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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Added by jazzyjeff13 on 07-07-2012

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Ratings: 109 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of Mr_Pink_152
2/5  rDev -48.1%

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 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 ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cbnz
3/5  rDev -22.1%

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 BlackHaddock
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hand-pulled half-pint in The Fighting Cocks, Oakengates on 3rd Oct 2013.

Bright, pale golden brew with a white covering of thin foam.

Not as hop bitter as I was expecting, nor as citrusy either.

This was a pleasant surprise: I'm not a big Oakham fan to be honest, however I really enjoyed this. The hops rule, but they don't kill the malt content or take over completely like a lot of Oakham brews tend to do in my eyes.

This wasn't sweet, but there were some fruity notes leading that way at times and I nearly had another half, to confirm my thoughts, but the wife had a swig of my beer and she agreed with me about the semi-sweetness that became evident as the beer warmed a little in the glass.

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Photo of shu_420
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Molson2000
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 Wajohnst
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Long813
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pcbnumber1
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of abanerji
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RedAleMan
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Waggman
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kwjd
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of talbotjf99
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 coder
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Green Devil IPA from Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
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