India Pale Ale | St. George Brewing Company, The

124 Reviews
India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

Brewed by:
St. George Brewing Company, The
Virginia, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Murph on 07-18-2002

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 124 | Ratings: 187
Photo of vabeerguy
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic glass. The color is a hazy orange with a pleasant floral smell. The initial taste is balanced but ends with a mild hop flavor.

Not sure why but there is no born on or drink by date so I am not sure how fresh the beer is. So I bought just one bottle. I started checking for this information after I had a really skunked beer (brewer to remain nameless). Turns out some beer on the shelf had passed its drink by date by months.

Having said that, this is a pretty good IPA and I would buy it again if I knew the bottled by or drink by date.

 581 characters

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: amber/orange with small, frothy head; head dissipated quickly, with not a lot of lacing

Smell: ah, that distinctive UK IPA with Fuggles hops it much better than US hops; pick up some biscuit malt and fruit notes; love it.

Taste: sweet malts with a big hit of earthy hops right up front; finishes slightly sweet with a bit of hop bitterness hanging around to balance it. Good flavor

Mouthfeel: fairly creamy, almost like a double IPA in the mouthfeel. Should be more attenuated and crisper. Good though.

Remarks: got this to remember what a British IPA with UK hops tastes like. I'd buy it again.

 633 characters

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a semi-cloudy copper color. The head is a finger high and off-white in shade. While its texture is superbly creamy, its duration isn't great. A small but thick ring of lacing sticks to the glass. (3.75)

Smell: I expect esters in an English-style IPA, and I'm getting them - as the dominant note, in fact. Plenty of peach, apricot, and cherry hits my nose There are some leafy, earthy hops which balance both the esters and the biscuity malts. St. George nailed all the aspects I like in a English IPA. (3.75)

Taste: This actually is assertively hoppy - only, instead of citrus, I get plenty of tobacco, wood, and earth. Having said that, notes of orange marmalade, apricot, peach, and biscuit all make themselves known around the back end. This is very well done stylistically, and also quite enjoyable in general. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: The feel is somewhat full and round, which I like. On the other hand, it seems excessively slimy/syrupy for what it's trying to accomplish. Even with decent carbonation, it feels like this beer sits around too long on the palate. At least the flavor is good enough to not make it annoying. (3)

Overall: My only quibbles here lie in the overly bulky mouthfeel. Otherwise, this is a damn good English IPA that's a nice change of pace from all the tropical fruit assaults I'm used to (and enjoy, if I'm honest). The way this beer blends ale esters with a vibrant, defined Fuggles flavor is why I like it so much. I'll definitely buy this again, maybe even by the six pack. (3.75)

3.68/5: More or less what I want from an English IPA

 1,612 characters

Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic, the beer is a crystal clear, caramel coloring, with a slow flow of carbonation throughout the body, and a low profile, filmy, clingy, white head. Aromas of tangy sweet caramel, grapefruit and lemon zest, and subtle bitterness. Extremely balanced nose. Flavors are tangy sweet caramel and toffee forward, with subtle notes of bitter and peppery hops in the backbone, and a highlight of grapefruit led citrus sweet throughout. Roasted overtones rough up the overly sweet palate, with a big, full body. The aftertaste is more of the citrus notes shining through, but still with the roasted malt notes an English IPA is known for. Smooth, tangy sweet, bitter, and dry finish. Good beer.

 717 characters

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Crab Shack in Newport News, VA. Pours a nice amber color with a frothy white head and decent lacing. The aroma is distinctly floral with fruity accents and the taste is well balanced, hoppy, but not overpowering. Mouthfeel is solid with a good bitter aftertaste, again not overpowering. Overall this is a solid IPA.

 340 characters

Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Decent beer with a clear gold color and great head. first thing I smell id=s malt. Taste hits you first with malty sweetness, than moves into the bitterness of hops and citrus, more citrus than hops. Finish is bitter and nice, and ends crisp with a touch of hop bitterness at the end. Overall, ok but expected a little more kick of the hops

 341 characters

Photo of slusk
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a fairly clear copper with a dense white head, excellent lacing.

S: Bright orange peel hop aroma, with some bready caramel malt. Some wheat and Belgian type character.

T: Quick flash of caramel malt character overtaken by floral, citrus and bitter orange peel. Bright and slightly acidic flavor. hop forward brew that leans more toward bittering than aroma. Dry finish.

M: Moderate carbonation, some astringency and light body, a bit thin.

O: Not a bad beer. The bitterness is I the forefront with some floral hop notes. The malt flavor is short lived and is taken over by the hop bitterness. Overall, not bad. but I'd like to see more hop aroma.

 660 characters

Photo of obywan59
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

No born on date.
Purchased on vacation at Wine Cheese & More at Chincoteague Island, VA.

