Kelso Industrial Pale Ale | Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn

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Kelso Industrial Pale AleKelso Industrial Pale Ale

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Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 262
Photo of frykid
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a can into a snifter glass

dark golden color with a nice head. strong citrus and hops was one of the more bitter beers I have experienced, but it was quite nice once I was accustomed to it.

overall - I enjoyed it and would have it again

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Photo of richj1970
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can dated 1/21/2016 into snifter.

Can says Imperial India Pale Ale versus Industrial, but based on other comments, I think this is the right entry for the review.

A: Somewhat cloudy golden orange with 1 finger white head that settled to a thin ring around the edge after a minute or two and leaving some moderate lacing.

S; Bready malts and candied oranges mixed with a punch of piney hops.

T: Sweet tangerines, mango, and biscuit malts balanced with piney bitterness. ABV is apparent but seems bring something to the table.

M: Medium to full body with fairly light carbonation. Finish features some hop bitterness and alcohol heat.

O: Very unique DIPA. My first brew from Kelso, and hopefully I will get the opportunity to try more from these guys!

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Photo of Aerol
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A malt liquor had sex with an IPA and had a home birth c-section. Overall, I enjoyed the beer but the alcohol started to get very noticeable on the tongue towards the end.

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Photo of agreenman19
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I'm not really sure what this beer is. On one hand, the page I'm on now says "Industrial IPA", but the beer I've got in my hand says "Imperial IPA". The cans look exactly the same except for that one difference. Rebranding? Looks like a fellow BA added "Imperial Pale Ale" to this brewery's page a couple months ago, but he forgot the "India" so he kinda fucked that one up. Oh well, this appears to be the correct beer, so here is where my review is.

L - dark orange. Slightly opaque.

S - huge pine. Sweet tropical fruits. Candied orange.

T - more of that malty candied citrus. Orangey hops with a killer piney bitterness on the finish. That, combined with the booze makes it almost overwhelming. Jet fuel. Lot of alcohol burn for 10%. 120 Minute goes down smoother than this.

F - low carbonation. Thick and syrupy.

O - packed full of flavor, this brew is unrelenting. A bit unrefined, but is sure to get you kicked up a few notches.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a hotel tumbler from a 12 oz can.

Color is hazy gold with a medium white head. Smell is citrus and tropical fruits - maybe a little booze. Flavor is similar to the nose, with a backbone of caramel malt that balances the beer to a dangerously drinkable level for it's ABV. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can brought from New York by @mr-jj. 08/17/2015 is stamped on the bottom. Served in a snifter. The can looks like the one pictured in this listing, but it says "Imperial" instead of "industrial".

Pours a pretty ruby-amber, clear, with a smallish head that lasts, and is supported by lots of carbonation. Smell is super orangey, very citrus. Can't get much besides that oranginess, although it smells good, it's a bit one-sided.

Taste is (thankfully) less orange-forward, although it's certainly present and noticeable. But, there's plenty of piney bitterness, a moderate bready malt characteristic. Nice, interesting beer.

Mouthfeel is creamy and nice. Overall, nice beer.

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Photo of TomMorris
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark orange with about half a finger of milk-white head. Straight out of the can, I got huge citrusy and tropical fruit aromas; oranges, mangos, pineapples, lemons etc. As the beer warmed up however, the fruity hops took a back seat to some rich caramel maltiness that reminded me quite a bit of Founders; Centennial IPA. The flavor profile followed the nose smoothly: at first I found it a fruit juice bomb but as it warmed the hops and malts fell into balanced. There's almost no bitterness as the beer initially hits my tongue, but a few seconds after swallowing it fades in and lingers. Mouthfeel is medium/medium thin and wasn't helped by the delayed bitterness. If this beer were a little less two-faced and the bitter aftertaste weren't so displaced from the initial flavor, I'd probably consider it a pretty top-notch IPA. I personally would prefer the bitterness to exist in union with the tropical and malt profile the initial taste has; the finished product really just loses another dimension of flavor and complexity without it. Still though, this is a very tasty IIPA that I would definitely drink again. It isn't completely top-notch, but it's definitely very good.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated 6/2015

A - Pours a very hazy medium copper color with a thin but thick white, frothy head. As the beer warms the haze subsides and leaves a nice clear copper color.

S - Some crackery caramel malt with a lot of spicy earthiness. The beer is being served pretty cold right now so some of the aromas are muted.

T - The first thing that hits you is the alcohol which permeates through the sinuses on the first few sips and as the beer warms the ABV is less obtrusive but still present. There's an almost perfect balance between the malt and the spicy hoppiness where a crisp caramel malt base sticks from start to finish, over the top comes crashing some citrus rind spiciness and earthy aggressive hoppiness with a long lingering bitter bite.

M - Thick medium to light heavy body which is perfect for this beer, coats the mouth with a spicy malt presence.

