Gahan House 1772 IPA | The Gahan House

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Gahan House 1772 IPAGahan House 1772 IPA

Brewed by:
The Gahan House
Prince Edward Island, Canada

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The newest member of our family. Copper in colour, this medium bodied ale has the IPA characteristics of being high in alcohol with a very bitter finish.

Added by MMansfield on 08-12-2007

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Photo of souvenirs
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber and crystal clear, with plenty of head.
S: Floral hops.
T: Floral hops, mildly piney. Milder than I'd expect for an IPA, but not bad.
F: Medium bodied.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle (courtesy of LL) to pint glass. Best of the PEI 4pack so far( but the stout still lurks.).

LOOK: mostly clear, yellow-orange. Medium white head that lasts. Persistent carbonation is evident.
AROMA: lots of citrus and tropical fruit.
TASTE: more fruit, mango, lime, even kiwi?. Slight resinous pine shows up late.
FEEL: Medium body, carbonation holds throughout.

Very nice IPA, pleasantly surprised with this one as the Brown Ale and the Honey Wheat were sub par.

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Photo of Newport_beerguy
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice copper color (sorry it's "colour" for all my Canadian advocates). Not quite filtered but not murky either. One finger head.

Caramel, biscuit, earth and tree bark.

Peppery and malty, piney bitterness hits about mid palate with some mild sweetness at the end.

Feel: Perfect carbonation for the style, good body.

Overall: An excellent English IPA, I drifted away from the style with some of the American IPA's breaking boundaries. However this is a style, and this is a beer, worth enjoying for sure.

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Photo of SSS
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Amber in color with an off white head that lingers
S-I get a dank, piney grass aroma, much like the Columbus hop
M-Light to medium body with a good carbonation that isn't peppery or over powering
T-The bitterness is really smooth, not too harsh, good balance with the sweetness of the malt, which has some toasted character but not over the top.
O-I really enjoyed this beer, it's a solid IPA in my opinion and to say it's from Canada is a bonus...I highly recommend.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a good looking beer from one of my favourite provinces. The smell is a bit off for me - somewhat metallic, but not the worst thing on the planet. I agree with the suggestion that this has a west coast feel to it, but hey, it's brewed on an island. Big deal. It's a tasty IPA and I'm looking forward to working my way through this 4 pack of 500 mL bottles.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle

A- Pours a colour that's a little more of a light brown than a copper but still pretty true to the brewery description. Topped by a foamy 2 finger head that absolutely coated the glass in sticky lacing.

S- Based on the "1772", I made the assumption that this was going to be an English Style IPA. While their are certainly elements of that, there is more of anabundance of a West-Coast citrus profile. Lemon and grapefruit backed up an English style earthy (pine) bitterness. Not much in the way of balancing

T- Starts off with an oily citrus hop punch, transitions to a sweet maltiness, and then finishes with off with the aforementioned earthy bitterness along with some toffee maltiness. Not a lot of balancing here either.

M- Slightly chewy and definitely palate cleansing. Medium Carbonation.

O- A pretty solid beer from Gahan but like other reviewers have mentioned, this beer is definietly suffering from an identity crisis. I feel like it's trying to be an English style IPA but frankly, the citrusy juiciness really takes away from that. Quite unbalanced in terms of flavours and the maltiness of the taste comes in late as if it was a last minute decision. Once again, this defiinitely a solid IPA, it just doesn't know what it wants to be.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear pure amber color. White creamy 2 finger head, lasting 5 minutes and creating a foam island. Thick legs.

Well balanced aromas and flavors of citrus, clove, and nutty caramel. Pleasant sharp bitter taste of grains with smoky toasty feel.

Medium slick body a prickly carbonation feel, ending with a bitter smoky clove like mouth coating finish, while not too strong.

Overall : Refreshing beer, well crafted with balanced tasty flavors and a good intensity IPA.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed a pint on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary, during an IPA festival of sorts. A dull hue somewhere between desert khaki and copper, with a finger of creamy white head.

Aroma is more new world than the old school English designation would indicate, lots of orange/lemon/lime initially, even a whiff of mango, although this is duly supplanted by some more traditional "forest floor" aromatics. Almost translates as fermenting vegetation and over-ripe orchard fruit. The contrast between vibrant bright citrus/tropical notes and these latter elements is interesting.

Palate is a vanilla custard-like sweetness garnished with the aforementioned fruity and green hops. Bubble gum (?). Herbal cough drop flavor comes on late. Buttery, with low key carbonation. I'm getting more of a bona fide "1772" vibe now although the fruity west coast style hops are difficult to ignore.

Lots to captivate here although there is an identity crisis of sorts.

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Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

1772 IPA looks like a beer from that time period.. or at least it's one that fits the era's standards of aesthetics; clearly no modern filtering techniques were used. This dreary sand coloured ale is thick enough to literally look like 'liquid bread' (and has a head that rises like dough heating in the oven).

