Red Duck Bengal IPA | Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck)

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Red Duck Bengal IPARed Duck Bengal IPA
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Red Duck Bengal IPARed Duck Bengal IPA

Brewed by:
Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck)

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by dgilks on 06-29-2009

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse US Beer SpecTapular.

Hazy golden amber colour with a filmy but decent head of off-white foam. Some lacing. Not bad overall.

Some light herbaceous characters on the nose, hints of cut grass and pipe tobacco. Even a light pickled tomato character. Not bad at all. Not particularly pungent but tasty enough.

Light butterscotch character on the palate. A bit disappointing. Some sharp bitterness on the back, but it's too little too late, and it conflicts with the diacetyl butterscotch character; a civil war in your mouth. Not a fan overall.

Starts quite pleasantly, but there's an unpleasant dichotomy to it that makes it slightly wrong. Not great overall.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy copper/orange with a nice persistent cream head leaving nice lacing.
Very sharp hoppy aroma, lots of grapefruit, pine and spicy notes. A hint of tropical fruit later, namely pineapple. Sweet caramel malt evident underneath. Hops is to sharp, I would have liked more sweet fruit or resiny notes.
Flavours follow in the footsteps of the aroma: aggressively hoppy, with little in the way of supporting malt. Some hints of grapefruit and caramel. The finish is impressively long-lasting though.
Good rich body, carbonation is a bit full-on though.
Needs more crystal malt or similar to balance the almost medicinal bitterness.

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Photo of spicelab
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

330mL bottle from [email protected] Bay

Freaky brown residue inside the neck, but I'll ignore it for now. Sunset amber, largely opaque, with an off-white head of a finger or so which falls apace to a bare ring and film.

Nose shows some tangy citrus pungency, but not a lot of dimension. It's kinda orangey, kinda lemony, kinda sweet, a little sweaty, a bit of herbal spunk, but it refuses to branch out like a good IPA should.

Again, an agglomeration of citrusy hops and a beefy toffee malt backbone that merges into an incoherent hulk. It's not at all unpleasant, it's just that it completely resists separating into its constituent parts.

Moderately chewy, with nicely buzzy carbonation and an appropriately enduring bitter, astringent finish.

Plenty of punch, but it feels like a lumbering brute of a beer that doesn't know how to display it's wares. Subtle it aint.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Stella Tulip

A - Pours a hazy littel reddish, copper colour with an off white head that retains well and laces

S - Sweet caramel malt, pine aromas. Mostly malt aromas with a pine citrus background.

T - Hopps more present in the taste but doesn't out do the malt earthy notes. Needs a little more pineapple or grapefruit flavour.

M - Medium body and decent carbonation makes for a decent mouthfeel.

O - Won't wow you but well worth a try. Not sure if this fits an AIPA

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Photo of Hoptron_3000
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours with a tiny head that dissipates to spotty foam. Hazy orange/copper in colour.
S: Orange with tons of caramel.
T: Lots of caramel sweetness (too much Crystal malt??) . Nice crisp clean hop bitterness.
M: Light body with good carbonation.
O: For my taste this has too much caramel sweetness.

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Photo of joecast
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another lovely beer from danieelol. And one off the wants list, nice one!

Darker end of the spectrum but a nice red hue nonetheless. Sediment takes some of the shine off. Head struggles to form leaving only a thin tan lace. Thought maybe it was a touch cold but warming up and swirling doesn't improve things much.

Mellow hops mixed with soft sweet malt aromas. Enjoyable but not what I hope for in an ipa. Hops should be much more up front and distinctive.

Taste has a much stronger hop impression, particularly bitterness. May be a case where the hops have faded from the nose but still lingers here. Full on citrus and hop resin but does come across dated. Bitterness is strong but nicely balanced by the malt yet manages to avoid being heavy.

Good intentions here and it's not far off being a real good ipa. Would like to try it on tap and see if there is any difference.

