Gage Roads India Pale Ale | Gage Roads Brewing Company

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Gage Roads India Pale AleGage Roads India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Gage Roads Brewing Company

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ohitsbrad on 09-03-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by ohitsbrad:
Photo of ohitsbrad
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

30 August 2006

Golden bronze in colour. I poured this straight into an upright tulip glass to form a large white head. Some lacing was left behind. Floral hop aroma against some sweet toasty malts and honey-ish yeast. Flavour is balanced towards flowery, nectary hops; but the malt is there too. Some hop bitterness at the finish. Light to medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Refreshing, tasty, crisp and fairly light drinking. Not dissimilar to James Squire IPA but drier. Good at about 8 degrees C.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Weizenmensch
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber-orange body with a mixture of small and large bubbles rising to the surface, holding a thin but cohesive head together. Sticky but fine lacing around the sides of the glass.

At fridge temperature the smell of this beer doesn't give too much away, but for a refreshing Australian ale, IPA though it may be, it's not going to be consumed on a large scale at any higher temperature.

The taste is mildly malty with a noticeable astringency on the palate and piquant hoppiness at the back of the tongue. The hops are just bitter enough to let you know it's an IPA you're supposed to be drinking, but it really doesn't have enough character for this category of beer. The alcohol is not noticeable, and apart from a distant flavour of peach, there are not many identifiable characters. It finishes with a pleasant hop bitterness - this brew is definitely borderline between a hoppy amber ale and a mild IPA.

Mouthfeel is good, with an oily feel lubricating the mouth and a creaminess giving the brew some body as it goes down. There is enough to it to drink another one, but it is not too heavy as to preclude further bibulation. I'm having another one when I finish.

Overall: Not as impressed as I was when I first had it, but this brew is quite drinkable, and certainly doesn't tarnish Australia's brewing reputation.

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Photo of jbowers56
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange colour, golden when held up to the light. Too clear for my liking, but thats a personal thing. Fair head retention with some lacing.

Sweet grainy malts with some faint hops. Hops are a bit floral, maybe earthy. Not what im after in an IPA, but ok.

Taste is a let down, though i never expected anything else to be honest. Some bitterness present, but mostly grainy malt sweetness. A little bit of hop flavour is there.

Mouthfeel has that drying feeling that you get from beers much hoppier than this.. A little confusing.

Quite drinkable, I'll have no problem finishing this, though im not compelled to do so by the flavour but rather just the fact that a cold beer at the end of the day is usually an enticing thing.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a somewhat cloudy orange color with a decent amount of head that sticks around for a while. Smells faintly of spicy hops, hard to make out what kind. The taste is mostly of hoppy bitterness, I think fuggles or something similar now. Very true to style. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, without a whole lot of carbonation. Overall, fairly drinkable, if you're into IPAs.

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Photo of foles
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

when poured aggresively there is a nice fluffy head.. Orange colour but bordering on a pale lager colour. Seems a bit thin for a IPA, with little malt to balance the hops, but not too hoppy so it doesnt overly matter. The bitterness is a little low for an IPA. This actually wouldnt classify a true IPA. Enjoyable though, with a noticable if not conservative dose of american (or english?) hops. Nice spicy notes that can be associated with a crammed hop bill.

Sessionable at 5.1%. Ill have it again. This 6 pack is best before november, so i will try and get it fresher next time..

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Photo of pin
2/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of joecast
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

best before 05/07. poured into a sam adams football pint glass.

deep golden color, low to medium carbonation. little head remains after about half a cm formed after the initial pour.

nice full aroma. sweet malt comes through first with floral and citrus hop notes. pretts appetising. there is a sharpness there as well that i just cant pick.

smooth malt slides easily down the throat with a bitter kick right at the back of the tongue. hops are plentiful in the taste and make a welcome companion for the not-too-sweet malt.

this is so close to being really good. easy drinkiability from the low abv, but that hurts it in the overall scheme of things in being an ipa. otherwise it all seems to work well when put together.

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Photo of Brauluver
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice light Amber colour.Little head.

Aroma is english hops/citric,orange with crystal/toasty malt behind.

