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

Bert Grant's IPABert Grant's IPA
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Bert Grant's IPABert Grant's IPA

Brewed by:
Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
Washington, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mitchster on 09-06-1998

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of DogFood11
1/5  rDev -67.7%
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.

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Photo of jcalabre
1.71/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I originally sampled this beer on 30 December 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
This beer left a funny taste on my tongue. I wasn't too impressed with this IPA. It didn't have much aroma. There are numerous better IPA's out there. All in all, I would call this a loser.

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Photo of hero27
1.9/5  rDev -38.7%
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..

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Photo of GnomeKing
1.99/5  rDev -35.8%
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?

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Photo of Zorro
2.08/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear light gold, doesn't look like an IPA.

Smell is mildly of hops, and that is about it.

Taste is under welming; there is a lingering bitterness. Take Budweiser; add a bitter twang and that is what you have here.

Mouthfeel is light.

Not real drinkable, Budweiser beats this I'm afraid.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
2.08/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours an interesting golden color for an IPA. There is little to no head.
Smell is very odd for an IPA as well, there are almost no hops in the nose, it smells like malt, but not in a good way.
Taste is (and I don't use this term lightly) terrible. While I am aware this is supposed to be a traditional IPA, this is just bad. The upfront flavor is akin to seltzer water (which I hate). Hops are present but only in the finish. There is a distinct buttery taste in there as well.
The whole beer feels like alcoholic seltzer to me. I do not like this and will not try it again.

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Photo of DrewBeechum
2.16/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Judged at the 2003 Lucky Baldwin's IPA Festival (Blind Tasting)

First impression of the beer when poured is of a pale brilliant gold.

Aroma is light and hoppy with a distinct grainess topped by a corniness and some light grassy and spicy hops.

Beer is thin and of a flavor similiar to a pils with extra butter and sweet corn tastes.

True Judging story: When first presented this beer, every judged stopped, smelled, tasted and immediately declared that this had to be a mispour. The judging director agreed and so did the bar's owner who went and double checked. Never a good sign when all of your judges judging blind have to question whether a beer was a mispour.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.45/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Brilliantly clear, light golden in color with a puffy white head atop medium-sized bubbles. Retention is excellent, but lacing is non-existent. Carbonation is moderately strong. Unfortunately, I think this one has been light struck..there is some skunkiness, as well as an odd "Sugar Smacks" smell and a slight soapiness. Mouthfeel is mediocre with a suprisingly watery, thin body. Taste begins with some "not-so-fresh" flavor hops, somewhat herbal and earthy, fades into an adjunct-tainted off flavor, some brief unpleasant isopropyl alcohol character, and ending in an astringent, overly bitter, harsh finish of stale hops. The malts are barely noticeable, and this beer is completely lacking any balance. Perhaps this bottle is bad, as I've thought Grant's other brews are OK, but reading the other reviews, I detect a trend here. At any rate, not impressed at all.

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Photo of wilfonzo
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Reidrover
2.54/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK I am usually a fan of Bert Grant' when I read the many not so good reviews I was sure everyone was here goes 22 oz brown bomber.
Appearance??? this is meant to be an IPA.??.it looks like a Golden/Blonde ale!!..pale gold with a tiny style.
The aroma is of hops..but very weak and near overpowered by faint malts.
This has gotta be some sort of joke..the taste is nowere near an fact it remeinds me of Henry Weinhards Northwest Trail..which is a blonde.Its just insipid.
Mouthfeel at least is average.
Its drinkable..but Im very sad..this is the worst beer Bert Grants does.

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Photo of stirgy
2.54/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a bright golden straw color. It had a decent head which lasted halfway through the beer. I thought this beer was very light in body, grassy tasting and the hop bitterness overwhelmed the little malt that I could detect. A bit bland without much substance. I would pass on this IPA for a better choice.

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Photo of TongoRad
2.54/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
2.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours with a nice bone white head. It has a mild golden color, but with a moderate maltiness and medium body suggesting the use of a low lovibond Munich malt in conjunction with a dextrinous "Carapils" malt to add body. I enjoy the malt characteristics, well done for a pale beer, but the hopping is much too subdued. True, Galena hops are a nice choice for bittering and Cascade are exceptional for flavoring and aroma, but what proportions are being used? The back label suggests "heavy hopping" and "a particularly refreshing" taste. I note very little hop flavor and equally as little aroma. The malt stands out more than anything else. This is not "refreshing" at all. The beer mirrors none of what I consider to be good IPA's. The Yakima region is known for it's plentiful hop production. My question is: Where are they? The label signifies class and tradition. I think this is a tradition worth ending. "Two Thumbs Down!!!"

