Vale IPA | McLaren Vale Beer Company

Vale IPAVale IPA
BA SCORE
43.8%
Liked This Beer
3.61 w/ 48 Ratings
Vale IPAVale IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
McLaren Vale Beer Company
Australia
valeale.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MrKennedy on 06-15-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,800
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
48
Liked:
21
Avg:
3.61/5
pDev:
10.25%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
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2.96/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big thick off white head.passionfruit, pineapple, citrus, pine and herbs, with a faint toffee malt undertone. Full body, high but soft carbonation, chewy texture. Palate delivers sweet grainy, lightly biscuity malts with hop flavours of citrus, pine and guava.

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Photo of life_of_agony
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Decko
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad AIPA but just felt a bit unbalanced to me. Citrus and earthy aromas and pretty much same in the taste with the hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Not a bad beer for the price but doesn't quite hang together to be a great one. Happy to have a few as a session beer but won't seek it out.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JKCooper
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Andrewziggy
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

grapefruit citric and pine hops, with the sweet malts coming through

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Photo of Rwalford74
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of baumaxx1
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance-
Pours a clear red/amber colour, 2 finger thick off-white head and strong effervescence. Lots of lacing - like glue to the glass.

Smell-
Hop resin, spice, orange peel, rosehip, with a bit of bran and malt sweetness.

Taste-
Balanced, a bit of hop bitterness, lemon peel, pepper, and cut grass but the bitterness is balanced. A good malty body and a hint of almond oil and earthy flavours. The alcohol is balanced and the hop resin flavours linger. Slightly medicinal result, but this doesn't dominate. The spicy IPA flavours are front and centre.

Mouthfeel-
A good tang on the tongue thanks to the effervescence. A good medium body, and smooth creaminess thanks to its tendency to froth. Clean, crisp and dry - a good light and refreshing beer for the summer thanks to the hop resin.

Overall-
A very sessionable beer and an easy drinking one. It's also on the affordable end of premium beers to boot. Nothing revolutionary, but a solid example of an IPA. Seems to have earthy and malty flavours that carry across the Vale range to set it apart - not the most bitter IPA out as a result.

Had to follow up the Vale Ale review with a positive - skip that and get the IPA. Get this instead. It doesn't cost too much down under and it's my go-to IPA.

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Photo of CaptainHungry
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Stuckey_Stuckey
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of bcm75
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Manzier
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark coppery, light reddish. Medium carbonation with a small but lingering self sustaining head. Which is a good sign of an IPA or high hopped beer.

S - Spicy and Fruity hop aroma. Fairly strong. Maybe a little bit of resin aswell. A small amount of malt sweetness on the nose as well.

T - Fairly malty. Crisp finish with good bitterness that lingers. Very refreshing taste. No hint of alcohol. Actually it is very malty but is well balanced with the bitterness. Very enjoyable. Resiny hop aftertaste with the bitterness

M - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. The resiny hops provide a good mouth-feel.

O - A solid IPA that I am definitly a fan of. This is the first time i've tried it while writing the review and I'd recommend it. Well balanced and can easily drink a few of these in a row.

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Photo of Teddy-Pickles
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Vanz
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of dking1525
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Gasc0igne
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of magpieken
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of admiral
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An excellent beer, made for everyone to enjoy - very sessionable.

aroma - malty and lemon blend

Taste - A very tasty beer with low bitterness, for this style of beer, and a nice lemon and malt flavour with orange marmalade and pepper to compliment these flavours. Made for easy drinking - nice and sweet for the style.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: standard brown 330mL bottle, semi-macro label with a touch of classic minimalism. Stylish.

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy deep copper in colour with minimal fine carbonation. A one-finger off-whiteh ead pops up and hangs about for quite a while with sporadic lacing. Looks good.

Aroma: everything is there that should be - citric and pine hops, and some sweet bread malts. The only problem that I can see is that it is a bit light compared to most AIPAs. Still nice though.

Taste: pretty much follows the nose - grapefruit citric and pine hops, with the sweet malts coming through stronger than in the aroma. A good-quality, textbook AIPA again, but also a touch on the demure side.

Aftertaste: flavours drop away pretty quickly, leaving a decent amount of bitterness.

Mouth feel: a medium body with a decent whack of carbonation. Carries the flavour well without being too 'spritzy'.

Overall: a good compromise between making the hops-forward flavour intense enough for the beer tragics whilst not overdoing it for the everyday consumer. A good beer, and certainly worth a 6-pack every now and then, at AU$65 a case (2013)

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Vale IPA from McLaren Vale Beer Company
Beer rating: 43.8% out of 100 with 48 ratings
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