John Henry West Indies Pale Ale
Cold Spring Brewing Co.

John Henry West Indies Pale AleJohn Henry West Indies Pale Ale
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American Strong Ale
3.62 | pDev: 15.47%
Cold Spring Brewing Co.
Minnesota, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
John Henry West Indies Pale AleJohn Henry West Indies Pale Ale
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3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

An affordable bottle of barrel-aged (OK, spiral-aged) beer in Minnesota? Say it ain't so. Sub-$5 price point reeled me in, & since the 3 Lick Spiker is pretty good, gonna give this one a shot too. 750 ML bottle split with my wife.

OK, first of all, the label says "pale" & this comes out a rusted pail red. WTF? A brewery should really warn a guy with a weak heart. Low carbonation. Smell is nice. Ton of maple syrup, bit of rum, then plenty of toffee. Interesting. Draws me in & makes me want to drink. Mission accomplished.

John Henry West Indies Pale Ale's identity confusion works its way from the name all the way into the taste. What is this? The pretty nose is lost in a strange web of tastes. What I get most in the mouth is scorched-earth sugar. Muddled in the middle is a bit of rum, reminder of alcohol, burnt toffee. Finish is burnt rum sweetness. Taste is indeed thin, neither the rum nor the base is sufficient to hold this one up. For what it's worth, it is easy to consume.

Well, this didn't quite work for me. Mediocre. Needs a bit more punch. The thinness of the brew works against it, & there's no cohesion to the flavor (lord, was that pretentious - I'm ashamed - but it's true).

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3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 750ml (25.4 oz.) bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: Cherokee Market Beer & Wine in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.99
Purchased: June 21, 2014
Consumed: June 21, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark reddish, brown, opaque color with two fingers of frothy tan head. Didn’t notice any bubbles on the sides of the glass. Above average circular lacing along the sides. Above average retention on the top.

Smelled oaky wood, bourbon, rum, dark fruits, plum, purple grapes, caramel, toffee, faint chocolate, black cherry and light crayon.

Tasted slightly better than the smell. Lots of wood, then oak, bourbon, caramel, toffee, crayon, roasty nuts, some chocolate, rum and plum. Lingering boozy astringent taste on the tongue.

Medium body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming, slightly bitter finish.

Just an OK strong ale. I was a bit disappointed as I was a big fan of the 3 Lick Spiker Ale.

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3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark for whats supposed to be an IPA an I dont know what they mean by aged on "oak spikes". I'm guessing it's not a true barrel aging? Super deep russet color with a thin light tan head. really rich nose. Coco-cola, black chocolate covered raisins, rich grains, licorice, anise. Very very rich nose, doesnt smell like an IPA.

Strong ale is categorizing this beer properly and as that it's a good beer. But for them to label this as a Indies Pale Ale is very misleading. Anyway, onto the tasting:

Huge malty body. Can definitely taste the wood, lots of boozeyness, too be honest, tastes more like bourbon than spice rum. A strange brewery and perhaps they mislabeled this bottle? Again, american strong ale , lots of wooden and booze, vanilla bourbon like flavors but then again aged rum can have flavors like a bourbon, but the malt profile of this beer is nothing at all like a pale ale. Great beer but terribly mislabeled. Tons of complex flavors that are layered well.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


A- pours a very dark amber, almost black but red shades in light.
Thin one finger head that quickly fades. Slight lacing.

S- strong brown ale tones. Dark roast coffee, brown sugar, vanilla, and musty chocolate hints of rum.

T- Yum! Roasted coffee, chocolate milk, rum, vanilla, sugar cookie.
This is so complex nice and sweet, but not to heavy, and I can taste the pale malt.
Flavor in one word.

M- perfect, enough said

O- this is a crazy fantastic beer, in my top five of all time. Rivals surly darkness in my opinion, just a step behind. The rum makes this smooth and adds that sweet, vanilla to balance the dark roasted malts. A must have at the steal of a price! Exceptional!


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John Henry West Indies Pale Ale from Cold Spring Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 92 ratings