India Pale Al | Lobethal Bierhaus

India Pale AlIndia Pale Al
16 Ratings
India Pale AlIndia Pale Al

Brewed by:
Lobethal Bierhaus

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Name is a play on the name of one of the owners.

Added by brendan13 on 04-29-2009

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by CrazyDavros:
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3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange with ruby highlights and a large persistent head.
Great English aromas leap out of the glass, with earthy hops and dried fruit along with some very noticeable toffee, caramel and cookie dough malt. Not all the hoppy but very nice none the less.
Flavours are similarly malty, with loads more caramel and cookie dough. Hops take a back seat here, except in the strong but boring bitterness.
Carbonation could be higher.
More of a pale ale, rather than an IPA.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RollingAlong
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of jbowers56
3.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky orange/musky tan colour with a thin yellow-white head that dissipates quickly. Not a formidable appearance.

Aroma is primarily sweet. Definite syrup notes - maybe treacle or golden syrup. Something like that. A nice biscuity note that should be expected in a british ale. Perhaps some fruitiness from the hops, maybe a bit of earthiness. Hard to say. Not an IPA nose, but not a bad nose either.

Much too sweet. Those treacle notes are far too present for an ipa. Tastes a little like golden syrup steamed pudding. After a second taste some earthy hops become apparent. Not very enjoyable in terms of an IPA. By no means a terrible beer, but the sweet syruppy taste up front really distracts from the hop character.

Quite fizzy, but a cloying quality is present from the initial sweetness and it doesnt get cleaned up by either the fizz or bitterness.

Would not buy again - especially since it is priced at the same point as jamieson beast.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, thanks to mulder1010, into a Golden Monkey tulip.

The colour is an orange copper, with nice off-white foam on top that takes a long time to settle as film. The odd bit of wave lacing.

Smell is citric, as well as having a number of other fruits to it, maybe a bit of peach, hard to pin down exactly. Almost tropical, but not in a US IPA style. Pretty decent from the fruit side of things. Plenty of biscuity malt there as well. Unexpected overall, unique too.

Taste has a bit of hop spiciness and then some caramel and sweet malt. At times a little too sweet.

Hop spice is early, can be a little syrupy at times as it rolls around. Not a lot of bitterness to end with, just slightly cloying malt.

Solid English IPA, by no means outstanding, alright to drink, bit of disconnect between what you smell and what you taste. Nevertheless, worth trying for something different which is not something you'd always say about an English IPA.

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Photo of spicelab
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of pin
2/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of Macca
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a cloudy dark golden colour with a solid off white head.

On the nose it's maltiness and pine that dominate. A bit or earth.

Hops are a bit more assertive on the palate. Plenty of sweetness but they don't really balance that well. Bitterness kicks on for a while.

Medium bodies.

An ok IPA but not game changing.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at the bierhaus in Lobethal.

Pours an orange-tinged golden colour with a good pillow of foamy white head, sinks forming a healthy crown of small bubbles. Steady stream of carbonation through the brew. Nice looker.

Lots of malt on the nose, hints of golden syrup throughout. Some floral hops imparting a passionfruit aroma and some grassy character. Not bad, but having this after the pale ale I have to say this isn't as complex. Certainly not complex enough for an IPA.

Taste has lots of diacetyl very noticeable early on. Some malty notes that quickly turn over-sweet with syrupy notes. Hops come through early, giving off some nice phenolic notes and hints of grass and parsley. Finish is fairly bitter with some soil notes, and I appreciate the grounding of an overly sweet palate, but the palate is very unbalanced. It doesn't blend, or meld, from one flavour to another, just dumps you with sweet, and then dumps you with bitter.

Quite thick on the feel, yet also feels a bit harsh from the carbonation. Good fullness, but mediocre otherwise.

The right flavours are there but not in the right balance, too sweet at front, very bitter at the back. Flavours are too mish-mash to make this a smooth drop.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse.

Pours a pleasant reddish amber colour, with a pleasantly full head of white foam. Good lacing, without a lot of carbonation. Looks pretty tasty. Almost more like a red ale though.

American hops on the nose, giving lots of fruit; almost overripe and squashy. Bit of butterscotch and biscuity grain characters to sweep it just slightly away from hop purity, but it's pretty nice.

Light sweet passionfruit tart characters on the palate, aided by the very smooth mouthfeel that feels like melted glass. It's surprising, but quite pleasant in an IPA. Taste is very clean, and the hops are muted, but robust enough to cleanse the palate.

Very drinkable IPA, with enough character to be interesting, but light enough to be sessionable and enjoyable.

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Photo of life_of_agony
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ADZA
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky golden copper hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a three finger frothy head that stays and leaves heaps of lacing everywhere,the smell is floral fruity hops and biscuty caramel malts,it has a medium bodied creamy mouthfeel and has tastes of guava,fruit salad,stonefruits,boiled candy and finished with a floral hoppy bitterness and overall alright without being great.

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Photo of Jamestregenza
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Stuckey_Stuckey
3.4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of brendan13
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Local Taphouse.
A - Fairly clear golden orange colour with 2cm of white fluffy head that falls fairly quickly leaving a bit of lacing down the glass.
S - Floral and herbal with a light fruitiness. Some pine hints with a slight caramel maltiness.
T - Floral and pine hops come through with some fruity hops and a sweet honey and caramel malt touch.
M - Medium bodied with a medium carbonation.
D - A nice flavourful IPA. Something I'd drink again.

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Photo of cammo84
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of dgilks
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate floral hop aroma with a heavy malt backbone. Lots of crystal sweetness. Quite fruity. Too sweet for my liking.

Very hazy, orange colour. Small but tight, moussy off white head.

Moderate fruity, floral hop flavour with lots of malt. The malt is very sweet and almost under-attenuated. Quite earthy with a slight metallic edge. A tart note of the end is not entirely appropriate but isn't bad.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Not as dry as it could be.

A reasonable attempt at an IPA by this Australian micro. It lacks a touch of finesse but is acceptable none the less.

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India Pale Al from Lobethal Bierhaus
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 16 ratings
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