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Gale Force India Style Pale Ale | Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jreitman on 08-03-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
96
Ratings:
215
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
18.94%
 
 
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Reviews: 96 | Ratings: 215
Reviews by RedDiamond:
Photo of RedDiamond
4.55/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

At 5.3% ABV, Gale Force is a bit low for an IPA and doesn't live up to its name in terms of alcoholic potency. But it's a full-on, all-out, great IPA. It is classic pale amber with sea foam head and aggressive lace and exhibits massive floral qualities. Each sip is like a walk through a garden. The aroma also suggests pineapple and simple syrup.

Exceptional for its forced relaxation. Trespasses on perfection.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a imperial pint glass a dull burnt orange witha nice defined white crown atop,it settles slowly into a creamy mass leaving one solid ring of lace behind.Very light aromas for a west coast ipa I gotta say,faint pine and some wet grain,grainy flavors with a sharp pine note,its dry and kinda bland really.Not a top notch ipa in my mind, it lacks any complexity.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Solid and clear orange in color with a wonderful, shaving cream head that showed awesome retention.

Smell – Man, this is piney. Not the hint or note of pine that you find in most IPAs. This is big and deep. I’m sure there are other smells in there, but damned if I can find them.

Taste – The bitter pine takes this thing over for sure. I can pick up a tinge of the malt base, but otherwise this is the pine hop monster.

Mouthfeel – Incredibly smooth and seriously bitter and dry. This medium-bodied ale will have you begging for more.

Drinkability – You have to love hops and love “the royal dryness” to appreciate this one.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Hazy amber color with a fairly small head. A tiny bit of lace.
Sweet malt aroma. Hops, mostly earthy/peppery, but some citrus also.
Piney, herbal hops taste. Some grapefruit. Faint malt background.
Rather bland.
Lots of better American IPAs.

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Photo of petewheeler
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jamesmk48
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the price, this is a good IPA.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Olympia at the foodie grocery store. Standard dark yellow appearance, frothy white head. Aroma is grapefruit like.

Taste, lots of bitterness, not much hop mouthfeel, light bodied malt, slight caramel aspect to it. Big carbonation. Not much complexity. Decent price, $7 a 6er, helps drinkability.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade with barleywinefiend - thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of grainy pale malts with moderate amounts of grassy and floral hops. Hints of herbal hops waft in and out as well.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately dry pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by leafy hop flavors. Midway through the sip the flavors turn more toward grassy and earthy hops that carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was an easy-drinking beer but everything about it was understated - which while sometimes is a good thing was not the case here. Not worth seeking out but not worth avoiding either.

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Photo of richkrull
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of pwoods
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sirchugsalot for this extra.

22oz. brown bomber poured into an IPA flute. No dating.

A: Pours a glowing sunset orange with a bit of hazing. Maybe 1 finger of head forms but hangs on and produces some decent lacing.

S: Big citrus juices and some hop resin. A bit of a piny bite as well. Some sweet malts in the back that have a doughy smell.

T/M: Pleasant citrus notes that get hidden a bit by a very strong piny pepper spice and resin mixture. Very tasty but would like to see a little more balance in the hops. Malts kick in with a bit of sweetness to add a little balance. Hop bitterness is nice and lasts throughout. Bit of a dry finish.

D: Tasty and at just over 5%, it'd be nicely sessionable. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle - more seaport-worthy nomenclature from this PacNW coastal brewery - but what's with the barely above average (for beer, not even IPAs) ABV here?

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber colour, with three fat-ass fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy ecru head, which leaves some decent sudsy accordion lace around the glass as it lazily settles into a surface straddling blob.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, a bit of biscuity white cracker, muddled domestic citrus rind, and fairly tame leafy, grassy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and crackery caramel malt, a hint of salted bread, still hard to delineate underripe citrus notes, some hard water flintiness, and more understated piney, herbal, and grassy hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly active in its well supportive and sometimes jovial frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a wee hoppy interloper causing a minor tremor here. It finishes off-dry, but not by much, as the biscuity nature of the malt goes all in, amongst the now sweating in their seats hops, who seem to be not long for this world, even for their wanton lingering.

