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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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BA SCORE
80
good

76 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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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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Photo of hopheadjuice
4.53/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, Best if served by: 4 30 11, clearly stamped on the back.

Pours a pale golden orange with a nice 1.5 finger bone white head that stays around for a bit and laces quite well.

Hints of citrus and earthly grassy notes. Nice biscuit like fresh malt presence.

Great balance in the taste. Hops are earthy and herbal with a hint of mint and citrus. Malts are crisp and bready with an amazingly smooth finish.

Medium bodied IPA with a crisp refreshing carbonation. Not to dry in the finish which makes this one easy drinking.

Very good drinkability, i could easily down a sixer in a night. I applaud Paper City Brewery for their passion and love for good beer and a diversity of styles.

hopheadjuice, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of ncvbc
4.35/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'd consider this more of an English than American IPA but to each his own. Somewhat offended by the "Indian" on a motorcycle but to each his own. I still won't hate on the beer.

Pours crystal clear, golden in color with light orange. Great carbonation but not much of a head, it's thin with random spots of lacing down the glass.

Smell is nice and inviting. Earthy, spicy, lightly floral hops. Little pine, not much citrus if any. Peppery biscuity bread and lots of it. Light grain.

Taste is pretty nice as well. Good balance of hops and malt, neither really dominating by any means. Again, peppery and earthy. Medium bitterness. Light fruit flavors in the background come through at times and make my mouth water with joy.

Nice carbonation on the mouth with just the right level of bitterness. Crisp and a nice dryness in the finish.

A very drinkable good brew to me. Good balance and flavor. Solid all around and something I could have a sixer of in an evening.

Thanks goes to naproxen for this extra in the TIF tournament!

ncvbc, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of Jason
4.33/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Jason, Apr 01, 2002
Photo of fitzy84
4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

fitzy84, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of ADR
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ADR, Mar 31, 2004
Photo of mschofield
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper-gold, topped with a tall three finger creamy head, well carbonated, leaves thick webs of lacing.
Wood, floral aroma, biscuit, lemon and grapefruit.
Lemon zest, pepper, grapefruit taste. The bitterness is at a very good level. Caramel, wood, resinous, grape. Mellows and gets a lot fruitier with warming.
Medium bodied, and a bit harsh but that doesn't detract from the drinkability.

mschofield, Aug 07, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to admit one thing, I love 22 fl.oz Bombers and any Brewery that bottles their beers in these, automatically gains some respect from me. Strike One for Paper City Brewery. The first beer of 8 beers that I received form the irrepressible BigDeb as part of a trade and I thought that the India’n Pale Ale would be first because I liked the way it was ‘mis’spelled and the label (it shows a Native Indian riding a Motorcycle – presumably an Indian!!!).
Pours with an intense head at first. A bubbly, frothy, deeply billowing mass that is as stiff as well-beaten egg-whites with a smooth texture and a cream color. Slowly collapses to a smooth ¼” covering leaving a spider’s web lace on the Glass sides.
Nose is, ah yes - definitely IPA. The hops are there and pronounce there dominance of an average strength aroma in a confident manner. The beer is a few inches to my left and I can smell the freshly cut vines as I type this. The body of the beer is a deepish hazy orange with some peach flesh yellow and red tinges. Not unlike other IPA’s that I have had, so no upsetting surprises there then. Good inherent carbonation gives this beer a refreshing, and a very satisfying wholesome mouthfeel.
Initial taste is thin, because the beer is still chilled, but the bitterness develops slowly as you swirl the beer. A few seconds later, after I swallow the first mouthfeel, a lovely smooth restrained but focused hop-bitterness lingers. As the beer warms the bitterness is more perceptible in the beginning. Has a really ‘fresh’ botanical character about it that makes you believe you may just catch a hop flower in your next mouthful. Not over the top but one of those IPA’s that is well-balanced (for West Coast read restrained) which I really enjoy. A good beer that is very drinkable and one which I will drink again if spotted. I could easily manage a Gallon of this that’s for sure.
Strangely enough, I note that the bottle says “Best When Purchased by Date Marked”, and the usual months listed, with “Jun” apparently hand blobbed out with a black marker – but, erm, no year?!?
Am I to assume that this stuff is not supposed to hang around long then?
Personally - that should not be a problem.
A heartfelt Thanks to BigDeb for this.

TheLongBeachBum, Jan 10, 2003
Photo of Brad007
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mild amber-gold color with a nice head that leaves some good lacing on the glass.

Aroma is somehow more among the lines of a belgian ipa with a distinct aroma of candi sugar/yeast. It's certainly not one but just thought I'd note that.

Ditto on the taste. For sure, the British East Kent Golding and American Yakima Golding hops dominate the mouthfeel with a slight bit of citrus/mint.

