Axe Edge
Buxton Brewery

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IPA - American
Ranked #2,091
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3.94 | pDev: 8.88%
Buxton Brewery
England, United Kingdom
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Notes: One of Buxton Brewery's most iconic beers, now in a can!

This award winning strong India Pale Ale is full flavoured and has a beautiful hoppy aroma with a stunning blend of European, North American and New Zeland varieties.
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JonnyGoldsbrough from England

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Buxton Brewery Axe Edge 6.8% IPA.

L4.25 Amber, slight cloud, average head.
S4.25 Lots of citrus - oranges.
T4.25 Very hoppy & bitter. Nice but powerful, not quite as balanced as jaipur.
F4.25 Spot on for IPA - medium body, good carbonation.
O4.25 Lots of bad 'IPAs' brewed in the UK. This is a good one though. A tad too bitter for me & I think that may obscure some of the subtler hop flavours coming through. Side note - not a fan of the can art!

May 18, 2020
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter via our friend from across the pond---Cheers Ian!
This English interpretation of a AIPA pours a nice and clear amber tinged yellow with a
nice head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, thick layer, and displays some very nice
sudsy lacing. Nose of heavy pine, grapefruit, caramel and honey malts, and some grassy hops
as well. Flavors follow the nose with grassy and grapefruit ridden hops taking the fore with caramel
malts showing up in the middle of the taste with touches of honey and light biscuit, and then finishing
off with a rich resin heavy pine hop with a touch of lemon zest. Very nice mouth feel in the mode
with melding 2 styles with medium light carbonation that is just effervescent enough to give
this brew a lift, medium light body, and a rich resin heavy pine touched finish with citrus
notes on the aftertaste.

Overall, a SOLID little brew worthy of the Buxton name.



Mar 09, 2018
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium amber coloration with a medium creamy head. Smells mainly of citrus fruit and pine, with a hint of tropical fruits. Taste follows the nose with a strong grapefruit and pine presence with a hint of mango and passion fruit. Very nice dank hops and caramel malt balance, with the hops still clearly winning. Finishes with a medium to strong bitterness. Very nicely balanced IPA, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Dec 15, 2017
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FLima from Brazil

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy golden color with a thin head with short retention.
Nice predominantly piney and tangerine aroma with notes of passion fruit, lychees and white grapes.
Intense hoppy flavor with notes of piney resin, ginger, white pepper, flowers, some herbaceous, lemon, grapefruit, lychees, a bit of tobacco, white wine, tangerine, pineapple and toasted malts. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste with a long finish.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 6.8% is very well hidden.
Very good resiny and piney American IPA with great hop complexity from three countries that are a reference - Sauvin playing the smart guy. This brewery caught my attention. Worth trying.

Nov 01, 2017
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jazzyjeff13 from England

4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2017 (bottled March 2017). Acquired a little while back from the Brewdog webshop. The label describes it as a full-flavoured IPA brewed with European, US and NZ hop varieties.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A rich golden-amber hue with faint haze and moderate carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a persistent surface layer. Some lacing.

S: Aroma of intense hops with hints of pine resin, grass/hay, herbs, spicy noble hops, subtle citrus, caramel malt, light grain, mild barley sugar and earthy yeast. Nicely balanced - excellent.

T: Tastes of incredibly aromatic hops with a stinging bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, weed, herbs, noble hops, grass/hay, subtle citrus peel, caramel malt, a touch of barley sugar and earthy yeast. Slightly sweet, followed by a robust, resinous bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with soft carbonation and good body. Quite astringent; hop oils tickle the palate. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, pine resin, herbs, earthy yeast and malt.

O: Superb - just what an American IPA should taste like. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are laden with intense aroma hops and bitterness. Good body; could be a tad more carbonated. One for hop-heads everywhere. Well worth sampling if you have the chance.

Jul 09, 2017
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the 330ml bottle, dated 03/12/17. Served in a pub glass.

Pours a cold-hazed, unfiltered tawny-gold with lots of fine carbonation and an enormous off-white, lush, pouffy head of suds. Retention is excellent, minor spotty lacing.

Sharp nose of fruity yeast and clean malty goodness, pears, lemons and leafy greens with only a minor, fairly inoffensive metallic tang.

Taste is thick, toasted malted barley with aggressive bittering, pear, lemon, tropical fruits, earthy pine and medicinal herbs. Well balanced, earthy, resinous, oily, drying, with a long, strong, clean bitter finish.

Feel is thick and malty, nicely carbonated, exceptionally easy drinking.

Overall, an uncomplicated but nicely brewed english-style-meets-american-style IPA with some of the best of each. I had to write my notes quickly because I wound up drinking it so fast.

