Duke Of Wellington India Pale Ale | Granite City Food & Brewery

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Duke Of Wellington India Pale AleDuke Of Wellington India Pale Ale

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Granite City Food & Brewery
United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The copper color of this India Pale Ale hints at the strong malt character needed to support the huge hoppy flavors and defining bitterness of this classic beer.

Added by beernut7 on 08-06-2002

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Photo of RBorsato
4.12/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid golden color with a nice off-white head that leaves nice lace. Nice citrusy grapefruit hop aroma and flavor with nice balance. Medium bodied, smooth, and creamy with a light bitter finish.

A fairly good example of the style and one of their better efforts... they seem to be better at ales than lagers.

The GC corporate website mentions English hops but that doesn't seem right for this location... I could swear this is Cascade.

Tasted On-Tap 05/11/05 at the Cedar Rapids, IA location.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought the Duke of Wellington IPA was the best of the group. The beer poured a hazy orange copper color with a frothy white head that laced. The scent carried bitter citrus like grapefruit and mild floral hops. I thought the taste was pretty good, followed the scent quite closely. There was some malt present to balance the hop and kept the bitterness low. The mouthfeel was decent...medium to light body....definitely sessionable. Overall I thought it was the best and would recommend it.

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Photo of ghebel
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a growler that was filled less than 6 hours before. Poured into a pint glass. Adequate head - approx 2 inch, off white. Head leaves laces on the glass upon dissipation. Color is copper with a reddish hue. Clear.

S - Sweet, caramel base with dry-hopped earthy, grassy aroma. Hops dominate, but this is more balanced than some American IPAs.

T - Nicely balanced bitterness, hop flavor, and sweet malt.

M - Tingles on the tongue and leaves a lasting bitterness in the back of the mouth. Body is moderate.

D - This is a drinkable IPA. Nicely balanced malt and hop characteristics. Does not seem to be overly filling and I think you could enjoy other beers and foods after drinking this unlike some of the extremely hopped IPAs.

Overall - I liked this beer, but I tend to lean toward the IPAs. The balance is what stands out here.

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an oversized pint, the beer is a dark copper with a light tan head.

The nose is of grapefruit, pine and crackers.

Nicely bitter beer that leads with pine notes that have a floral undertone. The beer also has a grainy taste mid-sip and finishes with a bit of fruit. Hops out muscle the malts the whole way.

The mouth is slightly oily with a bit of heft. I thought it was an easy drinker even if it's a bit unbalanced. I had two and it went great with my food.

My favorite beer of the night!

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Photo of burnerfinger
3.99/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

stayed just across the street from Granite City , had to give them a try.

A: hazy amber brew with SUPER LACING. nice 1 finger head settled quick.

S nice pine hoppiness

T: classic IPA flavor - nice bitterness

M: medium body: no ABV bite.

D: great for an IPA!!! I seriously expect this is the best at Granite City. strong hoppiness prevents mega drinkablility though.

found out later, this comes in at 5.2% ABV and

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Photo of ZAP
3.97/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled in Fargo

Rich amber...no head...a shade darker than most IPA's...nice fresh floral hop notes...another one of their that israther light on the nose..good juicy hop flavors...a slight biscuit maltiness...decent bittering....some raw citrus notes...just a lot of hop juice but it doesn't seem unbalanced although the hops are up front as I like them...some great hop burps...relatively flat mouthfeel...

A real nice IPA..they bill this as an English stule and in some ways it seems to be one (biscuity maltiness)..but really the nice citrus hop flavor makes this seem like a west coast IPA that borders on special but falls just a little short...definitely a solid IPA..

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Photo of supercolter
3.91/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is good, darker amber than expected but nice billowing head and lacing. Smell is pretty weak for the style. Almost smells like the hop characters are a mix of English and American. Taste is better, could have use a bit more hops but acceptable. Nice sweet aftertaste to balance it out. Mouthfeel and drinkability are fantastic for this style, right on par, nice work GCFB.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Deep amber in color, with a thick head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint citrus hops and toasted malt.
Taste-Toasted malt, grapefruit rind, a nice dose of Noble hops. Very much in the English style. Nicely balanced, spicy tasty, decent character and flavor. Worth a try with spicy fare.

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Photo of akorsak
3.87/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the brewpub.

A: The ale is a dark color, ruddy and brown without the brighter orange notes that some IPAs show off. The ale was filled rather high in the glass and really didn't have much in the way of head.

S: The aroma caught me by surprise. I was expecting a run-of-the-mill brewpub IPA: light hops but not much to get excited about. The nose on this one really grabbed me though. The cascade citrus aromas are great, intense but not over the top.

T: The hops are not as aggressive as in the nose but they don't slouch either. The caramel malts have a touch of nuttiness that serves as a nice foundation for the hoppiness. The hop profile is quick to show off the aromatic, citrusy cascade. As the initial flavor passes, earthy hops add a touch of dirtiness that compliments the fresh fruitiness of the cascades.

