Gale Force IPA India Pale Ale | Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

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Gale Force IPA India Pale AleGale Force IPA India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
Washington, United States
scuttlebuttbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jreitman on 08-03-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
220
Reviews:
99
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
12.85%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
35
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 220 |  Reviews: 99
Photo of Rguardian989
1.88/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

I'm going to preface this review with "i pray to god this is an infected bottle"

22 oz bomber into sammy a glass.

appearance and smell - good ambery clear color with a good head...wait wait whats that smell. oh god. it smells like throw up? im not really sure what happened hear but this beer smells like one of my EMS calls from college.

Taste and Mouth - Ok nothing harmful can live in beer right? Lets hope so cuz i forced down some of this beer for the sake of a review. The pukey taste isnt as strong as it is in the smell but its still in play here. I let it warm up a bit more of the malt body comes through with some of the hops but i still cant get past that offensive smell. The mouthfeel is good but i cant stand to keep it in my mouth very long.

Drinkability - given everything i just said there is no way i'm going to be able to feel comfortable giving this a good score here. Maybe i'll re review at some point to see if this is jsut a bad bottle or what.

Notes - it looks good before u put ur nose up to it and the mouthfeel is right for an ipa but something god awful happened to the flavor in this bottle and i really have no idea what it could be.

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Photo of MrOH
2.12/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Brilliant deep gold with a single finger white head.

Grapefruit and caramel in the nose. Not much else.

Caramel, a bit of biscuity malt, and then a grapefruit finish

Goes down easy enough.

Meh, I should have spent the extra dollar and gotten a Hop Stoopid.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.24/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Jacob for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a nice amber/copper color with a mild off-white head and some spots of lacing.

S: The nose is buttery with some hints of bready malt. The problem is, I don't notice any hops and this is supposed to be an IPA.

T: Just as I feared from the nose, this beer tastes like buttered toast with a touch of bitterness. No citrus or floral or earthy of pine flavors to speak of.

M: The mouthfeel is fairly average. A light-medium bodied beer with a restrained amount of carbonation.

D: This was just not very good. I suppose the one thing it does have going for it is a bit of bitterness on the palate, but that's where the good news ends.

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Photo of TacomaJustin
2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of Zuidman
2.45/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of UltimateLivewire
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of MattSharpless
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of sendbeer
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of Sammythebull19
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of Abarhan
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of vacax
2.61/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours bright cold, good clarity, medium sized head with decent lacing. Smalls sharply floral with dish soap and toast. The taste is overly fruity, dish soapy and astringent, light bitterness and some cookielike malts on the finish. On the lighter side of the body despite restrained carbonation. I would finish this pint if I happened to order it in their brewpub or something, but not something I would recommend or purchase in bottles.

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Photo of mfavoino
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy, dark golden-orange head with one finger of foam and lots of carbonation.

Smell: Not much going on here aside from a mild piney hop scent.

Taste: Bready malts with a mild piney hop flavor are quickly overshadowed by an astringency that leaves the mouth dry. Bland.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with above average carbonation and an unappealing dryness to finish.

Overall: Wondering if this beer had been sitting on the shelf for a while because it was underwhelming. Astringency was really a turn off for me.

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Photo of C20Percent
2.72/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

*Review taken from notes*

A: I don't know what happened here, but this pour came out all head. Don't know if there was an issue with the bottling or what. Not a good start.

S: Some sweet citrus. Floral notes. Very, very subtle aroma. Putting my nose all the way in this and very little aroma.

T: Getting some citrus flavors, but feeling the malts and barley even more. An IPA dominated by malts works sometimes; not here.

M: Light to medium body.

O: There are some positives here. It's an easy drinking brew. But, just not the flavor I'm looking for in an IPA. A below average beer. Haven't found a beer from this brewery that I really enjoy, yet.

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Photo of SE-VAbeerdrink
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of sanford_and_son
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of duvel1979
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of troutmask96
2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Boo. I'm just not a fan if this brewery's beers, as I have also poorly reviewed their amber. Pours prettily enough, but taste is void of complexity and flush with bitterness, and not even in the good IPA-way. I do like the pine and citrus notes, but there's just not enough compel me to come back for more...

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Photo of teromous
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I don't see any bottle date listed. On my 12oz bottle it says "ALC 5.8% BY VOL."

Appearance: Tons of carbonation. As I pour the bottle is builds a massive head that consumes half the glass with only a sliver of beer at the bottom. When I popped the cap I got a massive hiss so I was already a bit leery. The body is this dark caramel brown color with haze. The massive head has this eggshell white color to it. Tons of visible carbonation bubbles. It looks like a fire-hose of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: I get some buttered toffee and some light flowery soap aroma. While it doesn't smell bad it just isn't the best combination of aromas.

Taste: I get this great combination of pine, toast, and toasted caramel. It tastes a bit like what I would imagine a Christmas candle tastes like. The aftertaste has this flowery flavor which is a bit like lilac. The finish carries the flowery profile and adds a bit more pine. It is certainly a very interesting beer to drink.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is too high and the body feels a bit too heavy for an IPA.

Overall: It was pretty ridiculous trying to drink this beer. I kept having to pour just a tad and watch the whole thing erupt like a science fair volcano. The beer itself has a very interesting flavor profile so I would recommend at least trying it once. I would be a great beer for the winter because of the aforementioned Christmas character it possesses. It is not an IPA that I would drink every day but I might pick it up again during the holiday season if it is around.

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Photo of EdTheEdge
2.99/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of scootpolute
3/5  rDev -16.2%
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 Kegatron
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Trish
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of greyghost86
3/5  rDev -16.2%

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Gale Force IPA India Pale Ale from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
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