Green Devil IPA | Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap

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Green Devil IPAGreen Devil IPA

Brewed by:
Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
England, United Kingdom

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of od1kenobe
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Doesn't do itself justice. This is a seriously tasty beer and even though it's quite strong i would have liked to have had a few. The bark it's worse than the bite on this devil

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Photo of dcmchew
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden, one finger white head foam going away fast. Sticky lacing. Looks nice.
Smells awesome! Really clear tropical fruit, with mango, pineapple, passion fruit, followed by tasty grapefruit and tangerines, all covering a faint caramel maltiness. This predicts a really tasty hoppy fruitiness.
Yes. Tons of hops. Really tropical at first, mainly sweet mango, pineapple, juicy passion fruit, so goddamn tasty, laced with lime, peach and oh so tasty blood oranges, with grapefruit towards the finish. Sweet malts can barely keep up with the hops, hinting some caramel and (very) floral honey. Mineral/earthy hoppy finish rather than green and sprucy; rugged and very bitter. I also get a bit of English specific hoppiness in the finish, which tries to keep this beer related to the isles, not 100% American.
Creamy smooth body helps the hops create a nice flavorful experience, not just a fizzy citrusy refreshing one. Green dry finish.
I'm glad a local bar has this at a fairly decent price, my new go-to beer when i need a tasty hop-bomb.

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Photo of nobady
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Buonissima IPA, anche qualità prezzo!
Non stucca, a meno che non ve ne scoliate due litri, e il sapore è indistintamente Indian Pale Ale, leggera di gradazione ( come quasi tutte le IPA del resto ).

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Photo of breadwinner
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best pint of my trip to the UK. Ironically, probably one of the warmest cask servings I had too. Just a great rich depth of hop and malt character, inescapably present but somehow never overpowering each other. Props to the Bow Bar, as well, for keeping this one in prime condition.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - pours a nice clear golden colour with a two fingered head that retains well and laces. It says drink me !

S - plenty of mango grapefruit and hop with a little sweetness

T - nice hoppy flavours of passion fruit, mango and pineapple, so very well balanced the sugar is just right and bitterness not overpowering.

M - light to medium body with medium carbonation

O - well I really enjoyed this brew, I have not been a big fan of hop driven beers for some time and this beer has restored my faith somewhat, I like the balance of hop and sweetness. If you are looking for a massive hop bomb, then forget it, cause this isn't that.This is a very well balanced beer and just has something that a lot of other big IPA's doesn't have. Balance !

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Photo of doktorhops
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Before I begin this bruview: Oakham Ales Citra - if you haven’t tried it; Get it. Now. Ok, now that I’ve covered that off I am really excited about this brew, if you could colour me excited I would be a nice hazy jonquil (which is coincidentally the colour I gave of Oakham’s Citra in my earlier review of it). Note to self: The hop on this label looks like a real trouble-maker.

Poured from a 500ml (almost a pint but not really quite) bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Once again Oakham manage to present us with a really yellowish tinged (light amber) brew, not that I’m complaining, just wondering what the brewer is doing to give their Ales this yellow tint. There is a thin ring of white lace around the glass as well. 7/10.

S: Powerfully fruity and herbal fragrance, I would say passionfruit and cannabis (like the Citra), with an unmistakable hint of Starburst orange rounds out this hop driven perfume. Damn it smells fantastic, again Oakham are right on the money for hop aromas. 9/10.

T: The flavour is similar to Citra as well, in fact I believe this brew must be a more amped (ABV-wise) version of Citra... I could be wrong, but when has that happened? [careful with your words me] There’s that tropical passionfruit/Starburst orange/herbal note followed by a light toffee base and a tea tannin finish. It’s sublimely well-balanced, and fits perfectly in with my view of Oakham as old school English brewers with modern US techniques/flavours. An assertive bitter aftertaste however shows up and mars an otherwise perfect score. 9/10.

M: Medium bodied with a light but dense English pub carbonation. 8/10.

D: There was a big part of me that was hoping this would be exactly a bigger version of the fantastic Citra, and let’s face facts - the hop flower on the label appears similar, though more sinister, to the one on the Citra bottle - so I got exactly what I wanted... however it really is a difficult decision betwixt the two Oakham Ales, both are excellent, both taste similar, but there is one that is a touch too easy (the Citra), and one that is a touch too bitter (in the aftertaste). Being the difficult beer consumer/connoisseur that I am I wish Oakham had Ale with the same great taste that is juuuuuust right. Still this edges close to Beervana. 8/10.

Food match: Some sort of Vindaloo is in order here.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pristine white head, bubbly and good retention; body is clear amber, like a jewel, stunning really.

Aroma: some tropical fruit - mango, pineapple - and floral, touch of spice hops; juicy and delightful

Taste & Mouthfeel: pretty straightforward hop flavours, almost plain - of resin and grass; there's not much to say about it, but despite that, it works, with only enough caramel malt to provide a balance, and medium body that has a full feel; this is like a perfectly standard IPA, done perfectly

Overall: this could easily become your go-to IPA for sitting on the deck or patio in the summer, it does a great job of not trying to hard, unpretentious but so well crafted

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold with a white head and almost perfectly clear, this could be confused for a pilsner. Until you smell it. Huge passion fruit, tangerine, papaya, a touch of lime, and a faint whiff of rose and a little mint. Not much there in terms of malt character, so the overall impression is of an aromatic Alsatian white wine.

