Saint Of Circumstance India Pale Ale
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

Saint Of Circumstance India Pale AleSaint Of Circumstance India Pale Ale
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English India Pale Ale (IPA)
3.77 | pDev: 11.14%
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Saint Of Circumstance India Pale AleSaint Of Circumstance India Pale Ale
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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 67
Photo of CTHomer
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy; deep gold in color 1+ finger finely pored off white head that receded to a thin cap; cery nice lacing;

S: a combination of black licorice and stale coffee;

T: follows the nose from start to finish; moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: interesting; not sure how this combination of hops led to this flavor profile; would pair well with a burger or steak - especially one dusted with coffee;

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Photo of mrhartounian
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting take on an IPA. Appearance is what you'd expect from an IPA, but the smell is most definitely not. Lot's of whiskey and not a whole lot of hops from this one. Taste is sour with some of the whiskey coming through, not a ton of bitterness. I have to say this is a bit strange for me. Never had a beer like this one and as I am half way through the bottle I can say I am a bit ambivalent about it. A nice change of pace from the typical hoppy IPA, but not sure I would seek it out again.

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Photo of mclynch
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A surprising beer - aged in sour mash casks from Tennessee... hmmm, sort of begs the question! But wherever they got them, the sour is certainly present. Probably one of the best aftertastes I've ever had from a beer. Light and crisp, nicely tart, smooth finish. I absolutely love this beer and wish they would make more!

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Photo of BostonHops
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a standard shaker pint.

body is a slightly cloudy, dull amber shade; fairly aggressive pour yields a big 2" off-white head which demonstrates great retention and a lot of lacing. nose isn't as aromatic as i typically look for in my IPAs, but there is a distinct floral hoppiness to it. for the style i'd put the nose as about average, maybe slightly above.

flavor is interesting. definitely a unique take on the style, the question is 'good unique' or 'bad unique'... seems like i vacillate with each sip. very earthy and florally with some caramel and i do get a hint of smoke. ok, i guess i can dig this. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, i guess you could call this one a nice change of pace, a departure from the citric, piney IPAs i tend to gravitate toward. not something i'd seek out on a regular basis but i will be definitely open to more in the future.

(originally reviewed: 05-29-2011)

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Photo of beer4colin
2.74/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Local Ma. guy who loves what BBC does, full disclosure. I was very excited to see a new barrel offering....

A- A nice tawny oak, hazy, good pour into a pint glass. A good finger of faom and clingly lace.
A - This is what I am talking about!!! Whiskey barrels! As it should be...
T - Now we're talking about the elephant in the room. This is a barrel IPA but something went a tad askew. This is closer to a sour or a bad barleywine. Big disappointment.
MF - Doesnt matter at this point...
OA - This was a special offering to me from my fave packie (you know where I shop!) . Appreciated but, for once, finding BBC missing the mark.

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Photo of beer2day
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

COudy orange-to-red pour. One finger of light cream head. No retention and no lace.

Weak biscuit malt nose. Just the slightest hint of hops. Light tart fruit sneaks in underneath.

Hint of caramel malt and light strawberries come to mind on first taste. Tart, sour finish. Reminds me more of a mild than an IPA.

Very light body.

If you like your IPA's more malty and fruity, then this is the beer for you.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass, the rest split with my wife. Orange in color, very hazy, clearly unfiltered. Lemon popsicle colored head with REALLY good lacing too it. Good looking beer overall.

Smell is pretty good. Yeast is actually a big part here, more than any other IPA I've had before. Kinda bready, but like orange bread. Citrus and floral hops, good pretty good overall.

Taste is good. Again I find it very bready in comparison most IPAs I've had before. A little more malt here, toasted caramel. Citrus, zesty, and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is pretty good is alright. Not very clean, sort of earthy and thick, because of the yeast. I like it though, pretty drinkable, I'm almost running out of beer to review here.

Overall I like it, an interesting take on an IPA, I guess this one was a pretty happy accident overall.

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Photo of Ezone024
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The long awaited arrival of a s.o.c in my hand has finally happened as i stumbled into a beer store i havent been in a while to find the last one of these fine brews..

it pours out a clear copper with an orange/red hue. nice 2 inch had gives off aromas of slight pine smoke and butter.

the taste is mostly smoke but it's not overbearing, has a low profile whiskey barrel flavor. butter/toffee back end goin on here.
not much in the hops dept so i really dont get how it's an ipa but it's very tasty and has the signature "berkshire taste" which must be the water up there in deerfield.
nice special beer. wouldn't mind it if they made it all the time

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served at 49 degrees in my BBC Pint. No dating evident on the bottle. Pours a translucent amber with a rocky, two inch, cream-colored head. Head eventually settles into a creamy, 1/8th inch skim. A thick, textured band of lacing encircles the glass. Nose expresses faint citrus esters, a trace of grass and perhaps a hint of rind. Taste is a bit maltier than I anticipated - not overly prominent by any means, but there's definitely a light, toasted malt presence along the backbone with a bit of sweetness. The light citrus and grassy character present in the nose intermingles nicely with the malt and there's a slight mineral quality at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a slightly oily texture and a lively, almost prickly carbonation. Overall, a really nice brew - not your typical English IPA in my opinion in that I don't get a lot of the biscuit or noble hops flavors I've come to associate with the style, but I did quite enjoy this beer.

