Earl Grey IPA
The Marble Arch

Earl Grey IPAEarl Grey IPA
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Style:
IPA - English
Ranked #32
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
85
Ranked #15,615
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 7.41%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
20
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The Marble Arch
 
England, United Kingdom
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  3
Gots
  7
SCORE
85
Very Good
Earl Grey IPAEarl Grey IPA
Notes: Collaboration with Brouwerij Emelisse
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 20 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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rapayn01 from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had a half pint of this on tap in the UK recently. It was tasty, with fairly strong lemon notes. I guess that is the Bergamot oil, or something like it.

Jan 18, 2016
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wl0307 from England

4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Coming in a 750ml brown bottle, bottle-conditioned, corked and caged; Batch 663, BB 28/11/2014, served lightly-chilled in a short-stemmed broad rimmed goblet. Note: This was a collaboration brew between Brouwerij Emelisse and the Marble Brewery, in February 2012, as a cask-conditioned offering. Now it appears in a bottle~~

A: dark golden to pale tawny in colour, coming with very good clarity, a well-lasting layer of tight and creamy off-white froth, and Champaign-like fine carbonation. Looking perfect!
S: on the nose, it smells predominantly orangey citric with hints at aromatic wood, where the aroma of bergamot (key to Earl Grey tea) also rekindles wild imagination; given a good swirl, the creamy edge of exotic yeastiness, green melons, and light saltiness join the chorus. Altogether the maltiness is rather subdued, as is the anticipated assertive aroma of Earl Grey tea, while hops are generally lively with an accent on the traditional Goldings-related citrus elements, leaving the mixed fruity notes as of hops and yeastiness to shine through.
T: very softly effervescent, the foretaste is salty-sweet and tangy citric/grapefruity at the same time, leaving a spicy and tannic touch of hops, yeasts, and perhaps earl grey tea to develop and linger in the second half of each sip, on top of a quiet but sufficient backbone of pale malts. The finish goes smooth, but is kept excited by the ever-so-lasting flows of microscopic fizziness, underlined by a decent level of hop bitterness and residual aroma of old citrus peels plus exotic woodiness.
M&O: wonderful on the palate, being softly carbonated and silky smooth at the same time, matching a well-balanced flavour profile and an easily-manageable drinkability. All in all, this is not so… exotic as I first came to anticipate, but it doesn’t lose any charm to be a well crafted IPA with an extremely high drinkability.

Apr 01, 2014
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M_C_Hampton from Georgia

4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: orange amber color with a short white head that dissipates leaving little lacing, slightly hazy

S: citrus hops, lemon, orange zest

T: bitter up front, sweetens slightly, floral tea flavor comes out but does not overpower citrus hops

M: thinner with lower carbonation

O: from notes on 8/13/13

Aug 28, 2013
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unique to its style the classy brewers of Manchester and Emelisse employ the indigenous Earl Grey herbs and botanicals to traditional India Pale Ale for a light, refreshing, and unusually zesty.

Opening with a light copper, somewhat orange appearance, the ale carries a higher rate of carbonation than is normal for English ale- pushing ever so slightly toward Belgian-esque exuberance. A light creamy head bounces from the beer's body and retains with a thin but dense ecru skirt and laces predictably well throughout.

Typically sweetened with light caramel, grain, honey the aromas and taste ensue with mild fruitiness- pear, apple, and mild apricot that add to the impression of sweetness. But the star of the show is the addition of Earl Grey. Medium earthiness balances the sweetness and fruit with obvious tea overtones, but also carries the oddly compelling taste of chicory, ash, dried wood, leaf, and mild tobacco. All these flavors complement the taste rather than detract from it. Its impeccable balance finishes with a zesty mineral taste that keeps the flavors refreshing and crisp throughout.

Medium-light in body, the beer's early sweetness is pushed off of the tongue with all of that exploding carbonation. It also ushers in a drier, quicker, and crisper finish that makes drinkability an ease. Mild minty alcohol undertones join the minerally "scubbed" texture and leaves the palate refreshed.

Earl Grey is a remarkable IPA that's rare in its design and nearly impossible in its execution. It surprises the palate with its ultra clean, dry, and balanced character- a charming ale in every way.

Jun 05, 2013
Earl Grey IPA from The Marble Arch
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 20 ratings