Propeller IPA | Propeller Brewery

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Propeller IPAPropeller IPA

Brewed by:
Propeller Brewery
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Mandrake on 03-12-2006

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Ratings: 154 |  Reviews: 75
Reviews by Ralphus:
Photo of Ralphus
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just back from mowing the lawn and I'm quite hot. I open the fridge and pull out Propeller IPA I received as part of a BIF. It gets poured into a pint glass, a quick smell and then shazaaAaam! I'm off to flavour country.

It poured looking like an exceptional beer. Two fingers of creamy white head and a luscious bronze colour. Unfortunately the head dissipated to a small ring of foam rather quickly. It does leave some lacing down the glass however.

There's lots to smell here though. Caramel, fruit, pine and peach. Oh it's nice. I can breathe this one in and really dig it. The taste is an explosion of flavour.. plenty going on here at just the right volume. A wave of sweet malts quickly blasted away by bitter pine hops, traces of fruit and vanilla and then it's back again.. there's a real whirwind of flavours and good complexity.

Mouthfeel is good. Silky smooth. My 650ml bottle was drained in no time. If you haven't tried this, give it a shot. I had a Stone IPA this morning that was only marginally better.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to my father for sharing this beer. Bottled the second week of September 2010.

The beer pours a golden orange color with a white head. The aroma is very strong. The first whiff is very similar to juicy fruit gum, but I also get some flowers and bready malt notes. The flavor is very fruity. I get some bubble gum, perfume, flowers and a little bit of pine. Low to medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The beer is very good, but it got a little hard to drink near the end.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a sample pack brought back from the East coast for me!

Poured into a nonic glass. Terrific foamy head, with exceptional lacing streaks all along the glass. Only loses marks on the colour - kind of a washed out, light copper, pretty light on the IPA spectrum.

Nose is citrus and pine, with a touch of biscuits and malt.

Citrus and earthy hops start things off, but a malty sweetness evens things out well with notes of caramel, biscuits and peach. Finishes with a tart, peppery hop bitterness that lingers well. Quite tasty.

Thin, with great carbonation though. Slightly creamy from the still-present head.

A Canadian IPA done right! An enjoyable brew that is a great summer thirst-quencher. Hoppy, but not to the point of DIPA insanity, which means I could have a few of these in an evening and not get hopped-out.

A great pickup.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to biegaman for this brew in our never ending sports bet! Pours with a big head which settles after a while. Not very hoppy in smell. Very smooth/subtle hops taste typical of an English IPA. Nice mouthfeel. A good example of the style. Cheers.

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Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of chinchill
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
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 niz
2.01/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

gold medal winner in chicago @ the world beer championships,
really looking forward to tasting this one,

pours a clear honey maple with minimal head, and moderate carbonation,
smells of citrus and oxidation.
tastes the same but with the addition of soap. not very tasty,..
i was looking for more of an west coast style ipa, huge hazy and hoppy,
this tastes moderately better than alexander keiths,...with a bit more malt.

i can't finish this,... hope the toilet enjoy's this more than i didl. bye bye,..

damnit, i still have 5 more,... presents for someone else.... lol!

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Photo of djcreepshow
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of MJ63
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle. Nice to see some East-coast versions of this style made available to we here in the Western provinces.

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and ebulliently soapy off-white head, which dissipates rather slowly, leaving some random low-pressure system cloud lace around the glass in its slow-ass wake.

It smells quite floral, with a certain perfumed essence, and duly on the tangy side, with a bit of spicy bready malt, and muddled orange and grapefruit citrus bitterness. The taste is surprisingly sweet at first, caramel, toffee, and brown sugar presiding, abetted by a sugary field honey essence, all before the orange/tropical fruit hop essences arrive, and balance things out, more or less.

The carbonation is on the duly low side, lending well to a smooth and unobstructed mouthfeel. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt still large and in charge, with the mixed-up hops doing just enough to keep things from scraping further pith from my tongue.