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Photo of BeefyMee
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber

A: A lot of suspended particulates make the color a dull orange. Maybe it's unfiltered and supposed to be this way, but it doesn't make it look all that appealing. Nice head and lacing.

S: Has a funky malt nose similar to a maibock. Slightly floral hops are faint overall.

T: Definitely a traditional IPA as opposed to the hop catastrophes we're used to. My only problem is not with the lack of hops, I can appreciate that, it's with the weird malt flavor. Started off as grainy and bready, which wasn't bad, but worked its way to tangy and somewhat offputting.

M: The unfiltered quality makes it pretty good in this department.

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Photo of Aberration
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

Nice hazy appearance, amber/golden color with a head that lasts a little bit and leaves a slight lace on the glass.

Smells like a malty IPA, very inviting!

Tastes great, even with a little age on it!
The hops have faded a bit, but the smokiness of the malt comes in and gives it a unique taste.

Mouthfeel is good, a solid beer, good amount of substance to it especially for an IPA

Overall: Very good offering from BBC, I enjoy their beers and have never been disappointed by their offerings...especially at the price point! A very interesting take on the English IPA that I will certainly buy again if given the chance.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saint of Circumstance IPA pours a hazy copper color with a big, rocky head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick sheet on the surface leaving behind clumps of lace on the glass.

The aroma is malty with notes of toasted pale malt and some flowery (rose) hop aroma mixed in. Hints of grass and citrus are also detected.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, creamy with a mild carbonated fizz. The flavor is sweet with a nice balance of bitterness. Notes of caramel, toffee, a touch of smoke and toasted malt are followed by a mild bitterness with flavors of grass and flowers. The malt carries through each sip and lingers once the beer is gone.

This is a very tasty, easy drinking beer. Not your typical IPA.

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Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice copper-orange color with a medium sized and thick off-white colored head that laces the glass a lot as it fades slowly.
S: Smells of big earthy, floral, and citrus hops with some sweet malt aromas and some caramelized malt aromas mixed in.
T: Tastes of sweet caramelized malts mixed with a large amount of citrus, floral, and earthy hops for a very nice tasting IPA. Slightly grassy tasting at the end, but overall a nice mix of flavors.
M: Crisp, fresh, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, medium bodied.
D: Overall a good take on the style and all the flavors mixed well for a pretty drinkable IPA.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the cloudy burnished copper brew. Dense head lasts well, with slow-falling coating lace. Aroma is is a sedate mix of sweet, florals, and citrus.

Taste is sweet upfront, earthy in the middle, and closes with lightly bitter citrus. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Fits into what I would expect for the style.

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Photo of Gushue3
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into my snifter

A- Large two finger head that's foamy white and has monster retention. A minute later and the head is still sticking around and has lacing along the sides. The body is clear orange copper with some smaller carbonation bubbles going to the top. Looks great.

S- Floral hops, green grass and earthy notes are the majority of the nose. Some sweet malt is in there as well.

T- Solid malt backbone here that brings a caramel like sweetness. Stays somewhat sweet untill the middle where medium bitterness takes the forefront. Grassy and toffee caramel come to mind.

M- Light mouthfeel is accompanied by higher carbonation. Very bubbly on the tongue.

O- I like the grassy earth notes but would love some more bitterness to accompany this one. Enjoyable but not on the top of my list.

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Photo of abgba121
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: clear golden pour with a thick white head that leaves a thick lace down the entire glass right until the end

S: great smell, a light sweetness and wonderful floral hop aroma with a little citrus

T: Amazing! light sweetness, smooth, great hop taste and lingering finish with a slight bitterness

M: great carbonation and medium body

O: great beer, if I could find more I would buy many, many more bottles!

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Photo of Thads324
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : pours a clear and bright amber with a thick and small bubbled white head. A bit of lacing. color looks great
S : sweet biscuit and a small amount of sweet caramel. Only a little bit of earthy hops towards the end.
T : starts watery and then the malt waves in. Sweet and easy going, with honey and bread flavors. The malt takes the back seat to a nice hop flavor that isn't bitter at all. A finish with a little bit of hop bitterness and more sweet malt. the ending hop is a bit piney and a bit lemongrass flavored.
M : bubbly carbonation, but no worries. Easy drinking and finishes very clean and crisp. Nice hop linger afterwards.

A really really great beer. Easy to drink and would probably be a great intro ipa for a first timer. I might like this more than the lost sailor.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber bottle into a plain tumbler pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, golden honey beneath a rocky, three-finger head of off-white carbonation. Head retention is good and leaves a few traces of weby lace on the glass.

S: Bits of sweet roasted malts, light spices and earthy, grassy hops that meld with the fair fruity and floral aromas.

T: Bittersweet malts with a hint of caramel and toffee sweep the palate first, leaving a bit of smoky, spicy sweetness in its wake. A rush of herbal, slightly citrusy and earthy hops balance and dry the flavor before finishing with a hard, mineral twang and lingering, earthy bitterness.

