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Sergeant's IPA | Old Yale Brewing Co.

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Sergeant's IPASergeant's IPA
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Sergeant's IPASergeant's IPA

Brewed by:
Old Yale Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 01-20-2003

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a straw-yellow color with a tinge of orange, looks very much like a pils in natural light. Nice frothy head made of big bubbles sticks around a good while. Very healthy carbonation too, lotsa bubbles.

The aroma is strong and seductive. Super well-balanced hops and malt play off each other, there's an apple fruitiness and up-front floral aspect to the smells coming out of my glass. And yeah, it also promises lots of hops with that fresh-cut grapefruit essence.

Unfortunately the flavor isn't as well-balanced as the aroma. Too bitter, in the wrong way. A metallic smack permeates the flavor. Feels unbalanced. There's a grassy element, but the malt and mellower hops characteristics can't get through that steely wall of bitterness. I love a huge hops bitterness, but this comes off a little one-sided and feels like they used bargain-bin hops in the recipe or something. Just sorta "off".

Mouthfeel is thin, crisp and dry, like a lager or pils.

Eh, it's okay. A decent lawnmower beer, you wouldn't miss much subtlety if you drank it out of the bottle while zipping around on your tractor. Still, there are way better pale ales out there.

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Photo of Derek
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With East Kent Golding hops, I think this is more of an English IPA than American.

A: Gold in colour, quite clear, with a white, creamy head. Some retention, pretty lace.

S: HOPS! (EKG). Very strong, but of a smooth, noble nature.

T: Nice hop flavour, citrousy up front, more earthy in the finish. A little bready malt in the background, well balanced with hop bitterness. Has a crisp, dry finish. I'm REALLY tempted to give the taste a '5'. It's that good!

M: Body is a little lighter than moderate, slightly oily. It's carbonation is a little higher than average. Pleasant feel, but perhaps a little light for the style.

D: A little bold for the newbie, but quite nice. I'm liking this a lot!

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Photo of Viggo
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange, big white head forms, laces nicely. Smell is really pineapply, citrus and pine, some caramel and coconut. Taste is heavy and malty, lots of caramel and grains, and citrus/pineapple/pine hops finishing it off, not a lot of bitterness, but quite dry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Not bad, not great, but a solid IPA.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/13/05- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info on label. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Lighter orange colored pour, a bit cloudy with large amounts of yeast towards the bottom of the bottle. Huge foaming over head which about 3 oz ended up on the counter. Nice lacing.

Smell- Largly bitter and fruity in the hops dept. Maybe some odd tropical scents rather than the typical grapefruit scents.

Taste- Ultra fruity flavored hop juice. Malt comes in slowly to just make it "kinda" balanced. Great fruit flavor though. Not really any pine, just fruit juicyness. Quite bitter as well.

Mouthfeel- Average cabonation even including the volcano pour.

Drinkability- One of the most flavorful IPA's I've tried. Can't think how awesome this would be if it had some pine flavor and a bit more malt. Still a must pick up if you see it.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My father has been a faithful of this beer for years, but I've never really tried it until recently. This is a great IPA, that pours a nice caramel-amber colour with a good, pervasive head.

The smell is a good balance of malts and hops, typical of other IPAs I've had. This is a good, well-blended flavour, with a bit more emphasis on the hops so that this does not come off as a standard pale ale as opposed to an IPA.

This has a bit of fizz, again in line with other IPAs I've had. Despite the big bottle, this is a well-blended IPA that leaves you wanting a second (or a third!).



Paired with Indian food (tikka masala) this hoppy brew packs quite a tingly, tongue numbing punch. After sampling a number of domestic and foreign IPAs, this is among the best I've had!

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Photo of Goldorak
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend of mine brought me back a bottle from a trip to BC, and it's been in my fridge forever. I've had this many times before, my local Beer store smuggled cases of these back in the day.

Appearance: Peachy orange, opaque with sediment depositing on the bottom of my Maudite snifter. The head is behemothic! And it's cakey and thick, it's beyond meringue, it's almost marzipan! Nice, nice stuff.

