India Pale Ale | HaandBryggeriet

India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-21-2007

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 35
Reviews by gabeerfan:
Photo of gabeerfan
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Took a chance and picked up a bottle after having some good experiences with Mikkeller single hopped beers. Poured a very hazy medium brown, looked a lot like unfiltered apple cider. Very heady pour that couldn't be avoided.
Pretty subtle aroma. Black tea, smoke, very subtle earthy hops. Pretty typical EIPA aromas.
Flavors are pretty close ot the aromas. But, the smokieness seems to be more prominent. Stronger black tea with subtle earthy hops.
Medium bodied. Slight chalkiness from the hops. Good, almost nitro-like carbonation.
Pretty drinkable once you adjust your expectations from a typical American IPA. At 6.5%, probably only 1 or 2 would do the trick.
Pretty good beer that I'd buy again. It's so hard to find an IPA to keep in the rotation when there are so many out there, that it may be awhile for a return visit. Definitely worth a try.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of bishopdc0
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Golden in color with a huge thick head

Good aroma malt and hops but nothing more then average

Carbonation starts and finishes very quickly with a nice earthyness. The flavor dissipates and bitterness becomes a very smooth flavor.

This beer taste good but the price decreases it's drink ability however that said i would suggest it as its is a good beer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looked the part, good copper haze, chunkies, great head and retention of the lace. Aroma was absent.

Only seems to use bittering hops, no flavor, aroma, dry hopping seems to be the case here. Super bitter and sour. Somewhere between an English and Belgian IPA, with lots more bitterness. A profile similar to when rye is used in the beer. Light malt, maybe there is a % of rye or wheat with this one. Just a trip. Check it out if not too pricey, its probably one of the more unique IPAs you'll ever come across.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

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

Smells of slightly bready pale malts with good amounts of floral and earthy hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors kick things off and are soon augmented by mild biscuit-y flavors. Midway through the sip mild amounts of citrus hop flavors work their way into things and are joined by mildly bitter and earhty hop flavors right before a crisp ending.

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

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was a good beer for the style although it didn't have a defining characteristic to make it anything better than that. Worth a shot and likely better on-tap.

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A lovely IPA, with c-hop aroma and taste. Pours nice white head. 65 IBU is above average, piney, resiney and not overpowering like a double IPA. Good flavours of lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit come out. Minty and drying aftertaste. Very drinkable. A very good, well balanced American style IPA.

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Photo of jmhart
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Leon's Full Service

A- Poured a hazy golden brown with a 2 finger foamy white head. Head was persistent and sticky until the very end.

S- Not a lot of aroma to it. Malty with a slight, and I mean very slight, citrus aroma.

T- Deliciously smoky with a medium amount of malt body and a nice bitter finish. I've never had a smokey IPA like this and it was delicious. Such a wonder sweet and smokey flavor.

M- Medium bodied, oily.

D- A really delicious beer. Smokey and sweet and incredibly refreshing. I drank this outside at 90 degrees and it was wonderful.

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Photo of peabody
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a kind of cloudy ice tea with two fingers of very foamy off-white suds.
Smell is very fruity with mango and orange and grapefruit aromas mixed with a sharp hop and slight alcohol smell.
Taste is slightly sour then bitter then becomes watery. I am getting some malt but very little.
Some sugar and some alcohol but both very faint.
Mouthfeel is dirty then clean then sticky.
This is a strange drinking beer.
Drinkability is not bad. I just wish it would have a little more flavor retention.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another great purchase from gbx recently. this one was enjoyed last weekend in a pint glass while shooting hoops in the yard.

poured a lighter amber then i was expecting but with a huge head of white that coated the entirerty of the glass and left tons of lacing down the sides.

aroma was a fine mixture of light piney hops, hints of fresh grass and a touch of tea leaves as it warms. this carries over very well into the flavor as each sip starts with a nice bite of hops which quickly mellow into a fresh meadow like flavor with light earthy tones, grasses, light grains and a smooth, light and dry finish that was remarkably clean and drinkable.

overall i really liked this one. i ha no clue how strong it was which made it even better.

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Photo of Amalak
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

Batch # 77 Brewed : May '07 Best Before : May '10

A: Pours a lovely looking cloudy orange-amber. Thick and creamy three finger head that's just off-white in color. Pretty actively carbonated, upon initial pour, that soon settles down to a few lazy streams of bubbles. The head leaves a respectable amount of sheety lace on the glass.

