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Proper Job - St. Austell Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

75 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 75
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%


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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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10%
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, 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, musty 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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 23:41:15 | More by biboergosum
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 19:43:02 | More by BlackHaddock
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stcules

Italy

3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Serving type: cask

10-06-2011 20:22:07 | More by stcules
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bark

Sweden

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 18:15:10 | More by bark
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

Serving type: cask

06-20-2011 00:50:05 | More by woosterbill
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StJamesGate

New York

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 20:42:03 | More by StJamesGate
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 23:58:11 | More by jazzyjeff13
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FLima

Brazil

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 21:13:03 | More by FLima
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 20:40:36 | More by allergictomacros
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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...

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 08:51:08 | More by mdagnew
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 03:23:39 | More by joemcgrath27
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ckollias

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 04:00:11 | More by ckollias
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eric5bellies

Australia

3.89/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 09:27:58 | More by eric5bellies
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beerdrifter

Germany

4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 17:24:51 | More by beerdrifter
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 03:21:17 | More by leaddog
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 08:49:10 | More by CwrwAmByth
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danieelol

Australia

3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 13:07:21 | More by danieelol
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MrKennedy

Australia

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 09:28:52 | More by MrKennedy
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Augustiner719

New York

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 17:16:00 | More by Augustiner719
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jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 11:33:29 | More by jonb5
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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 19:50:39 | More by Zimbo
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fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 23:20:55 | More by fullsweep
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crusian

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing like going to Hong Kong and getting a British beer I have never had. best by march 2012. At the globe using their wifi on my phone. Not on the menu, but have had everything on it, so they started pulling out new stuff they got.
Pours a slightly dark golden color with a tiny bit of head. Lacing clings like mad.
Bottle says intensely hopped, but nose doesn't have much, though the British style rarest has aroma hops.
Taste is surprising... almost an American ipa by damn. A lot of citrus on the front, followed by a more traditional British bitter. This is quite a nice blend, I would be curious what hops are in this. Mouthfeel is medium for the style, well carbed and bottle conditioned to boot. A decent beer in Hong Hong I must say, easily the best I have had here.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 10:33:18 | More by crusian
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djura

Serbia

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of those beers you must try,and it's worth of waiting it.

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 19:46:57 | More by djura
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MAB

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 15:58:17 | More by MAB
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