Challenger India Pale Ale | Copper Dragon Brewery

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Challenger India Pale AleChallenger India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Copper Dragon Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-18-2003

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by beerdrifter:
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3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the biggest beer store in the UK, Beers of Europe Ltd. Clear copper-yellow pour with two finger head with minimal retention and excellent lacing. Earthy, grassy, malty, nose with hints of metal, bread, and some very subtle fruity perfume. Very pleasant fruity taste with hints of tea and a nice solid sweet caramel malt backbone and just a touch of metal on the finish. The hop profile isn't huge, but English IPA's rarely are. It has just enough bitter hop bite to keep it interesting and well balanced. Extremely smooth and hugely drinkable. Very bold and flavorful for an English IPA. Will definitely be picking up more of this next time I'm in the UK.

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Photo of vinicole
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of DaveHS
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Cask at Marquis Cornwallis in Russell Square, London.

A-Translucent hazelnut with 1/2 inch of eggshell white head. Leaves minimal soapy lacing.

S-Light, earthy hops, sweet pale maltiness.

T/M-A little more full bodied than other cask ales I've tried, but still fairly soft and light. It doesn't have much of a hop flavor, rather it is rich and moderately sweet, with a breadiness that lingers in the finish.

D-Not a standout. Decent.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More gold than copper in the colour stakes beautiful crisp clear amber body with a big brash with bubbly white head.

Real floral bouquet aroma with peppery notes of hops.

Biting taste with mere citrus hints and a bit of a metallic edge with copper tones and nice hoppy bitter finish.

Light on the mouthfeel but this is good and dances on the tongue with enough carbonation to make a good IPA.

Proper Bo beer.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 4.8%. Deep golden colour, moderate white head. Moderate but pleasant fruity aroma of Challenger(?) hops, also notes of butterscotch and fudge, hints of candy. Light bodied, thin mouthfeel. The flavour belongs to a standard bitter (in a blind test I would probably have guessed that the ABV was closer to 4.0% than 4.8%), moderate malts and hops, slightly fruity - but the hops are certainly not plentiful enough to justify the label "IPA". The troops in India in Victorian times would probably not recognise this as an IPA - but the average bitter drinker in a modern English pub will probably be satisfied with this one as a "somewhat-stronger-than-average" session bitter.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at the Station Inn, Whitby... pint served at cellar temperature...

Poured a very pale golden straw colour. White head poured quite small but quite rocky then faded quickly to thin wispy covering. Very, very sparse carbonation.. light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Biscuity malts, some light juicy fruits (apples, pears, some grapefruits), freshly cut grass, some sea salt, the faintest hint of tea, some toasted bread notes, light peppery hops, floral, some light graininess...

Taste - Light peppery hop bitterness, some pale biscuity malts, light citrusy fruits (lemons, some grapefruits, apples), definite saltiness, some metallic notes, floral and slightly perfumed...

Feel - Quite smooth with just a little sharp bite coming through... light bodied... Quite drinkable at only 4.4%...

Overall - A pretty decent pale ale... nothing groundbreaking but worth a try...

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Photo of haz77
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber with a golden hue. An inch of thick head settles to half a fingers worth and leaves some clumps of lacing. Looks to have low-medium carbonation.

S - Grassy hops, citrus, biscuity malts, perfumed background. Delicate and subtle for an IPA, but still enticing.

T - Much more impact than I was expecting from the smell. Big mouthful of juicy sweet malts up front, with the hops then gradually increasing in power to the finish, which is dry, bitter and refreshing.

M - Light body and low, but tingling, carbonation.

D - Good, solid beer. Give it a try.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours with very little carbonation and a nice head that dissipates quickly

S: Has an interesting smell to it, it's not hoppy smelling at all, but you can smell the malts with a slight bit of fruits in it.
T: This beer is more like a pale ale rather than an IPA. There isn't any hops, however it has some hidden flavours that remind me of an English bitter. The flavour of the beer is all around a mix of flavours rather than layers. It's a bit tasty, but not that great.

M: A bit of carbonation, but it is very light.

D: This beer is incredibly drinkable. Like almost all bitters or English Ales or Bitters. If it were on tap, I'd drink it all night.

This is a IPA for people that drink bitters, but want to move into pale ales and India pale ales.

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Photo of wl0307
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted by half-pint at the Ship & Mitre, a nice and quality real ale haven in Liverpool, where one could find 10-12 different real ales on cask constantly!!

A: deeply-infused ooh-long tea colour, with strong honeyish hints; very little head detected and very low carbonation.
S: spicy and tea-leafy hoppyness dominates the nose, very moderate for an IPA but not bad.
T: good backbone of biscuity malts behind a pronounced tea-ish/spicy, almost noble-hops like hoppy presence; lightly bitter-sweet malty aftertone, almost like an amber malts-featured ale.
M&D: overall, light-bodied and too mild in terms of flavour for an IPA, even by the English standards. Wish I could try the bottled version to see if BSF's words are true~~

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Challenger India Pale Ale from Copper Dragon Brewery
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 9 ratings