Deuchars IPA | The Caledonian Brewing Company

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Deuchars IPADeuchars IPA

Brewed by:
The Caledonian Brewing Company
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
4.4% ABV in bottles and 3.8% in cask.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-28-2001

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Photo of freed
4.92/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Haven't found it in the states, but had the honor to drink this cask conditioned ale at the brewery after the tour.

Fresh, hoppy aroma, great head retention, great color, and wonderful taste. A slight departure from Northwest IPAs, but a wonderful beer in its own right. They did invent IPA, after all.

I'd recommend trying it on tap or cask, and if you find a distributer that has it, e-mail me.

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Photo of Mark
4.66/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Once again had this on my most recent trip to London. I was shocked that the color was pale straw, looked like a lager. it is hoppier than most English brews but still way below ours. A very refreshing beer with high drinkablity. I found it a bit unusual it was being offered in winter. seems better suited to spring and summer. My girlfriends favorite.

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Photo of champ103
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color. A one finger white head forms. The foam recedes in a minute, sticky lace is left all the way down the glass.
S: Light hop oils up front. Plenty of citrus, floral, and grassy hops. Ripe fruits of green apples. A sweet malty, toffee aroma lingers.
T: This is excellent. Plenty of hop flavors to go around. Citrus, floral, and grassy. A huge ripe and tart green apple flavor that I can not get enough of. A light toffee sweetness in the finish.
M/D: A light to medium body. Dry, crisp and smooth. Really easy to drink. A great session beer (3.8 ABV on cask). All day long with this one.

An excellent beer on cask. Caledonian really impresses me. Probably the best Englsih IPA I have tried. The hops are present and strong, but the tart apple is what puts this over the top. Excellent, and highly recommended.

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Photo of ToneControl
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lovely, hoppy but balanced beer, that does differ from the bottled version. Not easy to find in the cask in North-west England!

I am addicted to heavily-hopped beers, and this has dryness (although not as much as my other favourites - including the bottled version)

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Photo of Absumaster
4.54/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I took this beer back from a recent trip to Newcastle, UK.

A clear, orange, golden beer with a declining head.

Smell is hoppy that is flowery and gives some citrus notes. On top of that a great malt base that adds toffee and a great fresh, hay-like maltiness. The typical Scottish yeast adds a hint of diacetyl that smooths the beer.

Taste is flowery, citrus and a little soapy from the hops, although the beer is not very bitter. There is nothing about herbs or special hops on the label, my guess would be Fuggle hops. The malt is light and toffe, light biscuity, that adds a great balance to the hops. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth, also by the (suspected) diacetyl. A somewhat sweet body comes from the yeast that is not known for it's great attenuation. Drinkability is great and every sip seems to taste different.

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Photo of helloloser12345
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle.

Appearance: Golden body with a nice think creamy brilliant head

Smell: Subtle notes - fresh floral/citrus nose.

Flavour: Smooth body with little carbonation makes this a very drinkable beer. Initial flavours are citrus (lemon/lime) and that of melon. Nice and hoppy on the finish

Overall: A remarkable brew, truly refreshing and drinkable. A great session beer.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the first ale I ever had. Drank it from cask at a small pub in a small highland village. Loved it and it started my love affair with ales. As others have said, it ain't an IPA, but it is a great beer. Lost something in the can, but still rocket in my books.

It's pale, gold, clear. From the can it had a fast disappearing head and the lacings were non-existant. A fine looking beer.

Great juicy trangerine maltiness on the nose. One of my favourites as far as aroma goes. Begs to be tasted.

Opens with the juicy marmalade noted in the smell. Some nice citrus in there, grapefruit minus the acidity. Doesn't quite make IPA in the finish. Bitterness is very slight and has pretty weak lasting power, taken over instead by that lovely malt.

