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Vocation Brewery

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Vocation Brewery
England, United Kingdom
American IPA
Ranked #1,822
Ranked #14,942
3.93 | pDev: 9.41%
Jul 08, 2022
Sep 12, 2015
Very Good
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Reviewed by aleigator from Germany

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours an entirely hazy yellow color with a big and stable head.

Aromas are of sun ripened oranges, together with red apples and tangerines among lighter apricots and big chunks of lemons.

Mouthfeel on this is light, refreshing, yet pleasantly smooth, with a well nuanced, slightly effervescent carbonation level.

Tastes of wet grass, resin, sugared braided yeast bun and slowly uprising lemons. The citrus plant driven hop in this develop an uncompromising bitter bite, gently entangled into lighter toffee and smooth whipped cream. Finishes with a note of birthday cake, dry garden herbs and prevailing, present lemons.

Quite a tasty IPA with a fantastic mouthfeel to it, glueing all the flavors in this together perfectly well.
Jul 08, 2022
Rated: 4 by steverx8 from England

Jun 28, 2022
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Yellowish brown and slightly hazy with moderate carbonation. It has a huge five fingers of head which is slightly beige in tone.

The smell is amazing. It smells of fresh pineapple, jackfruit, grapefruit, and sugared tropical fruit.

The taste is dank with notes of lemon, citrus, mango, papaya.

It has a medium body with a little carbonation.

I bought this in Phuket Thailand and I’m drinking it at Kata beach, February 22, 2022.
Feb 22, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Oct 06, 2021
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Reviewed by BigMac59 from Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a slightly hazy yellow, or maybe a straw color. Nice head with good lacing.
Aroma is piney and floral with citrus. Also a bit of dankness.
Taste is juicy and citrusy.
Good carbonation with bit of dryness.
Overall a very good IPA.
Aug 22, 2021
Rated: 3.58 by desint from Belgium

Jul 07, 2021
Rated: 3.83 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Apr 30, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
330 ml can, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6.5%. Unfiltered and unpasteurised. Golden colour, slightly hazy. Large white head. Strong hoppy aroma of tropical fruits, citrus and pine. Slightly dry flavour, still with some residual sweetness. Hoppy flavour, notes of tropical fruits and pine needles, fairly bitter finish. A decent US style IPA.
Mar 09, 2021
Rated: 4.47 by Stevemaurizi from England

Jan 14, 2021
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Reviewed by Spike from England

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
330ml can. A juicy American-style IPA from West Yorkshire. Lots of citrus and tropical fruits with moderate bitterness. Easy-drinking for its 6.5% ABV.
Dec 28, 2020
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Reviewed by Steve555 from Wales

3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a hazy light orange. Smells of pineapple, mangoes, peach and tea, very fruity smells. Taste follows the nose in that it's a fruity bitter taste with a surprisingly lightish medium body. Taste does die out quite quickly leaving a dryness but is quite refreshing. This is a good beer. Vocation produce consistently good supermarket available craft beers.
Jul 29, 2020
Rated: 2.59 by stephenlee93 from England

Feb 08, 2020
Rated: 3.9 by Pisshhead from Ireland

Jan 11, 2020
Rated: 3.99 by Limmyagony

Dec 25, 2019
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Reviewed by James94 from England

4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
L: Light gold, almost yellow colour, almost a three-finger head, lasting lacing
S: Pineapple, grapefruit, mango, orange, lemon, lime, peach
T: Bitter citrus, zestiness, some slightly lighter fruit notes, nutiness
F: The alcohol is there, but only as a vague background, good feeling on the palate

O: 4.25
Nov 30, 2019
Rated: 4.15 by BeerGlassesCollector from Cyprus

Jul 09, 2019
Rated: 4 by ColSanders123 from Georgia

May 17, 2019
Rated: 3 by BdM from Netherlands

Apr 26, 2019
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Reviewed by flyingpig from Scotland

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
330ml Can from Morrison's (£1.75):
Quite a light amber coloured beer with a clear body & a centimetre tall head that's foamy & white, with good retention too. The nose is slightly fresh with some pine & a hint of hop oil in the background as well as some subtle citrus notes. Towards the middle some hints of mango & a light, almost earthy starts to come through as well before touches of lemon & grapefruit see things out. It's quite a fresh tasting beer too though with the fruits coming more to the front in the form of some mango & a little apricot too. It's a tangy one with nice citrus flavours & a pine/grapefruit bitterness in there as well. The beer is well carbonated & quite dry nearer the end with some hop bitterness throughout but it was a balanced & easy going beer, exactly what I'd expect from Vocation.
Jan 24, 2019
Rated: 4 by jakea from Wisconsin

Jan 16, 2019
Rated: 3.49 by AAG from New York

Dec 23, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by Goity from Scotland

Oct 27, 2018
Rated: 4.75 by ric123123 from Kansas

Oct 23, 2018
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Rated by runlikeakenyan from Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This IPA stacks up well with all the US IPAs. Well done!
Sep 19, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by DamienI from Washington

Sep 01, 2018
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Reviewed by jazzyjeff13 from England

3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A 330ml can with a BB of July 2018. Picked up a while back from Tesco. Described on the label as an American IPA with tropical and citrus fruit flavours supported by a malty backbone.

