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

Brewed by:
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 simmons
1.8/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A lightly copper,hazy Ipa that has no signs of carbonation & leaves a thin lace. Has very mild floral along with a moderate sweet hop aroma , malt aroma is a light grainyness. As for flavor the malt is very light not that much to notice. hops leave a heavy vegetation flavor as if they were freshly picked. Overall flavor of this beer you get mild sweet malt, then medium bitterness then a vegetable after taste. Mouthfeel: light in body, low carbonation & dryness in the end. Overall this beer could have been a lot better, wasn't awful but it could be balanced out a lot better. It is as if I were drinking a bitter grass beer.

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Photo of klikger
2.36/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Medium dark amber with some red; fair amount of off-white head leaves behind some lacing

S - Slight hints of grapefruit and pine

T - Water with a hint of malt up front, turning slightly grassy and herbal after a few moments. Hops make their appearance in the back end, with citrus notes accompanying a modest amount of bitterness.

M - Too thin for the style and not enough carbonation

D - In terms of lack of offensiveness and ABV, this is easy to drink. Unless you're locked inside a mall with a Granite City due to zombie invasion, I don't know why you'd want to drink more than a couple.

This is a balanced IPA, and a watery one at that. It tastes fine, but it's not worth seeking out.

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Photo of alleykatking
2.4/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had on tap today...

A- Semi hazy dark amber copper color. 1 finger white head dies down to nothing rather quickly and doesn't leave any lacing to speak of.

S- Smells very earthy and floral. Some citrus undertones but you have to really sniff hard in the beer glass to pick it up. Sweet malts in this as well are faint and almost cant tell they are there.

T- This taste like how a roadstop restroom smells like after being cleaned. I had others taste it and they said the same thing. I don't know how to describe it but I'll try. Some citrus tones come and go with this but the noble hops made this a very bitter and earthy beer. Grass notes in this as well along with a faintly sweet malt backbone. Could have used a little more balance I think in the taste.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation was lacking I though and was a little flat tasting. Beer sludged across the palate and left a potpourri kind of taste everywhere. Bitter floral after taste.

D- To be honest I had about half a pint of this and I was done with this beer. I would have moved on to something else sooner if I knew how horrid this beer was going to be.

I have read reviews of people who said they have tasted the most rancid beer in their life and it was in a catagory they normally liked. I never understood that until today. That beer was a nasty joke to me from the IPA comunnity.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
2.4/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Peace Tree pint.

A: Pours a hazy copper orange with 1/2 finger of off-white head. Little retention or lace.

S: Faint citrus, grass and a bit of sweet malt. Grass dominates.

T: Leads with a boozy, stale malt that just sort of trails off. Hmmm, not very IPA-like. Some mineral notes that are accentuated by the carbonation. After a while, some bitterness become apparent on the finish, but that alone still doesn't make it much of an IPA. Some cooked vegetable off flavors also come in toward the end of the glass.

M: Medium body, okay, nothing special.

O: Well, "not impressed" pretty much sums it up. It could be that this was stale, but the store just got it in last week, and judging by other reviews Granite City only started bottling recently, so it can't be that old. Sad to say but this was just not good at all. Wouldn't buy it again, unless someone convinced me that some big changes were made. Too bad, always looking for a new IPA to love, but no love in this bottle.

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Photo of Forb
2.41/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Granite City - Omaha, NE...

Appearance: Pours a light orange / amber body with a weak looking head. Not at all what I expect to see in an IPA.

Smell: Everything is so faint. The minor malt and the below par hop scent makes me wonder if I was brought the right brew.

Taste: Below par for what I expect having had a plethora of IPAs. I am saddened because it lacks. It doesn't have the hop kick I expect in a good IPA. Faint pine hop and even more faint sugary malt.

Mouthfeel: Honestly this beer just tasted watered down. It's faint IPA elements and easy drinkability put it down fast but I was ready to move on to my next test.

Overall: The weakest IPA I have had. I wouldn't recommend this one.

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Photo of Tballz420
2.52/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dark copper colored brew, hazy, small short-lived white head. Caramel malt scent with some diacetyl. Some caramel malts to start the taste, just a bit of diacetyl, just a touch of hops. Medium bodied and pretty wet. This has homebrew written all over it, not impressed at all.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.68/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I had no idea Granite City even bottled... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber-copper topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises perfume-y flowers, light toffee, light menthol, and a hint of pine resin. The taste brings in more of the same, emphasizing the menthol and adding in some eucalyptus, making it seem as though I'm drinking some sort of Vicks Vap-O-Rub beer or something. (Note to Sam: DO NOT DO THIS!) The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a pretty weak IPA, English or otherwise, one that just plain doesn't taste all that good.

