Bert Grant's IPA
Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales

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IPA - English
3.13 | pDev: 18.53%
Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
Washington, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Bert Grant's IPABert Grant's IPA
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DogFood11 from California

1/5  rDev -68.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

What the flying "F" is this crap. First it is far from an IPA, more like a light ale. Pours a golden color with minimal head and marginal lacing.

Very sweet in the nose and taste. Ughhhh this is awful stuff. Not sure they put one bit of thought into this.

Notes: Avoid at all costs this is the sweetest onesided IPA I've ever had. No matter what style they choose for this its a grassy mess.

Jan 10, 2006
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Naes from New York

2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one is a golden colored brew with a one inch white head.
The aroma is of hops and spice.
Its flavor is hopy, but by no means is this a hop bomb. The finish is semi bitter, though there is a definite malt presence throughout. There is a bit of caramel malt and bready flavor to it.
Mouth feel is light bodied and highly carbonated.

Nov 14, 2005
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charlatan from Scotland

3.02/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This straw coloured with very little head, so we're off to a bad start. The nose is yeasty. Beyond that I can't make much out.

Tastes a little yeasty and feels a little too watery, although there is some decent carbonation and a pleasant yet rather acrid hoppy finish. There is no sweetness here, and no reason to drink more than one even though with such low alcohol content it would be easy to knock a few back. Now I have five more to get rid of....

Oct 30, 2005
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orbitalr0x from Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Bert Grant's India Pale Ale pours from the stubby bottle a crisp golden orange color with a nice half inch of bubbly white head atop. Aromas of light crystalline malts combine with a combination of floral, brickweed grassy and spicy citrusy hop tones. A bit of candy sweetness appears as well. Just doesn't really work for me.

First sip brings a crisp crystal maltiness upfront with a glaze of caramel that peeks through. Mid palate is dominated by an amalgamation of grassy, herbal, citric hop flavors. A bit bready with a spiciness probably contributed by the hops as well. Clean, full bitterness on the way down that lingers slightly. Eh....

Mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied with good carbonation. Fits the bill nicely. A fairly run of the mill brew here that I don't think I'd seek out again. I'm much more a fan of the American IPA style wise.

Oct 14, 2005
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ZAP from Minnesota

3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Michael Jackson once called this the hoppiest IPA in the U-S. That was an older book....I have no idea if it changed or the rest of the U.S. changed but this is one of the most mediocre IPA's I've had with little hop goodness.

It looks more like a Helles Lager in the glass..bright gold with just a little haziness...Nose is sweet...earthy in some ways...definitely more English style hops but the malt backing doesn't feel "English" to me....basically tastes like a poor Pale Ale...light bodied....semi-sweet with a slight earthy hop taste...

A big let down...Not recommended..but there are worse beers you can drink

Aug 01, 2005
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

2.8/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: Intriguingly yeasty for an IPA. Bitter, but not as aggressively as I had expected. Decently malty.
Appearence: Medium golden or straw colored. Well carbonated. 1/2 inch head is white and efforvescent.
Taste: Bitter, as expected, from the nose. Afterwards, gets weak quickly into the body. Bittering hops hold strong, but body gives way quickly. Finishes bitter and weak. Mildly malty and a bit yeasty.
Aftertaste: Bitter and metalic. Dry with little lingering malt.
Impression: Impressed with the attemp at reproducing an original IPA, but have become accostomed to better IPAs.

Jun 08, 2005
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HoboAGoGo from Indiana

3.79/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear yellow with a moderate head that stuck around for a while. Smelled of hops, low malt, a spicyness in the aroma, plus the obligatory citrus, not much else. First drink I could immediately taste the hops, but could not taste much of anything else. Subsequent drinks, I was able to begin tasting some sweet malt, even a little bit of an earthy, fruity flavor. Wasn't incredibly moved or impressed with this beer. IPA is my favorite style, but this just didn't do too much for me.

