Chelsea India Pale Ale | Gentle Ben's Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Gentle Ben's Brewing Company
Arizona, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 09-19-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by mzwolinski:
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4.51/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A *very* American IPA, actually. Brewed using only Columbus hops, this beer is teriffic for hop-lovers. Pours a beautiful, crystal clear deep golden color with a thin lacy head. Very strong hop aroma -- somewhat herbal. Gentle Ben's serves their beers very very cold, but the taste on this beer comes through right from the first sip. Deep, clean hop flavor, with very little in the way of malt undertone or off-flavors. Light-medium body. A strong beer at 7.0% ABV, but very tasty and very drinkable.

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Photo of HighCarbDiet
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Described as "A classic IPA, hoppy but not bitter, but with the characteristic strength of those originally headed for Bombay."

This beer didn't knock knock my socks off, but as I neared the end of the pint, I realized I could drink lots of it, and enjoy all of it.

Unfortunately, I couldn't smell it very well. I think the dry Tucson heat was affecting my nose.

The color was similar to their amber, but darker. Still pretty clear though.

Best head of all their beers--about one-thumb thick. Is that from the hops? The head was maintained through most of the pint.

This beer is very true to style. A real IPA. Not too understated, yet not over the top. Not too bitter, and not too citrusy.

I don't know much about hops, but these smell and taste American. They remind me of the hops used in the Stone beers.

Bitterness is present, but not overpowering. It's just where I like it, making this beer very drinkable. The body is thick enough to impact my palate without pounding on it.

This is a really good IPA, and the best beer I've had at this place. (Unfortunately, they were out of their stout and porter when I was there.)

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My! How I wish Ba would let us rate the PLACE not just the beers too. I have fond memories of this brewpub from my college years. This place is wooden/rustic and has a nice selection of brews that are brewed on the premises. The food here is really good especially their burgers. I had a pint of IPA poured into a pint glass. This pours a clear amber color with a very light head. Nice lacing on the way down. Has a nice floral hop aroma. Flavor is hoppy with a tad bit of residual sweetness. Nice smooth bitterness. Medium body and mild carbonation. Definitely try GB's other selections!

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Photo of merryjoulton
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a darkish amber, on the dark side of IPA's. Smells fairly fruity with grapefruit and pine present. Taste is a healthy dose of bitter, with a side of crispness and maltiness. Mouthfeel is just enough body and finishes clean. Drinkability is high.

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Photo of BenAthar
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good all around IPA. Has good amber color, with a slight hoppy aftertaste, which can be common in many American IPA's.
ABV can vary by batch to batch. A good aroma of hops, yet not too strong to detract you from the taste of the beer.
It's off the UofA campus so it can run out on some weekends, stock up!

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wet hopsack nose. Orange glow. Tight fluffy head with good retention. Round mouthfeel with a limey tang that tightens up into woody hops to finish.

Though there's not big malt, this is closer to English than American IPA just because of the hops chosen. Nothing revolutionary, but nice to taste an IPA that's not all sharp edges.

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Photo of beerguy101
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Darker gold color. Small head. Aroma is slightly grapefruity. A hoppy, yet not bitter IPA. Full body, and full flavor. Good hop malt balance. There is a touch of sweetness to this beer. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is hoppy.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was labled as Ben's India Pale Ale, so it might be a new IPA from this brewery.
Pours a clear rich, fully red tinged copper color that is topped by a thin pale tan head. The aroma is full of citrus hop notes that evoke thoughts of apricots, grapefruit, and a slight note of pine. The taste is smooth and creamy up front with a light malty sweetness. This quickly moves to a full on hop bouquet of citrusy American hops. I get notes of apricot, tangerine, candied orange peel, and a finish of bitter pine needles. This is a nice example of an IPA, and is certainly my favorite regular beer from this brewery. This beer is a great combination of creamy malt notes up front and citrusy, bitter hop notes from middle to end.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fairly dark copper appearance, thin foam dissipates fast, mildly hazy. Medium aroma of sweet citrusy hops, very pleasant, but lacking any bite. Tangy citrus hops up front in the taste, with a hint of nut in the finish. Moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel was light to medium in thickness with a decent bit of carbonation. Overall a pretty average IPA, but worth a try if you are here...

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Chelsea India Pale Ale from Gentle Ben's Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 9 ratings.
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