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Photo of JackieTH
2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served as part of an 8-beer flight at GC in SLP, MN. Color was light amber with a half finger of foam that left just a wee bit of lacing. Smell was faint bits of citrus over a malt base, definitely IPA-like. Taste was not bitter. Mildly citric hop but with a fairly stiff dose of malt that had some sweetness. Not hoppy. Some earthy elements. Mouthfeel was average. Not a great, and a slightly below average example.

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Photo of herman77
2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark, cloudy orange brown, kind of looks like ice tea. Hardly any head. Decent lacing

S: Light citrus. Sweet bready malt and grassiness.

T: Stale semi sweet malt with a bit of citrus hops. Not much of a hop kick on the backend.

M: Medium body, average carbonation.

O: Not the greatest. Wasn't expecting much out of this one, saw it as a single and said why not since its the first time I've seen them in bottles.

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Photo of bashiba
2.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at the Davenport, IA location.

The beer was a very dark red copper color with a very thin line of head at the top of the glass.

Taste was incredibly average, yes you could taste some nice crisp hops, but that was basically it. As basic of flavor as you can get. Very one dimensional beer.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability are both just plain ordinary on this non descript IPA.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
2.91/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a bright reddish copper color with a full white foamy head.

Aroma was on the light side with a bit of sweet malts and even less hops.

The taste was thin, malty, light on hops and with a metallic tang. Nothing really stood out to the palate.

Light bodied, wet, and moderately carbonated.

Easy to drink once you get used to the lack of flavor. There are much, much better IPAs out there. I wish this had been one of them.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.95/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a tap into a pint glass at Granite City Food & Brewery in Sioux Falls, S.D. Color was reddish copper. Had about ½-inch of head. Plenty of film/lacing that lasted throughout. Decent look.

Good smells with plenty of different flavors. Citrus, mainly grapefruit led the way.

Bitter first taste with some hints of caramel and malt. Strong aftertaste with a heavy alcohol bite. Not anything like the smell.

Decent mouthfeel. It grew on me slightly and it went down pretty well.

Well it couldn’t have been worse than the wheat. The smells are the best part of this beer.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear amber color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma has a hint of floral hops, but it is very faint. The taste is similar to the aroma. There is a nice bitterness in the finish, but the sip is quite weak. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a water texture, and moderate-low carbonation. Overall, I will pass on this beer again.

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Photo of Duff27
2.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Semi-aggressive pour forms a two-fingered head. Beer is an amber/light ruby red color. Good head retention with some visible lacing.

S- Smells of pale malts and lemon zest.

T- More semi-sour fruits. Has a weird taste that I can't put my finger on....can't tell is that's the booze or an off-flavor. "Mineral notes."

M- Kind of watery. Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel. Alright carbonation.

D/O- I get the English IPA thing, but just not a *good* representation if you were to say "here, this is an English IPA" to someone who has never had one before.

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Photo of RTrain12
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden brown with a 2-1/2 finger head from a agressive pour. Head is off white in color and is fading quickley leaving behind some lacing. A small amount of carbonation is present in the glass.

S: Very strong/fresh hops followed by some sents of malt.

T: Hoppy, medium on the bitter end.

M: Thin bodied. Very prickley on the tongue, with a bitter after tatse.

D: Its not bad. Nothing to seek out. Its a average IPA at best. GC is a chain of resturants/brewery. There more about quanity over quality. I must say tho, they have the coolest looking growlers!

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Photo of grumpy
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Blonde, clear, filtered. Minimal white head with moderate lacing.

Aroma: A light hoppy aroma with a mixture of citrus, pine, and floral qualities

Taste: Pleasantly hoppy in the manner noted above, though this is not a big, bad-ass, bitter American IPA. A little bit of pale malt balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, at best, and substantially carbonated.

Drinkability: This would probably be a decent session beer, I suppose.

Remarks: The Granite City website lists this beer as a cask-conditioned offering. I’m struggling with that notion, as it was pulled through a CO2 tap, and obviously force carbonated. Nothing about the taste, texture, or carbonation of this beer suggests cask conditioning. It was also served too cold, in a chilled glass, which seems to be SOP at Granite City.

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Photo of hardy008
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Dark amber with an off white head, with decent retention and lacing. Smells and tastes like caramel, with floral and citrus hops. More bitter than sweet. Medium bodied, average carbonation. Has a somewhat bitter aftertaste. A decent beer.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.01/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap poured into 25 oz. glass mug.

$3.25 / ea.

S: Very minimal scent of any kind. There is a bit of a subdued hop aroma that you would expect from an IPA, but over all it is a very weak showing.

A: Dark straw to copper body with a small loose head that leaves virtually no lacing or cover. Not a great showing.

T: Very strong hop flavor that overpowers any malt. The hops itself does not come across as the normal citrus, and leaves an unpleasant lingering aftertaste.

M: Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Crisp beer with a tannin feel from the bitterness that tightens up the taste buds.