Apr 17, 2005
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meathookjones from Virginia

3.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow body with about a fingers worth of white foam. Dies quickly leaving no lace at all. Fairly weak smell of citric hoppiness. No malt in the smell just a light hop. Bitter grapefruit hops with a dash of caramel malt backing it. Some biscuity malts in there as well. Ends on a lightly hopped flavor. While the flavor and smell are not bad they are both WEAK! Even for an English style IPA this doesn’t have much life in it. Mouthfeel is a bit light while being crisp and clean. Ok drinkability here as there really isn’t nothing bad about it. Though the mildness would get boring rather quickly.

Mar 31, 2005
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SupaCelt from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bert Grant's IPA showed up with a yellow transparent colour. A foamy head rose up and deflated. This looks like a mass produced lager.

The smell threw yeast and modest hopping at my nose.

The taste was light. Not very bitter. Not much interesting happening here. What a disappointment. This is a supposed recreation of 19th century British IPA. All I can say is, if that is true those poor fellows were really missing out.

The mouthfeel and drinkability were just like your average Joe beers. The label says medium body, but I wouldn't go that far. This stuff is an average Joe beer. Highly disappointing.

I hate to be so harsh, but I am really unsatisfied with this one. Maybe the American IPA's have jaded me. This is just a confirmation that good beer is alive and well. I have a renewed appreciation for the truly above average brews after trying this one.

Edit: 05-11-05 I had a few of these in the early morning after work one day. They were much better than I had awarded them credit for initially. Not a huge amount of character, but this is a nice middle of the road stop. Goes really good with some pub pizza too. I do not feel like re-doing my whole review. Plus that is how I felt at the time, so I have to respect that. Bert's is alright though.

Mar 12, 2005
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putnam from Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +47%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First tasted courtesy of a vendor sample. I was delivered two cases, each with slightly different packaging. One of them tastes older than the other. The fresh one nearly matches my original review, only the bitterness seems more overwhelming than I remember. Inconsistency, or is it in my head? Anyway, I'm changing the taste score from "5.0" to "4.5."

Unashamed, brassy blond wood-colored liquid.
Biscuity, bread crusts toasted with a dab of butter combine with forest and August prairie grass perfumes.
Outrageaously refreshing for an IPA!
This never signed-up for the North American race to sticky sweet, Vermouth-flavored IPA. A perfect sword-edge of bitter tannins characterize lemon and herbs flavors on the dry finish. Silk-textured. Bone dry. What's really fun is the polished, classical frame that supports the intense dryness. I love the pale color and lack of sticky sweetness. Try drinking it warm folks. I intend to buy lots and drink it all.

Only after drinking and grading this beer did I notice that it is intended to represent what ACTUAL India Pale Ale tasted like 100 years ago. Can anyone honestly think that British soldiers would have consumed what passes for IPA in this country today? Not likely! They would have drunk beer like this: a DRY, intensely bitter pale ale, that quenches one's thirst and demands to be followed one with another.

Mar 11, 2005
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hero27 from Minnesota

1.9/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'll be honest right off the bat, this stuff was awful. It's not even worthy of a decent rating. Pours a clear golden, urine-like color with nearly no head after a strong pour. Lacing is decent at best. Seriously, I thought it tasted gross. Definitely not an IPA in any sense of the's a Pilsner, and a bad one at that. no hops really present at all, certainly not high enough alcohol, and no quality ingredients.

Somewhat drinkable because of it's light mouthfeel and the almost necessity of having to chug this stuff in order to get any sort of value out of it whatsoever. Poor offering by Grant's..

Jan 14, 2005
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ppoitras from Massachusetts

3.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12ozer bottle bought as a single from Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" bright white head above the golden brew. Head shows some resilience, with average to good lacing. Aroma is somewhat off-putting, with a bit of pale malt sweetness that is overcome by some veggie-matter tinges. Taste is initially sweet pale malt, and gives way to a slight hops bitterness. A bit sedate for even an English pale ale. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay. Not a horrible brew, but lots of English IPAs will come to mind before this one.

Note that the bottle mentions that this is a faithful reproduction of the 19th century recipe, so it would seem they're not totally responsible for the lacking in some areas...

