Green Devil IPA | Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap

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Green Devil IPAGreen Devil IPA

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 CrazyDavros
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows floral hops, orange and marmalade, soft light malt and earthy hops.
Very floral flavours, big distinct lavender notes. Crazily prominent lavender! Also some clean malt followed by an assertive bitterness. A bit astringent.
Body feels thick.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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