Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Granite City Duke of Wellington Pale Ale

Type: Pale Ale
Origin: Monroe, WI
Price: $9/6-pack
ABV: 5.2%
NSP: 12.31 (unscaled)

The first craft beer club offering from the land of cheese. I'm glad they didn't just say fuck it and throw MGD in there.

The label says this is a pale ale, but all of the info I can find on it (including the official site) says it's an IPA. I can't find any good reason why they named this after Field Marshal Wellesley, but he was a complete badass, and if dropping line infantry knowledge all over Napoleon's hindparts doesn't get a beer named after you nothing will. Unfortunately, however, his presence undoubtedly means if this beer is indeed an IPA, it's an English IPA. Oh well, let's see what we've got.

I certainly can't tell that it's an IPA by the nose. It's malty as hell and there's barely any hop scent in there other than maybe a light wisp of lemon, nothing floral to speak of. The hops are definitely there when you taste it, but the malt is much more powerful. It's interesting...the hops don't seem to provide much in the way of piny flavor, just some bitterness and a kind of sour acidity. It's not citrusy acidity, though, like some of the west coast IPAs, because that usually brings some flavor along with it, like lemon or grapefruit or whatever. It's more like someone tossed a couple of drops of white vinegar in there when I wasn't looking. I'm not sure that I really like that, but at least it cuts the malt down and keeps the body from being overly heavy. The acid thing stays all the way through to the end, even after the malt and bitterness have faded.

This beer is kind of weird. The malt is definitely all English IPA. But the sourness from the hops is...just odd. It's a strange combination, and it makes it feel like the beer's having an identity crisis. I'll give it credit- it's unique in my experience. But that doesn't mean I'm going to buy it.

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