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India Pale Ale - Nebraska Brewing Company

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Reviews: 105
Hads: 512
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 9
Gots: 92 | 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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Reviews: 105 | Hads: 512
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. (407 characters)

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. (486 characters)

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. (300 characters)

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 (222 characters)

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. (215 characters)

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. (269 characters)

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. (586 characters)

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. (772 characters)

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. (442 characters)

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. (343 characters)

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. (793 characters)

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. (1,547 characters)

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 (340 characters)

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. (1,167 characters)

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. (397 characters)

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. (945 characters)

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. (448 characters)

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. (1,006 characters)

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of Floydster
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
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 (588 characters)

Photo of neilp55
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
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 kojevergas
2.74/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

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India Pale Ale from Nebraska Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.