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

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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:
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Added by Mitchster on 09-06-1998

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Light golden, apricottish color, with a fine fluff of chalk-white foam on top.
Aroma, wide-open, airy...which is my way of saying "I ain't gettin' nothin', y'all!"...I'll flare the nostrils further!...a faint, barely perceptible citric character, but it's practically non-existent!
Taste: damp cardboard. No hop bitterness, only the barest flavor, a sad shadow of a lemony/orange flavor, a brief, nearly bright fruity flavor, then nothing. Little true hop character, very light in body, limp in ...hell, everything! This is one of those weary, disappointing moments, for I've enjoyed many fine ales from this brewery in years gone by, but this is no IPA, and whoever's in charge has no business pretending that it is!
A sad, sad state of affairs!
It's hard for me to rank a reputed craft-brewer, heck, craft beer legend, so low, but this falls so short in so many respects, I have no choice...belongs on the bottom tier of American craft-brew IPAs, but, take some consolation in that that still puts this far and about so many other beers in the world, for what it's worth!

...and thanks to JohnnyDuvel for procurement of the bottle!

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Photo of BitteBier
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an uninspiring clear, pale straw color I've not seen in this style. A decent amount of foam that breaks down into a substantial, clingy lace. Nose is rather nondescript--some pleasant sweetness but minimal hoppiness. Taste reminds me of drinking orange juice after having just brushed my teeth--sweetness competing with stronger bitterness. The bitterness is not inappropriate, but balance is lacking.

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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 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 Suds
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden yellow color with a thin, wispy (but sticky) head. The aroma is of a dominant, but restrained, floral, earthy, musty hoppiness. A polite IPA? A touch of fruit and grain in the nose. Very slight sweetness up front, that is quickly swept away by a dryness. Carbonic, somewhat spicy, herbal, a tad medicinal. Seems a bit thin. The first sips seem well rounded, but as you work through the beer, it turns to a watery, light mouthfeel. Finish is crisp, clean, and bitter. It’s unquestionably easy to drink. Also, it’s nice to see a break from the overpowered west-coast IPA’s. Still, it’s a little under-powered.

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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 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 merlin48
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow, with an offwhite head that quickly falls into some foam around the fringes. Not much of an aroma, other than some piney hops. Mouthfeel has medium carbonation, and a moderate hops bite. Carbonation splashes some bitter, pine hops on the palate, but that's about it. Finishes dry and bitter. Crisp and refreshing enough to drink a couple, but SNPA is much better.

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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 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 bditty187
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden-yellow hue, very light in color for an IPA, the white head hardly reached a half a finger in height before fading to a tiny cap of bubbles. The lacing was minimal and spotty but present. In my option the appearance of this IPA is sub-par. The nose is clean and vaguely hoppy. IPA? My ass. The palate is not hoppy like and IPA, not even for an interpretation of 19th Century British IPA. Cascade hops are used by the way. I found the hops to be a little cheesy, the caramel malt is noticeable but I don’t think they work well in conjunction and it is a little off-centered. It is drinkable enough and the low abv allows the user to session with it, but I can’t see myself purchasing six-packs of this one in the future. Medium in body, good crisp, biting carbonation, the mouthfeel is respectable. I purchased a 12-ounce bottle in Iowa City for $1.40. One is enough for me, more for you?

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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 RoyalT
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Light yellow and clear in the body with a hint of orange and some active carbonation. The head came up nicely and went down slow.

Smell – The unpromising aroma of grain greets the nose first followed by some smallish floral hops.

Taste – The hops are certainly in the background here, although a small hint of pine helps this one along. Otherwise, it’s standard American macro grain, although this is a notch above a Bud or Miller.

Mouthfeel – Extremely dry with some light carbonation. This one was a little thin for my preferences, but the ultra dry mouthfeel made it palatable.

Drinkability – I’ll finish but won’t buy again.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like Bert Grant's beers. They will never rate among my favorites, as they are usually thin and relatively low in ABV. The thing is, I really like the taste of their beers. This one follows that formula. Lots of hops, nice flavor, but quite a bit thinner and more watery than any IPA's I've had. This is a good ale, not an IPA. I would have no problem drinking a few down, however, and I feel that way about every Grant beer I've tried.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Golden amber copper hue with a nice vibrant white head leaves behind thick bands of lacing very nice looking brew. Aroma: Thick layers of citrus scented and floral hops with a grassy malt backbone leaves me with a wow experience different flavors not sure if the hops here blend with the malts. Taste: Overally bitter flavor caramel malts taste a bit stale with no bes by date the hops are piney and earhty a mix that leads to blah. Mouthfeel: Meidium bodied ale with decent carbonation I am left unfulfilled by this brew. Drinkability: I must try a fresher example of this brew this one just seems a tad off from deserving true good reviews.

