13 Guns
Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #5,769
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #33,616
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 12.37%
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
102
From:
Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  5
Gots
  48
SCORE
84
Good
13 Guns13 Guns
Notes: Recipe #213
Malts: Pale Ale, Munich, Caramalt, Rye /
Hops: Centennial, Citra, Amarillo, Apollo, Chinook, Kotatu
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Reviews by arkanu:
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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Photo of npf22
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of wl0307
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
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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Photo of mdagnew
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of hunteraw
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vinicole
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nickfl
3.2/5  rDev -14%
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 thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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 biboergosum
3.61/5  rDev -3%
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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Photo of bmaggot
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of paperwerewolf
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Mattias
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jonb5
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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 emincems
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
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 intoxabroad
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of flyingpig
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
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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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
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 -8.1%
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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3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sdm9465
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

13 Guns from Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 102 ratings