McEwan's India Pale Ale
The Caledonian Brewing Company

McEwan's India Pale AleMcEwan's India Pale Ale
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English India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ranked #384
Ranked #47,232
2.93 | pDev: 20.14%
The Caledonian Brewing Company
Scotland, United Kingdom
McEwan's India Pale AleMcEwan's India Pale Ale
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Reviews: 147 | Ratings: 176
Photo of AtrumAnimus
5/5  rDev +70.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am greatly disappointed to see the other reviews this beer has. I get the impression that people are applying new world standards to an old world beer - Meaning that what they are getting is not meeting predetermined expectations. As a real hop head I was initially disappointed, but I was able to look past those expectations and really taste this awesome beer. People have to remember that the additional hops that were originally added to the IPA style were only added originally as a preservative.

This is a bad ass IPA. Hands down, this is my favorite of the style so far. It is not the hammer strong hops that have become the trademark of the style as we see in the U.S. today. Instead this is a product where ability meets necessity. The additional hops that preserve the beer and the balance of flavors that is normally out of balance. The color is brownish slightly cloudy amber and the head is thick and creamy settling to a fine lace. The flavor is perfect IPA. Malt and strong hops perfectly balanced with a nutty undertone that finishes out perfect. Now this is not a kick you in the balls hoppiness - it is just strong hops that leaves a nice and pleasant after taste. The malt is a complex blend with fruity undertones that finish dry. I just love this beer.

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Photo of DarthMalt
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Let's just call this one "Number 3."

At first, I thought I scored some dudly-old bottles, but, after reading the reviews, I realized, "No! This is a pretty sucky brew."

Funny, in a past life, I would have loved this pup--'twangy water profile,' buttery diacetyl,' the works! But now, after accepting my true mission in life--to scare people senseless with big, bad-ass American micros, this chap is just a Wally.

The two-color label makes you feel exceptionally cheap as well.

Unfortunately, it's still better than most crap out, hence, it's name, and rating--Number 3.


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Photo of Shiloh
2.2/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dark dull amber with a thick frothy crown that is very unpleasent to the eye in that it appears to be in chunks. The taste of this brew reminds me of Butterscotch and is very sweet. The nose is flat and drinkability is very limited.
Not my idea of an IPA..Think I will introduce it to my sink!

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Photo of Pegasus
3.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal-clear amber brown color with lively carbonation, an off-white head and quite good broken lace. Sweet aroma of cookies, caramel, and fruit, with little or no hops. Taste begins with toasty malt and caramel flavors; towards the finish some mild citrus bitterness appears. Finish is clean and dry. A tasty and drinkable beer, but seems more like an brown ale than an IPA.

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Photo of bditty187
2.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Darkish coppery-bronze, fair clarity, poor head development thus no retention, some spotty lace. Almost nose-less, faint hints of malt… clean. Caramel/malt upfront, barren in the middle, meandering bitterness intertwined, hints of sweetness… boring and empty finish. Lacks depth, no complexity… medium bodied but somehow still unfulfilling. I struggle to call this an IPA... where are the hops? No need to drink this again, not recommended.

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Photo of maxpower
2.18/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nice red-brownish in color, small white head that doesn't last, light flowery and malty aroma, mild sweet caramel flavors with a light hop presence. Watery and thin mouthfeel, decent crisp light finish, a weak even for an English IPA where are the hops? Very bland, taste kind of like a wet paper bag.I won't waste my money on this one.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.15/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

We have all been duped, there's no way in hell this is an IPA. McEwan's IPA has virtually no hop aroma. This is false advertisement, it pours a wierd dim shade of amber brown almost a mohogany. The head poured very thin and was a tinted cream tone, and the lace slides right down the glass as it empties. I am getting all sweetness from a caramel malt origin. Is very easy drinking doesn't take too many brain cells to pick this one apart. I was expecting a lot more from it than I got, and I find myself disappointed. There is also a hidden fruity flavor in there, but overall a watered down lighter body for an IPA. I am not crazy by any means, in fact I can't even say I like this one. Definitely would not recommend this one to anybody.

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

This brew pours a copper color with a nice white head that last a while. The smell of burnt malt almost like fills the nose, along a surprisingly low hop aroma for being an IPA. The first sip did not get any better in the hoppiness, a mild hop flavor is all I could manange out of this one, even after letting it warm up a bit. A finish of mild hops but nothing to strong.


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Photo of JISurfer
3.43/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a nice beer to drink when your sitting around with your buds. Sure, it's not as good as the Scotch Ale by McEwans, but it has it's highlights. First off, it's not a too heavy beer. Tastes like a very light coffee. It's got just the right amount of bitterness to it, but that's not too much. The taste finishes off smooth and goes down easy. Give it a shot, you'll be glad you did.

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Photo of Jason
2.88/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Weak looking head, clarity is fine though.

Smell: Smells of shortbread, a touch fruity … where are the hops?

Taste: Maltiness is slightly feeble, light on the palate with a cracker like graininess. Bitterness tastes processed like an extract perhaps and light at that, just gets to the balancing point and goes no further. Maltiness drops a little residual sweetness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, faintly crisp. Lacks in fullness and depth.

