Deuchars IPA
The Caledonian Brewing Company

Deuchars IPADeuchars IPA
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Style:
English India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ranked #42
ABV:
4.4%
Score:
84
Ranked #30,077
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 13.83%
Reviews:
123
Ratings:
232
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The Caledonian Brewing Company
 
Scotland, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
84
Good
Deuchars IPADeuchars IPA
Notes: 4.4% ABV in bottles and 3.8% in cask.
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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L- Mid chestnut, pours with thin white head reducing quite swiftly. Very little rising CO2.
S- Toasted grains and malts, pleasant.
T- Crisp and fresh, into toasty grain.
M- A clean tasting beer on the palette.
O- Waitrose must have decided to clear this beer pronto, perhaps to stock something with better sales and margin. It's easy-drinking, there is nothing wrong with it, just nothing really note-worthy at all. Ie. zero reason I'd look out for this beer again. Maybe that's Waitrose's thinking too...
500ml bottle. Bought from Waitrose London, reduced from £1.80 to 99p. BB 31/1/19.

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Photo of FLima
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber color with a thick two finger head with good retention and leaving laces.
Aroma with notes of English earthy and tangy hops, herbal towards medicine and a bit of musk.
Flavor with notes of flowers, mild orange-grapefruit citrusy, English earthy and tangy hops, tea leaves, lime peel, tamed malt sweetness, a bit of sulfur and same herbal note that is bordering medicine. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light bordering medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Spicy, earthy and almost medicinal English IPA with a character of its own. A bit enigmatic. Very well attenuated and undeniable faithful to style.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an English pint glass, the appearance was a stiff golden color with a glistening finger's worth of white dissipating head. Boy, that didn't last at all. Not much lace, just seemed to slide into the beer very quickly.
The aroma had some earthy to herbal hops up front and then melding into a smooth cracker/somewhat toffee maltiness.
The flavor was moderately sweet and pulling the hops to the malts cleanly. Fairly nice malty aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, as an English IPA, it works. I really don't see much wrong with this but am hoping more people will learn the difference between an English IPA and an American one as they're pretty different in their make ups.

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Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

From a cask at the Drovers Inn in the Scottish Highlands.
Golden body with excellent clarity and lacing with a terrific, creamy head.
Mild aroma dominated by sweet malts.
Hops slightly dominate the malts in the mildly bitter flavor.
Excellent soft mouthfeel.

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Photo of Roguer
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant translucent gold brew.

A touch soapy on the aroma. Piney and grainy.

Fairly old school IPA, moderate in bitterness. A bit each of spicy yeast and grainy barley.

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Photo of Spike
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

L: Dark gold. Clear. A few isolated bubbles rise to the surface. A two-finger, white head reduces quickly to a loose cap.

S: Fresh topsoil. Nettles. Smoke. Abundant hop oil.

T: Woodsy. Spicy. Oily hops very much to the fore. Hints of coffee. Tobacco aftertaste.

F: Medium body. Slightly oily. Very dry finish.

O: The massive hop hit from Goldings, Fuggles and Willamette hops is unique and, for me, somewhat overpowering. Tastes much bigger and more potent than its 4.4% ABV. The malt base is absolutely buried behind the drying effect of the hops.

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Photo of GFP
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium fine head
Gold color
Raw and "green" grain smell
Uncharacteristically smooth
Intense bitter hop
Green-tasting freshness
Restricted but defined body
Malty
Clean

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber color with white head. Aroma has earthy hops and a good amount of underlying, bready malts. Taste starts well balanced between the malts and hops, bready and earthy. Finishes bitter and earthy. Light body with a nice minerality specific to British beers. Really easy drinking and refreshing but it's doesn't pack very much flavor.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

on tap, poured into an imperial pint glass.

dark golden copper colored, not much head. aroma and taste are not very hoppy - definitely an English style IPA.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into chalice at the Millenium Hotel in Reading, on the recommendation of the bartender kid. Best before 2/28/15!

Poured without much head. Thick chill haze across the deep copper body. Just skim film and no lacing ... Looks heavier than the ABV

Aroma is of a rich, yet dull floral nature - think old flowers in the vase. Very nutty - walnuts, in particular. Somewhat bready, too, toward the end.

MF is dirty and relatively rich... Drinks like a bigger beer. Some earth left on the palate. Flavors are full of roses, and old citrus. Leafy, herbal quality is high.

Overall, this has tons of flavor for a 4.4% beer... English IPAs are not everyone's "cup of tea", but this one is an authentic must-try from Scotland to help understand them.

