Propeller IPA
Propeller Brewery

Propeller IPAPropeller IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #4,076
Ranked #21,350
3.83 | pDev: 10.44%
Propeller Brewery
Nova Scotia, Canada
Very Good
Propeller IPAPropeller IPA
Notes: Not for the faint of heart. True India Pale Ales had to withstand long sea voyages before quenching the thirst of cranky British troops stationed in India. Our IPA is true to this style, it’s bracing, bitter and higher in alcohol (6.5% ABVl) and made with the trademark Propeller quality. It’s full-bodied ale for full throttle beer lovers!

68 IBU
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Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 156
Photo of TerryW
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber under a moderate head that settles to a short cap. Lots of wonderfully messy lace on the way down. Surprisingly malty nose and taste for an IPA. Quite sweet on the palate from malts, fuller mouthfeel. Resiny hops, some pine, noticeable alcohol, slightly bitter and long lingering finish. Comes across as being generally too sweet to me, doesn't really work as an IPA.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this solid IPA from a Canadian standard 473 ml tall boy can. It was reasonably hoppy with a pleasing bitter taste. There are better IPAs, but you can do a lot worse too.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear gold, with about two fingers of head. Head is quick to break leaving not a lot behind. Minimal lacing.

Smell is malt driven, with caramel and bready malts. Then comes a bit of fruitiness and finally the hops.

Taste is quite different from the nose. The malts are still there,but they play second fiddle to the piney bite of the hops. The malts provide a sweet kick at the tail, which makes for an interesting sip.

Feel is medium at best, with decent carbonation. Finish is nice and bitter, but the sweet leaves a lageresque aftertaste which is not nice.

An alright beer,but nothing extraordinary. I'm not sure why so many martime brewers insist on using Ringwood yeast though. It doesn't seem to fit the style of American IPA. Perhaps this would be better categorized a British IPA.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Locas Billiards in Halifax, NS. I was playing pool at the time and wasn't paying strict attention to the beer, but it wasn't bad. Clear amber, very little head, pine and a little citrus, significant amount of caramel malts. Mouthfeel is medium, as is carbonation. ABV was well disguised but definitely there, judging from my play. Finish is bitter and dry. All in all, a quite serviceable IPA.

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Photo of ewpass
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy gold with a smallish head. Light citrus and malt nose. Smooth medium malt body with just the right hoppiness. Finish on the crisper side. More EIPA than AIPA.

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper amber and cloudy, with no carbonation and 7 fingers of orange tinged head.

Smells fruity, of peaches, nectarines, stone fruit, caramel, and a hint of evergreen.

Fruity, piney, again the stone fruits come in with a light sweetness, followed by caramel, a hint of orange, and a big, lingering bitterness on the tongue. Memories of Fat Tug.

Medium, syrupy body with a little carbonation.

Got this a long voyage ago at the LCBO in December, drinking January 23rd, 2018. Well done brew.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear deep golden color with frothy off-white head. Aroma is grainy with some generic earthy hops. Taste is bitter, earthy and resiny, light to medium bitterness on the finish. Medium to light body with medium carbonation. Plain, simple, quite basic IPA.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours orange with sparse carbonation streams. The small head quickly dissipates to something like dish soap. Grainy malts and light floral, citrusy hops in the nose. Hops get more herbal in the taste, and are equaled by a big caramel maltiness. Fusel alcohol is pretty prominent throughout. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation. Light bitterness and alcohol heat in the long finish.

An OK IPA, but lacking in the hop department. Also way too boozy for the strength. I wouldn't recommend.

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Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bottle at an NSLC store in Nova Scotia. Pours a clear copper color. Requires a hard pour to get a medium size head with average retention. Some lacing on the glass. Aroma is bready malt and piney hops. Flavor is malt forward with bready, slightly sweet malt. Piney hops and decent bitterness follow. Mouthfeel is dry, crisp and moderately bitter. There is no resiny feel with the piney hops. No alcohol presence either. This is a good beer but reminds me more of a well mannered English IPA than an AIPA. I drank two of the 6 beers I brought home from Nova Scotia and had a beer from a small brewery at the Rum Runner restaurant in Lunenburg. All of them were better than the ubiquitous Alexander Keith ales served everywhere. Craft brewing in NS needs more people like the clerk in the Ingonish NSLC store that promote good Nova Scotia beers.

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Photo of chinchill
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap in Lunenburg.

Appearance: clear, amber with excellent clarity. Decent head. Lots of lacing.

Hoppy aroma with sweet malts.

Flavor: Hops dominate; bready malt base. Earthy and faintly herbal. Earthy grapefruit peel aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: near medium carbonation; medium body.

Overall: OK

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - This beer pours a clear amber orange color with 2 fingers of bubble white head. head retention seems pretty good and carbonation seems really lively.

