Drunken Sailor India Pale Ale | CREW Republic Brewery GmbH

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3.91/5
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Drunken Sailor India Pale AleDrunken Sailor India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
CREW Republic Brewery GmbH
Germany
crewrepublic.de

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Weigh the Anchor, Hoist the Sails...
colossal waves and lashing winds.
That was the life of the English sailor whose job it was to bring beer to Colonial India. Only with an insane amount of hops and high alcohol content could it withstand the perilous journey. Drunken Sailor IPA brings the adventure and powerful taste into the 21st century...
Ship Ahoy!

Hops: Herkules, Citra, Cascade, Simcoe

Malt: Pilsener Malz, Münchner Malz, Karamellmalz

Added by sfprint on 10-26-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,811
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
71
pDev:
8.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
21
Trade:
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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bmaggot
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ScAreCr0w
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of snaotheus
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

2017-08-01
330ml bottle served in a snifter. Brought from Germany by a colleague. "Mindestens haltbar bis" (best before): 14.12.2017.

Pours a hazy amber-bronze with a smallish head and sluggish carbonation. Smell is malty/grainy/biscuity with a hint of pine or grapefruit rind bitterness.

Taste is where the bitterness comes out -- kind of a deep, dark, citrus bitter. Biscuit/graininess comes out, too.

Mouthfeel is too flat, somewhat thick. Overall...somehow better than the sum of its parts. Still not a great beer, but drinkable and not bad.

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Photo of krypton0815
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DuncanMcBommer
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of monkist
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of georgegabriel
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I quite like this. Living in Berlin, it's often difficult to find many of the American IPAs. In some of the more gourmet stores you'll often find Stone IPA or Sierra Nevada, but it's hit or miss whether they have it. I'm pleased to say that in my search for a proper-tasting IPA, this beer does the trick. It's certainly a little softer, sweeter, and not as hoppy as your typical IPA, as many have pointed out, but it makes a welcome change from the hundreds and hundreds of Hefeweizens and Pilsners you get here.

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Photo of Euroglot
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DispyDnb
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dalv
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drummerdwzp
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of poskok
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chebode2
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of icemanls4
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rukeli76
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of samEBC
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

33cl brown glass bottle with a pale blue label purchased at Ambrosetti in Berlin. Regrettably brief impressions below:

6.40% ABV. 58 IBUs.

Always interesting to see German breweries dabbling in the craft world's most popular style.

APPEARANCE: Off-white head occupies ~60% of the glass, taking a good ~7 minutes to recede. Foamy, frothy, and of good consistency, with sufficient creaminess. Leaves little lacing as it recedes.

Body is a clear copper of slightly above average vibrance. Clean, without any visible yeast or sediment.

AROMA: Floral hops. Pale malts. A dab of fruit. Slightly herbal. It's a tame, mild IPA aroma but nevertheless suggests a balanced and enjoyable example of the style. It's nice to see a brewery putting out an IPA that doesn't try to beat you about the head with hop bitterness. Not getting any onion/garlic from the Simcoe.

Aromatic intensity is average. I'm surprised at how well handled the sweetness is; they didn't overdo it on the caramalt like so many breweries would have.

TASTE & TEXTURE: The soft texture is nice, but it falls short of being a refreshing beer. Pale malts, floral hops, herbal hops, hints of faint citrus, light Munich malt sweetness. It's got a medium body and a simplistic straightforward flavour profile, which is the right move in terms of appealing to more casual German drinkers (who wouldn't tolerate aggressive hop bitterness). But those familiar with beers in this style that compete in the international arena may be underwhelmed. Some spiciness from the yeast helps set this beer apart, but as balanced as it is, it still remains an underwhelming brew in the style.

Smooth, wet, well-carbonated. So many of the choices in this beer are safe, and the result is an enjoyable conventional IPA that would have been interesting in the IPA market 10 years ago. Those hoping for a quality hop profile that distances itself from the herd should look elsewhere.

OVERALL: This is a beer intended for the nascent German IPA market, and as such it's what it needs to be. But it just can't run with the big dogs, and frankly the German audience for IPAs isn't there yet. Bravo to CREW Republic for laying the foundation for this style to flourish, but drinkable and pleasant though it may be, it won't impress discerning drinkers already familiar with the style.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beerman1977
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tomais
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only my second IPA, and they were both German interpretations of American IPA's. Judging by other reviews, both also not true to style. Not being familiar with the style I'm not going to knock points for varying from it. Especially not if I like the beer. It's possible my standards will go up after trying more of these: we'll see.

7 months before sell-by date. Cellar temp.
Served in a medium-to-narrow glass (seemed to suit that fine).

Deep bernstein amber, lots of suspended particles. A few threads of carbonation slowly moving up the glass. Biggish head which settles and holds fairly well. Some lacing.

Another beer that smells a bit wild: pine resin, rasberry leaves; strong citrus peel, held together with raw dark sugar. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel is nice: smooth, a little thick, with lovely fine carbonation.

Starts smooth malty, taste as strong as the smell comes through in the finish, lots of lemony orange-peel marmalade with concentrated bitter at the end.

After-beer-taste leaves me a bit unsettled: I can still taste the hops, but there's a watery taste/feeling too. Maybe it's just me and the evening that's in it.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Drunken Sailor India Pale Ale from CREW Republic Brewery GmbH
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 71 ratings