Crisp, dry, and bitter in spite of its "sweet" aroma, but still big on tropical flavors, especially mango and dried pineapple. The bitterness is big and grapefruity and mouthwatering and the carbonation has an almost creamy fineness to it, which helps take the edge off an otherwise aggressive beer. If I have one complaint it's that the malts don't express themselves at all, which seems like a waste. But otherwise it's a lovely beer, refreshing and full of unrestrained hop flavor.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oakham's only keg beer and their most expensive offering. It's also their least flavourfull.

A: A copper tinted blonde body. Nice big bubbles in the white head.
S: Big lychees and some blackberries? But that last one could also be analogous to wet cardboard.
T: Bitter, with big lychees and toast. Just enough residual sweetness provides a nice snappy finish. Light on the malt character.
O: It's okay. In the Brewery Tap though, why would I pay more for a keg IPA when I can get a superior cask ale for less?

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear gold colour. Smells mostly of malts and tropical fruits. Tastes fruity, light, crisp, lots of citrus, heavy passion fruit, bit of bitterness. Light, refreshing, crisp taste.

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Photo of interzen
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Look: Pours a mid-golden yellow - crystal clear with a small white head that drops to a thin foam cap fairly quickly.

Smell: Plenty of grassy, resiny, piny hops as you'd expect from an American-inspired IPA. There's a good chunk of tropical fruit in the smell too, with passion fruit and pineapple by the truckload. There was also a slightly skunkiness to it too.

Taste: The barest hint of malt up front is blown away by a tidal wave of bitter hoppiness which is really rather delightful. Underneath it all is a floral earthiness. Good, solid IPA flavour profile.

Feel: Light and dry - good level of carbonation and accentuates the long, dry and hoppy finish.

Overall: Not bad at all - if you're expecting an American style hop-bomb then you'll likely be disappointed, but as an American inspired IPA it hits the spot very nicely indeed. Probably a bit on the heavy side to be sessionable but a worthwhile pint nonetheless.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden body with decent enough white head
Nice citrus aroma
Flavours are Big hops, big bitterness, big flavour,
Good mouthfeel makes big fun time

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Dec 31 2015 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a bright, clear golden-yellow colour, generating one finger of sparse, soapy, white-coloured foam at the surface. Within 60 seconds, it has wilted away totally, leaving behind a thin, bubbly collar and very little else. Not much to look at, that's for sure - but thankfully, the nose is a bit more interesting. Aromas of citrusy grapefruit rind and lemon pith step up in a big way, with notes of apricot, lychee and mango also coming through. It's not just fruity, but also quite floral and 'green' on the nose, with mild hints of grainy pale malts located just beneath the roiling sea of hoppy smells.

Approachable flavour profile. Given the aroma, I expected the malt presence on this one to be a bit of an afterthought - but the first sip left me pleasantly surprised, as a modest backbone of grainy, bready pale malts, along with some restrained caramel sweetness, immediately greets the palate. Flavours of apricot, lychee berry, pineapple and passionfruit start to carry much of the weight by mid-sip, with hoppy flavours of citrusy grapefruit pith and grassy, floral bitterness left to dominate the finish. Leaves a lingering astringency behind on the palate, somewhere halfway between pithy and resiny; this feature is quite persistent, and dries out the mouth. Medium-light bodied, with restrained carbonation levels that weakly prickle the palate; moderately soft, and a bit more refreshing than your average IPA.

Final Grade: 4.08, a solid A-. Oakham's Green Devil IPA is a worthwhile selection that should leave most members of the hophead set feeling pretty satisfied with their purchase. I'm enjoying this pale ale and would be up for drinking it again, but at nearly 7 bucks a pint (and with plenty of other similar-quality options constantly calling my name at much lower prices), it has no real chance of becoming a go-to. Still, it's drinking very nicely at four-plus months of age, and I don't regret the pick-up.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle served fairly cool into a pint glass. Cost was a steep $6.95 CDN from the local LCBO. Best before December 2015.

Appearance - Clear pale golden colored beer with minimal visible carbonation. Topped by a finger of quickly receding fluffy white head. The head leaves a nice swath of lacing around the glass and a small wisp of foam on top. Decent looking IPA.

Smell - Big but not overstated citrus aroma. Pineapple, mandarin orange and passionfruit that leans to the sweeter side of tropical fruits. This has a great nose.

Taste - Starts sweet with the juicy pineapple and orange but quickly turns rather bitter. While retaining its tropical bitterness there is a bit of a leafy and earthy undercurrent to the beer. Slightly sour and bitter passionfruit to finish everything up, with an added lime dimension.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, light body and very drinkable even as far as IPA's go. Nice soft feel in the mouth that coalesces in a dry finish.

