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Kelso Industrial Pale Ale - Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn

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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 11
Gots: 49 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: dragonWhale on 04-24-2011

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Ratings: 198 | Reviews: 43
Photo of KrissyKat6
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not really impressed with this one like I thought I'd be. The heavy astringent alcohol taste takes away from whatever good qualities it has.

Photo of TTripp725
3.17/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I can't stand this new rating system

Photo of Andymac28
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 1 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank out the can in the parking lot before my bs OSHA class lol. Smell is incredible. Grapefruit and sweet pineapple! Taste- really malty and hoppy at the same time throught. A little bitter at the end but not too much. Smooth.. and alcohol hidden very well for 10abv. A little different with all the malt but well done! Would get again.

Photo of hoagzzz
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A malt bomb dipa, which is not my sweet spot. I'm considering doing a drain pour, only because it's a shame to get this drunk from something i really don't like. Didn't help that the can is 5 months old.

Photo of GFM
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into pint glass. Pours a dense golden copper color. Two fingers of thick off white head. A ring of lacing where the head peaked with blotchy lacing below it. Pine and citrus in the scent. Heavy full-bodied feel that's appropriate for a DIPA. A sweet malt backbone to complement the citrus hoppiness. A delayed bitter aftertaste that lingers. (8.5)

Photo of RoyaleWithCheese
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had never heard of this beer before until stumbling upon it at a local distributor. It was the only 4 pack left, so I figured I'd give it a shot. First can wasn't all that awesome. For some reason it just didn't go down great. Had a second can a night or two later and it was awesome. Very syrupy and boozy, but it's a malty and high alcohol beer, that's just how it is. looking back, it reminded me of Hi-Res but they do not taste the same. Similar, but Kelso is far more malty. I'd love to pick this up again if I can find it. Recommended if you're into no joke heavy beers that require attention when drinking.

Photo of 57md
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy copper color with a very good hop nose. The can says “bold malts and huge hops;” while I hate to bow to marketing, I’d say this is a dead on accurate description.
The booze is not at all intrusive but it’s not hidden either – when you drink this, you know it is a 10%.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.06/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Outlier detected. Justify with a review ??? Didn't like it. Too thick, boozy and syrupy. Not to my liking.

Photo of CayseyW
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

After another go-round with this beer I had to lower the rating. My first score was 4.03, which in hindsight makes me wonder what I was thinking. To say that this is a pallet burner would be a huge understatement. This beer is a palate waster. It's just so unrefined and so over the top that it becomes very hard to drink after a while. It's most redeeming quality is the well-masked 10% ABV that allows you to forget about the taste because you develop a decent buzz quickly. It's by no means the worst DIPA I've had, but I won't be revisiting it.

Photo of Flounder57
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2L growler was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale orange color with some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tropical, citrus, grassy, and danky hops followed by toasted, caramel, and bready malts. Slight aroma of ethanol alcohol given the 10% ABV.

Taste: Same as above. Got slightly better as it warmed, but ethanol alcohol flavor was their in the rear with bitterness and slight aftertaste too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, strong bitterness, ethanol alcohol, slight aftertaste, and medium carbonation.

Overall: If this beer could be tweeted a little bit,.it could have more potential. Will check out the cans next time instead of getting a growler.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, rusty orange with lacey off white film. 4
Dank, rindy citrus nose. 4.25
Honey and marmalade then musty resin, Cointreau, and pine sap hops. 4.25
Oily lemon balm and citrus rind end and stinging nettle linger.
Medium and sticky, no heat. 4

Plenty of citrus, but plenty of sticky dank, too. East coast, but no slouch with the hops. Not sure it has much at 10% that it couldn’t have at, say, 8%. But still a DIPA to be reckoned with. 4.25

Photo of oldmankoch
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent balance between malts and hops. Nice interplay of initial tropical fruit burst that fades into a dank resin finish. Pretty thick and oily but kinda expected considering it's a IIPA with a high ABV

Photo of thezach
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A really great take on the double IPA. Very raw. Raw, raw, raw. Pour this into a glass and it is lumpy. Not literally, but man, it's got some floaters in there. Very aggressive hopping. Pine, grapefruit, dank. There's a ton of malt in here. I think the malt and hops are well balanced, but the bitterness is a bit out of whack, a bit too high. Overall, a really great start, and a cool beer because of it's rustic look and raw nature. The high alcohol is easy to miss with the great malt profile and high hopping. Worth finding and trying.

Photo of rdilauro
3.09/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I was interested in tasting this beer. I heard mixed reviews about it. But the idea of a cheesy / malty beer got the best of me.
No question that the heavy dosages of malt gave this one a real 'heavy' feel. I didnt detect anything in the nose, in fact, even in the taste. Except that it was big and bold, very big, almost too much.

Photo of justintcoons
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%

12 oz can poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Deep amber with a 1/2 finger of creamy, off-white head that dissipates quickly. Hazy with light carbonation.

Grapefruit, mango, pine sap, caramel, and candied lime.

Grapefruit juice, mango, and sugar-coated lime. Dank greens and sappy pine. Firm caramel maltiness. Grapefruit zest and hints of onion in the finish.

Full bodied, silky, slick, and smooth with a relatively low bitterness.