O - This can has three months on it so I could only imagine what it would be like when fresh, right now it's still showing signs of hoppy aggressiveness but yet nicely balanced. And also - Kudos to this very small brewery by date stamping the cans, I wish more breweries turning out IPA's would follow suit, at least I knew what to expect and I wasn't disappointed.

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Photo of clake
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz can dated 5/7/15 poured into a tulip glass. Appearance is a hazy copperish orange with a white frothy head leaving behind a small amount of lacing. Smell is sweet citrus with the malt being present. The taste is almost candied peach like with the backing of the malt. The booziness is present but not in an overpowering burning way. Strong presence of carbonation on the tongue with an oily finish. Overall this is an above average IPA. You know the ABV is high while drinking but it is hidden quite well. The can I originally looked at on this 4 pack looked like it was marked 6/7. I noticed my reading error upon getting home. I really enjoyed this beer even pushing 100+ days. I'll be looking for fresher cans for sure to see how this one holds up.

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Photo of jhavs
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Fresh 12oz. can purchased at St. Gambrinus in Brooklyn poured into a snifter tasting glass.

A= Amber/copper coloring with a light haze. White foamy head inch thick that settles quickly to thin layer and ring around the glass.

S= Malt, caramel sweetness, a bit of alcohol. Some earthy hops.

T= Malt sweetness and high bitterness level. A bit of alcohol burn, not over powering but easy to detect. Hop flavor a bit overpowered by bitterness and malts.

M=Heavy side of medium body with moderate carbonation.

O= Bitter and bold, not exactly nuanced or balanced, but not unapproachable.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Long ago, in a galaxy far away, the embryo of The CANQuest (tm) formed aboard the USS Fulton (AS-11), initially in Quincy, MA and later New London, CT. It was a floating Industrial space atop a bunch of supporting storerooms and if you walked away as a young boot, you had hit it lucky. The CANQuest (tm) was lucky to score this find!

From the CAN: "Brooklyn Crafted Since 2006"; "An imperial IPA with bold malts and huge hops"; "Created by the husband & wife team of Kelly Taylor & Sonya Giacobbe. 100 % hand made craft ales and lagers brewed fresh in the bountiful borough of Brooklyn since 2006. Mounds of malt, bales of hops and countless hours of dedication and passion. That's KelSo Beer."

My patience, or lack thereof, finally got the best of me. I CANducted a picture-perfect Crack! and then CANmenced a subtle Glug that produced a finger of tawny head that quickly fell to wisps. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled strongly of minty, icy hops and caramel malt. Hoo. Mouthfeel was full, like a dollop of beer, rather than a draught. Ho! I rocked back in my seat as the fusel heat ran around wild like a bunch of Minions on my tongue. Oh, my! the malt and hops worked really well in unison, creating a minty sweetness like a Brach's Mint caramel like I used to cherry-pick as a kid from my maternal grandmother's CANdy jar. Finish really rocked me, reminding me that I might need to slow down. This was no playing around! This might be a good moment to mention that the CAN was flat black, airbrushed aluminum. Industrial, indeed! Finish was dry, hot, hoppy and frankly, mind-blowing. Man, I was really reeling from this one!

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up a few weeks back at Top Hops in New York, having never heard of Kelso or any of their beers before. I saw a dark can and "industrial" written on it and thought that this would be pretty rough around the edges and sure enough, it was. This certainly was a Double/Imperial IPA that nearly bordered on the edge of Barleywine and Wild Ale as well. There's a lot going on here and this was about as raw and unrefined a beer that I've had in quite some time!

The pour to this was good, as the beer had a light copper hue and moderate head that quickly subsided. Lots of malt , skunk, and tropical fruit in the nose and then I took my first sip.


Boy, was it strong. Booze. Barley. Solvent. Citrus rind. It's all here and all uninhibited. Nothing held back and even the dank, hoppy bitterness and maple sweetness came through in the aftertaste. Lots of warming associated with them and a subtler oily resin that coated my mouth once the beer went down. A bit of crystalline sweetness stuck around but the funk was there from start to finish. Quite untamed, this beer didn't hold back and hit me quite hard before I polished it off.

One of these was enough for a session, although I could have had another in sitting. Based on the reviews here, this was quite polarizing and even though I didn't hate it, I could see why so many people didn't like this. Going to a warehouse party in Bushwick that's in a beat-up 'hood? Bring this, it'll fit in perfectly with the surrounds. A fitting brew for a Borough still rough around the proverbial edges.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can to into pint glas
L- golden,slightly cloudy reasonable head, fades in about 2-3 minutes
S-malty, candy like, maple
T- well balanced, quick hop hit smothered in malt
Feel- effervescence spread it well on tongue
Overall- I would buy this again. Never heard of them until this beer. Read their bio online, good luck to them.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.25/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Cloudy, near opaque dark gourd orange color. Tropical fruit hops and thick syrupy malt aroma. Hop flavors are delivered on the palette by a tsunami of heat, thick malt, and bitterness. Not how I want my hoppy goodness delivered. And not near enough hop flavor to warrant that much booze. Big body like beery orange sorbet.