Golden orange in color with a mounding 3 finger white head that recedes leaving almost snowflake-like lacing.

Pleasantly citric with a sweet malt backbone.

Disappointing. A bit of sweet malt and a hint of citrus, but it's all overshadowed by a harsh, nose scrunching bitterness. I think this first bottle, at least, is past it's prime.

Light to moderate in body with moderate syrup and a slightly harsh, oily burn in the throat,.

When I uncapped the bottle and took my first whiff, I thought uh-oh, this may be a skunk, but the aroma in the glass was much improved. The taste however, confirmed my earlier suspicions. Not a taste I would want to pay for again, but I'll have to give it another chance, and hope for a fresher bottle.

 826 characters

Photo of rorjets
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This English style IPA makes me feel like getting my armor on, and heading out to find a dragon to slay. Great taste, with the bitterness moderated by a vague citrusy sweetness. The color is coppery, with a nice head and lacy trails. Definitely btings out the Knight in me!

 273 characters

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy yellow-orange with 1 finger.

S - Lots of orange and lemony smells. Not overly citrusy, though.

T - Nice medium hop taste. Well balanced.

M - Light to medium bodied.

O - Pretty good, light-tasting beer, well balanced. Although not my favorite style, this is enjoyable. Easy drinking.

 296 characters

Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 12 oz bottle an impressive copper color with a foamy 2 finger head. There seems to be almost no carbonation going on inside the glass, I had to look really hard to find a small handful of tiny bubbles. Aroma is surprisingly faint with almost no hop presence...I get mostly the aroma of toasted malt. 1st sip brings a sharp note of spicy, piney hops, but it's not the overwhelming in-your-face hoppiness that comes with most American IPAs. Mouthfeel is right down the middle, neither watery of heavy. Overall, this is a decent, very drinkable IPA, a refreshing change from all the overdone hop bombs out there.

 624 characters

Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a copper/orange color with a couple inch off-white head that sticked around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is herbal and citrusy (orange, lemon peel) hops, and some bready malt. The brew tastes like herbal and citrusy (grapefruit, oranges) hops, and some bready and caramel malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy but also has a little too much carbonation for me. I still think it's a decent enough brew overall, it's certainly worth trying. I'd like to have this one again in the future.

 581 characters

Photo of TechTriumph
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 03/21/12:
Bottle code: 0042 B2 0343; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Just over an inch of off-white fluffy head with good retention; Clear appearance with a deep copper color; Some scattered lacing left behind

S - Nice balance of earthy, herbal, and floral hops with toasty, sweet caramel, toffee, and biscuity malts

T - Very toasty flavor up front accompanied by sweet caramel and biscuity malts, with good balance provided by leafy/earthy, herbal, and lightly spicy hops; Very light bitterness presence; Leafy hops begin to stand out more towards the end of the taste with just a bit of lingering sweetness and bitterness

M - Good amount of carbonation; Medium bodied; Fairly dry finish leaving a light oily, hoppy coat on the tongue

O - I'm not one to try too many English IPA's, but this one is a quality offering for the style and has me thinking I should try a few more. I really enjoyed the taste of 100% UK Fuggles, which didn't steal the show, but had enough of a presence to work well with the light bitterness and overall toasty, malty flavor. I wouldn't mind trying this brew again when I'm in the mood for another English IPA.

 1,154 characters

Photo of abrand
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from a BIF poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy orange color with a 2 finger pillowy head. Smells is great with lots of fruity, hops and grains. Taste is spot on. Not overpowering but delicious. Plenty of oranges, hops, and pines. Not too bitter. Very sessionable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall this is great, wish it was available to me.

 365 characters

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours medium orangey-copper, with just a hint of haze. A fat finger of head lingers nicely, leaving a delicate lace well up the walls of the glass.

S: Not too complex. Slight malt, but mostly citrus, and with a medium hops aroma on repeat whiffs.

T: Sweet for a split second, and a quick burst of fresh citrus, followed by what seems like biting a grapefruit rind -- tart, bitter, and not very pleasant.

M: Moist, with fair crispness and decent carbonation.

O: Although the label says "English IPA" it lacks the balance and subdued notes I have come to expect from the English variety. This is an American IPA in character, and not a great one at that.

 659 characters

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: cloudy copper; two-finger head; decent carb action
S: thin, light lemon; bit of soapy smell
T: well hopped, but the hops have a mild profile, making this very smooth; bread and biscuits under a pine tree might be a good description

Overall, a smooth, solid IPA. Cheers!

 302 characters

Photo of Jayli
2.39/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Consumed 10/11
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy amber, copper color with a one finger of off white head. Head recedes quickly leaving wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is big bready malts, biscuit, and caramel malts.

T: Taste starts with a ton of bready malts and biscuit notes. Caramel fills out the middle. Finish is a slightly off-putting and oddly blended grapefruit hops.

