Drunken Sailor India Pale Ale
CREW Republic

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IPA - American
Ranked #3,248
Ranked #20,033
3.89 | pDev: 9.25%
CREW Republic
Very Good
Drunken Sailor India Pale AleDrunken Sailor India Pale Ale
Notes: 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
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 85 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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vinicole from England

3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Misty golden amber with a thin frothy head.
Sweet hoppy aroma. Mixed fruits with light caramel.
Tastes similar but leaning towards the malt. Somewhat earthy. Bitter finish. Good balance.
Light to moderate carbonation. Average body. A bit sticky.
Pretty decent German interpretation.

Nov 13, 2020
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jonb5 from England

3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber, clear, foamy head, some lacing.

S: Some hay, hints of citrus hops and cooking apples which became more prevalent.

T: A big hit of sour fruits gave way to a long lingering bitter finish, overdid the bitterness slightly.

M: Moderate carbonation, medium to thick texture, slightly coarse edge from the bitterness.

O: Overdid the bitterness in a way that almost took over. Decent enough German IPA, had some Bavarian qualities.

May 16, 2019
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Thisdrinkinglife from Switzerland

4.74/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review: 330ml bottle of Crew Republic Drunken Sailor IPA: 6.4% vol.

“Handcrafted Beer from Bayern”, in a very cool looking bottle with a nice logo, nothing fancy but a nice written design of the the company’s name.

On pour get a nice good sized white creamy looking head, and a nice golden orange coloured beer appearing, all pretty decent on the eye.

Head maintains well and has some good lacing. A nice good looking beer.

The smell is very nice, getting a typical strong IPA aroma, all hops, the malts, tropical and citrus fruits, very pleasant on the nose, lovely.

Typical IPA style in the taste, not bad at all, all very hoppy but very manageable and very tasty. Sweet malts, caramel, the citrus and the hops all delicious and very well managed.

It is a nice relaxing brew, typical of the style but very easy to manage and all the flavours and tastes are very well balanced, and has a little extra than all the other IPA styles out there. The hops have their own unique tastes and are so soft, crisp and gentle on the tongue. If I was trying to get someone into IPA’s this is a beer I could choose, perfect example of the style.

A good beer, very good. Goes down very easy. Will be definitely checking out this beer again, really enjoyable, recommended

May 06, 2019
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aleigator from Germany

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber color with a solid white head.

Tastes of dried herbs, orange zest, floral soap and a well pronounced cake sweetness.

Has a higher, stony effervescence with a nice bitterness during the finish, making this quite refreshing.

Tastes of old oranges, lime pulp an aqueous quality and an interplay between toffee and dry hops. Turns more effervescent and mineralic then, with more toffee cutting through. Finishes softer, dryer with a nice orange flavor prevailing.

Very solid, heading straight into sn pale ale direction, while doing a nice job as for copying it.

Aug 22, 2018
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold/light amber coloration with a medium, foamy head. Smells of bready, caramel malt, grapefruit and pineapple, with a hint of pine. Taste follows the nose, with a very nice balance of bready, caramel malt and citrus/tropical hops. Notes of grapefruit, orange rind and a hint of pineapple and pine. There's also a light floral notes and a touch of grains to this. Finishes with a medium/strong bitterness and some pine in the aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation.

This is pretty much the more old school, east coast counterpart to their In Your Face west coast IPA, feeling somewhat more malty, grainy and floral, while still having those slightly resinous, citrus hop notes to it. Although I'm not necessarily a huge fan of those grainy malts and floral hops, I actually somewhat prefer this to IYF, as it just seems to capture the substyle a little better, with a more favorable overall balance.

Jul 11, 2018
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a nice hazy amber with a very large head, which hangs around for awhile. In the nose, it is closer to an East Coast IPA than a West Coast, super bitter, IPA - floral notes. The mouth gets a well balanced malt and hop flavor. Nice!

Jul 04, 2018
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snaotheus from Washington

3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

Aug 02, 2017
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georgegabriel from Germany

4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Mar 22, 2017
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
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.


Feb 17, 2016
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Tomais from Germany

4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Dec 28, 2015
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drmeto from Germany

3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

-Big honey and grassy flavour first
-piney Resin,Hop bitterness kicks in
-very malty,bready,bitter finish
-well carbonated,nice head retension

Good,not great IPA.
It couldve been more balanced in terms of hop bitterness
I like citrus/Tropical forward IPAs more anyway.

Aug 28, 2015
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Arminius757 from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great IPA. Really enjoyed it. It is really nice to see the Germans break out of tradition and try something new. If you are an IPA fan, you will not be disapointed.