D: Very light beer, and reasonable carbonation. Eating flat bread pizza improved the beer's taste many fold. If I were sitting around snacking and drinking this would go down very well.

O: As a stand alone beer this was really disappointing, but with food it has a chance to shine. I would recommend not sitting down just to drink this IPA.

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Photo of emerge077
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle served in a tulip glass. "1084" julian date inkjetted on the bottom, likely more than a few months old at this point.

Dark reddish copper, fairly transparent. A compact biscuit of foam on top, speckled sheet of lace on the opposite side of the glass. Head fades to a thin ring after a few minutes.

Smells very skunky at first, becoming very sweet and malty. English or specialty malt it seems like.

Flavors are similar, buttered bread, toast, caramel sweetness. Pretty smooth and bland, definitely British. No hop content to speak of really, a stray floral note maybe? Low carbonation, light to medium body. Seems like an English Pale Ale to me, and the label says "Pale Ale", no mention of IPA. Pretty pedestrian, tastes similar to the Argus Pegasus "IPA" I just had previously.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: golden color, typical IPA look. Very good carbonation throughout with about 3/4 of a finger of lacing while drinking. Light lacing on the glass.

Smell: A slight sour aroma with a very average hop presence. Some tropical citrus and pine hits at the front of this brew. Little bit of malt.

Taste: A watery front of this beer brings some light hops. The hops come off as an interesting sweetness over a more traditional hops bite. Notes of pine and bright fruits which find a decent combination together. Overall a thin body. A grassy sticky aftertaste lingers for quite a while.

Mouthfeel: Very light. Smooth texture. Very little hop crispness.

Overall: I've had Pale Ales that had more powerful hop action then this brew. That being said, this is not a bad beer. Easy drinker which is certainly better then getting any of the major products. Worth the $7.50 to fill up my growler.

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Photo of mynie
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Probably not fair to review this after a trip to the Floyds... but it's been like 4 hours since my last beer and this growler's just sitting here so whatever, might as well do some drinking.

Everything about this is really tame for an IPA. It's tame for an APA, actually. And I'm not making that complaint due to an ignorance of the style, either; this is trying really hard to be a west coat APA, but for some reason it has been officially labeled as an IPA and seems geared towards people who don't much care for APAs.

None of this makes it a bad beer. It's a fair attempt at a Sierra Nevada clone, with pale and caramel malts holding their own against a medium-sized dose of cascade hops. There's a little bit of ethanol weirdness in the aroma, but I'm just about positive that this wasn't brewed from kit (which, when dealing with chain brewpubs, is enough to be thankful for).

Not bad.

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Photo of Monkeypaws
3.06/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at the brew pub - the glass seemed slightly larger than an average pint. It was a substantial pint.

The color was a very nice orange/copper, fairly opaque. There wasn't much smell, but I rarely get much anyway. The head did't linger, but the glass was pretty well laced by the time I finished.

The taste had some hoppy bitterness to it, but there wasn't much to back the hops up in terms of malt. Overall the hoppyness was enough to keep it interesting without being overbearing. I would have liked a more balanced flavor overall though.

Overall it was nicely drinkable, and if possible I would have had another. This isn't a great IPA, or even a very good one, but it is good.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on draft at the St.Louis location. Poured into a pint glass. This English IPA poured a light brown color almost orange. The head it produced was below average, as was the head retention. The aroma was very nice, it has lots of hop and citrus notes. The taste was not as pleasant as the nose. The hops did not shine through nearly as much as the aroma would suggest. There was some nice base malt that gave way to some earthy, almost grassy flavors. This beer smelled much better than it tasted- Drinkability was nice, smooth beer, just not very special.

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Photo of 1Adam12
3.11/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Gotta do whatcha gotta do on a sunday in Indiana. Growler fill.

Pours an orange golden color, non lingering head, decent lacing. Smell is very weak. Mild hops, very earthy, small amounts of grapefruit and other citrus. Taste is similar. Just not very hoppy. More earthy than anything. Slight citrus flavor to it. Mouthfeel is ok. Light and heavily carbonated. Earthy flavor lingers on. Overall, definitely not my favorite, but decent enough for a sunday in Indiana when I'm out of beer, and I can't buy beer because of stupid old laws. Come on Indiana, get with it!

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Photo of bwiechmann
3.14/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Girlfriend brought me a growler of this. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Poured a solid white head with surprisingly good lacing. Looks delicious.

Smell was weak. Typical pine and grapefruit citrus one would expect from an IPA but everything seemed quite muted.

Hop forward taste without much balance to speak of. Piny and earthy with a few citrus notes. Very average- not disgusting, not great. Had a really light mouthfeel with strong carbonation.

Overall an average beer. Nothing to get too excited about but if you like IPAs and you're eating here- it's worth a taste.

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