Jun 19, 2017
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle from (£3.00):
Another really enjoyable beer from Buxton & very much on par with their Ace Edge offering, although this one definitely seemed more balanced & easy to drink. The beer looked fantastic after I poured it & there was a lot of early citrus & pine coming through to get you interested from the start. I liked the touches of sweetness & the tropical flavours were nice but I'd have liked to see more of the later when it came to the nose. Overall it's a great beer from the brewery & one that I'd happily go back to again at some point in the future.

Jun 11, 2017
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AleSan from Italy

4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle... pale, golden, clear, white consistent foam... aromas of herbs, spices, pine, bitter orange... taste of high bitterness, resin, red fruits in a full body, slightly oily, average carbonation, a little bit astringent, long bitter finish

Jan 25, 2017
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Bruno74200 from France

3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at les berthoms in Grenoble. Good Ipa with a big bitterness. Citrus flavor. A bit sweet but balanced. It's a bold beer but nothing over the top

Oct 08, 2016
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Jerseyislandbeer from Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 330ml bottle brought from locally brought from Dunnels. Pours a hazy amber colour, with medium creamy white head and leaves lacing. Aromas is of mandarin, grapefruit, cereal, spicy hops with some floral and bready aromas. The taste has much of the same but also a malty caramel side followed by a spicy hopped bitterness in the finish.

Jul 24, 2016
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle served in a shaker pint. Bottled 15FEB16; BB 15NOV16 indicated on the label. Pours a dull straw gold with a slightly hazy clarity and a half inch off-white head that eventually settles into a tight 1/8th inch cap. Swaths and slashes of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nice nose - delicate floral and citrus notes. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of pith, a light biscuity quality and a slight medicinal presence at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a carbonation just shy of crisp and a light acidity. Overall, a pretty nice beer.

May 05, 2016
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NilocRellim from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, amber colour. Smells of citrus hops and faint malts. Slight sweet taste, balanced hops and malts, hints of citrus, earthy notes at the end. Quite balanced and crisp.

**Had it on draught and cask.

Apr 25, 2016
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aleigator from Germany

4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to Gavin for the bottle!

Pours a lovely orange color, with a big, stable head.

Exhibits an intriguing nose, consisting of juicy grapefruit and zingy lemon, both being on par. Malts append a whiff of honey, as well as bread, adding perfectly to the hop aromas, creating a great interplay between sweet and sour, with a touch of grass to it to top the aromas off.

Has a medium carbonation with a very dough, pleasant mouthfeel, revealing a refreshing, flavorful beer.

Tastes of bread, lemon and toffee right from the beginning, with hops being easily the most dominant flavor. Next to its bitterness, the hops provide a pleasant interplay between a sticky lemony dryness and a grassy, soft, minerality. This blends into bready, slightly toasted malts, creating a convincing balance, regarding the beers bitterness, while adding to the complexity of the hops and therefore overall taste. Finishes with even more grass, wet leaves and honeyed lemon peel among dough malts, accompanied by a fruity dryness.

Great ipa, extremely versatile, while remaining focused on its citraic hop presence. Provides a great, pleasant mouthfeel, with enough bitterness during the finish to create a convincing hop punch.

Jun 20, 2015
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Andrewharemza from Australia

4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark yellow clear colour, small off-white head. strong smell of pines, grapefruit zest, grass, oranges. full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes citric, grapefruit zest, oranges, light sweetness, pines, lightly soapy, herbs. finishes with herbs and grapefruit notes. very nice, good balance.

Jun 15, 2015
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EmperorBevis from England

4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a golden body with big foaming white head that stays
A great beer & surely a benchmark for flavour & quality

Apr 30, 2015
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StJamesGate from New York

3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Murky chestnut with meringue white froth that rims and speckles.
Juicy melon, papaya, and orange nose with a touch of yeast and maybe acetone.
Brown scone and apricot compote with Midori, gooseberry, and kumquat hops.
Lime zest + sorbet end and twinkly linger.
Soft, medium, chewy, creamy.

Some jumping fruit flavors that are actually new to me - don't think I've had Amarillo, Citra and Nelson Sauvin in combination before. Still, not as bright and crisp as I expected. Malts get noticed, and it's a bit underattenuated, so comes across with a real ale buzz about it (from bottle conditioning, no doubt.) And the IBUs are on the low side.

A round and gentle tropical fruit IPA.

Jun 25, 2014
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BlazerT from Poland

3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Teku glass.
A: Straw yellow/light orange, hazy with big white medium lastin head. Good lacing.
S: Tropical fruits aroma (passion fruit, mango), sweet citrus hoppy aroma (mainly orange), some low pine and grassy aroma - mainly in the background, also noticable quite big malt backbone - caramel, bread, low biscuit;
T: moderate bitterness - noticable some pine, grassy and light herbal flavours, bitterness is moderate and not too long, it's well balanced with sweetness and malty character. Definetely dry and bitter finish.
M: dry beer, medium body, medium carbonation, light alcohol warming
O: Nice beer, but there are lots of nice beers. There's not too much bitterness as for DIPA, the bitter character is also quite short. Amarillo hops are noticable by it's indirect sweet charcter - in this case it should be balanced with some bitter hops. Nelson Sauvin adds refreshing and dry character. Aroma is definetely better than the taste. What I like is this is really refreshing and drinkable beer.

