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Proper Job (275 of 1001)

Rating: 3.55

One of the first English beers from the 1001 beers list I’ve had in a while now, this one being my second from the St. Austell Brewery based in Cornwall and following on from their Tribute bitter that I was able to try early last year. This particular offering is said to have been inspired by BridgePort IPA from the brewery of the same name in Portland, Oregon after brewery Roger Ryman spent a month there prior to brewing this beer. The beer is mainly available in bottles at 5.5% abv. but can occasionally be found on cask at the more manageable 4.5% abv. from time to time. The beer takes its name from the 32nd Cornwall Regiment and their defence of their garrison during the 1857-58 Indian Mutiny; apparently Queen Victoria rewarded their ‘Proper Job’ by allowing them to become a light infantry regiment.

Proper Job

Appearance (3/5): This one sits a very clear looking and quite bright amber in the glass, topped with a thin looking head at about half a centimetre tall. Retention is about average for the style with it sitting quite bubbly in the glass initially before turning to a patchy surface lacing after about thirty to forty-five seconds, there is the odd bit of sediment kicking about in the glass too.
Aroma (7/10): The aroma kicks of with some earthy, citrus and pine style hops and the odd grassy touch before some biscuit notes come through and a hint of floral. There is some faint citrus as well as some background fruits that are fainter still, earthy malts follow and there are a few more hops than I had been expecting but it seems about standard for an English IPA really.
Taste (7/10): Starting with a fair helping of hops, this one was more bitter than I’d been expecting with some citrus and orange upfront, some biscuit and faint caramel malts to follow and a few earthy, floral flavours following that. Some bread featured towards the end but it was the hops and citrus/pine flavours that came out on top here.
Palate (4/5): Very smooth with a light-medium body and a faint hop bitterness throughout. The beer was fairly well balanced and proved an easy one to drink despite not being the most varied or exciting. Carbonation was also light-medium and there was a dry, slightly bitter tang towards the finish.

Overall (15/20): This one was my second English IPA in quick succession, following on from yesterdays Gladeye IPA and this one was quite a good offering for the style, probably coming out slightly ahead of the Drygate offering. Taste wise the two were fairly similar but Proper Job seemed to have more hops and bitterness to it, going down easily and well. I’m not sure it’s one I’d go back to all that often but it was a nice beer and one well worth picking up if you get the chance.

Brewed In: St. Austell, Cornwall, England
Brewery:  St. Austell Brewery
First Brewed: 2004
Type: English IPA
Abv: 5.5%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Tesco (Glasgow)
Price: £1.65

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