Hot and messy, pretty much like a fresh barleywine. I guess you could age it but then you lose hop flavoring. Unfocused and poorly thought out.

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Photo of Andymac28
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 1 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank out the can in the parking lot before my bs OSHA class lol. Smell is incredible. Grapefruit and sweet pineapple! Taste- really malty and hoppy at the same time throught. A little bitter at the end but not too much. Smooth.. and alcohol hidden very well for 10abv. A little different with all the malt but well done! Would get again.

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Photo of hoagzzz
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A malt bomb dipa, which is not my sweet spot. I'm considering doing a drain pour, only because it's a shame to get this drunk from something i really don't like. Didn't help that the can is 5 months old.

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Photo of GFM
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into pint glass. Pours a dense golden copper color. Two fingers of thick off white head. A ring of lacing where the head peaked with blotchy lacing below it. Pine and citrus in the scent. Heavy full-bodied feel that's appropriate for a DIPA. A sweet malt backbone to complement the citrus hoppiness. A delayed bitter aftertaste that lingers. (8.5)

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small head with light lacing. Color is a beautiful tawny gold, almost the color of a Lipton iced tea on a sunny day. The nose is a bit tart, green grapes and green apples--didn't betray any of the juiciness in the taste. Flavors are big and bold, carried by carbonation, but ultimately disappoint. I got orange, tangerine, and a lemon on the tail end, but the lemon interacted awkwardly with the juicy malts that hover beneath the surface here. Overlaying every flavor note was the burning taste of 10% ABV, not hiding in the shrubs here. The taste finished on the back of my tongue like the inside of a balloon.

This is a bold beer, but not a very comfortable ride.

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Photo of RoyaleWithCheese
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had never heard of this beer before until stumbling upon it at a local distributor. It was the only 4 pack left, so I figured I'd give it a shot. First can wasn't all that awesome. For some reason it just didn't go down great. Had a second can a night or two later and it was awesome. Very syrupy and boozy, but it's a malty and high alcohol beer, that's just how it is. looking back, it reminded me of Hi-Res but they do not taste the same. Similar, but Kelso is far more malty. I'd love to pick this up again if I can find it. Recommended if you're into no joke heavy beers that require attention when drinking.

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Photo of 57md
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy copper color with a very good hop nose. The can says “bold malts and huge hops;” while I hate to bow to marketing, I’d say this is a dead on accurate description.
The booze is not at all intrusive but it’s not hidden either – when you drink this, you know it is a 10%.

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Photo of CayseyW
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

After another go-round with this beer I had to lower the rating. My first score was 4.03, which in hindsight makes me wonder what I was thinking. To say that this is a pallet burner would be a huge understatement. This beer is a palate waster. It's just so unrefined and so over the top that it becomes very hard to drink after a while. It's most redeeming quality is the well-masked 10% ABV that allows you to forget about the taste because you develop a decent buzz quickly. It's by no means the worst DIPA I've had, but I won't be revisiting it.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2L growler was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale orange color with some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tropical, citrus, grassy, and danky hops followed by toasted, caramel, and bready malts. Slight aroma of ethanol alcohol given the 10% ABV.

Taste: Same as above. Got slightly better as it warmed, but ethanol alcohol flavor was their in the rear with bitterness and slight aftertaste too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, strong bitterness, ethanol alcohol, slight aftertaste, and medium carbonation.

Overall: If this beer could be tweeted a little bit,.it could have more potential. Will check out the cans next time instead of getting a growler.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, rusty orange with lacey off white film. 4
Dank, rindy citrus nose. 4.25
Honey and marmalade then musty resin, Cointreau, and pine sap hops. 4.25
Oily lemon balm and citrus rind end and stinging nettle linger.
Medium and sticky, no heat. 4

Plenty of citrus, but plenty of sticky dank, too. East coast, but no slouch with the hops. Not sure it has much at 10% that it couldn’t have at, say, 8%. But still a DIPA to be reckoned with. 4.25

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Photo of oldmankoch
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent balance between malts and hops. Nice interplay of initial tropical fruit burst that fades into a dank resin finish. Pretty thick and oily but kinda expected considering it's a IIPA with a high ABV

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Photo of thezach
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A really great take on the double IPA. Very raw. Raw, raw, raw. Pour this into a glass and it is lumpy. Not literally, but man, it's got some floaters in there. Very aggressive hopping. Pine, grapefruit, dank. There's a ton of malt in here. I think the malt and hops are well balanced, but the bitterness is a bit out of whack, a bit too high. Overall, a really great start, and a cool beer because of it's rustic look and raw nature. The high alcohol is easy to miss with the great malt profile and high hopping. Worth finding and trying.

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Kelso Industrial Pale Ale from Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn
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