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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

77 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
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 BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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 mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mikesgroove, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, vaguely orange-y body with a bubbly, white head.

Smell: Sweetish toffee and minor citrus scents with some spice and a distant, though distinct note of tea leaves.

Taste: Toffeeish and biscuity maltiness with a faint, brief sweetness. Stir up some light citrus, tea leaves, and a noticeable spiciness, add a quite cleansing bitterness and let's call it a day. Finishes dry with a lingering tea-like flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: An acceptable IPA, but nowhere near being an exceptional IPA.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of Jason
4.33/5  rDev +24.4%
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 feloniousmonk
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Solid orange color, with slight haze, gifted with a fine layer of milky white foam above, generously dotted with lace.
Mildly hoppy aroma, definite hop oils, notes of grapefruit, peach, tangerine.
Taste: hops are pleasant, yet meek on the tongue, and what slides down the palate is nothing but juicy goodness. Piney oiliness susists throughout the length of this bottled serving, thins out at the end. Body is medium at best, and the finish is sweet, but unmemorable.
A happy little ale, but a faint, forgettable IPA.

thanks to sulldaddy for the sample.

feloniousmonk, Jun 16, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark golden/light amber color with little head. The aroma is weak. There are hints of some light crystal malts along with mild hopping. The taste is nothing special. It has a weak hop flavor, a decent bitterness, and low malt character. There is a hoppy aftertaste that lingers, but it's not a good one. The mouthfeel is very light. This is extremely low bodied bordering on watered down. It's smooth and drinkable, although this is one I hope to soon forget.

WesWes, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice head that leaves spotty lace on the glass, impressive for a bottle. Cloudy and golden in color.

The is freshly cut grass aroma. The hop is not very pronounced for an IPA. The main smell is the pale malt used. Strong hop flavors up front and in the aftertaste (lots of bitterness!) The malt shows up in a supporting role. This brew is fairly thin but also has a slight alcohol oiliness to it. High in carbonation.

Tasty and pleasant, great beer to indoctrinate fledgling IPA drinkers.

smcolw, Aug 14, 2004
Photo of Trashcat
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Trashcat, Yesterday at 01:37 PM
Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Billolick, Oct 08, 2004
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -13.8%

ejimhof, May 05, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mdaschaf, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

plaid75, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of Bighuge
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice copper. Aroma is average. Some grapefruit rind. And a little pine. Mouthfeel is light on the carbonation. And a little light in body as well. Average taste. Light bitterness. A little pungency. Overall, an average IPA. I hope to give this a more detailed review someday when I don't review it as a part of a IPA tasting.

Bighuge, Jun 16, 2003
Photo of Brad007
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
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 +16.4%
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 ZAP
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden colored...nice frothy head...nose is leafy...tobacco like...body is medium...fdecent biscuity malt load...some English style hop flavors and then a bitter bite on the finish...a little grapefruit and some piney notes...

Not one of my favroties for this style but certainly a quality beer some might enjoy..

ZAP, Apr 09, 2005
Photo of BGsWo22
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
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 lordofthewiens
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

lordofthewiens, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of tigg924
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

tigg924, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of jfcaa193
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

jfcaa193, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Bierman9
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on draft at Redbones, at the start of our famous get-together!! Has a rich copper color, with a creamy tan head, with decent lacing. Nose seemed to be exceedingly mild, with faint citrus notes coming forth. It was nearly medium in body, and fairly smooth traversing the tongue. Tasted a bit bready at the outset, with a citrus flavor being more prominent. Slightly bitter towards the finish, and a bit dry as well. Not bad, but I've had better....

overall: 3.75
appearance: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

461

Bierman9, Jan 26, 2003
Photo of cbutova
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

cbutova, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of tgbljb
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy medium amber color with moderate white puffy head.
Lots of hops in the nose, but little else.
Taste is also full of hops, with little if any malt noted.
Finish is more dry bitterness, and no malt present.
A bit unbalanced for m, needs some more malt.

tgbljb, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -13.8%

jenray, Nov 30, 2011
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India'n Pale Ale from Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.