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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Photo of Schmoog
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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 Ozzylizard
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle at cellar temp into goblet.
Aroma light hoppiness like flowers
Head small (2 cm), white, frothy, mostly lasting
Lacing OK, making thick rings as the level drops.
Body is light yellowish orange, hazy (chill haze?)
Taste begins slightly bitter with only a trace of diacetyl, no hint of malt, slight flowery hoppiness. Ends with only astringency.
Body is light and watery with lively carbonation.

Overall, an OK ale, looks pretty good in the glass, no overwhelming malt or hops, well-balanced. Not sure what makes this a "South Pacific style pale ale".

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear straw color - I can immediately tell this doesn't have much malt to it. The head is a frothy two finger white shade. The retention is solid and some decent (if inconsistent) lacing is left behind. Pretty good looking.

S: This does a good job of showing off Nelson hops, and it's not even uber fresh! Notes of pine, lemon, grape skin, and some tropical fruits come through quite well. Not much of a malt backbone comes through in the nose. Some slight soapiness detracts, but otherwise this is a solid hoppy aroma.

T: Hop flavor hits the palate immediately. Tropical fruit, some grapefruit, and slight herbal qualities are the main notes provided here. The finish isn't soapy at all, with only a mild, non-intrusive sweetness; actually, it's even a little juicy. The problem here isn't the's the lack of flavor. While it is VERY pleasant and VERY balanced (I'm impressed how they hid the bitterness with such a feeble malt backbone), it's sadly too unassuming for its own good. Actually, you know what, I don't care...this just gets better and better the more I drink it. It's delicate and subtle in all the right places.

M: This is so light and crisp its unbelievable. I'm just killing this like it's nothing. The soft yet impressive carbonation is definitely helping it here - and there's just enough of a dry finish to help it even further.

O: If the flavor was 'bigger' so to speak, it would kill many 'Murican-brewed pale ales stone dead. Still, this is more-or-less everything I want from the style. What a shame it's so expensive...

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of FLima
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden color with apparent carbonation and a thick head with good retention that leaves some laces.
Predominant aroma of fresh grapes with hints of passion fruit flowers, honey and biscuit malt.
Flavor of sweet malt balanced with fruity hops with notes of green grapes, coriander, passion fruit, ginger, guaran√°, citrus and pineapple. Dry aftertaste with an elegant bitterness, a bit acid.
Medium body with adequate natural carbonation with tiny bubbles.
I was embezzled with the first Kipling I had tried a while ago. This one wasn't that fresh so it suffered a bit, especially in the aroma. Still it is a beer full of elegance, assertive, balanced to perfection, and refreshing even at room temperature, with a huge drinkability. Nelson Sauvin hops are clearly noticeable here.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.1/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ssmack
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle.

A hazy straw brown colour. 2 inches of foamy head with a lunar landscape.

The aroma is musty yeast.

The taste of white bread. Mild malt. The hops taste is complex - oregano, citrus, lemon, grapefruit.

A light feel but a nice bite.

A refreshing, light, balanced ale but nothing spectacular.

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

500ml bottle served in a pint glass.

Best before 14.08.2014. Brewed with Nelson Sauvin NZ hops.

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow color forming a huge, solid, creamy, thin bubbled, fizzy white head. Good retention and lots of soapy lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Excellent bouquet of hops in the nose. Very herby and piny hops. Notes of pale sweet malts. A bit earthy yeasts. A bit fruity too with notes of tropical fruits released by the hops

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Sweet pale malts. Classic British Maris Otter crispy malts mixed with the very tropical fruity profile of Nelson Sauvin. A winner combination. Well, in overall, a dry and crispy beer. Good balanced hops bitterness

M: Light yo medium body. Smooth. Good carbonation and a Maris Otter mixed witb herby snd grassy hops aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. Great British Ale with a strong American profile

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1.25/5  rDev -68.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml Bottle from Utobbeer, Borough Market, London (£3.49):
Light golden colour with a two-fingers sized head that is a foamy white and holds very well.

Strong pine & slightly floral hops with a very juicy aroma that also features some citrus and grapefruit.

Bitter pine and grapefruit hops with citrus and a juicy, almost tropical fruit taste that is backed up with some mango and passion fruit. Very juicy and refreshing with some lemon & a very slight touch of malts.

Refreshing & bitter as expected with a juicy, wet taste that is full of citrus giving the beer a nice tang on the tongue. The beer is medium on the palate and the carbonation is about the same.

An excellent beer & great example of an American pale ale that is quite refreshing and goes down a treat with a solid bitter flavour and plenty of pine hops shining through. A great beer and one that I'd have again given the chance.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Kipling from Thornbridge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 264 ratings