Flava is marmaladey/oram]nge english hops with a traditional english malt balance.Bitterness was subdued for IPA but balanced nonetheless.

Medium mouthfeel, to dryish finish (OK).

similar to MG hightail but , more depth hop wise.

Willamette style english bitter.

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Photo of rjimlad
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had some high expectations of this one as I rather like their Lager. Appearance was clear tea/bronze with a short head. I thought I detected some initial esters from the head straight after the pour into a standard Oz schooner glass but these blew off immediately. Carbonization was moderate but left an enjoyably sparkly mouthfeel.

I was disappointed with the dominant bitterness and a lack of complexity in the middle which you don't get on the James Squire IPA. I was hoping to be challenged by something more on the middle palate but there is very little length and only a lingering bitterness which, though pleasant enough, fails to deliver any interest. I still happily drank through 3 bottles but needed something with more depth after this. All in all a reasonably drinkable effort but when I need an IPA next I'll probably grab a James Squire. Gage Roads should be given a big cheer though, for the big commercial Oz brewers can't even spell IPA.

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Photo of Macca
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a dark/golden orange colour. Even with a vigorous pour it only managed a centimetre or two of head but a light covering remained.

Floral hoppy notes on the nose. Perhaps some lime as well. Some sweetness.

This is at the milder end of the IPA spectrum flavour wise. A mild bitterness but it does hang around for a while.

Medium carbonation helps this to go down easily.

I could drink a few of these.

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Photo of juju7
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rusty orange with a surpisingly ample head for an IPA. The nose is good but a little too subtle. I like an IPA to scream hops but this one just kind of suggests. However the balance of citrussy hops and malt on the nose is very good. On the palate the malt takes over a little bit more. Medium bitterness makes it go down fairly easy.Solid mouthfeel with a decent finish. A good IPA but not as robust as I would have liked. There are plenty of better IPAs out there.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.04/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a burnt orange color. Very small creamy white head, does retain its head quite well.

S-- balanced between malt and hop smell. not what I expected one bit. A bit of a floral smell to it and just a small amount of citrus. Makes you wish for a USA hopbomb with this lack of smell. Disappointing.

T-- I thought more malty than hopy.The hops are there but this is much more balanced than aggressive hops. No real floral taste and lacking citrus. Got a little carmel in the taste as well.

M-- No heaving coating in your mouth from the hops or citrus. No real bite in this at all. Well balanced though. Just a little less carbonation in this and it is ok. Still crisp and has a touch of sweetness in it.

D-- Well balanced with the hops and malts. Would love a lot more hops and citrus in this. Very sessionable though. At 5.1% could easily blow through a 6 pack. Not what I was looking for at all but it is workable. Excellent color but a little disappointing in the rest of the beer. Please make a hopbomb!!!

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Photo of aussielars
3.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured golden straw coloured with a one inch firm head that disappeared into something that looked like floating chunky white bits within two minutes.
Nice earthy hop aroma with lots of citrus.
It's fresh on the palate with a slight bitter after taste. I suspect Amarillo for flavouring and aroma hops, but I could be wrong.
Average mouthfeel with above average carbonation.
Hoppy and refreshing. Yes I be back for more. But might try to brew a clone with lots of Amarillo for aroma and flavour. I would probably try Target for bittering.

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Photo of IHasaFlavaFlav
3.86/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful pour, red hues come through a mainly amber body. The head started big, shrank a bit but to a reasonable size. Very little lacing.

S - Weak, more malts aromas coming through rather than hops.

T- Not enough hops for my liking. Fairly good balance between the hops and malt.

M - Fairly crisp, not a lot of carbonation.

D - Could get well pissed on this.

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Photo of hefevice
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden with an orange tint and a smallish white head. Aroma dominated by citrusy and very slightly earthy hops with a very subtle hint of honey and toffee coming though from the malt.

Found the flavour a bit lacking through the middle. The bitterness from the hops was very dominant, not well well balanced with the malt. Neither did the hop flavour live up to the aroma. Still, it was great to taste an Australian beer where the brewer was not scared of hops.

Body was light to medium, with a pleasant soft finish; overall quite a dry perception all the way through. At bit more hop flavour and balance with the malt and this would be an absolutely fantanstic beer.

