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Tasting of IPAs stronger than 5% ABV....
Alaskan Alaskan IPA
85A well-executed, profoundly hoppy, golden beer that threatens to cloy but never does.
Alcazar Bombay Castle IPA
75A fine, chunky IPA, although not as complex as others reviewed in these pages.
Alcazar Bowman's Bounty
68A full-flavoured IPA dedicated to Robin Hood. Too strong-tasting for my liking, however, and it could be a little cleaner, too.
BrewDog Hardcore IPA
75An intriguing and powerful golden beer echoing the American style where strength and hops both aspire to new levels. The excessive alcohol tends to spoil the balance for me but, as the label says: ‘...
BrewDog Punk IPA
75Very tasty, aggressive beer from a funky Scottish microbrewery that models itself on the US craft brewing movement. But it's so flavoursome that it may prove too demanding for some drinkers.
Coors Worthington's White Shield
85Very well balanced and always interesting, this 19th century survivor of the original IPA boom is all too easy to drink for its strength. Credit to Coors for investing in this erstwhile badly-abused b...
Daleside Brewery Alnwick IPA
78A fine beer with the authentic IPA hopping, if not exactly the true strength of a genuine IPA. Packed with taste for its strength. Brewed for Alnwick by Daleside Brewery.
Darwin Brewery Rolling Hitch
80Light and delicate for such a hoppy and strong beer. A very quaffable golden IPA from the North-East that was the winner of Asda's bottled beer competition in 2005.
Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA
83When we said ‘above 5%' we weren't quite expecting this! Dogfish Head leads the way with ‘extreme' beers, and this is as extreme as it gets.
Dogfish Head Brewery 60 Minute IPA
85Packed with flavour but cleverly balanced with a refined smoothness. The first of three IPAs from this Delaware brewery that makes its living by fearlessly pushing the envelope. The names of the three...
Dogfish Head Brewery 90 Minute Imperial IPA
90You know you've had a drink with this one, but it's a class act with exemplary control of the alcohol and esters. I've scored it even more highly this time around than when previously reviewed. Wonder...
Downton Brewery Chimera IPA
78A big, appropriately hoppy, somewhat alcoholic, golden IPA from Wiltshire.
Goose Island Beer Co Indian Pale Ale
88A world classic. Scored down a touch this time – perhaps the company it's keeping in this round of tasting is more challenging. Still outstanding, nonetheless.
Greene King IPA Exports Strength
80Well-balanced and tasty: a cut above Greene King's standard IPA. Scores more highly this time than in an earlier tasting.
Hampshire Pride of Romsey
78A tasty, nicely balanced, copper coloured beer with a prominent but happily not over-stated hoppiness.
Joseph Holt Pioneer
75Gloriously hoppy in the Holt style, this bottle-conditioned beer features Pioneer hops.
Meantime Indian Pale Ale
88Another beer that justly earned rave reviews on these pages previously. Retasted here, it again scores very highly.
73The label suggests this celebratory beer will chill well, and the body and hoppiness will probably ensure it does. Brewed to mark 100 years of the TT races on the Isle of Man, effectively packing all ...
St Austell Brewery Proper Job
83A refreshing, dark golden beer inspired by various American IPAs and hence loaded with citrus flavours. Cornish malt is successfully employed to even up both the taste and the trans-atlantic balance. ...
St Peter's Indian Pale Ale
73A demandingly hoppy drink that grabs you by the tastebuds. A little more malt wouldn't go amiss.
80A very successful golden IPA that has turned many heads since it arrived on the scene last year. The beer is available in both filtered and bottle-conditioned versions. The above notes are based on th...
Tui Brewery East India Pale Ale
75Dark amber in colour and unusually sweet for a beer that bears the name IPA. An interesting but quite thin beer from a long-established New Zealand brewery.
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