India Pale Ale - Nebraska Brewing Company

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

463 Ratings
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Ratings: 463
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 8
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
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Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beerhobo22 on 07-03-2009

Our India Pale Ale has a pronounced hop bitterness and wonderful hop aroma. The taste immediately gives away the high hop characteristics with malt aspects playing second fiddle to this fantastic example of the style.

72 IBU
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Ratings: 463 | Reviews: 109
Photo of BayernMunchen3113
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great IPA for those starting to get into the IPA and craft beer market. Really impressive beer from my home state. Definitely made me proud!

Photo of Nugganooch
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12oz can to my FW imperial nonic glass
Notes taken on 12/31/2014

A: Dark caramel amber with some well filtered clarity to the body. A massive cloud of dense khaki foam tops the glass. Seriously heady with some great stay power exhibited. Lots of messy lace left in the wake.

S: Pine resin and candied citrus peel are first to arrive upon a crack of the can. There is a big juicy malt sweetness to the nose here as well. A blend of biscuit and caramel malts coming together. Hops turn more of a grassy note in the background. Nice hops profiled here in the aroma but with a hefty malt bill it seems.

T: The malt comes full on in the flavor. Toasted bread, caramel sugars, raisin, and biscuit are all noted. A little too much Crystal malt for my tastes. But this does hit on some mucho resino pine hop bitterness. Sprinkled with a little grapefruit zest and juicy ripe melon. Has a slight catty herbal dankness developing to it as well. Lots of resinous hop linger to this one. A bit clunky but still on the enjoyable side.

M: Moderate filling given the heftier malt base to this one. Nice spritzy carbonation helps as well as the upper levels of scrubbing bitterness. Gives a good drying effort at the finish. Long lasting resins holding that pucker over the finish.

D: Decent but not worth the price I paid for the sixer. Nice punchy hops in a mostly traditional pine and citrus package. A little too much malt action going on for my preference. Too many better options to really want to revisit this one.

Photo of ordybill
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- A very nice blend of hops, malt and yeast
Appearance- A refreshing looking amber color with a small thick white head.
Taste- A really good flavor of malt, hops and nuts. very good
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation
Overall- My favorite Nebraska beer so far. very good

Photo of cbutova
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Can poured into a teku with a mid-amber body and a one finger thick, creamy white head. Decent head retention with the cap dropping to a puffy belt around the sides of the brew. Massive, thick blanket of lace at the top and

S- Immediately recognized as more of a balanced example of the style with both malts and yeast noticeable under the hops. Rounded out bouquet of citrus fruit, pine resin, slight stone fruit, herbal hops, candied caramelized grains, toasted malt and slight yeast fruit esters.

T- Malt derived notes gain steam for me here with a flavor profile of caramelized candy sweets, toasted nuts and cereal grains. Hops are still rather big and they lend a diverse mixture of bitter citrus fruit especially like grapefruit, orange peel, floral, herbal, tangerine, pine resin and spicy notes.

MF- Creamy overall consistency to the body of medium thickness. Carbonation is moderately high and the finish brings a large citrus peel-like bitterness.

Plenty of malt flavors and for me it drinks close to a hoppy Amber considering that fact. I don't think the malts ruin the experience at all as the zesty, bitter citrus hop notes still shine just fine.

Photo of MoCityTxBeast
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid IPA especially for waterborne activities

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper-red with a slight head that quickly dissipates and leaves generous lacing behind.
The aroma is loaded: dank, citrus, pine, sweet melon and a hint of white bread.
taste is bitter and sweet with plenty of citrus and pine hitting my plate first with some following dankness and dry and bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is on the thin end of medium and a bit sticky.
Overall, a decent IPA.

Photo of jlindros
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Yay cans! No date again, but purchased a few days ago.

Pours a decent creamy 1.5 finger head, at least they make good heads on their beers, fades semi slowly with nice soapy lacing, mostly clear slight darker colored reddish candy apple color.

Nose is a little weird, a strange dank herbal thing, herbal tea and some earthy hops, mild floral grassy and generic fruity thing, lots of herbal grassy malts as well, caramel candy like, reddish malt, quite malty.

Taste is malty as well, big sweet candy malts, reddish malts, caramel, candy like, little nutty toffee, etc. Then hops, earthy spicy hops, with a little herbal tea, candied generic fruit and big spicy earthy chewy briney hops. Finish is a bit sweet and sticky still, lingering spicy chewy hops, briny like, lingering.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb, a little syrupy note.