Definitely big for the style, in the East coast sensibility, the hops pushing the envelope, similar to a number of BC EIPAs that I've tried that exhibit the same characteristics - English, right, and not really, American - but not quite, Canadian - fer sure, maybe, eh? Wow - this is confusing, for we IPA fiends in the Great White North.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at DougShoemaker’s 2005 December gathering - bottle courtesy of jerc & OKBeer via mr_kimchee. It was OK for Canada. significant hops and malt. SOme Amarillo cirtus type flavour. Bitter finish, citrus aroma. A decent IPA, particularly for understated British type. Propeller makes decent stuff.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
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 bryanzk
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dna_Infinity
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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 joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - slightly hazy bubbly golden copper, a tall white head retains extremely well eventually leaving a great laces of foam up the glass
S - a herbal and spicy hop mixture, some light toasty grainy malt hints, with subtle woody cedar notes
T - the spicy hops are prominent with some herbal notes, a slight woody flavour, toasty malts are more sublte, a peppery and light citrus on the finish
M - medium carbonation leads to a nice hop bitter with a spicy tingle lasting on the tongue
D - great hop flavours and feels are presented well, it is fairly bitter and tart, a nice IPA offering but maybe not sessionable

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Photo of DanielleLouise
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Mandrake
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium copper with a two finger bone-coloured head that lasts well and leaves good lacing. The smell has a piney tone to it, with the sugary sweetness of the malts apparent underneath the hops. Taste is quite sweet, and not overly hoppy, with the same pine notes that are present in the nose, along with a slight flavour of butter and fruits. Mouthfeel is fairly well carbonated, but not as crisp as I might like, and drinkability is very good. A solid IPA, but not an exceptional one. Even so, it's nice to see a real IPA from my home province, where the best known beer is Alexander Keith's.

Take two, with a bottling from the first week of October, 2006. Hard pour yields a beer that's the same medium copper, just slightly hazy, with a big three-finger head that lasts very well and leaves good lacing. Smell is full of floral hops, and the sugary malts from the first batch are much more subdued. Less of a pine tone, though that is still there, a much more grapefruit and other citrus scents. Notes of toffee and butter are also present. Taste is very english, the hops taking the lead with lots of citrus coming through, and breadiness, caramel, and just a hint of diacetyl rounding it out. Mouthfeel is similar, still not quite as sharp and carbonated as it could be, but with plenty of body. Drinkability is excellent. I'm glad to have tried it again, it looks like I did get a bit of an off batch the first time.

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Photo of eat
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apparently I just re-reviewed this accidentally (07-28-2011). I'm leaving the updated review here since I don't feel that I totally agree with the old one. Almost-clear honey coloured body topped with a cover of bright-white head. Some okay lacing.

The nose is fairly balanced between hops and malt, with light grapefruit, tropical fruit and grass blending into sweet caramel. Some minerals and a touch of butter show as well. I prefer a more hop-dominant nose on an IPA.

A decent bitterness appears in the mouth, though the character of the hops remains subdued: earthy pine with toasty cracker and light minerals. Almost none of the sweetness from the nose shows here, with the flavour focusing on its earthy bitterness. Alcohol is smooth for 6.5% ABV, showing only when partnering with grapefruit pith on the finish.

Medium light body with a low carbonation. I wouldn't mind something a bit more viscous here. Not bad though.

Definitely more of an English-styled IPA, though with a higher bitterness than most. I'm not generally a big fan of that particular take on the IPA but this one is all right. I might pick this up sometimes if it were more widely available.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
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 elricorico
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear coppery colour with a thin beige head, partially my fault for slowly pouring. Bit of lacing.

Aroma seems a bit muted, though toffee and herbal notes can be dug out.

Taste starts slightly toffee sweet, then floods the mouth with a balance of toffee, herbal an citrus flavours. Big taste and very nicely balanced. Every bit of the flavour seems to linger.

Seems that the body is almost a bit creamy in its fullness, and the carbonation is well suited.

Absolutely quaffable, with a smooth body and balanced flavour this one is a great example of a Canadian twist on the style.

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Photo of Danielr26
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StormAles
4.66/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Okbeer: Poured a dirty amber color ale with a nice white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of mild citrusy hops with a dry malt base. Taste of citrusy hops is lighter then expected with a malt base that is too dry and IMO would have profited from more caramel malt. Body is quite full with a low level of filtration which I appreciated and some medium carbonation. Interesting but a bit weak on the hops side for the style.

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