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India Pale Ale - Nebraska Brewing Company

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

413 Ratings
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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 5
Gots: 58 | 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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1/5  rDev -73.6%

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1.5/5  rDev -60.4%

Photo of CHickman
1.79/5  rDev -52.8%
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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2/5  rDev -47.2%

Photo of Chico1985
2.39/5  rDev -36.9%
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.

Photo of MarkSansone
2.43/5  rDev -35.9%
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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2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of kojevergas
2.74/5  rDev -27.7%
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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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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2.81/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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2.96/5  rDev -21.9%

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2.97/5  rDev -21.6%
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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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.12/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
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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India Pale Ale from Nebraska Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.