Gale Force IPA India Pale Ale | Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

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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

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98
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219
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
12.81%
 
 
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Reviews: 98 | Ratings: 219
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 brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a nice, sticky head that leaves shards of lace on the way down

Smell: Nice piney aroma; haven't smelled a pine this pronounced in an IPA for a long time

Taste: Lays down a nice caramel malt backbone, with piney elements creeping in by mid-palate; after the swallow, the piney bitterness steps into overdrive; I guess I prefer at least a touch of citrus as I am not crazy about this

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A reasonably drinkable beer and a must try for those who really like their IPAs in the piney mode

Thanks, TheBungyo, for the opportunity

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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 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 Rifugium
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their brewery

Poured a hazy golden-amber with a thin white head that lingered as a small layer of bubbles. Citrus and pine in the aroma with pale malt undertones. Grainy malts in the taste, quickly overcome by piney hops, zest, and resin, with a little sugar and spice in the middle. Finishes dry and bitter, with a bit of an acrid aftertaste. Light-medium mouthfeel and fairly drinkable.

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Photo of mactrail
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orangey amber with quite a nice head, pour after pour. Pleasant sudsy mouthfeel. Modest flowery aroma. Malty and mellow before the hops hit.

Starts with a big hop mouthful, plenty of resiny and piney taste. A little woody, but I wouldn't describe it as astringent. In fact, it seems less sharp than a lot of IPAs. Bitter, but the aftertaste does fade after a while. Not exactly exciting, but certainly quite drinkable in the lighter style of IPA.

I had this years ago at the brewpub and still remember the astounding bitterness of the stuff. So apparently they've toned it down a little. From the 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Ever so slightly hazed, amber-hued body with a sudsy, spumy, off-white head.

Smell: Scents of wet citrus fruits, pine, and an herbaceous grassiness overneath a modest toasty, caramelized maltiness.

Taste: Malty tastes of caramel sauce and toasted grainy loaf bread. Herbal, earthy, spicy hops with a flavor of dehydrated lemon peels and pine. Moderate bitterness. Little scoop of brown sugar. Takes on a more peppery tone on the back half. Dry, bitter, with a hint of toasted pine needles on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability: Sufficient and satisfactory. The restrained amount of alcohol and relatively light body aids in its overall drinkability.

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Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, amber color; excellent long lasting off-white head with a great offering of sticky lace on the glass.

This beer features a nice aromatic hop bouquet; the malt is light, but present. The taste matches the aroma, maybe even more hoppy! For my preference, I'd like to see a greater malt presence. Good body--excellent for hop heads.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.24/5  rDev -37.6%
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 woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +15%
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 GClarkage
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/10/05- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 12oz undated bottle, poured into my Snake River Brewery pint glass.

Appearance- Cloudy darker golden pour. 1/2 inch creamy white head and above average lace for an IPA.

Smell- Super fruity and a nice powdered sugar scent.

Taste- More hops than anything. Nice grapefruit and lemony flavor with a light sugary touch. A touch of malt, but not much. Hops are semi-bitter.

Mouthfeel- Nice carbonation level. Seems kinda watery at times because of the lighter malt quality.

Drinkability- If it just had a bit more malt this would be an upper echelon IPA. Nice hop characteristics, but needs some more backbone. Still pretty good the way it is.

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Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a beige/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very light, some hints of hops. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, mild bitterness, a touch of pine. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a decent beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

IPA from the Pacific Northwest, those are phrases you want to hear together. This Washignton based brewery bottles their version in a 22 ounce bottle. Hoppy daze, and on to the beer:

The orangish copper color with yellow hues isn't much of a surprise per style, as is the good head retention and lace. The nose, which is rather malty with a pinch of hops, is a surprise. The doughy sweetness and dry caramel provide the wave for the aroma. There are gentle brushes of hop cones found, but at this point it's smelling more like an APA.

A malt forward IPA. Big and doughy sweetness at the base, caramel, a snap of hops and grapefruit, and a touch of ash make this a tolerable beer. For what it's worth, the hop intensity is a little stronger in the taste than in the nose. It's lighter medium bodied with a slight creaminess, with gentle carbonation. Easy to drink as well.

A decent little beer, but the debate will range whether it's an IPA or APA. My bottle wasn't dated, so who knows who young or old my bottle was.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a finely beaded head that settles to a ring and leaves some decent lacing. Smells somewhat grainy followed by an earthy bitterness. The taste is similar, and although pleasant, a little strange. The graininess is a bit distracting, but the strong earthy, pithy, bitterness is nicely done and balances the grain to an extent. I'd like to see the mash cleaned up and the beer would improve. Nice to see in the Atlanta market.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy; tawny-orange hue with a two finger ivory head.

