McEwan's India Pale Ale
The Caledonian Brewing Company

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English India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ranked #379
Ranked #47,468
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 jabocu
3.27/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours just like sweet tea. Literally, it has no head, has the color and body of pouring a glass of sweet tea. My wife even made the comment that it was wierd that I was drinking our sweet tea without ice. Aroma is light caramel and british malts. No hop aroma at all, which is surprising for even an english IPA. Flavor is lots of british malts and some caramel in the background. Very little hop bitterness. I'm not sure I would classify this as an IPA... more like a bitter. Body is med-light, light carbonation, and a little watery.

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Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A lighter bodied IPA with above average carbonation to make up for it. But still drinkable and passable for the style. There is bitterness there and some malt, but also on the watery side. Bit of acidity there. Fine at the end of a summer day.Moderate aroma of hops.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

McEwan's IPA is, not surprisingly, simply a more-bitter-than-usual Scottish ale. It's not really an IPA; but then again, many of the IPAs from Britain fail on that point as well. Instead, IPA is used here to declare it as a premium beer. In Britian it's labeled "McEwan's Export India Pale Ale"; and was once the best-selling canned beer in England.
It pours a clear dark-chestnut body beneath a short head of creamy antique-white foam. The head retention is average, and it leaves only minor lacing about the pint.
The nose is malty with a bit of a caramelized edge and some very subtle roastiness or smokiness. Nice!
In the mouth it's medium-light bodied with a bit of a dextrinous edge; and then remarkably smooth with a mild, restrained carbonation that's reminiscent of cask-ale.
The flavor is full with a decidedly malty slant that displays some roasted malt in the background, and perhaps even a touch of smoky peat (or is that just the roastiness deceiving a mind that wants to beleive there's something more there?). It's bitter, but not overdone at around 28 BU's - keep in mind, this beer only starts at around 10.5 degrees Plato!
It finishes with short lingering notes of burnt-sugar, dull caramel, and leafy hops as the bitterness fades.
It's an interesting beer with a distinctively Scottish character that makes a great switch-up from your regular pint, and easily serves in all-aspects as a brilliant session ale. Very well done! An excellent Scottish ale!

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Photo of zeff80
3.32/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - It poured out an amber color with a small, white head. It left some lacing.

S - It smelled of hops and malt.

T - It tasted very malty. Not typical of an IPA. The hop presence was minimal.

M - It was kind of soft. The beer is light to medium-bodied.

D - It is a fairly good beer. It doesn't really taste like an IPA but is still good.

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Photo of demcorhip
2.95/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Doesnt look like an IPA. Poured slightly cloudy with an earthy almost cola like colour. Decent off white head formed and dissipated into finely patterned lacings.

Doesnt smell like an IPA either. Fruity and floral bready scents with just a hint of citrus.

Guess what. doesnt taste like an IPA either. It does have an interesting malty taste, tastes of sweet toasted bread, earthy peat that finishes in a mild tea like flavour.

This beer is almost watery, making a good thirst quencher on a hot summers day (much like water is). Has an interesting balance between the yeasty and malt flavours. Astringent finish balances the sweetness well, although im not even sure if its due to hops. Was barely carbonated.

Very easy to drink (much like water is). Some intersting flvours are present, but not much of an IPA. Not much of a PA either. Could drink alot in a sitting, and as such would make a good session beer. Cant see me having a serious drinking session with it though.

