This English-style IPA from the Greene King Brewery in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England pours a nice rusty amber colour with a moderate tan head that gets retained as a collar. There’s a lot of visible carbonation when held up to light. Greene King IPA smells like toasted malts, with a grape-like fruity character, a lemon grass tone and a hint of brewed orange pekoe tea.
The taste of Greene King IPA follows suit; there’s no bait and switch here. Toasted malts, a fruity tone and a brewed tea flavour are accompanied by a lemony bitter finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a decent carbonation and a light, but noticeable bready body. The lemony tone lingers in the aftertaste.
The label of Greene King IPA is an emerald green colour with a depiction of the brewery on a map of England. The back has a brief description of the beer, a depiction of a silver British Bottlers’ Institute medal it won in 2006. There is a best before date printed faintly in white on the neck of the bottle itself.
Greene King IPA is a very solid, session-able English ale that I could have any time. It’s on the mild side, but very pleasant and easy-going. It pairs very well with spicy foods as well. This beer is available at select LCBO stores and the Official Beer of English Rugby can be found at hundreds of pubs and inns across the UK.
Type: English India Pale Ale
Region: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk
Brewery: Greene King Brewing and Retailing Limited
Format Purchased: 500 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.1%