Proper Job | St. Austell Brewery

Proper JobProper Job
BA SCORE
3.86/5
171 Ratings
Proper JobProper Job
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
St. Austell Brewery
England, United Kingdom
staustellbrewery.co.uk

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A 'proper' India Pale Ale, Proper Job is a strong golden ale that's powerfully hopped.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,012
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
171
pDev:
11.14%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
47
Trade:
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Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Ooooh - a well-named English IPA, and one all hopped up with Yankee goodness at that - let's see how this one rolls.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and rather fizzy off-white head, which dissipates slowly, making a lot of racket, and leaving some random streaky and sudsy lace around the glass.

It smells of sharp, and sour yeast, bready, crackery pale malt, orange and lemon juice, and musty leafy, floral hops. The taste is rather bitter leafy, earthy hops, a bit more lemon pith, dry white grapefruit, and gritty yeast, all supported by an equally up for it bready, crackery, and biscuity malt backbone.

The carbonation is average, just a mild poking and prodding edginess, the body an adequate medium weight, and generally smooth, a small hoppy tackiness worming its way in. It finishes off-dry, the bready graininess mostly making nice with the lingering citrus and floral hop notes.

While this is agreeable enough for an English version of the style, I just wish they hadn't proclaimed a grapefruit character so fervently on the label, backed up by the American hops on the ingredient list. The flavour just doesn't seem to bear that out, but, overall, this is still good and hoppy, in a more indistinctly bitter sense, and generally pleasant to put back.

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Photo of mothman
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
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 Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vfgccp
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imbibehour
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
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 BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle condition, poured into a UK pint sleeve without any sediment leaving the bottle.

Good, clear mid-golden colour, full head of white foam. The head sadly fell away very swiftly, leaving just a weak wispy covering along with a thin collar around the glass.

The aroma is mostly of hops (label claims it is "Powerfully Hopped"), however there is also a semi-sweet malty smell just below the grapefruit type citrusy hops.

The taste is mini hop bitterness (those grapfruits again), with a healthy malt undertone present from start to finish.

This is almost sweet, it is sweet for an IPA, yet there are plenty of hop notes to let you know it's an IPA: very well made and lovely to drink. The alcohol is well hidden by the blend of ingrediants, I had to check the bottle to see if mine was really 5.5% ABV.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of wl0307
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of bark
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is pale gold (7 EBC), the liquid is clear. The large creamy head is compact and off-white. It sinks very slowly leaving lots of lacing.

The rather strong smell is bitter, hoppy and fruity (kiwi, bitter oranges, apricots, lemons, green bananas). Malty flavours – caramel, sweet bread, roasted nuts – creates the balance. Hints of dough and yeast in the background. And maybe a hint of breath mint?

The smooth medium bodied taste is hoppy without any harshness. Sweet fruits like ripe apples and plums, hints of mint and French loaf. The bitterness is smooth and elegant. The aftertaste is sweet and malty with even more fruits and a hint of butterscotch. The finish got some light green hints and a long lasting bitter note.

The carbonation is medium strong; the small bubbles medium strong. The liquid is very smooth, almost a bit sticky.

A very malty and luxurious English IPA: It focuses on the hoppy flavours, not a harsh bitterness.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corn silk blonde with piles of lumpy shaving cream white head. Flinty fresh grain, lemon hard candy, pizza crust and musty grapefruit nose.
Lemon preserves and golden crunch biscuit up front with hints of nectarine then Lemonheads, cedar oil, and smoky spiced candle hops with sprinkling of white pepper.
Lemon Starburst and white grapefruit finish and light resin linger.
Creamy, some chew, light to medium, crisp.

Williamette, Chinook and Cascade.

Not as punishing as Kipling. Unmistakably English - definite Maris Otter presence, and I get as much wood spice Willamette (descended from Fuggles) as I do Cascade citrus. Direct hit for the style, but nothing bigger - this is 5.5, not 7%, so that should tell ya.

Actually more English and less drinkable than their contract-brewed Cornish IPA, which is a little star of an APA.

7.Aug.2013, on cask at W J Kavanaghs: Just tapped, it jumps with grass, grapefruit, orange jellies, and nectar. Still more an APA, but a top one.

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Photo of FLima
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold color, it made a 2 finger head with long retention that is constantly fed by upstream bubbles. Some floating particles are present as some in the bottom of the bottle.
Aroma of sweet malts with touches of fruits and pine.
Sweet malts balanced with a hoppy and bitter taste, though not harsh, leaning towards grass and fruits, a bit citric. Aftertaste is also hoppy, making it bitter and dry.
Medium body with ok carbonation with small bubbles, the English way.
Decent beer, well balanced, with its own personality and no bad flaws.

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Photo of stcules
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden color, almost honeyed. White foam, cramy and compact as properly.
The smell is quite mild (maybe too), with slight malty notes and delicate white flowers. Even the flavor is light, always with a moderate malt aroma and with earthy hop (light) and grapefruit - Citrus (light).
The aftertaste turns out to be more intense, more bitter, make it possible to drink in large quantities.
It lacks a little of the fullness of a typical American Pale Ale (even if the brewery defines it as a IPA!).
In retrospect, we read that is used the Cascade and Chinook hops, which frankly speaking, we have not felt particularly. Indeed, to be honest to be an APA we expected much more.

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Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
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 ArtZan
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of leitmotif
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josanguapo
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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 woosterbill
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Handpump halfpint at the Coal Hole.

A: Clear gold body with a finger of fine white foam. Mediocre retention, but very nice lace. Ok.

S: Pleasant, restrained hoppiness. Citrus dominates, with some floral notes and biscuity malt backing it up. Some fruity esters as well, which go very nicely with the citrus hops. Excellent EIPA aroma.

T: Sweet malt, citrus hops, and peachy esters. Pleasant, but a bit overly sweet for what the nose promised - I wanted more hop bitterness.

M: Soft, smooth, and very lightly carbonated. A little weak, but ok.

O: Excellent real ale. While it didn't quite follow through with the hoppiness promised by the superb aroma, this was still one of the best EIPAs I encountered on my trip to England. If you get the chance to try this on cask, you won't be disappointed.

Cheers!

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Photo of mdagnew
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast

Poured a light golden honey colour. White head poured thick and foamy with a pock marked topping then faded to light covering with thick edging... some light carbonation bubbles drift slowly to the surface... light lacing...

Aroma - Some juicy tart fruits with maybe some tropical hints (peaches, lemons and limes, pears,), quite grassy, floral honey, light sweet grainy malts, talcum powder traces, herbal, peppery hops...

Taste pretty much mirrors the aromas... good grassy and peppery hop bitterness, quite floral, some hay, metallic hints, light biscuit malts, mouth watering fruits (lemons, apples, limes), some saltiness, faint floral honey sweetness, light chalky hints...

M&D - Fairly sharp and dry... light bodied... very quaffable and sessionble brew at 5.5%...

Overall - An excellent example of an English IPA... recommended...

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Photo of patre_tim
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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 Beginner2
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
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 ckollias
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a light golden hue with a 3-finger white head that slowly dissipates leaving a great trail down the glass and ending in a solid lace.

S: Good hop aroma with hints of fruits including pineapple and melon.

T: Similar to the smell hops dominate this beer with a good fruity mixture backbone. Decent malt background and finishes slightly dry.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Good IPA – enjoyed drinking this one and would grab it again.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.82/5  rDev -1%
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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Proper Job from St. Austell Brewery
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 171 ratings
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