M: The mouthfeel is much better than I anticipated, a jumpy hoppiness that sits nicely on the palate.

D: I was pleasantly surprised, so much so that I almost bought a growler. A good IPA from a decent chain.

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Photo of bditty187
3.86/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled in Sioux Falls:

Coppery-bronze hue, it was served headless. Disappointing. Fairly aromatic nose, nicely hopped, undertones of citrusy merriment, plenty of caramel malt for support. The palate had decent bitterness, hints of caramel malt too; the finish is stronger, well-balanced even though the malt plays a secondary role. Dry. Slightly thin mouthfeel, not really a negative but a heartier body would have really propelled this IPA to the next level. This is a very respectable quaff; there is even a little tummy warming. Duke could have used a morsel more complexity but it works. Served too cold for my preference. I’d drink it again.

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Photo of Durge
3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stopped in for a quick beer en route from the airport. This IPA was a clear golden color brew poured cold into a big pint glass at the Kansas City Brew Pub. It had a fair white head and polite lacing. The aroma was a certain high pitched citrus hop and not much else, though that's not necessarily a bad thing. And indeed, the first taste confirmed that this is pretty much about cat piss hops and it wasn't too bad. It's a bit thin in feel but it's just fine for a hop fix, very drinkable as long as you like your hops by the bucket. I enjoyed it, not everyone will, but the heck with them!

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Photo of BigRedN
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at the Lincoln, NE location.

Appearance: Copper color, Slight white head which disappeared quickly. Little lacing down the glass.

Smell: Hops to the front, as would be expected from an IPA. Hint of malt, but buried by the floral aroma of the hops.

Taste: Yes, this is what I would hope the IPA would be like. I was slightly disappointed by the Maibock, as I thought it may have been "dumbed down" to accommodate BMC drinker. Hoppy, but with a hint of malt for balance. Slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied, with some carbonation. Lively.

Drinkabililty: I thought this was a good IPA. A friend of mind (a strict Anheiser drinker) took a sip and remarked "Bitter beer face!". I guess that's when I decided this was a good beer.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.74/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - opaque amber, nice lacing, looks good in a glass

Smell - lots of sharp citrus pith and a little pine, smells good

Taste - wow, nice dried line and citrus flavors, and so e nice floral to back, a nice malt backbone to balance

Mouthfeel - nearly medium, great mouthfeel, nice lite foaming across the tongue with sharp edges

Overall - I like this ipa a lot! Good flavors, very drinkable and refreshing, try tis if you visit granite city.

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Photo of jackorain
3.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Darkish Amber to darkish copper. 1/2 inch head of off-white tight foam. Fair retention and a little lcae.

S-Smeels nice mus be a lot of finishing hops. Grapefruit, citrus, earthy hops and caramel malts

T-quite earthy, bitter grapefruit pith biscuit and bready malt. Caramel from the nose did not show itself here.

M-Fizzt, good carbonation, medium body.

D-easy drinker would not have a problem making a night of this one.

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Photo of maximum12
3.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We really enjoy our local Granite City. The kids love the food & menus, we can use of Club Cards to get nice big brews, & where else can a family of four sit down to a good meal with good beer for $40 or less? We've become regulars.

Sunny golden & foamy. The nose on the Duke is the best thing about it, & has certainly improved over the years as (assumedly) they've tweaked the recipe. Strong citrus & bitterness flows freely.

The Duke of Wellington is much improved. Not a terribly complex ale, but with a dash of citrus, pale malts, & a slash of finishing bitterness, the kid is alright. And drinkable? Yes.

That said, I had the Duke long ago & have generally avoided it; pretty weak sauce. I don't know what they've done, but this incarnation was vastly improved over the old, weaker version that I recall. Good beer.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this one out to drink before starting my first crawfish boil of the season. It is hot and humid and I am ready for, well many, beers.

This one pours a very nice tan to amber color that has a very thick tan colored head that settles slowly with good lacing on the glass.

The nose is malt with a subtle woodsy and pine like undertones. It has a pleasant and enjoyable nose.

The taste is brisk hops with a pine like hoppiness to match the nose. The bitterness is strong and well balanced to the hops. The finish is a steadily increasing bitterness that fades slowly.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. I liked it and would buy it again, but it wouldn't make the top of my list.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Duke pours a simple copper color with little head or retention for that matter. Initial smell is of obvious hops and a bit grainy. Has a rather mild bitterness with the hops jumping on the palate towards the finish, a decent, yet not superior IPA. One of the better and more consistent Granite City brews.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

West Des Moines location. The beer was served way too cold in a chilled, but not frosted, pint glass. Since it was barely cool by the final few ounces, I think that I got a pretty fair appreciation for the flavor.

Clouded bronzed copper, the color of sweet apple cider. It was a slow, careful pour so the light beige cap was on the small side. The foam fell quickly to a thin film and left faint rings and scattered scraps of lace. The nose was subdued initially and didn't become much more prominent with warming. 'Hops' was about all I could appreciate.