Overall, a pleasant enough tipple, though the leanings to the British side of the IPA coin are quite strong. Maybe Everett is just a bit too proximate to Canada, and all our English/American blending tendencies. Or maybe go and brand this an APA, and you'd get more love, I dunno.

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Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of hreb
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle in pint glass. Beer pours medium orange amber with big soda bubbles. Aroma is citrusy and malty sweet. Flavors are more resinous. Not as sweet as the nose threatened it would be, and not at all cloying. Malt flavors are a little biscuity, actually. But otherwise this is a totally classic profile American IPA. Hoppy and enjoyable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scuttlebutt's Gale Force IPA pours a clear deep-amber/copper body beneath a massive head of off-white froth. The head retention is excellent, and it leaves dense sheets of lace as it goes. Superb.

The nose is mainly English in nature, displaying a good bit of sweetish caramel malt and leafy, grassy, herbal and floral hops along with a light bit of lemony and piney character to boot. That's a good thing, because at just 5.25% abv with so much caramel malt to it, it wouldn't have fit into the current American IPA style guidelines. On the other hand, what do Americans really care about style? We just do what we want. It's an arrogant (careless?) attitude, but it frees us up to create.

In the mouth it's decidedly medium bodied with a dextrinous edge (again, a little full for the "American" style). A fine-bubbled moderate carbonation leaves it smooth and supple across the palate, and even a bit creamy in the finish.

The flavor follows the nose "to a T", and it's bready and lightly toasty with a subtle touch of butter and just enough sweetness to balance its roughly 56 I.B.U's. Some yeasty fruitiness makes its way through (apple, pear, apricot), and the hops are nestled in nicely between thin layers of malt. It's initially about the malt, but the leafy, grassy, spicy, and slightly piney hops rise steadily just before the middle, and then crescendo in the lingering, drying finish. It's a nice balance, that teetering between sweet malt and bitter hops, and it may just propel you to keep reaching for your glass again and again until it's gone empty. You have to complete the circle... sweet... bitter... sweet... bitter...

Overall, I find it to be a pretty decent American-brewed English-style IPA. It's certainly full of flavor, but it's not overdone, and it's not too bitter or hoppy. Well enjoyed at cellar temperature!!!

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Photo of cjgator3
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours a nice amber color with an off-white colored head. That head has pretty good retention and lacing qualities.

S- The aroma is pretty disappointing for an IPA. It is actually pretty disappointing for a beer, period. Not much to note here at all, you really have to try your hardest to catch the faint aromas of malt and hops. I'm wondering if this is an old bottle or what. No bottle dating to be found.

T- The taste is MUCH better and more flavorful than the aroma. Toasted malts up front with some lingering hops in the finish. Not bad.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation than expected.

D- Overall, not a horrible IPA, but not a great one either. The lack of a solid aroma really ruins this one.

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Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of scootpolute
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 FL OZ. bottle into pint, 'cone' glass.

A - Pours semi-cloudy golden, with a nice white head...- some good lacing.

S - Hops and lots of sweet citrus - some orange & grapefruit tones...

T - On top, Smooth & Bright! A great hop kick aollowed by some sweet citrus, turning quickly into a sour-soapy flavor?!----Oooh this takes a VERY bad turn for the worse at the end!!!

M - Good carbonation... There's a good fullness. Present, but not 'too' much fruity/sweet flavors...The final sour-soapy taste ruins this one!

O - For a beer that appears (look & smell) so good...Continues to taste good, but where does this ending soapy flavor come from...YUK!!!

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Photo of woodchip
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of frozyn
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L -- Hazy amber color, very thick, exploding head out of a 22oz bottle into a tulip. Head sticks around for a long time, very little to no lacing.

S -- Not very good. Smells a lot like cheap beer does. I wasn't expecting much for the price, but this lowered my expectations a lot.

T -- Much better than expected. Decent hops bitterness along with a tropical fruit flavor - bananas come to mind first. The alcohol shows through, along with some malts, at the end.

F -- Way too carbonated. Trying to let the beer settle, warm, and open up just leads to bubbles.

O -- Not a bad beer, not great -- just good.

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Photo of Kegatron
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of DOCRW
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of rhino54
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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