May 04, 2014
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SmashPants from Australia

3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: a standard 330mL brown bottle with a standard macro label. Purchased from Leura Cellars.

Appearance: pours a hazy amber orange with only the slightest fine carbonation visible. A small white head slowly drops away, leaving a solid lace.

Aroma: a decent aroma of earth and pine hops with some fruit backing. Very enticing.

Taste: virtually the same as the aroma but a bit more moderate. Mostly hops, the fruit fades away a bit. Still quite refreshing.

Aftertaste: the finish comes through a bit dry, still with the pine hops.

Mouth feel: a lighter body with slightly more than moderate, spritzy carbonation.

Overall: a refreshing IPA with all the normal fruit and pine hop characteristics. The only problem being that for AU$130 a case of 24 x 330mL (2014), this is nowhere near worth it. It is a nice IPA, but no better than others for half the price.

Jan 31, 2014
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml brown bottle purchased from Beer Cartel in Sydney.

Pours a slightly dirty orange colour, with persistent haze and an off-white head of messy bubbles that don't persist as much more than a film. Nice, light speckled lace in places. Body is light. Overall, it's a bit underwhelming.

Nose is pleasant. Bright US hop characters of sweet citrus tinged with a resiny pine fragrance. It has a pleasant bright woody tone to it for the most part: the fruit characters manage to come through when it's swirled, but the sharper perfume characters are dominant when it's just sitting.

Taste is extremely odd, or at least moderately odd. For the most part, it seems quite a pleasant standard IPA, with a clean bit of hops on the front backed by some slid, neutral malt. But on the back, a distinct smokiness comes through—I'm sure I'm not imagining it. It mingles with the hops to provide a strange metallic magnesium character, and it lingers as a dark undertone in the aftertaste. It's very strange.

Feel is good. Light, but with a slight tingle.

Overall, I'm a little confused, but it's pleasant enough. It is not, however, a good example of a pure, straight IPA. Even if it's not smoke, the palate goes in very strange directions. They're not unpleasant, they're just a little baffling.

Aug 17, 2013
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John_Henry from Japan

3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome unique beer. Full of citrus fruits, pineapple and a little mango. Dangerously easy to drink with good level of carbonation for english bottle conditioned ale. Not much in the way of malts, but this in no way takes anything away from the beer.

Over all a very good beer thats only let down by the clarity.

Jun 21, 2013
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danieelol from Australia

4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy and sedimenty-orange.

Smell is like a handful of those mixed fruit lollies crossed with a big dollop of pine. Lots of citrus fruits here. And bananas somehow too.

Taste has lots of citrus. Just really vibrant flavours. Mangoes, bunches of pungent fruit. Almost Surly-esque, but possibly better.

Mouthfeel carries more orchard-y flavours.

It's amazing how many fresh, fruity flavours are featured here. Reminds me of my first brush with Saison Dupont. Buxton just made US brewing its bitch.

May 11, 2013
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CrazyDavros from Australia

3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber with a small head.
Aroma of tropical fruit, floral notes, pineapple, spicy hops and sweet clean malt.
Very fruity flavours; pineapple, passion fruit, floral notes, low malt. Assertive but balanced bitterness.
Needs more carbonation.

Apr 06, 2013
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AgentMunky from New York

3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a half-litre bottle into a cervoise glass. Best before March 2012.

A: Virtually no head, despite a vigorous pour. The light bubbles floating on top are a shocking white. The centre of the beer is dark orange-brown and cloudy-opaque. The edges are clearer and yellowish. Slight lacing.

S: Very strong and fruity. Passion fruit, guava, ruby grapefruit. Some hops with hints of pine needles. All in all, lovely.

T: The tropical fruit is present here as well, and it's a bid odd. Round and a bit flat, but smooth and fruity before the hops kick in and muddy the waters. The finish is fine, and I like the beer.

M: The flatness is rather disappointing. Not a lot going on here.

O: Overall, a worthy beer. Perhaps the fruitiest -- and so tropical! -- double IPA I've come across. I wouldn't go out of your way to buy it, but you wouldn't be amiss if you did.

Notes: "Our full flavoured, strong India Pale Ale. Now hopped with Amarillo, Citra and Nelson Sauvin. This beer has a pale straw-amber body, and pours with a full creamy head. Its complex flavours include mandarin orange, schnapps, pineapple, and juicy tropical fruits. It is warmingly alcoholic with a dry finish."

May 11, 2011
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 99 ratings