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

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Saint Of Circumstance India Pale AleSaint Of Circumstance India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by portia99 on 04-27-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 65
Photo of mclynch
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
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 abgba121
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
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 steinlifter
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
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 WanderingFool
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
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 Aberration
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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 scottfrie
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip. Thanks goes to SneezyAchew for sending me this one.

A: Pours a deep caramel color with a billowing, oily, off-white head that took forever to settle into a massive film that left rings of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Light notes of fruity hops and clean crisp grains. Not super potent but what's there is good.
T: Sweet, light, bready and grainy with just a touch of balancing earthy, fruity hops. It's sweet overall with pretty much no hop bitterness. Instead there is a ton of fruit juice and dry roasted grains. The aftertaste is smooth and fruity.
M: Slick medium body with a viscous (but not oily) mouthfeel and medium, tingly carbonation.
O: I've only had a few English IPA's as I tend to prefer the bolder more hop forward versions from this county, but this is definitely the best one I've had yet. It's also a damn good beer and one that I would definitely recommend and drink again. Thanks Michael!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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 Thads324
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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 bernie879
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Killians pint glass, millions of bubbles rose through the light copper colored ale and formed a 3cm thick off white head. Following a pretty sufficient hang time, the head reamained as a thin layer over the beer,still present after drinking half a glass with splotchy, spotty lacing.

A-The aroma was an odd melding of the ingredients. Mainly picked up a bready, honey wheat nose with the hops contributing earthy notes and slight apricot hints. Also seem to pick up underlying minerally qualties.

M-Medium bodied and smooth with the carbonation barely adding anyhting to the mouthfeel. A touch of bitterness, though this seems more due to a toasty character of the malts, which also contribute a signifigant sweetness. The earthy, apricoty aspects of the hops found in the aroma continue on the palate.

O-I would say this was a pretty succesful beer in what they were trying to achieve. This definatly has an english character to it, from the hops, malts and mouthfeel. Drikability is pretty good, does get a bit sweet for my tastes. I do like how persistent the aroma is, contributng a nice experience with every sip I take.

Definatly worth trying, especially those into english styles or interested in what defines english pale ales. I'm not an expert on the style but think this captures many of the qualities I would attribute to them.

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Photo of morningthief
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pahn for sharing a bottle on this brew day!

Pours a clear, slightly hazy orange with a pillowy, one-finger head that dissipates cleanly. Some residual lacing on the glass is visible.

Smells malty with a slight twinge of orange. Hop character is subtle. I am somewhat disappointed by this, but I shall delve further into the brew.

Tastes citrusy up front, with very slight bitterness that resolves to the trademark bready, malty Berkshire finish. Overall quite pleasant. It's reminding me of Cap'n Crunch (totally fine with me). Overall, this is an extremely well balanced brew.

This is a light to medium bodied beer that is quite nice on the tongue. Well-balanced carbonation rounds out the feel. Drinkability is quite high as are most Berkshire offerings.

Overall a nice, clean, refreshing IPA--perfect for a seasonably warm Spring afternoon. I am glad that Berkshire took what could have been a disastrous ordering debacle and turned it into an auspicious opportunity to brew something new.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Pahn
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split with BA morningthief and his wife. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one inch, fluffy white head that dissipates very slowly and, like the beer, leaves a wall of lacing. Pours a hazy light orange.

Smell: Lots of orange and tangerine, with some candy sweetness and cereal in the background. Smells hoppy and fresh.

Taste: Follows the nose only more pronounced; up front the flavor is dominated by orange and tangerine with some lemony soapiness and an almost lime-like note, which moves into a healthy bitterness (I think it's a bit more bitter than BBC's Lost Sailor) with some light cereal notes. Crisp finish, very refreshing. Great for the hot weather.

Like most BBC brews, the balance in the flavor is very good. The orange-like hops blend really well with the light grain flavors and mild sweetness. BBC are masters at making flavorful pale ales like these. That said, it's almost a little too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a lot of carbonation (works well). Slightly creamy.

Overall: Very nice beer. The citrusy hops are pretty succulent, which is enjoyable but contributes a bit to the perception of "a bit too sweet". I would like this beer to be dryer, but as is it's very flavorful and seasonal.

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Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear orange with some brown hues. A strong pour results in a large white head that does not quit. Big globs of uneven lacing cling to the glass.

S: Pine, mango puree, oranges, and a dash of pineapple and grapefruit. Floral. Tobacco leaf. Bready and caramel malts underneath. Some gritty yeast. Good.

T: Juicy hop tastes up front. Orange, some melon. Faint pine. Hop oils create some of that enamel-stripping feeling on the teeth, though the overall bitterness is pretty tame. This is a well-balanced IPA, and bready and caramel-like malt tastes are also prevalent. The gritty, earthy yeast taste that we've all come to expect from BBC is there too, and it works. Mineral tastes come out just before the finish. Finishes with bready malts, faint hop tastes, mineral water, and a bit of an herbal spicy taste.

M: On the thicker side of medium bodied, full, and just a bit slick.

O: Pretty good. Not your standard IPA. Pleasant hop profile, but well balanced with a minerally hard water taste. Very much like a British style IPA.

Notes: The description on the label did not make this beer sound appetizing. Smoke and mineral tastes are not normally something I want in an IPA. It all works though. I like it better than their original IPA, Lost Sailor. Certainly not for the hardcore hop-head though. It is a very balanced Old-world style IPA.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 Gambrinus1184
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 gfreed
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Photo of Duhast500
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of Sam21
3.91/5  rDev +4%
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 OldIronLungs
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass a nice clear orange gold with a ton of light fluffy foam that very slowly deflates. Looks good.

The nose is light and sweet malt, some caramel. Not much hop nose, just a light earthiness.

A sip is sweet and bready throughout, but an earthy/citrus hop tone keeps it honest and balanced. Low carbonation, could use some more bite there.

For the style, this is right on. Really clean light and sessionable.
BBC rarely disappoints - they continue to put out beers that are well priced, balanced, and very drinkable. What more could you ask for?

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Photo of davey101
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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 silentjay
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

slightly hazy deep orange/amber color that produces a sizable beachsand colored head that quickly recedes to a finger and a half, leaving behind plenty of lacing.

pretty herbal and fruity (like an orange herbal tea) with lightly toasty and crackery malt aromas. a touch of mesquite spice as well.

taste follows the aroma, being herbal, slightly spicy, plenty fruity with a good amount of toasty malts. there is a touch of smokiness detectable, but not bacon-flavored sense, its more like a wood bbq and subtle, but it adds a bit of astringency to make the hops taste a bit sharper.

not overly heavy bodied with plenty of fluffy carbonation and a nice crisp finish.

pretty nice. well balanced and unique. tasty and somewhat refreshing.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
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 mostpoetsdo
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
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 Ezone024
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Saint Of Circumstance India Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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