Gahan House 1772 IPA | The Gahan House

Gahan House 1772 IPAGahan House 1772 IPA
68 Ratings
Gahan House 1772 IPAGahan House 1772 IPA

Brewed by:
The Gahan House
Prince Edward Island, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer doesn’t hold back. We start with as much Canadian barley as we can fit in our mash mixer, then add some toasty Munich malt and toffee-flavoured crystal malt for a rich, malty balance to the hop onslaught that follows. We cram our kettle with Centennial and Cascade hop varieties for refreshing clean bitterness and hop flavour, then dry hop in the fermenter for an aroma that will spank you right in the face. Party like its 1772!

Added by MMansfield on 08-12-2007

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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by evil_liver:
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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 cam477
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
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 jcubz
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Powers30
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of souvenirs
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
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 DaveBar
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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 TimeLincoln
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of CurtisD
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of hef
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of DreamDeath
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Mikexw
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mousel
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SSS
4.5/5  rDev +24%
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 cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of JohnnyForeign
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ckollias
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WanderingFool
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Newport_beerguy
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Freddy216b
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Jotora
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of johnnnniee
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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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Gahan House 1772 IPA from The Gahan House
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 68 ratings
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