Windsor & Eton Brewery

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English India Pale Ale (IPA)
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3.63 | pDev: 7.71%
Windsor & Eton Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Notes: The second of our series of three Jubilee beers (see Treetops and Canberra) which are inspired by ingredients from around the Commonwealth.

Based on a classic IPA recipe which uses Imperial Malt along with Chinook, Simcoe and Pacific Jade hops. However the additional special ingredients of Jaggery (raw cane sugar from India bought from Southall market), Jasmine Petals, Cardamom and Coriander produce a distinctive twist to this “Indies Pale Ale”.

The resultant beer is a pale, smooth, full IPA with a distinct bitterness and with a hop aroma that is enhanced by a touch of the exotic!

Our beer is named after the original “Kohinoor”, the large diamond at the centre piece of the Coronation Crown used in 1953 and whose history is traced for over 1000 years though we think this beer is a diamond of equal brilliance!
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3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From bottle. ABV is 5.5% (cask version is 4.5%).

Pours an orange copper with a little haze. One finger white head recedes quickly. Some carbonation visible.

Nose is very similar to a Brooklyn Lager. Noticeably malty.

Taste is also malty. Quite sweet (jaggery is listed as an ingredient) and a low level of bitterness for the style.

Feel is a little thin. Watery even.

Didn't get much of the citrus or pine that I would expect from Chinook, Simcoe and Pacific Jade hops. Also, the jasmine, coriander and cardamom were very difficult to identify. Definitely more like a Brooklyn Lager clone, albeit with very different mouthfeel (thinner, less carbonation, and less satisfying than the Brooklyn brew), than an English IPA or an American IPA. The crystal malts dominated while the hops took a back seat.

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3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale amber with a film of white froth - mostly flat - but trails.
Faint floral, sweet malt and honey nose.
Caramel pear cake with whack of Goldings spice and candied orange hop.
Perfumed ending and sugar-cinnamon toast ending.
Medium, round, good bit of chew, slight oil.

Strength should've been a warning - not quite there for the heavy hitters among Brit IPAs. Jasmine and cane sugar additions are much ado about nothing. Traces of papaya and pine might suggest New World hops but this is as easily about nice English hop spice. Short of W&E's usual standards.

Nothing special.

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4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer, named Kohinoor, not Kohinoor Diamond, was poured from a bottle into an Orval goblet. It was the inaugural pour, and it was a good pour. Ended up with a nice thin head on top which stayed for a surprisingly long time.

Smells quite hoppy, with that distinctly citrus-esque scent of fresh New World hops. Faintly boozy. Quite yummy.

Tastes quite bitter up front with those hops providing a strong twang of taste, which soon fades (especially when warmer) and some nice balanced malts come into play, making it quite a moreish beer.

Overall very nice but nothing like as drinkable as the other Windsor and Eton offerings I've had before now. Looking forward to their other jubilee beers now.

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3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is deep gold (20 EBC), the liquid clear. The two finger head is compact and off-white. It leaves some lacing.

The smell is quite dry with medium strong bitterness, smooth sweet malts (toffee?) and fruity-herbal hops. Although there are American hops in this, the flavour is definitely British. Hints of mint and allspice.

The taste is quite malty; toffee, rye bread, crisp rolls and herbal tea. Fresh bitter flavours with some green hoppy-floral flavours, hints of green bananas and lemon peels. Medium body. The aftertaste is bitter with some caramel, green fruits and rye crispbread.

The carbonation is medium strong, the small bubbles fresh. The liquid is light and somewhat dry.

A fine take on the traditional English IPA, the New World hops gives it an interesting depth, but it is not as perfumed as the American IPAs.

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Kohinoor from Windsor & Eton Brewery
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 6 ratings