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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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BA SCORE
78
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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 16.27%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | 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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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.18/5  rDev -35.5%
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.

Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy dark orange in color with a 2" head. Some lace stuck to the glass.

Smell: floral hops and some orange citrus was pleasant and easy to detect.

Taste: caramel, orange, light grapefruit tartness, soft ripe fruit sweetness, and a floral bitterness created a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors last in your mouth.

Drinkability: this was extremely quaffable and enjoyable beer.

Photo of woodychandler
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Once again, the mighty tone77 has come through with a new and unusual bottle to keep me honest while The CANQuest (TM) is on a temporary hiatus following my having splashed Oskar Blues' Chaka into my other computer's keyboard. My technician recommends against such action, BTW.

From the bottle: "Mountain State Brewing Co.'s Seneca IPA is an ode to the Native American Seneca tribes that once traversed the rolling hills of West Virginia, calling its lands and bountiful hunting grounds - home. This highly hopped, moderate bodied beer is toned perfectly to provide the hop explosion that IPA fans seek, without the lingering bitterness."; "Seneca IPA is bittered with Galena hops, flavored with Amarillo and dry-hopped with Cascade."

My pour, while aggro, was not uncontrolled, and so I wound up with just better than a finger of rocky, tawny head that gently fell like a souffle, leaving great lacing in its wake. Color was also great, a deep, coppery-amber (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-plus quality clarity. I could see into the future and beer was there! Nose had a light pine scent, enough to be perceived, but not enough to scorch my nostril hairs. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste, while bitter with pine hops, seemed to lack the intensity associated with the style. It might be better served as an EIPA or even an APA. This simply lacked the Ooomph! usually inherent in the modern iteration. I was down with what they were trying to accomplish, but as a hardcore hophead, this was like methadone to a heroin junkie - barely satisfying and enough to make me want to score a real hit. Dig? Finish had kind of a minty flavor, spearmint, perhaps. I just felt kind of underwhelmed by the whole deal.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper, decent head forms and leaves lots of lace. Aroma of floral hops, herbal and a bit earthy in the flavor. Bitterness is rather tame, malt body is biscuity and lightly sweet in a caramel fashion. Overall, a decent drinking IPA and one I was glad to try. I believe this is the first beer I ever had from West Virginia.

Photo of smakawhat
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at my hotel (Euro suites).

The beer pours a fairly dark amber color with fairly good head retention and light lacing. The nose is unusual for an IPA, as along with dry citrus, I get some dry malt and tea. The flavor profile replicates the nose, including the tea flavor. The beer is fairly hoppy/bitter, with some noticeable malt, but the beer is not at all sweet. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, fairly bitter, slightly skunky finish. Alcohol seems pretty well integrated into the flavor profile, but then again, it's only 5.2% abv.

An interesting beer, but not one I can really see myself drinking a whole lot of. The hotel also has smithwicks on tap as well, which is probably what I'd order if I order anything else at my hotel.

Photo of THECPJ
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 4/15/11 at the Taphouse in Charles Town, West Virginia,

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger head

smell: hops, caramel malts,

taste: caramel, som hops, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: not an outstanding IPA but atleast West Virginia offered one so I could try. They need to cut back on the sweet malts and mellow that out a bit. Just to sweet for an IPA for me. More Hops please.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of pathman
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of AngusOg
1/5  rDev -70.4%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of KevMo84
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of hollywood_15063
1.75/5  rDev -48.2%

Photo of wagenvolks
4.13/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at CJ Maggie's in Elkins, WV.

The frosted mug (grrr) brought to me was filled with a standard looking IPA: clear, copper-amber body with a light cap of eggshell-colored foam that left behind nice lacing. Good carbonation level, too. Aroma was a blend of juicy citrus hops and floral notes. Definately above average.

The taste brought about a pleasant, zesty-citrus hoppiness balanced by a sweet caramel backbone. The hops were fresh and piney, almost reminded me of a "fresh-hop" IPA. Body delivered a lingering hop finish; mouthfeel well-carbonated and refreshing. Overall, this wasn't a "knock-your-socks-off" IPA, but the craftsmanship was unmistakable. I'd certainly have it again.

Photo of twenty5
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of buschbeer
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of JamesS
4.5/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a great dark copper color with great head and excellent lacing. It has a wonderful hoppy/floral scent, with nice citrus tones. Same for the taste, a very nice pale ale with a great hoppiness and an excellent aftertaste, with wonderful American hops. It goes down very smoothly, as well. Great beer!

Photo of Drknight
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of stephenjmoore
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Treyliff
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Seneca Indian Pale Ale from Mountain State Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.