Bling India Pale Ale | Bridge Road Brewers

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Bling India Pale AleBling India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Bridge Road Brewers

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brendan13 on 05-05-2007

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by CrazyDavros:
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3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Earthy red pour with a thin covering of off-white head.
Aroma has lots of grassy hops, lots of sweet fruit notes. Grapefruit, peach, apples and pear. Underlying sweet toffee malt is definitely not forgotten.
Nutty/toasty cereal malt is first impression upon tasting, followed by an impressive long-lasting bitterness characterised by a slight grapefruit hoppy note.
Quite highly carbonated. Nice heavy mouthfeel though.
Much more malt driven than several other IPA's I've had, which I'm quite partial to.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of csmartin6
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of NeoClassicist
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of joecast
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber bordering on red. Stable off white head with good lacing. Hazy from the bottle conditioning but remains vibrant.

Aroma is a mix of floral hops and sweet malt. Nice but the hops almost seem overwhelmed and struggle to really shine. The difficulty in producing a "balanced" IPA is that it's only balanced for a short while. As soon as the hops fade a bit, it stops being a proper IPA.

Taste starts off light like a good pale but finishes with a flurry of bitterness and hefty malt. Hops come across spicy with a hit of crystal malt in the end. Certainly not for the faint of heart (or hop) but seems to stray down the path of massive malt to make it's point.

Had high hopes for this but it reminds me a lot of Murrays Icon IPA. Big on hops, but seemingly bigger on malt.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper brown and hazy, you can see swirls of yeast within, no visible carbonation, and topped with two fingers of beige head.

Smells of crème brûlée, toffee, Green leaf, and caramel.

Tastes of orange, crème brûlée, dark and toasted notes, a very balanced taste.

Medium to thick body, moderate carbonation. It's slightly sticky.

I got this one in Chang Mai where I am drinking it July 17, 2017. Very impressive beer from Australia. Dark and toasted notes, overall it's a well-balanced brew.

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Photo of shiu-chan
3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of safaricook
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Macca
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a murky dark tan colour with a great looking beige head.

Resinous pine notes on the nose. A bit of vague tropical fruit - maybe passionfruit. I'm also getting something sharper that's a bit like gun powder. Weird.

Not as much hops on the palate as I was hoping for. Lots of bitterness but the flavours are a touch dumbed down. Not a lot of malt.

Full bodied.

I think there are much bet

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Photo of juju7
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly dark, quite murky. A dense 2 finger head. A great balance of toffee malt and citrus hops although the hops have dulled a touch, just a freshness thang. Great mouth-filling robust bitterness. Can't get over the balance of this beer. Can't wait to try a freshun. Good gear.

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Photo of nitrofenix
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mulder1010
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ML bottle poured into a tulip

A-- A deep, earthy brownish copper color. A one finger light brown head. Good head retention and just a little bit of lacing. Much darker than I expected.

S-- Lots of sweet, yeasty malt with this. Also get candied orange, lime and grapefruit. Hops are soft and malt is much bigger in the smell. A lot of sweetness to this.

T-- Grapefruit and malt. Pretty big doses of each. The grapefruit is a on the sour bitter side but workable as it does finally taste like an IPA should. Malt is a a little soft but works OK to tone down the grapefruit.

M-- Medium carbonation and a bit creamy. Heavy, bitter earthy grapefruit taste. To me it lacks the lemon and pine taste and feel that make IPA's really good. Pretty one dimensional.

D-- A lot of malt and a lot of Grapefruit. Not really my thing. Workable ABV at 5.8%. Pretty bold IPA but it needs that lemon and pine that make an IPA just zing. The grapefruit gets tiresome after a while and there is nothing else to really grab you. Workable in small batches.

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Photo of soju6
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mahongany color with a nice head that fades to good lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus with a mild caramel sweetness and a bit of grain. Smell is quite clean.

T: Taste seems to be a nice blend of hops and malt. There is a nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and creamy, Nicely balanced.

O: Very enjoyable beer that goes down quite easy. worth a try.

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Photo of magpieken
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle. Bottled 2/9/14. Pours a medium copper colour with a towering off white head which lasted well and left some excellent lacing. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, tropical fruit and malt. Aroma was quite intense on opening the bottle but in the glass shows some restraint. Medium bitterness and light to medium sweetness. Medium bodied, smooth and a gentle bitter finish. Very approachable. 8.

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Photo of sonorb7
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of mungus
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of MenInVen
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of koolk
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark copper, somewhat hazy. Huge fluffy head with strong retention and lacing.

Strong citrus hops dominate the nose, aided nicely by some tropical fruit aromas. Pleasant, not overly strong or complex.

A stack of fruit flavour on the palate, not only hops but yeast as well. Some really nice sweet malt characters in there as well. Good fruity hop bitterness. Well done.

Balance, clean and good bitterness level. Only complaint is that it finishes a little watery, but otherwise solid.

Not a bad drop. Not quite up to the standard of US IPAs but a good effort from a local mob. Just needs some work on the aroma and the finish. Otherwise, will drink again as this bottle dissipated quickly!

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery 07/11/10.

Pours a deep burnished red-amber with minimal head, just a whisp of foam left on top. Slow bead, clear body. Have had better-looking IPAs.

Smell is very malty actually, with nice fruity hop aromas just congregating around the edges. Hints of apple with grapefruit, lemon and a touch of passionfruit. Malt is rich and nutty with a hint of chestnut and walnut. Could use stronger hops, but overall nice.

Taste is also quite malty, very strong malt base with caramel and burnt sugar, then hops emerge slowly rather than accentuating themselves. Not a huge amount of hop character, just hints of lemon zest with more earthy walnut bitterness. Nice finish though, robust bitterness at the end with slight fruity overtones.

Smooth, with a medium-full body. Quite slick around the edges. Maybe a bit light to carry the full extent of the bitterness.

Definitely has more English IPA character with the rich earthy malt, but one of the more milder and more enjoyable English IPAs I've had.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep red-brown colour, with a frothy and creamy head of pale, pale orange, which retains in hills and troughs across the top. Lacing is fine and intricate. Some cloudiness in the body - the colour looks pretty dark for the style. The head is a magnificent piece of work, however.

Lovely citrus and ripe tropical fruit aromas on the nose. Sweet tangerine, pawpaw and light crushed vegetation comes through. Quite sweet overall. Could be more robust and in my face, but pretty good as it stands.

Taste is well balanced between malt and hops, but big on both. Sharp clinging bitterness through the centre of the palate. with oddly fresh twinges around the edges. Grain is noticeable on the back, even lending a light roasted character to the finish. Feels slightly astringent at the end.

Oddly, this is darker than I expected in both appearance and taste - one could almost argue it's a take on a highly-hopped American Red Ale. Still, it's a nice brew.

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Photo of Hanger
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a schooner glass

A - deep amber colour with thein (2 mm) head which dispered very slowly into a thin lacing

S - Initial hoppy smell with hinits of malt, some citrus noted. Malty smell comes to dominate by halfway though the beer.

M - smooth, goes down easily and gets smooth

D - very easy to drink but very tasty. Has grown on me. Will definately drink it again.

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Photo of hopnerd
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bylerteck
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Bradman01
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%

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