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India'n Pale Ale - Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.

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India'n Pale AleIndia'n Pale Ale

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76 Ratings

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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Paper City Brewery Co., Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-25-2001)
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Reviews by masterbruewer:
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3.98/5  rDev +14%

Poured a golden brown with a thick white head. Light Steady carbonation. Good Lacing.

The smell is hoppy with a little malt background.

The taste is smooth. Hoppy but smooth, not as hoppy as I'd expected in an IPA. There's a subtle bitter hops aftertaste, but no off-flavors. Very solid flavor.

The mouthfeel is light and smooth with a little bit of hop kick at the end, but not much.

This is a fine example of the style and very, very easy drinking.

I'd drink this again if it was distributed outside of Western Massachusetts.

08-25-2004 02:07:34 | More by masterbruewer
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3.43/5  rDev -1.7%

A 22oz bomber with best purchased by July 2007 on the label. It was a golden orange color with a medium head that still left some good lacing. A mostly floral aroma, nothing that predominated. Citrussy hops taste, a little muted. Not a very aggressive IPA. Still, it was fun to drink, and I'd try it again.

06-14-2007 01:31:28 | More by lordofthewiens
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3.05/5  rDev -12.6%

Not too impressed with this offering from Paper City. Orange-amber in colour with an estery and piney aroma. The taste is quite odd. A bit malty, fruity sweet, but then a very odd character comes forwar -- a slightly cheesey and citric hop flavour that is quite assertive, raw and leafy. The finish a spoiled as a result, with a lot of dry tannins that stick to palate and mess with the feel.

12-25-2001 13:04:37 | More by Todd
Photo of Jason


4.33/5  rDev +24.1%

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with a best if served by date on the back label.

Appearance: Crystal clear deep reddish copper hue with a rocky tiny and big bubbled white head. Damn near the best head retention I have seen ever.

Smell: Fruity with hints of toffee and mild fruity esters. The hops float from a little piney to a little floral and a touch herbal and a touch citric ... all which combine to make wonderful slightly pungent aroma.

Taste: Very smooth and medium bodied with a rich malt crispness of toasted biscuity grain, slight steely crystal malt and a chewy malt sweetness in the middle which is cut by an ample assertive hop bitterness. Both flavours seem to linger to the finish, though a hop oil flavour is on top, which ends up being quite pleasant with the residual sweetness and a ghost like buttery diacetyl.

Notes: One of the more flavourful brews Paper City puts out ... indeed it is a very good IPA. One of the better IPAs in the NE for sure.

04-01-2002 11:23:50 | More by Jason
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New York

3.53/5  rDev +1.1%

12 ounce bottle, with freshness dating area, cant be read however, washed out... Pours a light dull golden tone, cloudy, respectable tiny bubble head, leaving oodles of lacing and sheets of lace. Nose is citrussy, mouthfeel is soft and inviting. Hoppy mild IPA, some grainyness noted as well as a soapy note. A litle thin body wise and perhaps a tad watery, could use some more malt to sturdy up the mid section of this brew. Nothing special, respectable sessioner.

10-08-2004 00:43:10 | More by Billolick
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3.18/5  rDev -8.9%

Appearance: One inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: citrus hops, honey, husk, and toasted malt

Taste: citrus hops, grapefruit, honey, husk, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a bitter middle and a stronger bitter end, light bodied, high carbonation

Overall: An average IPA. I will say it is fairly juicy, but the flavors do not mesh as well as some other IPAs I have had. I would not turn this down, but I would not rush out for it either.

01-07-2013 14:14:46 | More by tigg924
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3.95/5  rDev +13.2%

India'n Pale Ale boasts a rich, malty nose, redolent with brown sugars, apricots, oranges, vanilla, and freshly-baked bread. Notably absent from the nose is a strong hop aroma. There is a good hint of rosewater around the edges, and a slight tinge of grapefruit, but not at the potency I would expect from an IPA.

On the tongue, the beer quite makes up for the hops, which do come across with a nice, strong grapefruit bitterness. However, it is still the malts which dominate, though here the brown sugars and sugary fruit esters are undercut by a huge chocolate malt and pecan base. The aftertaste is largely chocolate malts and pecans, with washes of bitter hops countering. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a good beer, though I expect many will be surprised at how much nut flavor is present, and lament the fact that the hops aren't stronger. Perhaps the problem is the label: this doesn't taste like many IPAs, and so expectation doesn't meet taste. Still, the brew is well-made and flavorful, and worth trying.