Dec 12, 2004
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waughbrew from Massachusetts

2.71/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear light gold with a creamy white top that stays for a bit and leaves lacing. Smells like vanilla with a bit of almond, some cookie dough and white chocolate nougat - not what I expect from an IPA, but this is an "historical interpretation". Sweet lemon grainy biscuit flavor quickly turns over to a bitter resiny dryness that is slightly metallic and astringent. Feel is slick and thin with dirty hop leaves clinging to my teeth. This is an alright beer, fitting more into our modern idea of a bitter pale ale.

Nov 30, 2004
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mschofield from Massachusetts

3.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear light-medium amber gold, topped with a two finger marshmallowy white head, leaves webs of lacing.
Grainy, husk aroma, wood and leafy hop, floral.
Lemon zest, a bit harsh tasting, grainy/husky, apple, fruit, leafy and floral. Not enough hops or ABV even for a British style - maybe it's a pale ale.
If this is truly a traditional take then it's interesting to try, but it's not something I'd go back to.
Light bodied, very dry.

Nov 26, 2004
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oracle from Indiana

3.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 Oz bottle served in an english pint glass

Very slightly hazy golden yellow with medium density head. Little to no lacing.

Smell was light spicy citrus hops, faint malt. Smelled clean and fresh.

Taste was slightly disappointed after the better than average smell. This is a pretty typical IPA. Nice hops bite with a bit of malt and pine. Nice clean finish.

Although the taste is not outstanding, this is nevertheless one very drinkable beer. Would make a good selection when you want to have 3 or 4 of the same thing in a row.

Nov 11, 2004
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Boilermaker88 from California

2.96/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a 12oz bottle just like the one in the highly educational picture. Poured into an imperial pint glass. A moderately aggressive pour yielded a brew with a clear golden color reminiscent of your favorite macro and topped with a lumpy bright white head that left sticky lace behind.
The smell had little in keeping with an India Pale Ale, English or American. This smelled more in line with a lager. Some grassy malts, fruity notes akin to pear or apple skins, and only a token hoppiness that required some real work to detect.
The taste at least brought out some more flavors which made me think (briefly) that this was patterned on a British IPA. Again with the grassy malts and fruity flavors. A vaguely tea-like taste skittered around and it all finished up with about the mildest lemony hops bite you could imagine and still care to refer to this beer as an IPA. In fact, the bittering reached it's height of appeal about 15 seconds after each sip/gulp was swallowed as a modest herbal hops flavor crept up the back of my throat. The feel was light and thin; again, not what I've come to expect from any IPA.
Bert Grant's IPA gets decent marks on drinkability simply because it's about as benign a beer as I've let past my lips in a while. It's not offensive; it's just not much of anything. Certainly you can find a better example of the style so save your funds and avoid this one.

Nov 10, 2004
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edchicma from Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an average yellow color with minimal head and just a bit of lacing. Smell was mainly malt, very few hops were noted...almost reminded me of a lager. Taste was light malt with a faint hop bitterness in the finish...unspectacular for sure. Mouthfeel was light to medium, with a smooth quality. Drinkability was ok, smooth enough but where oj wher are the hops? A disappointment especially after their fine Porter.

Oct 26, 2004
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SheepNutz from Kentucky

3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a slightly hazy light tangerine color with one finger of head. There is just a little lacing. The smell is very light, not too strong. There is just a little bit of citrusy hops in there, not much else. The taste starts with bready malts, like biscuit or something. A little bit of piney hops on the finish, not much more. A little one-dimensional. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and smooth. The drinkability isn't bad either. An average IPA.

Sep 21, 2004
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ncbrewerbun from North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Calling this beer an IPA is stretching it. I found it light all the way around. The color was light -- a pale straw and very clear and clean. The aroma is light -- what's there is a slight English hop aroma. The flavor is light -- it's missing the malt and the hops. And the body is light, therefore, it's missing the alcohol levels of a good IPA, too. It just misses the style.

There are no real flaws in the beer. I found it crisp and refreshing. But it never would have made the trip from England to India. The hops and alcohol would not keep it from spoiling on the way.

Sep 21, 2004
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ken3c from Michigan

2.85/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"A faithful reproduction of the famous 19th century pale ale"

Light Yellow. Small head. No lacing. Very clear. I would think that a "reproduction" would be closer to copper colored and hazy. The small head is probably accurate.

