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 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 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 Augustiner719
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (1,607 characters)

Photo of leaddog
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
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. (576 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 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)

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 dirtyskunk
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (1,087 characters)

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 crusian
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (780 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.21/5  rDev -16%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (814 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 biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (1,343 characters)

Photo of danieelol
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
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 (303 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 allergictomacros
3.63/5  rDev -5%
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. (321 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 fullsweep
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
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. (759 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 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 JohnnyP3
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Best before date of October 2010.

A: Golden in color with a fine white head. Not a great deal of head retention, but settles to a thin layer with some foam clinging to the sides of the imperial pint glass.

S: Grapefruit with some other citrus mixed in. Doesn't reach out and grab you, but inviting.

T: Lip smacking with a grapefruit taste up front, as suggested by the smell. Great hops presence in this English IPA. After the great hops-citrus attack, mellows out towards the end with a smoother malt flavor. Great transition in the mouth that makes this smooth and easy drinking.

M: As noted above, this IPA has a smooth finish. Nice carbonation and the grapefruit flavor from the hops really awakens the taste buds.

D: Excellent drinkability. Refreshing citrus taste, not overpowering, hard to go wrong with this selection. Does a proper job! (899 characters)

Photo of mapofthedead
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (451 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 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)

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