S: Nice oily citrus aroma of lemons and grapefruit that stands side by side with some earthy dirty yeast, green apples, sweet caramel malt, and mixed berries.

T: This one tastes pretty much as it smells with the interesting addition of some piney flavors as it warms and some excellently balancing toasted malt.

M: Bold on the tongue with a perfectly spicy finish that lasts for quite a while.

D: Yet another winner from the brewery. If only this was easier to come by...

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Photo of dsa7783
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tall, slender bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
A Norwegian IPA admittedly intrigued me, so I was eager to give it a shot...
Very impressive, five-fingered head pour with a dark-copper, mahogany brown appearance and a huge frothy head that refused to dissipate and left a fine layer of lacing around the head of the glass...
Fresh, wet hops apparent in the smell, along with a slight caramel and vanilla essence...
Taste complemented the aroma, with a noticeable suggestion of hops, caramel, cream, vanilla, honey, candied sugars..
Although the flavor was pretty subdued for a typical IPA, this failed to dissapoint, and went down clearly and crisp, without any sign of the 6.5% ABV... I liked this one, very refreshing and easy to drink...
Nice, smooth mouthfeel as well, without any cloying or interfering flavors...
Good stuff...

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Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oddly - according to the label, this was brewed in May of '07 and is best before May of '10. Three years seems a stretch for an IPA...

Pours hazed amber with a huge foamy head that descends and lasts.

The smell is lemony, perfumy, tangy, earthy and caramelish.

The taste is lemony, earthy with a hint of a wheat tang. Interesting - surprisingly, hops have seemed to have held up a month or so short of a year later, though the caramel and wheat do show a solid malt backing - pushing it, even, for an IPA. All in all, though, it still has a noteworthy hop presence.

A little on the thin side, but the body does reach medium and holds up well-enough.

It's certainly drinkable.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned, RBESG 2005, Grand Tasting (courtesy of the brewery). Lovely hoppy aroma (Cascade?), notes of grapefruit and very subtle oak. Flavour is somewhat less impressive, fairly light bodied and bitterness is not overwhelming - still, this is another decent beer from Haandbryggeriet.

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Photo of bheilman
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good beer. The thing I liked best about the beer was that it was from Norway, and that probably influenced my experience, but I love trying things from different places and this is my first Norwegian craft beer. It doesn't have the bite of an American IPA, its a lot more subtle and does seem to fit in well in the EIPA style. The smell is not overly hoppy and the overall experience is nice and refreshing. I could drink several of these in a row although the cost will keep me from drinking this again outside of Europe.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle bought from Quaffs, London...

Poured a slightly hazy amber / orange colour. Creamy head poured huge, thick and foamy. Loads of carbonation rushes to the surface maintaining the head for quite a while. Some good thick lines of lacing. Head finally fades to pretty decent thickish covering...

Aroma - Mellow spicy fruits (grapefruits, apples, pears, strawberries), some candied sugar sweetness, floral honey, some oaky / earthy notes, light toasted biscuity malts, bready, sea salt, quite a lot of nuttiness, pretty peppery hops, resiny notes...

Taste – Lots of oily peppery and piney hop bitterness, light biscuity pale malts, very floral and perfumed, grassy, spicy bitter fruits (grapefruits, bitter oranges, lemons, pears), definite sea saltiness, lots of resiny traces, very little sweetness... maybe a little more malt just to balance things out would help...

M&D - Quite sharp and dry with some oily smoothness underneath... light /medium bodied... pretty drinkable although the hops might become a bit much after a while...

Overall - A very good and slightly unusual IPA... maybe the hops are just slightly on the harsh side but apart from that it's definitely worth trying...

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Photo of csiewert
2.81/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours a thick hazy amber color with a finger foamy white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is strong of bubblegum notes and some fruitiness. The taste is strong with cardboard and earthy tones. The mouthfeel is way overcarbonated and harsh. Overall very unique but not very good and definitely not an IPA.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Got to check this out on tap at Craft. Copper in color, a lot of suspended yeast I suspect floating around. It did make a good 3/4" white head, and almost uniform lace down the glass.

Aroma lacked dry hopping. Taste was all bittering grapefruit like hops. For being an English ipa, it sure has those bittering hops all over it. Its a little different, something yeast or water wise giving a unique aspect of the mouthfeel. Alcohol kind of pronounced.

I'm not super down with this beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge head that recedes slowly and rockily. Small amount of cloudiness. The liquid is neutral amber. Lots of chunky lace on the glass.

