India Pale Ale - Nebraska Brewing Company

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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Reviews: 99
Hads: 495
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 8
Gots: 88 | FT: 0
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Nebraska Brewing Company visit their website
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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Photo of Sintech
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap, super fresh. Juicy West Coast style IPA from the Midwest. Probably the best IPA brewed in Nebraska, hell, might be the best beer brewed in Nebraska... (167 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Had at the iTap in Soulard. The server said it was a new keg.

A - Poured a very nice strong amber color with some copper hints. There was a thin (0.5 in) head but it was sticky and dense with an off-white color.

S - Aroma of awesome pine. Very dank beer. Fresh smelling grassy notes. Some light biscuit malt as well as some toasty notes. The hops are dank. Smells like some strong pine with some very slight grapefruit sweetness. Very dank. Smells very much like pot.

T & M - Starts off very piney with a lot of resin flavor that isn't overwhelming because its balanced by some nice grain. Tons of bready notes are present and help to off-seft the extremely dank and piney beer. A very delicious brew. Reminds me a bit of Ska Modus Hoperanid. Very flavorful and well crafted.

O - this brew is great. Really excited that these kegs are making their way down to MO. The IPA is well crafted with intense yet easy to handle hop notes. Grassy and piney notes that are flavorful and not palette killing. (1,029 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark amber with a small head. There is mild lacing. The opening at the top of the can is different. It pops open the entire top, so it was odd pouring that into a glass. Not sure if that had anything to do with the lack of head. Has a strong malty, piney, hoppy aroma. The malt seems a little watered down on taste, though. There is a strong piney hop at the end with a nice piney aftertaste. The maltiness still persists through the end, though. Tasty IPA, nonetheless. (485 characters)

Photo of Flatlands
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love beer in cans! So much better for the beer and ease of recycling. Great looking can BTW, check out the bar cade in the shape of the great state of Nebraska.

This is an impressive little brewery tucked away in south Omaha. This is a subtle IPA that still has somewhat bitterness but is oh, so balanced. It is darker in color than most IPA's. I like the lingering bitterness that stays on my palate but does not attack my mouth. One of my non-IPA guys said it best when trying a over-the-top IPA "This beer is attacking my mouth." That does not happen here.

So, this will be my go-to IPA, the alcohol content is up there for an IPA so it's not in the all-day affair but when I want a couple of cans, it's right towards the top.

Hopefully, they'll get some cans in your neck of the woods. Great Job Nebraska Brewing! (821 characters)

Photo of fastricky
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at David Copperfields here in NYC.

I fully enjoyed this beer. A nice departure from the crazy-ass hop bombs that I'm getting tired of. Very nice balance, excellent malt flavor and balanced bittering that seemed somewhat different from the typical citrus hopping most IPA's are about.

Beautiful ruby red color. Had never heard of this brewery but I'd certainly have more next time I encounter it. (405 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (1,142 characters)

Photo of bsp77
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from can into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Cloudy amber-orange with nice, off-white head and good lacing.

Smell: Sharp citrus that is definitely Citra hops. Some pine, pineapple and a little bit dank as well.

Taste: Very hoppy and juicy, with grapefruit, orange and pineapple. Fairly dank, with notes of marijuana and onion. The finish is quite bitter and piney. I guess there are some malts under there but I wasn't really paying attention to them.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium to full that is fairly oily, very dry.

Overall: Excellent IPA that is very juicy and hoppy. Quite underrated IMO. (623 characters)

Photo of beerhobo22
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

74 IBUs.
Mild, earthy hop aroma. Thick, rocky, off-white head. Good head retention. Clear amber color. Hops dominate but some caramel malt flavors are apparent on the dry finish. Medium bodied with a dry finish. Hops dominate this beer. The dryness on the finish validates the 74 IBU rating. (292 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +11%

A: medium amber ale - crystal clear - centered into a pint, produced a towering head of off-white foam; some head retained throughout, lotsa lace down the glass

S: big aromas of citrus and pine - floral and bright; underscored by deeper notes of rich grain, wet with caramelized sugars

T: the hop bill asserts up front - Citra hop action brings the citric pith, suggesting dark grapefruit; pine resin chewiness and sweetness as hop and malt meld; hop-forward but the malts are present enough to support the bitterness