The aroma smells like a clean sink: soapy and citrusy. Ironically enough, it also smells a little like a compost pile: rotting fruits and their rinds, dead leaves, cut grass. The juxtaposition between 'bitter earthiness' and 'lemon fresh' is alluring, and can entertain long, repeated inspections.

Presuming something modeled more in the English mold, 1772 has a lot more character than I was expecting - hoppy character, that is. Its flavour is definitively leafy and citrusy, with lots of lemon and chamomile notes and a mildly pungent earthiness reminiscent of a bitter weed.

Naturally, there's also enough hard toffee and sponge cake flavours to keep things palatable for wider audiences. It's certainly bitter compared to, say, a mainstream lager, but there's more than enough sweet maltiness to keep non hop-heads on board. Besides, 6.5% isn't *that* strong and this doesn't taste it anyhow. It helps too to finish on such a nice, bright marmalade-like note.

Price Edward Island may not have a lot of breweries to chose from, but at least the one they have offers a good selection of beers. I've been consistently pleased with Gahan's diverse lineup and found 1772 to be a perfectly serviceable, well-executed IPA. It may not meet every craft drinkers standards, but it's as nice a part of the series as just about any.

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Photo of NedShakeshaft
3/5  rDev -18.7%

On tap at The Gahan House, Charlottetown, PEI. Also had it out of the bottle with similar experience.

Pours a swampy brown/orange with a strong white head that lingers.

Smell is citrus-dominated, grapefruity and orange. There's some pine and earth with a bit of bread pudding underneath.

Tons of bitterness on the first sip. Oily hop resin, a bit of pine, followed by caramel malt. It's not particularly well-balanced, the malt feels like an afterthought.

Chewy mouthfeel, with lingering tea-like tannins.

I actually found this one a bit tough to drink. I feel like it's a well-intentioned, complex endeavour that somehow fails in its alchemy.

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Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Received in a trade with Curtis. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- 4.25- Opens well and pours a generous white head that lasts and lasts. Unfiltered

S- 4.0- Lots of dry hopping here. Mossy

T- 3.75- Very good. Lots of hops. Sugar is low. Almost no alcohol hints.

M- 4.0- Very good. Nice and dry body with a moderate aftertaste that hangs around.

O- 4.1- This is the rating I would give IF I could. Will buy if I ever see it around

Food Pairing

This nice little beer went well with...... Beef Stew!


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Photo of johnnnniee
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Gahan House as part of the sampler.
Pours a slightly hazy deep chestnut color with a smallish white head.
Aromas of earthy citrus hops and a light crackery bready caramel maltiness.
The flavor is bitter and resinous with a solid shot of caramel maltiness behind it.
Decent IPA but it relies more on harsh bitterness than smooth hop flavor.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted at The Gahan House over 15 pleasing minutes.
Pours a murky gold with a durable foamy head that leaves web-like lacing all the way down.
Smells of bitter spruce and citrus, with a dose of caramel and bread crust.
Fairly malt forward in the flavor, but the evergreen helps to balance things. Flint and stone shorten the taste experience. It's tannic on the end, too, with some herbal notes with warming.
The body is a step above medium, balanced by the bitter bite and some carbonation. Could use more depth and hop-oil chew that would contribute length and both bring out and marry flavors better.
Overall, this is a strong bitter alternative to much of Canada's offerings that are light on hops. So, I'll take it, and return for more if given the chance.

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Photo of theboozehound
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is brewed with all natural ingredients. It has a dark, golden colour and produces a proud amount of white, foamy head. You can detect a hint of pine and a strong citrus flavour. Great carbonation and pleasant floral aroma to balance it out. All in all, very impressed with this brew!

I give it an 8/10 rating and if you happen to be visiting Eastern Canada, I seriously recommend a visit to the PEI Brewing Company, which produces this amazing product.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into tulip 11/9/13

A murky dark amber with lots of sediment but only a few visible bubbles but I know there's carbonation because it has a long lasting two finger foam that leaves several pencil thin rings followed by spider web lace

S floral hops, citric notes, faint pine, lots of caramel and earthy tones, I get some bread crust and just a hint of vitamin c chewable's

T more pine with lots rind and caramel, tastes a little old but bottles 2 months ago it should still taste fairly fresh, a little malty in my eyes but some would say its balanced, some herbal tea as it warms

M medium full, soft carbonation, mild bitter bite, pine and rind linger on the finish

O respectable brew but nothing to go searching for, fairly standard but nothing to be ashamed of

good but not great, like many others I suppose with nothing to set it apart and something decent but not memorable

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a coppery brown with a thin ivory head. Not much aroma. Some faint bread, but surprisingly little hops. Taste is crisp with light malts up front and a very bitter finish with hints of pine and grapefruit. But just hints---I'm getting mostly straight bitterness from the hops and not much flavor. Mouthfeel is fine. Overall, a solid but not spectacular IPA. It is bracingly bitter and pleasantly dry, but not particularly subtle or interesting.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml, fairly burly and weighty bottle. My first PEI beer! And my last province/territory (save the dry NWT). I feel shame at not having a suitable cultural reference right now, so let's get on with it then, eh?