Drinkability & Notes: Quite drinkable, it actually goes down real easy like a light ale would. Sad thing is this is not labeled as a light ale, labeled as an IPA makes this beer somewhat of a sham. I have had pale ales that are bigger than this! At $9 a six-pack don’t waste your dough.

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Photo of ZAP
2.26/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm sorry but this is not an IPA as they claim on the bottle.....Maybe an English Mild or sweeter ESB but not an IPA...The aroma is malty with no hops evident...the taste is biscuity and hop's evident except for a dryish finish...It's not a bad beer, but for an IPA it's way below average...

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Photo of Gusler
2.95/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours crystal clear deep amber to burnished copper color, the head minimal, the lace in spindly sheets, and they both disappear much to quickly for my liking. Nose is all malt, light hints of caramel, clean and fresh at any rate. Front is sweet and malt laden the top skinny, the finish has a big acidic bite, the hops are light, and under stated as are most non-American IPA’s. Please don’t misunderstand, as this is not meant to be a criticism, as I like the complex flavors and bodies in these IPA’s and ales for that matter. Overall, this beer is a bit bland and watery, at least for me.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.03/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep clear copper color. Very little head. Just a collaring. More malt than hops on the nose. The malt flavors are caramel and biscuit like. The hop profile is primarily perfumey, but also slightly herbal. Bitterness factor is very low, which drops my taste rating significantly. There's a dry woody aspect that I usually don't encounter in IPAs. This is a good tasting beer, but it doesn't seem like an IPA to me. More like a PA or Bitter.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light brown with a little amber and a modest white head that dissipates fairly quickly, yet leaves a lace down the glass. The smell is not nearly as pronounced as other IPA's that I've had, nor did the look go with it either. The smell is that of a musty bitter with not much else. Tasting this, I know this is not an IPA at all. It doesn't taste bad, but doesn't fit the label. Very mild and kind of bland (maybe because I was expecting an IPA), slightly malty taste with a hint of roast and a moderate hoppy bitterness. It has an almost watery mouthfeel and finishes semi-dry. Like I say, not bad, but NOT an IPA. Average across the board...if you take the IPA off of it. Cheers!

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Photo of Jon
3.55/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

McEwan's shouldn't really be labeled an IPA, but more of an English mild. It pours a pretty deep amber with a short-lived head that at least looks good when it's there. The smell is rather biscuity, with almost no hop profile present. The taste features more of that biscuity profile with some caramel malt making itself known, as well. This a pretty smooth drinker, and would make a decent session beer. It's not really worth overanalyzing, but it's a keeper in its own regard.

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Photo of budgood1
3.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

certainly not an IPA....dark copper in color with a minmal head and no lacing. light toasted malt aroma, a hint of hops. smooth and creamy moutfeel, albeit a little thin. nice bready caramel malt taste...very drinkable. nothing special and could be considered and average to slightly above average ale. to pass it off as an IPA is wrong though. would be a nice session brew as there isn't too much to offend.

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Photo of tigerpaws
2.06/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

IMO this is far from an IPA, where are the hops?? About the only way it resembles an IPA is the appearance. I was very dissapointed in this beer and recommend it to Bud drinkers becasue it is that bad...........CHEERS

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Photo of stoutman
3.64/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amber in color, with an off-dry malty nose, this beer has a short, dry malt aftertaste with some sweetness at the end. Not very typical for your average IPA.

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Photo of rastaman
2.5/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Buttery, oily, caramelly, malty and sweet, not bitter, just sweet, therefore it doesn't really resemble an IPA, and doesn't appeal with my tatses, needs bitterness.

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Photo of ADR
3.66/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark and clear amber. Very little smell. Head is thin and dissappears into large bubbles at the edge. Mouthfeel is pretty dense for an I.P.A., hops are assertive but not at all explosive -- mildly peppery/clovey. Malt taste is definitely there and helps add to the body and impression. Pretty good but very different from an American I.P.A.... I, personally, like a little more hops.

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Photo of jdhilt
5/5  rDev +70.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first time I drank this I was shocked - I expected a hoppy - rip your face off - IPA. It isn't anything like that - smooth, mellow and is the best IPA I have found anywhere. The ABV is 4.5%.

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Photo of Todd
2.45/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12oz European brown bottle, red labeling and a picture of the weird smiling pirate guy wearing a funny fu-fu hat. No freshness date

Appearance: A brown beer, with light copper hues. Pours a moderate healthy looking creamy white patchy head.

Smell: Bitter hops, floral aromas, toasted malts, some caramel.

Taste: Creamy mouthfeel, followed by an even semi-sweet malt flavour. Grain, a touch of caramel and toasted malt flavours. Little malt character. Alcohol notes. Bitterness is limey, floral and tea-like, becoming more pronounced by a fine, dry, champagne-like carbonation. Finishes grain dry.

Notes: An unusual IPA. First, it's Scottish. Second, it taste nothing like a traditional IPA and holds none of the characteristics that you might expect (big malts and big hops to balance). I'll pass on this one. Not to style and a rather bland brew.

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McEwan's India Pale Ale from The Caledonian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 70 out of 100 with 176 ratings