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

A: Clear deep amber color with a copper hue. Poured a soapy 2 finger off-white head with fair retention settling to an even skim. Laced in fingers that slowly washed down the glass.

S: Citrussy hops with a faint grapefruit. Also wet grass and biscuity malts. Won't compare to the aggressively hopped West coast IPA's (but that's ok)

T: Toasted malts are right up front. Resiny floral hops follow. Good bitter bite to balance and finish. Floral hops became more prominent with warming.

M: Full side of medium body with good malt character. Nicely balanced carbonation. Finish was crisp (but certainly not dry).

D: One of the more drinkable IPA's. More balanced than most.

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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 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 francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The last brewpub in ND. what a shame. But at least they still have one!

Medium copper/amber. Small whispy head of white foam. Aromas of biscuit malt and light hop. Malts dominate and this is truly English in style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and almost light. Drinkability is decent, but this is somewhat bland and boring. At least they tried.

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Photo of zeff80
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured a clear, copper color with a foamy, off-white, two-finger head. It left some sticky trails of lace.

S - It smelled biscuity and grassy. It had a earthy aroma, too.

T - Burnt toast maltiness is the dominant flavor with a nice bitter hop kick. The hoppiness increased as the beer warmed.

M - It was crisp and fairly sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This was pretty decent for the style, fairly mild and balanced.

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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 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 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 Tucquan
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a single pint of this while waiting for a table for dinner. I hadn't realized when choosing this resturant that it was also a brew pub so it was a nice surprise.

The barmaid poured the beer into a 20 oz glass. The beer has an amber color with a medium head. I liked the clean, citrus-infused taste and the high carbonation.

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Photo of MarzenMan
3.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Nice rocky head with a light amber color.

S - Very nice hoppy aroma. Nothing else as expected from a standard IPA.

T&M - Hoppy of course. But mostly a straight bitter not floral type of flavor. IMO the hops was a little too one dimensional. Pretty fair carbonation.

D - Eh. I'm an IPA fan but this one just wasn't very interesting. Fairly hoppy but not the best flavor.

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Photo of twbrewer
3.39/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this poured a dark orange color with very little head probably because of the growler

it had a slight hint of hops and malts but seamed a little underpowered in the hop department

the taste was clean,fresh but not as bitter as i was hoping for

it was a medium bodied beer that finished sweet and not dry in the mouth

it is a very drinkable beer not bad for an ipa
if you are a hophead this is not the beer for you

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Photo of edbeered
3.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap in an imperial pint glass, this pours a clear orange-amber color, with a smallish white head that rapidly disappears and a scant amount of white lacing on the glass. There is virtually no smell. The taste has many of the right elements. There is a piney and grqpefruity hop flavor. There is minimal malt flavor to back it up. Yet, somehow the flavors seem dilute, as if the beer was watered down. The alcohol content is respectable(slightly more than 5%)The flavors are there, but the mouthfeel is thin. I had a harder time than I thought I would finishing it, because there just wasn't much to it.

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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 Atron67
3.52/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- dark copper, little tinge of orange, pretty decent head, stayed medium length, a little lacing
S- a relatively bitter scent from the hops, a little malt presence but mainly the slightly piney hops
T- pretty solid, no big flaws, a pretty solid better ending that was its best part,
m- sharp carbonation, medium light body,
D- not bad, solid drink i wouldnt turn down, but with bitter woman and hop hearty nearby ide prolly go with those

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Photo of tavernjef
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark pale gold with a slight dirty brown cast to its clearish body. Small capping of white foam sits briefly. Small spotty lacing sticks in a few areas.

Nice clean aroma of grapefruitish hops with a bit of starchy pine notes, uncomplicated yet bold and citric. About what a really good APA smells like.

Taste is a bit empty and one dimensional, a decent approach to hoppyness is here, but lacks depth, complexity, and length. Snappy, crisp, and quick, with a lingering parching dryness of pine and grapefruit that begins to grab about midway and leads into the finish slowly and lasts for a decent amount of hoppy lip smacking quenchness.

However, it falls quite flat with the body were its taste could actually be brought into a decent girth and maintain some substance it descends quickly into a watery grave. Thin, weak, and lackluster and left for nuaght on the palate. Perhaps a bit of malt decides to intervine, but only to the dismay of a few leftover hop pellets.

As is, this was the better, if not the best of beers I had, and the only one I will be reviewing as the others would be a waste of time, energy, and words.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark orange-copper with a small off-white head. Aroma of citrus and pine. Boozy, bitter, and citric taste. Not a bad example of the style. Very bitter finish that’s quite surprising from this “brewpub” that strives for mediocrity. Drinkable but the alcohol flavor gets tuff to handle after a couple of them.

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Photo of skillerified
3.29/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Came to the table a nice copper and amber shade combo with a tall and very bubbly, fluffy white head. Lots of really sticky lacing. Almost nitro creamy lacing really. A pretty tasty looking beer.

Pretty standard IPA scents here. Grapefruit, citrus and pine needles are the dominate notes. No real malt presence to speak of. Pretty bold for a chain brewpub, but nothing special really.

Grapefruit and pine needle flavors are the primary hits on the palate here. Again, no malt presence to speak of, which probably also created the light mouthfeel. Definitely could use a little boost there. Very crisp on the tongue from the strong hop presence. Bitter, but not too bitter. Impressive in it's crisp nature, but really could have used a malt boost.

An okay IPA. Don't go out of your way for it, but it's servicable if you're there.

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Photo of bucko
3.22/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep copper color with a 1" off-white head with some real staying time. EKG and Fuggles hops come through in the nose rather prominently... more than one might expect for an English IPA, but not really on the level with your average American IPA. Citrus and floral notes come through as well as a bit of sweet, caramel. More mildly sweet malt come through in the flavor as well as the caramel and a touch of biscuit. There's a bit of citrus and floral hops in the flavor as well as a grassiness that I'm not crazy about. Mouthfeel? Medium body... a bit less than what I'd expect in an IPA. Very drinkable, though it goes down more like a pale ale than an IPA. Regardless this is a decent beer. Not very adventurous or overly exciting, but not bad either.

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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 woodychandler
3.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This came with a foamy, medium-tan head. It had a lightly cloudy, medium-amber color. The nose had a really good hop presence. I experienced good hop bitterness on the palate and the finish had a decent commingling of hops and malt. It produced nice lacing throughout.

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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 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 Oxymoron
3.36/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Granite City is a brewpub in a variety of different locations. I went to the Sioux Falls to sample their stuff

Duke of Wellington IPA has a light amber color with decent carbonation and foam staying power but limited lace to the glass. The smell is hoppy and more of a American style with earthy tones. I would guess some Fuggles and maybe Goldings.

The taste has a nice malt and hop mix. It has a smooth and slightly sweet malt that doesn’t overpower the beer. The hops have more of a grapefruit flavor (as compared to grassy). The beer is relatively nice but slowly a more stronger bitter flavor takes off and almost gives it too spicy of a flavor. The sweet aroma hops are nice, but the earthy bittering hops really give it a zing bite to it.

Overall I did enjoy this IPA. Not fantastic but overall a good tasting beer, but the zip at the end could be smoothed out.

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Duke Of Wellington India Pale Ale from Granite City Food & Brewery
3.31 out of 5 based on 245 ratings.
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