13 Guns
Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC

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American IPA
Ranked #5,717
Ranked #33,208
3.73 | pDev: 12.06%
Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC
England, United Kingdom
Very Good
13 Guns13 Guns
Notes: Recipe #213
Malts: Pale Ale, Munich, Caramalt, Rye /
Hops: Centennial, Citra, Amarillo, Apollo, Chinook, Kotatu
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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- Medium chestnut, head swiftly clears.
S- An element of 'stewed fruits', though mild.
T- Quite bright, piquant fruit notes into a balanced dry finish. A few more sips and it'd depth comes through.
F- The 'piquant fruit notes' have a touch of sourness that makes it refreshing. It keeps it in balance though which is good.
O- It fully feels it's 5.5% ABV, the dry/piquant/slightly sour edge seems to accentuate it. There is no mega-hopping, nothing OTT screaming for attention, this is a very good beer, and that's clear by it achieving it via balance.
Bought from Oddbins, Notting Hill Gate, London. 330ml can/£2. BBE 31/07/2020.

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Photo of emincems
3.22/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber color with weak head. Hoppy aroma with floral and mandarin; caramalts are in background. Residual sugary, citrusy and woody taste is slightly bitter. Astringent and harsh a bit. Low carbonation, low-med bodied.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From Hopt. In Teku glass. Playing Game of Thrones. Medium resin, citrusy, caramelly and with a fairly strong and pleasanr bitterness. Nice but nothing mindblowing.

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Photo of nickfl
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lacking in hop aroma and flavor lots of burnt toast malt, finishes with just a bit more sweetness than it should and leaves a lingering metallic flavor. I'd be inclined to write it off as past its prime, but it has 7 month of shelf life left on it according to the best by date, so I guess it's just not very good?

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Photo of Furious_Falcon
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a bit heavier with the malts than a lot of typical American style IPA's. This is not to its detriment however, it gives it a fair amount of bite and a substantial smooth finish. Given that this balances nicely with the tang of American hops this is a satisfying session IPA especially given the lower than usual ABV of 5,5%.

The hops are not to be sneered at and to keep this tasting like an APA there are a lot of American hop varieties crammed in. With 6 hop varieties competing for attention this is a complex but well balanced and satisfying beer.

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Photo of Yoann
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle to a mug
A - Light amber with a yellowish head
S - Very strong but expected grapefruit hop with a caramel malt after it warms up
T - Grapefruit first of course but not artificial
M - Smooth
O - This is a well executed American IPA, everything is as expected without any exaggerated flavor.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank on Wheatherspoons Surrey Docks, served on can and poured (erroneously) to an Duvel glass.

A: The body is amber colored with a non existent head. Not much of a satisfying appearance here.
S: The aroma shows some mild malts and some pine-ness, in what is concluded as a kinda of a weak aroma.
T: Not sure if intended but the taste is very soft of citrus and some shy malts. Imagine a plain lager with some shy shy shy citrus and malts on top, not very American-IPA-like but fair enough.
M: The carbonation is a bit harsh with a low to medium density.
O: A medium IPA, not very good though. Or maybe just another beer that has suffered the effects of bad handling in the bar.

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Photo of Roguer
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly dark copper brew, fairly clear.

A bit of toasty caramel on the nose, and tropical and citrus juices.

Quite juicy and hoppy on the palate: pineapple, mandarin orange, waves of pine resin. Still a bit of malt balance tying it all sweetly together.

Lively and drinkable, with a wet oily finish.

This is a delicious, truly American style IPA with modern hops.

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Photo of Martine
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours semi-clear red-amber into a tulip glass from a 330ml can. Off-white head dissapates immediately leaving no lacing.

The nose is moderate in strength, mainly sweet pine, tutti-frutti, grapefruit, clementines, and white grapes. It reminds me of the Vocation 'Them & Us' in a way with those citrus fresh notes alongside fruity autumn flavours; a kind of marriage of the IPA and the Red Ale.

The flavour follows on from the nose, with autumn fruit melded with IPA grapefruit and orange flavours. It never fully reaches into the territory of the IPA, a sort of half way brew, a hybrid, almost. It keeps sweet throughout the sip, well into the aftertaste with subtle malt and fruit salad, but also keeps a mild bitterness on the swallow with the help of the mellow dank pine and hops.