Apr 22, 2015
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Brewhemoth from Netherlands

3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 330ml bottle into a tulip pint.

A: Pours a hazy (dark) amber color with a dense off-white head which left great lacing. Really good head retention. There is no visible activity.
S: Super heavy malt. A lot of caramel and toffee notes. Definitely not what i was expecting. There's a leafy pine and citrus hops present in the background.
T: Beastly malt backbone; a lot of cara malts and that bready chew from Munich malt. There's some spice in there too, almost rye-like. Followed by pine and some citrus hops, but faint. The bitterness is smooth and builds nicely.
M: Very thick. Smooth and velvety though. Light carbonation.

O: Not what i was expecting at all. An extremely malt forward IPA

Dec 27, 2014
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crew Republic 'Drunken Sailor' @ 6.4% , served from a couple of 330 ml bottles purchased for $ 3.70 each

A-pour is dark gold from the bottle to a hazy amber in the glass with a small off-white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint

S-hoppy German IPA

T-big tasting German IPA

MF-ok carbonation , feels full bodied

Ov-ok/good beer , interesting take on an IPA , I'll try again

prost LampertLand

Nov 26, 2014
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 0.33l bottle of this while in Bamberg (€2.60) and quaffed it in my flat on my last night in Maastricht - 03OCT14.

Drunken Sailor was a somewhat cloudy, medium chestnut brew - relatively darker than most IPAs. Had a nice, 1" tan/beige head, which lasted well with ok lacing. Aroma was very much on the rindy, citrussy side. Body was medium, and it did not upset the tongue in any way while passing over it.

Had a dash of caramel and toffee, but really just lots of rindy, pithy hops, which really coated the palate. Solid all around, yes indeed. Prosit!!

4.10/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4.15 | smell: 4.00 | feel: 4.00 | taste: 4.15 | drinkability: 4.10


Oct 09, 2014
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boddhitree from Germany

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Drunk from bottle at Naïv bar in Frankfurt, Germany.

Ingredients listed:
Malts: Pils, Münchner and Karamellmalz
Hops: Herkules, Citra, Cascade and Simcoe.

Appearance: Dirty, dark amber with tints of brown but closer to a deep, dark burnt orange, which is under a snow white head that dissipated quickly but is continually refreshed from bubbles below.

Aroma: A nice stiff initial whiff of C-hops, lemon, citrus, grapefruit, melon, and some underlying Pils and Münchner malts, which manifest themselves as toasty and caramel. Not bad, could be a tad stronger but it’s a wonderful aroma meeting the nose.

Front: mmmm… nice bitterness but more in the comfortable category. With Herkules listed, I expected it to punch me slightly more, yet you still feel it slightly, especially the more it sits on the front of the tongue. You also get citrus and a decent jab of tartness, a telltale sign of Pils malts. Also there’s tropical fruits floating around.

Mid: Here you get the punch of bitterness that Herkules brings, but again, subdued. Not sure if it was meant to be almost mild, but it’s verging towards that direction though it’s still noticeable. Here you get orange, grapefruit and some tartness. On the sides, there’s more caramel and lots of tropical fruits, though it’s not overpowering.

Back: More of what was in the Mid-section: a decent but not a super-noticeable threshold, C-hops and lots of caramel with tartness combined. Here it tastes like an West-coast version, but you still get the German malts coming through.

Aftertaste: Here is where the Herkules wakes up and says it’s there, for the grassy, earthy bitterness is heavy, but again not overpowering. Along with that, you get tartness and a slight caramel aftertaste.

Overall: It’s a really good IPA. Lots of C-hop goodness with some a little Herkules noticeable if you know to look for, but it’s almost too subdued for my taste. Herkules is a heavy, carpet-bomb of earthy, grassy bitterness at 17+% A.A. and it’s easy to go overboard with it, as I have in my homebrew, but it’s also a distinct new German hop and I feel it could’ve played a larger role in this beer. The German malts are also evident, though more the Pils malt and it’s tartness and underlying toasty and bready flavors, though again, though here the toasty and tart flavors are strongest. The caramel of this beer is also apparent but more or less balanced by tartness and toasty flavors. They work together well but the tartness is also too much at moments.

I really want to love this beer but it’s like something’s holding me back. It’s got all the pillars of what should make it a great beer, but something is shaking the foundation & keeping it unstable. I definitely tastes like a German IPA, but either it needs more of some of the flavors or to showcase one or more. This might be a case where “balanced” verges on a loss of excitement. It’s, nonetheless, just under the threshold of being a wow-beer, though the more I drink, the more lulled I get to its charms. Again, it’s a very good German IPA, and I’m happy it’s on the menu here at Naïv, but with Braukustkeller's Amarsi IPA and the Backbone Splitter IPA on the menu, it doesn’t compete. Next time I’m here I’ll try Crew Republic’s other beers and see how they are.