Overall - A damn fine IPA, that would be more appealing to pick up a lot more of, if it wasn't for the price and the fact that other tropical fruit IPA's are still available for much cheaper. Still a damn good find and worth a shot for all IPA lovers.

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Overall solid IPA. Great aroma and proper use of hops. You smell tropical fruits. The taste starts with pineapple and citric, moderately sweet with a pleasant bitter aftertaste. There are some sweet malts, but are quickly overwhelmed by all the hops.

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Photo of thepeter
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden pour with a white frothy head lasting quite a while. Aromas of pine, citrus, fresh hops and tropical fruits. Taste of fresh hops, very green, lime, pine and a long lasting very fresh bitter finish. Palate is medium and refreshing, overall this is a great IPA and fantastic value.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle B and M stores, Bristol. Pours clear gold with small white head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - strong citrus fruits, hoppy overtones. Taste - Fruity, bitter with a dry after taste. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 660ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2014. Acquired recently from Trembling Madness in York. Nice to see a large bomber-type bottle for the price of a normal bottle! Winner of several awards, including SIBA's 2012 Supreme Champion. Bottle conditioned.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A golden-yellow hue with fine sediment but no carbonation to be seen. Produces a good head of white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before collapsing. Aroma of intense, juicy fruit notes - mango, pineapple, grapefruit, tropical fruits, name it! A lingering sweetness. Hints of sweet malt and dry yeast esters in the background. Impressive.

Tastes of fruity aromatic hops with a juicy character and a spicy bitter finish. Quite dry. Notes of tropical fruits and citrus - mango and grapefruit in particular. A faint buttery hint along with subtle yeast esters. A piquant bitterness upon swallowing - intense and lingering. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and full-bodied. Pretty astringent; dries the palate. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops - the flavour stays with you.

Good stuff - tons of flavour and character. The emphasis is on fruity aroma along with an intense bitterness; the malt is completely overshadowed. The lack of apparent carbonation was odd, particularly given the bottle conditioning, but it still felt as though the CO2 was hidden away somewhere. However, good as it tastes, the fruity hop aroma and bitterness never quite achieve a perfect union; it's as if they're competing for your attention. Still - a solid effort with only minor flaws. Grab one if you see it.

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Photo of dgilks
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear golden amber colour with a smooth, white head. Good head retention.

Bright orangey aromas with other rounded citrus notes. Almost herbal but very good.

Moderately sweet malt flavour with a sharp, moderate bitterness. Good citrus hop flavour. Clean but everything an AIPA should be.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Fine.

A solid AIPA. Very crisp, flavourful and refreshing.

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Photo of vinicole
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear yellow colour. Large bubbles but little to no head.
Rich fruit and hop aroma.
Light bitterness but plenty of citrus fruit flavour.
Moderate feel.

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Photo of Spike
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Gold. Mainly clear, very slight haze. Almost no carbonation visible. Patchy cap but plentiful lacing.

S: Given the hop kick I was expecting more. Very subdued nose. Some spicy orange peel. But nothing unpleasant.

T: Oranges, lemons. Light and floral. Some mineral in the finish. Hints of alcohol.

F: Tingle of carbonation. Solid bitter kick. Very smooth. Some chewiness. Excellent.

O: At 6% ABV this has a surprisingly light touch. Velvet mouthfeel with a soft, floral flavour. Only a little heavy resin/pine. Decent AIPA made in Cambridgeshire.

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Photo of peensteen
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes

Pale golden colour, ring of white head, no lace. Smell is hoppy, citrus fruit and a bit perfumey, earthy hops with some malty-cracker like notes. Taste is hoppy and quite bitter, dry fruity-earthy hops, some sweet bready malts mid palate with a lingering hop finish. Medium-light carbonation, medium body. Overall its a nice English IPA with some American influence, good but a bit unremarkable.

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Photo of charlatan
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Half pint in 'spoons Counting House in Glasgow. Very light straw colour with a white head and orange and grapefruit citrus nose. It tastes like tangerine yet swetter and still somehow leafy, well balanced, with a slightly oily feel. Bravo. Took these notes while revising for an exam. Alas in the exam I attempted to recall what I had been revising at the time and I could picture the page and this beer, but not the details of what had been written on the page.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

660ml bottle from Slowbeer, into a Great Divide glass.

Pale gold colour, lovely white foam on top. Really nice lacing, honeycomb at times.

Smell starts with passionfruit, then a little pineapple and finally pine becomes the most dominant aroma. No skimping on hops here!

Taste is all about passionfruit first and then pine. Lacks a little bit of malt base to make it a bit more balanced & robust.

Lighter body. Strong bitterness most of the way through. Just think that a bigger malt backbone might just make this smooth out a touch.

Nice beer, plenty hoppy. Loved all the stuff I've had from Oakham and this doesn't harm their reputation in my mind.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw colour with a small frothy white head. Aroma is grass, citrus, hops. Taste is malty, hops and citrus notes. Nice beer worth a try if you can get it.

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Green Devil IPA from Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
3.85 out of 5 based on 106 ratings.
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