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English India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ranked #23
Ranked #21,041
3.84 | pDev: 11.2%
St. Austell Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Very Good
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Notes: A 'proper' India Pale Ale, Proper Job is a strong golden ale that's powerfully hopped.
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Photo of James94
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Clear golden colour, good lacing
S: Citrus, hint of vanilla, apple, wood, pineiness
T: Grapefruit zest, vanilla, mango, grass, green vegetables
F: Slightly overly bitter, smooth, mild carbonation

O: 4

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Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cask at Founder's Arms, London, England

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high frothy white head that left lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of floral and herbal hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of pale malts and herbal hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice IPA when hand pumped from a cask. It is not overly hoppy or better and is very sessionable.

Serving type: cask

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hand pumped from cask

Clear, pale golden yellow in color, white foamy head. grassy hop aroma, not much malt component. taste is similar, very pale malt flavor. fairly bitter. thinner bodied.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On cask in Greenwich. Poured a slightly cloudy, golden orange color with a good-sized, head of white foam. It smelled of biscuity malt, toasted bread and floral notes. Sweet toasted caramel and notes of citrus. Sharp bitterness.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L. Pale chestnut and pours clear as a bell. Light rising CO2, almost straight to lacing.
S. I seem to be getting citrus hops from every beer I've tried this pm - what ever the style - and this is the same. Note to self: buy the stock of a citra hops farm if not open one.
T. Dry, and a long gentle ride to a balanced richer finish. Nice how that flavour journey morphed from one end to the other without various clumsy flavour elements slamming me along the way.
F. Citra hops or it's profile and a dry/citrus feel, that predimonates this beer, and so many others these days. The balance of this one is good, much better than most.
O. I'm not mad on citra hops, even in a soggy British summer. If it were 35C outdoors I'd be reaching for a cold one of these. One of best examples of the many of this style I've recently tried.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden with 1.5-finger bubbly white-head, moderate to low retention.
Smell - malty, yellow fruits, not so hoppy.
Taste - malt underlay with nice portion of hops above. No excessive hop aromatics, only dry hop bitterness.
Medium body and medium to high carbonation, dry on palate, slightly astringent.
Good, proper job.

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Photo of Furosemide
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Citrussy, well-balanced. It leaves one wanting more after each sip. Overall a beer that is definitely worth your money (at the current price of £1.75-£1.85).

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review from notes. Enjoyed while on vacation in the UK. Served cool into a pint glass at the Crutched Friar in London, near the Tower of London.

Appearance - A clear and rich dark golden color. A finger of white head is poured and pretty much keeps it shape for the entire duration of the pint.

Smell - Some sweetness that is malty, hints of apple and then some citrus with orange peel shining most prominently. Very subtly the aromatics are great.

Taste - Assertively bitter. Slightly grainy with delicate fruitiness in between sips. Citrus, namely grapefruit and orange peel and rind are the stars in a cloistered manner.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower than average carbonation (but perfect for the temperature and the fact it was on draught) and a drying finish.

Overall - Probably the best English IPA I've ever had bar none. Liked it so much I picked up a couple more bottles at the supermarket to compare. They were just as good. Crafting an English IPA properly... I trust no one else.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a wine glass.

Pale orange amber body color. Faint off white head, simple collar, and a clear and pleasant appearance.

Excellent aroma. Cream malt, hop soft herbs and tea. Borders on juicy, even touches of soft vanilla, marmalde also, great stuff.

Palate is a joy. Soft malt mild caramel in mid palate. Hop angle gives excellent herbal tea, touches of soft orange, and jelly. Marmalade finish, touches of soft honey and soft hop bitterness. Cream and hop herbs just rolls off.

Excellent IPA

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into an English pint glass.

Poured a surprisingly light copper colour with a massive fluffy head which stuck around and left loads of lacing.

Nice complex aromas of lemon, grapefruit and pine along with some biscuity malt - lovely.

Palate is good - crisp and hoppy. Body is light but good mouth. Very nice clean finish.

This isn't really my kind of beer - slightly too hoppy for my taste but it's very well made. Clean, crisp and refreshing. It's an American/English style IPA, made with English and American hops. Done very well - just not my thing. Highly recommended though. It's very well made, well balanced and has complexity.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Color looked great, golden and very, very clear... close to a lager; so clear I could read a sign 100 yards away (albeit upside down.)
Its smell is undistinguished for an IPA, piney and citrusy. Same for its taste.
Mouth feel was interesting until the hops clearly won and stuck on my tongue for about an hour afterwards.
Glad I Had Proper Job, but never again.
Listed in the "1001", please refer to it for a more favorable review.
Also reviewed in Roger Prostz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die!"

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Photo of Benjiman
4.66/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My review is probably biased, this is the best beer local to me; has a fairly transatlantic mixture of hops, so it has some citrus American characters, but it doesn't end up overwhelming as it's balanced out by earthier British flavors.

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Photo of mothman
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On cask in London

Bready and malty for an IPA. Grassy and floral hops. Biscuity.

Soft cask feel. Light bodied. Very English like.

