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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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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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of JackieTH
2.73/5  rDev -16.3%
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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3/5  rDev -8%

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3/5  rDev -8%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +22.7%
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 Sweetmambyjamby
3.32/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- It's a nice orange copper color with a frothy white head

S- Smells of grapefruit and floral hops.

T- Tastes pretty decent, mostly just that citrus hop taste, but no balance to speak of.

M- A little heavier than i'd think it would be. Leaning towards the heavier side of medium

O- It's drinkable and not off putting so give this a try from your local granite city

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Photo of hosehead83
3.88/5  rDev +19%
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 Duff27
2.98/5  rDev -8.6%
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 herman77
2.73/5  rDev -16.3%
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 BucannonXC5
2.95/5  rDev -9.5%
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 1Adam12
3.11/5  rDev -4.6%
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 Rmason104
3.56/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper/caramel clear color.
The smell is sweet malty, almost cloying.
The mouthfeel is good, medium to chewy.
The malt sweetness is first on the palate, although not as sweet as the nose suggests. Almost Belgian sweetness - is this perhaps mis-categorized? Then the floral hops come in. Medium to long finish w/ the floral hops ending with some bitterness.
I think many of the reviews for this beer miss the point of this style. English style IPAs are going to be muted on the hops compared to American IPAs. Since I am not a typical American hophead, I don't mind this. However the sweetness does make me wonder if this should be categorized more as a Belgian IPA.

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Photo of Forb
2.41/5  rDev -26.1%
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 -22.7%
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 SkitzIrish3
3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a Granite City Growler light/medium brown and hazy with a full, creamy finger of head that leaves decent lacing around the glass.

Smells of sweet malts and a light floral hop aroma. Attractive and balanced.

Thin mouthfeel. Taste of roasted malts; not as sweet as I was predicting from smell. Floral hops rush in under the bitterness I find a bit excessive (maybe too many Ales, Light Lagers and Witbiers lately?) Finish is dry and leaves traces of alcohol that are slightly prickling the roof of my mouth and tongue.

While "The Duke" isn't the great, it is enjoyable. And considering the price of a Growler on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Granite City, a worthy deal.

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3.07/5  rDev -5.8%
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 AmericanGothic
2.4/5  rDev -26.4%
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 Snow81
3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber

Head: Light tan head

Smell: Sweet malts with a hint of grass

Taste: Rich toasted malts with a nice hop on the back and a little caramel

Weight: Medium body with a low carbonation

Finish: Subtle bitter hop and hints of caramel, flavor is finish on this guy

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.98/5  rDev -8.6%
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 DesMoinesMike
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yes, even I must take a break from Rock Bottom once in a while, and with the impressive lunch menu GC is a good stop.

The brew is a darker IPA, like a heavy ice tea capped with a thin layer of light tan foam. The aroma has a decent amount of hops with lemon and pineapple. The taste has a small pulse of hops up front that fade quickly and leave a pleasant sense of citrus and a bit of pine with the malts providing a good base. I went through about 3/4 of the glass before the alcohol hit me so it's easy to go through. It isn't the best example of the style but it you're looking for a medium level of hops give this a try.

If you could combine the beer and mug club from Rock Bottom and the menu of Granite City you'd have the perfect brew pub. Oh, and looser beer laws would help too.

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Photo of morimech
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Now available in bottles in liquor stores.

Pours a dark, clear amber with one finger of head that held on for a little while before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass.

Hops seem to be missing from the aroma with just a faint grassiness. The malt is welcoming with hints of caramel and toast.

The one time I had this beer on-tap at the Davenport IA location, it seemed a lot more hoppy in flavor and bitterness. There is a nice malt base that is bready with a slight toast, but the lack of hop flavor really hurts. Bitterness is low.

The body is the best part of this beer. Substantial for a pale ale and perfectly carbonated.

This beer could really be great if it had more hop flavor. Now it is just a malt dominated pale ale.

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Photo of maximum12
3.72/5  rDev +14.1%
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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Duke Of Wellington India Pale Ale from Granite City Food & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.26 out of 5 with 250 ratings