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India Pale Ale - Nebraska Brewing Company

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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very good

112 Reviews
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Reviews: 112
Hads: 539
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 22.77%
Wants: 9
Gots: 98 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 112 | Hads: 539
Photo of cfalls
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L - very dark amber, white head fades fast, lacing the glass

S - as soon as you pop the can, you can smell the delicious Citra hops, and an unfortunate quantity of malt

T - toasted malts foremost, with balanced sweetness, a hint of citrus hops, and dry piney finish

F - nice and creamy without being too heavy

O - it's like someone poured some porter into a fresh juicy IPA in order to make it more palatable to folks who don't like IPAs

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Photo of stephens101
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice to see Nebraska in Oklahoma, and it's not a football game. Color is a pristine amber with orange hues. Smells floral and malty. Has a malt base with a fruity core all enveloped in pine.

One of those IPA is as an IPA does kinda IPA.

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Photo of tylerstravis
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apparently Nebraska has three times as much malt as hops in the state, or at least that is what this beer would lead you to believe. This is a total malty mess and the fact that they mention citra on the can is funny as they probably have a single hop present per can.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can in a nonic pint glass.

Dark amber-copper color, slight haze. A billowy, durable, 2f linen-white head leaves rings of lacing.

Smells of toasted malt, earthiness, pine and a faint touch of citrus.

Bold malt flavors dominate. Crisp citrus hops in the second flavor wave.

Very fresh. Full malt backbone feel. Bitter citrus finish.

Overall a good IPA.

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Photo of billybob
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

dark cloudy amber color with a thin fine coating of lace that covered the glass from top to bottom. I could smell the aroma as soon as I popped the top on the can strong pine and hops. big hop taste hits you right off finishing with a long after taste. smooth medium mouthfeel. if you like a strong ipa you will like this one its just not the best style that I like.

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Photo of delta490
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber, slightly cloudy, with a moderate amount of creamy white head. The head has some retention that leaves small and tight sticky lacing. The aroma is almost non-existent, with just a faint wisp of malt. The taste has a little more going on, with some non-descript hops bitterness that is still pleasant all the same. The body has a decent amount of carbonation and with a lighter-weight feel, the carbonation comes across more than it should.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Found this in Totowa even though a few other stores around here feature offerings from Nebraska Brewing. I can't say that I've ever had anything from the Cornhusker State before so an IPA like this would be a good way to get closer to my goal of having a beer from every state in America. Given how many IPA's are out there, this didn't measure up to the heavyweights from the coasts but as a starter IPA, this wouldn't be a bad choice as the alcohol was recessed and the flavor profile wasn't anything outlandish.

Not a bad pour to this as this beer had a caramel hue, fluffy head that quickly settled, and a half-hearted attempt at lacing along the back of the top half of my pint glass. Pine resin and earthy hops in the nose along with caramel malt , tea-like spiciness, and some tropical and citrus pith underneath it all. Nice and full bread gave this body and there may have been some crystalline sugar in here too but the hops dominate to just an excessive extent. The carbonation was good and there was a minty aftertaste as this beer finished clean and crisp - impressive given how heavy this was up-front.

Just a tad strong, the alcohol wasn't overpowering but by the end of the can, I could feel it a bit. Obviously, there are much better examples of this style to be found on any retail shelf in America but if i lived in Nebraska, I'd have this in my rotation for sure. Props to having the state outline over the UPC code and the subtly trippy design on the package. A solid IPA that hit the nail over the head without hitting me over the head at the same time.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant dark amber to light brown under a clingy, very lacey, light cream colored 3” foam cap that drops to an inch after 3 minutes. S: Citrus, lemon, an earthiness and a hint of wood aroma. T: Big malt flavors with layers of bitterness throughout tempered by a slight spicy sweetness at the beginning that finishes dry. F: Creamy, medium body and carbonation. O: A very drinkable American IPA.

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Photo of clake
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz undated can poured into a Spiegelau glass. Sticker on top of 6 pack holder marked 5211 which could be 7/31/15. Appearance is a dark amber color with a small amount of lacing. Smell is sweet with a bit of piney aromas. Taste is sweet up front with a hint of grapefruit and pine. Moderately carbonated with a bit of a wet finish. This is the first of Nebraska Brewing I've seen in the area sand it was worth the pick up. Maybe a bit on the malty side but an overall solid IPA.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little darker colored than your traditional IPA. Great aroma, very piney and sweet. Solid flavor, strong malt backbone but a good dose of hops. Bitter, pine, touch of citrus, earthy. Feels a bit too heavy but a solid IPA overall. Try this if you like your IPA's to have some malt, but not too much.

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Photo of ksimons
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-a dark orange with two fingers worth of white creamy head

S-caramel malt and light citrus hops

T-caramel malt, citrus and piney hops

M-medium body, soft carbonation

Overall nice IPA, very drinkable, nice citrus hops

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Photo of SF_Posse
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not much hop smell to this one but the hop flavor is there. Not a well balanced beer but not bad. Much better IPAs out there. A little disappointed as this was my first Nebraska Brewing beer, and i expected more.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz can labeled 6.9% abv 72 IBU. Look is amber, somewhat thin head but very nice lacing. Smell is floral hops and caramel malts. Taste is a mix of citrus, floral and pine hops and caramel malt. Feel is bitter, crisp and dry.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Clear amber-gold with average head and film
Smell: Very aromatic with mostly resiny hops and some citrus
Taste: Very hops forward with a nice malt backbone. Almost drinks more like a double IPA in terms of the strong flavors
Feel: Medium bodied, nice carbonation

Overall: I shared a can of this with a friend, so it didn't get a chance to destroy my palate, but it seemed like a pretty solid IPA, particularly for those who like really strong hop aromas and flavors. I tend to like a prefer a little more moderation, but this was enjoyable nonetheless - maybe best with food.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear copper color with one-finger off-white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, lighter than average carbonation, there is significant lacing on the glass.

SMELL: flowers, grapefruit, pine resin and bread.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, there is very little malt sweetness up front, then a pine resin hop blast that really lingered.

PALATE: medium body, lighter carbonation, creamy.

OVERALL: this beer is too hop forward and unbalanced, it's one dimensional, just pine resin, it's not a bad beer but there are better beers to be had in the IPA style so I will probably not buy this one again.

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Photo of mactrail
3.02/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Overall, this seems pretty thin and bitter, and not a good showcase for Citra, which is normally one of my favorite hops. From the 12 oz can purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham, Washington.

Clear amber brew with a below-average foam in the Troubadour tulip. This is just plain and bitter. Some flowery and fruity aroma. Hot and acidic on the tongue. A little lemon-lime flavor but the glowering bitterness takes over the aftertaste.

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Photo of ScrewBud
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Icameron
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tried in a snifter glass at the brewery. A great pour from the bartender with a 1 finger quickly dissipating head. I'm used to west coast IPAs and this beer from Nebraska was quite familiar smelling at first. Initially aromatic with big hop flavors on the first taste. Citra, pine, floral notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. The hop flavor was quick to be overwhelmed by a moderate alcohol taste that became more pronounced over time either as the beer warmed up or aromas dissipated, or maybe because of also eating some spicy/salty appetizers. With 6.9 ABV I'm not surprised by some boozey taste but I just wish the hops would be a little more forward and lasting to help balance that out. Otherwise a very good beer, I think it's my second favorite from Nebraska after Cardinal pale ale.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of ordybill
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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

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Photo of cbutova
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.82/5  rDev 0%
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.

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India Pale Ale from Nebraska Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.