Although the lack of strong bitterness makes this fall short of an IPA, it does put the drinkability way up there. This is a fine session ale. Refreshing with a wonderful balance of fruity malt and underachieving hops. My tilt is fairly high on this one, but I say it's a damn fine beer.

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Photo of kmcnair
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer sampled on my recent trip to Europe (which included Belgium!).

This beer really surprised me. For 3.8% abv, this is extremely well balanced between hops and malt. This is the session beer that I want to quaff all the time. Why can't I have this in the US??!

Pumps into my glass a murky golden color with a dense white head. Aroma is full of fruity, grassy and floral hoppyness. Tastes of pine cone, orange zest and lemon balanced well with light caramel malt. Creamy and soft on the palate, finishes dry. I love this beer, I drank 4 imperial pints in one session! This is the ultimate session beer for a hophead.

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Photo of Trizzle
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours with a thick dense creamy 1" head with good retention and great lacing. Clear yellow Amber with some bubbles rising through it.

Cut grass and hop oils in the nose, some sweetish biscuit notes too.

Fresh, Floral and lightly bitter hops decorate a light smooth and biscuity malt body. Finishes biscuity and just bitter. Drinks as easy as you like. Fresh and delicious. A top ale.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
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 DarkerTheBetter
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dull copper with a slightly manila, white film of a head.

Smells of doughy and pasty pale malts with a touch of honey and a hint of pears. The hops are hidden in the background and only come out as a faint, woody dryness.

The malt is the same in the flavor with the pale malts and honey except the hops are now present in full force. They come across as a very straight forward, herbal, organic bitterness that picks up steam as the malt fades. Nice dynamics!

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with a prominent small bubbled carbonation that was rather distracting.

First of all, this was a nice change of pace from an American IPA. The hops were very upfront, but not overwhelming in the least and the dynamics were stellar. The 4.4% ABV was a nice change of pace as well.

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Photo of crowncapcollect
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint on tap, Standing Order, Edinburgh

Scotland produces some really good beers these days, not like ten years ago.

A delightful refreshing ale, eminently quaffable. I had several. Well, at 1.49 in Wetherspoons, who was I to resist. A great session beer.

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Photo of ludachris
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden straw with a one finger, tightly knit white head that quickly makes its way to the edges of the glass where a strong amount of carbonation keeps the ring alive. Very little lacing.

Strong smell of toffee, caramel, lemon zest, green apple with some herbal hops hiding in the background.

Bready malts, sweet sticky toffee and biscuit hit the palate first followed by a refreshing kick of citrus and dry herbal hops.

Light, crisp and ridiculously refreshing; a great IPA for sessioning.

Overall, a fantastic and somewhat unconventional IPA. Judging from the almost bland, light appearance, it seemed that it would be a decent brew at best, but that was the only weakness of this beer. Taste was excellent, with the sweet malts claiming the spotlight and the drinkability was one of the best I've had for an EIPA. Another great brew from Caledonian.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean bright yellow body witha nice white foamy head that left some lace effects. Light citrusy notes in the aroma. The taste had a fruity characterisic, definitly grapefruit, at the start with agood sharp hop bite and a clean crisp finish. Previous tastes of English IPA's (Imported in bottles to the USA) led me to belive the the British did'nt like to use hops for amoma or flavor (not just bitterness). This ale proved me wrong. Hopefully if I get to try the bottled import I will not be disappointed.

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Photo of kmacphail
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very popular beer throughout Scotland and it is not hard to understand why.

The ale pours an amber colour with a o-so-thick creamy head, which should last the duration of the drink. The nose is of hops with a hint of citrus and a sweet caramel hint.

The taste of malts and hops is dominant with a nice hint of citrus which provides the beer a slightly bitter refreshing twist. This feel like a beer should with plenty of body in your mouth and a constant tingling of the taste buds.