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Photo of clvand0
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a golden color with a small head and leaves little lacing on the glass.The aroma was very hoppy, with a bread-like feel. The flavor was light and hoppy, but much more smooth than expected. It's a little thin, but not to an extreme. This is a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.68/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The golden body is topped too briefly by a single finger of creamy white foam; fortunately the residual layer fights on and laces with amazing effect from the small layer. The nose is hoppy, mostly herbal and has some real strength. The flavor is about the hops - less citrusy than most IPAs but thoroughly bittering to the palate. Actually quite nice and refreshing. A good solid body finishes the experience and creates a crisp finish. Good drinkability. Along English IPA lines.

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Photo of stoutman
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A frothy white head lasts a while. Citric (grapefruit) and piney hops are light for an IPA. Light bread malt flavor and no discernable yeast profile. Lightly sweet upfront with the typical moderately bitter hop finish. Grainy, almost corn-like aftertaste. Medium light body has a watery texture and soft carbonation. The flavor seems very watered down copared to other IPAs on the market.

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Photo of grynder33
3.59/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy gold orangish color, little to no head Wonderful hoppy aroma. First taste is strictly hop bitterness, and this basicaly becomes the predominant feature the rest of the way.It's a little too one dimensional even for an IPA, could be a little fuller and more complex.

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Photo of nomad
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a thin straw gold color, with lots of carbonation underneath a very bubbly head. Has messy lace and stain, both of a soft dotted texture.

Smells of serious Galena hops: floral scents of hay, dried grass, and a toned down spice closest to grains of paradise. Also has tiny scents of green apple and a strong backbone of bread. Taste is very dry and acerbic, mostly of a tight lemon flavor with unbelievably strong floral hop flavors. Bordering on salty, the hops are grainy. Also has a thin but highly textured malt like a pilsener.

A fairly thin but very firm mouthfeel, this is a smooth beer to drink, but is floral bitter hops all the way.

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Photo of DagFishHead
3.62/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal clear golden straw body. Thin, but frothy nearly pure white head retreats but hangs on enough to leave minimal lacing.
Smell: Floral hops with strong bready/grainy undertones.
Taste: Light, crisp, subtle hop oiliness, followed by a course grain layer then wrapped up with a citrus/bitter dry-hop finish.
Mouthfeel: Thinner than many other IPA's but not too thin, light and tight carbonation.
Drinkability: Lightness and balance make this quite drinkable. A refreshing change from the mega-hop versions. Nice effort.

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Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slighlty hazy gold color with a thick head that produced some lacing during the drink. The aroma is floral and sweet. The malt and bitterness are nicely balanced, but neither is strong enough to really excite the tongue. Mellower than others but still tasty. The bitterness seems to stick on the base of the tongue. This IPA is somewhat dry and thirst quenching.

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Photo of Imbiber
3.92/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy with a good initial head. There's a hoppy, slightly musty aroma which I find pleasing. As for flavour, there's a nice hoppiness which isn't too bitter - but maybe not quite enough for an IPA as opposed to just a Pale Ale. The same goes for the aftertaste. However, this is a good, easy beer to be quaffing with plenty of taste to satisfy.

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Photo of jlervine
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw gold color with a white head that lasts about the time it takes to pour the beer in the kitchen and carry it to the computer. Lace sticks around a bit longer. Smell is very light - bit of hops, maybe some green apples. Taste is dominated by hops - nice sharp bitterness midway through the sip that gives way to light malt characteristics. Mouthfeel is average - bit of dryness, maybe astringency at the end that leads you to your next sip. Pretty good beer to while away the afternoon.

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle.

A very simple and in my opinion mild IPA.

It pours a boring transparent straw colored gold. Not much head but decent lacing. The smell is mild and fruity. Green apples and hops. A freshness feel on the nose and there is also a moss scent.

The flavors are simple. Mild hop fruits and spices. Apples again and some floral qualities. Cascade hops are present. Some malt presence for balance. Its simplicity makes it an okay IPA. Not much hop bite. I just wish something in the flavors was a little bolder.

A smooth and easy drinking IPA. It would go well with food. Could be a session beer easily because of its simplicity. If you are looking for a mellow, easy drinking IPA, this is the one.

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Bert Grant's IPA from Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
3.1 out of 5 based on 86 ratings.
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