Kelso Industrial Pale Ale - Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn

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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 12
Gots: 58 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Called "Industrial IPA" at DeCicco's in Ardsley...same ABV/same style listed so I'll go with it...

$8.99 for a 32 ounce growler fill.

Pours a typical shade of amber, slight haze, light tan head, creamy and luxorious, slowly going to a thick film, collar and nice webs and bands of fine lace.

Pungent hopped up nose, fortified with pinapple, mango and more resiny hop notes.

Full throtle DIPA, they are not kidding! "Industrial" sums it up. On the palate it's crunching hops, waves of tropical and citric fruit...Lots and lots of ripe pineapple dominates. Lime soaked alcohol notes trying to peak through, but the hops/malt/fruit thingy keeps their tendrils mostly at bay.

Big bold and quite heady stuff, not for the faint of heart...bring on the stinky cheese and smoked meats, I love it...please make more of it...keg it, bottle it, distribute it...

Photo of woodchipper
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can to into pint glas
L- golden,slightly cloudy reasonable head, fades in about 2-3 minutes
S-malty, candy like, maple
T- well balanced, quick hop hit smothered in malt
Feel- effervescence spread it well on tongue
Overall- I would buy this again. Never heard of them until this beer. Read their bio online, good luck to them.

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Yellowish-Orange with a little haziness

S - Smells very piney, and I got a very citrusy lemon note too

T - You can definitely tell this is a very strong beer right off the bat but it does a good job of not overpowering the beer. This is a piney, lemony DIPA that is very smooth for it being 11.5% abv. It's also very sweet.

O - This is a very good beer from Kelso that I hope they keep making. They nailed this one for sure and I definitely want more!

Photo of TTripp725
3.17/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I can't stand this new rating system

Photo of ehammond1
3.34/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Acquired via trade
Thanks, cosmicevan!

A darker pour than expected: dark amber with dark orange (think scorched, fiery earth) edges along with a thin off-white head. There's not a lot of visible carbonation present. Eventually, the beer leaves the glass oily and spotted with stick. This looks potent and somewhat heavy in the glass.

Big aroma of pine and earth, along with a tinge of grapefruit rind, and sticky, caramel malts, and a warming alcohol presence.

The flavor follows the aroma, with notes of pine, earth, and some grapefruit leading the way. A somewhat sweet, malty DIPA, at least compared to the ones I most often drink, with some alcohol presence as well. Maltier than I'm accustomed to, with large amounts of hop bitterness. A very big, but balanced, DIPA.

Medium to full bodied for the style with low carbonation--somewhat oily.

Good enough, and I'm glad I got the chance to try it, but not one of my favorites.

Photo of KrissyKat6
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
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 rdilauro
3.09/5  rDev -24.6%
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 scootny
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy burnt orange with a creme colored head that leaves sheeting and lace. Nice retention and consistency. Fades to a light covering. Smell has tropical fruits, lots of pineapple and guava. Pine forrest with hop oily accents. Taste is superb. Caramel sweet malt front is quickly covered by a pine cone bomb that leaves a firm but restrained grapefruit presence. Tropical fruits from the nose flesh out the flavor. Dry finish has resinous pine and oil with faint mint. A lingering hop oil and breadcrust. Feel is medium weight with a crisp carbonation that has a light creaminess. Each swallow brings forth a cascade of superfine bubble that refreshes the covering that stays on the beer throughout consumption. So easy to drink this one It goes down like a standard IPA. No trace of alcohol anywhere. Crisp and refreshing this may be that alltime great session DIPA if one existed. Wow!

Photo of labattblueribbon
3.11/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

growler to glass. personally this brew was too boozy for me. However, the first few sniffs and sips were actually really pleasant, but the more i drank the less i enjoyed it, it's honestly hard to discern much flavor by the end of this beer. finished really really dry, too dry for me. lacing was minimal at best. i will say by the end of the growler it started to ease on the palate booze-wise, but still fell short in what i expect from a DIPA (flavor and drinkability). bottom line a pretty forgettable brew and i don't see myself seeking this one out or buying again.

Photo of AaronRed
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It is unbelievable that a beer this high in alcohol can go down so smoothly. Sure this brew has a wonderful and typical IPA style aroma of citrus etc, but is also has a deep texture that tell you this is a high quality beer and is not all about the high ABV. A nice malty smoothness hits your palate and while the hops are sitting right on your tongue, it is not overly aggressive, but more balanced. This beer has somehow found a way to provide the drinker with all the wonderfulness of a double IPA and make it profoundly drinkable.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.43/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of metter98
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy light amber in color. It poured with a half-finger high off white head that died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are strong aromas of grapefruit in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very citrusy with strong flavors of grapefruit.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Considering its strength, this beer is very easy to drink because the alcohol is remarkably well hidden from the taste.

Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, New York.

Poured a murky dark copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a balmy resinous tropical fruit aroma with waves of pine and citrus.

The flavor consisted of mouth coating hop resins - mango, pineapple and apricot. Full piney spice detected as well. A well masked alcohol crept in toward the finish along with a smooth and soft sweetness.

The mouthfeel was full and all encompassing.

Overall a major league DIPA. One of the best beers to come out of NYC in recent memory. Incredibly user friendly.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.06/5  rDev -25.4%
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 donkeyrunner
2.25/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Cloudy, near opaque dark gourd orange color. Tropical fruit hops and thick syrupy malt aroma. Hop flavors are delivered on the palette by a tsunami of heat, thick malt, and bitterness. Not how I want my hoppy goodness delivered. And not near enough hop flavor to warrant that much booze. Big body like beery orange sorbet.

Hot and messy, pretty much like a fresh barleywine. I guess you could age it but then you lose hop flavoring. Unfocused and poorly thought out.

Photo of PicoPapa
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

32oz mini growler from Whole Foods in Manhattan. Pours a brownish dark orange color with an inch of head. Lots of lacing. Great aroma of tropical fruits and citrus hops. Pineapple and orange. The taste is bitter citrus and boozey up front followed by some pine. Bitter reisnous finish. Not as much tropical fruit flavor as I thought there would be juding from the aroma but it's still tasty and there is some pineapple. You can definitely taste the 11.5%. Medium bodied and carbonated. This is a well made bitter, high ABV tasty Imperial Ipa. Glad I took a chance and grabbed a growler. Overall, I will be buying this again.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear deep copper to amber in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that reduces to a small patch of thin film in the center and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Very light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of tropical fruit hops (pineapple, mango, and peach) with a moderate amount of grapefruit/citrus hops behind it. The beer has a wonderful aroma, even for people that are not hop heads - very inviting.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer is dominated by the flavors of the hops - tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, and peach) as well as grapefruit/citrus. There is a light presence of caramel malt sweetness in the background but the hops are king. Light amounts of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: The alcohol is extremely well hidden which makes this a dangerous beer as it drinks much more easy than the 11.5% ABV that it has. Very enjoyable with great flavor and aroma - definitely one that I would get again and a really good deal at $14 a growler fill.

Photo of 57md
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
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 hoagzzz
3.65/5  rDev -11%
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 justintcoons
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%

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 jimilayne
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm lucky to have a friend at KelSo who brought over a growler for me from a batch that was only a few weeks old.

Easily one of the best IPAs I've ever had.

Large citrus bursts in the nose and the taste.

Never would think that this is 11% ABV. It's incredibly balanced and drinkable. Dangerous, even.

Photo of brianmandell
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
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 shopsis
5/5  rDev +22%

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 DoubleSimcoe
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kelso Industrial IPA, on tap at Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen, NYC.

Appearance: Served in the Pony 8-oz glass, Industrial comes with barely a rim of foam for a head, but great lacing and retention. Amber looks, slightly transparent.

Smell: Bouquet of flowers, super aromatic- soap, laundry detergent, pine, resin. Verbena eau de toilette. Newlyweds Amish teenagers frolicking in fields of lavender. Pungent hop bite at the end. Exceptional indeed.

Taste: Intense maltiness and hop bite (following nose). And the booze! The floral aroma remains. Spice and dry at the end, pine sap. Moderate sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Full body and flavor, medium-but-perfect carbonation. Sticky, lingers. Again, the hop bite leaves a pronounced bitterness in the mouth.

Overall: Super delicious, best Kelso ever (up there with their barrel-aged dopplebock). Strong but drinkable, although booze does creep up eventually.

Photo of dar482
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It comes in a slightly hazy beautiful ruby amber color. There's a light head and looks like a beautiful double IPA. Much like Lagunitas Sucks.

The aroma is wonderful. Big fresh mango, resin, grapefruit, tropical fruits, dank dank hops.

The flavor is similar with sweet tropical fruits and then a piney and resinous finish. Then a smooth sweet bitterness comes along. I wish the beer was slightly more dry than sweet with the finish, but it really is a well balanced beer. It has a good malt flavor.

Next to Singlecut's double IPA, New York local breweries have put out some crazy amazing beers that you should try on tap. This one is a winner.

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Kelso Industrial Pale Ale from Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn
91 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.