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Photo of variousartists
2.36/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

First off, this is not a bad beer, but it is not what it claims to be (tastes and looks nothing like a traditional IPA). Dark amber color would be attractive if this was a red ale. Poor clarity, and average consistency. Smell is a little fruity, with hints of roasted malt. Taste, once again not "IPA-like", more of a toasted malt. Finishes more like a porter. Feels stale and flat. This beer is drinkable but not satisfying.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
2.31/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber caramel color with a frothy one inch thick foam; a little too dark for style, not looking promising. Aroma is pretty flat, no hops detected, only earthy malts, sweet and caramel like. Flavor is a total dissapointment. The bitterness is there, but it's just so clean with no hop flavor at all. Super thin and nearly bodiless, wow, could it get any worse for style. Drinkability is awful, this is just not an enjoyable beer at all whatever you want to call it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A stretch for an IPA...even by English standards. Has a bold, medium maltiness that has good fruity / bready character in the nose, flavor, and body. Darker and richer in malts than expect, but it works well. Barely hopped for balance though. Almost misses even a pale ale mark with it's lack of hops. The hop character never offers much stand-alone character, and contributes only a slight earthy, woodsy flavor. Slightly over weighted in the body than I prefer and with a sweeter / maltier finish than expected. Good beer, but not a classic IPA.

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Photo of DogFood11
1.91/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Easily managed, had to get aggressive towards the end to get the results I was looking for. Ivory white head that is loose and fizzy. Brown body, ring like lacing on occasion.

Smell is of light malts, slightly roasted but rather weak.

whaaat the ? No hop presence to speak of unless you count the lemony zest that is barely detected in the finish....I can deal with that if the other end of the brew was superior but really the malts end up sweet, watery, lifeless and bland. Kicked up carbonation tries to save the mouthfeel but its nothing more than pop rock fizz.

Notes: This must be a mistake!! Once again I have to wonder how a beer like this can be distributed so widely...ahhh but there are tons of beers that get broad distribution that suck....question answered. Walk past this if you are tight on funds, if you think I'm a nut give it a try.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.78/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a couple bottles of McEwan’s IPA at a specialty shop to taste review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a nut brown color with a red/amber hue when held up to the light, and is clear. A rich two-finger off-white head forms and is quite resilient. The head dissipates to a thin creamy foam on the top of the beer. The remaining head is quite sticky and laces the sides of the glass all the way down.

The smell is fairly sweet and malty. Virtually no scent of hops, which I would expect from an IPA.

The taste is a also sweet and malty. A mild hop presence, but not what I expected. There is a faintly sweet flavor like butter scotch. It really tastes like a weak brown ale.

Mouth feel is medium bodied, light and smooth, but perhaps a little flat. There is not much carbonation in this one.

This is a drinkable beer, but not what I expected even from an English (Scottish) IPA. Given it’s characteristics and availability, I doubt I’ll have this again.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.57/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this into a standard pint glass. It has a clear dark amber color. The head is nice and thick with excellent retention. The aroma is a bit disappointing for an IPA, it notes of malt with no hops readily evident. Upon first taste, the malt is immediately dominant, but the hops are noticed thereafter and appear to be well mixed throughout. There is a strong 'earthy' hop finish. It has a medium body with low carbonation, very good for the style.

This is really a fine beer, although a bit 'off-center' of the style in most respects, it is very enjoyable. Being a hop-head, I could drink this all night.

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

I must preface this review by saying this is unlike any other IPA I've ever tasted. Perhaps it's typical for British IPAs, but nothing near what I'd expected.

McEwan's I.P.A. pours an amber color with a miniscule white head. Oddly many small bubbles cloy to the glass from top to bottom.

Smells mostly of malt. There are faint hints of hops as well. This is a biting and somewhat unpleasant aroma.

Malt again dominates the taste. There is a bit of a hop kick at the end of the swallow. Not terribly full or bitter.

In the mouth this beer is thin, crisp and pretty highly carbonated.

Again, this is not at all what I've come to expect from a beer of the style. Not at all complex, though pretty easy to drink. Not a bad beer, but nothing terribly memorable either. I'll pass on it in the future.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.38/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I almost don't know how to score this. It doesn't look or taste like an IPA. The color is a deep, deep amber bordering brown. Some light lacing a pretty good head. Smell is very malty, lightly roasted dark malts with very little hop aromatics to speak of. I thought this ber tased alright. But not like an IPA, so I'm a little confused on how to score this beer. Flavor profile was about 80% malts and 20% English hops. Breday with hints of heather. This is a very sessionable beer, but I think they should label this beer differently.