Overall meh, this is not a very good IPA, decent biterness but hops are meh, way too malty sweet syrupy, etc.

Photo of mr-jj
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tumbler from a 12 oz can.

Color is amber with a one finger white head that settled pretty quickly to a thin haze. Much darker than I would expect from an IPA. Minimal lacing. Smell is nice - some pine and lemony citrus along with some biscuit. Flavor is similar to the nose - pine and citric hops and malty biscuit flavor with a lemony citrus finish. Body is medium with good carbonation. Overall, this is a very solid IPA.

Photo of Duhast500
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. can into a IPA glass.

The color is a deep amber/gold with two fingers of foamy brownish head and some webbie lacing left on the glass.

The smell is big pine at first with a Douglas fur aroma. There are teases of a fruit aroma but mostly smelling a freshly cut Christmas tree here. There is some slight sweetness here in the nose that is just on the fringe but does not combine with anything before disappearing.

The taste is fruity at first with a tangerine flavor that leans into a pine flavor that takes over and dominates as it did in the nose. The middle eases back out the hops and lets some sweetness come forward. There is a cherry candy flavor that comes out for a brief interlude then turns and lets a bready flavor take the reigns before the bitterness comes back to but it’s stamp on the end.

The feel is a medium bodied beer. There is a decent smooth finish that has a good drinkable feel and goes down well. The aftertaste is brief and gives off some nice hop flavor.

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great graphics, cool can........Love the wide mouth can -- drank 2 out of the bottle to judge and the rest out of the can.
Floral, dank, pine aromas.
Very good IPA -- they make a very good Pale Ale (Cardinal) as well.
Good balance - not too sweet and not too hoppy despite 72IBU...nice job.
Good finish, leaves you ready for the next can.

Photo of poporojo
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Rather thin. Hops undewhelming but a good amount of citra for those that love them.

Photo of John_Beeryman
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A really tasty Citra bomb.

Photo of Floydster
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can

Appearance is golden copper with an inch and a half of off white head, some nice lacing, good retention too

Smell is pine, sage, mellow citrus, sweet bready malts, and

Taste starts off bitter, fades to chewy malt, and then slightly dry in the finish, good balance but no real punch in either direction, probably teetering on being more malty

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for an IPA, carbonation is high, sweet once it warms and does not mix well with the body

Overall not bad for a Midwest style IPA, the biscuit malt and astringency was a little too prominent in my opinion

Photo of neilp55
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nebraska Brewing's IPA is an IPA for people who normally don't care for strong and bitter IPA's. Much of the hoppy bitterness is offset by citrus, astringent notes that compliment and subdue the more strident notes often associated with IPA's. Light copper color with little nose. Strong, yet refreshing. Very cool can with a unique pop top opening.

Photo of Beaver13
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz can. Pours clear copper orange with a medium creamy off white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet soapy malts with some fruit and stinky, resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts (slightly biscuity crystal) and fruit with a big resiny, tarry bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent IPA, just not my thing. I'm not a huge fan of the biscuit malt and the tarry hops.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.66/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great can and a potent IPA with a decent malt/hop balance. Flavor is resiny if I remember

Photo of BeerEsquire
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive hop (Citra) character is right! Bite lasts a little too long for my IPA tastebuds.

Photo of 31Sam13
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A lot of people had talked this up, so I was really excited to try it but it's just mediocre. Too bitter and overly carbonated...

Photo of justjonas
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nicely balanced offering with a bit of malt to it. Deep reddish in color.

Photo of Beejay
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Apricot in color, with a slight bit of haze. Night white head.

S: Citrus notes with a lot of caramel sweetness. Plenty of tangerine in there I'm a little surprised by the sweetness, but it's a good surprise.

T: Taste follows aroma, but with a significant amount of bitterness. Citrus as well as some pine notes, the caramel is a little bit more subdued than the aroma would lead you to believe.

M: Medium in mouthfeel, with medium carbonation. A little bit of an ending bite with the carbonation.

O: Overall a pretty tasty beer. Tasty, hoppy, I'd get it again.

Photo of humuloner22
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Received this one as an extra from super good guy up in MN, I am cold but I am certain he is colder! Anyway thanks man!

Appearance: This is possibly the darkest IPA I have ever seen. Very brown almost looks like a hoppy brown ale rather an a conventional IPA. lots of fluffy head sticks to the glass.