Carbonation is mild, and the body is light. It feels very easy to drink, but there is a tang on the tongue which lingers like mild ginger.

All in all I enjoy this ale, and would return to it given the chance. It isn't particularly memorable, but it's very pleasant to drink.

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Photo of DypsoBubble
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A British American pale ale, and rather a good one at that. Nice strong American hops which are smooth but strong. Strong citrus taste and a nice bitter finish. Excellent mouth feel. Very balanced with a strong hop hit. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: On the amber side. Chunky off-white head.
S: Very hoppy. Pine and flowers. That tacky cardboard smell.
T: Repeats the nose. Bit of a caramel background but dry and a bit toasty. Some floral honey in there. A bit flat for a canned beer. It's a not so great pale ale masked by intense hops. As I get further into it the flaws reveal themselves.
O: Okay, I guess, but it would never replace Brewdog or Goose Island as an easy AIPA fix.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served cold from 330ml can into Brooklyn American pint glass.

L) Darkish amber, slight haze, no head, a few bubbles.

S) Big new-world hops. Very fruity, blackcurrant in there for sure.

T) Not quite as big as the smell. Fruity hops are in there, a bit of hop bitterness and a flat malt taste. Doesn't go deep into any one American IPA territory; fruitiness, pine-resin, bitterness or sweet malt counter balance.

F) Smooth, muted carbonation. This one is cold and it goes down quite nicely. No bitterness in the aftertaste.

O) Bought from Morrisons supermarket, so a decent half-hearted stab at an American IPA, I suppose I can't expect a British Torpedo at 5.5% and less than £2 for the can. Nice smell and easy drinking, I might buy this one again as it is easily available.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from La Cervoiserie.

Appearance : amber color with tan foamy head, amount of lacing.
Smell: citrus hops aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : hints of fruit from the hops, and bitter with a long duration.
Overall : a good beer in the style English bitter or ESB.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330ml Can at home from Morrisons supermarket, Glasgow (£1.50):
Another so-so offering from Thwaites, this one started quite well but never really hit the heights of most of the American brewed IPA's that you can pick up quite easily in the UK anyway. The beer kicked off with some nice tropical fruits and citrus flavours but these soon faded as the malts made themselves more known and by the end I was getting a little fed up with this one if I'm honest. An okay beer but not one that I'd recommend picking up when given the choice between this or some of the better known IPA's from the States.

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Photo of jonb5
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml can, poured into La Chouffe tulip.

A: Bronze, clear, two finger slightly tanned head which morphed into a lid of film, decent amount of lacing.

S: Citrus hops dominated.

T: There was a really strong malt backbone which gave plenty of earthy bitterness, also had strong hints of fruit from the hops.

M: Medium body, moderately carbonated.

O: Billed as an American style IPA, but seemed heavily influenced by English bitter or ESB.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured a clear, darker yellow/gold colour.

Smelled malty, slight hoppy.

Tasted sweet malts and not hoppy or bitter (unusually because it was an IPA).

Would I buy it again? Probably not.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark Amber with little head that disappears.

Nose is mild. Some hops, slight citrus, malt.

Taste is very muted and follows nose. This one is similar to their Lancaster Bomber but slightly more hoppy and bitter.

Average beer. Not bad and I'd drink another but I'll not go seeking it out.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Very dark in colour almost ale like even. Raises a foamy creamy off colour dirty tobacco head and boast plenty of busy CO2

Smell - Very piney and hoppy with a bitter nip to it. It is very typical of the style but not the most impressive I have come across.

Taste - Mild hoppy pine flavour which is well balanced by an underlying malty base which has complex bakery biscuit and cake character.

MF - Creamy and a short lived linger with an unexpected cloying end that to be honest took away from the rest of the experience.

Overall - Pretty decent hop profile here balanced well by the malt undercurrent this beer is reasonably complex and has enough interest and flavour to keep me coming bak for more however the mouth feel is a bit of a let down.

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Photo of comfygoodness
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass. No bottle freshness date.

A: A dark auburn color with no head despite a fairly rough pour.

S: Not a particularly strong aroma. Resiny hops, some orange peel.

T: The hops come first with about the same strength as the nose indicates. The beer has a strong malt presence with sweet bread coming to mind. After the malts fade, a slight bitter taste is left on the tongue.

M: The carbonation is a tad low for the style, and the mouthfeel is a little thin.