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle no freshness date noted.
Pours a dark brown with a thick tanish head. sticky lacing

Aroma is more malty, Doughy, roasty a little caramel. Not much in the way of hops.

Flavor is sweet and roasty malt, carmel,

not much hop in the finish either.
I’ve been told that this is going to be discontinued soon, I won’t miss it.

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Photo of Cindirene
2.8/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Tried this one because I had heard good things about the McEwans brand - Really disappointed because I'm into hops and there aren't any here - Pours a decent color - malt is apparent from the beginning and stays there through the finish - Not a terribly bad beer - just difficult to objectively rate this one in the IPA category

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Photo of Bigjay1584
3.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got a sixer from the distributor near me just to broaden my IPA knowledge. I was a little disappointed since this IPA doesn't really taste like an IPA (and because I'm a poor college student, the cost of $10.34 hurt). I can barely taste any hops yet it is a surprisingly dark red amber. It is a bit watery and thin for the style as well, but it is not without its character. Practically no lacing, but at least some head remains on the top till the end. Smell is so-so.. (certainly not bad) but it just smells malty. Tastes somewhat undercarbonated but mouthfeel is still fair. Probably the highest element of this beer is that it is very drinkable; it is an overall pleasant beer that doesn't fill you up as much even when compared to some other IPAs. It was NOT what I expected but it is still worth a shot.

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Photo of Drew966
3.14/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a nice copper color with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is very mild, I can detect some malt. I like the flavor, it's malty and has caramel/toffee like notes. Tastes absolutely nothing like an IPA, had this been labelled differently, I wouldn't be surprised, but this is not an IPA. If reviewed as to style, the marks would be low, but I've decided to rate it on its own merits, even though it is not an IPA. I think this is a fairly drinkable beer, it tastes fairly good. I don't think I'd search for this one, but I don't mind it one bit. Definitely worth a try as long as you don't care that it isn't to style.

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Photo of acrawf6
2.95/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a deep amberish/red and clear. A slight tan head foams up about a half inch high.

Smell is a little bit on the roasty side. A small hoppy smell is present that gives me a reminder of tea. some gourmet dark chocolate is what i pick up. Quite interesting, and nothing like american ipa, but thats understood.

Taste is not all that great. an unsweetened tea bitterness. very dry hops. taste of some metalic and blood. aftertaste reminds me more of like cooked chinese vegetables. not that good.

Mouthfeel is ok. interesting balance with the hops and malts, but not to my taking. Decent carbonation.

Overall. I've drank this a few times, but after i heard it was leaving the USA , i wanted to give it a try to rate it. Definetely the english accent on this style, but i dont think it is a good example. Just not that good of a beer. I'll miss seeing this on the shelves, but i wont miss it too much at all.

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

Amber looking brew with head that got thin but stayed thru the whole glass.

Smells a bit "flat" for an IPA, but this isnt an IPA, its a Scottish Ale. McEwans needs to get rid of the IPA and call it what it is.

As a Scottish Ale its not bad, but as an IPA its not a good offering.

Malts, and more malts make up the taste. No hops whatsoever. Thin but smooth, its easy to drink. Its just not what I was expecting.

Change the name and put it in the right style and it might rate higher, but as an IPA it doesnt cut it.

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Photo of danielharper
3.03/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

Very dark for an IPA, a dark brown/black color with minimal head. Almost looks like a brown ale, but with more carbonation. Not to style, but still interesting.

In an IPA, I expect a generous dose of hops in the nose, but here I get mainly a strong malty sweetness, with only a touch of hoppiness in the background. The hops are certainly present, but mainly it seems more like a dopplebock or a Scotch Ale in terms of nose.

