Welcome to the Drink in the Sights Deuchars IPA from Caledonian Brewery beer review. For the life of me I can't remember where I got this bottle of Deuchars IPA from Caledonian Brewery but my best guess is Home Bargains in Lincoln. For those of you who don't know Caledonian Brewery is based in Edinburgh and have been brewing high quality ales for over 150 years now, so they should know what they're doing. The chances are if you've seen a Caledonian Brewery beer in a pub it's probably this one as it does tend to get around. Sadly when I went to Edinburgh I was dragged to the scotch whisky experience instead of the brewery. That said it was a pretty good tour.
Deuchars IPA comes in a dark 500ml bottle which doesn't particularly stand out on the shelf. The label does give a lot of information though describing the beer as a 'golden ale, fruity crisp hop, refreshing finish.' While also pointing out that it's 'brewed by hand in unique direct fired copper kettles with the finest full leaf hops to release the fullest flavours.' The problem is when a beer bigs itself up it really has to try and live up to all the talk and the distinctly mild 4.4% alcohol content doesn't exactly feel awe inspiring.
Deuchars IPA pours really well. There's a light golden amber body topped off by a surprisingly foamy and stable head. As light beers go Deuchars is a bit of a looker. The aroma is also pretty appealing. There's some very nice sweet fruity hop scents and maybe some plum too, and I do like plum in a beer so this is all quite promising. The feel of the beer is pretty light, crisp and refreshing, as the bottle promised. It's the kind of texture you'll enjoy all year round, but probably more so on a warm summers day.
The taste is also very pleasant with plenty of floral fruity tastes including plum, raspberry and a little citrus, but thankfully not enough to dominate. It certainly feels like there's a fair few hops in the beer, but they are all blended really well making it a genuinely nice pint. I actually think this might be one of my favourite IPA's, sure I don't usually like IPA's very much so it's not a massive compliment, but I genuinely would drink this beer again. I'm going to give Deuchars from Caledonian Brewery 7.5 out of 10. It's a genuinely good, very drinkable beer which ticks a lot of the right boxes but probably isn't quite distinctive enough to get a 8+ rating, but then I am quite a stingy grader.