How does it drink, well ask any punter next time you see them ordering this in a bar, they will not deviate to any other beer if at all possible. This is highly drinkable and is a good all night beer as it is a very reasonable 4.4% abv, (in Scotland it is anyway, maybe the exported stuff is different). A very good beer, in fact most drinks from the Caledonian brewery are worth a try.

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Photo of Shiloh
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deuchars IPA is a very nice pale ale in every category. The colour is a crystal clear deep yellow with a thin crown replaced by an equally thin island lace and moderate cling.
Carbonation is medium and the body also has a medium weight.
Aroma is lightly fruity.
The taste is mildly sweet to begin but of short duration...then a quick burst of fuggles takes command to the end.
This brew is very refreshing and would make a great session beer.

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Photo of Jonte
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden/pale orange color with small white head.

Very light smell for an IPA. Light aroma of citrus, malty sweetness,toffee/cookies. Some floral notes.

Smooth tastes of hops, citrus, malt, some caramel/toffee. Nice dry finish.
Very drinkable and a good session ale with low ABV, but I would rather classify this as a Pale Ale.

I would very much like to try this one on cask.

Had this at Haket Pub in Gothenburg.

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Photo of Jason
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served @ NERAX 2004 in a pint a glass.

Sunrise golden orange color, mild haze and a thin lace to boot. Tons of delicate hop oil aroma and flavor, suggestions of ripe pear and golden raisin come to mind. Light dough malt in the back with a mild bitterness to balance ... there seems to be more hop flavor than bitterness is provides a perfect base for such a tasty brew. Certainly not an IPA by any means ... regardless this is a great cask ale.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Sampled at the Grove Inn, Leeds. Listed on the Pubs chalkboard as “Deuchars IPA (3.8%) £2.10” for an Imperial Pint from the Handpump.

Appearance: Light amber body with a nice looking white head on the pull. Head quickly dissipated though, which was a shame because it had a terrific appearance on the bar whilst I waited for my change.

Nose: Freshly tapped the aromas leapt out of the Pint glass. Fruity hops, some floral, some oily, all intermingled in a lightly toasted malt base. Smells great.

Taste: Bitterness starts and finishes the Deuchars. In between this there are a mélange of flavors that come and go. Crisp profile, baked bread, lightly toasted malts, some wheat, grass and grain with a fresh floral fruity hop twist in the finish. Light hop bitterness lingers on the tongue after the swallow. Lovely!!

Mouthfeel: For a Cask Ale it is full-bodied, not as much as the Caledonian 80/- but it certainly has a feel that is supportive of the cask conditioning which lends a soft palate to the Deuchars IPA.

Drinkability: Deliciously drinkable, stupendously suppable, a lambasting libation…. This really is a very good Session brew, a real quaffer that has lots of flavor and body to keep you interested for a Gallon or two.

Overall: Don’t worry yourself too much about the “IPA” moniker if you’re not from the UK, this is just a damn good brew that should be enjoyed no matter what they decide to call it. In fact, such is its popularity that the Caledonian Deuchars IPA is now a regular beer at the Grove Inn, Leeds it seems. When on form, this really does take some beating from the Cask.

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Edinburgh airport (that's right, cask ale at the airport).

Arrived with a thin creamy head over a golden body. Creamy head sticks around until the end of the pint, leaving a creamy coating down the side of the glass. Aromas of light sweet malt with a trace of floral/ earthy hops. Subdued maltiness provides a canvas for the citric hop bitterness and earthy hop flavors. Creamy mouthfeel with an almost milk-shake-like head. Low carbonation, served nearly room temp. Medium bodied.

Moderate hop bitterness by American IPA standards, but eminently more balanced in my opinion. I don't generally like IPAs and avoided this brew for most of the time I was in Scotland in favor of the wealth of Scottish style ales, but once I actually tried this ale I loved it. It would probably be considered a Pale Ale by our hop-crazed standards. The room temp serving brings out the hop flavor complexity, which is quite nice without over the top bitterness. In fact it is supremely well balanced with a wide variety of hop characteristics working together with a flavor malt backbone that is still detectable. Scotland’s ubiquitous cask ale (even the airport, where I got my final fix).