Decent, but not something I'd drink again.

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Photo of CharlieMills
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pale, golden color. One finger head that gracefully fades and leave a ring and a little foam in the center. Light carbonation and some sediment.

Smell: Sweet hops, tropical, grapefruit.

Taste: Well balanced: sweet hops, tropical, grapefruit. Starts off sweet, ends bitter.

Feel: Very easy to drink, alcohol is well disguised. Leaves a pleasant, slightly dry aftertaste.

Overall: This is one of the best British bottled IPA's in terms of smell and flavor. I've drank many bottles of this over the years and have yet to be let down, the last sip is always as good as the first. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Classical english style india pale ale.
Slightly amber colour with a nice head.
Very balanced between the sweet malts and the spicy and herbal hops.

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Photo of Spike
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle conditioned.

Honey gold. Rich, white head that recedes to a decent cap. A little carbonation visible. Perfectly long as the sediment is left in the bottle.

Some nose present. Malt with a citrus kick.

Citrus balanced beautifully by light honey. Really floral. No noticeable alcohol. An English golden ale with some North American chutzpah.

Mouthfeel is more dry than the nose or taste would indicate. Those hops are there. But the sweetness of the malts is also prominent. Super refreshing.

This is a very fine English golden ale. One of my favourites. Perfect after a summer day with the kids on the beach in Cornwall.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

From Club del Gourmet of El Corte Ingles. In Ikea's pint glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 3x02. Nice bitterness, taste and aroma. Its an american IPA and not an english IPA. Avg 4.25.

24 Feb 2019. De Hipercor. Feria Internacional. Nueva etiqueta. Jugando a Lara Croft Go. En vaso de pinta de Ikea. Si que tiene un perfil ipa, agradable, de tipo citrico, alimonado, pero sin perder la mineralidad tipicamente inglesa. Genial feel

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle, Pours hazey amber with medium carbonation, big head. Full fruity nose, big hit of pineapple with lemon. Taste tropical fruit, caramel, biscuit, a little grass. It's ok.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours straw gold with a less-than-optimal head. Nose is not big, but delivers good hops...more US than English. Taste is better, full flavored, bitter, some floral and piney citrus qualities.
IMHO, this is an AIPA, not an EIPA. A good beer that could be extremely good with some more aroma. Not easy to get fresh IPs in the markets here though.

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Photo of DypsoBubble
4.56/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I must revise the bitchy review I gave before. I've grown up. This is a balanced beer. Refreshing and delicious with a big smack in the mouth with new world hops.

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Photo of drmeto
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

-pours a clear light amber with a big,frothy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
lemon,leather,slight grapefruit
-Follows the nose plus tangerines and metallic
medium carbonation,medium body
Way too sweet for me,almost tasted like corn adjunct to me.
Theres a very good beer in here somewhere.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Light straw with moderate to low cloudiness, a little slow rising carbonation, 3 fingers of creamy off white head.

S: Creamy, hard water, light floral like wild flowers and dandelion, peach and citrus.

T: A good hit of dry floral qualities, moderate and appropriately balanced bitterness for the style, a hit of hard water. Floral, dandelion and peach, and a hint of citrus.

M: Medium body, medium low fine bubbled powdery carbonation, balance of sweet and dry leaving a smooth finish.

O: Really proper job on this one. The flavors are integrated appropriately so that its smooth and drinkable, yet such a true rep of the style. Great job! Will give it 9 out of 10. Bought in Bangkok, drank on a beach in Songklha, Thailand.

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Photo of CStang67
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

500 ml Bottle APPEARANCE: Nice clear golden color that poured with very little to no head and fair carbonation. AROMA: Grapefruit on the nose with not much else. Maybe a slight floral character. As the beer warms notes of pine start to come through which pairs nice with the citrus. TASTE: Nice clean flavor with the hops stealing the show. I really get the chinook hops. Very crisp and refreshing. Perfect for a hot summer day. PALATE: Light bodies with a slight oiliness that coats the mouth. Finish is a crisp semi-dry that finishes quickly. OVERALL: Nice golden ale that is hop forward. Label puts an emphases on the hops and although hop forward it is not a hop bomb by any stretch. Good Beer!

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours gold, small fading head.
Nose shows marmalade and earthy hops along with sweet grainy malt.
Semi-sweet flavours, some herbal and earthy hops along with a little marmalade again. Moderate bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served cold from 500ml bottle into pint mug. Purchased from Tesco as part of a 3 bottles for £5 deal, so a decent price.

A) Lager-amber, a few bubbles, quite a lot of small particles of yeast suspended in it (I should have been more careful on the pour I guess). Thin white film on top.

S) Cascade hops, natch. Grapey malt as well.

T) Cascade hops, backed by another much more bitter hop taste (Williamette or Chinook are named on the bottle). Slight balance from slightly sweet malt. In general, out of balance.

M) Smooth and refreshing, albeit with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

O) Definitely one of the most bitter Cascade hop juice beers available from the British supermarkets. So, if you are a hop head, this one is for you. If you are looking for something balanced or mellow, try something else.

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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 199 ratings