M: creamy and slick, but bittering as hell; some bitter pine-resin coat on the tongue leaves a "must-have-more" aftertaste; medium body, ample carbonation fuzz

O: whatta great little beer! From brewers I only knew for their "big boy" reserve series bottles comes a lean and tight IPA, crisp and easy-drinkin', full o' flavor with a nice clean aroma. I'm gonna go big here 'cuz I'm a fan of Citra hops. Regardless, grab some. (946 characters)

Photo of rorjets
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Another gift from my son in Texas, this beer was poured from the can that has a wide mouth lid, something I haven't seen before in a can. Into the glass it gives off a great aroma of a glen of pine trees. It has a dark amber appearance, almost brownish, with an off-white head that is thick and long lasting with a trail of lacing left behind as the beer is consumed. The first sip delivers the resiny aromatics on the tongue, the Citra hop flavor coming thru clearly. It is followed immediately by some bitterness, which is a bit sharp. That bitterness leaves the mouth quickly for a clean finish. And afterward you can use the can as a pencil holder! (654 characters)

Photo of BradBuchanan
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Woooooooh! This stuff is good! It's been in my truck Since lunch and has been calling my name ever since. Finally got home and let me tell you...... I dont know if its my location but this is fresh......also i got a freakin' frothy monster of a head on this beast and a lacing that sticks like spideys web! Good job Nebraska Brew! Cant wait for another one of your creations! (375 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger off white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A crisp, juicy, and earthy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus and grass. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, lemon, mango, and melon. Earthy and floral hops with hints of pine resin and grass. Solid malt backing with hints of sweet caramel, biscuit, yeast, and cracker. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like the smell indicates, a juicy and piney hop forward taste with good notes of citrus, pine, and grass. Upfront citrus hops with notes of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, pineapple, mango, and melon. Solid presence of earthy and floral hops with a dank presence of pine resin and grass. Good sweet malt backing with notes of caramel, grains, biscuit, and yeast. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and pretty smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A very solid West Coast style IPA. Good notes of citrus and pine with a solid malt presence. (1,160 characters)

Photo of DrinkNewport
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This has a nice copper pour with a light head that dissipates quickly.

The hops come forward in the aroma, letting you know that this is going to be one bitter IPA.

As soon as you taste this beer - POW! - hops. That said, it's got a pretty clean finish...in that all you get off the tail end is the hopiness you met at the front.

Nebraska Brewing Company just arrived in Rhode Island, but I've really liked all that I've tried. (430 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nebraska Brewing IPA

Pours copper orange with a chill haze and a small fizzy head that dies down to fine layers of lacing. Aroma of grapefruit zest, white pepper and orange. Citrus hop and an earthy bitterness in the flavor profile. Nice clean and refreshing. Medium bodied with a nice sharp bite and good feel. A really good go to IPA and my first brew from Nebraska. (369 characters)

Photo of abrand
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce poured into pint glass.

Pours a deep orange color with a big 2 finger head that bubbles over the sides of the pint glass. Very nice appearance. Smells of hops, citrus fruits, malts, and floral. Big smelling beer. Taste is very good. Nice balance with the fruits/floral and the hop finish. Good tasting IPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very balanced. Overall I love this. I went through a few pints and was still able to walk out the door but it has the flavor profile of a great DIPA. (497 characters)

Photo of ryannosaurus
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured to tulip

Appearance is clear deep gold with a solid two finger head, settles to a nice film with a nice bit of lacing... hard to improve on this aspect. Just plain gorgeous.

Aroma is hop-centric with malt and banana pudding... good stuff!

Taste is balanced to the sweet side, but plenty of lurking bitterness. Biscuit, malt, orange, grapefruit and a hint of vanilla,

Mouthfeel is significantly heavy lightened by bubbles

Over all: damn good beer. Who doesn't like an IPA with balls? I nearly wrote this brewery off after being a tad disappointed by something else. Never give up,,, the other beer had a pretty can, this beer is pretty on the inside and gorgeous on the tongue (697 characters)

Photo of ScrewBud
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As someone else pointed out, a great starter IPA. Local and in a can, can't go wrong.

