Gatecrasher | Temperance Beer Co.

very good
20 Reviews

Brewed by:
Temperance Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by barnzy78 on 12-10-2013

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

It pours gold with a 1 finger head of foam that shrinks very slowly. Putting my nose up close, there’s an abundance of malty aromas going on. .very reminiscent of an English Ale. The hops come across as citrus, mostly of lemon. The very same thing going on in the taste. Wow. They weren’t kidding when they labeled this as an English style IPA. Medium body and carbonation. I would love to see more brewers put out an excellent brew of this style like what Temperance did here

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a Duvel tulip.

A: A very opaque orangish color with little head and nice lacing. Personally I like cloudy beers because most I've had are very good. This is very accepting for me.

S: A nice balanced aroma of Carmel, grapefruit and pine. Not one overly distinguishing itself from the other. Just enough to have a nice balanced blend.

T. The Carmel/malty flavor sticks out just a little more at first followed by a little bitterness and then a nice piney, slightly citrusy and herbal aftertaste. Well balanced and complex being able to taste all flavors at different times. Very enjoyable and just slightly bitter enough leaving you to want more.

M. Crisp. Not much else to add there.

O. I really am enjoying this beer. While complex it is very balanced and feels nice and crisp in the mouth. Looks nice and inviting. A nice change from the flux of overly fruity IPA's recently which I do love. It's nice to have something a little different. Really digging this beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Recently received as an extra in a trade from capnmike, and shared tonight. Thanks man!

Pours out a golden orange-ish, with a half inch head, and a solid amount of lacing.

Smells great, there's some citrusy fruitiness that's quite un-English IPA-like, but then there's some nice classic aromas of toasted bread and caramel.

This is well balanced, and really tasty. It's a bit more citrusy than the typical English IPA, like noted above, but I don't really care, because it tastes good. There's some bready malt flavors, along with some earthy, grassy hop flavors buried slightly under the more American hop flavors.

This one is medium bodied, with a very crisp mouthfeel, and a moderate amount of carbonation. It's one of the more drinkable IPAs that I've had.

I'm not sure how this won at GABF for English IPAs, because it doesn't taste traditionally English. Based on taste alone, it certainly qualifies, though.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tap House Grill - Des Plaines, IL
A - hazy amber-copper body, frothy off-white head fades quickly to a foam
S - huge Citra hop nose of mango, pineapple, mandarin, and passion fruit coupled with grapefruit and caramel
T - Fruity and tropical with mandarin, pineapple, mango, Juicy Fruit gum, grapefruit, caramely, bready, toasted grain, spicy - nice complexity
M - fuller body, creamy, smooth, spicy, tingly, semi-dry finish with moderate bitterness, but nice balance
O - nice surprise here! Had not heard of this brewery before but decided to take a chance on a new beer. But the problem is that this tastes like an American IPA, not an English IPA. Still nice flavors, but I disagree with the style label. It does have a faint hop earthiness reminiscent of the style but with the bold American hops I'd find it hard to call it an English IPA. Still very glad to taste it!

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into an Imperial Pint.

This beer came highly recommended by Geno, of Geno's Fine Wine and Spirits in Elgin, IL (dont let the name, or the appearance fool you, this is a serious craft beer store) I managed to pick up a six pack for the fourth of July weekend to give Temperance a shot.

A: Pours a hazy copper with golden accents. Lets plenty of light through, but is hazy enough to prevent a 'look through'. One finger of pillowy, creamy, off white head with zero pitting. Slowly fades to a thin cap leaving soft lacing along the way.

S: Mild, soft hops, piney, citrus peel, ruby grapefruit, with a mellow malt underlay. Aromas mesh very well with one another.

T: Once again, very mild and smooth. Piney hops that don't wreck your palate, but present enough to let you know you are drinking a IPA. Closely followed by sweet bready malt. Nothing to crazy here, just a very balanced, refreshing taste.

M: Easy carbonation, medium body... very APA like, leaves a nice thin coating over the tongue. Finishes with a lingering sweet and dry sensation.

O: Quite pleasantly surprised. This is a very good beer, one which I would most certainly drink again. Nothing extraordinary, but a very flavorful, balanced, enjoyable beer. Kudos.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, with no apparent canned on or freshness date on the can. A new beer from a new to me brewery, the semi-local Temperance Beer Co. from Evanston, Illinois. Acquired a single can of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. I'm unfamiliar with the brewery, but I have nice expectations per the style.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a hazed, honeyed golden orange body with some fine sediment in the glass. Two to three fingers of thick frothy off-white head. Leaves behind nice thick scattered lacing throughout. Looks very nice.

