I.P.A. | Owen O'Leary's

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Brewed by:
Owen O'Leary's
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 07-08-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by Freshie:
Photo of Freshie
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I caught this brew at Owen O'Leary's Brockton location. It pours a nice amber color with small head that dissapates with time.

The taste is very bitter which I usually like, but the bitterness gives way to a strong citrusy aftertaste. The taste I felt was too, well 2 dimensional. There just wasn't alot there. I like more of a hop taste in my IPA's as well.

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Photo of MarkD
2.77/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one after work recently.The head faded somewhat quickly, and what little aroma there was disappeared with it. Color was a clear light rust, with lots of large bubbles. The bubbles tend to fade away as you drink it, but are still annoyingly noticable in the mouthfeel. Medium to light in body, this beer starts with a mild hoppiness that builds to a pleasently dry hoppiness about half way through. Although nothing really special about this IPA, I still wouldn't hesitate to stop in for another.

10/06/04 On my latest visit to try the new beers by their new brewer, they only had 2 on. I asked for the IPA ( tap handle said RR IPA and the server didn't know what RR stood for. ) This one poured a rusty amber color with lots of carbonation and a big, bubbly head, which faded slowly. The nose gave a strong scent of ...malt? No, it's spices! Almost like a spiced winter brew. Taste is a spice bomb, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper, with an underlaying flavor of hops. The body is good. and the carbonation fades to a light bubbliness. I asked if maybe she gave me the fall seasonal by mistake, but no, she said this is the IPA. This is a decent spiced ale, but it's not an IPA.

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Photo of BasementDweller
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The IPA has (apparently) been reformulated, and it is a very nice brew. Had this on draft at the Framingham location. The problem that I had with this beer was that there was no aroma to speak of. That went for most of the drafts, which I can understand to a point, but considering how well-rounded the hop flavor was in this beer, it baffles me that there were no aroma hops added. Sweet pale malt makes for a lingering bittersweet finish. Hops are citrusy, but by no means overwhelming. I've grown to dislike American microbrewed IPAs, but this beer reminds me that there may be something to come back to.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the brewpub yesterday.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" off-white head over the clear dark golden brew. Head lasts nicely, with ample sticky lacing. Aroma is green fresh hops. Taste is light sweetness upfront, with balancing and then some hops bitterness, but not repellent. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both what one would expect for the style, which is great. Nice stuff.

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Photo of pdad329
3.76/5  rDev +9%

Photo of albern
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The IPA is the best of the lot. There is a good head to the beer and pretty substantial lacing, it has a slightly medium body, and smells of sweet malts and some estery hops. The smell is not all that pronounced. The hops that you will find in the taste are not as oily and leafy ripe as I would have preferred, in that they are more tea like and dryish. The beer is made with Fuggles hops and is well carbonated. A pretty good beer overall.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of brpendergast85
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of ralree
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Gold, cloudy, light and small head. Laces nicely.

S: Fruity, nice hop smell, but it's a little weak to be called an IPA. Smells like a regular pale ale.

T: Surprisingly bready for the style. Hops taste good, but aren't pronounced enough. Toasted malt in the background. Bitterness on swallow that sticks to the tongue. Light fruit flavor that diminishes quickly.

M: Slightly watery, pretty astringent, carbonation good. Medium-light to light body.

D: Drinks well, but the astringency and constant bitterness is a bit of a turnoff. Better than some, but nothing to write home about.

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I.P.A. from Owen O'Leary's
3.45 out of 5 based on 9 ratings.
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