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Self proclaimed as a "Brilliant British Ale", this India Pale Ale is listed at 5.2% ABV, with 28 IBUs. The copper color is quite attractive, and the hop aroma is nice too. Caramel tones. This has a nice mouth feel, not too thin. Brilliant?
Reading the specifications again, I'm wondering if this really is an IPA? The BJCP style guidelines for a English IPA (14A) include:
ABV: 5.0 - 7.0 (this fits the category, on the low side)
IBU: 40 - 60 (whoa, the 28 IBU is way low for the style)
SRM: 8.0 - 14.0 (This fits...not sure but probably 12-14ish)
By style, this is probably closer to an Extra Special/Strong Bitter, with specs of 30-50 IBU. The ABV, SRM, and flavor profiles will fit this category too.
This is not a beer for the over-the-top hop heads...don't let the IPA moniker fool you. And I did enjoy it.
Get one now, while you can.