Pink IPA
Almond '22

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English India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ranked #277
Ranked #42,489
3.52 | pDev: 14.77%
Almond '22
Pink IPAPink IPA
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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 87
Photo of SSS
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Orange amber ale with the pillowy white head
S-more malt forward that hop aromatically
M-Mouthfeel is medium with carbonation also higher than desirable for this style
T-Bitter up front with an assertive tang and yeast derived subtle sweetness.
O-Decent delivery but not as well crafted as I would have liked

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy medium orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, red apple, apricot, mango, melon, passion fruit, white grape, citrus peel/zest, peppercorns, light pine, wheat, biscuit dough, light nutty/caramel, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity hops, peppercorns, bready malt, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, red apple, apricot, mango, melon, passion fruit, white grape, citrus peel/zest, peppercorns, light pine, wheat, biscuit dough, light nutty/caramel, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel, herbal, grassy bitterness; and peppercorn spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, red apple, apricot, mango, melon, passion fruit, white grape, citrus peel/zest, peppercorns, light pine, wheat, biscuit dough, light nutty/caramel, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity hops, peppercorns, bready malt, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 6%. Overall this is a very good English IPA style. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity hops, peppercorns, bready malt, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish, never aggressive. Nothing too out of the ordinary with the peppercorn additions. Nelson, Simcoe, and Saphir hops. Nicely juicy citrus and earthy hop complexity; sizable bready malt backbone, but not overly sweet. Not overdone on peppercorn spice flavors. A very enjoyable offering, and great style example.

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Photo of TimWakimika
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

IMO, this has a character closer to a Brown Ale than an IPA (the fact that the label says "IPA" but then transcribes it as "Italian Pale Ale" left me a bit unsure what to expect). As an India Pale Ale it is unusual; it is a fairly dark, caramely malt and hop aromas are pretty muted. It does have a fairly clean and slightly bitter finish. Hops are closer to the character of an English IPA than an American one.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Kind of a different bottle shape, looks like normal ipa, don't know what the pink name is all about. Aroma was underwhelming, ipa should = hops. Almonds? Can't tell.

Taste seems just as much like a lighter alt as it does an ipa. Too expensive for getting a plain ride of toffee, caramel and minimal hops and almonds.

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Photo of HankFinkel
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce draft at Cafe Gran in Philly. Very clean and crisp with a noticeable hop presence. Passion fruit does not sweeten the beer at all. Drank more lIke a hoppy Saison than an IPA. Recommended.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. A bit of a gusher on opening, but caught most of it. Pours a very hazy orange amber with faint gold notes and a two finger off-white head that dissipates quickly to a thick cap with light lacing. Aroma of bready malt with a hint of biscuit, citrus hops, slightly floral and peppery. Flavor is neutral malt, citrus and grassy hops, light stone and citrus fruit; flavor quickly dissipates to a thin, dry, mildly earthy and spicy finish that is almost like a dry saison. Light black (pink I guess) pepper spice in the finish, more pepper in the bitterness than hops. Light to medium bodied with active, peppery carbonation. An interesting take on an IPA, but the hops are underwhelming. As usual with an undated import, it's impossible to determine what was intended fresh, but if breweries don't want old exported beers to be reviewed, they should date their bottles. This does taste like an IPA that has faded. Given that, the semi-dry, saison-like quality is rather pleasant and interesting and the pepper is distinct although somewhat muted. What hop character is present is a European noble hop profile. Glad I tried this and would get this again only if I knew I had a fresh bottle, at the imported price, an old bottle of this is not worth repeating.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

anymore i have no idea what people expect. i log on after loving this beer, i mean, really truly adoring it, and i see it scored so low by the masses. this is esoteric beer, not intended to be american ipa, im just not sure what folks didnt like, i thought it was really complex and agreeable. anyway, never heard of these guys before this one, excellent stuff too, even though the label in different places calls it a pale ale and an ipa, it doesnt really matter because its so different from what we know about either, that its irrelevant the distinction. its hazy and white pale in color, thicker looking too, i was shocked to feel how light it was on the palate, how delicate and effervescent after the density of the appearance, although i suppose i could have left a little more sediment in the bottle. 12 bucks a go though, im pouring it all! spicy aroma, floral and rustic, potpourri kind of thing going on, the pink peppercorns do a lot aromatically. the hops are way behind them. in the taste, both are more balanced, and there is a defined nuttiness to this that i really like. heavy flavors in light beer are hard to do well, and this really does it. i think the peppercorns flavor the beer as much as the hops do, which in this case i dig, and there is a belgian, almost wild yeast component in this too, making it not only freakishly bubbly, but also majorly dry and a little funky. maybe the best use of pink peppercorns i have seen in a beer. my curiosity is way piqued for these guys, id love to try more.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a hazy gold with an inch of foam.