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Photo of JimiTheBastard
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had pint on cask at the Old Blackfriars in Aberdeen 2007

A Scottish mate said this was his favorite beer and had one first thing each time he returned home form the states... It was one of my favorite beers I had on my UK trip

I wouldn't classify this as an IPA... at least not like I am familiar with... but in saying that I loved it

Great golden orange color... looks rich... great head... nice fresh nose

Mild hopps... but loads of flavor... more malty than I am use too... but a distinguishing characteristic for my yankee palate. Tons of subtle flavor... a nice journey... sweet malt, dried fruit, mild citrus...

I'll have another one of those

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Photo of mick303
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500 mL w freshness date. Poured into a pint glass, produced a nice huge white head, good retention and really solid lacing. Colour is a bright amber gold, slight carbonation. Really good looking beer.

Smell is a pleasantly sweet maltiness, combined with a slightly herbal hoppiness. Some grapefruity citrus and mineral notes. There is quite a bit of underlying complexity, but you have to work at it, doesn't jump out of the glass.

Taste is an initial mineraly hoppyiness with a bit of an underlying floral note. Some sweet citrus, malt is pretty tired and in the background. Roast bread. Maybe a light floral aspect, pretty good at constraining the sweetness. Some interesting flavours develop. Finishes quite full, subtle citrus pine, more malty.

Mouthfeel at first feels overly light, but has a nice light sweet body, a bit sticky on the finish but altogether crisp. Quite refreshing and highly drinkable.

This develops interesting, wasn't thrilling initially, but afterwards it has much more richness and more complexity going on. Really nice to drink though, good session ale. A nice example of an english IPA that has some cool things going on.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

had this on draft in a pub in Edinburgh in August 2009... might have been the first 'IPA' I'd seen all trip... I believe the abv listed on the board was 3.8% - an IPA at 3.8?! - had to try it... its look and taste corrupted my mind forever... pale, yellow-gold liquid, brilliantly clear, with dainty, white blanket of foam atop... as one could guess, very mellow, subtle aromas - little malt, more on par with a blonde ale, if that, and a soft, perfumy, floral hop fragrance that had some punch despite being lightweight... the taste is unlike any IPA I could recall having to that point - whitest of white, mellow, biscuity cereal grain awash in the hushed murmur of fruited-tea hop static, the interplay of grain and flower humming through the finish, then snapping off... feather-light body, almost too crisp... judging it on it's own, it's a fine drink very session-worthy, not at all an 'IPA' in any sense with which I was familiar; it does seem to, in a way, pre-date the session IPAs of today, but it's even lighter on the attack, alcohol-wise, and most definitely hop-wise... even so, it shifted my mindset as far as how light and sharp an IPA could be, and I do brew my IPA and bitter with a nod to the Deuchar's IPA profile... been waiting for 10 years now to have another

(original rating: 4 on 22 Jan 2013; reviewed in full: 20 Aug 2019)

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Photo of Tone
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of earthy malt, slight sweet malt, hint of yeast, and citrus hops. Fits the style of an English IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with low carbonation. Tastes of earthy malt, slight pale malt, hint of sweet malt, and citrus hops. Overall, good appearance, feel, and blend.

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Photo of ccrida
2.87/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On cask at the Thirsty Bear in London, Deuchars IPA is dark gold with a small bubbled head leaving no lace.
Smell is earthy, and sweet fruit, lychee.
Taste is odd, there is a strong, over-ripe fruit, a strong after taste of what I assume are esters, with a firmy bitter aftertaste. A touch metallic too, gives it an unpleasantly sharp finish.
Mouthfeel is light, slick.
Drinkability isn't too high for me with the aftertaste. A below average English IPA.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two hand pulled pints in the excellent 'Queens Head' a small locals pub very close to Gretna Green in Scotland (9th June 2012).

Fresh and well kept: pale with a good full, staying head.

The aroma was all about hops and their smells: piney, citrusy, this was a fine smelling beer if you like your hops.

The taste also had a hop front, side and back: not overly so, but it just seems right. A lovely couple of pints and although I've not rated/reviewed this in cask form before it is in fact a beer I often drink when in the UK, be it in England or Scotland.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed several pints of this on cask at Ye Olde Mitre Pub in London. What a wonderful beer on cask.

The bartender would top off each glass which reduced the head since they would let it settle as they hand pulled each pint. The beer was a slightly lighter orange/amber color with excellent clarity. The glass was essentially covered with lace as the glass emptied.

Aroma was smooth with notes of fruit, some light hop notes and some light grain. Definitely an English IPA vs. American. Still a very nice aroma.

Flavor was excellent. A perfect balance of fruit, bread and hop bitterness. Nothing overwhelmed and it all melded in a great flavor. Cask was clearly fresh and well tended.