Smell: nice mix of earthy, piney and citrusy hops over a fair amount of malt.

Taste: a little caramel malt with plenty of hops over it; here the hops are more floral and fruity than in the nose. This is actually quite a well-balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body; nice, though the carbonation level is a bit low for my taste.

Drinkability: quite drinkable in my opinion. A solid Northwest IPA.

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Photo of John_M
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Many thanks to Terry (beertunes) for the opportunity to try this one.

The beer pours a fairly light copper color with lots of pillowing head retention and OK lacing. The nose is attactive, with some light pine, sweet malt and citrus. This smells as if it will not be an intensely flavored IPA. To no great suprise, the flavor profile is not hugely impressive. This IPA is definitely on the malty side, but I'm just not all that happy with how balanced it is (in other words, it really isn't). This beer is pretty malty and sweet, but then I get some hoppy bitterness, but with a a sweet, malty middle, and then with a fairly dry and bitter finish. I just can't say I'm hugely impressed. Mouthfeel is fairly light, with decent carbonation and flavor. Drinkability is OK, but the beer is so uninteresting and boring, it's pretty hard to say much about this beer's drinkability.

This beer is far from wretched, but these days, there are so many good beers out there, unless this was really, really cheap, I can't imagine why I would want it. Mehhh....

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a clear orange with a medium white head, solid retention and good lace.

S: Heavy white grapefruit with a hint of malt. Somewhat astringent.

T: Grapefruit dominates with a bit of pine and hop oil. Light malt flavour but more than the typical West Coast IPA.

M: Resiny and sticky. Medium-bodied, nice firm carbonation.

O: A nice lower alcohol IPA. The hop flavours aren't exactly my style, but it's still enjoyable and well made.

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Photo of Derek
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper-bronze with a thin white head, thin ring of retention but it leaves a little lace.

S: A decent hop nose, citrus, rind & a little pine. Hints of toffee.

T: Tangerine, nectarine, grass & a touch of pine. Biscuity malt with a hint of toffee. Modest bitterness. A little weak for an IPA, but a great Pale Ale.

M: Light to moderate body has a slight acidity.

D: A good drinker.

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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 rodbeermunch
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
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 wl0307
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Jasons supermarket in Taipei City, Taiwan; coming in a 355ml short brown glass bottle, bottled on 09/05/2011, BB 18 months past the bottling date, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a dark orange amber body with light haziness, coming with a tremendously thick and fast building beige frothy head that lasts only too well, while the carbonation is equally lively, full of tiny bubbles.
S: oily rich fruitiness of lychee fruits, flowery hops and citrus fruits come on top of toasted tea-ish maltiness and caramel sweetness, altogether rather sweet, like the American IPA should be, yet the oily hop resins and fruit esters as in pear drops also lend extra body to the aroma. Pleasant and lively.
T: juicy and oily rich palate of sour-sweet amber malts, burned caramel, and pear drops come forth, ensued by lychee fruits’ sweetness and lightly toasted malts’ aroma; going more bitter in the aftertaste, bringing with it rough-textured hop tannins and toasted semi-fermented tea aroma. Sour-bitter, mildly chewy and still more aromatic in the finish, true to style but slightly lacking complexity if you ask me.
M&D: due to the lively and fine carbonation, the mouthfeel comes fresh and even light vis-à-vis the flavour, although this initially lively carbonation does lose its intensity rather fast during the drink. This medium-bodied IPA shows a rather pleasant flavour profile, albeit slightly thin on the side of hop influence. That said, to me this is still a delicious and easy-drinking IPA that benefits from sound sourness throughout.

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Photo of beertunes
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a very hazy, cloudy golden orange with just a slight trace of head around the edge, which left surprisingly good lacing.

The aroma, while certainly hoppy, was pretty much neutral. The flavors were similar, a nice blend of hops, and was very pleasant on the tongue, not a palate wrecker at all.

The body was typical for the style, neither thin nor full. The drinkabilty was very good, due the balanced mix of hops and the, relatively, low ABV (5.25%).

Overall, a solid beer that you drink a lot of and still enjoy the flavors, while not getting trashed. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber trimmed in goldenrod with a loose off-white head that flees but leaves trailers. Orange jelly bean nose. Wood and husk malts with pine needle and red grapefruit hops. Toffee and Grand Marnier as it warms. Aspirin finish and tingly tight linger. Medium, prickly, sticky.

An "average" Pacific NW IPA which means a whole lot more IBUs than in most other places. Bonus to drinkability for the low ABV.

Thanks to Ina for bringing this back from Seattle.

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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 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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