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
Reviews by CTHomer:
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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 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 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 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 smcolw
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks good: a long lasting head that leaves ample lace after each sip. The color is a cloudy orange-amber.

Raw, peppery hop smell. Light yeast. Slightly sour with no other malt notes.

A well-balanced IPA...might be closer to an ESB in flavor. The malt has a touch sweetness that shows up with the swallow. There's a sourness which I associate with a stale mash--appealing in its own way. Quite effervescent without a correspondingly full nosy. The hop is muted but present.

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Photo of steinlifter
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a hazy copper, frothy 1 inch head that diminished to a nice 1/4 inch collar with great retention, puffs of broken lace around glass.
fruity esters..and fresh baked bread on the nose.
citrus and hops abound....well balanced IPA...complex flavors, full satisfying mouth here.
Overall, I am a big fan of BBC, and they really nailed this one! could easily be a "session" beer 4 me....good Job guy's!

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Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with a dark cream cap of fine bubbles. Good head retention, lots of clumpy lacing. Fruity aroma, sort of juicy, earthy, strawberries, a little caramel. More of the same in the flavor. Moderate bitterness, a bit woody and very slightly herbal. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation, off dry, decent texture. Overall, a decent English IPA.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of harsley
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours nice with a big head over a copper colored beer with lots of lacing.

Nose is much like lots of Berkshire beers, traditional English brewing, lots of malt and yeast with some earthy hops.

Taste is similar. Malt and yeast forward with mild earthy hop flavors playing a background role. I guess you can say it's well balanced, like most Bershire brews, but it's IPA so it's not really supposed to be.

This beer was supposed to be their normal Lost Sailor IPA but the hops they used were similar but a little different, and perhaps old, or smelled a bit smoky like they had been near a fire. Earlier batches had a bit of that smoke tatse I was told but the one I tried tasted almost exactly like Lost Sailor.

Not a bad way to fix a batch that wasn't quite right, but they could've released this as Lost Sailor and only a handful of people would have noticed any difference.

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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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Photo of jaxon53
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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 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 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 jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dammit Bill, sneaking this review in just before me.

Pours a large 2 finger head that fades semi quickly to a point then slows, over clear copper orange colored beer, a bit of sticky lacing.

Nose has that typical Berkshire malt and yeast style, light toasty and grainy as well as wheat like malts, a bit of sweet reddish malts, with that is some fruity hops, a bit earthy and almost aged, almost herbal but not quite, a slight dry malty farmhouse rustic like aroma.

Taste starts weird... a darker malt flavor, dark toasty rustic like malt flavor, gritty grainy taste, a bit of reddish malts, a bit of a hot like spicy malt flavor... and with some spicy earthy hops, a bit of herbal tastes, a light hop overall but earthy and a bit fruity, somewhat aged hop flavors, a bit of bitterness but not much. Finishes with a bit more spicy and earthy hop flavor, very little bitterness, it dries a bit as well, with a weird anesthetized mouth feel from the hops and weird malts I believe since it has little abv, a lingering slight metallic and caramel reddish malt flavor.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation, and eventually gets really dry so my mouth feels weird.

Overall OK, but not great, the hops are light and aged tasting, earthy and slightly herbal, definitely an older style but doesn't quite sit well with today's styles and tastes, but decent and drinkable.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a Clown Shoes pint glass.

The color is hazy golden/copper with a foamy off-white head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit earthy aroma that is a bit like spring flowers and a touch of malty sweetness that has a bit of a spicy biscuit aroma.

The taste is bready like part of the nose with some bitterness hitting the tongue that is more mellow and must be a mid range alpha hop. (or one slightly lower then I am used to lately) There is a dough like flavor that makes me think of pancakes without syrup. There is a light toast flavor here as well, a lightly toasted bread flavor with earthy hops carrying the end of this beer till there is a please was of bitterness and mild hop flavor.

The beer is medium bodied but is a more mild in the mouth-feel. This beer is a nice journey away from a high bitter IPA and has a good even balance between the hops and malt.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of gfreed
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you latch onto one New England brewery, latch onto BBC. With a single exception, I've never had anything from BBC that hasn't been good, level-headed, balanced and tasty. This particular beer is, as others have already noted, similar to their Lost Sailor IPA, but it's less sharp, more British and fruitier, with a flowery aroma and a hoppy tang at the back end. Well worth hunting down before they run out, it's a good beer for a spring evening.

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

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Saint Of Circumstance India Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 67 ratings