John Henry West Indies Pale Ale - Cold Spring Brewing Co.

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John Henry West Indies Pale AleJohn Henry West Indies Pale Ale

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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cold Spring Brewing Co. visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 11-25-2012)
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Reviews by BucannonXC5:
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3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 750ml (25.4 oz.) bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: Cherokee Market Beer & Wine in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.99
Purchased: June 21, 2014
Consumed: June 21, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark reddish, brown, opaque color with two fingers of frothy tan head. Didn’t notice any bubbles on the sides of the glass. Above average circular lacing along the sides. Above average retention on the top.

Smelled oaky wood, bourbon, rum, dark fruits, plum, purple grapes, caramel, toffee, faint chocolate, black cherry and light crayon.

Tasted slightly better than the smell. Lots of wood, then oak, bourbon, caramel, toffee, crayon, roasty nuts, some chocolate, rum and plum. Lingering boozy astringent taste on the tongue.

Medium body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming, slightly bitter finish.

Just an OK strong ale. I was a bit disappointed as I was a big fan of the 3 Lick Spiker Ale.

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3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark for whats supposed to be an IPA an I dont know what they mean by aged on "oak spikes". I'm guessing it's not a true barrel aging? Super deep russet color with a thin light tan head. really rich nose. Coco-cola, black chocolate covered raisins, rich grains, licorice, anise. Very very rich nose, doesnt smell like an IPA.

Strong ale is categorizing this beer properly and as that it's a good beer. But for them to label this as a Indies Pale Ale is very misleading. Anyway, onto the tasting:

Huge malty body. Can definitely taste the wood, lots of boozeyness, too be honest, tastes more like bourbon than spice rum. A strange brewery and perhaps they mislabeled this bottle? Again, american strong ale , lots of wooden and booze, vanilla bourbon like flavors but then again aged rum can have flavors like a bourbon, but the malt profile of this beer is nothing at all like a pale ale. Great beer but terribly mislabeled. Tons of complex flavors that are layered well.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a pint.
9.4% ABV, Rum spiral aged.

Review from notes.

A - Clear mahogany in color with a thin tan head that leaves dots of lace on the pint.

S - Maple syrup opens with very light oak and caramel malt following. Faint warming spice notes from the rum come through but very little alcohol perception.

T - Incredibly malt with sweet caramel, light woodiness, and touch of spice on the back end.

M - Smooth with biting carbonation and light alcohol spice on the finish. Warming but not suggesting alcohol as high as it is.

O - Sweet malt and a medium body pave the way for faint alcohol spice and moderate drinkability. The name is quite confusing, however.

Photo of smakawhat
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Produced on April 2nd 2013.

A dark murky reddish brown body, fairly translucent up to the light. A solid one finger head, with some creamy perfect tan color appearance. Little retention and disappears quickly to a fairly thick bubbled collar, and slightly oily but whispy top.

Really odd nose. Very hard to describe. Thick oak and lots of buttery tones. Lots of deep melted and patted butter. It makes me wonder of diacetyl but it doesn't have that quite popcorn aroma. Some hazelnut and molasses like character a bit, just a hint of sweetness. Not sure how this is going to turn out, it's seemingly kind of scary.

Palate you would think could be considerably stronger than hinted on the nose. Very fizzy tight carbonation for a strong ale. Muted hints of caramel and just overall flavor. Muted brown sugar sweetness and a hint of spirit like booze finish. Some woody tannic quality but lost among a very thin body.

Overall it's not bad, but lacks a lot of depth flavor wise.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: it ain't a pale ale, so that's misleading - rather a deep ruby brown with a quick couple of fingers of beige head that slimmed down to a filmy collar in rather short order

S: woodsy oak and hints of dark spice, weak vapors of rum...

T: there are some musty, dark malt flavors as well as some earthy and herbal hops; spices and oak notes mingle, and tastes of watery rum hovering throughout; some dark fruit, maybe dark cherry or figs, and molasses present themselves as it warms

M: thin and light-feeling, sparkle of carbonation and alcohol, vapor of rum and wood on the roof of the mouth

O: not what I expected, but not terrible either - it's lost between styles - not rich or lush enough to enjoy sipping, not brisk enough to drink like an IPA - reminded me of watery dark rum mixed with a weak brown ale - the kinda beer I'd wish I knew what I was getting before I bought it.

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3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with a thin head that lasts. Nice enough color, but very dark for a "pale" ale. Some scattered lacing sticks.

The smell is of spiced rum and bourbon, vanilla, hint of chocolate.

The taste is sweet and spicy. It has characteristics of chocolate/cocoa with spiced rum and bourbon - cinnamon and black pepper spicing. This is malty and spicy - not much in the hop category, which works well enough here.

Pretty creamy despite obvious high abv.

It is a decent sipping ale. It is oddly named, as it's not "pale".

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3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

A deep-seated ticking instinct and a lack of skill with regard to Spelunky isn't a safe combination... Anyway, this stuff pours a murky sunset amber topped by a half-finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises toasted oak, light toffee, and a hint of pine needle in the distance. The taste focuses on the toffee and pine, with the oak a bit of a side story. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a meek bit of oak-aged pale ale, with the constituent parts kinda muddled in the confluence thereof.

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John Henry West Indies Pale Ale from Cold Spring Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.