Proper Job - St. Austell Brewery

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 124
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 7.07%
Wants: 9
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 drmeto
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

L:
-pours a clear light amber with a big,frothy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
lemon,leather,slight grapefruit
T:
-Follows the nose plus tangerines and metallic
F:
medium carbonation,medium body
O:
Way too sweet for me,almost tasted like corn adjunct to me.
Theres a very good beer in here somewhere. (311 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 CStang67
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

500 ml Bottle APPEARANCE: Nice clear golden color that poured with very little to no head and fair carbonation. AROMA: Grapefruit on the nose with not much else. Maybe a slight floral character. As the beer warms notes of pine start to come through which pairs nice with the citrus. TASTE: Nice clean flavor with the hops stealing the show. I really get the chinook hops. Very crisp and refreshing. Perfect for a hot summer day. PALATE: Light bodies with a slight oiliness that coats the mouth. Finish is a crisp semi-dry that finishes quickly. OVERALL: Nice golden ale that is hop forward. Label puts an emphases on the hops and although hop forward it is not a hop bomb by any stretch. Good Beer! (698 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours gold, small fading head.
Nose shows marmalade and earthy hops along with sweet grainy malt.
Semi-sweet flavours, some herbal and earthy hops along with a little marmalade again. Moderate bitterness in the finish. (218 characters)

Photo of Malt_Man
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served cold from 500ml bottle into pint mug. Purchased from Tesco as part of a 3 bottles for £5 deal, so a decent price.

A) Lager-amber, a few bubbles, quite a lot of small particles of yeast suspended in it (I should have been more careful on the pour I guess). Thin white film on top.

S) Cascade hops, natch. Grapey malt as well.

T) Cascade hops, backed by another much more bitter hop taste (Williamette or Chinook are named on the bottle). Slight balance from slightly sweet malt. In general, out of balance.

M) Smooth and refreshing, albeit with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

O) Definitely one of the most bitter Cascade hop juice beers available from the British supermarkets. So, if you are a hop head, this one is for you. If you are looking for something balanced or mellow, try something else. (817 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle from Tesco, Silverburn (£1.65):
This one was my second English IPA in quick succession, following on from yesterdays Gladeye IPA and this one was quite a good offering for the style, probably coming out slightly ahead of the Drygate offering. Taste wise the two were fairly similar but Proper Job seemed to have more hops and bitterness to it, going down easily and well. I'm not sure it's one I'd go back to all that often but it was a nice beer and one well worth picking up if you get the chance. (513 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 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 thommo_nk
3/5  rDev -21.5%

States on the bottle that this beer is "powerfully hopped" , was expecting a massive slap of hoppy citrus flavour which it does not deliver.

However it is by no means a bad beer. (179 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 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 eric5bellies
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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. (358 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 djura
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Honey orange color,usual for IPA-s. One finger white foam,lasting few seconds.
S - Lots of elder spice in it,hops and honey.
T/M - Good balanced bitterness,elder,bitter aftertaste,sweet malt. Some spices.

O - Do not drink it to much cold,you will pass all the good aromas in it. School example of IPA. (308 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 dwren89
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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. (865 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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. (1,358 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 FLima
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold color, it made a 2 finger head with long retention that is constantly fed by upstream bubbles. Some floating particles are present as some in the bottom of the bottle.
Aroma of sweet malts with touches of fruits and pine.
Sweet malts balanced with a hoppy and bitter taste, though not harsh, leaning towards grass and fruits, a bit citric. Aftertaste is also hoppy, making it bitter and dry.
Medium body with ok carbonation with small bubbles, the English way.
Decent beer, well balanced, with its own personality and no bad flaws. (541 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 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 tenesmus
2.81/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a straight pint glass.

Golden appearance with a thin off-white head and moderate carbonation. Decent enough lacing down the glass. Looks nice overall.

Aroma is flowery, a hint of rose and elderflower, laced with some tropical fruits, pineapple and kiwi.

Taste up front is bitter hops, slightly harsh and lacking in complexity but certainly not overwhelming. Touch of grapefuit and bitter lemon, an enticing hint of cardamon and something herbal, possibly from the Willamette? Anyway, midpalate some sweetness but a lack of structure from the malts and a metallic tinge that becomes more prominant in the after taste.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and not helped by a spritzy soda taste from the carbonation.

Overall pretty disappointed - the bottle states 'powerfully hopped', well they need to back this up, theres little indication of Cascade aroma or flavour, nothing is in your face and it all lacks depth and seems a little one dimensional. (973 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 (546 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 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)

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Proper Job from St. Austell Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.