I get an interesting range of aromas. A kind of tropical fruitiness with mango being the most notable. Some pineapple as well. Pepper? I don't exactly what pink pepper brings to the table.

It doesn't taste like it smells for the most part. The hop bitterness is on the harsh side. I get wee bits of the fruit and yes, there's a peppery thing going on but the hop flavours need smoothing out.

Mouthfeel is okay.

Wow, if this tasted like it smelled, it would drink like a champion.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly cloudy glowing golden orange in color with moderate to significant amounts of visible carbonation along with some light amounts of small dark sediment particles near the bottom of the glass. The beer has a three finger tall creamy off-white head that slowly reduces to large thick & creamy patch with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are aromas of pale malts with a hint of bready malts. After that, there is a moderate strength presence of hop aromas - mostly grapefruit/citrus with a lighter note of floral. Finally, the smell finish with a light hint of peppery spiciness.

T: This beer starts out with the moderate flavors of pale and bready malts which is then followed by the flavors of the hops - grapefruit/citrus and lighter amounts of floral and herbal. There is a light presence of the spiciness of pink peppercorns in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy.

O: This is an interesting beer, a little more malty than I like my IPAs and the hop presence is a little too light. I had high hopes for the spicy characteristics of the pink peppercorns but the aroma and flavor contributed is nominal. Glad that I tried it but I likely won't pick it up again.

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Photo of rarbring
3.17/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A hazy murky straw colored brew, a frothy head that leaves much lacing, some curtains.

Smelling weakly of nuts, apricots, lemon zest.

Starting sweet sugary, ripe grapes, bitter orange zest.

Low carbonation, smooth and slightly sticky, a medium body and dry finish.

Well, did not find any peppers, a rather modest IPA.

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Photo of eriktoyra
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden colored liquid into the glass. I can find some pink tones in the liquid as well. The liquid is very hazy and it is not possible to see through even in a small glass. The head is pale white and thick at first but then goes down to about half a finger's hight.

S: Smells spices, lots of pink pepper corns, hay and alcohol at the end.

T: It tastes a lot of wheat at the first sip. It is followed by spices like koriander, dried oranges and mandarins. The pink pepper takes over towards the end together with some really nice almond. The aftertaste is slightly bitter. Complex and nice!

M: I found this one to be fairly hard to drink. I can only take small sips of it. It feels very floury. Medium carbonation.

O: The beer wins on its complex taste. I had this one in a small brandy bowl. This is not a beer that I could drink lots of, so having it in a small brandy bowl is perfect.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at the Farmers' Cabinet, Philly, PA

It's obviously not actually pink, but rather uses Brazilian pink pepper as an ingredient. More of a hazy peach color in the pour, with a thin wispy head that didn't display much retention but left a bit of lacing on the glass. Grapefruit dominant in the nose, with lesser notes of peppery spice and a soft hops. Like the aroma, there is a definite grapefruit theme in the taste, mellowing out a bit to more of a white wine, giving way to a bit of spice and bitterness and even a dry leafiness near the end. On the lighter end of medium-bodied, appropriate prickly carbonation, and quite nice overall. Ow, my wallet.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a murky looking pinkish gold color, it had a white head on top also. The smell of the beer was a little bit earthy with some herbal spice notes and some hops in there as well. The taste of the beer was bitter with some muddy earthy pepper flavors in the faint distance. The mouthfeel of this beer is on the lighter side, it's well carbonated and pretty drinkable. Overall it's not a powerful IPA at all but either way it's an interesting beer. If you have the money, I'd say give it a try.

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Photo of crossovert
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle.

Pours a cloudy light golden with a big foamy white head that lasts.

The smell is pretty fricken good. Just super sharp ruby red grapefruit and some pink pepper.

The flavor is pretty good but not spectacular. It could be due to freshness (I dk how old the bottle is, it seems decently fresh). It has notes of pink pepper, sage, pine, and some grapefruit rind, but it is more spicy and herbal than fruity like it was in the smell. Bitterness is mild. The mouthfeel is a bit thin.

10.49 for a bottle of this... I can guarantee you it is not worth it, it is a good beer though.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, pale orange colour, quite translucent with off-white head - a nice and irregular thin, dense crown left behind, but sparse bubbles remaining clinging to the glass as well. Looks alright, yeah.

Smell is fairly sweet and stiff, with brown sugar underlying, but a distinct note of citric hops and some ale esters of fresh apple and orange flesh as well. bit piney, but mostly fruity, can't say it's really appealing.

Taste is more interesting but not in a good way. Starts off grainy - caramel and a touch of pearl barley - develops more fruity, apple-esque ale ester flavours and then just goes nuts with sour notes, but also a big bready yeast character to dry it up. Notes of underripe apple, peach and apricot come through late. Ultimately ends with an off bitter note, that's indicative of too much early hopping but also just the wrong balance of flavours there. It becomes intense and not very pleasant.

