MATT'S BEER WE GO! GREENE KING INDIA PALE ALE BEER

As you may have noticed (if you've been a good and faithful reader!), I have been canoodling in Summer type drinkies to try and capture the spirit of the season!

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).

From LCBO.com:

GREENE KING IPA, 500 mL bottle
LCBO #65789
Beer, Ale
5.0% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content: 3
Made in: England, United Kingdom
By: Greene King (Morland Plc.)

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