India Pale Ale | The St. George Brewing Company

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Murph on 07-18-2002

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Photo of Dewsby
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L) This beer pours a dark amber hue, it is definitely on the darker side as far as English IPAs go. There is a decent head, and minimal lacing.

S) The smell is quite lovely. It is lacking hop character, but that can be forgiven by the fantastic malt presence on the nose. You can perceive nuttiness, light caramels and butter toffees, all well rounded by toasty biscuit. An absolute pleasure to sniff, would be rated higher if my nose was able to find some more lovely British hop character.

T) The malt profile of the nose is present in the taste. Again, the hoppiness is more nuanced than it should be. The beer is near the end of it's freshness date, so this will obviously play a factor.

F) The beer has appropriate carbonation and a medium body.

O) The beer is quite solid, I will try it again at some point much closer to brew date.

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Photo of duvel1979
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Craftygridelli14
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of markjarema11
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of petewheeler
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsshuck
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEER88
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of vabeerguy
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of VABA
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer needs to have more hops in it.

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Photo of Dringus
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Griffin2
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mookiemutt
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of StuMo65
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great English IPA! Well balanced body, malty flavor with crisp medium bitter finish.

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Photo of waltc21
2.6/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

though local, it is very bland

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Photo of NickTinyRace
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaswilson2
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of thenapster7
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of lillitnn92
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of bigbutter
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of embass
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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