Aroma: Resinous and floral not very sweet considering it probably does have a lot of malt in the base. This is definitely a mid west farmland style IPA. They call it a West Coast style but its very much their own in this regard.

Taste: Bittering hops are noticeable but there is some malts to balance it out. However its not very sweet and its not very thick either. Which is surprising, it has a nice clean finish with some bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Overall: This is an oddball but very good in the way it tastes and is unconventional to the conventions of a all too familiar style in name anyway. Not ragging on West Coast IPA's I love them but it seems everyone is using that name anymore. This is very much a midwest IPA. It reminds me in character in regard to the earthiness and grainy mash bill to Toppling Goliath.

Photo of Rootscipio
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

taste was somewhat disappointing compared to the look and smell.

Photo of kojevergas
2.74/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I do love Nebraska's cans - especially these heavy duty pull-tabs that take the entire top off. Purchased at a local Austin, TX bottle shop and served cold into a pilsner glass.

6.9% ABV. 72 IBU. Expectations are above average given this is hopped with Citra. Reviewed live as an IPA per the label. No best before or canned on date.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Beautifully frothy, with a sticky smooth even consistency and a great supple soft appearance. Leaves a light coating of lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Retention is great - about 7-8 minutes.

BODY: Deep translucent transparent copper of above average vibrance. Has caramel and brown hues. Even some orange too. Clean, with no visible yeast particulate or hop sediment.

Appears well-carbonated. Overall, it's a nice appearance for an IPA, but it isn't unique or special looking. I do like that it's a bit darker and more interesting than your standard clear copper IPA body.

AROMA: Pine, tangerine, hop resins, and grapefruit comprise the attractive hop profile, with ample caramalt and pale malt in there to balance the hop bitterness with sweetness - though in this case, it seems they might have gone a bit overboard with the caramalt. It's a biteen floral and has a fleeting hint of spiciness - perhaps a bit of rye malt found its way into the grain bill? In any case, this aroma suggests a coating, sticky brew with a pine-forward hop profile, but it fails to showcase Citra hops adequately. Or maybe this is just an old can, and I'm suffering from Nebraska's oversight at not putting a date on it?

Aromatic intensity is below average; it's a biteen muted.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Caramalt heavy to its detriment, assaulting the drinker with too much sweetness - a flaw in flavour that is particularly problematic alongside this ale's coating, sticky feel. Together they give this an almost candy-like sweetness which eclipses the hop flavours. Hopwise, though, it's not much to speak of - especially considering Citra was used. I don't get any citrus, grapefruit, or even fresh floral notes, and instead find only some pathetic pine and weak resinous characteristics.

There's a bit more happening here, but not much. Just some generic pale malt notes and some malt syrup. It's a painfully simple, shallow build for an IPA, and fails to showcase Citra - which is one of my favourite hops. Flavour intensity and duration are average. It's just a weak, somewhat insipid brew.

No yeast character, egregious off-notes, or overt booze comes through.

The mouthfeel is as much a shrug as the taste. It's coating, smooth, wet, lightly creamy, and unrefreshing with a medium body and average thickness. It could definitely be worse - i.e. if it were syrupy or scratchy or something - but there's definite room for improvement. A lighter body and a more oily feel would be a start. Overall presence on the palate is merely average. This texture fails to elevate the beer.

OVERALL: The most memorable aspect of my experience drinking this beer was opening the special pull-tab can. Unfortunately the contents are less interesting than the container. Disappointingly dull work from Nebraska, though it is possible this is an older can. Still Nebraska's fault for not date-coding. I'll reserve judgement on this until I can try it fresh on-draught, but as-is it's a rather forgettable mundane stab at an IPA. This is the kind of schlock I expect in a no-name regional brewery's variety box.

High C-

Photo of BigJdizzle
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought in a can. Dark Amber color. Good head on the pour into a glass and nice lacing while drinking. I'd say slightly above average IPA. Would buy again.

Photo of aratcliffe
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a traditional pint. Great copper-ish color, strong head with good retention. Spotty lacing, Don't think this is quite fresh (couldn't find any dating on the can, bought as a single), but still has some hop presence against the malt bill. Pleased by the mouthfeel--I expected this to be thinner. Would love to get fresh the next time I'm near Papillion.

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India Pale Ale from Nebraska Brewing Company
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