Aroma - up front is very leafy/earthy followed by pine. and then you get caramel and a little bit of burnt toast smell.

Taste - Again leafy and earthy hops. followed by pine then you get caramel malts and some white bread. pretty similar to the aroma without the burnt toast!

Feel - light bodied for an IPA with some slightly sprizy carbonation fair amount of bitterness.

Overall - This is a decent Pine and eathy IPA which is not my favorite kind of IPA to begin with. the flavors mesh alright and if this is your favorite kind of American IPA than you should try this to me its quite mediocre though.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

473 ml tall boy can purchased from the LCBO for $3.10 CDN. Glad to see this canned and local distributed, canned October 14, 2016.

Appearance - pale golden color, plenty of haze and lots of effervescence. A tight finger and change of white head is poured and substantial staying power. Not a thin looking head, dense like a completely separate liquid on top of the beer.

Smell - some pine but predominantly citrus, lemon and grapefruit is most apparent. Also a certain earthy darkness too. Nose is good, but super robust.

Taste - rather bitter but there's a cantaloupe sweetness mixed in with the malt that stands out. Some grapefruit and lemon on the back end, but underripe melon is the star.

Mouthfeel - smooth and on the heavier end of beers with a drying finish. Carbonation is middling.

Overall - a rather fine IPA that's not from around these parts. Holds up rather well and is a good measuring stick for a well made IPA. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured a lighter amber color. Aroma is balanced but has its needed hoppiness. Caramel sweetness as well. Flavor has a pretty strong hoppiness that's nearly stinging. Floral and piney hops. Caramel maltiness, maybe a bit too much. Coarse feel. Some alcohol. Not a big fan.

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Photo of Newport_beerguy
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Glad to get a few of these from my mother's trip. Just had a juicy IPA (Julius by Tree House), so my palate should be ready for more of a straightforward IPA!

Bottle dated 3rd week of July 2015 (~5 weeks old), poured into a Sam Adams curved glass.

Look: Golden color, slightly more brown than yellow. My pour did not give it much head. Looks slightly darker than Harpoon IPA in the glass. Cloudy but not murky.

Smell: Earthy, caramel, sweet bread, pine forest.

Taste: A ping from the hops up front, breadiness enters, and then the lingering piney bitterness takes over at the end. Nice malt sweetness in the background, but not too much to change the hoppy character of the beer.

Feel: Well carbonated, clean finish.

Overall: Good all around effort. Probably closer to an English style IPA than American IPA, but encompasses good aspects of each. I enjoyed this first one and won't hesitate to have my second bottle in the near future.

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Photo of JobiWanKenob
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really excellent beer, absolutely loved it. Strong but not overpowering. Very smooth finish, drank 6 bottles, no headache, no bloated feeling. Highly recommended!

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Photo of mick303
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass, clear brown, slightly orangey, with a really full off-white head, nice sticky lacing to it curtaining the glass.

S - Aroma has some semisweet grapefruit notes, banana and passionfruit, some bready malts with a bit of a caramel character, quite a citrusy and tropical fruit note, mango even, Strawberry.

T - again a rich banana/mango/strawberry smoothie, it seems uncanny, also exhibiting strong grapefruit notes, a pronounced malty undertone, a bit heavy on the crystal perhaps, and a stronger bitterness on the finish, with sticky resin hops and some spice. Smooth, fruity and quite tasty, though the hops do struggle to get above the sweetness in this beer, luckily there is quite a nice bitterness to balance.

M - Quenching, with a moderate body, some alcohol presence, standard medium carbonation, and a drying bitter finish. Walks a middle line while retaining the refreshing properties of a session ipa while verging into some heavier characteristics.

Enjoyable and quite easy to drink, this is quite fruity, and the fruit smoothie resemblance keeps popping into my mind. I think its a decent IPA but would not say it's my favourite, heavy malt sweetness and lacking a really hoppy zestiness, it drinks with quite a bit of a British IPA style, just with more bitterness.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.79/5  rDev -1%

Single bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Orange-yellow amber hue with a small amount of off-white head draping the top. Smells like a classic English IPA with buttered bread and toffee, grape-like fruity esters, and earthy, green, forest floor hops. Only shades of that resinous pine-like character one expects in an American IPA, this element instead replaced by orange and tangerine marmalade, lemon rind, pineapple gummy candy, buttered toast, faint molasses. Starts sweet and malty but finishes crisp and chalky. Hopping at an intermediate level between English and American, truth be told ... Some herbal and tea-like elements asserting themselves over time along with tropical fruit and floral notes. A little diacetyl asserting itself. Good stuff although the malt-forward vibe never quite disappears. Body on the thick side for the style like its stablemate Propeller Bitter, low carbonation. Some nutty character. Enjoyable enough but perhaps struggling with an identity crisis style-wise.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the brewery shop.
Pours a crystal clear deep straw color with a huge tightly bubbled white head that leaves a huge a mount of stickies on the glass. Carmel, earth, and pine in the aroma. The flavor is caramel and earth again with a touch of resin and a hint of alcohol. Sweet maltiness with just a touch of hop flavor and bitterness. Medium body and a moderate level of carbonation. English style maybe, but really tame for an ipa, or too much crystal malt to let the hops shine through. I could drink this there's nothing wrong with it but it has a 90's old school feel to it.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma very ephemeral - piney
Head average (4 cm), off white, creamy, slowly diminishing to 3 mm layer
Lacing good, nearly complete rings of small bubbles as well as islands
Body light orange, clear, with rising CO2 bubbles
Flavor begins with citrusy freshness which rapidly is replaced by a light bitterness which hangs on. No alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation.

