Proper Job
St. Austell Brewery

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Style:
English India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ranked #22
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,465
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 11.2%
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
197
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St. Austell Brewery
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  15
Gots
  54
SCORE
86
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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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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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 joemcgrath27
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - clear and very bubbly golden, two fingers of white head with large bubbles, retained well, not much in the way of lacing
S - fresh cut grass, mild floral, toasted grain and some metallic
T - grassy and citrus hop notes, toasty grains, finishing with a light herbal and mineral aftertaste
M - light with medium carbonation, a little watery, finishes pretty tame
O - generally mild hop flavours, so not sure where they 'powerfully hopped' claim on the label comes from, an easy drinking IPA, worth a try but will not be a repeat purchase for me

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Photo of danieelol
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: yellow pour with OK head and lacing.

S: OK the smell is very subtle. Faint grain and citrus. There's also some caramel taste drawn out when it warms. Pleasant.

T: More of the same really. Strong on bitterness.

M: thin with moderately high levels of carbonation. Small bubbles.

O: A well-made beer

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Photo of Zimbo
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Started with a nose that reminded me of a pint of fresh real ale mixed with a tripel. Golden yellow. Thin constant head with some initial bubbles which eventually disappear to reveal some quality beading. Dampness as well. A reasonably good hopped profile though I didn't get much of that grapefruit quality claimed on the label.
Wonderful mouthfeel ending with a dense firm long bitterness long after swallowing. In fact, it takes on a greater density in the mouth the more you drink.

A proper job is hard to come by these days and you could sure make a career out of this. I wonder about promotion though.

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Photo of speedvagen
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of fmccormi
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of vfgccp
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2013. Picked up a while back in Sheffield. Described on the label as powerfully hopped, resulting in a 'proper' IPA. We'll see.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. Bottle conditioned. A golden-amber hue with faint haze and medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a while before subsiding. Aroma of leafy hops with notes of citrus, white grape and faint melon, underpinned by grainy malt and mild earthy yeast. A subtle whiff of alcohol in the background.

Tastes of fruity aroma hops and caramel malt with a distinct bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, citrus, grass, mild white grape/melon, caramel, faint grain, earthy yeast esters and stewed hops. Quite dry. A leafy bitterness upon swallowing, with a hint of booze in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly, spicy and dry, with decent body and nice carbonation. Rather astringent, with an aftertaste of grassy aroma hops and bitter stewed leaves.

A tasty brew - hits the spot. Solid hop character (for an English IPA), with plenty of fruity notes coming through and decent bitterness. Nicely balanced, with a good malt presence. Looks the part, and the mouthfeel is lovely. St. Austell have done a fine job - if this was regularly available near me I'd consider making it a staple in my fridge. Worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle from Tesco, Silverburn (£1.65):
This one was my second English IPA in quick succession, following on from yesterdays Gladeye IPA and this one was quite a good offering for the style, probably coming out slightly ahead of the Drygate offering. Taste wise the two were fairly similar but Proper Job seemed to have more hops and bitterness to it, going down easily and well. I'm not sure it's one I'd go back to all that often but it was a nice beer and one well worth picking up if you get the chance.

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Photo of windypete
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of jpd7374
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of djura
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Honey orange color,usual for IPA-s. One finger white foam,lasting few seconds.
S - Lots of elder spice in it,hops and honey.
T/M - Good balanced bitterness,elder,bitter aftertaste,sweet malt. Some spices.

O - Do not drink it to much cold,you will pass all the good aromas in it. School example of IPA.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a pale amber colour with a nice head that remains for absolutely ages as half a finger of creamy foam.

Smells quite fruity and very fresh, definitely hoppy.

Tastes very refreshing and hoppy (English hops so fruity, sweet and tangy) but at the same time very well balanced and drinkable.

Overall quite a lovely beer and a great example of this particular style.

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Photo of dirtyskunk
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking beer. Real clear golden color, maybe a finger of creamy looking head that disappears pretty quickly. Beautiful lacing, rings all the way down.

A very American hop profile in the nose, this doesn't smell like a British IPA, and indeed the bottle says it's got Wllamette, Chinook, and Cascade hops. I get a very fruity, floral aroma. Strawberries, tangerines, and some good clean hop resin smell. Pretty nice.

Very nice malt background, I like the Maris Otter they used. It's got a slightly sweet, grainy kind of taste like brioche. The hops are pretty basic but nicely balanced and definitely dominate the beer. Grapefruit and pine are the forward flavors, with some earthy and floral notes in back. Bitterness sticks around in the back of the mouth for a little afterwards.

Great mouthfeel. Light and creamy at the same time. Just a little oily around the edges and a dry powdery finish. Spot on for an IPA of this size.

Very good American style IPA from an Englsih Brewery. Pretty prototypical though, this could be the standard IPA at any random Brewery in the states.

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Photo of samEBC
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eramen
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A pale golden-orange, topped with a sizable one finger head which keeps great staying power. It lasted right until the end.

S - The hops, possibly cascade, clementines, and a hint of lemon.

T - A delicious and very orange-tasting body of liquid enters the mouth, and as it swirls over the palate there is what tastes like concentrated marmalade, and citrus aftershocks. Thereupon comes in the pineapple, cane sugar, and a lemon tang. It's all extremely fruity and HOPPY; the hops keeping in with the main flavor for a sublime bittering effect. Very tasty.

MF - Noticeable carbonation, yet it doesn't go overboard, medium body which suits this beer admirably.

O - Quite a delicious IPA, I was expecting it to be more hoppy from the brewery's proclamation on the label "powerfully hopped", but I'm glad this does not take away from this highly enjoyable beer.

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Photo of mnixon86
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bottled and thankfully bottle conditioned
Slight citrus scent upon opening bottle. Colour is a bronze caramel, with little head and moderate carbonation. Flavour is deliciously hoppy with a slight floral note and a rich bitter aftertaste. Robust bold texture and a lingering bitter, slightly metallic aftertaste. A most satisfying brew!

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Photo of leaddog
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a clear pale gold with a finger width of foamy white head.

Smell - Citrus, sweet malts, very sweet aromas overall.

Taste - Mildly hopped flavour with a hint of citrus, grassiness and sweetness. Expected more hops flavour, especially when the bottle label says "powerfully hopped".

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp dry finish.

Overall - A respectable brew by St. Austell. A bit confused with the labeling of the product, so I was expecting something completely different than what I tasted and I was left a little disappointed.

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Photo of looktowindward
2.81/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a straight pint glass.

Golden appearance with a thin off-white head and moderate carbonation. Decent enough lacing down the glass. Looks nice overall.

Aroma is flowery, a hint of rose and elderflower, laced with some tropical fruits, pineapple and kiwi.

Taste up front is bitter hops, slightly harsh and lacking in complexity but certainly not overwhelming. Touch of grapefuit and bitter lemon, an enticing hint of cardamon and something herbal, possibly from the Willamette? Anyway, midpalate some sweetness but a lack of structure from the malts and a metallic tinge that becomes more prominant in the after taste.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and not helped by a spritzy soda taste from the carbonation.

Overall pretty disappointed - the bottle states 'powerfully hopped', well they need to back this up, theres little indication of Cascade aroma or flavour, nothing is in your face and it all lacks depth and seems a little one dimensional.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of ceetee26
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Proper Job from St. Austell Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 197 ratings