O: Nothing terrible, especially considering the price point, but none of the flavors stand out in particular. I would have liked to see more of a hop presence in the taste.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. 'A Salute to the original 13 States of America', i.e. British Colonies, so come full circle, we have.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, bubbly, and loosely foamy ecru head, which leaves a nice band of snowflake lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of musty pine needles, overripe navel oranges and white grapefruit, gritty, grainy pale malt, a touch of hard toffee, and more indistinct, but duly pleasant tropical fruit. The taste is bitter grapefruit, orange, and lemon citrus rind, some further pineapple and kiwi sharp fruitiness, crackery caramel malt, more crystallized toffee, and a moderately dank forest floor pine hop astringency.

The carbonation is quite soft, in its mere lilting frothiness, the body a steady medium weight, and perhaps a bit pithy and clammy in its claim to smoothness. It finishes fairly dry, the sweetness of the malt going to ground, and the mixed fruity tartness grabbing hard on the handrails.

While the hops are clearly evident in this brew, as is their mostly Yankee provenance, the offering as a whole lacks crispness, and focus, for lack of a better term. Or maybe it's just the rye on the malt bill. Anyways, tasty enough, but not in a way that makes me want to return for more, even given the rather inexpensive retail price around here.

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3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. Shaker glass. Amber color & crystal clear appearance. Yellowish, close & creamy foam leaves a thin but lasting crown, as well as spots & rings on sides. Caramel malt aroma, hints of ripe fruit & slight toasted biscuit to the nose. Sweet toasted malts at first sip. Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oily to watery texture. Silky palate & spicy touch. Increasing citric & fruity bitter flavors linger into a dried finish. Slight toasted malt arising flavor on the aftertaste is overhelmed by nice resins. Refreshing, flavorful & easy drinkable. A big one!!

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a golden clear body with decent enough white head
Big candy grapefruit aroma
Some tropical fruit in the flavour
Okay body

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Photo of dcmchew
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark copper, nice one finger head, not in any hurry though.
Not an "intense hit of hops" in the smell, as it says on the label, but surely a tasty one: tangerines, grapefruit, pineapple, pine, passion fruit, strong green hop oils. Of course, with some nice malts and caramel.
Low toastiness in the taste, rather pale and dry malts. Caramel sufficient though. Fruity, mainly citrusy, kind of zesty and not as flavourful. Lots of citrus peel throughout, and the expected grapefruity finish. Spicy green hops, with pine, slight dankness and floral notes. Nice bitterness in the finish.
Mild carbonation, light, but a bit too dry in the aftertaste and not as much fruitiness lingering as one would expect from an "American" IPA.
Very tasty, nice complexity of malts and hops, but there's an "English" vibe to it that keeps contradicting the style. A good beer still.

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Photo of wl0307
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the microbrewery setup of Denial Thwaites, this beer is brewed with Centennial, Citra, Amarillo, Apollo, Chinook and Kohatu hops, and Pale Ale malt, Munich malt, Caramalt and Rye. Coming a slim, high-shouldered straight 330ml bottle, BB 04/10/2014, served cool in a tall tumbler glass.

A: pours an elegant dark copper-ish colour with great clarity and a loosely-formed beige foamy head, coming light carbonation consisting of mainly large bubbles.
S: smelling every bit like an American IPA, big on caramel and pale malts, big on sweet citrus hoppy notes and assertive on hop resins; given a good swirl, lychee-ish fruitiness, pineapple-ish esters, ripe plums, resinous hints, and sweet apple-ly fragrance emerge, while a very light tinge of piney/sprigy hops also stays in the background.
T: lightly effervescent, the swallow is a rich but rounded mouthful of caramel malts, lychee fruits, and sweet grapefruits, full but not heavy; as the malt sweetness and fruitiness settle, the zingy, lightly spicy and citrus-peel-ish hop bitterness develops towards a lightly chewy, herbal and pretty dry finish. Rye might have contributed a little to the dry-ish and lightly spicy mouthfeel, but my palates tell me the attenuation is done at a decent level, too.
M&O: the carbonation remains pretty decent, soft-ish and never too sparkly, while the body is fulsome but never too heavy, holding very well indeed judging by the 5.5%abv. strength. All in all, this is a decently made, thirst-quenching American IPA or Premium Bitter from yet another micro set-up of a large regional brewery in the UK. This one, IMO, doesn’t disappoint.

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