Deuchars IPA | The Caledonian Brewing Company

very good
224 Ratings
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 jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask in London:

Pours slightly golden with a thin white head. Patchy lacing sticks.

The smell is herbal and lemony. Mildly tart and bitter.

The taste is of a mild malt sweetness with a lemon tartness and a minty, herbal tea-like bitterness. Pretty complex in a more subtle way. Well-balanced.

Light-bodied for an IPA, though a refreshing dryness lingers.

Very drinkable. An IPA by hop character more than strength or body. A very good choice for a "sessionable" English IPA.

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Photo of jstassi
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pumped from a Cask in to a pint glass

A) Poured a nice golden color, with a thin blond head. Abundant lacing

S) Slightly hoppy and wood. (wasn't expecting much)

T) Not hoppy at all, as I've come to expect from an IPA. Very smooth and malty. Finishes well and light

M) Aggressive carbonation, Kinda on the thin side though. Mild aftertaste

D) Could drink these all night, even brought a few bottles home with me to the states!

Being my first venture into English IPAs, I'd have to say I'm very happy with the beer and would suggest it highly.

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Photo of ralree
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried at The Highlander Pub, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

A: Orange with no head, which is normal for this style.

S: Sticky, fruity, hops are slightly subdued though.

T: Apricots come on strong. Nice hops in the background. Great fruit esters - this is the best part of the beer. Aftertaste is bready, with perhaps a little barley flavor. Finish needs work.

M: Needs more carbonation (the tap's set too low). Non-astringent, pretty dry. Good, overall.

D: Drinks alright. Would go down easier if aftertaste was sweeter. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found at the Biererei in Vienna, the tall brown half liter bottle sports a green and white oval label featuring hops above the name. Back label says it contains wheat and barley. Best before 8/6/09, I opened it on 3/22/09.

Pours a slightly cloudy pinkish orange under a one finger off-white head that settles very slowly, leaving some nice lace on its way out. Very enticing citrus and floral nose, with the emphasis on carantion. The mouth is mildly carbonated and surprisingly light. The taste brings a great deal to the table, including a minty note along with the flowers and the fruit. It is crisp and refreshing, rather than overly hoppy, in line with the British version of the style. Very nice and crisp, I could drink quite a few of these.

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Photo of froghop
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

beer two of day two in hong kong.

pours a clear pale orange-amber with a small white head, and good lacing.

smell is of purfume, bitter, some sour malt.

taste is of grain, bitter, and earth.

overall i would not call this an IPA, more of an english pale ale. needs more hops.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 3/22/2007 (Tap @ Salisbury, London, England):

Pours a clear golden yellow colored body, somewhat reddish, with an average head, lasting, creamy. Has a somewhat hoppy aroma, and some malts. A nice creamy mouthfeel, with some hops on the end, but smooth. Has a sweet malt taste.

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Photo of WHROO
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a pint of mild ABV i thoroughly enjoyed this drop.

Appearance is golden with good head & nice lacing...carbonation is just right

Aroma includes some aromatic hops & some honey/caramel sweetness

Taste was very enjoyable: very mid palate I found, with a hint of honey sweetness, also some spice like 'pepper' in the finish with some bitterness. Although considering this is an IPA the bitterness is a little retrained.

Mouthfeel, well considering its a slightly lighter beer, I found this to be more fuller & less watery than anticipated. Carbonation is a little too alive, but all in all good.

Drinkability: was wrapped to pick up a box (12 pints) from the local First Choice Liquor for under $20AU...& thoroughly enjoying chewing through it.

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Photo of ElGeordie
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hand pulled on cask at room temperature in a pub near Newcastle.
Good amber colour with half an inch of head.
Tasted like a 70 shilling from the old days.
Not too strong, in fact fairly mild for an IPA.
I was expecting a bit more hoppiness as it is an IPA, however not a bad session pint

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

I drank this at a pub in Edinburgh, it was served at cellar temperature in a pint mug. Review is from rough notes typed into my mobile, so apologies for lack of detail.

Appearance - 4.0
Creamy white head eventually reduced to a thin layer. Clear, golden orange body.

Smell - 4.0
Very fruity, buttery with pale malt.

Taste - 4.0
Brilliant flavour for just 3.8%. Very fruity, citrus, buttery, smooth, not oversweet.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Creamy, a little thin, but oh so smooth.

Drinkability - 5.0
At cellar temperature this goes down just as easily as chocolate milk! Brilliant session ale.

This currently stands as the best beer I have tried in England so far, I actually enjoyed it a little more than Fuller's London Pride on cask. A little gem of a real ale.

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

(From notes)

A - Light gold color with a thin, white fairly bubbly head given that it was on cask. Superb lacing throughout sample

S - Great malt aroma up front, but followed be a sweeter smelling hop bitterness

T - Still get the malt in the front, but the hop bitterness really shows up with the finish

M - Medium MF, and a little creamy. Very delicious!

D - Overall, this was a really great brew and enjoyed the whole sample. I immediately had another after finishing the first.

Overall, this was an interesting brew. Very restrained in the hop department compared to American interpretations of IPAs, but still great stuff. I would definitely recommend.

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Photo of darklordlager
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Honey coloured, easy to see through. Moderate foam that dropped down almost immediately.

Smell- Malts, Less hop aroma than expected...

Taste- The hops come through here to match the malt. Fairly balanced, but a bit bland for an IPA.

Mouthfeel- Smooth.

Drinkability- An easy drinker, but not something I'd be prone to buy again.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange, quite hazy, with a small cap of soapy foam on top.

Floral, very fruity aroma. Great power, aromatic and enjoyable.

Bitterness is much mitigated by the low strength, lots of oily hopping that seems floral and only mildly citric. Slight sweetness from the pale, biscuity malt.

