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 tigg924
2.99/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Had on tap. Pours clear, gold in color, with minimal head. Taste is soapy hops with pale malt. Moderate body, bitter, and moderate carbonation. Tastes way more like an English IPA than an American one. Decent, but average for the style. One that I will likely not revisit.

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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 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 beersareonme
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Decent IPA, but the lack of a good thick frothy head left me a little disappointed. The hops were good, the aroma was good, a little cloudy (also good). I just prefer a creamier thicker head. But def. worth a taste, and I would buy again. Cheers.

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Photo of vinicole
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | 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 polloenfuego
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Little head on pouring, but the color is bright gold/orange in the afternoon sun.

S: For an American IPA there is very little hops on the nose in my opinion, malts are far more present.

T: Again, I am not getting a lot of the hops that are promised in this beer, but the malts are coming through, more of what I would expect from a British IPA or session bitter.

M: Smooth and clean, medium carbonation, but a very bitter and harsh finish.

O: An average beer. Not what I would call and American IPA based on what I tasted. That being said, it may have been a little old and that could have affected what I was sampling.

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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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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 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 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 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 TerryW
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pretty ordinary looking. Not much head, no lace, clear gold. Nose is fruity and resiny, but nothing special. Big resiny hops to taste, some sweetness, offset by some distinct bitterness. Fruit, citrus rind to taste. Big mouth presence, but not really particularly memorable. Just clumsy to me.

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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 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 BeerWatcher
2.82/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Easily one of the ugliest pours I have ever seen. It is over-filtered to the point where it looks like completely filtered gold water. I could watch TV through this beer. No head to speak of. Aromas are a mixed bag, but there is some definite dirty sweat socks going on. The next layer down is cat pee. I think there are some fruity hops lurking at the bottom of the well. As it warms, there is a cloying honey musk aroma.
Crisp and clean palate. Flavours of tropical fruits, laying under a tongue-mashing mustiness. I wanted to like this one. I don’t.

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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 biegaman
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Green Devil is actually yellow - and a very light shade of it at that, especially by British IPA standards. For a brewery situated in the east of England, not terribly far from the North Sea, it's a little surprising to see such a sunny, California-coast looking ale. Let's hope it has the hops to match too!

First sniff says it does. Not quite in quantity but definitely in quality; this bouquet smells like a mountain of citrus rinds surrounded by fresh flowers. It's a landscape dotted with lemons, grapefruits, passionfruit, lychees, and just about any other delicious fruit you care to name.

But rock-hard water minerals and an austere maltiness snap us suddenly out of the tropics and place us squarely back in the UK. Conventional pale malt-derived flavours of bread and grain set in, sulfate and calcium notes begin to dominate, and gone is the notion of a flamboyant and exotic IPA.

There's still some hoppiness, mind you. A grassy, pungent earthiness courses throughout the beer, lending evanescent tastes of fruit peels and rose petals. Such soft notes are appreciated; hard water minerals compound bitterness to make feel stronger than it really is.

This bottle of Green Devil, ironically enough, expires on Halloween (still another 7 months away). But I've also tried an old example and it aged surprisingly well. I've ranted about British brewers shipping out the wrong types of beers, and while IPAs normally make that list, this is one hoppy export you can confidently spend your money on (though at $6.70/500ml I wouldn't do it often).

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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 Phyl21ca
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a dark orangey color ale with a nice large pure white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of green grassy hops with some citrusy bitter notes. Taste is dominated by light grassy notes with some citrusy hops, some residual sugar and a bitter finale. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable but maybe a tad more bitter then I would have like.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another decent IPA, although this one seems to be lacking body, which a surprising turn from a UK beer. It's nose is a bit disturbing as well. It seems as though Canada and the US has overtaken the UK in mastering IPAs.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for around $6.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that is gone pretty fast. Medium gold and filtered clear

S- Goodly amount of hops but nothing special

T- Bland and drab. Not very good at all. Weak hop flavor and single ended. Malt base is adequate

M- Bland and blah. Syrupy and low carbonation in all respects. I know IPA's aren't the most carbonated but they have it in a certain way, not this beer

O- Not so good. Will not buy again.

Food Pairing

This ok beer paired well with..... Fish pakora or Indian fish. Nice heat from the fish contrasts this beer well


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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 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 GarthDanielson
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a pale, hazy, straw gold coloring with no head. Aromas of cedar, cut grass, bitter hops, vegetal notes, spearmint, and a subtle caramel backbone. Pretty green on the nose. The flavors are extremely tart citrus forward, with lemon and grapefruit, followed by cedar spice, moss, cut grass, pepper spice, and herbal highlights. Smooth, light, and dry in mouth, with a solid herbal and tropical fruit sweet aftertaste. These are some dynamic hop profiles. Dry, tart, bitter finish. Solid.

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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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Green Devil IPA from Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
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