Devil Dodger | Sail and Anchor Pub Brewery

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Sail and Anchor Pub Brewery

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by PolarBear3 on 10-08-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of heygeebee
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From Dans.

A - amber gold, one finger frothy head, fades to film and spotty lace. Nice.

S - on the money for APA or AIPA, pine, citrus, grapefruit.... Good so far!

T - entry level as far as flavour blast goes, as it is more than approachable for all palates. Citrus, grapefruit, grassy hop bite, really well balanced for drinkability.

M - nicely carbonated and where is the 6% ? Slides down.

O - a real top drop for crossover entry level beer. Thirst quenching and flavoursome. Can't ask for more than that in an Aussie summer. Well priced, too.

Btw... IMHO not an English IPA.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: a tall 640mL brown bottle with a decent craft label.

Appearance: pours a clean and clear mid amber with a thin white head. Decent looking, with moderate visible carbonation and plenty of lacing.

Aroma: a pretty decent combination of pine, citrus and funnily enough grass hops, which is nice. Just not the usually massive IPA-style level of hops. Has a lot of promise none the less.

Taste: the hop profile picks up here - a really powerful whack of the hops noted on the nose. Well rounded and refreshing.

Aftertaste: the hop profile drops away a bit and the bitterness is a bit soft. Still decent, thankfully this is an easy-drinking, sessional IPA.

Mouth feel: a medium body with moderate carbonation. A slightly dryness on the finish, but for the most part it could possibly use a teeny bit more carbonation for a bit more power on the finish.

Overall: here is undeniable proof that Australians can indeed produce bloody good IPAs. A good combination of multiple hops coming through strong - a good sessional IPA, perfect for a hot day.

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Photo of admiral
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a well done IPA by sail and anchor - my favourite sail and anchor release so far

aroma: honey, grapefruit and malty lemon

taste: grapefruit, pepper, orange peel and pine predominate on the palate with some slight caramel and toffee to balance it out

overall - a solid, well done beer that was better than I expected - hope it becomes more regular and not just a limited release

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Photo of magpieken
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mungus
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of doktorhops
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sail & Anchor are a bit of a miss and miss brewery for me, trying and reviewing four of their new "craft" beers left a sour note in my mouth, but I'm not one to remain bitter and perhaps Devil Dodger is a sweet drop for a salt weathered craft drinker like I... umami.

Poured from a 640ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Presents clear golden amber with a little carbonation activity going on and an off-white half centimetre head that sticks around fairly well.

S: Standard American IPA characters in the aroma; big Chinook spicy/pine activity, grapefruit (and interestingly tangerine) citrus hops and the typical caramel malt base give this IPA a satisfying sharp hop American slant that more Aussie brewers are adding to their craft offerings.

T: Quite a bit more balanced between hops and malt in the taste than what was expected from the aroma. The front palate is a fairly sweet caramel malt base followed by slight bitter spicy/pine and grapefruit/tangerine citrus hops. The finish is less bitter than most American IPA's I've tried, but it doesn't serve to lessen it only serves to show that this is a well balanced (and easy drinking!) drop.

M: Mid to light bodied with a touch of hop oiliness and light carbonation.

D: Overall I'm glad that S&A could finally pull a rabbit out of their hat with such a decent IPA that is easily up there with its American counterparts, top marks S&A! Shame it's a limited release though. I will definitely buy a few more of these before they disappear from the store shelves. Drinkability-wise it's the IPA to have before moving on to heavier dry-hopped brews.

Food match: The overall fresh flavour of this IPA would pair well with a Vietnamese beef rice noodle salad or its fried tofu equivalent for vegetarians.

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Photo of PolarBear3
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a honey amber colour with white frothy head that retains fairly well

S - Citrus hoppy aromas including, grapefruit, mango, some pineapple and sweet sticky candy

T - Sweet maltiness with the grapefruit, bitter tangy lemon, pineapple, orange peel which is balanced very nicely with a slight bitterness at the finish

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation

O - Pretty impressed with this one. Love the slight bitterness and tangy finish and highly recommend.

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Photo of dgilks
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colour with a touch of haze. Moderate off-white head. Fair head retention.

Resinous. Orange and clove. Fair whack of alcohol. Touches of dank hop character. No malt character.

Malty sweetness that fades quickly letting a resinous hop character shine. Classic American hop bill with resinous C hop character and good citrus notes. Nice.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Solid.

A very good effort from Sail and Anchor. Pity about the price point given the style and strength but still a tasty drop.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Devil Dodger from Sail and Anchor Pub Brewery
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 10 ratings