Tesco Finest India Pale Ale
Williams Brothers Brewing Company

Tesco Finest India Pale AleTesco Finest India Pale Ale
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4.12 | pDev: 6.07%
Williams Brothers Brewing Company
Scotland, United Kingdom
Tesco Finest India Pale AleTesco Finest India Pale Ale
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wl0307 from England

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml slim brown bottle, filtered; BB Dec. 09, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. The label specifies three types of hops used in this brew: First Gold, Styrian Goldings and Cascade.

A: dark orangey amber in colour, coming with a thick, beige froth lasting well and leaving sheets of laces behind; the carbonation comes semi-lively but soon turns moderate and constant throughout the drink.
S: rich resinous hops upfront come on top of ripe juicy flesh of lychee fruits, a stinky edge of honey, and rich tangerine-like citric hops with a touch of sweet pineapple-yeastiness at the fringe. Overall the aroma comes slightly too sweet for my preference, but the impressive aroma of Cascade never fails to seduce me.
T: beautifully hoppy and flowery in taste, with juicy citrus fruits all over the palate, buttressed by a thick bedrock of biscuity malts and utterly dry, tangy as well as spicy bitterness of mixed hops, but the aromatic scent of Cascade seems to win the day, delivering lots of lychee-shell and sweet white-grapefruit like flavour deep down the palate. Pretty clean on the mouthfeel yet at the same time chewy on the bitter palate, while the malty undertone also lingers elegantly. Also, "dry hopped" this beer should be, as demonstrated by the superbly long, bitter aftertaste.
M&D: soft enough on the carbonation for a filtered bottle, as the initially lively fizziness settles down pretty fast, but retains the freshness all the same. This is a beautifully hoppy ale that is certainly worth trying time and again, even when it's not bottle-conditioned!

Nov 07, 2008
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GreenCard from Maryland

3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pale yellowy-brown, great clarity, thick layer of off-white foam, good head retention

Aroma: a lovely hop scent of pine, fresh flowers and lemon rind over a gentle malt sweetness

Flavor: medium maltiness with a not-quite ballsy grapefruit bitterness juice; hints of citrus rind and oak; finishes semi-dry with a slightly tangy aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, pert carbonation, smooth texture

Other comments: A decent, fresh IPA in the more subdued English style (as opposed to paint-stripping American IPAs).

Feb 07, 2008
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soulgrowl from England

4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Faintish clover honey yellow-amber with a respectable ivory off-white head that retains itself well. On the light side for an IPA.

Smell: Sunny hops, herbal, a bit minty, with some woody pine notes and a bit of grapefruit. The resiny character weds beautifully with the toasty caramel and biscuit tones of the malts. Brisk yet balanced; hoppy yet subdued.

Taste: Fruity and spicy, with a full-bodied hop character that permeates with a deep, lush piney quality; prickles with a spicy/bitter watercress quality; and leaves you craving more with a tangy citric grapefruit rind quality. The sweetness of oregano is also detectable. Soft and green overall, with a crackery, dry-yet-sweet Italian bread-like malt background with just a hint of vinous fruitiness. Finish is mellow and bitter and full of grapefruit pith.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin, yet syrupy. Carbonation is spot-on; pleasantly chewable and thick enough to carry the hops.

Drinkability: Now this is what I'm talking about. A flavorful, generously hopped IPA that is complex and satisfying and only 5%ABV! Hell yes.

Jan 18, 2008
Tesco Finest India Pale Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 3 ratings