Round dark malt aroma is the first impression I have on the smell. For an IPA, it's unusual to have such a low level of smells closer to a English Mild.

This is an easy beer to enjoy. It is not a strong IPA in terms of the hop. In fact, I wouldn't know it is anything more than an English Pale Ale except for the higher level of alcohol, which is not evident on the tongue. Very nice creaminess to the mouth; good carbonation.

There is a brandy-like element to this beer. Lots of wonderfully full flavors without being extreme.

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Photo of Gavage
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a milky orange color with a one finger head that lasts. Just doesn't look good at all.

Smell: big grapefruit and lemon citrus and some tart bitterness are easily detectable and quite pleasant.

Taste: nice malt presence. Big grapefruit, lemon zest, and a hearty bitterness are up front. Green grape tartness, honey, and some caramel candy are secondary in the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start, smoother and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste is relatively brief. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: getting by the appearance of this beer, it is not too bad. Will need to try this one again.

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Photo of avalon07
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and thick, cloudy consistency. Lots of floaters. There was an inch of long-lasting, foamy head. OK lacing.

S: A strong, hoppy aroma, with traces of malt and barley.

T: Tasted predominantly of spicy hops, with some malt and an earthy quality. Much more lively than most English IPAs. Very flavorful.

M: Lots of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An extremely drinkable IPA, though it may be a little out of character from the style.

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Photo of NewGeneric
2.12/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Stein for getting this one.
Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a vibrant orange marmalade color with a full finger and a half of fluffy foam that dissipates quickly. Plenty of lacing left around the glass as well, with a nice quarter finger of foam sitting on top.

S: Smells of spicy hops, revealing citrus behind the earthy tones. I also feel like I smell rye (haven't checked the label to see if they mention it). Seems a little musky/stale.

T: Tastes almost exactly like it smells. Very earthy, and I swear I taste rye. Gettin the same score as the smell.

M: Decent enough but not mind-blowing. Nice body, but not terribly smooth. Slightly overcarbonated as well. Just kinda in the middle.

D: Oof. I'm not getting this again. It actually seems like a decent beer of some other category, just not IPA. Unfortunately, whatever category that is, I'm not a big fan of it.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Murky orange pour

Heavy yeast on the nose with a hint of lemons

Tastes yeasty and slightly sweet with faint lemons on the follow through

Highly carbonated and slightly thin

I'm a little bit IPA, this beer's a little bit Belgian-o'....with apologies to Marty Cooper's eternal lyrical greatness

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a pint of this from Liquormax in Loveland, CO. $7. Batch NR 155 APR 08 best before APR 10. So I'm at the halfway point. Could be interesting.

A: Cloudy copper color with a dense rocky head, excellent lacing, and really nice head retention. Overall a really nice looking IPA.

S: Funk, this smells like big time bret...sour lemons, sour candy, just all around this one smells like its gonna pucker me up. Umm...I don't know how to rate an IPA that smells like a wild ale, doesn't have any IPA notes...tricky. Still a nice smelling beer regardless.

T: Not as sour as I had anticipated, still a strong medicinal bret flavor to it, bitter hops are unique, hard to place, this is an odd beer. There is a hint of malty sweetness, but everything is so crowded by the overpowering bret, I can't tell if I like it, or want to toss it. As it warms a little more the flavors of an IPA begin to emerge. Sour and bitter are an odd contrast, but I can't say that I'm offended. Really an interesting beer, but not something that is amazing by any means.

M: Slight sour pucker, quite dry as well. Light carbonation, medium/light thickness. Really alright, the sour pucker is weird though for an IPA.

D: I don't know, this beer is really odd. A fresh example would be a little nicer, but when beers are coming from Norway its hard to find something truly fresh. The wild aspect of the beer potentially takes away from the "wild hop" variety that the label talks about. The next time I see this, I will check for a fresher date. Weird, but not bad.

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Photo of illidurit
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold-orange color with a light-tan wet filmy head. Old grapefruit aroma, with a light earthy smokiness. Sweet fruity flavor with overripe apples (Fuggles?), crystal malts, earth, and a dry bitter finish. Obviously English in style. Nice filling mouthfeel.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed ruby hued amber with a bit creme head. Nose is slightly like a red ale. Flavor is pretty tart and biting. It's like a hybrid of American and English IPA characteristics. Has a bit of a bite to it and a thick malty body as well. Feel has a fairly full carbonation and the liquid is nice too. This is nice, but the bite makes it more of a sipper than anything.

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Beer rating: 48.8% out of 100 with 41 ratings
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