08-03-2011 03:27:30 | More by jondeelee
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3.4/5  rDev -2.6%

honey colored with a frothy off-white head of different sized bubbles. The head settles slowly toward the beer, leaving a thick ring around the inside of the glass. Aroma is light, with faint hints of malt and hops. Initial flavor is light on the hops, and heavier on the malt, with a bit of smoke as well. The hops come through more in the finish, with some bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit watery. Tastes more like a pale ale than an IPA.

06-23-2003 15:27:24 | More by far333
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3.83/5  rDev +9.7%

Pours a clear dark amber with a nicely apportioned off-white head. Nice bit of lacing.

Smells a little sweet and a lot hoppy. Bit of caramel in the vapors.

Nice amount of sweet malt up front with a lingering diacetyl in the middle. Turns a little yeasty and then the hop burn drops in. Hops are well balanced against the initial sweetness of this beer. An excellent IPA and I'm not a big fan of the style.

Mouthfeel is very moderate with a a nice palate bath of hops for those that really groove on them.

Highly drinkable. I'll definitely load up on this come warmer weather.

03-29-2004 22:57:06 | More by yankeeheel
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New York

3.38/5  rDev -3.2%

This Indian Pale ale pours a nice amber color. There is a foamy head, which unfortunately did not last very long. The smell is somewhat faintly hoppy. The taste is slightly bitter with an odd metalic tinge. Not a bad beer but not worth searching out.

07-03-2004 00:44:19 | More by BadBadger
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4.1/5  rDev +17.5%

Clear bright amber color, nice head settles at 1/4 of an inch. Laces complexly and fairly completely. Aromatic fruity aroma, slightly more hop astringency than some. Flavor is a contrast in part -- good malt, caramel, some buttery tones and breadiness. Carbonation is subdued, helping to generate a decently creamy mouthfeel. Hops lend a good balance, mixing west coast with more floral and dry Kentish Goldings. And balance is what this beer does best, a quaffable IPA that keeps hops in your mind but not in your face. Thanks to Alex P. for bringing this beer from Rhode Island while he interviewed for a Twin Cities TV internship.

03-31-2004 16:21:48 | More by ADR
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3.4/5  rDev -2.6%

Review from notes.

A: Pours an amber/copper color with a one finger white head that fades quickly and leaves behind very little lacing.

S: Not overly hoppy, a little bit of pine and light citrus, with a little bit of grass and caramel.

T: Similar to the aroma, a little light in terms of hop presence. Some light pine and grass, heavier caramel and bready malt on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy drinking.

O: Not bad, but probably not something I would seek out again.

01-04-2012 16:04:21 | More by mdaschaf
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3.9/5  rDev +11.7%

Pours a cloudy orange color with a medium white foamy head. The head is average,but it does leave ggod lacing. The smell has a strong "bisquity' aroma along with hops and spices. The taste is creamy with an average hop bitterness mixed with citrus hops. A good IPA,just not the extreme hoppy IPA that we've become used too. The m/f is medium,alittle thick and creamy with the flavors blending well. A good English stlye IPA and one of the better offerings from Paper City.

02-16-2007 06:37:57 | More by jmz62565
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3/5  rDev -14%

05-07-2013 23:39:24 | More by blknikon
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

11-12-2013 21:55:19 | More by Enriquehopnog
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3/5  rDev -14%

This is a classic example of one of those BA lowball 3 review where you are trying not to bash the brew, but in reality it simply is not that good of a beer.

In a conversation wioth a drinking buddy today Papaer CIty came up up, within the discussion I realized that this brewery so close is just so far away. So I've decided to give it a chance.

It's simply an average IPA. Average orange color, average hop smell, average fruity bitterness, average drinkabily. It's simply an average craft beer.

09-29-2005 02:51:15 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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4.18/5  rDev +19.8%

On tap at the Harp. Settled with a good, orange-amber appearance with some nice lacing. Spiced citrus aromas were very potent in the smell department, as well as complimentary odors of strong hops. I liked the taste of this one a lot. It was wicked bittersweet; very sharp in its flavors, allowing it to linger on your tongue for awhile. The carbonation was typical and medium-bodied but it really did help in preserving that great taste. Overall, I enjoyed this American IPA a lot.