Body is alright, bit of texture gives an alright feel as it goes down.

Not sure where it fits into the style and while I think adding pepper to an IPA sounds like a fine idea, it certainly misses the mark here. Tastes like sour beer gone wrong.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Premiere. Peppery nose, with mild hops. Spicy more than hoppy, and an excellent drinking beer. Simcoe, Nelson Sauvin and Hallertau hops, making it white wine like. Novel mix though not worth $13 for a 375 ml.Suable carbonation. Have to seek these guys out again, hopefully through an Italian beer tasting.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Brought back to Australia and opened with @LaitueGonflable. It looked a particularly interesting brew, and having tried some Revelation Cat beers, I was interested in Italian craft brew.

Pours a very cloudy hazy golden brown colour, with an intense and rocky white head, that forms decent patchy lace. Body is very light and fluid, almost like water, but the head is solid and coherent enough to stick around through movements underneath it. Looks decent.

Nose is pretty generic. Slight hop character, with a touch of spice, perhaps the pepper, all above a slightly sweet malt presence. It's a bit dull, all up, to be honest—it certainly doesn't inspire an excited first sip.

Taste is also extremely generic. Flat, light palate, with a generic, but very uncomplicated bitterness through the mid to back, the suggests very mild bittering hops. There's a hint of spice or pepper on the finish, that lingers giving a mild sense of heat. It's extremely light, and really not very exciting. The heat of the pepper perhaps comes through, but it's very subtle, and doesn't really add a great deal of interest to a particularly lacklustre beer.

It's ok, but very far from exciting. I thought this had the potential to give some genuinely interesting characters, and it ended up being woefully bland. It's not hideous, it's just boring.

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Photo of ATPete
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Squat custom bottle, standard Italian flair.

Pours a slightly hazy amber/red color with a small off white head. Big hoppy nose, nothing earth shattering, good balance. Unique layers in flavor, hop dominant, the pink peppercorns add a special dimension to the beer. Unique but far from a winner, price sticker shock, big time.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by bmanning recently, thanks Ben! Beer served in a snifter, beer is yellow and hazy with a wispy white head of small bubbles, some lacing.

Aroma is grapefruit, then some grapefruit, then more grapefruit.

Beer is light and quite bitter, there is a little spiciness to it but the hops win this contest by a lot, cute little beer, interesting, grapefruit hop bomb all the way.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of bmanning last Sunday. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Poured a semi-hazy peach color with a good white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carried a bit of light pepper and some mild grapefruit. Slight dryness accompanies the pepper and citrus rind in the flavor. Light body with good carbonation and a mild bitterness throughout. Really nicely done without anything going over the top.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Merchants in Dearborn, spotted since in Columbus too. This poured a light golden color with a little haze and some light foam too. Hoppy but in an aged way, not much malt fighting for aroma space though. Pepper is only mildly detectable on the nose.

The pepper is a little more prominent in the taste, even so it seems to be a low amount of it. It works well with this style, just as I'd hoped when I bought it. Tasty citrus with a tiny pepper punch at the end of each sip.

I paid too much for this ($9 + change) because I'm an idiot and a slut for new beers. It was good but definitely not worth that much coin.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.58/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Weird shaped bottle. Pours out like a standard ipa, copper, nothing pink to it. Lacking a distinct aroma, maybe its mild with the almond, but all I keep thinking is how it is lacking hops.

Taste is plain. Again, where the hops yo? Bready, light caramel flavor to it. Should probably be classified as a Belgian ipa. Mild yeast flavor is greater than its hop quotient.

Something like $6 a bottle for this. Never again.

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Photo of surprenant1138
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours into a snifter a very hazy amber color with significant cream colored head and fair retention of lacing. Aroma is faint: citrusy, yeasty, and slightly hoppy. Some grassiness is noted. Mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation. Taste is of basically a light belgian style ale. It barely tastes like an IPA. I pick up a lot of yeast, some grass, a touch of spice, faint orange and lemon peel, and a pinch of spice. It finishes with a highly metallic taste that really ruins what is barely a good beer drinking experience to begin with.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Bir & Fud in Rome.

Pours a hazy light copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with loads of grapefruit and floral hops. Also present are slight amounts of breadiness and tropical fruit hops.

Tastes good. Pale malt flavors beefed up with light amounts of bread-y flavors kick things off. Shortly thereafter good amounts of hop flavors join in - grapefruit mostly with hints of lighter tropical fruits. The hops aren't as robust as they are in the nose but they balance nicely with the malt profile, carrying through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was the second craft beer tasted while in Italy and it prepared me for what was to come - a great scene with a lot of solid beers. This one's worth a shot.

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Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 87 ratings