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A golden blond color, a little pale for an IPA. The head was small and patchy like most cask ales and left excellent sheets of lace. Carbonation was sparse with two distince sizes of bubbles, enormous ones and very tiny ones that form tight beads. This combo looked awesome. The aroma was of sweet malts with some citrusy hops. I also detected a sourness, maybe the cask was a little old. The taste was of bread, honey and subtle floral hops. There was also a solid bitter base and some pleasant fruity esters. The mouthfeel was crisp and light.

This is a superb pale ale but tis no IPA, plain and simple.

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Photo of Prufrock
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap into a pint glass.

brilliant amber with an inch of creamy white head that leaves nice rings of lace.

light, grassy, peachy aromas with a hint of caramel malt.

smooth, light carbonation with an easy drinkability and a gentle hoppiness. same flavors come out in the taste as the aroma, with a hint of citrusy sweetness. an incredibly drinkable and enjoyable English IPA.

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Photo of wl0307
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Transcribed from Notes, mid-Feb. 2006)
Revisiting the cask-conditioned version of this beer, when I spotted it fresh on cask at my local JDW pub, the Half Moon, East End London. Tasted by a pint.

A: flawless appearance--pale amber, low carbonation, great clarity, an extremely creamy, cappuccino-like off-white froth sustains only too well, leaving thick sheets of lacing covering every single inch on the inner walls of the glass... A sheer beauty~~
S: lightly spicy and floral hoppyness, as well as citric-like grapefruit zests and bits, plus a touch of honey drink and softly flowery esters in the background. Balanced, and aromatic.
T: green-tea flavoured and textured... a softly tannic bitterness, mild grapefruity flavour, and a delicate, aromatic tea-ish hoppyness springs non-stoppingly... just when the hoppy impact settles, a second layer of taste consisting of restrained toasted malts and a floral bitterness develops down the throat, leaving a faintly bitter-sweet touch and a long, semi-dry finish with endless tannic bitterness...
M&D: this beer on draught is distinctive from the bottled version, with a less aromatic profile, and somewhat less malty, but the lively and delicately bitter texture makes it an incredibly drinkable bitter-hoppy ale... Fresh and subtle on the mouthfeel, as a true real ale on form should be, superbly balanced... In fact, it's more like a cup of good quality Taiwanese high-mountain green tea if I may~~

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Photo of StevieW
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big 550 ml Euro bottle, clear with a shiny blue label. Best by April '04 on the back label.
Shiny medium copper color with an orange-like hue. Light frothy white head. Tight and compact with sticky lacing. Nice smell of moderate grapefruit and citrus tang. Taste is very hoppy, citrus zest and puckering bitterness at the end. Very lightly toasted malt flavors lie way underneath. Hop bitterness is present but not overwhelming like an American IPA. Moderate carbonation and crisp hop bitterness make it very refreshing and easy to drink. Very crisp and dry, cleansing the palate with every gulp. I had this one with citrus stuffed mini chickens (cornish game hens) and it went very well. This version of an IPA was more subtle, very drinkable, and very refreshing. Worth a try.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in the Thunderton House Inn in Elgin, Scotland.
Pale orange, slightly hazy beer, nice creamy white cask head.
This has a pleasant hop aroma, not as pungent as the PNW IPAs I have become accostomed too, with accents of caramel malts in there too.
The taste is nice and mild on the hops,its almost balanced by the quality caramel flavour of the malts, but just to say this IS an IPA theres a nice "tingle" sensation from the hops that appears in each mouthful.
Very creamy and smooth mouthfeel, little carbonation, expected from a cask ale.'
A delicious and very drinkable beer from the cask..easier to drink than spring water .

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Deuchars IPA from The Caledonian Brewing Company
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