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Photo of Macca
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark amber/orange colour. Hazy. A centimetre of head that goes down to a light covering.

Some fantastic tropical notes on the palate. lots of hops at play here. Some sweet malts coming through as well.

Distinct buttery diacetyl character on the palate. Some sweetness. Nice bitterness at the back.

Medium bodied.

Not normally a fan of IPA's but this was a cracker.

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Photo of juju7
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not at all what I expected. Probably because it's actually an English IPA. Pours a beautiful copper hue with a tight persistent head, laced very well. Nose is quite restrained, hints of pine and some marmaladey toffee and for some bizarre reason some tobacco like smokiness (just a little). Fairly well weighted in the mouth. Assertive bitterness but not at all over the top and some hop flavours supported well by the malt. Touch high in carbonation for my likes. A good beer but would prefer a little more aromatics.

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Photo of Brad_Withers
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of mulder1010
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a cloudy carmel color ( it did say unfiltered), lot of particles in the beer. Loosely put together light brown head that settled to a half finger with patchy lacing. More carbonation than I would have expected for this type of beer.

S-- More earthy that I would have thought. Citrus and pine with a lot of wood or dirt in it. Different but good in a way. Malt is there and mutes the citrus (mostly lemon with soft grapefruit). More I smell this the more I think this is a English IPA, not a US IPA. More malt than citrus and the hops are soft.

T-- Bigger taste than smell. Hops were there right off the bat. A toffee taste as well in this but a much bigger toffee taste than other IPA's I have had. Citrus is softer and more lemony. Miss the aggressive grapefruit taste. Still quite earthy though.

M-- Toffee and lemon mostly. A finishing kick of grapefruit does make this nice. Really earthy though. Kind of kills the taste buds as this is much heavier than other IPA's. The unfiltered part that is. A bit overcarbonated but good.

D-- Nice IPA but one is enough. Too heavy and earthy. Maybe a bit less carbonated and go to a filtered version. 7% does creep on you with only a half a glass. Good end of night IPA. Will buy again in a heartbeat as decent IPA's are hard to find in Australia.

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Photo of koolk
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark browning orange with a small off white head that has little retention or lacing.

Powerful nose that is very nice - bubblegum, hop resin and tropical fruits seem to dominate. Perhaps even a little citrus fruit in there. Good gear.

A ton of fruit flavour on the palate of tropical fruits as well as a real lick of malt sweetness that is matched well with the bitterness and alcohol. Got a good bitterness kick, but once the palate is tuned in it looks good and feels balanced.

Full, rich and sweet/sour in the mouth. Very low carbonation that is leaning towards cloying as the bottle runs dry.

Good job this. Highly unoriginal name, but a nice beer.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.56/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a red-tinged amber with modest off-white head promoting some decent cascades of lace. Appearance is slightly hazy, but not very. Pretty good.

Nose is quite hoppy, with a floral and slightly herbal aroma over some quite strong barley malt characters, fairly Irish red character, like solid barley sugar, but a slight diacetyl character as well. Not bad, but not great.

Very sweet, buttery diacetyl character on the palate unfortunately. Slightly tart with a resiny hop character on the back. Hints of syrupy, barley sweetness that are not wanted, very buttery mouthfeel with a slight tartness at the back. Bitter pang from the hops doesn't mesh well with the sweet, syrupy flavour or mouthfeel.

Yeah, an odd mix, not well balanced and definitely not very well brewed. Could be just an unfortunate batch, but am not really a fan of this.

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Photo of Hanger
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle in a mug

A - dark amber body with 30-40 mm of creamy head that persisted

S - hops and sweet malts, very simple but nice

T - same as smell, sweet malts with strong hops

M - medium bodied, initially sweet before the hoppy bitterness kicks in

D - very good IPA that was drinkable, wouldn't drink two many in a row due to bitterness

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Photo of bylerteck
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle at a pub in Melbourne. From notes.

