Cornish IPA – Proper Job?

In today’s post Cornish IPA from St Austell.
And what this beer has in common with Proper Job from the same brewery?


I’ve encountered information on the Internet that Cornish IPA, sold by the retail chain Marks & Spencer, it is in fact Proper Job.
So initially I was going to review the both beers in a single post.

A similar situation occurs in the case of beers: Admiral’s Ale and Cornish Red Ale – after checking I found that these two beers have actually the same aromatic-flavour profile – there are no differences between them. For more information, I invite you to that post.


Tasting of both liquors I made on the same day.
First, I took care the beer Proper Job, and then I proceeded to familiarize with Cornish IPA.

It turned out, however, that these are two completely different ales.

Therefore, in the previous post I described just Proper Job – excellent, very hopped, with a distinct bitterness, India Pale Ale.
In today’s post an exclusive guest is Cornish IPA.

What is known about that beer?
Just like Proper Job is bottle conditioned. Likewise also this is the IPA and, as we read at Marks & Spencer web page, to hopped that beer used US hops varieties.
The difference is the level of alcohol, admittedly slight – Proper Job 5,5% abv, Cornish IPA 5% abv.

I think the main differences or similarities, in a moment I shall show in the description. The fact is, as I mentioned earlier, however, are more differences.


So I started to open the bottle and pour its contents and… like in the case of Cornish Pale Ale glass filled with a huge foam.
So, another beer seems to be over carbonated. Cornish Red Ale is not made such a surprise, while the other two of the three required “calm down” and pouring in portions.


Cornish IPA from St Austel Brewery - beer (1)


At this point, even a small note on the expiry date.
Tested by me Cornish IPA bears the expiration date ‘Best Before End 03.2016′. I reveal that both tastings, it means Proper Job and Cornish IPA took place on 25.03.2016 – so I had time during the validity period of beer.

And one more thing: beer won awards in the competition International Beer Challenge – Bronze in 2009 and Silver in 2010.


Name: CORNISH IPA (American Pale Ale, 5% ABV)
Brewery: St Austell Brewery (St Austell, Cornwall, England)

Expiration date: 03/2016 (bottle conditioned, 500ml)

Cornish IPA from St Austel Brewery - beer (2)
Cornish IPA from St Austel Brewery - label


test-look-small Golden colour.
Foam white, very huge, fine- to medium-bubble, very durable.
At the bottom of the bottle sediment, which passed to the glass while pouring as a suspension.
test-sniff-small The aroma is dominated by sweet fruits (less citruses but more tropical fruits: pineapple, mango).
Clear hop aroma and floral accent.
test-drink-small Malt sweetness and hops – these are two dominant flavours.
We have a sweet fruits (mandarin, pineapple, currants), and the floral notes.
Bitterness comes into play (actually to taste) after a while,
as if in passing, though is clear: hoppy-herbal.
The finish for this is definitely bitterish, dry, herbal, quite long.
Bodied rather low. Carbonation medium (initially high).


Cornish IPA is completely different than Proper Job. But immediately it should be noted that it is unique.
The aroma of sweet fruits, floral, with exposed scent of hops.
Taste sweet, malty, well seasoned with hops. We will also find fruits: sweet mandarin, blackcurrant and floral notes as well.
This is very original beer, unique and delicious.

In conclusion: both beers are different in each element.
First – aroma. In the case of Proper Job it is aroma citrusy-resinous, while Cornish IPA has a sweet aroma of tropical fruits with a hint of flowers.
The taste of Proper Job is dry, grapefruit, with a touch of resin, pine. Cornish IPA has a taste more sweet, fruity, floral.
Bitterness in Proper Job is expressive, herbal-resinous, in Cornish IPA – more gentle, herbal and hoppy.
Likewise finish in Proper Job is very pronounced grapefruit-resinous, in Cornish IPA – more subdued, without resinous accents.

There is no doubt, however, that both beers are irresistible top league.




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