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Proper Job - St. Austell Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

86 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | 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 tenesmus
2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

tenesmus, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of StevieDarrier
3/5  rDev -23.1%

StevieDarrier, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of ArtZan
3/5  rDev -23.1%

ArtZan, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of fullsweep
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass. I've enjoyed 2 other St. Austell's beers (Tribute being the flagship) that I've enjoyed so let's try another.

A: clear, dark amber/light brown, thinnish off-white foamy head.

S: very beer-like (I know that sounds silly) with a good balance of grains, malt, hops in the nose.

T: a touch on the bitter side, but not as much as I was expecting by the label where it's suggested that the hoppiness will take over.

M: this was the most surprising bit for me, as it was way more fizzy than I expected from a proper ale. It wasn't necessarily a bad thing, but it definitely threw me off a bit.

D: would try this again just to see if my first impressions were right, but I'm not necessarily rushing to have it again.

fullsweep, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of leaddog
3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a clear pale gold with a finger width of foamy white head.

Smell - Citrus, sweet malts, very sweet aromas overall.

Taste - Mildly hopped flavour with a hint of citrus, grassiness and sweetness. Expected more hops flavour, especially when the bottle label says "powerfully hopped".

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp dry finish.

Overall - A respectable brew by St. Austell. A bit confused with the labeling of the product, so I was expecting something completely different than what I tasted and I was left a little disappointed.

leaddog, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of dwren89
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

dwren89, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of stcules
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden color, almost honeyed. White foam, cramy and compact as properly.
The smell is quite mild (maybe too), with slight malty notes and delicate white flowers. Even the flavor is light, always with a moderate malt aroma and with earthy hop (light) and grapefruit - Citrus (light).
The aftertaste turns out to be more intense, more bitter, make it possible to drink in large quantities.
It lacks a little of the fullness of a typical American Pale Ale (even if the brewery defines it as a IPA!).
In retrospect, we read that is used the Cascade and Chinook hops, which frankly speaking, we have not felt particularly. Indeed, to be honest to be an APA we expected much more.

stcules, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of Arborescence
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Arborescence, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of WGO
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

WGO, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of mjtierney2
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

mjtierney2, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of brauseboof
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

brauseboof, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of danieelol
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: yellow pour with OK head and lacing.

S: OK the smell is very subtle. Faint grain and citrus. There's also some caramel taste drawn out when it warms. Pleasant.

T: More of the same really. Strong on bitterness.

M: thin with moderately high levels of carbonation. Small bubbles.

O: A well-made beer

danieelol, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
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

joemcgrath27, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 27, 2011
Photo of gushov
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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

fmccormi, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of mnixon86
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

mnixon86, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of xhuang61
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

xhuang61, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of Alex-Alkis
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%

Alex-Alkis, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of allergictomacros
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear gold with solid inch of white foam.

S - Softly fruity and bready with a little lemon.

T - Light caramel and a crisp lemony hop. Bread and husky grain follows. Dry, minerally bitterness in the back.

M - Hard carbonation and light body, but not watery.

D - Not bad. Clean, with good, straightforward flavours.

allergictomacros, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of djura
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

djura, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of Augustiner719
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a .5l mug.

Pours a nice colden amber brass color with perfect clarity and a huge foamy and lasting white head. Huge bubbles in the head with decent lacing down the glass as each sip is taken. The head sticks around for a long time. Nice honey colored body and cabonation is actively bubbling from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is of slight lemon acidity mixed with a touch of green fresh cut grass. Nice balance of sweetness and hop on the aroma. There is an evident sweet sticky almost resin like characteristic that is mildly pronounced but definately makes its presence known.

The taste is sweet and a touch sticky. Has a nice crisp acidic hit that helps balance out the sweetness of this beer but overall the sweetness from the malts takes dominance on the finish. There is caramel like note on the back end that prevails on the finish that kind of throws me off as this should have a dry, hoppy finish, hence the label. Nothing spectacular, hops are evident and this is no typical british beer, but "powerfully hopped" is misleading to those who have had american IPA's.

Mouthfeel is just as expected. Nicely carbonated, fits the style, nothing crazy. THe finish is sweet, where I prefer dry on these types of beers. The high level of carbonation is working well for this beer as it is on the sweet side and the carbonation makes the beer more drinkable.

Overall this is worth trying if it is on tap or available. Definately nothing to go running for or searching high and low for but a good alternative to your basic english pale ale or bitter that is on tap.

Augustiner719, May 08, 2012
Photo of dirtyskunk
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking beer. Real clear golden color, maybe a finger of creamy looking head that disappears pretty quickly. Beautiful lacing, rings all the way down.

A very American hop profile in the nose, this doesn't smell like a British IPA, and indeed the bottle says it's got Wllamette, Chinook, and Cascade hops. I get a very fruity, floral aroma. Strawberries, tangerines, and some good clean hop resin smell. Pretty nice.

Very nice malt background, I like the Maris Otter they used. It's got a slightly sweet, grainy kind of taste like brioche. The hops are pretty basic but nicely balanced and definitely dominate the beer. Grapefruit and pine are the forward flavors, with some earthy and floral notes in back. Bitterness sticks around in the back of the mouth for a little afterwards.

Great mouthfeel. Light and creamy at the same time. Just a little oily around the edges and a dry powdery finish. Spot on for an IPA of this size.

Very good American style IPA from an Englsih Brewery. Pretty prototypical though, this could be the standard IPA at any random Brewery in the states.

dirtyskunk, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of MacarthurParker
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

MacarthurParker, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of BogBoyJD
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 86 ratings.