A: Poured into an IPA glass. Can-conditioned. A deep orange-amber hue with intense carbonation and tons of floating sediment. Produces a vast head of fluffy white foam with decent retention; this slowly reduces to a persistent surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of fruity hops with hints of lemon rind, citrus, tropical fruit, mild white grape, subtle grass, caramel malt and ale yeast. A tad sharp but pretty good.

T: Tastes of fruity aromatic hops with notes of lemon, citrus zest, peel, tropical fruit, white grape, grass/hay, caramel malt, ale yeast and a vague leafiness. Pretty dry, followed by a substantial hoppy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with lively carbonation and great body. Slightly astringent; hop oils stimulate the palate. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, citrus, tropical fruit, caramel malt and ale yeast.

O: Rather nice - lots of hop character on offer. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour are stuffed with fruity hops underpinned by caramel malt and yeast. Great body. Drinkable and delicious; goes down a treat. Well worth sampling.
Apr 30, 2018
Rated: 4.02 by Dreyski from England

Feb 03, 2018
Rated: 4.29 by TwiggyCZ from Czech Republic

Jan 08, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

Dec 30, 2017
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Pours a light amber coloration with a small, frothy head. Smells of sweet, biscuity malt, marmalade and a hint of citrus and pine. Taste is a dominated by a slightly chemical marmalade taste, with notes of sweet, biscuity malt and dank hops. Some citrus notes: orange and grapefruit and a hint of pine, with a light bitterness. This seems poorly balanced to me. It's a tad too sweet and malty, with not enough bitterness. The dominating orange marmalade flavor has that slightly odd chemical taste to it. It's ok, but I wouldn't be keen on having it again.
Dec 16, 2017
Rated: 4.06 by Robertas from Lithuania

Nov 21, 2017
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Reviewed by DJ-Hophead from England

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
330 ml can, Tesco's, Bristol - Pours cloudy gold with a medium white foamy head. Nice lacing. Medium carbonation. Aroma - Juicy fruit to the fore - citrus/grapefruit, tropical/mango, light pine resin notes. Taste - Sweet fruity forefront - citrus/grapefruit, tropical/mango, light resin middle, crisp light bitter finish. Great juicy IPA.
Oct 15, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by zacroyce from England

Sep 14, 2017
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Reviewed by bark from Sweden

3.22/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Foam comes out of the can when i crack it. The beer keeps on foaming whew poured, it builds a three finger head that slowly sinks down leaving some lacing. The somewhat hazy liquid is pale gold.

The smell is dry and hoppy with distinct notes of grapefruit and lime. Some pine needles and sweet perfumed flavours.

The taste is at first bitter with grapefruit and bitter oranges. The flavours fades quickly leaving room for dusty malt and lemon acid. Light to medium body. The aftertaste is dusty, too with growing alcohol, chemical bitterness, orange juice and bitter herbs. Alcohol and sweet tropic fruit candy in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong, the small bubbles fresh and short-lived. The liquid is sticky.

A bit thin, otherwise an OK AIPA.
Aug 30, 2017
Rated: 3.82 by jhart96 from England

Aug 26, 2017
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Reviewed by saboliver from England

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Medium head with large bubbles, a touch frothy. Haziness giving a soft glow when held to the light. Significant citrus aromas at first with grapefruit, tangerine and a touch of mango. Fairly crisp taste initially with maltiness underneath. Bitterness to the back of the mouth but carrying some of the fruitiness, giving an impression of marmalade with a degree of sweetness to balance. Relatively vigorous carbonation but not too much. A crispness that might be mistaken for thinness, especially towards the front of the mouth, where it feels cooler and cleaner, but this is balanced by a little bit of warmth and body from the alcohol. A very enjoyable ale. Growing on me as I drink it.
Aug 05, 2017
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Rated by chiendemer57 from Scotland

3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Aug 02, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by mtbdonn from Colorado

Jul 22, 2017
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Reviewed by Hoppsbabo from England

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A great whiff of piney marmaladey hops hits the nose. Bitter, very sharp tasting, very refresing. Like the nose it's full of piney, earthy orange marmalade with citrus in the finish.

For a beer from my local Tesco Extra this has far exceeded expectations.
Jun 26, 2017
Rated: 4.75 by JavierGC from Spain

Jun 20, 2017
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