Castle Island Brewing Co.

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Castle Island Brewing Co.
Massachusetts, United States
American IPA
Ranked #1,474
Ranked #13,180
3.96 | pDev: 7.83%
Oct 30, 2022
Dec 12, 2015
Very Good
Notes: Keeper is our take on a newer class of IPAs that cuts back on brutal bitterness in favor of a deeper hoppiness, while still maintaining the bold aromatics loved by hopheads all around.
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Reviewed by ANIMOUL from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass; born on 8/15/22. Pours amber yellow with minimal head; decent lacing. Bitter hops taste but otherwise non descript.
Oct 30, 2022
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Rated by GregDBoston from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Not as well-hopped as I usually like, but tasty nonetheless and very balanced. Better than other "light" pale ales I've had. No complaints.
May 26, 2022
Rated: 3.85 by harrypowers from Massachusetts

May 06, 2022
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Rated by FishyBeer3 from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Hoppy and piney but smooth!
Dec 12, 2021
Rated: 3.94 by Rainintheface from Florida

May 21, 2021
Rated: 3.94 by Jcarriglio from Florida

May 05, 2021
Rated: 4.37 by JFitz1 from Massachusetts

Mar 07, 2021
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Reviewed by 1009 from Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Enjoyed this beer on Castle Island as the sun set. I was pleased to see its nice light golden color with its frothy head. The beer gave off a real herby smell and that smell translated into a herby taste. A little grassy, but you have to expect that when drinking an IPA. It's definitely carbonated, but not too much, just enough to make it a good beer with dinner. Overall, definitely a solid beer, but didn't blow my top off.
Oct 27, 2020
Rated: 3.45 by YJY from England

Oct 08, 2020
Rated: 4.33 by Jgmiller829 from Massachusetts

Sep 28, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by njbusa from New Jersey

Aug 16, 2020
Rated: 4.02 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Jul 23, 2020
Rated: 3.63 by andrewjholcomb from Nebraska

Jul 13, 2020
Rated: 3.85 by smutty33 from Connecticut

May 29, 2020
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; little lacing;

S: pine and herbal;

T: pine and herbal to the middle; balance shifts to herbal through the moderately bitter finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: been a while since I tasted a WC-style IPA that I hadn't already had; very nice;
Apr 28, 2020
Rated: 3.29 by coshag from Massachusetts

Apr 15, 2020
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
On tap at Eataly in Boston, MA.

This one pours a slightly hazy golden orange color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like bready malt, lemony hops, grapefruit, and pine.

This certainly isn't bad, but it's also very basic. The hop character is basically grapefruity bitterness and some pine, and it kind of feels a bit stale to me. There's a bit too much malt, too.

This is drinkable, but not especially interesting, with a crisp finish.

This is nothing to write home about, but I guess it's something to write on BA about.
Feb 17, 2020
Rated: 4 by David19457 from New Jersey

Jan 12, 2020
Rated: 3.92 by Mcb99d from Massachusetts

Dec 25, 2019
Rated: 3.98 by Tbone2131 from Connecticut

Dec 14, 2019
Rated: 4.43 by EricPhilpott from Canada (ON)

Nov 29, 2019
Rated: 3.98 by swierczt from Connecticut

Oct 25, 2019
Rated: 4.18 by Bwag from New York

Oct 19, 2019
Rated: 4.11 by ben741 from Canada (ON)

Aug 27, 2019
Rated: 3.95 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Aug 24, 2019
Rated: 3.85 by ScottyB515 from Ohio

Jun 18, 2019
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Reviewed by SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A big thanks to a coworker of mine, Bill, who will never actually see this review.

Pint can - dated 4/11/19 - poured into a tall, flared pint at 44F.

Pours a beautiful deep brass hue, moderately hazy, with brilliant sunglow orange highlights, and two fingers of thick, creamy, ivory head, that slowly deflates, leaving some very tenacious lacing behind. Some slow visible effervescence trailing upwards.

Nose: A base of sweet, toasty biscuity/bready malt, with undertones of honey and pastries supports a bouquet of clean, bright, aromatic hops, wafting the nose with lots of citrus. Meyer lemon, tangerine, sweet grapefruit, and some key lime juice set up the main aroma profile. There's also secondary notes of melon, kiwi, pine, white grape, and even a hint of coconut, and some underlying fresh green, almost grassy notes in the background. Very bright, clean, and citrusy.

Palate: Lightly sweet toasted biscuit malt takes the lead out of the gate, immediately followed by a big punch of bright citrus. Grapefruit, lemon, and orange kick it off, with some of that melon and white grape trailing behind, with little hints of kiwi and coconut popping in and out. The malt base becomes slightly toastier, and fairly early on, a pithy-piney bitterness shows up. There is a remarkable balance between boil hop flavours and dry hopped flavours, with a really beautiful toasty foundation. As we get into the finish, the bright citrus and fruity characteristics fall back, exposing an increased pithy-piney resinous bitterness. This continues to linger on, slowly losing heat, in a very West Coast-esque fashion.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is fairly medium bodied across the board. 6.5 shows its weight pretty openly, and everything feels appropriate for that ABV. The toasted grains add some heft and body, and in addition to being quite crisp and drinkable, there is a subtle softness to the feel of it. There is also a little bit of hop oil cling, particularly in the finish, which also contributes some additional texture. Effervescence is a touch on the low side, given the beers relatively lower ABV, but it is by no means flat, and there's still enough to keep the beer crisp and refreshing, which this beer already excells at.

Overall: I have no bias or preconceived notions surrounding this beer. I had never heard of them before, and I had zero information to go off. That's a good setting to go into a beer blind, and get an accurate review in. I have to admit, this is just a stellar beer. I love to see small, modern breweries not shy away from using hops in boil, and pull some really beautiful classic flavours and aromatics out of them, while not flinching at the slightest suggestion of a little bit of bitterness. This beer walks a fine line between classic West Coast style, and juicy new age dry hopping. This is like a crossbreed between Cigar City Jai Also (or perhaps a Dogfish Head offering), and your favourite NEIPA. Classic warm toasty malts, classic citrus and pine notes, with a little bit of resinous bitterness, and juicy, succulent tropical fruits, and soft supple texture. I would not place this that far below a beer like Dinner, from MBC. Different, yes, but truly an enjoyable pint. This is a little hidden gem, and I am very pleased to have discovered it.
May 22, 2019
Rated: 4.27 by Ajburke10 from New Hampshire

May 15, 2019
Rated: 4.06 by aking32753 from Massachusetts

Apr 28, 2019
Rated: 3.47 by Jonnybgood from Massachusetts

Apr 27, 2019
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Rated by Club53 from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Great tasting, not hiding the bill behind hop additions. Could have a few while grilling
Apr 24, 2019
Rated: 3.58 by deereless from Colorado

Mar 07, 2019
Rated: 3.96 by Pippuri from New Hampshire

Jan 27, 2019
Rated: 3.98 by Canalfisher22 from Massachusetts

Dec 28, 2018
Rated: 4 by trapp2424 from Massachusetts

Dec 09, 2018
Rated: 4.16 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Nov 27, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Oct 12, 2018
Rated: 4.01 by Bkglm from Massachusetts

Aug 25, 2018
Rated: 4 by jeff1973 from California

Aug 17, 2018
Rated: 3.84 by Rubezahl from Pennsylvania

Jul 24, 2018
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