03-12-2008 21:16:23 | More by fitzy84
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North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +10.3%

Orange / gold color with a thin, bubbly white head - very slight haze. Strings of sticky lace and good head retention. Mild floral hoppy aroma with hints of citrus, caramel, and grain...pleasant. Pine hop flavors mix with a spicy earthiness - British hops for sure. Solid, lingering bitterness - sweet, biscuity malts under it all. Crisp, medium body with assertive carbonation and a little dry.

Nicely hoppy and underrated. A pleasant suprise from Paper City.

06-19-2006 03:55:15 | More by wedge
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South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +2.6%

Gonna be a BIG ipa weekend for me! So I am hoping to work my way back up to full strength and what better way then to try and knock back like 10 differnet IPA's in a weekend. This one was served cold and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 08/22/2009.

Very nice pour here, light amber in color with good clarity. Smooth white head on top to about two inches and settled down slowly on the way. Nice side lacing throughout. Light aroma, not as strong as I would have liked, but well balanced. Light citric hops, and a touch of light bready malts. Very light on the palate without much in the way of a pungent note to it. Light grapefruit touches the lips before it gets washed with light bready malts and fades off without much at all in the way of an aftertaste. Easy to drink with a light body and nice carbonation. Smooth, crisp and sessionable but lacking some depth on the palate.

08-22-2009 18:10:48 | More by mikesgroove
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +14.6%

12-05-2011 02:11:04 | More by tclapper
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2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Serving 12oz bottle

Ample carbonation races upwards through a translucent pale orange/amber body toward a think layer of fine froth. Great amounts of sticky white lacing is left about the glass by the once pillowy white frothy head.

Aromas of dry hops, dry nutty malts, earth play on a slightly muted nose with hints of sweet bread and light honey.

Sweet and nutty for an ipa this offers a bit of sweet malts upfront, melding into drier nutty flavors (brazil nuts) - grainty to a point - in the mid palate toward a dry mildy bitter hoppy finish and aftertaste. The near honey sweetnes and dry nutty flavors are a surprise, but they seem a bit out of style.

Medium bodied with an overall dry mouthfeel, this boasts a twenty second finish featuring pleasant nutty malt and hoppy flavors with a touch of grain. Carbonation is a bit thin resulting in a less than vibrant mouthfeel yet it's not flat or stale.

Just about average doing down for an ipa, odd nutty flavors and graininess keeps drinkability down while a nice dry finish keeps me interested.

Overall this is another enjoyable, solid brew from Paper City, a great local brewery in my book.


03-13-2007 00:10:22 | More by Jwaks
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New York

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a balanced biscuity grain and peppery hop aroma.

The taste was well balanced as well. A solid malty grain supported a good citrus hop. Mild caramel as well.

The mouthfeel was full.

Overall a nice sessionable AIPA.

10-26-2006 03:14:37 | More by plaid75
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

03-20-2013 20:48:44 | More by BGsWo22
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Pours a clear orange color with a one finger head that has good retention and nice creaminess. This beer really leaves no lacing behind as I consume it. Smell is pretty hard to pick up but I get only light malts and piney bitterness. Taste is much of the same but a bit stronger and balanced. Piney bitterness, lots of light malts and some citrus. The taste just has no strong point, neither the malts or hops are that spectacular. Mouthfeel is good. Nice light-moderate body with good carbonation and a coat of bitterness. No warming or alcohol to speak of. Drinkability is also good. While this beer does not taste great, its not bad and it is very light on the stomach. Could session this one as much as any other IPA that I can think of. The price is not bad so I wouldn't feel bad doing that.

11-30-2009 05:52:38 | More by cbutova
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3.63/5  rDev +4%

I pour this chilled sample into my snifter. The beer pours a rich clear amber color and a white fluffy head fades up very easily. The head fades a a solid surface layer that lasts throughout the sampling.
The aroma is mild but exhibits some piney and grassy hops with just a hint of caramel. Dominated by hops.
First sip reveals a beer with average body, creamy texture and mild carbonation. The flavor is mild like the aroma and starts with a quick hit of caramel and quickly rolls to bitey bitter pine hops. This is an easy beer to drink and I get no hint of alcohol anywhere.
A good example of an IPA but the aroma is a little bit mild.

03-02-2004 02:36:18 | More by sulldaddy
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India'n Pale Ale from Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.