A - Really hazy copper colour. One finger of white head. Good carbonation leaving spotty lace and a film of retention. The colour turns a murky light brown the yeast from the bottle is added.

S - Orange, citrus, tropical fruit.

T - Pineapple, tropical fruit, thick fruit juices, and a yeasty/egg sorta flavour in the finish.

M - Medium to full body with good carbonation and a dry finish.

O/D - Odd flavour with the yeast being so powerful but otherwise alright. Tasty but needing work. All the elements of a good IPA were there, maybe the bottle conditioning could be left out though.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hopefully three times a charm as this is the third and final brew i bought from this brewery and didnt really find the first two that appealing anyway this brew pours a suprisingly dark copper almost plum jam colour with average carbonation that leaves behind a fast vanishing one finger head and a smog of lacing here and there,the smell is really earthy with aromas of pine,wood and some dark fruits,the mouthfeel is quite nice and medium bodied which suits the style and it has a rather woody,pine needle taste to it which finishes with hardly any bitterness at all and no hint of its 7.0% ABV,overall its definately an interesting brew that has heaps more flavour and body to it then any of their other offerings that i have reviewed and could drink again im just glad i saved the best til last.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark amber, one finger head. And a whole load of dark bits floating around. Head has some brown speckling. Did the wonderful huge bubbling thing on pour which I am sure has a name that I do not know. Good lacing.

Lovely moderate aromas of sweet malts, with some citrus added, you know you are in for Balanced Beer.

Taste is well balanced, quite sweet overall as malts drive, some citrus/pine/caramels/toffee/pineapple but hop bitterness there as well at the back palate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly carbed. Somewhat oily and slick

Overall, another reviewer noted into Murrays 2IPA territory. A very well made beer, which I suspect given appearance may have sat in Warner's fridges a little too long.

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Photo of brendan13
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Local Taphouse St Kilda 7/7/09.
A - Poured into a tulip glass a cloudy dark orange colour with a 1.5 cm dense white head that hangs around for a while.
S - Citrus fruit and some floral and herbal hop notes along with a slight sweetish biscuity & caramel malt note.
T - Also quite fruity in the taste with more biscuit malt sweetness. A bit of an alcohol hint.
M - Light side of medium bodied. Moderate carbonation with a dryish finish. Noticeable bitterness but not too full on.
D - A decent IPA indeed. One of the first beers I've ordered twice in a row at such a great beer bar.

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Photo of danieelol
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is that of a good barleywine rather than an IPA. Dark, malty body, but honestly real nice head and lacing.

Nose: Ah, at least this is hoppy. Seems like the same NZ-style hops Murray's is so fond of, with something else in there; perhaps Galaxy or a CCC hop. Think passionfruit, plastic with a hint of rockmelon. Nice stuff.

Taste is big on bitter hops with some sweetness. More fairly pleasant fruits.

Mouthfeel is really pretty good. Rather big bodied, partly from hop oils. Good amount of laid-back carb, giving it a silky texture.

Overall I rather enjoyed this beer. It's really pretty similar to Murray's Icon in pretty much every component.

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Photo of dgilks
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bengal IPA pours a deep mahogany with a smooth off white head. Head retention is below average and lacing is not great. None the less very appealing.

Aromas of caramel and grapefruity hops are the first hit. Pine sap and resin are also there.

Grapefruit comes right away and is backed up by lots of sweet malt. This is quite a balanced IPA which is nice. An odd Belgian type of fruitiness seems to be present but it does not detract greatly from this beer. A pleasant and not overpowering bitterness lingers.

Mouthfeel is slightly ticker than average and carbonation is not particularly high, simply tickling the tongue . Very nice.

This beer is tasty and is one of the better IPA offerings on the Australian market. An ABV at 7% makes this a bit of a bruiser but it is tasty and a fine brew. The use of American hops here is a nice change in a Australian IPA.

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Red Duck Bengal IPA from Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck)
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 20 ratings