S - The aroma is very fresh, fruity, and juicy. Bitter and citrusy - grapefruit, pine needles, mango, lemons. Very appealing, but it smells more American than English, if that makes sense.

T - A very nice balance of juicy fruity hops and bready honeyed malts. Grapefruit, mango, pine, lemons, honeyed bread malts. Very delicious.

M - Crisp and delicious; very easy to drink. Mild hop resins clinging to the palate. Medium bodied with nice carb.

Overall, an impressive IPA from this brewery, if maybe a tad more American than English, like I said. Still, I will be sure to check out more from these guys.

Temperance Beer Co. Gatecrasher -----4/5.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

While this is only my second Had from this brewery, I'm starting to like these Temperance people.
They have more than a sense of humor, being in the same town as the HQ of the WCTU. Being less than 5 years old, Temperance has learned lots about brewing. And, most important, they don't try to do too much; just brew and find the subtleties within the chosen style.

So it is with Gatecrasher. Instead of being tempted by ease to make a hoppy American IPA recipe, Temperance takes a more moderate approach with the English IPA style and does a good job of it. Just enough hops to make its point, but respects the malts.

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Photo of muddyh2oblues
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very fine English IPA, light malt sweetness, hops are more for aroma than bitterness. Although, there is a decent amount of bitterness to it. Drinks more like a pale than an IPA, but very good nonetheless. Plus, it says right on the can, "Our IPA stands out from the bitter crowd and entices with aromatic hops and a touch of malt sweetness." (Pretty much describes this beer to a tee.)

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Photo of MisSigsFan
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shout out to IPAGeorge for the trade. Pours a cloudy orange color with a thick white head. I love hazy/cloudy beers. Lots of bready malt in the nose with some grapefruit and orange. Taste somewhat follows but the citrus stands out much more. There's gotta be wheat in this stuff, because I definitely pick it up in the taste. Biscuits and toast followed by grapefruit peel and orange juice. Maybe a little pine. A little malty sweetness in there too. Mouthfeel is very well balanced. The bitterness lets itself be known but it doesn't overpower anything. I do think, though, that the bitterness imparts a burnt character to the malts, but that could easily be the malts themselves. Overall, just a nicely done EIPA, and I'm not a fan of EIPAs. This has a bit more going on with it than others I've tried. There's a good balance between malt and hops, with the hops lending a bit more aroma than usual in an EIPA.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice murky copper gold color with a tight white head. Mild citrus aroma with hints of sweet malt. Taste is pretty malty with light citrus hop touch. Reminds me of the old days before IPAs became true hop bombs. A well-balanced beer that you might use to convert your hop-phobic friends to IPAs.

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Photo of eppCOS
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer, though it leans more "American" than true British IPA (a little assertive bit up front and in the end, sweetness in the middle). Biscuits, yeast, breadiness on the nose and palate, and there is a noble hops meets citrus vibe with none of it over-powering. There is a mild "this-could-be-Belgian" spice lurking in there which made me narrow my eyes a bit but overall this is a good (new) beer for me. Interesting. Not sure if I'll order it again, but wouldn't turn away a free pint.

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #111
(APR 2016)

Tea, Bready, Crisp, Nutty
So we’ve got a bit of a departure from the usual with Temperance Beer Co.’s English-style IPA. The hop flavors bring back memories of simpler times when tradition, balance and drinkability ruled the land. There is also that touch of sweetness—yes you can actually taste malt here and it's wonderful. The hopping is herbal, grassy and slightly puckering. Nearly dry in the finish. Gatecrasher is a real treat and I barely noticed that it was a bit bigger than the usual English IPA. [Jason]

Look 4.25 | Smell 3.75 | Taste 3.75 | Feel 4.25 | Overall 4.00

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Photo of larryarms847
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden yellow with a light orange hue and slightly chill hazed with a fluffy finger of straight white foam.

Bready and biscuity malt aroma, slightly spicy and earthy noble hops, and slight lemony citrus notes.

Lemongrass, very mild spciy/herbal hop bitterness, biscuity, and bready sweet malts.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, soft, crisp, slightly sweet, bitter dry finish.

Overall, a rather pleasing and well balanced beer.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz can on November 28, 2015. Look is cloudy light orange with a thin head and spotty lacing. Smell is citrus fruit, fresh pine and toffee notes. Taste is grapefruit, pine resin and sweet malt flavors. Feel is medium light in body with a smooth finish.

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Photo of emerge077
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a footed tulip glass (Temperance), quick review from notes.