This is a pleasant, easy drinking, IPA which hides the 6.5 % abv well. It is not a session beer but can certainly be consumed for a couple of rounds before switching to something else.

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Photo of SebD
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice semi-hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves lovely lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of floral hops, some grass, sweet caramel and bready/buiscuity malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some floral hops, a grassy bitterness, some caramel and bready/buiscuity malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by decent flavors and aromas.

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Photo of Dna_Infinity
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to glass

Appearance - Golden amber colour with lots of carbonation. Nice fluffy white head

Smell - Grassy aroma, some floral tones as well, hops are definitely present though

Taste - A somewhat sweet start has some caramel and maybe biscuit notes? Bitter but not unpleasantly so. The finish has hoppy with some tropical fruits

Overall - A good year round IPA from Propeller. Hoppy enough to have some flavour but not so bitter its unpleasant. Good, but doesn't set the world on fire

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 341 mL Bottle

My First India Pale Ale and what a great experience it was!

A- Poured a beautiful Honey Gold hue with 1 1/2 fingers of a lumpy white head. Lots of Lacing on the glass.

S- Lots of Floral notes backed up by a maltiness and a smidgen of citrus.

T- Like the bottle said, this definitely is a "full-bodied" ale! Quite citrus-like to start off and then moves to a hop-bomb that is nice and bitter. The after taste has a honey-like characteristic that is quite refreshing!

M- Average carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing!

O- Coming from someone who avoided IPA's altogether due to the style's apparent unbearable bitterness, I have to say I really enjoyed this brew. Contrary to my previous belief, this IPA did not possess an overpowering bitterness and was actually served quite well as a session beer (I drained a six pack in a night). If you are thinking about diving in to an IPA but you can't seem to muster up the courage to do so, take it from me; I highly recommend Propeller's India Pale Ale to anyone who has not tried it, regardless if you are familiar with the style or not.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle split with my Dad, bought at the NSLC in Windsor, NS. My first east coast IPA (unless you count Keith's...).

A: honey-coloured and clear, with a couple fingers of head.
S: floral, just a hint of citrus, pale malt.
T: more bitter, but kind of lacking in the more complex hop flavours I've come to expect, based on west coast IPAs. Pale malts are more prominent than hops... not to my liking.
F: perhaps a bit overly thick.

It's certainly not bad, but I think I prefer the hop complexity of the West Coast IPAs I'm used to. A solid beer, but I won't buy it again.

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Photo of ssmack
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

A clear, bright gold with half inch of fine, white, hilly head and good lacing.

A floral aroma with sweetness in the malty smell with a hint of hops.

The taste of sweet honey at first that slowly flows into a grassy, resiny hops taste. Lots of bitterness over a sold malt back bone.

An oily mouthfeel.

I agree that this IPA is definitely British and not American. This brew is unfortunately short of an enticing aroma and is not complex.

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Photo of Watershed
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First of all, I'm not sure why this is categorized as an American IPA when, from both the taste and the info on the case (it references the sea-voyaging British history of the style), it is clearly trying to be an English IPA -- as is usual for many of the brewers in Canada's maritime provinces, which engage very effectively with British styles.

So this needs to be reviewed as a British IPA. With that established, this pours a bit light in colour even for that style -- honey-toned with very slight reddish highlights. The aroma provides the first clue that this isn't an American IPA: the malts are too strong, almost cloying, and the hops far too subdued. Still, it smells appealing. Taste-wise, this is an almost perfectly balanced English IPA, with grains, fruit, and citrus mingling so that it's tough to tell which flavours are coming from malts and which from hops. Don't get me wrong, the flavour is very full (and you can taste the ABV), but there's a subtlety here that's lacking in your average IPA of either style. The sweet-sharpness of the hops really lingers in the mouth, too, so that I find myself wanting to sip this quicker than perhaps I should.

Overall, this is a solid, solid beer that provides further evidence of Propeller's status as one of the most reliable brewers in Canada. This might not blow away any hop-heads, but anyone interested in the wide spectrum of British and American varieties of the IPA style will want to give this a try.

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