Tropical, dank, and citrusy. Well balanced to keep the bitterness in check. Easy drinking for 10%. This is a great DIPA!

Photo of papman
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Scored some of this from a recent trade - Fantastic straight out of the can. Certainly top 3 favorite

Beer feels like perfect combination of both malty and hoppy - Malt slightly forward with medium to light bitterness compared to what you would typically expect from a 10% DIPA. Hops are very floral and fruity - difficult to nail down anything specific - deliciousnessssss. It finishes with something that I cannot pinpoint but it is excellent. This doesn't taste like the rest of the DIPAs out there - on par with heady and Hi-Res.

Awesome, awesome brew - keep up the great work

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep copper; lustrous and extremely lucid.

S: Tropical fruit notes of guava and mango with plenty of resinous pine to balance.

M: Medium body and carb, pleasingly good sting.

T: Pineapple, mango, apple, pine, resin, and earthy hops.

Photo of HamdenHector
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy; bronze colored; less than 1 finger off white head that receded quickly to a thin collar; moderate lacing;

S: red grapefruit; pineapple; pine in the background;

T: reversed from aroma; pine is out front; with grapefruit and pineapple in the background; ABV is well hidden; lightly bitter finish;

M: medium bodied; sticky; moderate carbonation;

O: dangerously smooth;

Photo of JonathanTaylorThomas
4/5  rDev -2.9%

I picked up a 12 oz can despite knowing little of Greenpoint Beerworks, other than the fact that they're not in Greenpoint, where I live. Was looking to be spontaneous, and thought I read the label to say it was just an IPA. I was in for a surprise when I opened and poured it, then, with its crazy dark caramel coloring and heavy malt aroma. Overall, the presence of hops and bitterness was a bit underwhelming, with the malt being much more present than I typically look for in a DIPA (not that I'm complaining, as I didn't even know what I was buying). Still good, though, and an interesting change from the west-coast IPAs that I'm so used to. I'd buy it again.

Photo of shopsis
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Very hoppy, and very rich and malty. Well balanced - a very very fine beer experience. Had it from 12 oz cans and a growler.

Photo of ksimons
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a dark caramel color with a thin layer of head. Has a malty backbone smell with a bit of pine and maybe some citrus. Taste is much hoppier than the smell suggests but is still a pretty malt heavy beer. Some tropical fruits give more sweetness. Has a medium body with light to medium carbonation. Very well hidden alcohol for 10%. My first from Kelso, pretty good.

Photo of brianmandell
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a fresh can; from brewery to the bottle shop 1 week ago.

Deep amber, clear pour with fine lacing.

Aroma of big, sweet malts, honey, orange citrus, floral and pine.

The big malts lead the way, more akin to a barleywine than an IPA. The malts are dominant and sweet but mitigated by the big dose of hops which lend a pleasant bitterness. The citrus flavors are a bit overpowered in the flavor but the pine shines through. The alcohols are present - slightly astringent and hot.

The mouthfeel is oily and resinous. The fine carbonation goes well with this heavier bodied beer.

Overall this is a very well crafted beer that more closely resembles a hoppy barleywine than an IPA. Maybe that's just what an Industrial IPA is. The fresh hop profile, featuring orange citrus, floral and pine is wonderful, but is overshadowed by the strong malt profile.

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE - Pours coppery red, with a one-finger head that dissipates quickly. Just a bit of lacing.

SMELL/AROMA - Herbaceous, sweet, a little piney. Hoppy.

TASTE - Strong piney, herbaceous, resiny kick that stays with you. A bracing ale, with a tinge of sweet. ABV is well-hidden. Great ale aftertaste.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE - Not much carbonation, light, not syrupy.

OVERALL - The cans of this beer are ABV 10% -- NOT 11.5%. Still, it has a nice kick to it. A very quaffable beer, almost chuggable. The strongest point is the resiny aftertaste.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Good looking brew that has a bit of sexy built into it, body is hazy amber with a slight thin white head maybe 1/4" off the body.

Smell: Strong piney/floral scent but not as sticking as you would like.

Taste: complex, had a caramel feel behind all the bitterness that accompanies it. Love the citrus, love the smooth strength that goes along.

Mouth: Baked bitter bread, feels a notch chewy. Almost like a meal with a touch of a sourness to it.

Overall: Finally a real good f'n beer tonight...An absolute luxury have here at the Republic in Farmingdale, NY. Will definitely have again and again as long as it's there ;-) Grab a glass on my and enjoy...salud!!!

Photo of Greywulfken
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: translucent medium amber with orange highlights; big-bubbled off-white head a few fingers high; slick sheen left behind

S: deep citrus pith - dark and musty; caramelized grains; some floral notes

T: wet, rich grains hit up front, malty caramels; then bitter hops, drier and woodsier reclaim your malt drenched palate and elevate the flavor profile with their tight bitterness - hop and malt vie for your attention, alternating currents of wet and dry, rich and airy

M: dense up front, full-bodied; palate clamping hop bitterness airs out the mouth with woody vapors

O: epic DIPA action - not for the timid - the malts and hops are equally aggressive, and more-or-less balance out - great flavor profile, powerful nose, and massive body. Get yourself crushed. I rank it up there with the big boys of the DIPA set.

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Kelso Industrial Pale Ale from Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn
92 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.