Brouwerij 't IJ

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Brouwerij 't IJ
English Pale Ale
Ranked #104
Ranked #26,943
3.56 | pDev: 14.89%
Nov 05, 2021
Feb 19, 2002
Notes: Plzeň goes to show that a beer doesn’t need a lot of alcohol to be special. With its fine, hoppy flavour, this 5% blond beer can certainly hold its own against the stronger beers. Brewed only from pale barley malt, this is a floral beer with delightful, hoppy aromas of hay and fresh grass. Deliciously dry, with a long-lasting aftertaste. We named the beer after the Czech town of Plzeň, from which Pilsner beers originate. Despite that, our Plzeň is not a Pilsner; it is a refreshing, bitter, top-fermented beer.
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Rated: 3.35 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 05, 2021
Rated: 4.15 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Jan 30, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by AGust82 from Connecticut

Oct 13, 2017
Rated: 3.88 by tobelerone from New Jersey

May 11, 2017
Rated: 4.14 by jroof1 from Massachusetts

Apr 14, 2017
Rated: 3.9 by BcCraft710 from Canada (BC)

Dec 05, 2015
Rated: 3.31 by JamFuel from Sweden

Oct 27, 2015
Rated: 3.59 by acurtis from New Jersey

Sep 27, 2015
Rated: 3.41 by BdM from Netherlands

Jul 26, 2015
Rated: 3.54 by SCW from New York

May 31, 2015
Rated: 3.25 by BallsDeep from Florida

May 24, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

May 24, 2015
Rated: 3 by Canada_Dan from Colorado

Jan 21, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by BreweryRun from California

Sep 30, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by Sspeer1 from Massachusetts

Sep 19, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by millelacsmark from Minnesota

Aug 03, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by outoffocus from Pennsylvania

Jun 01, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by uturn from Florida

Apr 17, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by bostonryan from Massachusetts

Apr 11, 2014
Rated: 4 by andy1701 from Florida

Apr 03, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by vermilcj from Ohio

Feb 21, 2014
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Reviewed by benfons from Belgium

3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A: pale yellow colour, thin but dense head, lots of bubbles rising up

S: grassy hops, hints of malt

T: clean, just grassy hops, nice bitter finish

M: enough body for a lager, nice carbonation

O: clean crisp lager, nice hoppy finish, good drinkability
Jan 08, 2014
Rated: 4 by DeanMoriarty from California

Jun 13, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by cb8282 from Michigan

May 21, 2013
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
On-tap at Brouwerij 't Ij, Amsterdam, Netherlands

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grassy and herbal hops are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of herbal and grassy hops along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: it feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite hoppy for the style and the grassiness is unique but it goes down rather easily.
Apr 16, 2013
Rated: 3 by Bandi from New York

Apr 16, 2013
Rated: 4 by Elbrownbag from Netherlands

Apr 13, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by safaricook from Netherlands

Mar 09, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by dcbeers from District of Columbia

Jan 26, 2013
Rated: 3 by laurastradford from New Jersey

Jan 20, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by AlexM from California

Apr 15, 2012
Rated: 3.75 by page101 from Ohio

Apr 04, 2012
Rated: 4.25 by kja157 from Pennsylvania

Mar 19, 2012
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Reviewed by jneiswender from Massachusetts

2.37/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
Had this beer at the brewery in Amsterdam. Served on tap, cool in small taster snifters.

A-light gold cloudy body and a white head.

S-light grain and yeasty presence.

T-sweet light grain front, astringent bitter hop finish


D-A bit too coarse for me. Okay but just not for me. I would not drink this again.
Aug 11, 2010
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Reviewed by crossovert from Illinois

2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
330ml bottle.

Pours a pale gold with a big foamy bright white head that leaves some decent lacing and sticks for a while. The name of this beer reminds me of Pilsen, but this is a top-fermenter.

The smell has a hint of golden raisin and spiciness, perhaps form the hops. I have to give it a lower score though cause it isn't all that appetizing.

The taste is sweet, with a malt presence, I don't taste much hops besides a slight spicy bitterness int he end but nothing much really.

It isn't something too special, this brewery does better.
Jul 22, 2010
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Insane amount of rapid carbonation. Immediately the foam built up in the bottle, and in the glass created a souffle type head, of the finest, creamiest variety. Just as nice as Duvel, if not better. Pale hazy yellow, it looked more like a Wit. Dense coating of lace. inside the glass.

Dusty grains, Orval spice (Brett), clover, signature BPA yeast esters.

Earthy vegetal dry hops, citrus, thyme, sage, pepper. Soda crackers and dried flowers. A bone dry finish. Super clean and refreshing. If ever there was an import doppelgänger to Bam Biere, this would be it.

I was hooked on this stuff after finding it at Spuyten Duyvil, and finally was able to buy some to provide this review. Label notes: Rounded corner decal, looked newer that other t'IJ labels i've seen in the past. Make sure your bottle is fresh.
Oct 06, 2008
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Reviewed by ATPete from New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Served at Brouwerij 't IJ in April 2008

A- Yellow color, good lasting white head, semi-hazy, good rising carbonation.

S- Some mint, hops, hay, with a good malt character.

T- light and grassy, not offensive, a touch of bitterness upon the finish gives it a nice hop note.

M- very light, no body to speak of really

D- Very good
May 05, 2008
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Reviewed by Dukeofearl from California

1.89/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
11.2 oz. bottle purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA. in June 2007 for $4.59.

I have a great respect for the beers of this brewery, and I finally found one that was undrinkable. I didn't even keep notes on this one, which was hoppy bitter but in the worst possible way. I started it cold, and thought that was a problem, so I let it warm and open up, but that didn't help at all. I poured about 2/3 of it down the drain.
Jul 15, 2007
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Reviewed by GClarkage from California

2.39/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
07/07/07- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a best by date on top of the cap. Poured into my Toubadour tulip.

Appearance- Clouded yellow colored pour. Overflowing and heaping white chunky head. It just kept growing and growing until a huge bubble popped in the botom of the head and then it sunk dramatically. Leaves nice chunk and bits 'o lace behind.

Smell- Heavy almost sour yeasty nose. Maybe a bit of dull citrus as well.

Taste- Possible oxidized brew here. Not sour, but not far from it. A bit of wet cardboard, some musty yeast with a bit of spices entangled in between. I hesitated, but it ended up as a drain pour.

Mouthfeel- A bit dry and somewhat tart. Not a good aftertaste and a medium to lower carbonation level.

Drinkability- Not really my favorite style to begin with, even though this was a bad bottle, I will probabaly not try to seek it out again. Just wanted to try as many of the beers from this brewery as possible. When I saw four different ones from John's I hadn't had before, I snagged them all regardless of style.
Jul 08, 2007
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Reviewed by GooberMcNutly from Florida

2.3/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Pour was large with good carbonation and a big, self sustaining head. Color was straw but cloudy and turbid. Aroma started off with a lambic and sour apple aroma with a sweet bite. Palate started out sour and lambic like with a rich acidic overtone on the biscuity malt backbone. Finished dry and cardboardy, probably oxidized.
Jan 15, 2007
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Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 50 ratings