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Thornbridge Kipling (203 of 1001)

Rating: 4.05

A third beer from Thornbridge that features on the 1001 beers list now, this one an American pale ale style beer that is labelled as a ‘South Pacific Pale Ale’ on the bottles label and goes by the name of ‘Kipling’. This is a bottle I came across at the Utobeer stall in Borough Market and seeing that it featured on the 1001 list I quickly grabbed on of the last bottles they had. Surprisingly it is not a beer from the brewery I have spotted in Scotland before although that’s probably more to do with me not looking hard enough than being to do with the breweries distribution methods. I was inspired to try this one over the weekend after spending the best part of Saturday brewing my own take on an American pale ale and I was anxious to have a drink of some. After trying this one I would be happy if my first attempt turns out half as good as this one.

Appearance (4/5): A light golden colour with a two-fingers sized head that is a foamy white and holds very well with no reduction in size initially.
Aroma (8/10): Strong but not overpowering pine and slightly floral hops with a very juicy aroma that also features some citrus and grapefruit. A very nice smell and very west-coast America in style.
Taste (8/10): Bitter pine and grapefruit hops with citrus and a juicy, almost tropical fruit taste that is backed up with some mango and passion fruit. Very juicy and refreshing with some lemon and a very slight touch of malts.
Palate (4/5): Refreshing and bitter as expected with a juicy, wet taste that is full of citrus giving the beer a nice tang on the tongue. The beer is medium on the palate and the carbonation is about the same.

Overall (17/20): An excellent beer from Thornbridge and a great example of an American pale ale that is quite refreshing and goes down a treat with a solid bitter flavour and plenty of pine hops shining through. I wasn’t sure if this would be more American or English in style going in but I am pleased to say it was most definitely American despite the south pacific mentioned on the label. A great beer and one that I’d have again given the chance.

Brewed In: Bakewell, Derbyshire, England
Brewery: Thornbridge Brewery
First Brewed: 2006
Type: American Pale Ale
Abv: 5.2%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Utobeer (Borough Market, London)
Price: £3.49

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  1. October 6, 2014 at 11:01

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