Rudgate IPA (5.2%) | Rudgate Brewery Limited

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Brewed by:
Rudgate Brewery Limited
United Kingdom (England)
rudgate-beers.co.uk

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jazzyjeff13 on 08-09-2013

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.4/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the John Bull in Alnwick.

A: Golden straw body with a nice bubbly head.
T: Godly English hops dominate. I'm guessing Fuggles? Basically, floral and a bit soapy. Otherwise light on the body but not at all lagery. Has that sweet velvety quality you only get with cask conditioned ale.
O: Superb. It's hard to find an English tasting IPA on cask.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.51/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of April 2014. Purchased recently from Trembling Madness in York. This is a new IPA from Rudgate - a different recipe from their previous version. The label describes it as fruity with hints of citrus.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A bright golden-amber hue with faint haze and light carbonation. Yields a small head of white foam that disappears after a minute or so, leaving only a patchy surface film. Aroma of light fruity hops with hints of white grape, melon and subtle citrus. Underpinned by caramel malt, fruity yeast esters and a touch of diacetyl. Underwhelming.

Tastes of light fruity hops with a crisp, bitter finish. Notes of white grape, mild melon, a hint of grapefruit, citrus, caramel, yeast esters and stewed hops. A faint whiff of diactyl in the background, followed by a dry, leafy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry - the hop oils stimulate the palate. Pleasant carbonation and decent body. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of fruitiness and bitter stewed hops.

OK, though not amazing. Appearance could be better - improved head retention needed. The aroma and flavour are certainly hoppy, yet strangely unbalanced. I find the light fruity notes don't sit quite right alongside a fairly abrasive bitterness. The faint diacetyl suggests a need for longer maturation before bottling, although this could also be resolved by conditioning with live yeast. Body is alright; perhaps a shade insubstantial. Overall, a decent stab at an IPA but it fails to blend the flavour components perfectly. Probably better on cask. No need to hunt it down.

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Rudgate IPA (5.2%) from Rudgate Brewery Limited
3.96 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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