Aug 29, 2014
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beerdrifter from Germany

3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Slightly hazy pour with a two finger beige head with great retention and lacing. The nose is malt forward with lots of caramel and brown sugar along with hints of pine, perfumey hops, toffee, and subtle tangerine and grapefruit. The taste is more balanced with pine and resiny hops up front along with hints of tangerine, caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and chewy with medium carbonation and a syrupy finish. Overall, a pretty decent, well balanced IPA from an up and coming German craft brewer.

Aug 05, 2014
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, dubbed 'Crew Republic' here. Strange mix of English and German on the label description, not to mention the rather American-sounding name. Oh, and I choose to submit this under the listing where they at least know how to fucking spell.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark copper amber hue, with a shocker (the finger configuration, FYI) of puffy, lazily foamy, and mildly bubbly tan head, which leaves some eroded landform lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of sugary caramel malt, bready toffee nougat, further brown sugar, orange cream, candied grapefruit, subdued pine resin, and leafy, floral hops. The taste is more sweet caramel/toffee/Mars Bar nougat, citrus Creamsicles, a soft acrid pine needle and forest floor bitterness, hints of metallic alcohol, and a mixed grape must fruitiness.

The bubbles are fairly understated, manifesting in a weak-form frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, smooth, and even a tad creamy. It finishes on the sweet side, the malt still holding it over the hops, who, despite their peppy attitude, cannot overcome all that damned sugar.

Is this tasty? Yep. Is this hoppy? Uh, sure. Is this really an American-style IPA? Nah - the heavily sugary leanings lend credence to the idea (mine alone, so far) that being so very far off there in Bavaria, something got lost in translation, and they went and flipped the recipe in their attempt at Yankee Doodle Dandy-ing up their brewing efforts. So, next time, Fritz, or Karl, or whatever, a bit of advice - the hops come first, dummy.

Aug 03, 2014
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eduardolinhalis from Switzerland

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in an English pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark orange color forming a big fluffy beige head. Great retention and tons of lingering lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Great grassy and flowery hops in the nose. Quite citric too. Strong notes of caramel and crystal malts. Notes of oranges and grapefruit. American profile yeasts

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of toffee and caramel malts. Hops are quite herby and grassy. Great and persistent hops bitterness in the mouth. Great bittersweet balance as well. Notes of tropical fruits, mainly grapefruits and oranges

M: Medium bodied. Molasses. Good carbonation. Caramel bittersweet aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. Germans daring to produce American style IPAs means, great beer! Of course!

Jul 01, 2014
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FLima from Brazil

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Same beer as Crew Drunken Sailor. Hazy dark amber color with good three fingers thick head with great retention and leaving laces.
Citrusy aroma with notes of oranges, pine resin, honey and toasted malts.
Likewise, a predominant bold citrus flavor with notes of spices, pine, grapefruits, Cointreau liquor, resin, American yeast, caramels and grapes. Dry aftertaste with a persistent and pleasant bitterness.
Medium body with low carbonation. Alcohol of 6.4% is well hidden.
That was a positive surprise, especially from a German beer. Nice American IPA with a predominant citrus bitter and sweet drive. Very well balanced and not tiresome.

Apr 12, 2014
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StJamesGate from New York

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pumpkin with lumpy clotted cream-colored head that rims and sheets.
Dank fresh hop nose with tangerine, toffee and some malty goo.
Caramel and overripe peaches then orange, resin, nectar, and mango juice hops.
Skunky finish and lingering sweetness. Medium, lots of chew, round.

Herkules, Cascade, Citra and Simcoe hops.

Surprise here coming from Germany - big, fruity, resiny and almost full-bodied. My experience of Citra is lots of grapefruit but I hear that fresh it's much more tropical and that's certainly the case here, along with sticky Simcoe pine sap. There's a chewy malt load that could probably carry 75 IBUs instead of just 58, so this could cloy eventually. More than enough gloopy aroma to entertain.

Unique take on an IPA.

Nov 29, 2012
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sfprint from Germany

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pretty dark for an IPA. Sun tea with an edge of fuzz at the top. Cloudy. Carbonation lines the glass but I don't observe it rising.
S: Heaven in my nose. A beautiful hoppy pine scent with the perfect degree of sweetness. Very similar to Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale.
T: Quite good. For a German IPA, I have to give it 4.5. A smooth, well blended flavor with a nice moderate spiciness. Also celery.
M: Slight sting, medium body.
O: The best German IPA IMHO. So glad to have finally found a wonderful one.

Oct 26, 2012
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