Super-enjoyable cask ale. Very easy to drink and come back for more.

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Photo of vancurly
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 23 Jan 09.
a) Clear, golden pour, with fluffy white head. Slight bubbling.
s) Bready nose, resin & nuts. Oregano. Honey notes as it warms
t) Water cracker & herbs. Clean. Bitterness is quite restrained for IPA. Honey & pine aftertaste.
m) Well balanced. Not heavy, with good balance between mild bitterness & light malt
d) A good session ale, with more emphasis on light & fresh hop flavours than a heavy bitterness

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Photo of velkyal
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this bought over from the UK by a colleague, and opened it after a 15 day abstinence period - what a good beer to break the fast with.

A lovely clear golden colour, which poured with a nice head that pretty much stayed during the whole drink (could that be a comment on my drinking speed?).

Wonderful hoppy aroma, fresh and clean. The first taste has great, to my mind the perfect blend of malt and hops.

This beer is a great beer for summer, with its refreshing flavours and crisp mouthfeel.

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Photo of Polidmar
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deuchars IPA is like furniture in every pub in Edinburgh. Nice golden ale with very little head which however leaves good lacing around. Smell is predominantly hoppy, slightly lemony also but taste is too bitter [even due to the lack of carbonation] to discern any malt associations or characteristic. A typical scottish 'real ale'.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, light golden straw with minimal soapy white head that remains as a ring around the rim of the glass. Looks like a clean, simple English ipa.
Aroma is excellent. Balanced between rich, sweet malt, a hint of vanilla, and a bit of- strangely enough- coffee. The nose is balanced out with a medium dose of piney hops.
The flavor profile is much like the nose, but the finish is balanced hop flavor and mild bitterness. There's a hint of banana in there as well. A sip consists mostly of smooth malt sweetness, with the hop bitterness taking over at the tail end.
The beer is smooth, well-carbonated and clean, lending a very high drinkability to this beer. Highly recommended for a well-balanced and easy drinking but interesting English IPA.

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Photo of AylwinForbes
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this in my sister's local in Dulwich, South London; I add this to indicate that the distance from the source may be influencing my assessment of this beer. It is perhaps the least interesting of all the cask beers I had on my tour (about twenty). Orange amber colour with very modest head. Distinctive taste, very mealy and biscuity, dry hops. Personally I didn't like the style, but the weight of reviews suggests a flaw in my particular barrel.

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Photo of bobsy
3.07/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This continues to be disappointing. I've had it on cask at the GBBF and enjoyed it, but perhaps times have changed. Both the the canned version and recent casks I've had have fallen far short, which is puzzling because this did win champion beer of Britain one year.

A clear golden pour fills the glass, and a small white head kicks up and exhibits decent retention and lace. For the style, the appearance is fairly standard - lean, but unexciting. The aroma provides a lot of promise, as its full of grassy hops, caramel malts and biscuit. Unfortunately, the flavour fails to come through and is surprisingly flat and one-dimensional, following all the promise of the aroma. Its little more than water with a modicum of hops and malt. There's definitely a bit of citrus and grassy hops in there, but not enough to add character. The malt brings some light biscuit, but feels a little to frail to support everything else. The body is passable, though not exceptional.

It may well be a drinkable beer, as there's nothing offensive about it. Unfortunately there's nothing interesting about it either, and the disappointing lack of hops makes it a bad example for the style, and places it more akin to an English Pale Ale. There's no incentive for me to drink this again.


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Photo of DaveUK
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Golden brown with a generous head of white bubbles. Excellent retention down the glass, despite not being bottle conditioned.

Aroma - Citrusy to floral hops dominate with a hint of fresh apple or pear.

Taste - Bitter and hoppy, big on the citrus and fresh pear note. Refreshing, perfect for the seafood I was drinking it with.

Mouthfeel - gentle but pervasive carbonation, a little raw and acidy at first.

Overall - a gentle and refreshing brew that goes well with seafood. Not enough alcohol or hops to really call itself an IPA but more of a hoppy golden ale.

It was 4.4% ABV in the bottle.

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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 BrewSomerville
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: Buttered toast. There was some diacetyl there. Floral hop aroma.

Looks: Bright golden colour. Brilliantly clear. Average sized white head. Slightly above average head retention, it faded down to a thin cover that lasted for most of the Beer. No lace (in a Beer clean glass).

Taste: Spicy and floral hop flavours. Moderate bittering. Slight honey flavour. Biscuity malt flavour. I didn't taste any of the buttery diacetyl that I had got in the aroma, but I am usually better at picking up things like that on the nose.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation. Light- medium bodied.

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Photo of sstackho
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500mL can purchased from LCBO in Toronto. I think I remember enjoying this beer during my year in the UK in 2001, but this example is making me doubt my fond memories. Appearance is light and clear and bubbly. Aroma is non-existent. Flavour is weak with just a tiny hint of fruitiness. Glad I only bought the single can.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color. Thin head and a little lacing here and there.

Smells of fruits, floral hops and biscuity malt.

Tastes of grassy and earthy hops, pale malt and a dry lightly hoppy finish. A highly drinkable beer and on of the best canned offerings from the LCBO this year.

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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 ThatWineGuy
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly clear aburn-gold with a huge off-white head initially, moderate retention. Slow steady carbonation with lots of lacing. Smells like hay - a well-kept barn. Taste is hoppy but not overly so, barley malt, bitter, cashew nuttiness and dryness. Aftertaste is dried fruit and nuts. Mouthfeel is smooth, tart fruit, balanced bitterness. A very refreshing aftertaste lingers and pleases. I found this not as hoppy as some American counterparts I've tried, and not the same drawn-out kick, but it hit a very good balance and was very drinkable.

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Deuchars IPA from The Caledonian Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 224 ratings.
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