Kelso Industrial Pale Ale | Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn

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Kelso Industrial Pale AleKelso Industrial Pale Ale
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Kelso Industrial Pale AleKelso Industrial Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn
New York, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by dragonWhale on 04-24-2011

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Photo of raycoll
3.31/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bylerteck
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sd123
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Metaltildeath
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mr-jj
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
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 -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 PhineasMcClintock
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TomMorris
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
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 -3.2%
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 +2.9%
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 -5.9%
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 jmg480
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skellbop
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of N1Nkasi
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Reno9
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
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 bfitzge2
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of david18
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AAG
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dajerzy52
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcbeers
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Budinetz
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Kelso Industrial Pale Ale from Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 264 ratings