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber hue, with a moderately tumultuous tower of rising puffy, densely foamy, airy off-white head, which leaves a broad array of chunky splattered lace around the glass as things rather slowly fade, in a duly southerly direction.

It smells of rather crisp, if subdued orange and grapefruit citrus flesh, semi-sweet caramelized pale malt, with more than a hint of pine tip resin, and more floral, earthy hops. The taste is somewhat biscuity, definitely grainy, and loosely caramel-tinged pale malt, subtle, kind of indistinct citrus hop notes, an earthy flintiness, and a further leafy, floral hoppiness. A wee tic of the mildly elevated ABV gradually makes itself known as things warm.

The carbonation is actually quite sedate after that opening salvo, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth, with few meritable offsets worthy of further consideration. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt not really all-encompassing, but just hardy enough to keep an agreeable enough detente with the lingering citrus and pine hops.

I was expecting a whole lot more of an English bent on this offering, given its point of origin (sorry, I guess), but colour me wrong, and a tad apologetic - this is more new-world IPA than the majority of offerings in this category, in my experience. Not the point here, I know, but it's nice to know when you're appreciated, even if it's from an unexpected angle. Add this goodness to Anne, potatoes, and the Confederation Bridge, if you have to, but make it a must stop in your investigations of this purportedly far-flung province in our deliciously broad union.

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Photo of suspect
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Big thanks to my buddy Chris for bringing this back from PEI.

A: Pours an amber color with some orange hues. Aggressive pour leads to a thick, rocky one finger head that dissipates over the next few minutes leaving a ring and some whispy circles around the middle. Lots of little floaties in this one.

S: Nice juicy hop presence with good citrus zest and grassy resin. Adding in a nice big malty backbone and this one blends nicely into a very nice smelling IPA.

T: The taste follows the nose for the most part but the malt backbone really makes itself known moreso than the hops. Although the hops are definitely not subdued. The alcohol is actually relatively present here which is a bit surprising seeing as it's only 6.5%.

M: Nice carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. This one has a really nice feel to it. No burn, but I keep reaching for the glass which, to me, is the sign of a good IPA.

O: This is a solid IPA. Better than average and one that I'm really very glad I got to try. Good work Gahan House and thanks again Chris for hooking me up!

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend of mine brought me down a growler for my birthday. Took a few days for me to pop it open, but it did so with a satisfying hiss, so it should still be good.

Pours a clear, dark copper color with barely a thin covering of head. Very slight lacing with what is available.

Nose contains some sweet caramel.

The taste is definately not like an American IPA which I get a lot of around here. It actually reminds me a bit more of an English Bitter than an English IPA. A nice sweet malt background. Some minor hops at the start. Some earthiness in the back as well. Nothing subtle or overwhelming here.

Fairly smooth overall. Somewhat plain, however. I wouldn't switch from a beer with a richer flavor to this (trust me, cause I did once). More for a few glasses with a meal. Fish and chips or a nice stew come to mind.

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Photo of seand
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent dark amber, with a small amount of white head. Ok retention, pretty good lacing.

S: Mainly earthy hops, with some sweetness.

T: Sweet to start, finishing with bitter hops. Not too strong.

M: Medium carbonation and body.

D: Drinks pretty easy, unless hoppy beers aren't your thing.

(This review written August 2009, finally got around to posting it)

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Photo of Deuane
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Called 1772 IPA, maybe this is a recnt change.

A-Bright copper with a medium off-white head that reduced to a ring and left spotty lace.

S-Sweet caramel, biscuit and a decent pop of citrus and floral hops.

T-Citrus and floral hop bite up front with a nice backing sweet caramel malt backbone. Fairly straight forward.

M-Medium bodied, smooth and farily crisp. Decent lingering hop bitterness.

D-An English IPA with a bit of USA hop kick. Nothing crazy and lacks depth but this is tasty enough to enjoy a few of.

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Photo of MMansfield
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from Seaport Beer Fest 08/11/07

Appearance: Poured a deep gold with a big white cap, good retention, some lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy, some soapy smells, floral hops, a touch of sweetness.

Taste: Not a lot of flavour here for an IPA, definately modeled after the English style. Pretty sweet, some medium bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Appropriate level of carbonation, soft, pretty high drinkabilitiy.

Final Statment: Not a very good IPA, has no balls. But it's a decent enough beer to drink and enjoy. I'd have it with some fish & chips.

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Gahan House 1772 IPA from The Gahan House
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