Smell: The fresh samples I had were extremely floral and honey sweet, this older bottle had an awesome citrus eruption up my nostrils.

Taste: Vivacious carbonation, malt is finely balanced, the bitterness is pleasing and finishes dry, but the aftertaste lasts just long enough for you take your next casual sip. It's really a shame that I don't have access to this Beer anymore...

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: slight haze, soft peachy hue, effusive carbonation, thick, fluffy head, with delicate lace...marred only by occasional brown flecks on the foam, and floating around the brew.
Aroma: oily, fragrant and fruity,pineapple, tangerine, banana, lemon, a little spicy, too.
Taste: big, bitter hops up front, grabbing hold of the palate and spilling the slick hop oils all over the mouth. Big mouthfeel, bold bitterness..can't deny ...however, the body is too thin, and it feels imbalanced. The flavor, however, gets juicier and fruity as we go in, and that nearly makes up for it. Almost.
But all in all, a nice, enjoyable, tasty IPA, quite a welcome surprise from Canada.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first sample of an Old Yale Brewing beer, their well-touted IPA. I had picked up samples of their Blonde and Pale Ales, but I seem to be on an West Coast IPA kick tonight.

Poured from a 650 ml brown bottle, interesting label with so much war-time British innuendo to it, although I hear that's the brewmaster's dog rendered in the soldier's uniform. Very nice looking ale, a hazed deep marmalade colour with a consistent spongy white head that stays true to form most of the way down the glass. That's not even capping, that's the original head hanging in there to the bitter end. Lots of lacing as well. A heavenly nose, yet an odd one for an IPA, it is predominated by a rich toasted butterscotch malt presence, lightly citrus and metallic hops upon closer inspection. The malt also takes centre stage upfront on the flavour, chewy caramel malt, thick creamy robust mouthfeel. Right in the middle the malt hands it off to the hops and starts fading back into the distance while the East Goldings start making momentum. An earthy pine to start with on the hops, following through to bitter sticky citrus on the finish, and an aftertaste of grapefruit rind and pine oil. What a balance, I am seriously impressed. Not an overpowering, mouth-puckering hop presence of a Pacific Northwest American IPA, this is a lot closer to the British version of the style. Mouthfeel is velvety until the late finish where it becomes a bit oily. Fantastic stuff, I'd drink it religiously no matter what they labelled it as. I wish that I picked up more when I got the chance. Do grab a bottle if you are fortunate enough to stumble across a stash of it!

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Photo of 49degrees
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very interesting IPA that goes to great lengths to preserve the original IPA concept with subtle twists. Produced solely from barley, hops, water, and yeast, the Old Yale "Sergeant's IPA" doesn't fall into the trap that so many brews of this style do whereby they try to make it more commercially appealing that palette appealing. But they do add a certain malty (caramel) twist to the picture that generally isn't found in the style.

Unfiltered (or perhaps just intentionally murky), Sergeant's has an intriguing amount of suspended particulate on the pour. It presents a very thick and rocky head which never really gives way after time. The glass also has considerable lacing.

Visually the beer is a deep gold/copper color and is accented with plenty of carbination that brings out the perfumy bitterness and a surprisingly aroma of sweet caramel. As an IPA its hoppiness is its most prevelant characteristic, but it has a complex maltiness and fruity punch that serves it well.

Taste wise, it offers pretty much everything that one would looks for in an IPA. A robust flavor and a striking aftertaste -- and I say that with praise. I tend to enjoy many IPAs served on the colder side of things, but in this case, this one really comes to life when you let it heat up just a tad bit (about 15 minutes from the fridge). Cracking this one straight from the fridge will set off a somewhat sharp aftertaste, but if you give this one its deserved settling time, it really takes on a life of its own.

A regional oddity, its has minimal exposure in the local scene depsite being situated a mere 45 minutes from Vancouver. Its stocked in the specialty BC Liquour Stores in standard 650ml bottles and is more than worthy of a closer look if/when you get the chance.

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Sergeant's IPA from Old Yale Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 34 ratings
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