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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: 540
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 22.72%
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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Photo of CHickman
1.79/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

On tap at Rattle-N-Hum in NYC. Pours cloudy honey amber in color with a small creamy off white head; pretty good lacing that sticks to the glass.

Smells of sweet malt, grains, hops, toasted bread and honey. Very weak nose overall.

Tastes of roasted malt, grains, lemon, citrus hops, caramel, bread and yeast...a toasty flavor that is not typical for an IPA and more like a lager than an IPA. It's a bad IPA, not hoppy or like an IPA at all...a drain pour, as it was tough to finish this beer. Bordered on terrible. A friend of mine also ordered one and gave the same review...he didn't even finish his.

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Photo of Chico1985
2.39/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Dirty Truth.

Pours amber with an off-white head that retains up until the end, becoming a thick ring. Leaves nice walls of lacing. Dark for the style.

Extremely low hop presence, only super-slight earthy notes. Caramel and bready malts are there but barely provide any flavor. Not much to say.

I'm not sure if this is old, but this is probably the most boring IPA I have had. Not offensive, but barely any flavors.

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Photo of MarkSansone
2.43/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Was looking forward to trying this. I was very disappointed. Bought a six pack. Drainpoured the one I opened. Will give the rest away...a mess of flavors..

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Photo of kojevergas
2.74/5  rDev -28.5%
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-

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.97/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Deep golden color, no hazy, carbonation streams, topped by a softball of snow white micro bubbles. Minimal lacing.

Citrus aroma, lemon, grapefruit, hint of orange. Nice, but could be more assertive.

Sweet malty start. Quick touch of fruit. Very unpleasant abrasive bitterness. Hints of cleanser.

Medium mouthfeel.

Not a pleasant experience, not recommended.

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Photo of SF_Posse
3/5  rDev -21.7%
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 mactrail
3.02/5  rDev -21.1%
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 Beaver13
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Another picked up at the Pour House in PT,WA. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a clean, clear honey-gold color with just a thin cap of white head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma featured nice, bright hops, mostly citrus, with just a slight hint of malt. Pretty similar on the tongue, but the hops are bigger and totally dominate the palate. There was bitter finish that bordered on unenjoyable.

The body was on the light-medium side of the scale for the style, and had a dry finish. Drinkability was OK, that harshness on the back would probably preclude me from having 2 in a row, but I would drink this again. Overall, a solidly typical example of the style, worth trying if you see it, not worth seeking out.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can

clear golden copper color, bright white head that fades. earthy, piney hop aroma. slightly sweet malt flavor, with hop flavor that is okay, but doesn't totally jive. mouthfeel is a bit sticky, thin to medium. medium to high carbonation.

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Photo of delta490
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
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 Naugled
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good looking beer, nice clear brown copper color with a respectable head.

Not a lot of hop in the nose, more sweet malt notes than anything with some earthiness.

Flavor has a caramel up front with a firm bitterness but not much hop flavor. The hops that are there are earthy. Has a bit of a grainy dry flavor. Also tastes a bit old, probably better when it's fresh. Nebraska is a long way's off from New York.

Mouth feel is pretty good, rich and full.

Actually a pretty drinkable beer, just not very interesting.

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Photo of Huffs
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a thick, off white to tan, head with great retention and lacing. Appearance was clear with an amber to honey color. Aroma was hoppy with nice citrus, grass and herb notes. Taste was earthy and mild with hop and grain notes. Medium to light mouthfeel with slightly bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a sixteen ounce draft of this on a recent visit to one of my favorite beer bars. I had heard about this brewery, that it was very good, and was anxious to try something from them. Overall I found it to be good, not out standing, but good.

Appearance was a typical IPA color, straw, a little bit cloudy with a good amount of carbonation that stuck around for a while.

Aroma was very hoppy, with a citrus focus...more west coast than east.

Flavor was also very hoppy, perhaps a little unbalanced in that direction but in general what you'd expect from an IPA.

Overall, this is a good IPA and if it's the only one on the menu, perfectly fine to drink all day (or night).

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance of earth and citrus forward hop characteristics.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of Chaz
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale, brassy-copper in color, and with excellent clarity. A pale tan head tops it and leaves a nice, sticky ring of Brussels lace as it falls. Looks good so far.

Nose is a full-on hop blast; Ruby Red grapefruit, lemon zest, and a piney zing. Yeast is there, but lighter. A touch of darker and crystal malt.

Sweet-prickly and spicy on the first sip -- the spiciness from the hops, of course. Reasonably smooth and creamy mouthfeel, medium-bodied... and gently warming at 6.9%.

A really nice, lingering bitterness accentuates the mouthfeel, the heat, and the lightly-sweet character of this one.

For lack of* a better "all-in" descriptor, Two Hearted: If you like that classic brand, you will like this one as well, but it is a touch cleaner, meaning a little bit less yeast character, a little brisker on the palate.

It's a winner, for sure.

*And I'm feeling a bit lazy, and... damn! That can went down so quickly that I need to run to the 'fridge for a cold one, STAT!

Poured into a tulip from the can. There's a date code on the bottom in yellow, splotchy inkjet ink, but I'll be damned if I can read it in this light...

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Photo of jlindros
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
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 Billolick
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Birdsall House in Peekskill, NY. Poured nearly clear, glowing almond amber, with bubbles rising and supporting a lighter khaki head, leaving scattered bits of fine lace on the glass. moderate hopped nose, resiny in nature. The moderate nature of the hop approach continues onto the tongue and mouth, resiny/grainy, but not much more then moderate in their presence. Middle of the road IPA, nothing special...Unlikely I'd go for this one again

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 3/27/2010. Growler from Big Z Beverage. Pours a deep red/orange with a thick off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, light fruit, bready malt. Flavor of bready malts, grassy hops, with a bitter finish. Not much citrus presence in this one and it has a heavier body than most IPAs. Still, easy drinking and pleasant.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
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 Nugganooch
3.6/5  rDev -6%
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 Icameron
3.6/5  rDev -6%
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 cbutova
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
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 aratcliffe
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
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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Photo of hophugger
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

An all around good IPA. Good color, nice head and impressive head. Pine hops and some citrus are apparent in the taste and the feel is awesome, leaving you wanting more!!!!!!!!!. Nice balance and great beer, Nebraska !!!!!!!!

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