M: Medium body, lower carbonation, oily body.

O: Goes down a bit meh, not very tasty, not too filling, mild kick, not a good representation of style. I wasn't a fan of this beer, and would not seek it out again.

 613 characters

Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with some slight haze.
The foam head is about average I'd say with a fairly dense cap and lingering lace.

Aroma is of a nice hop bouguet with spicy and floral tones. Caramel malts back up.

A sweet and spicy taste. Hops have a nice floral taste but show hints of spice or pepper.
Malts have a sweet caramel backbone. There's some biscuit in there too.

A medium mouthfeel thats has a tart bitter aftertaste. Average carbonation.

Not a bad IPA. Very drinkable.
So, yeah go get one,

 504 characters

Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This a good IPA, especially an English IPA. Beer is amber with some haze and a one finger white head, slightly off white, lots of lacing, looks like beer to me.

Aroma is strong, piny and earthy, very nice!

Beer is medium in body and quite bitter in the finish, the midpalate is entirely populated by the hop flavors, more piny and more earth with a mild citrus flavor in the middle. Very nice, I'd have this again, very excited about a decent IPA from VA.

 457 characters

Photo of zaphodchak
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a growler from Whole Foods Charlottesville, VA where it claimed "St. George Imperial Pale Ale," which in my research does not exist.

Pours a finger or so of bubbly tan-white head over a clear amber body with plenty of bubbles.

Smell has a bit of hop tang and a faint trace of alcohol, but doesn't smell like much.

Taste is pretty nice. Sweet for an IPA, and remarkable malt character which is tempered by some steely hops. Pleasant bold taste, but dry enough to go with most anything; think fish or poultry. Kind of a steely white-grape finish, but with more rounded maltiness than a chardonnay or something.

Mouthfeel is pretty standard, smooth and not over-carbed.

I'm not an IPA person, nor a hops person, but I can definitely get down with this. I only wish I cracked this growler before a meal, since I think it's probably rife with potential for food pairings.

 876 characters

Photo of KingRamer
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a beautiful head at least a couple fingers, with a wonderful smell, very fresh and brightly hopped, medium sized bubbles, looked to be a nice copper color to a colorblind like me, dominating bitter hops, but with an exciting sweetness that was the perfect complement to the fresh blast of hops, very light and refreshing body in the mouth, does the job great, good session beer

 387 characters

Photo of engagechad
2.19/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased at World Market in Charlottesville, VA as a part of a "Dragon Pack". Poured into DFH snifter.

Pours a nice yellowy amber, mostly yellow, moderate head. Smells dank and musty.. like a funky doppel or something. Kind of like really old LME. Tastes like it smells, just funky and not appealing.

I poured this beer down the drain.

There was no freshness date on the box or the bottle so there is no way to know really if I got a bad one..

 448 characters

Photo of damndirtyape
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass. No date on bottle that I could find.

Appearance: Clear coppery orange with some bubbles coming up slowly when held up to the light. Off white head that poured nice and dense and 1/4" thick, and died down to a thin skin across the top and good ring at the edge. Some strands and islands of persistent lacing noted.

Smell: Very mild citrus hop upon swirling, otherwise not a lot besides a hint of buttery malt and a metallic twang upon a deep inhale.

Taste: Buttery malt moving into a mixture of finishing flavors - part molasses, part English bitter hop. When the beer is cold the molasses flavor at the end dominates over the hops, but as it warms up the hops come out more and the molasses goes away. Good, but unusual flavor combination. Hop bitterness lingers at the end once the beer has warmed up and dominates most of the flavor of the beer, but it still starts sweet and buttery.

Mouthfeel: Slick and then the carbonation shows up on the tongue. Some lingering oil on the teeth. Nothing special.

Overall / Drinkability: Pretty good beer - not an amazing English IPA, but pretty good. The molasses flavor had me surprised that it was there at all, and it kept the beer interesting the whole way down. I could have another, but I think I would want it paired with food when I have it again.

 1,349 characters

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours an amber color, medium off white head. Grassy, feety, aroma of thistle. More grainy than hoppy. A good beer, but suspect IPA credentials. Sufficiently bitter, but not really derived from the hops. Ash and lemon grass fiinish. Could use more citrus flavors, but overall a sessionable IPA.

 334 characters

Photo of sholland119
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear pale amber with a white head but no lacing.

S-Spicy, grassy hops and a light malt backbone.

T-Surprisingly, sharply bitter in the front with a sweet caramel malt underneath.

M-Light to medium bodied, crisp carbonation.

D-Nice, a little too bitter to be enjoyably sessionable. Not bad.


 308 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
India Pale Ale from St. George Brewing Company, The
3.67 out of 5 based on 187 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.