General Braddock's India Pale Ale | Brew Gentlemen

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Brew Gentlemen
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by RblWthACoz on 04-29-2014

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Reviews by RblWthACoz:
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4.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I heard the recipe for this beer changed, so I decided to try it again. My previous score was 2.98 and man, that beer sucked.

This is nothing like the original recipe. Clear hop influence. Nice crisp profile. Clean. Probably the cleanest I have yet to have from the BG in both a visual aspect and flavor as well. Nice consistent bitterness that isn't over the top or overly bold and good pine tones; all of which makes for a fairly pleasant and easy drinker that is not overly obnoxious.

Not the same beer I had in the past. Vast improvement. Brew Gentlemen is getting interesting, it seems.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

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4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Beautiful, murky hop juice. Liquid is a nice light gold with a twinge of orange thrown in, sitting beneath about a finger of ultra creamy just-off-white head. Lacing is thick and even around the glass, and head sticks around for gravity-defying amounts of time.

S: Complex, balanced, rounded... Whatever you wanna call it, there's a ton going on here. No single note stands out, but many are clearly perceivable. There's some candied (though not overly sweet) vaguely tropical fruit (pineapple? peach?) and spritzy citrus (lemon/lime? touch of tangerine?) along with restrained notes of pine sap and a more assertive resinous hop character. Seriously, this smells like opening a bag of fresh hops, dousing it in fruit juice, and throwing in some sugar for good measure. Pungent for the ABV, and comes out even more as the beer warms.

T: Jesus. This is ridiculous. All that balance/complexity/roundedness that was there on the nose drives this beer through the taste. My goodness. Drinks with the intensity of an 8% beer, but again, nothing overwhelms so as to keep the palate unexhausted. It's bright and zesty, with more of that lemon/limey thing and a bit of sweeter citrus juice. Malt backbone is more present than I'd expect for a beer at this ABV, but it works so damn well here, bringing in that sugary, candied fruit element and "tropicalizing" some of those fruit notes (I'm getting mango, pineapple, peach for sure). Candied fruit is further accentuated by a really nice punch of bubblegummy yeast flavor--not too much so as to throw banana esters into the mix, but just enough to pick it up. Finish has both medium sweetness and medium bitterness, the latter arriving along with a dank and resinous yet somehow clean (?) raw hop pellet note. It's not that dirty, musty earthiness I get on some beers, but more of a minty, herbaceous, lightly piney flavor. Wow.

M: Soft and pillowy with enough weight to keep you from just chugging the whole thing at once. Carbonation is medium to medium-minus... Thinking it lost something in the growler for 4 days, as others seem to suggest that the carb on this is perfect. But with growler failures aside, this is still damn near perfect. Incredibly balanced on the bitter vs. sweet spectrum without a hint of alcohol presence.

O: My second BG experience and I'm officially converted. Mammoth was good, but I felt it was almost TOO balanced. The General is pretty much perfect as far as 6.8% IPAs are concerned.. This beer reminds me of a smoother, more refined version of Citraquench'l from Heist, perhaps a bit fruitier with a more restrained resin note on the finish. Delicious.

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4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.91/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.25/5  rDev -26.1%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: straw, hazy. White head about 1"
S: big tropical fruit.
T: follows smell. Sweet pinnapple/ grapefruit up front. Some bitterness on the back.
B: on thinner side. Sticky and plush.
O: spot on. For a flagship, it is top notch. Sweet and bitter make a nice balance ale that stands up with the best of them.

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Photo of kbuzz
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rizzy17
4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AndreRus
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of liquorpig
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brew Gentlemen in Braddock, PA.

This one pours a super hazy golden orange, with a small head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like pineapple, mango, and grapefruit, with a slight bit of malt, and some pine.

This is firmly in the NE-style IPA tradition. This has a firm bitterness, that provides a minimum of balance to the huge juicy blast up front- nectarine, peach, and mango, with a hint of grapefruit. There's maybe a tiny bit of malt, but it's barely noticeable.

This has super soft and juicy mouthfeel, with a good level of carbonation. It's again quite drinkable.

This is the best beer I had from Brew Gentlemen on my visit. It's almost all that I want in a NE-style IPA.

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Photo of NEOdrinker
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dd43
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

These guys are making some amazing beer in Braddock PA, I hope everyone in western Pennsylvania knows how lucky they are to have a young brewery of this caliber in their neck of the woods.

This is a big juicy hazy tropical east coast IPA. The kind you could drink for days that turn into years and never grow tired of. Pours the color of grapefruit juice, lightly carbonated with excellent lacing. The best of any Brew Gentlemen beer I've had.

Aromas of orange, a faint touch of lemon, and lots of peach and ripe mango. So well balanced, no alcohol heat at all, malts are soft and bready but definitely in the background. Some of what they're doing seems heavily influenced by Tree House in Monson MA, which is comparing them to one of the absolute best breweries in the north east. I have a new can't miss spot on my next trip to Pittsburgh.

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3.79/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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General Braddock's India Pale Ale from Brew Gentlemen
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