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 Tballz420
3.75/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear gold body with a small but thick head topping it. The aroma is of grains. Its a crisp tasting brew at first with the hops kicking in after a second. Heavy grain taste. Maybe a bit of lemons. Different than the other IPAs ive had, but that doesnt make it bad. Not bad, not spectacular.

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Photo of Gusler
3.75/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Upon leaving the bottle to consummate its marriage to my glass a transpicuous gold amber color is observed with a spumescent white head that is pythonic in size, upon its dissipation the lace left behind forms a concealing sheet upon the glass. Light aroma of the hop flower present, but the sweet malted grains win the day, crisp and fresh as a daisy in May, with the start an innocuous sweet malt and the top fair to middling in its feel to the palate. The finish is briskly carbonated, the hops piercing in their spicy bite, and the aftertaste droughty, a nice middle of the road IPA.

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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 Gueuzedude
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very pale straw color, pours with a dense white head. This one has a grassy aroma. The first taste is one of subdued sweetness (though this beer is quite dry). It finishes with a clean bitterness without much in the way of hop flavor. This beer is all about the bittering hop, it is very light and dry. A very nice refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of TripelJ
4.29/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now Quaffing: Grant's IPA

This beer pours a clear yellow with just a hint of copper. Head is thick, white, and sticky, with nice lacing all the way down. Smell is distinct, and unique and I really wish I could identify the exact hops that are used, but alas I cannot. The taste is what sets this beer apart. A perfect example of an english-style IPA, perfectly balanced with emphasis on nice mellow hops that stay with you after every sip. Overall, this is another beer I will add to my "session" list....

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, brownish golden color with a white head.
Aroma of hops that have notes of citrus, floral, and earthy with sweet, grainy malt mixed in.

Seems to be lacking in hop flavor just a bit for an IPA. There is a good level of hop bitterness throughout, but they don't seem to provide the hop flavor I like to see. Malt balance is there.

Good mouthfeel.
Good drinkability. This could be a session beer.

Overall, a solid IPA with nothing exciting or bad that jumps out at you. Reminds me a little of RedHook IPA.

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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 francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A slightly above average English-style IPA from washington state. This beer pours a yellowish colour with a small white head. The aromas are of hops with slight malts in the background. The taste is all cascades with *slight* malt in the background. The mouthfeel is average, as is the drinkability...


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Photo of Elemental
4.17/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice small amount of head with a real light clear golden color. Not enough hop smell (maybe I had a bottle because thats not tiypical for Grant's). But thats ok becuase it had a great bitterness and hop taste. The hops give a grassy and real distinct hop flavor. The taste is very light on the maltiness, in fact there is no sweetness giving a really tart taste that compliments the hops.

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Photo of stegmakk
2.97/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much to look at...Light gold (a little too light) and a small off white head...
Aroma was not strong...light floral hops...
Taste was a simple floral hops bitter at the end...maybe a hint of balancing malt in there..
This was average on all aspects...not good but not bad (except for the color)...I wont look for this one again

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Photo of longpondbeerman
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow with a full white frothy head, receding into a striped, bubbly lace. The smell is piney, but not overly so, and I get the sense that the hops are going to make it bitter. Yes, I was right; a good, tart, hoppy start with a fresh malty background. The finish, however, is sour, quite so, and that sourness lingers a long while--clearly the weakest part of this brew. Not a contender for my top IPA list, but a reasonable ale.

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Photo of drewbage
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 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 oberon
3.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poures a pale yellow color with minimal head,very piney smell almost like walkin thru the woods.Tobiiter in taste for me not balanced enough in my opinion,very grassy and piney with no malt backbone.Havent been to impressed with the Bert Grant line as of yet.

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Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"A faithful reproduction of the famous 19th Century pale ale." So, they used Cascades hops in English 19th Century IPA's? Otherwise, I'd agree with the bottle. Solid body - plenty of malt "feel" rather than taste. Hopping is plentiful, but a touch harsh and monochromatic - then again one shouldn't expect all the hops bells and whistles of an American pale ale in an IPA true to the traditional English style. An acceptable, but not impressive, IPA.

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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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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 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 doho95fu
3.82/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured out looking like a lager and that made me a bit nervous. Therefore, the color was yellow and there was a thin white head and very little lacing. The smell was of hops and fruits, maybe pear or apple but not citrus. The taste was very hoppy as well, slighly bitter, but this is an IPA so I enjoyed and appreciated it. This brew was not what I expected, it was actually far better.

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Photo of 49degrees
3.47/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bert Grant's IPA is a fairly decent representation of the ageless brew. It's quite hoppy, sufficiently carbonated and delivers about as much flavor as one might expect from a mid-grade ale.

Pours incredibly clear and pale, almost Pilsner like with plenty of carbonation but with a slightly larger head. In fact the head sticks around for some time slowly giving way to a moderate foam like surface coating and plenty of glass lacing.

Quite aromatic with above average hoppiness and a good hit of fruity (apple like) and flowery attributes on the nose. Taste wise, it delivers a very long bitter aftertaste and is quite dry. The dryness in the aftertaste hit reminds me of an Asahi Super Dry with similar long-range sharpness sticking around in the back of your throat. Made with two local hops -- Galena and Cascade -- the former tends to overwhelm the taste buds quite a bit. [It would be interesting to see the roles of these hops reversed to see what a heavier dose of Cascade would do to it.]

All in all, this is a pretty decent IPA. Despite its deficiencies in color and alcohol, it is quite enjoyable and makes for a very easy drinking IPA that goes well with food. My pairing tonight was with plenty of spicey East Indian food. A great combination.

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Photo of the42ndtourist
3.47/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Curious... A rather weak interpretation of an IPA. Pours a clear light golden colour with an average head - looks like a pilsner. Why is it so light and clear? Hoppy nose and taste, balanced with light malts. Long, bitter finish. Not a bad beer in any case, certainly decent, it's just less than I expected (especially after their excellent Deep Powder and Fresh Hop Ale).

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Photo of proc
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wanted to like this beer more than I did, but when compared to a Bell's Two-Hearted or a Victory Hop Devil, there is just no comparison. Yes, its good, but with other outstanding IPA's out there, this one is ordinary. It has that nice bitter taste, but lacks something in the finish. An IPA "Light".

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

Clear, golden in color, topped by an average sized frothy head that holds OK and leaves some spotty lace. The aroma is brightly hoppy with a lightly citrusy character from Cascades. There's also some piney character from the Galena which is nice as the Cascade is not over used. The body is medium with a fine, crisp carbonation that's lightly zesty on the tongue. The flavor is of a lightly caramel malt that's well infused with lemony hop flavor and bitterness. It's well balanced, as the bitterness is taken just to the limit where malt flavor and drinkability are retained. Finishes quite dry with a long earthy bitterness. Clean, Crisp and refreshing, but fairly one sided.

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Photo of brakspear
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly clear and golden yellow in color with little to no head retention. The hop aroma is mildly citrus, but more likely the galena hops break through. The taste is clean and bitter, but not as dominant as some westcoast IPAs. A drinkable IPA that has been surpassed by its other Washington State cousins.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not too much of a kick to this one, and very dry. Although lacking in character, this IPA is not too bad overall. If it had more hops it would be more memorable. As it stands it cannot compete with the premium IPAs that are widely available.

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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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