This one is somewhat of an offside trip however, although, being an India Pale Ale - and with India being notoriously hot very often - one could say I'm still right in line with doing warm weather related beverages!I like that line of reasoning, so let's go for it! And so, I bring you this award winning (Silver Award in 2006 from The British Bottlers' Institute) British India Pale Ale, with a Green King (how appropriate) sitting proudly on the label. Don't ask me which Monarch it is...*stares at label*...yeah forget it. It is, however, the official beer of England Rugby (good job!) and the brewer has been in business, I believe, since 1799 (during the reign of King George III, who definitely was not green, but did later become, quite insane).
...and you thought this was just some mindless blob of a blog!
The makers of this IPA seek to emulate those that were sent to the British Raj in the 19th century, and hence if you're a Canadian such as I who is used to the taste of say, Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale, prepare yourself for a very different taste experience; they are nothing alike.
On to the booze!
First, get out your bottle opener, you'll need it!
Second, get a glass, or just gawk at it in the bottle, and you'll see it has a lovely brownish-orange, bronze hue.
The scent of the beer is deep and hoppy, and fresh, beery, grainy, full, and not wimpish in any respect. This one is a powerhouse of tastes and aromas.
Medium bodied, this IPA is dry, hoppy, oaky, caramely, and woodsy. There is a definite overtone of bitterness, which comes through loud and clear in the aftertaste.
I expected this ale to be quite dry, which it is: most dark beers/ales usually are. As I'm not a great fan of dry, overly hoppy or malty beers, this one wasn't my ultimate favourite. However, for what it is, it wasn't damn bad; it's just not my favourite style!
God Save the Greene King! (And England Rugby, and after that World Cup, English Football!!)
**1/2 out of 4
Purchased at a Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) store for C$3.50 (US$3.31).
GREENE KING IPA, 500 mL bottle
Sugar Content: 3
Made in: England, United Kingdom
By: Greene King (Morland Plc.) Print This