Hazy and saturated orange body, slim cap of parchment tone foam. Lots of lacing and a lasting head that eventually breaks apart after the first few sips. Tiny trails of carbonation build and release around the edges.

Aroma is reserved, slightly yeasty with some light fruity apricot and citrus peel impressions.

Taste is pleasantly malty without overbearing hop character, though the fruity hop notes appear again as a nice accent. The body is medium and has a nice creamy texture to it. Overall it was a good English IPA, would drink again.

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Photo of kevanb
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, undated, poured into a Black Three Floyds Rastal Pint Glass.

The beer pours a soft, light amber, straw color, hues of gold and copper with a hazy complexion. Atop the beer rests a soft, billowy, white head, about 2 fingers high that has nice retention and leaves a nice network of soapy lace behind. The aroma is pleasant, soft bitter hops, piney with light grapefruit, a fair amount of noble character, earthy and green before a large amount of bready malt comes across, sticky but crusty. The flavors are nice, plenty of bitter hops, earthy and piney with the same noble character that the nose suggested. Lots of bready malts and caramel sweetness finish up the flavors, but the beer certainly remains bitter and not overly sweet at all, very fine balance. The mouthfeel is nice, it coats well, has nice carbonation, not too lively, very creamy at times, nice lively feel and the finish is soft but a lightly dry sensation lingers well.

Verdict: A very nice English style IPA from Temperance. The flavors are balanced well, a nice hop character is showcased and the malts aren't too sweet. It's a bit heavier in terms of flavor profile than many of the hop forward American IPAs so it doesn't seem to be as refreshing, but still a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The GateCrasher is a decent IPA from Evanston, IL...certainly better than the Football teams...all Big Ten fans....can yuk yuk that up...yes poor attempt at some humor...Go Bucks...beat Blue. Anyhoo...the beer poured a cloudy copper/orange with thin white head that is leaving a lace. The scent carries almost an amber like malt aroma with some bitter hops. The taste has some bitter hops upfront but almost a burnt bagel on the back. The mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall its a decent beer....I prefer American IPA with citrus and pine....this is an English style so it snot in my wheel house.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am CANtinuing to hammer away at the backlog here at Chez Woody and in doing so, I am trying to give precedence to The CANQuest (tm). This is a score from one of my recent visits to Chicago, specifically, Binny's (South Loop), where I never leave empty-handed.

From the CAN: "Keep this [CAN] cold for maximum freshness. Drink this beer soon for maximum enjoyment."; "Gatecrasher gets into the sold-out show without a ticket. It doesn't have to shout for people to listen. It arrives fashionably late but closes the place down. Our India Pale Ale stands apart from the bitter crowd and entices with bountiful aromatic hops and a touch of malt sweetness, proving there's more than one way to crash a gate."

The Crack! was explosive and foamy so I set it down to allow things to calm before beginning a gentle Glug. I got a finger of soapy, tawny head with extremely limited retention. Nose was big with minty hops, which while not in keeping stylistically, matched their verbiage. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was bready, biscuity, in keeping with what I expect from the style. It had more of a hoppy bite than it should as an EIPA, but if you think that such is a CANplaint on my part, you are sadly mistaken! This beer straddled the EIPA/AIPA line in terms of its flavor, making it an extreme example of the former and a lacking representation of the latter. It was not flawed, not bad, but it just was not my cuppa tea. Speaking of which, the finish had a very tea-like mellowness that was both unexpected and welcomed. A trip to Evanston may be on my to-do list for my next visit to Chicagoland.

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Photo of EErler
3.07/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can purchased from Binnys (mix 6) split into 3 tasting glasses
A - rusty golden hue, 1 finger of white foam that dissipated pretty quickly
S - smelly! grapefruit citrus primarily
T - not nearly as bitter as I was prepared for! somewhat sweet up front, grapefruit flavor comes through in the taste as well - probably because i wrote grapefruit in the last category now I've planted the seed
M- dangerously smooth, a little bitter flavor lingers on the palette
O - this is one of the first English Style IPAs ive ever tried - good smells won me over with this one

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.3/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Served from the can in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Crash the gates...with temperance. Hm. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber-brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises sharp grass, light grapefruit rind, sweet toffee, and mild greens. The taste brings in more of the same, the toffee leading the way before clashing a bit with the harshly bitter grass and mossy greens. Harumph. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, I seriously disliked this beer. The malts were far too strong and sweet, the hops were strident and muddled, and the two components not only clash but try to kill each other. I know Temperance makes better, but I find it odd that one of their flagships is this poor...

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Gatecrasher from Temperance Beer Co.
3.86 out of 5 based on 195 ratings.
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