English IPA | E.J. Phair Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
E.J. Phair Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mark on 04-23-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of berkey
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper with a bright white head that dies dissapointingly quickly. Pretty low on the carbonation but lacing is very good.

Smells of floral and grapefruit hops with some pleasant bready malt aromas. I feel this is the strength of this beer.

Taste follows the nose but the English IPA maltiness starts to dominate the hop notes. Bitters slightly as it warms. Mounthfeel suffers a tiny bit because the carb dies so quickly but not unpleasant. Very drinkable and even sessionable.

Overall a solid offering. Have to respect the fact they did their own thing producing an English Style IPA and didn't try to clone the popular big California IPA's. Although it's a beer I'd never complain about it doesn't blow my mind and I don't really seek it out unless it's on sale. The most outstanding character is the freshness since it's brewed so close to my home. Though when I do pick up a six pack I never feel I made a wrong choice.

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Photo of Mark
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice light amber beer had good head retention and decent lacing. Subtle aroma, not much hop but still inviting. Ultra smooth malty taste profile tinged with some nice hop and herb notes. I like both styles of IPA, over the top or subtle, this is a very nice beer and I found it quite drinkable. It will probably be among my top choices to have when visiting the pub.

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Photo of hiku7
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap tonight in a pint glass at E.J. Phair in Concord, CA.

A - Pours amber to copper with a 1 finger head with staying power. Webbed lacing.

S - Floral and piney hop dominant, without a lot of malt coming through.

T - the maltiness that the nose lacked came through in the taste, but hops hops hops dominate the taste, in a good way. Fairly balanced brew.

M - Not sure what to make of this but overall feels a bit thin, though some swigs had a syrupiness that I had thought was lacking. Inconsistent?

D - Drinkable English IPA, though to me it felt more like an American style IPA.

Overall, decent IPA.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of MisterClean
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at source.

A - Darker caramel color for an IPA with thin head and little carbonation.

S - Very subtle bouquet of floral hops, with moderate maltiness for an IPA.

T - Earthy hops, with a hint of maltiness.

M - Very satisfying and thirst quenching, but slightly bitter from the earthiness.

D - Would pair well with spicy food.

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Photo of lechroy
4.56/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at EJ Phair in Concord after a day of finding a new occurrence for a rare plant - saline sack clover.

A - Clean beer with a nice amber color, head was single finger and melted away in 1-2 minutes.
S - Wonderful sharp piney aroma with a grand hop bill for an English brew, really great fresh bouquet.
T- Extra yum. Tasted with a Pliny next door. Hops really popped out of this one, but not unreasonably unbalanced - good malt bill with some warm flavors. To be Phair - it seemed more like a west coast IPA. Seriously a surprise and effected palette.
M - all good here. smooth.
O - See taste - this was really a treat and worth drinking many times over. A really great every day brew with such an outstanding hop bill. Simcoe involved I bet....

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English IPA from E.J. Phair Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 6 ratings