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 obywan59
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The ale pours a mostly clear (at first) coppery color with a cloud of swirling sediment near the top that gradually results in a translucent appearance. A 3 finger off-white head towers above, leaving decent lacing as it recedes.

A pleaant floral hoppy aroma that nicely counters the sweet malts.

The taste is a bit of a let down after the aroma. Sweet malt and birrer hops is about all I get.

Light to medium mouthfeel with some light pepper on the tongue.

An easy drinker, with nice sweet and bitter components, but not a lot else going on.

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Photo of HoistinBrews
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of suspect
3.32/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Thanks to mrmarmot for leaving this one in my fridge.

A: Hazy golden amber in color. Aggressive pour leads to a 1 finger almost white head that fades in under a minute. Lacing is sticky and lasts a while.

S: Not great. Not bad, just not great. Molasses, caramel, barley and grain fill the nose. Slight floral hops as well...not enough to write home about. Full malt bill makes itself present and accounted for. SIR!

T: For the style, it fits nicely. Malt-first profile with some hop additions according to my stuffy nose. The flavor profile is like a fully malt-i-fied pale ale. Good...just not excellent.

M: Kind of big-bodied, thanks to the malt profile. ample carbonation, not over, not under...just right. Bitterness makes me pucker a little.

O: Makes me wish I was sitting in a bunker in Bastogne with my Army buddies on a crisp winter night. If this is what the UK troops drank back during the war, I'm happy to know it wasn't shite. Although I have the feeling it was anything they could get.

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Photo of felixljr
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Nate
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Elstad
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of jrcolli22
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of SweJon
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of NHSTEVE
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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 Beezee
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of cbyrd4088
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Bubbalito
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of PeteRiz
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

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 mfigueroa713
2/5  rDev -39.6%

Photo of blibby05
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of bonkers
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this as part of a BOTMC, dark copper pour with a rock solid 2 finger head, tons of lacing. The beer is full of grassy and floral hops. The flavor is similar to the nose, as well as a ton of caramel malts, pleasantly bitter, lingering finish. The body is on the light side of medium, good carbonation. Solid English IPA.

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Photo of troyvar
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of wagner617
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Flatlands
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of dustinfrye
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of SortaAmbivalent
4/5  rDev +20.8%

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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Duke Of Wellington India Pale Ale from Granite City Food & Brewery
3.31 out of 5 based on 246 ratings.
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