Lots of grassy hop bitterness for the hop lover. That hint 'o mint is still here as well. Nice finish that is marred slightly by the high carbonation.

It's certainly an interesting take on the style. I can't help but wonder if they put the wrong beer in this bottle because it could easily pass as a belgian-style IPA. I'm not sure whether to add or subtract points for this?

Brad007, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of Durge
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew has a pale copper color with major off-white head and good lace. I get a malty spruce hops aroma, pleasant. The taste brings on a bitter hops front with big butterscotch malty back. Nice midland body, plent of carbonation, a little viscous on the tongue. Very drinkable, sweet and tart, nicely blended.

Durge, May 03, 2008
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +14.6%

tclapper, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of tjdrewry
4/5  rDev +14.6%

tjdrewry, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of Ecxeeder616
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Ecxeeder616, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Burt, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright golden amber. The dark cream-colored head is large and looks to be somewhat sticky. It falls faster at the edges, leaving scraps and small sheets of lace. The nose is a mixture of earthy and citrusy. Although hops are clearly the focus, as in all good IPAs, it's obvious that this won't be a hop monster on the palate.

The label says that India'n Pale Ale 'pulls from both the British and American traditions' and that is exactly what it tastes like. The two-sides-of-the-Atlantic personality is achieved by the use of Goldings hops, by the use of a good deal of malt and by a correspondingly laid back hoppiness. In general, I prefer American IPAs, but this one is a nice change of pace. It tastes good, it feels good in the mouth and it's highly quaffable.

This is not a beer that I could see myself drinking on a regular basis, but it's clearly well-crafted and I'm glad that I got the opportunity to give it a whirl (thanks to mikeys01). I love the Indian riding an Indian (motorcycle) on the label of India'n Pale Ale.

BuckeyeNation, May 11, 2004
Photo of masterbruewer
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

masterbruewer, Aug 25, 2004
Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

jondeelee, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of kelticblood
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour seemed about average nothing too exciting there.A good amount of carbonation was present but just not in the from of a good head.The smell followed by a swirl was just inivting me to take a sip.The color is a dark amber copper color.The taste is what makes this whole Ale.It offers a mild but somewhat malty dark feel and texture with a finish of bitter grapefruit.A touch of acidity and hops is detected.A hint of cloves with a crisp refreshing finish.I liked this offering from Paper City and will certainly buy it again.A great addition to a cookout or any good meal.

kelticblood, Dec 21, 2002
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pale amber straw color with a thin rocky white head that dissipates quickly, moderate carbonation

S - hopyy as to be expected, with a mild sweetness in the background, almost piney from the hops, but not as much as the Blonde Hop Monster from this brewery

T - hoppy again, with some extra bitterness, very tasty and original, with the mild unplaceable(maybe orange-y citrus) sweetness, it is well balanced

M - smooth despite the IBU's, and well balanced

D - high, a great IPA

sinstaineddemon, May 13, 2006
Photo of tommyjohn
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:Light Caramel malt, low hop aroma.
Appearance:Amber. Very nice head retention.
Flavor:Malty, but with enough hop to balance.
Impression:Very nice IPA. Well rounded. One that I buy often (and brewed locally). Wish they could get some more hop aroma into this beer.

tommyjohn, Jan 12, 2002
Photo of jmz62565
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jmz62565, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of beerman599
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this at the real ale festival in new haven and thought it was a strait forward ipa with just enough carbonation to bring out the hops if your a huge hop head than maybe this isn't for you but if you respect the subtleties of an Ale like this than talk to jay or jon and find out when they will be serving another cask of this IPA

beerman599, Jun 04, 2003
Photo of wedge
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

wedge, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of paceyourself
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The dark gold color is so hazy you can barely see any of the carbonation. Floral and citrus aromas are gentle inviting. The mild flavor of grapefruit, clove and butterscotch lingers for a long time until the smooth piney bitterness moves in. The finish is kind of dry but i found this brew very drinkable. The one thing i didn't like was the best served by date is so faint i couldn't read it.

paceyourself, Feb 22, 2003
Photo of yankeeheel
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

yankeeheel, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of mmmbeer
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best by 12/30/09; sampled 8/11/09. Brewed with East Kent and Yakima Goldings. The beer is a light amber color, with nice clarity save for a few floaties, and is capped with an inch of cream-colored head that leaves some nice lacing. Caramel and sweetish hops in the nose. The flavor consists of toasty and lightly sweet caramel malts, cut with fruity and floral hops that impart a medium bitterness. It has a medium body, with ample carbonation and a fairly dry, bitter finish. I really enjoyed this brew - very balanced and very English in character. Well worth a try.

mmmbeer, Mar 09, 2010
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India'n Pale Ale from Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.