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Photo of beertaster13
2.65/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of HochFliegen
2.69/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When I poured this beer I wasnt quite sure what to think. It was an unusually pale yellow for an IPA. It had a thin head that didnt lace very well. Very little aroma was somewhat floral.
The hop flavor was very much floral with a hint of apple in there. I thought it was a powerful taste that lasted and in the end was a bit dry and not quite as bitter as I would have hoped for.

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Photo of blkknight02
2.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hmmm... this tasted more like an over-hopped Helles instead of an IPA. The color was light straw with a wispy head that lasted most of the pint. Very nice malt/melanoidin type flavor with a mean and lingering bitterness in the finish. The aroma was malty with a hint of Fuggles (grassy hops) note.
Really dissappointed with this one. I've enjoyed most of the Bert Grants line.

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Photo of waughbrew
2.71/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of zerk
2.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very pale straw color, clear with a thin white head... my initial reaction is... this is an IPA? Aroma of toasted malt with a touch of earthy hops. Flavor is a very subdued mix of grainy flavors, some toasted malt, and a lingering and very pronounced herbal bitterness. Mouthfeel is watery and highly carbonated. My initial reaction, and question is still valid as I finish this beer... this is an IPA? I don't think so. I also don't find it to be a very enjoyable brew regardless of the style.

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Photo of Todd
2.77/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz. short bottle with Bert Grant on the neck proudly holding a pint and very brief history of Bert. The Taj Mahal in the background and stating " A highly hopped, faithful reproduction of the famous 19th century pale ale." No drink before date.

Appearance: Golden straw in colour with a frothy head that dissipates to a bubbly lace.

Smell: Very herbal hop with some phenol aromas. Hints of green apple and banana in the nose.

Taste: A very herbal hop flavour is dominate, almost too much, with some banana, malt sweetness and more herbal hop in the end. Bitterness is up there and helps dry this brew. Also in the mouth-feel, is an oily feeling that I believe to be either an addition of hop oil or usage of a hop percolator.

Notes: The following appears on their site, under this style, "I suggest drinking my India Pale Ale with sausages, curries and other spicy concoctions. And should you find a stray bacteria lurking about, don't worry. The necessary precautions have already been taken." Okay, what the hell does this mean? Why would a brewer even utter the word "bacteria" in association with the finished product, let alone say "don't worry" which is only going to make the consumer do just that. This is not much of an IPA; alcohol is too low. From what I remember, this seem to be a different recipe. The over use of Galena hops is a bit too harsh for this brew.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.8/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of rajendra82
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out clear pale yellow with a one inch thick head. The looks are very watered down and unlike a beer with a strength to survive the long voyage across the ocean. There are no hops discernible in the aroma. This is no excuse of a smell for an IPA. I think it’s going to be bad. I take a sip, and I am surprised by the zip of hop bitterness, and the persistence of it in the aftertaste. The taste is very heavily hops, with a light malt backing, which is typical for many West Coast IPAs. Very dry and snappy, and quite quaffable on a hot summer day. If they had put some aromatic hops, and some sweeter malt in there, I think, it’d have been better.

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Photo of ken3c
2.85/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of pheurton
2.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

clear golden straw color topped with a frothy white head. head really just disappears and leaves little lace. light herbal hop nose with a bit of malt sweetness. steady carbonation, light to almost medium bodied. splash of grain and sweet malt flavor yield to an overwhelmingly herbal hop flavor. super dry from the hop bitterness, which is not always pleasant. rather easy drinking if you enjoy the flavors, which is arguable in my book.

the color of miller lite at 4.2% ABV, this beer just does not stack up to most any other IPA i've had, english style or not. drinkable if you can get past the overwhelming herbal hop flavor. not something i would seek out again.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of dmarch
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not a very exciting IPA. To me, hops are like chocolate. It doesn't matter what you eat, if it's covered with chocolate, you wouldn't mind eating it. This is just a weak beer with enough hops to compensate. It looks good with it's pillowy head and clear golden color and the aroma of the hops is delightful, but I feel nothing as the beer hits my tongue.

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Bert Grant's IPA from Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
Beer rating: 14% out of 100 with 86 ratings
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