Excalibur India Pale Ale | Tall Tales Brewing Company

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Excalibur India Pale AleExcalibur India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Tall Tales Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DrBass on 10-13-2013

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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of KomodoDragon
2.9/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Orange - slightly cloudy brew big head choppy lacing.

The first sign of trouble ahead was the funky smell. Strong yeast / cereal smell. not much else.

Taste right out of the gate was off. Slightly sour, slightly more detergent. Lacking much balance with a light body it did have some botter finish, and limited aftertaste.

English IPA, which my over-hopped IPA tastebuds may not be able to acclumate. Still, just too many negative. I won't be back.

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Photo of Beejay
1.63/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A: Apricot gold in color with a massive off white head. Seems like 50% of the glass is head.

S: Light citrus with perhaps notes of herbal or grassy and a touch of pine. Light caramel and an English yeast smell, as well as something funky.

T: Just not good. Funky, like dish detergent, hop extract, and pinesol.

M: Super light body, super high carbonation. Blistering finish.

O: This has all the halmarks of a bad beer, that happens to also be infected. Drain pour..

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Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of avalon07
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good, but not great, lacing.

S: A decent aroma of hops, citrus fruit, malt, and caramel.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of malt (mostly in the finish), a tinge of caramel, an excess of hops (way too much), light citrus fruit (lemon, orange), and some pine resin as well. The main problem here is the hops content; it's far too high, especially in the finish. It overpowers some of the other ingredients.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, but bitter finish. Light-bodied.

O: Nothing overly remarkable about this beer. Could have been better than it was.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

-Spiegelau ipa glass.

A: A rustic orange has a small haze factor with a relatively quick-paced macro-effervesce within. A billowing light beige root beer foamy head dominates the vessel with a generous shellacking of the glass with large foam lace deposits.

S: Sweet caramelized citrus is first on the nose with a wet and juicy flair from the bottle. In the glass more restrained, with some toasted cereal grains and barley along with some semi-dry pine. The delivery is flowery, lightly dry of average strength.

T: The flavor is toasted citrus peel with a flowery bitterness. Toasted cereal grains, malt of nice depth and some pine hops. The citrus is raw with some semi-dry lemon peel occurring on the swallow. There is a sense of toasted crackers as well, dry on the finish.

M: The mouthful has a flowery edge, foamy substance, with a strong sprtizy carbonation factor. Dry toasty crackers on the tongue.

O: Overall per style (english) this did have a deep malty presence, and low retstrained hoppiness, and flowery citrus, it just failed to raise much of an eyebrow for me. The malting is strong and well supported, with some dry crackers. Wouldn't seek out or recommend. No offense, but there is more then one tall tale on this label (description).

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of citrus, some herbal notes. Taste is citrus, minty, malts are present, mild bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and decent beer.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.96/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My wife picked this up for me for Memorial Day weekend. Pours a medium off white head that caps in two minutes. Medium gold body. Interesting touch of bitterness from citrus and medicinal hops. A dense note of caramel malt rests comfortably in the background.

Fairly evenhanded in balance, with a nice late moderate surge of oily hoppiness. Texture could stand to be a little tighter although the finish doesn't suffer. This is solid enough.

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Photo of cyber_phoenix
3.54/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThePold
4.47/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From a fresh bottle into a glass. This created a gigantic head that I had to work to keep under 4 fingers. And it stuck around for almost too long. Impressive! Good lacing and great head retention. What was most unusual was the high degree of yeast particles in the beer. Color was a dark gold, and completely thick and opaque. The taste was different than the usual west coast IPAs so go into it with that in mind. It is excellent for what it is aiming to do. Buy some!

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. A bit of noticeable trub in the bottom of the bottle.

What the hell is this? Slow pour, and this thing expands like a helium ballon. Double fistfull of khaki white head, with big staying power and retention that I will give it would be fine on any other IPA so long as wasn't so out of control. Even a nice dollop of island puck in the center makes a mark. But seriously… this is ridiculous. How this didn't gush out of the bottle when I opened it I have no idea. Body color otherwise, is a very nice clear appearance nearly crystal and bright bronze orange. Lots of fine carbonation from the bottom. Sorry you make a beer undrinakble physically from the start with me you lose a lot of points.

After waiting for some time so that the swiss cheese suds break down so that I can stick my nose in this thing, a resemblance of IPA makes its presence. Floral and earthy hops, fairly large but also has a bit of a medicinal flavor coming off on the aroma. Quite perfume like smelling, and a slight caramel sweetness manages to bring it down but only slightly.

Palate is filled with very tight carbonation, in an almost seltzery body. Sweet malt and almost honey like in taste. Quite a big of gaseous aftertaste, no surprise there, but does manage some semblance of hop bitterness. Honeyed malt and hops towards earth and florals, but way too much carbon dioxide flavor taste and mouthfeel.

There's nothing more to say here.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am continuing to winnow down my Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, this time by concentrating on beers from Tall Tales B.C.

From the bottle: "A Medium bodied India Pale Ale with a copper orange color and a nice white head. The aroma is that of intense citrus and caramel malts. The flavor starts with the citrus bitterness accompanied by the extra sweet caramel malts but the bitterness does not linger. Very enjoyable finish."

As I Pop!ped the cap, I could not help but think that the above verbiage does not really dovetail with an English India Pale Ale, but mine is not to wonder why. Mine was also a moderately heavy-handed pout which created just under two fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with very good retention. Color was solidly Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity & loads of CO2 bubbles in evidence. Nose had a very pine-y, minty smell and I continued to question its being an English IPA. Mouthfeel was medium, but the carbonation gave it a scrubbing sensation as I rolled it over my tongue. The taste was far too oriented towards an American IPA (AIPA) in that it was initially as resinous as a pine tree, slowly building to a lemony citrus flavor. Decent for an AIPA, poor for an EIPA. Finish was bitter with a rind-like citrusiness ending in an eventual dryness. Decent for one style, poor for another.

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Photo of hophugger
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a pumpkin color with average head and hardly any lacing to speak of. Aromas of some hops and sweet, cool malts are the players here. Taste is definitely reminiscent of an English IPA with malt playing a big role in this. Light flavors overall and not much of a finish. Also, a slightly off flavor during the drinking process

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Photo of Ctb6582
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chicagoish
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, dark copper color. Definitely an English IPA with some sweet caramel malts with a bitter finish. Still pleasant and enjoyed trying this beer.

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Photo of ReformedArsenal
4.04/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wander4
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.99/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ckollias
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamieDuncan
2.97/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of bubseymour
2.99/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No sign of a bottle on or best by date on bottle. Look is orange and 1/2 a finger head. Smell is non-existent for most part but a slight swimming pool smell to it. Taste is slight medicinal bitter and a touch of pine or menthol. Really nothing much going on here at all in the taste. I hate to be harsh but this is such a useless craft beer. Its drinkable but it really offers nothing enjoying at all.

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Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of InspectorBob
3.46/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Excalibur India Pale Ale from Tall Tales Brewing Company
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