Potters Run India Pale Ale | Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)

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Brewed by:
Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
As a truly British India Pale Ale, Potter's Run is packed full of the flavor of imported English Fuggle hops. This copper ale is served slightly warmer and uncarbonated through an authentic beer engine to create a traditional ale drinking experience.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-31-2003

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of ffshore545
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of theholdsteady
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of aggiearcher13
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the downtown Dane.

A: Crystal clear, a nice golden-amber color. Not much head, probably due to it being on cask, but it does leave decent lacing.

S: Caramel malts, some floral aroma and some citrus.

T: Bitter, grapefruit and some good malts in there.

M: A little thin, but overall pretty solid.

D: I had two, they were good but not the best IPA that the Dane has to offer.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
4.24/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap @ the Great Dane downtown

This one is a slightly hazy copper color, moving towards amber, with a kind of small, about 1cm head on top formed of loose bubbles, leaving only a tiny bit of lacing down the glass. It does stay as a nice bubbly ring on top. About what I'd expect - if not a little better, from a cask ale, so I can't take away too much here. The smell reminds me upfront of tea, black tea if I were being a bit more specific. There is a nice malty sweetness in the smell. I can also pick up a bit of lemon zest, but like sweet lemon water, maybe with a little lime or orange juice in it as well. The bready malts jump out as well, with a hint of tart cherries on top. There's a lot of interesting stuff here. Stuff that may not remind us of American IPAs, but from my experience with cask-conditioned IPAs, this one stands up tall. The taste starts with a mild grassy bitterness, then it moves over to a taste like Mandarin oranges, with a little tropical fruit, like mangoes, maybe mangoes that aren't quite fully ripe. I then start to taste a little of that cask-conditioned flavor - not strong oak, but you can tell its there - maybe it's just because of the lower levels of carbonation, or the slightly higher than normal esters, but it's pleasant. I started to taste a bit of toffee and caramel as well, underneath the mild esters in the finish. There are also tastes of a bit of spice, like coriander, and some floral tastes, an interesting powdery pollen-like presence. Very enjoyable. This beer is nice and full bodied, without being too heavy. The hint of sweetness stuck with a slight woodiness made it feel very nice, as well as the kind of low carbonation. It gets to be a bit syrupy without any carbonation, but I liked it. Again, kind of what you expect from cask ales, but a bit above the norm. Overall, I thought this was pretty damn good. It gets to be kind of a sipper, maybe its because of the complexity from the conditioning, but really and enjoyable drink. I would definitely have another, and wish I could have it more often.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the downtown Great Dane after a long day with some over-sized samples at the 2007 Great Taste of the Midwest.

This beer was not very much an IPA to me...it seemed almost more like a Irish Red Ale to me...not at all hoppy, but it had an attractive red color and white head and pleasant caramel malt flavor. This was not at all what I expected, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. However, I have a hard time not deducting ANY points for seeming, at least in my opinion, well outside of what the style normally entails.

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Photo of svraines
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey, it's a cask ale. You are supposed to drink it and be happy. Not much carbonation in this style, so don't expect much. Looks like beer, but not any particular color, like dishwater-blonde hair looks like hair. No big aromas, not very hoppy, but it feels good going down. I drank half a pitcher after an ultimate frisbee game and I would again.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

imperial pint, great dane-fitchburg, from the hand-pull tap

appearance: poured a mostly clear copper colour, with a delicous foamy head that sat perfectly above it, lacing throughout

smell: very floral, mostly citrus hop characteristics but not incredibly bold, mild toffee, noticeable caramel malt

taste: a rather chalky ipa... i like this better than their normal ipa but not as much as the wonderful texas speedbump...slightly bitter grapefruit hops dominate, other citrus flavours, tame caramel malts

mouthfeel: chalky, medium body, lightly bitter aftertaste

drinkability: very easily drinkable

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Photo of bditty187
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery hue, translucent, creamy head, slightly off-white, fair retention, laced in sheets. Well-stated nose, hoppy but not assertive. The palate is mildly hoppy, again not aggressive, floral, some malt undercurrents, a hint of buttery-toffee. Smooth and enjoyable, a little too calm for an IPA. Moderately bitter, not very complex, light-medium body. This is a solid brew that could use more bitterness.

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Photo of cokes
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden-amber bodied with a wispy white head.
Nice Golding aroma, though altogether too quiet.
Quiet may be the mantra for this IPA. Well structured with the aforementioned Goldings mingling nicely with a slightly burnt toffee backing. Floral, but not at all bitter. Hints of butter and wood provide accompaniment. However, nothing truly asserts itself, and this becomes all too similar to Great Dane's other EPAs and bitters. More aggressive hops would be a blessing.
Besides the previously mentioned quibbles, this is a small treat on cask, and good session stuff. Just not one that will be etched in the memory banks days down the road.

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Potters Run India Pale Ale from Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 10 ratings