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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 Rmason104
3.56/5  rDev +7.6%
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 -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 SkitzIrish3
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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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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 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 Snow81
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
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 -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 DesMoinesMike
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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 +3.6%
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 +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 John_M
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Given the vibe of the brewpub, I kind of figured the IPA here would be nothing special.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with fairly good head retention and light lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light dry grapefruit peel and some dry malt. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this dry, lightly bitter IPA. Otherwise, I thought this kind of an odd IPA, as it had almost a cardboard flavor on the mid palate. While I typically prefer IPA's that are on the dry side, this is a beer that really could have used a bit more sweetness, along with a more interesting hop profile. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, and the beer finished fairly well. Drinkability was decent, though I was surprised by the noticeable alcohol I got on the finish. Considering the low abv., I would not have expected to encounter the heat I picked up in the finish of this beer.

While not terrible, it's really hard to imagine ever ordering this again. My impression is that there are plenty of well made IPA's in the twin cities, and this really doesn't seem to be one of them. Mehhhh....

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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 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 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 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 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 Tone
3.56/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, red/amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of dry hops, sweet malt, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of pale hops, floral hop aroma, and sweet malt. Overall, not complex, weak aroma, but great appearance.

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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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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 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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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 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 chadu
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A light smelling IPA, really more of an English Style IPA. Light on hops and witha tad more carbonation than a West Coast Style IPA.

Again, the lack of a stong hop character is missing, but the slightly citrusy finish is a welcome companion. Not much in the way of malt here.

I have had this several times and from time to time, it's a tad more fizzy than others. It is a pretty light IPA, so don't expect much richness in the mouth.

If you are a mug club member, 2 of these are more than enough. Not sure what the ABV is, but any more than that, and someone else is driving you home, for sure.

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Photo of younger35
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank this while waiting for the little lady to finish working. This will be my second Granite City brew and it's got to be better than the Blueberry Ale. Drank from a generic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a dark orange with a nice one finger fluffy white head. Quite a bit of sticky lacing crawls about my glass.
Smell- The cascades come through slightly in the nose as they are lightly fruity but mostly the earthiness of the nobles do there thing. Water cracker malt hides behind the hops and does just enough let your nostrils know malt is present.
Taste- Kind of mirrors the nose as the earthiness of the hops dominate but I don't get any fruitiness. Loads of grass and dandelion stems add that dry sticky bitterness that makes me think English all the way. The bitterness isn't harsh but It's almost woody (if that's possible). Lightly buttery and nutty with the lightest touch of caramel sweetness.
Mouthfeel- Fairly heavy with a nice crisp carbonation.
Drinkability- Not too bad I suppose for a English IPA. Not sure I've had a brew made with Apollo hops but I'm going to assume they are a lot like the fuggles also used. The cascades do nothing for the taste but whatever. Mildly enjoyable.

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