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
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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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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of beer4colin
2.74/5  rDev -26.7%
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 -24.3%
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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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of harsley
3.11/5  rDev -16.8%
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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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber color with heady retention. Lacey splinters everywhere. On my second pour I must have disturbed the yeast because I got an opaque pumpkin colored mess.

Aroma is grass, apple juice, black pepper and lemon rind. Grainy.

Historic yes, hoppy no. Vanilla/toffee flavored mineral-y malt, steely mint, and a peppery reclusive bitter. When I accidentally dumped the yeast into my glass I got a apricot flavored yeast.

This beer reminds me a lot of another historical IPA - Brooklyn's IPA...which I detest. It's like a better, more nuanced version for that.

I'm puzzled by this beer. Out of all the beers that Berkshire has on their docket they chose an English IPA as a new offering...when they already have a far superior English IPA (Lost Sailor) in their portfolio.

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Photo of BeefyMee
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
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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3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a flute glass.

A - Darker golden, almost amber hue with tons and tons of off-white frothy head. Fantastic retention that lasts the session and plenty of lacing.

S - Floral aromas with some hop bitterness. Some woody notes as well with slight malty wisps.

T - The hops are definitely there, but they lack in comparison to other IPAs. Similar to a pilsner in taste with a dominant floral characteristic.

M - Not much to note here...the hop bitterness lingers slightly in the aftertaste, but again, weak overall for hopheads.

O - Overall a decent IPA, but more of a pale ale or pilsner in taste. I like the Lost Sailor IPA better, but I would recommend trying this beer because it probably won't be available anymore due to the fact that it was a mistake to begin with. BBC was shipped the wrong type of hop (they were originally brewing a large batch of Lost Sailor), but they didn't notice until they had brewed a ton of the beer, so they decided to call it something different rather than just dump all the beer...good call!

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3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date poured into Hair of the Dog tulip. Reviewed on 5/28/11

A: Pours a clear, golden orange with fluffy whitish head. Good retention and nice lacing left around glass.

S: Smells of sweet caramel malts and toffee with some herbal and grassy hops coming in behind the malt.

T: Really sweet and earthy for an IPA. I taste honey, lots of malt, toffee with only slight hop character and bitterness.

M: Pretty thick and resinous for an IPA, medium body with moderate carbonation, finishes sweet.

O: Interesting beer, not the crisp hoppy IPA that I was anticipating, it tastes more like a watered down barleywine or a sweet pale ale. It is a tasty brew none the less, just not what I would grab when I crave a refreshing and dry american IPA on a hot summer day.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of smcolw
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
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 cbutova
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apparently this beer resulted from an incorrectly brewed Lost Sailor IPA, somehow.

A- Amber body with a creamy white head. It displays nice size and retention. Frothy pillow leaves some nice chunks of thick lace.

S- Floral, herbal and citrus hop notes. A bit of a yeast and malt presence, caramel and bread. Not all that strong and it fades out over time.

T- Sweet caramel, toasty/nutty malt and yeast bread are quite big. Hops are give off floral, earthy and slight citrus. Definitely quite herbal giving it a tea feel. Some buttery hints.

MF- Highly carbonated light body. Bitterness is pretty low.

Certainly a difference from Lost Sailor, which I prefer to this. It is nice to have a maltier beer once in a while in the hop dominated American beer world of today. Leave it to the East Coast for that.

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Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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 Gushue3
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
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 rudzud
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this on-tap at Peppercorns Bar and Grille in Worcester, MA. Had never heard of this one so I figured to give it a try. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - A crystal clear copper pour with a nice two finger head that leaves pretty good side lacing and a good white blanket atop the brew.

S - Very light malts and hops. Very light citrus and grass. Would like things to be more assertive.

T - Nice sweet, carmel malt backbone with some bready notes. There are some average grassy, slightly herbal hop notes. Nothing too exciting.

M - Low carbonation gives this an almost creamy mouthfeel, yet still remains just slightly crisp on the finish.

O - My biggest issue with this beer is how the ABV, somehow, is very noticeable. Almost across the board on every category. I figured this to be alot stronger than the 5.7% that was listed.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
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 -2.4%
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 mrhartounian
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
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 BostonHops
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Saint Of Circumstance India Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 65 ratings