A little bit of hop smell. From what I've read, an original IPA would have been quite aromatic.

Much stronger taste than smell but not any more than any Pale Ale I've had.

Mouthfeel is close to medium which seems odd with such a light color. Very little carbonation, which is probably accurately historical.

Drinkability: I'll have another, but I wouldn't if I had something better.

This beer would be better if it were closer in color and aromatic hops to the historic beer. It would also be better if it had a bit more carbonation and taste.

Aug 13, 2004
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TongoRad from New Jersey

2.54/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale amber, slightly hazy, with a 1" dense white head.

The bouquet has problems- there's some spice and faux lemony qualities that take some searching to find- and it's not worth the effort. There's some pale caramel there as well. The total effect comes across as unpleasantly resiny.

Sweet caramel malt dominates the flavor with a nice lingering hop bitterness and more citrusy characteristics.

This could be a decent beer with some major work to its aromatic qualities, but not worth the effort as it is.

Aug 02, 2004
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GnomeKing from Pennsylvania

1.99/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer is so thin and clear, you can see through a glass of it. I sat in front of my computer when drinking it. When I held it up to the monitor, I could almost read all of the words in my document. There were very few carbonation bubbles. Things didn't get better once I drank it. Unless I read the label, I would have guessed that this was an American Pils/Lager, and a macro one at that. What was the company thinking?

Jul 23, 2004
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

3.69/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is not a bad beer. However, it is "off--style". If you are looking for the kind of flavor you get from Hop Devil, Pyramid IPA or your local brewpub's version (or any American IPA), you won't find it here. It's more like a Fuller's or Sam Smith's IPA in flavor but with a lighter color. This beer looks and tastes more like a highly hopped pale lager.

Yellow European lager color and white head that falls to a thin layer and leave a little lacing. Aroma is mostly sweet pale malt (rather than the hop domination you get from other US IPA's). Flavor is malty with a generous portion of bittering hops. It is well balanced, dry and refreshing. Finishes with a pleasing bitterness and spicy hop flavor with lingering malt notes. A tasty, enjoyable is not true to style. It's matches modern English IPAs in bitterness but still off the mark on color, alcohol and body.

Jul 18, 2004
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beertaster13 from Washington

2.65/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Is this an IPA? Pours a very light yellow, lager like with a fairly nice head that lasts throughout. The lacing is average. Smell is of slight earth tones, hops are detected but fairly clean. The taste is odd, you get a slight hop and grain taste. Very light like a lager with the hops being so distant in taste, doesn't seem like an IPA. A light bodied IPA and I don't know if I will ever have this again. Very dissapointed.

Jul 11, 2004
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.15/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Doesn't really look like an IPA to my eye, or even like a pale ale for that matter. Looks like a lager. The color is the very definition of medium amber and it's clear with very little visible carbonation. The head is a bit darker than pure white, but is decently stiff with a pocky surface and is leaving a good amount of lace. I'll bump up the appearance score a little due to the nice lace.

Smells like a strongly hopped lager or a weakly hopped pale ale. IPA? I don't think so. The label says that Cascade (and Galena) hops were used to brew this, but I'll be damned if I can pick out the Cascade. Smells more like Fuggles or some 'English' variety of hops to me. So far I'm not impressed.

Calling this an IPA, even an English IPA, is a bit of a stretch IMO. There is a fair amount of bittering, so they were somewhat generous with the hops, but the hop flavor is awol for the most part. Again, where are the Cascade? Not much malt here either, which may have saved it. This is mostly bitter and tongue-parchingly dry with a little herbal hop flavor. In fact, it's the first non-dark beer that has reminded me of tea dregs, you know, the last few swallows of really strong, unsweetened tea that are bitter/herbal. The mouthfeel is on the thin side for an IPA which seals the deal on mediocrity.

Grant's was going for an authentic English IPA, but didn't hit the mark (not even close really). There are hundreds of better India Pale Ales out there. Give this one a pass.

Jul 04, 2004
Bert Grant's IPA from Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 87 ratings