M: Medium-full bodied, smooth, balanced and creamy. Great choices of ingredients and nice craftsmanship.

O: I like BBC's English IPA quite a bit. The 5.7% ABV and somewhat more assertive hop profile, even for an English version, earmark it as an Americanized version of an 1800s IPA, perhaps. The smoky, sweet malt flavors do work nicely off the fruity, bitter and earthy spices of the hops chosen.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours copper, almost orange. Off white head, good retention and lacing.

S: Bready malt, grass. Fresh, quite green.

T: Sweet malt, lots of smoke, spicy herbal hops. Suggestion of honey mid sip. Interesting flavor profile.

M: Medium body, prickly carbonation.

O: An interesting take on a historical IPA. I like the smoke (wherever it came from), and the hop bill seems complimentary to this aspect. And, as usual from BBC, a good value at $3.88 for a 22oz.

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Photo of davey101
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a shaped pint glass. Ahhhh, a one off IPA from BBC. The result of a botched version of lost sailor with some new "mystery" hop. As always it was at a bargain price of $3 and change.

A - Pours a nice dark amber color with an impressive white fluffy head that sticks around for a while. Tons of carbonation and bubbles.

S - Sweet malts, citrus hops, and some grassiness. Very balanced smell that doesn't really hint at the smokiness I'm about to dig into.

T - Woah. Who let the smoke in? Theres the balance between the caramel sweetness of the malts and the light citrus from the hops. And then theres this amazing smokiness that comes and goes rather quickly. Its not too intense, but it really compliments these flavors. Bitterness is pretty low making this very drinkable.

O - I wish I had a lost sailor to compare this to since I haven't had one in a few months. This is definitely a unique take on the IPA. I'm used to the American IPA with the blistering bitterness and grapefruit, but I gotta admit that I really dig this brew and style. I'll be sure to grab another bomber before they're all gone.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. Pours a somewhat translucent burnt amber with an inch of thick, frothy head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is grassy and earthy. Faint citrus to aroma to it. Slight sweet aroma with some hops in the background. Flavor is of cut grass and floral hops. Fair amount of malt flavor as well. Biscuity with some bitterness towards the end with a tiny bit of citrus. Very drinkable. Decent amount of hop flavor from a brewery that doesn't put out many hoppy offerings. The price, smoothness, and good amount of flavor make this a nice summer IPA. Overall, worth grabbing again.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber, with a two full finger widths of thick white head- and that is with a semi-restrained pour.

Smell is fairly sweet and malty, a little biscuity. Notes of honey are present as well. Smells very "fresh", reminiscent of a rural outdoor setting. Perhaps this is what they mean by an "earthy, grassy" character.

Taste is pleasant, but not remarkable. The malty taste is right up front, just like the nose, with a caramel or toffee flavour. Finish is mildly bitter. The 'earthiness' of the nose are present as well- again, very 'fresh' tasting. Nice, but not thrilling.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. A little too much carbonation for my liking. but otherwise pleasantly medium to light bodied.

Overall, definitely an enjoyable beer, and one I would be happy to have again. Was not aware that it was a one-off when I picked it up while in the Berkshires for a weekend. Definitely glad I had a chance to try it out.

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Photo of Sam21
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased for $3.75. No bottling date. Poured into pint glass.

Appearance – A hard pour yields a beautiful hazy amber body with a fluffy cream colored head. Frothy and sticky.

Smell – Juicy caramel malt with a healthy helping of grassy and slightly citric hops. Mineral twang in the nose with earthy undertones.

Taste – Smoky caramel hits up front. Malt is thick and sweet with toffee, notes of oranges, and smoky edges. Finish has a nice herbal bitterness with citrus undertones. Tea-like hop character at times. Dry and quick.

Mouthfeel – Light-medium body. Slick at times. Carbonation adds a nice fluffy feel.

Drinkability – This is a unique beer. It feels unrefined and a bit rustic with the smoky edges and slight mineral twang. Hops add notes of mint, citrus fruit, and a crisp bitterness. A wonderful beer. If only Berkshire could replicate this mystery hop order, because I would love to have this as a year round.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark orange-brown, tiny bit of haze. Thick off-white head that dissipates slowly into a foamy, quarter sized island. A lot of heavy lacing, like holes in a bed sheet.

S: Candied tangerine, citrus hops, a caramel sweetness. A lot of natural notes, "rocky."

T: Quite sweet up front. Probably not the freshest bottle, but nice notes of caramel and toffee, as far as malt goes. The hops are almost secondary, having orange and floral characteristics. There is a definite mineral-like taste going on in the aftertaste.

M: Very nice carbonation, though a bit rough around the edges for my liking.

O/D: This is one of BBC's better offerings, and one of the better English IPA's I've had in a long time. Shame they're only brewing it once, it's better than 90% of their usual lineup.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, grassy hops, tea and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out a bit smoky with some breadiness from a hearty malt character. Then some mild sweetness comes in from flavors of caramel and a bit of citrus. The hops presence is subdued but creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice beer to drink for a whole evening.

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Saint Of Circumstance India Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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