So silky smooth it was crazy.

While I am a certified American Hop head and love the likes of Sculpin, Pliny and the American hop bombs, it was a real treat to try an English IPA as it was meant to taste. Just fantastic.

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Photo of racer2k
2.87/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured beer into a pint glass

A - Golden copper color which yields a very clear beer. Small head of foam on the pour with very little retention around the glass.

S - Mild but sweet malt and some earthy citrus hops in the background.

T - An initial bready yeast flavor with a mild hop taste. There is plenty of back end grain flavor with a toasted mailt finish. The hops are quite mild compared to north american craft beers but this is a nice english version of the IPA.

M - Medium body with very little carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Drinkable session IPA with very little alcohol volume. Not my favorite but drinkable.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2012.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear golden colour with medium carbonation. Forms a decent head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before disappearing. Aroma of light malt with notes dry yeast and subtle flowery hops; perhaps a hint of citrus.

Tastes of light malt with a dry finish. Notes of earthy yeast and flowery aromatic hops, with some leafy stewed hops upon swallowing. Not much bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry; coats the palate. Slightly astringent, with an aftertaste of yeasty malt.

A decent pale ale - it goes down easily and I rather like it. Not an IPA in the modern sense; the hops are very restrained. The aroma could be more distinctive, but the flavour is nice and distinctly yeasty. It's better on cask than from the bottle, but worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit of an oddity.

A really good beer, great actually.
Lively, refreshing and easy drinking, a real session ale.

As much as I love beer I don't really like it to wash down a meal, Deuchars however I would make an exception for.

A cask beer that goes down well on hot days, the cellar must have been a showcase example.

All thumbs up apart from, well it's not really an IPA
not being bitter tasting, missing the classic aftertaste and much lower gravity than usual.

I have a couple of bottles and they are alright, not quite as bright as the cask.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Impressively looking beer--thick, tight head that lasted throughout the tasting, leaving a blanket of lace as well as a chunkier ring after each sip. The beer is a deep gold color and is clear.

Creamy aroma of soft, pale grain. For the style, I felt the hop was far too mild.

Before I knew the style, I wrote "this beer seems to be a British Bitter". It is NOT an IPA. The hop is far too muted to qualify and the advertised abv of 3.8% is far too low. Still, I would say it is a good bitter--full bodied with a low carbonation.

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Photo of Zimbo
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Medium light yellow, there is a pleasant yeasty quality to the nose and a soft body. A nice gentile yeastily bready soft zing in the mouth throughout as well.
Not much head or beading.
In general light throughout and a gently trqce of lemon comes and goes and the beer diappears from the glass.
I like it and should probably rate it higher but I remember what it once was and it seems to have lost those IPA qualities.. Just re-insert all that stuffing and we'd be back in action.

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Photo of stcules
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow orange color, classic foam.
In the smell a carpet of malt, where you can find some fresh and pleasant hop.
Same freshness note in the taste, with camomile, a light peppery note, and citrus.
The beer is everywhere (in Scotland), but anyway, a pleasant and drinkable one.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes. Served on draught in Glasgow, Scotland.

A: Crazy cloudy, like a swarm of locusts in the middle of the beer. Pale gold colour. Appealing. Thick head.

Sm: Bitter hops. Malt. Standard IPA scent.

T: Clean barley open, hoppy simple body, fresh finish - almost citric.

Mf: Something's off. More dense than it ought to be. Sme nice coarseness at times, but overall too smooth - especially for the style.

Dr: IPA fanatics might love it, but the mouthfeel brings this beer down severely. Doesn't hide its abv (which is quite modest in fairness) well at all. Not a good session beer. Move right past this one, lads, and grab something more worthwhile.

Low C

***
09/09/15: 2nd impressions from a bottle in Edinburgh:

Pretty subpar for an IPA, but highly drinkable, and respectable disregarding style conventions.

C

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Photo of flyingpig
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rating the Cask version this time.

Light amber in appearance with a thinnish lacing around the top that stays throughout the pint. Nice but the lack of a good head was slightly disappointing.

Very similar in smell to the cask version of Abbots Ale with a blend of fruity, spiciness and hints of caramel.

Somewhat simliar to the aroma with a fruity, caramel taste and a mildly bitter aftertaste that os quite pleasant. A nice warm tang of a finish. Again simliar to Abbots Ale but a lot lighter with a more smooth taste & less bitter finish

A very smooth ale with a medium body & crisp finish. Very easy to drink and quite warm in the finish.

Very drinkable and not too heavy. Not my usual style of drink but very much one I would buy again although it wasn't as good as the bottled version.

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Deuchars IPA from The Caledonian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 232 ratings