Gatecrasher | Temperance Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Temperance Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by barnzy78 on 12-10-2013

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
3.81/5  rDev -1%
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 XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
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 jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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 WoodBrew
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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 krome
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TMoney2591
2.3/5  rDev -40.3%
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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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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 AlexFields
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerOps
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sweffin
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Stevedore
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, served in a willi becher glass. Pours a darker caramel and copper body, one finger white head, good retention, lots of lacing. Smell is caramel, floral, light marmalade, grainy biscuit, touch of honey, a bit of pine as well. Flavour follows, clean grainy malt, caramel, floral notes, a bit of pine resin on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium lighter bodied, good carbonation, slightly dry but refreshing nonetheless. Solid English IPA, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Bitterbill
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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 Donkster46
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnParadee
1.6/5  rDev -58.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This was positively horrible. An immediate drain pour.

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Gatecrasher from Temperance Beer Co.
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