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Steam Exchange Brewery

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by vancurly on 09-08-2008

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 5
Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
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3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Local Taphouse prior to Brendan Varis @ AleStars.

Pours a hazy golden amber colour, quite dark for an IPA, but there's enough variation that it probably squeezes in. Very nice head though, a very fine white-bubbled number. Slight haze to the body, which I like. Overall, a very decent looking IPA.

Dusty and earthy on the nose - certainly smells like the aroma hops are English rather than American - almost giving a raw mushroom character. Slight pepper notes, with sweeter characters of marzipan and an unfortunate hint of apple cider. That being said, for the oddness, it's not unpleasant.

Taste is predominated by the apple character, which makes me suspect something's a little wrong with it. Grapeseed and must give a slightly less-sweet-than-purely-sweet note, and a peppery bitterness helps clean away the front palate, but it's certainly only an average palate. The body is smooth, however, and it has a very clear finish.

Not a bad drop all up, even for its flaws. The English hops are dead important for this beer though, and even their rather mild notes are mandatory to make this more than mediocre. But with everything in balance, it ends up a reasonably nice drop.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.12/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a large fading head.
Aroma shows lots of spicy and grapefruit hops. Loads of crystal malt. Pretty nice. Though not all that much in the way of American hops.
Mass of crystal malt dominates the flavours, before a sharp metallic bitterness follows.
Carbonation is a little high.
Nice other than that metallic bitterness.

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Photo of pin
2/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of mungus
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rude red colour, more red than amber. Head is beige, fairly thin but retaining very well. Mostly clear but a slight haze and steady bead. A bit dark, looks more red ale, but very nice anyway.

Smell is a bit subdued. Not a huge IPA character but a slight rubbery note and hints here and there of caramel malt. Slight savoury note with it, but not a huge amount otherwise. I'm a bit nonplussed about this.

Taste is slightly odd. Starts sweet and gets increasingly sweeter. Lots of light caramel malt becomes cereal-esque with rice and sweet corn flavours. Then a fair brown sugar note on the back, with some fruit giving me pears and some ginger. Phenolic hops are reasonably strong but without much complexity, just an earthy bitterness on the back. Not a big fan, just feels a bit simple.

Quite a harsh buzz from the carbonation; not bad for the style but certainly don't love it.

Drinking this is alright, but it's not something I'd go back for.

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Steam Exchange India Pale Ale from Steam Exchange Brewery
3.11 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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