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Impale IPA

Rating: 3.5

Launched on the 5th of September 2012 in Edinburgh’s Holyrood 9A bar, Impale IPA was the winner of the Institute of Brewing & Distilling’s Scottish Home Brew competition. The beer is based on a recipe by Ed Young and is now brewed by Williams Brothers brewery and is now available in their Inn Deep bar in Glasgow where I tried a bottle, it is also available on cask and keg in various bars around the country. It a beer that I had heard nothing about and that, coupled with the fact I was in the mood for an IPA was what made me opt from this one although the fact I was in a Williams Brothers pub at this time and this particular bottle was a lot cheaper than some of the American imports helped swing it a little as well.

Impale IPA

Appearance (3/5): A clear and light, golden amber with a thin and patchy lacing in lieu of a head.
Aroma (7/10): This one starts with a hoppy citrus aroma with some grapefruit and tropical fruits along with a moderately bitter aroma and about average nose strength for an IPA.
Taste (7/10): Again some citrus to start off the taste although this comes across stronger than in the nose. There is some grapefruit and bitterness with the tropical fruits coming through. I could detect some spice as well and some floral hops coming through.
Palate (4/5): A smooth and light medium bodied beer with a good pine bitterness and plenty of hops with a nice citrus tang. Carbonation levels are as you would expect from an American style IPA as well.

Overall (14/20): Not a bad beer from Williams Brothers, a nice American style IPA with a pleasant and somewhat refreshing taste that proved very easy to drink. The beer went down well and although not one I’d seek out again, it is a beer that I will probably have again at some point in the future.

Brewed In: Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
Brewery: Williams Brothers Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2012
Type: American IPA
Abv: 5.5%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Inn Deep, Glasgow, Scotland
Price: £2.80

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