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Photo of vancurly
3.79/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber colour, with a fast-sinking head. Some bubbles.
Strong nose of hops, with a hint of some toasty malts.
Taste of some grain up front, followed by a hop profile that's hard to nail. I think I get the metallic hints of Fuggles, or the Englishness of Goldings, but also some fruitiness like an American variety (Amarillo or Cascade). It's quite a blend. Touch of honeycomb-like malt notes, but it's mostly hop. There is a firm bitterness at the back, and a crispness closing. Not bad.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.22/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnished coppery orange colour, with a filmy head of white, that did froth a little at first. Plenty of carbonation, which seems to float throughout the beer, and not in streams. Eh. I've seen better. The head, in particular, is forgettable.

Nose is pleasantly fresh and hoppy for the most part, with an earthiness to deepen it. There's some caramel malt characters that come through as well, probably more strongly than they need to, and a sweet biscuit character that again drags it away from the hops, which should really be the dominant force.

Taste is quite flat for the most part, and quite thin in the feel, with very little body. Hoppiness sits up in a slender swathe in the centre of the palate, giving a sharp but reedy earthy character. Although there's little body, the back is dominated not by hop bitterness, but by a lingering malt flavour, sweet without the sweetness.

Overall, not a particularly inspiring brew. I believe the new Sleeping Giant is better than this one, which seems to do nothing but pay lip-service to the style. Very weak.

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Photo of Cs1987
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Gold, with a small head.

Smell - Mostly the usual hoppy scent, with some white wine detectable.

Taste - Mostly pleasant hops with some fruitiness, but not as bitter as I hoped. Didn't quite stand up to the curry I had with it.

Mouthfeel - Good all round.

Drinkability - Not quite interesting enough to make me want more.

Overall - Less bitter and less interesting than James Squire IPA, but worth a try.

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Photo of jarmby1711
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange brown Low level carbonation Looks like an appealing ale.
Moderate level hops on the nose and the palateSome orange rind flavours are there. There issignificant bitterness and drynessthat blends very well with the balance of hop and malt.
It is the smoothness and balance that most appeals about this ale.
There is not a a multitude of complex flavours but just enough to make this "nice".
A welcome addition to the Australian beer scene.
A quality product that is well worth drinking.

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Photo of TheFlyingBeer
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber-orange color with a finger and a half creamy head. Average head retention with slight lacing as it goes down the glass.

Nothing extraordinary in its aroma but pleasant nonetheless. Mainly dominated by the hops, if anything, with light sweet almost honey-like hints.

Clean taste that begins malty and finishes with a bitter aftertaste which sticks on the tongue for a while. Good combination of flavors although the lingering bitterness, well appreciated, is slightly off the mark.

The carbonation plays well in the mouth and with the beers medium body it seems to hang around for a little while.

I could definitely drink a few of these in an evening. This is an overall decent beer that goes down fairly well. Definitely not the best in category but overall an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of brendan13
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Darkish, slighty hazy golden colour poured into a pint glass with a couple of centimetres of white head.
S - Some slight citrus & floral touches on top of a sweetish malt base.
T - Along the same lines as the smell.
M - Medium, oily body with a fairly low carbonation.
D - Nice enough in a pinch as it's available pretty much everywhere.
Many better, more interesting options to be had though.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 3.5
Poured two fingers of off-white head that slowly reduced over a pale, almost lager-like gold body.

Smell - 3.0
As with all good pale ales, it smells good! A fruity and floral hoppy aroma that reduced with the head to the point of being underpowered.

Taste - 4.0
Classic IPA with a reasonably powerful hop presence. Slightly sweet with a solid malt backbone, flavours of toffee, hoppy bitterness and quite dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Goes down very easily with moderate carbonation, light to moderate weight in the mouth.

Drinkability - 4.5
Very much sessionable, not overly bitter and rather tasty. Worth coming back to.

OVERALL - 3.75
While I feel some resentment towards Gage thanks to their anti-obscure beer advertising, I have to acknowledge this is a good beer. Not quite in the league of LCPA or Alpha, but still a well priced, widely available bitter beer for those with a hop craving.

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Gage Roads India Pale Ale from Gage Roads Brewing Company
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