Kipling | Thornbridge Brewery

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Thornbridge Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by soulgrowl on 01-24-2010

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Ratings: 265 |  Reviews: 111
Reviews by ngeunit1:
Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head.

S - Caramel and biscuit malts, citrus, pine, and floral hops, English yeast.

T - Sweet caramel and biscuit malts, grapefruit, citrus, pine, and floral hops, slightly resiny bitterness, English yeast, lemon zest.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, lightly bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balanced hoppy English Pale Ale.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Iam really diggin the Thornbridge stuff I gotta say.Poured into an imperial nonic a dull llemon yeallow with a thin quick to fade white head.Aromas of sweet biscuit malt and tropical fruit,fitting for a south Pacific pale ale.Flavors of sweetish biscuit dough mixed with overripe mango,pineapple,and some green apple,even a litle leafiness in the finish.An easy quaffer and a sold EPA at that,I would buy again.

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Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle BB 12/6/15 into a pint glass. Bought from 'Grandstand Farmers Market', Singapore

A - Clear pale amber, thin foam head (3mm) which remained intact for 10+ minutes.
S - Lemony citrus, lychees
T - Bam, citrus! With the perfumed aroma of lychees too. Followed by hops and some dry bitter notes
M - Nice mouthfeel, neither thin nor too heavy.
O - Fresh and zesty. Like a slightly more bitter version of a spicy Paulaner weissbrau or similar Munich beer. Very pleasant drinking for out in the tropics, where something 'interesting but refreshing' is rare and appreciated.

- The label has evolved, and is quite a bit jazzier than the one shown above.

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Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of BeerDrinker01
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a goblet glass chilled from the fridge!

Pours light golden white foam head medium body with moderate carbonation, Citrus, Tropical fruits, Floral, Pine Hops, With a good bitterness, Hoppy finish. Very clean well balanced crisp refreshing beer from thornbridge!

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was very impressed with Thornbridge's Jaipur IPA, so I was excited to see another of their offerings, especially one boasting some Nelson Sauvin hoppage.

Poured into a nonic. Bright golden in colour, and with a fluffy head of about an inch that recedes into a thin ring. Some flecks of lacing.

Nose is a delectable fruit treat - mango, grapefruit, pineapple, orange - some leafy bitterness and bread as well.

Similar tasting notes as in the nose, and boy am I digging the NZ hops. Love the big mango and grapefruit blast here, which is kept in check by a lingering bitterness and mild earthy quality. It was all I could do to drink this beer with the pace and contemplation it deserves, because it was terrific.

Lighter bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly oily.

Great brew - I'll be drinking Jaipur and Kipling all summer if I can swing it. A great display of these wonderful hops.

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Photo of rob133
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of innominat
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of fionn13
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of stephenlee
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from my favourite beer shop - another Christmas treat I picked up. Best before date of May 2011. It's unusually tall for 500ml, and has a fancy bit of foil wrapped around the neck. The description of 'South Pacific Pale Ale' piques my interest, and the blurb mentions tropical fruit flavours.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass; pale hazy golden colour with light carbonation. The bubbles seem slower than usual, as if they aren't keen to leave. Small white head that remains for a couple of minutes after pouring. Light malt on the nose but mostly a fruity hop odour - rather nice.

The taste is refreshing; pale malt but mostly overwhelming fruity hop flavours. Quite bitter but also slightly sweet. Definite notes of tropical fruit - almost as if the brewers added some mangos into the mash. Mouthfeel is smooth but acerbic.

A very tasty beer, flavoursome and distinctive. Would suit a hot day, but great anytime. The 'fruity' hops are unlike anything else I've tried. Worth seeking out to sample.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: white head, thick and bubbly; golden like a pineapple; clear

Aroma: pineapple and mango slap you in the face, with fresh hop bitterness balancing it out

Taste & Mouthfeel: medium-light body and silky smooth; mild sweetness is very different and balanced just right with bitterness - this ones is all about the hops; specific flavours don't play in taste as much as did in the aroma, but the fruit is definitely tropical

Overall: a great choice for summer with light, unusual flavours, and very easy-drinking

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Photo of dwren89
2.64/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: great clarity, pale gold color, frothy white head,

Aroma: Exploding citrus aroma of grapefruit, orange, and a tinge of kiwi, white wine like dry/citrus aroma (Nelson Sauvin hop), soft almost undetectable pilsner malt biscuitiness

Taste: Definite bitter finish and citrusy twinge of the grapefruit/orange/kiwi aroma, no real malt flavor comes through

