Gale Force IPA India Pale Ale | Scuttlebutt Brewing Company - Restaurant and Pub

Gale Force IPA India Pale AleGale Force IPA India Pale Ale
BA SCORE
35%
Liked This Beer
3.53 w/ 223 ratings
Gale Force IPA India Pale AleGale Force IPA India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Scuttlebutt Brewing Company - Restaurant and Pub
Washington, United States
scuttlebuttbrewing.com

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
Ranking:
#38,738
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
223
Liked:
78
Avg:
3.53/5
pDev:
12.75%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
37
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 223 |  Reviews: 100
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -15%

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 dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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 LXIXME
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
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 oberon
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
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 mactrail
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Kegatron
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Rifugium
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
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 smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
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 woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +17%
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 womencantsail
2.24/5  rDev -36.5%
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 thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of GClarkage
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
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 sendbeer
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
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 flagmantho
3.92/5  rDev +11%
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 DoubleJ
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
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 NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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Gale Force IPA India Pale Ale from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company - Restaurant and Pub
Beer rating: 35% out of 100 with 223 ratings
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