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Seneca Indian Pale Ale - Mountain State Brewing Co.

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Seneca Indian Pale AleSeneca Indian Pale Ale

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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 16.18%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mountain State Brewing Co. visit their website
West Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A highly hopped, moderate bodied beer which comes in at 5.4% ABV. The hops schedule includes healthy doses of Chinook, Cascade, and Amarillo, and is tuned perfectly to provide the hops bitterness explosion that IPA fans seek without a lingering bitter aftertaste.

(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 10-10-2005)
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Ratings: 87 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by reebtaerG:
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

reebtaerG, Jul 28, 2014
More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

williamjbauer, Jan 06, 2013
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2.18/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It's nice to see bottles from MSBC but they are not bottled in Thomas, WV or Morgantown, WV or Deep Creek, MD. These guys have done great for themselves with beer and pizza in WV, I hear they have a great place in Morgantown in the Wharf District the original place is legendary in Thomas, and I'm sure the Deep Creek locale is making folks happy at the lake. I was happy to see a Mountain state beer bottled then I read the fine print and found brewed and bottled by Peabody Heights Brewery Baltimore, MD. The same folks who brew the Raven Lager and other Edgar Allen Poe influenced brews. Pours a bright copper slightly off white head, fine speckled lacing. Aroma has pine and tart citrus notes with a dank West Virginia kind bud quality about it. Flavor...very muted hop pellet bitterness with an unapproachable malt character this is really poorly brewed IPA there's three hop varieties but there's one acrid lingering bitterness roughness in each sip, it's sad. Flavors are not cohesive the excitement of the bottle ended in let down again and again between the brewing location and poor quality of the ale. It's a fresh bottle no issues with age here, it's just not good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is even lingering harshness between sips, what a poorly executed IPA somebody go back to the drawing board or pay somebody else to make this beer it's never been this bad on tap in the state of West Virginia.

WVbeergeek, May 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

DerekQXQX, Mar 16, 2014
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2.36/5  rDev -30.6%

joeyjoey104, Sep 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

drinking12many, Sep 03, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very hazy amber pour with a small white head and quick dissipation. It had very little aroma and an overall unimpressive smell. It was quite tasty with a very low hop concentration and I got what I thought were some nice oak notes. It had a bit of a watery feel but was very crisp which gave it great drinkability and a good mouthfeel.

bamojr, Nov 17, 2010
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3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a clear golden-amber color with a two-finger thick and creamy white head that retains well after the pour, leaving frothy lace behind

S- grainy toasted malt with a bit of doughy bread, floral/perfume, hop aromas a there but not as pronounced as expected

T- toasted malt with some caramel sweetness, the hops are muffled at first, with just a bit of dry bitterness on the finish. Notes of grass and pine

M- medium body and carbonation with a super creamy mouthfeel, leads to a silky finish and high drinkability

O- this drinks more like an amber ale. It's not bad, but just too malt dominant for an IPA.

Treyliff, Aug 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

TheSamKuehn, Jul 28, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of malts, hops seem to be lacking. Taste is of some hops, lots of malts, tasty and balanced, but lacking the bitterness and oomph of an American IPA. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but if you are looking for a hop bomb, keep on looking.

tone77, Jul 17, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at the Hole in the Wall Pub in Snowshoe Mountain, WV. The aroma is very citric and mildly sweet, but it’s a fresh natural sweetness. Fairly enticing. The body is a light copper/orange and holds a diminishing thumb thick white head. Fore is citric hops, but more orange zest than grapefruit. A nice sweep malt base balances it. As far as intensity this is more akin to a pale ale like say a Sierra Nevada, but it is pretty decent and a nice suprise on a ski trip where I didn’t expect any enjoyable beer.

Jredner, Jan 24, 2007
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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

sneth019, Feb 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

VeganUndead, Yesterday at 04:31 AM
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

dvanhandel, Apr 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

ArtZan, Feb 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

smakawhat, Jul 15, 2013
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2.94/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Purchased at the Capital Market in Charleston, WV. Just got back from a family reunion there, and every year I grab something local from WV at this market. This year it was beer!

Poured into a Tulip glass.

a - dark and cloudy copper with a two finger creamy white head. Lots of sediment visible.

s - citrus, pine, and you're gonna laugh at this one, but it's what it reminded me of: wonton soup.

t -mild hoppy start, pine - hop finish.

m - acid and light

o - i like the pine element, but the mouth feel just isn't as good as I like, and it's not very complex.

marshmarsh, Jun 25, 2014
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3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle
Served in a nonic pint glass

A - It is amber in color with an inch of beige head on top.

S - It has a slight citrus and caramel scent. I also get some bitter metallic aromas.

T - The taste starts out with some sweet caramel malt. Then some slight bitterness comes in. It is just bitter. Then the finish is pretty clean.

M - Moderate

O - I have had more hopped up pale ales. That doesn't make this necessarily a bad beer. The fact that it starts sweet then comes some plain bitterness makes it a not very good beer. It is not horrible to drink, but there are millions and millions that are better. The IPA style is so saturated that mediocre ones are way down the list.

buschbeer, Sep 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

Wrinker712, Aug 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

DrBier, Jul 28, 2014
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3.72/5  rDev +9.4%

GNH3, Sep 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

ChipMurray, Aug 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

colbster92, Jul 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

pathman, Jul 06, 2013
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2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft poured into a mason jar, had fresh at the brewery. The chalkboard says this IPA clocks in at only 5.2%... if true; that's quite low for style.

A: pours a nice orange-copper color with plenty of frothy white head on top that stayed around for a while. 3.5

S: mild smell of malt sweetness. No hops present in the nose. 2.0.

T: hop bitterness can be found on the back end to balance this brew out, but little-to-nothing in terms of floral/citrus hop flavors... Malt sweetness and hop bitterness do strike a nice balance here though. 3.0

M: thin and light, with a nice bitter-sweet finish. 3.0

D/O: very quaffable. The taste agrees with the ABV, very "drinkable".  Considering the circumstances/craft beer scene here in West Virginia, this is a fine brew that drinks well. But when back home in the Burgh, this would fall well short of other options. It's a "sessionable" IPA, but as the ABV suggests, it doesn't have as much flavor as it's "bigger brothers" in the style. It finishes well, with a good bitter ending, which for me pushes it from a 3.0 to a 3.5.

psuKinger, Jul 23, 2011
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Seneca Indian Pale Ale from Mountain State Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.