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
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36
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Ratings: 220 |  Reviews: 99
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 woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody continues to belch forth unseen gems & I am happy to indulge myself in some Scuttlebutt.

For those not in the know, "Scuttlebutt" has two nautical meanings: 1) drinking fountain, 2) the gossip & rumors that are spread in congregation around meaning #1. The label depicts a pretty blonde mermaid looking over her right shoulder while holding a foamy mug of beer in her left hand. I may be inspired to get this as a tattoo.

I Pop!ped the cap, winked at the mermaid & commenced a VERY gentle pour. An in-glass swirl raised two fingers of dense, foamy, tawny head with moderate retention. Color was a gorgeous Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled strongly of pine hops, underlain with caramel malt. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but prickly with carbonation, giving the hops a chance to really sink in. I love when that happens. I have been off of my feed of late as a self-described, self-avowed hophead & it is nice to get a fix to cure the jones. The taste was mainly pine, but there was enough caramel sweetness in there to keep it from being like drinking straight Pine-Sol. Finish was dry, piney & just what the doctor ordered. Thanks, Gale!

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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 NastyNorseman
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber with a good sized head. Good lacing. For an IPA, this brew is a little sweeter than I prefer. The ABV was lacking as well or an IPA. Gale Force has lots of caramel flavor. It is creamy and reminds me of homemade cookies. A slight bitter finish. A good brew, but not my favorite that is for sure.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled
Slightly hazy amber body with big foaming white head
Fizzy orange soda aroma
Citra surely citrus and cream with bitter finish
Easy drinking
Okay

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Photo of LXIXME
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
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 BlueSpader
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up, has a dark gold appearance, 1/2" white head. Aroma imparts grapefruit bitterness.

Taste, the usual all hop bitterness but not much flavor. A little bit of crystal malt, mostly toasted pale. Lots of carbonation on this one, simplistic. Priced nicely at least, but completely average.

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Photo of American_Hawk
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of BallsDeep
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VABA
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodchip
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hreb
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
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 JMUduke
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vabeerguy
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from12 ounce bottle into a nonic glass. Could not determine the bottle date which always bugs me. Color was an orange/yellowish. The smell was a light floral. I thought it would smell stronger given the IBU rating.

Tasted pretty bitter. Seemed to be lacking the floral flavor of the hops unless this is the flavor that was strived for. Overall, the price is right for what you get but this would not be my first pick for an IPA.

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Photo of vandeir_bochi
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alew_os
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Israelreyes311
4.49/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Out of the bottle, there was a lot of foam. pour after pour, more and more foam kept coming out. The taste was good. Wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of rfreed
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of onedogtwodog
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerNW
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mattymystique
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PaleAleSean
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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Gale Force IPA India Pale Ale from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 220 ratings.
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