Curious IPA | Hepworth & Co. (Brewers) Ltd.

Curious IPACurious IPA
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Curious IPACurious IPA

Brewed by:
Hepworth & Co. (Brewers) Ltd.
England, United Kingdom

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jazzyjeff13 on 12-03-2011

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by biboergosum:
Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, another 'exclusive' import for the local liquor store monopoly.

This beer pours a somewhat hazy pale golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, rocky pale beige head, which leaves fractured honeycomb lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of biscuity, bready pale malt, fruity, spicy, and herbal hops, and a musty, earthy garden essence. The taste is grainy, bready malt, a touch of dry biscuit, some mild orange and tangerine rind, a seemingly untethered, swirling spiciness, and further homey, earthy, dead leaf mass hops.

The carbonation is nice and even, never burbling up, nor letting me down, the body a tacit medium weight, and equally smooth - not absolute, but not worth nit-picking either. It finishes off-dry, the lingering fruitiness idling just so, the breadiness in stasis, and the hop bitter doing its best bitter imitation.

A generally, and appreciably drinkable ale, the IPA notes taking their English heritage a bit too solemnly, methinks. However, this turns out to be a good thing, maybe not for style adherence, but I like a well-make English bitter just fine, and that is what I get from this, once label-stoked expectations of New World hop additions fall by the wayside.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of FadetoBock
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of April 2013. One of three beers produced by the Chapel Down winery. I believe this may be a replacement for Cobb IPA, but the Cobb hop is no longer used. The label mentions that Goldings, Bramling Cross and Citra were added to this beer.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear golden-amber colour with good carbonation. Produces a decent head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. The aroma is interestingly fruity; distinct notes of melon, grapefruit and citrus underpinned by subtle hints of light malt and yeast.

Tastes of light malt with fruity aromatic hops and a dry finish. Notes of melon, white grapes, grapefruit and citrus, with a mild bitterness upon swallowing. Yeast esters in the background. Mouthfeel is crisp, tingly and dry. Mild aftertaste of aromatic hops.

Interesting and unusual - I haven't come across this particular combination of fruity notes before. The hops are light and aromatic, with little bitterness. Attenuation is also good, resulting in a dry ale with a blend of subtle hop flavours. Not your typical IPA, but tasty and worth your time.

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Photo of azkkr
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mick_cooper
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of lelepat
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TrojanRB
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My second IPA of an evenings tasting at home on 8th Oct 2012: 33cl bottle, best before 5th Apr 2013. Poured carefully into a 'Yuengling' stemmed tulip (twice) just because I can!

Pale amber body: clear with a poor head/wisp covering from the start.

Mixed hop bag in the nose: floral, fruity, earthy and spicy, add some citrus notes too. Orange blossom with lemon juice squeezed onto them, a bucket of apples with soil infused: my nose is good tonight!

The taste is also a strange flavour of non-bittering hops: this is indeed a 'Curious IPA', it may well be intensely hopped but it doesn't have that bitter, dry feel most 'over hopped' IPA's usually have. I would never have said this was an IPA unless I'd seen the bottle it came from.

A lot better than I expected: especially when I saw who actually brewed it. If it had produced a decent head it would have scored a lot heavier.

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Photo of bostonryan
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SamJory
1.06/5  rDev -69.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Had this after work one evening, from the bottle as we didn't have any glasses.

Had a really metallic nose, a faint scent of grassy hops but not much going on.

The taste was cloying, metallic, sweet and very confused in terms of the hop character. Actually fairly revolting, thin finish.

Definitely avoid

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Photo of BigGold
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of discorus
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%

Photo of talatham
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of steverx8
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of tonecoleman
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank a pint of this on draught at the Juction Harbourne which was served in tall tulip glass and served at Lager temperature with half inch of white head. Good clear amber colour but I got no discenable aroma worth mentioning. Nice rounded mouthfeel with moderate carbonation but apart from a slight grassy taste and a hint of light hops I got little else in the way of flavour. Not bad but slightly dissapointing and bland for an IPA of this strength. Ordered something else for my second pint which I suppose sums it up.

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Photo of RHF711
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IPA4LIFE
4.11/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Light amber to deep gold in color. Crystal clear. 1 finger head, with relatively thin body, but a decent amount of head retention was present, with a thin layer of off-white bubbles laying around for a while.

S- Moderate English hop notes- mostly floral with a moderate touch of orange peel. Also solid hints of honey and a slightly dry cedar woody note that almost reminds me of bourbon. Enjoyable, but mild flavors.

T- Very grassy, earthy hop notes up front. A slightly biscuit flavor with just a hint of butter (diacetyl?) and orange peel. Almost like biscuits with orange marmalade and butter. Pretty tasty.

M- Surprisingly smooth and full-bodied, with a good round mouthfeel.

O- Not a bad overall representation of the style. American IPA fanatics might not like it, but the subtlties are nice, and I really like the nose on this beer. The slight hint of butter adds rather than detracts, and I think it is a well-balanced, good English IPA.

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Photo of ManUtdSooner
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rmehughes
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Act25
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed at St Pancras Hotel, London.

A- Perhaps it's a nitro because the head lasts and laces. Copper amber in color. Crystal clear. 1 finger head.

S- Classic English hop notes- too meek, but what I get is floral with honey and orange peel.

T- Follows the smell but more plentiful, floral grassy, earthy hop notes up front. Then a biscuit flavor with honey and orange peel. As with great E IPAs - marmalade on toast.

M- Nice mouth feel, smooth and mid-bodied.

O- Classic English IPA.

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Photo of DanB1
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Curious IPA from Hepworth & Co. (Brewers) Ltd.
Beer rating: 33.3% out of 100 with 21 ratings
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