This American IPA was nicely bittered (Fuggles perhaps), but the bittering could have been a bit cleaner. The finish was long, hoppy and relatively dry. The mouthfeel was thinnish for the style, while still managing to be smooth and almost creamy.

This was my second GCFB beer and I'll bet it turns out to be my favorite. Broad Axe Stout was the first, but this one was better, hands down. Once I've tried their entire lineup, I'm sure that 'the Duke' is the one that I'll order on future visits.

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Photo of Tolnik
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes on a trip to Sioux Falls, SD to see family.

When this beer was served to me it came with a good inch amount of foam with a light amber hue to it. The aroma of hops was the typical amount. The taste followed suit of the hops with some floral but not too much. As far as the mouthfeel the beer kinda lacked on that as the aftertaste was not a lingering one that I desire. Overall this beer was a good beer compared to what else is the norm in SD for beers.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Sampled at the Granite City Food and Brewery in Fargo, North Dakota.

Listed on the Beer Menu as "A cask conditioned India Pale Ale brewed with English hops. This beer has a strong malt character with a hoppy finish. The copper color of this India Pale Ale hints at the strong malt character needed to support the huge hoppy flavors and defining bitterness of this classic beer." – 5.2% ABV. 20 ounce Pint.

Appearance: Nice presentation, dark ruby body with a copper shine, much darker than I expected. Clean highly filtered body with an off-white frothy head impregnated with a beige background. Head longevity was impressive and pumped up the overall looks no end.

Nose: Pine hops and a citric tangy aroma set into the English malt base. Decent permeating strength on the smell here but with a very satisfying overall fragrance at the same time.

Taste: Started with a good malt entrance, but this soon makes way for a ripe grapefruit middle with a tangy pine oil finish. The grapefruits take over after a few mouthfuls and I liked that, but the malts support adequately in the bitter hop driven finish which lingers for a second or two.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good malt skeleton. Toasted malts add a lovely baked bread crust aspect whilst the pine oil from the hops adds a resinous feel also.

Drinkability: The malty tangents and balancing sharp grapefruits in this IPA make for a really good drink, a pleasant diversion from the usual West Coast hoppy brews that I am normally used to. I really enjoyed the malts and controlled pine hops. Very English; but in a good way!

Overall: The description in the Beer Menu had me looking for a Beer Engine. I actually mentioned to the woman serving that Duke of Wellington IPA on sale actually breached its “cask conditioned” description, maybe even legally, but I guess I laid off for fear of sounding nerdish. Anyways, this is darker than most and has a healthy malt base with a sharp tangy grapefruit and bitter pine finish. Far from a mainstream IPA, but this is pretty damned good and a very enjoyable detour from the usual IPA’s about there. Probably not to everyone’s tastes but certainly fits in well with mine.

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Photo of tempest
3.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice, but not too impressive IPA. There's come good late and dry hopping here. Very strong english hops aroma and flavors, enoguh to make it an American IPA. Definately EKG and fuggles, but while the aroma and flavor is nice, the malt is too weak, leaving this beer without much of a body. Still not a bad beer, reminds me of a hoppy Redhook.

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Photo of Gavage
3.61/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear amber color with a one finger head.

Smell: floral hop bitterness and caramel are most notable. Some fruit tones are light.

Taste: caramel, light fruit sweetness, earthy hop bitterness, and some light floral tones.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp and refreshing. Aftertaste is short lived.

Overall: easy drinking ale. Very basic flavors but satisfying.

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Photo of arini10
3.61/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: poured into 25 oz glass. Lighter-tone than most IPAs, but the head, which was about an inch and a half, lasted for quite a while. Lovely lacing.

Smell: A little piney, citrusy, and hoppy. Simple.

Taste: Fairly straight forward but enjoyable. Floral notes brighten it pleasantly. Hoppy initially and well balanced by the malts, which set in midway through.

Feel: One of my favorite parts of this beer. Very comfortable. Coates the mouth without feeling suffocating at all.

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Photo of beernut7
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This IPA has a nice copper color and a nice bitterness to it. It is not a kick-ass bitterness, but nothing to scoff at. I'd say that this is an average IPA that could use a little more character.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ordered this at Granite City before a movie at the AMC next door.

Served in a giant pint glass, this slightly hazy copper colored beer has a nice, chunky light tan head that leaves great lacing all over.

The nose is actually very pleasing. Floral and fruity hops, citrus and grapefruit, with a Crystal malt backbone. Lots of c-hops in this one (Cascade for sure, not entirely sure about the others).

Taste is similar to the nose, although its more bitter and earthy as opposed to the floral and citrus qualities of the nose. A nice strong malt backbone balance this one out nicely.

Mouthfeel is lighter than I'd hoped, and the carbonation is slightly higher than I would have liked to see.

Drinkability is ok, nothing special. I had no problem finishing my massive glass.

Not a terrible IPA, and I'm sure it's better than everything else on the menu.

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