Proper Job | St. Austell Brewery

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Brewed by:
St. Austell Brewery
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2007

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58
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154
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3.79
pDev:
18.47%
 
 
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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 154
Photo of Beginner2
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of Benjiman
4.66/5  rDev +23%
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 -13.2%
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 +24.5%
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 Spike
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gold. Rich, white head that recedes to a decent cap. A little carbonation visible. Clear...up to the point I accidentally poured in the sediment. I missed where the label explained this beer is bottle conditioned.

Some nose present. Mostly malt. A little citrus. Left to warm, but the aroma remained subtle.

Citrus balanced nicely by the malt. No noticeable alcohol. Is this an IPA? IMO this is an English bitter 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 prominent once again. Very refreshing.

This is a fine English IPA. It's much less hop-forward than American IPAs, less dry, and the sweetness of the Maris Otter malts is prominent. Perfect after a day with the kids on the beach in Cornwall.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
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 +3.7%
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 drmeto
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

L:
-pours a clear light amber with a big,frothy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
lemon,leather,slight grapefruit
T:
-Follows the nose plus tangerines and metallic
F:
medium carbonation,medium body
O:
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 +6.9%
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 -0.3%
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 -15.3%
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 -15.3%
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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Photo of flyingpig
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
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 Hoppsbabo
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

A: Light copper body with a quickly diminishing head.
S: Lovely floral hops and honey.
T: Repeats the nose. Dry and biscuity and a nice bitter finish with a touch of rindy lemon. Slightly astringent. Also a good bit of earthy ashtray like dirt, which I quite like.
O: I really like the hop profile in this one.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Rich Golden Amber colouration, just like the big lump of amber in Jurassic Park. produces a think rocky head that has about average retention and dies to a lace cover in around 5 minutes. Some light evidence of CO2.

Smell - Floral tones are evident and there is ample pine hops with some mild citrus leanings all balanced by sound sweet malt aromas.

Taste - Hoppy pine punch from the first sip all the way to the back end, this punch is balanced out by sweet malts of caramel and toffee. Very bitter on the back end with slight touches of burnt sulfur like the taste of spent match heads some oaky wood nips and a tiny hint of lime.

MF - Oddly thin this one but as it has such good linger with a pleasantly drying finish it is not a problem for me.

Overall - Very well balanced almost like an equally matched boxing round between hops and malts on your tongue. I feel this beer is a great testament to the strength of British brewing and the rounded nature of a good IPA!

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Photo of thommo_nk
3/5  rDev -20.8%

States on the bottle that this beer is "powerfully hopped" , was expecting a massive slap of hoppy citrus flavour which it does not deliver.

However it is by no means a bad beer.

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Photo of Giuseppina
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful golden colour, crystalline, little head that disappears very fast

Smell: tangy fruits and hops, extremely pleasant

Taste: Again fruity and a lot of bitter from the hops. Strong hoppy aftertaste

Feel: soft but present carbonation, medium body, very satisfying

Overall: excellent, somewhere in between US and UK IPA as somebody already wrote.

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Photo of Dean_M
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden amber colour, lively carbonation.

Smell: Floral hop aroma, Orange and citrus. Very nice. More American hop aroma than you would expect from a English IPA.

Taste: Good malt flavour, citrus just as you would expect from the smell. Long bitter finish that is expected from this style.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: Very nice IPA, nice balance of US and UK styles. Could see it be very enjoyable in the summer months.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank from my Duvel pilsner glass

A - Pours a golden amber colour with a nice white creamy head that retains well.

S - Nice hoppy aroma with a little grain and malt.

T - Nice hops up with caramel malt balance. Predominant flavours of grapefruit and citrus.

M - Medium body and low carbonation.

O - A better than average EIPA has some nice hoppy notes.

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Photo of endovelico
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This golden beauty displays a lovely bouquet even out of the bottle, with an admirable coalescence of caramel malt, peaches and lemon balm aromatics.

At the mouth, the beer is crisp, angular, modestly bittered - but at the same time splendidly balanced with the sweetness - and carrier of woodish, mossy, minty, piney like notes in play with the obligatory grapefruit notes and bubblegum center.

It's a polished, extremely competent IPA that wears the typical American aromatics but is still very British in it's temperance and elegance. A proper job indeed.

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Photo of djura
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
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 Tobiasmjh
4.61/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Perfect pale gold colour with clean white head. 4.5% not 5.5% (apparently difference is between cask 4.5% and bottle 5.5%). Fruity and floral on the nose almost grassy scents. True traditional IPA 'hoppyness' lingering in the foam. Pint served first at "The Old Customs House", Padstow Cornwall after a strong recommendation by the barman 'Duncan' (sorry for not filling out your survey, I hope this counts for something.) Free sample given with commentary. Later enjoyed at "The Shipwrights Inn", Padstow, Cornwall to the same standard and have one to take home in a bottle along with "Tribute" and "Trelawny", looking forward to a return to cornwall, will certainly be stopping to find this ale again!

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Photo of dwren89
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance:straw gold color, pours a 1 finger head, little head retention, bubbly, prickly head

Aroma: citrus aroma, mild in aroma strength,

Taste: balanced leaning towards hops, about what I expected from an English IPA that’s labeled as “powerfully hopped,” pale malt background with citrus flavors doing the heavy load of taste. Bitterness subdued by grainy, slightly bready pale malt background as you would expect from an English IPA.

Mouthfeel: prickly mouthfeel (as anticipated from the looks of the head), biting finish-- leaves the jaw bone tingling, quite refreshing and drinkable mouthfeel, but finish leaves the mouth tingling

Overall Impression: Average English IPA, certainly more hopped than average in this style, and at 5.5% ABV it packs a punch. Sessionable taste (for an American, at least), with slightly higher than sessionable ABV.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
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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