness. Citrus dominates, with some floral notes and biscuity malt backing it up. Some fruity esters as well, which go very nicely with the citrus hops. Excellent EIPA aroma.

T: Sweet malt, citrus hops, and peachy esters. Pleasant, but a bit overly sweet for what the nose promised - I wanted more hop bitterness.

M: Soft, smooth, and very lightly carbonated. A little weak, but ok.

O: Excellent real ale. While it didn't quite follow through with the hoppiness promised by the superb aroma, this was still one of the best EIPAs I encountered on my trip to England. If you get the chance to try this on cask, you won't be disappointed.

Cheers! (809 characters)

Photo of Dean_M
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden amber colour, lively carbonation.

Smell: Floral hop aroma, Orange and citrus. Very nice. More American hop aroma than you would expect from a English IPA.

Taste: Good malt flavour, citrus just as you would expect from the smell. Long bitter finish that is expected from this style.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: Very nice IPA, nice balance of US and UK styles. Could see it be very enjoyable in the summer months. (461 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (530 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a light golden hue with a 3-finger white head that slowly dissipates leaving a great trail down the glass and ending in a solid lace.

S: Good hop aroma with hints of fruits including pineapple and melon.

T: Similar to the smell hops dominate this beer with a good fruity mixture backbone. Decent malt background and finishes slightly dry.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Good IPA – enjoyed drinking this one and would grab it again. (501 characters)

Photo of Zimbo
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Started with a nose that reminded me of a pint of fresh real ale mixed with a tripel. Golden yellow. Thin constant head with some initial bubbles which eventually disappear to reveal some quality beading. Dampness as well. A reasonably good hopped profile though I didn't get much of that grapefruit quality claimed on the label.
Wonderful mouthfeel ending with a dense firm long bitterness long after swallowing. In fact, it takes on a greater density in the mouth the more you drink.

A proper job is hard to come by these days and you could sure make a career out of this. I wonder about promotion though. (608 characters)

Photo of rgf001
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought in Munich at Kaufhof Altstadt. This is my fourth bottle. Like it and went for more. Not cheap but being not many IPA choices in Munich, they can charge what they want. Poured in a pint glass. Color is pale hazy gold, similar to a hefeweizen but a bit less hazy. White foam head that disappears rather quickly. Ring stays througout however. Smells citrusy, grapefruit or tangerine may be. On taste, it is carbonated right, sufficient but not suffocating bittering hops with an aftertaste that lingers. Disagree with other reviews. Not tipically British. Tastes more like an American IPA. Would have never guessed British...
It's low alcohol content (for an IPA), makes it a great drinking beer. Overall, a great beer (or is it that I miss IPAs... here in Munich?) (770 characters)

Photo of Eramen
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A pale golden-orange, topped with a sizable one finger head which keeps great staying power. It lasted right until the end.

S - The hops, possibly cascade, clementines, and a hint of lemon.

T - A delicious and very orange-tasting body of liquid enters the mouth, and as it swirls over the palate there is what tastes like concentrated marmalade, and citrus aftershocks. Thereupon comes in the pineapple, cane sugar, and a lemon tang. It's all extremely fruity and HOPPY; the hops keeping in with the main flavor for a sublime bittering effect. Very tasty.

MF - Noticeable carbonation, yet it doesn't go overboard, medium body which suits this beer admirably.

O - Quite a delicious IPA, I was expecting it to be more hoppy from the brewery's proclamation on the label "powerfully hopped", but I'm glad this does not take away from this highly enjoyable beer. (868 characters)

Photo of MrKennedy
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (831 characters)

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Proper Job from St. Austell Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.