The flavor here is really fascinating. It has a sweet, almost caramel up-front, mixed with some weak hoppiness in the middle and backend. It's a bit like bitter syrup to consume. Fascinating in the way that it seems really well-balanced between too sweet and too bitter, without really being too much of either. Still, it's a bit cloying over time, so I can't rate it too highly, but it is certainly interesting.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin, with just enough carbonation to give it bite. Not terrible, but not good.

Overall, this is a fairly drinkable beer. I'm not dying for another, but I'll drink this six-pack easily enough. It's not by any stretch of the imagination an IPA, but taken as what it is (whatever it is) it's decent. Might be a fairly readily-available intro beer for those who have only had very malty beers to date.

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
2.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I would like to expound briefly on a theory I have held for some time, that is: even though this beer is labelled as IPA, it's actually a Scottish Ale. That said, the score given is for the IPA style, but in the notes are found the scores I would have given had it been properly labelled and classified as a Scottish Ale.

Appearance: Dark amber/ light brown--too dark for an IPA, with off-white head that fades fairly quickly. (Score as a Scottish Ale: 3-3.5)

Smell: Nice malt base, very faint floral hops. Not exactly what an IPA should smell like, but I've had IPAs that were true to style and didn't smell strongly of hops, so I won't dock too many points. (Score as a Scottish Ale: 3.5)

Taste: Very malty and sweet, but there's almost no bitterness from the hops. There are vague citric notes, but that's all I'm getting. Definitely not an IPA. (Score as a Scottish Ale: 3.5)

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is very light, which draws attention to the sweetness of the brew. It's not particularly heavy, just lacking in carbonation that might cut the sweetness a little. (Score as a Scottish Ale: 3)

Drinkability: I absolutely love a sweet, malty beer, so I'm probably not the best judge of the drinkability of this one, but I think I could take an entire session of it. (Score as a Scottish Ale: 3.5)

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Photo of Bcant
2.48/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

McEwan’s IPA is a red/orange amber color with a small white head. The bouquet is dominated by metallic doers though some more pleasing caramel notes also exist. The taste is also metallic, almost like putting a penny in your mouth. Mouthfeel is light but slightly sandy. Is drinkable and a little bit quenching but this is compromised by the taste.

An IPA? Humm…

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Photo of UncleFlip
2.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, copper colour with red-orange notes. Two finger off-white head (Mix of tight and loose- but more loose than expected) quickly disapates. Wet lace is trying hard to hang on, but not doing a very good job of it.

Hard to pick up a scent off the glass. What I can get is sort of like cheap MSG-laden sweet and sour sauce with some bitter overtones.

The flavour is pungent and a bit smoky, rather deep and tangy. There's an ashy bitterness up top. Oddly, it reminds me VERY much of Olde Towne Amber.

The liquid isn't noticeable when trying to overcome the fast tight carbonation the hits at the back and bottom of your cheeks.

Not terribly drinakble to me- not bad, but not one of the better brews I've had.

Be well

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.48/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rating this with style in mind, this is way off.

No way this is an IPA. It poured an amber color with a nice head that left nice lacing. It looked to dark to be an IPA. In the aroma, there were no hops whatsoever. All malt and a bit of smoke. Definitely smells like a scottish ale.

Tastes like one too. No hops in the taste. Heavy on the malt. Very watery. No body. Seems completely out of style. Smoke in the taste as well.

I really cannot recommend this as an IPA. As a scottish it is pretty good. But no hops in the aroma or taste are not indicative of IPA. Try something else that is in style.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.75/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a clear deep copper color with a bountious white head that fell to a thin ring. Much stickiness to the side of the glass. The smell is like a campfire, the morning after. Much smokiness, charcoal, strong malt notes, Very enjoyable. Taste is very different from the smell, with some malt notes, but a hop presence that increased with each sip. Initially I was dissapointed with the taste, but it really improved as more of the glass was consumed. Finishes dry with a strange aftertaste that is not overly pleasant (or unpleasant). Very unique. This was a very different beer. It went down very easy. but had a bit of a strange aftertaste, but still made me want to drink more.

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