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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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 47
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 TheManiacalOne
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
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 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 rab53
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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 Kelp
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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 Jwale73
4/5  rDev +7%
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 ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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 DrJay
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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 jaxon53
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of scottfrie
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
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 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 WanderingFool
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
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 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 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 ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev +7%
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 Chico1985
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New release from Berkshire, always nice to try something new from them.

Pours hazy brownish orange, huge clumpy white head retains at least at a finger and cakes on the lacing on each pour. Best looking beer I've had in a while.

Pleasant scent of grassy and earthy hops and some sweet malts (toffee/buttery). Light fruit notes and some woody, oak-like notes too.

Bitter at the start from the hops, but evened out with a good dose of malts of the toffee and buttery variety, bready on the finish. Mostly a pretty dry, herbal kind of feel, yet it's sweet as the nose hints towards. Light citrus and wood/oak come out as it warms.

Mouthfeel is a good overall, but bitterness seems to vary on each sip, being overpowering at times, makes it seem a bit off-balance. Carbonation about medium.

I prefer their Lost Sailor over this, but this is a beer definitely worth trying, it's got complexity and an interesting feel I haven't come across in IPAs before.

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Photo of portia99
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a clear medium amber color...very marginal haze to the body. Two fingers of off white foam rests on top of the beer with decent staying power and on the dense side of the scale. Head dies slowly and steadily after a couple of minutes leaving behind sparse, loose lacing on the glass.

S - Lowish hop aromas, seem to be English varieties - quite earthy, very low and just noticeable spicy hop character as well. A buttery/butterscotchy aroma rides alongside, some sugary malt, light caramel and roastiness, and some breadiness.

T - Flavors follow the aroma pretty well. Earthy hop bitterness up front, somewhat grassy, very bready, low roasted malt character and sugary toffee sweetness and the undertones of buttery-ness.

M - Medium bodied with a lowish medium carbonation that is creamy in feel with a touch of foaminess too. Well balanced, but the earthy bitterness from the hops leaves the most lasting impression and washes away the softly sweet maltiness that shows in the middle of each sip.

O - Worth a shot. By far not my favorite IPA, but a solid effort and a pretty easy drinker. I wouldn't hesitate to have this again, but probably wouldn't seek it out either. Overall, I definitely prefer the Lost Sailor (which, if I understand correctly, this is based upon)...the hop profile just suits my tastes better.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smutty33
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of mctizzz
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4/5  rDev +7%
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 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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