Gale Force IPA India Pale Ale | Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

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Gale Force IPA India Pale AleGale Force IPA India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Summer

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Added by jreitman on 08-03-2002

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Reviews: 98 | Ratings: 219
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 RJLarse
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bomber of Scuttlebutt Gale Force IPA in a grocery store, while on a business trip last month. Poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a rich gold/amber color and is cloudy. A modest (by IPA standards) bubbly white head forms. Not as resilient as some heads, but produces some nice lacing if you don't let it sit too long.

The smell is interesting. There is a peaty earthy aroma to it, not the hoppy pine scent I expected. The malt aroma dominates, with an herbal presence like sage brush or ragweed.

The taste is also fairly malty on the surface, with a bitter hop bite on the finish. A little hoppier than in smells, but not an over the top hop experience.

Mouthfeel is good. It's smooth and buttery, full bodied, yet well carbonated.

A very drink able IPA. Balanced flavors, a good malt base and a nice hoppy finish. At 5.25 ABV it's very sessionable. I would have this again.

NOTE: My label is different. Picture of a mermaid holding a mug of beer.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an IPA that wants to warm up. the cold makes it seem thin and all about the hops. Once it hits its stride the backbeat kicks in and like a good rock song it has you tapping your toes to the hops and malt combo. There is fragrant sense to the hops that cary through to the finish. A very nice IPA that needs some TLC.

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

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $1.49. The first beer I’ve seen from this brewery.

Pours a dark straw color that takes on a more orange hue when held up to light. One inch of white foam perches atop the beer.

The smell is unsurprisingly hoppy, but not hugely so. The hops are citrusy in character. There’s also a subordinate sweet maltiness skulking in the background.

The taste starts off with a blending of citrusy and sharply bitter hops. There’s a mild dryness at the swallow. This tastes like a ho-hum IPA. It’s not a huge blast of flavorful hops, but it’s got decent character. Certainly I’ve had beers labeled as IPAs that were much more bland than this one. Still, it’s nothing to write home about.

This is a medium bodied beer, and that medium bodied-ness tapers toward light bodied. Not a terribly substantial-tasting beer, but it’s a style that doesn’t require hugeness. I just think this could use a little more oomph in the body.

This is a perfectly serviceable, everyday kind of IPA. It’s not something I’d rave to someone about. It would work fine as a session IPA however, as it’s not particularly expensive, and it’s ABV isn’t going to knock you on your ass right away. Not bad, Scuttlebutt.

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Photo of waldowin
4.51/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear light gold, straw-colored at the edges. A massive white head forms immediately, several times the size of the poured beer, and stays for ages. Lacing is thick, sticky, and clumpy, this isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

Smells of grapefruit, and a hint of pine. Enticing.

Tastes of golden raisins, grapefruit, and oak. Fairly smooth, with just a hint of hops bite at the end.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth as silk. Just enough carbonation to keep it from feeling syrupy, this is wonderful stuff.

And wow!
Just realized it was only 5.25%! That's a *lot* of flavor something this low in ABV, and it's definitely sessionable. I'd have a pitcher this at a restaurant with dinner without hesitation!

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Photo of ybnorml
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An orange/amber beer with a slight haze. Huge foamy off white head (too much foam) and good lace. Sweet grapefruity hop note along with some piney hop in the aroma. Just a hint of maltiness in the background. Hops bite from the tip of your tongue to the back of your throat with a nice piney character. The finish has a metalic note to it that I did not like. Also way to foamy when poured.

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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 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 John
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle conditioned bomber. The label on this one is different from the one pictured here. Black, tan and blue with brewery name in all caps along the top, animated drawing of a mermaid over top of an S with grain and hop flowers.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper gold. Rocky head that's got some staying power. Bits of yeasty unfilitered goodness settle out. Nice.

Smell: Pine needles, wholesome grain lends a slight sweetness.

Taste: Big bitterness punch. Very piney in nature. Very little citrus. Mouth puckering bitterness is sustained throughout. Some multi-grain sweetness counters momentarily. Lingering finish full of hop flavor, aroma and bitterness. Clean taste. Well done.

Mouthfeel: Medium. Slight slickness on the tongue. Bottle conditioning and apparent unfiltered process give some substance.

Drinkability: One bomber down and I could drink a few more. Relatively low % abv increases drinkability.

Solid brew. Thanks to the wife for bringing this back for me from her Seattle/Vancouver trip this summer.

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

The first pour of this yielded about 1 cl of beer, and 49 cl of billowy head. This was gonna take awhile.

Once things settled, the beer had a fairly rich, slightly hazed copper appearance with a very large, lacy head.

Somewhat sharp, lemony hop aroma which developed more of a juicy grapefruit character as the beer warmed.

Malt flavor starts sugary, then develops some biscuity notes as the hops assert themselves. Hops are crisp, quite acidic and have a piney edge. A bit metallic at the finish, but quite yummy overall.

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Photo of zacharius
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden color with an everlasting white head that leaves lace all over the glass. Aroma is that of piney hops with citrus notes. Favor is more piney hops with a carmealy malty background. Balanced towards the bitter end. Medium in body and refreshingly drinkable. It's a pretty low alcohol for an IPA.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle sampled on 8-1-04.
Pours a massive head which lingered the entire glass and left a beautiful lace. Has a honey orange hue. A decent smell of grapefruit and flowers .
The taste is fairly mild, with a hoppy grapefruit flavor predominating. An ever so subtle caramel sweetness kicks in at the back of my mouth. Finishes with a pleasantly mild hop after taste.
This is a smooth , subtle, easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of beertaster13
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous amberish/red with sunshine streaks of orange, the off white, semit-tan head is fabulous, froth will coat the glass with each sip. The smell is of summers eve, light citrus and pine and that nice fresh nose. Hints of dark molasses really add character to the nose. The taste is what an IPA should be, all the components blend into one memorable session. The hops while strong and on the forefront give a nice start to the citrus and dark roasted caramel that lies beneath. Grapefruit and papaya pucker the lips while a nice sugary sweet cinnamon compliments the bitterness. Very good. Very drinkable, Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a tall brown 625ml bomber with a plain red and white label. No content or freshness information. Obtained at Bottleworks in Seattle and opened on 6/20/04 - Happy Father's Day to me!

Pours a slightly cloudy copper under a one finger light beige sticky head that settles slowly and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. There's a good full floral hoppy nose. The mouth is medium of carbonation and body. The opening features some sweet malt, with just a touch of caramel, before the crisp hoppiness takes over. The impression is very floral, but there is something else in there, too: a touch of espresso and a hint of pine. The aftertaste is dry, with a good bitter tingle and long-lasting floral impressions. A good effort.

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Photo of henrysunset
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great head, cloudy dark amber beer. Scent was hoppy and Iightly sweet. It smelled very good and enticing.

Taste was hoppy but plain and very nice. I would consider this a very clean-tasting IPA. Yes it is highly hopped, but this clean flavor makes it very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a slightly hazy dark orange color with two fingers of head. There is a fair amount of lacing left on the glass. The smell has lots of hops in it, but also has a good malt profile as well. Just balanced a little on the hop side. The taste starts a little malty, but the hops come forward quickly. A crisp hop bite, very refreshing. The mouthfeel is just a little light and oily. The drinkability is fairly good as well. A good solid IPA. Thanks to RoyalT for this refreshing brew.

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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 jreitman
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper in color with a white head. Nice floral and light citus aroma. Nicely hopped with Cascade flavors leading the pack. Nice sweet undertones that helped take the bite off the bitterness. Overall a very well crafted beer.

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