Mouthfeel: light, crisp, moderately low carbonation, light body
Overall Impression: A nice beer to kick back and drink in the sun on a hot day, as it does quench thirst fairly well, but definitely lacking in body and overall “umph.” I was disappointed by the lack of taste after such a fantastic nose. Advertised as having “initial sweetness” and “medium body”, but I find it to be definitively lacking in both of those areas. It drinks very watery.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant golden pour on tap at Piper's Pub in Pittsburgh's Southside, it's a pale golden ale much like a hazed Czech or German pils in appearance. Light biscuit malts labeled as a South Pacific Pale Ale, recently showed up at my local in Ohio for 6.99 a 500 ml bottle. I hate to say it but I passed at those prices. I'm pretty sure I had an imperial pint for at or around 5 bucks at Piper's. Aroma has a citrus grapefruit esque earthy grassy hop profile about it. Very pleasant floral aspect as well, all those hops amongst a pale biscuit malt background a bit of fruity earthiness comes through from the yeast and English brewing traditions. Flavor was nice a really refreshing hoppy pale ale, English style not an Americanized pale not as aggressive but very well executed and flavors definitely blend together nicely. The pale biscuit malt sweetness with a mild fruitiness is the perfect back drop for the star of the show in this case Nelson Sauvin hops. Those hops bring the herbal grassiness with a nice persistent grapefruit pith bitterness. Mouthfeel was lighter bodied with moderate carbonation a really crsip nice drinking pale ale with great complexity for a beer so light in color. Overall impression is that it would be a great beer to attempt to drink in number, but the price point at 6.99 a bottle may stop me from drinking it indefinitely.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy golden-copper color with a white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of crisp pale malts with good amounts of light citrus and earthy hops. Also present are mild amounts of breadiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as robust. Smooth pale malts up front are joined quickly by light citrus hops – lemon rind with hints of grapefruit. Midway through moderate amounts of breadiness temper the bitterness from the hops until leafy and somewhat earthy hops come in near the end, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with soft carbonation.

Overall I was really impressed with this beer and could easily have more than a few of these. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of tappangordo
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a slightly hazy lemon yellow body with a big bubbly dish soap head of white.

S- The clean papery green hops have a nice green lemon aroma to follow

T- The green papery English hops are followed by a gentle green herbal hop flavor that lingers as a nice mellow pungency with no real bitterness.

M- The medium mouthfeel is smooth with no alcohol heat

O- The fresh easy drinking beer has great hop flavor but the malt and yeast profile are pretty well hidden. It still very drinkable and would be lovely as a British pint instead of a 10oz. tulip.

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

500ml bottle. The South Pacific is a new one for me, insofar as pale ales are concerned.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium apple juice yellow colour (decently pale), with a tall column of thick foamy white head, which leaves a combination of chunky and frilly lace on its slow slide to oblivion. It smells of pineapple citrus, musty straw, soft grain, and a weedy, grassy, teetering on skunky hoppiness. The taste is quite reminiscent of diving into a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc - sharp, edgy, meaty tropical fruit, and tart, almost cat-piss-esque notes dominate; the malt is still underwhelming, of the mild crackery ilk, and the hops also seem weedy, funky, and musty. The carbonation is average, though a tad frothy, the body medium light in weight, and a bit too prickly to be considered all that smooth. It finishes just a wee bit off-dry, the grainy malt asserting itself somewhat, before a final blow of funky, fruity hops closes things out.

Well, the Nelson Sauvin hops do a damned fine job of furthering the terroir of New Zealand - so many strange flavours for a pale ale - a thought stolen from Old World white wine drinkers at some point, I would imagine. A little intense, and confounding, at first, but once settled in, I rather enjoyed this little antipodean experiment.

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Photo of mintjellie
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold with slight haze, and a generous topping of pale white foam. Excellent retention and spotty lace. Aromatic notes of passionfruit, gooseberry, and dank skunk weed. The tropical fruit continues to come on strong in the mouth, with an assertive leafy bitterness appearing midpalate and lingering through the finish.

Light-bodied with moderate carbonation without feeling thin or watery. It feels slick. I love the deep tropical hop character this beer has. In my admittedly limited experience, this might be the best IPA I've ever tasted.

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Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good drinker, and good for its style, it pours lighter yellow with a lasting white soapy head. Mild wine aroma. Medium mouthfeel, carbonation right there, it is unique in a soft and flavourful hop, citrus.Nice coup for the LCBO getting Thornbridge.Nice sweet backing.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly bright gold. Nice white head bubbles up on the pour but settles to a film pretty quickly.

Winey fruit on the nose. Nelson Sauvin all the way. Grapefruit with a nice sweet backing.

Starts off pretty soft, with some mild English malt. Hops pick up pretty quickly. Big grapefruit flavours with a dusting of sugar and really aromatic floral notes. I find Nelson Sauvin accentuates any booziness in a beer and the same can be said for this one.

A really nice pale ale, characteristic of a lot of the pale ales coming out of the UK right now.

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