L - Medium Amber
S - Grapefruit and a little pine
T - Hops, light alcohol
F - Nice fizz to it
O - I usually recommend to newbies. A solid IPA.

Edit: Drinking another one of these now after about 10 other IPAs in between, I think I under rated this one. (343 characters)

Photo of beerdedking
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

This IPA is quite similar to others I've had, namely Finest Kind, maybe Hop Devil, and others so immediately it's pretty good.
It's got a nice popping citrus nose leading to an opening of lemon and tangerine, followed by a pronounced caramel malt backbone.
Pine bitterness is mild to average, while drinkability is moderate to high. This one doesn't do anything I haven't sampled before, but
does lean towards a West Coast IPA that can be knocked back at will... (466 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Alphabet Beer Co.

the beer comes in a dark brown copper color, darker than most IPAs.

The aroma is pretty big with pine, huge citrus, peach, and just tons of dankness. Quite a big and inviting aroma on this one.

The flavor follows with that aroma, along with some continuing peachy fruits and citrus, and then a good malt backbone. There's some grassiness and just tons of hop forwardness. There's also a good caramel malt backbone on this one to balance things out, but still being a hop forward beer. There's also some resin qualities as it warms up and blossoms out to some floral, pine, and earthy.

The finish has a gentle dryinng bitterness on the back.

A well made IPA. I was impressed. (718 characters)

Photo of Omnium
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can > Sensory Pils Glass

A - Lovely lookign clear gold with one and a half fingers of foamy white head, no lacing though.
S - Juicy tropical fruits, pine, and grapefruit, dank grassy hints, a little sweet malt.
T - Big hop flavor without being too bitter, lots of dank pine and grass, nice bread malt, a little caramel, sweet pineapple.
M - Bold bitterness, and a little chewy, but manageable.
O - Really solid IPA, was stoked to finally see this around. Could easily get a case of this. (491 characters)

Photo of Beerjonny82
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Say you are thirsty for an IPA! This one quenches any IPA lover's Pallet. The hop to malt balance is perfect. A bit more "carmally" than some IPAs and a very generous citrus and piney hop tingle to your tongue. Probably the best IPA to come out of the Great Plains region. I'd say the hop flavor is 65% citrus and 35% piney but with generous maltiness! Definitely a good IPA. (375 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich coppery amber color and is very clear. A medium sized head forms on the pour with a beige color. The head structure is pretty dense and lacing creeps up the side as it fades.
A nice looking beer.
This IPA really smells good. Plenty of hoppy freshness but with some of that dankness too.
If I smell the beer from the can I get citrus and pine and grass. Malts are light and settle to a background role.
The taste is pronounced hops like it says on the can. Not as flavorful as in the nose but nuiances of citrus and pine resin come through as well as caramel malts.
It drinks bitter up front and then seems to smooth out to the finish.
Very good drinking beer. It has a nice smell and has a nice taste. Its bitter but not too much and it looks good. But I would say that it falls just short of a WCIPA. (815 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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 (340 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a pub style pint glass.

Appearance
Golden with 1 finger of creamy, off-white head. Excellent clarity and good retention with light carbonation.

Nose
Tangerine, mango, passion fruit, peach, and caramel.

Taste
Mango, tangerine, and papaya. Honey and caramel maltiness. Touches of peach and passion fruit. Finishes with grapefruit zest and light notes of pine resin.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, and dry with a moderate-high bitterness.

Overall
Citrusy, tropical, bitter, and dry. A solid IPA worth checking out. (539 characters)

Photo of JizackFH
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY for International IPA day.

Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a nice dark copper color, darker than most IPAs. It has a small off-white head on it. The head left specs of lacing behind.

S - It smells of toasted caramel malt and piney hops. I am also getting some nice tropical fruit notes and some citrus as well.

T - The taste starts off with a nice toasted caramel malt background, then a big piney hop bite. There is some flavors of bread and fruit. The finish leaves some lingering bread flavors and hop bitterness.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is a nice hop bitterness that sticks to the palate.

O - This has great drinkability. The flavor is great and I could definitely put a few of these down in a night. Overall, I thought this was a solid IPA. It has a very good hop bite, but also a really nice sweet toasted malt background. It is a very nicely balanced IPA. I recommend trying it. (1,024 characters)

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India Pale Ale from Nebraska Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.