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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

417 Ratings
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Ratings: 417
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 5
Gots: 61 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.51/5  rDev -7.1%

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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.96/5  rDev +4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with notes of pine resin hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste starts off with flavors of citrusy hops and finishes with piney hops. The hops contribute a moderate to strong amount of bitterness. Slight hints of caramel malts are perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very hop-forward IPA that delivers a lot of bitterness on the taste and bite on the mouthfeel. I liked how it had a blend of citrusy and piney hops.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.69/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a really solid ipa from nebraska brewing here, but all of their stuff has been good, so no surprise at all. an orangey colored version of the style, with a little less than an inch of thick white head. it has a real fruit punchy bouquet to the hops, not so much tropical as citrusy and orchard type fruits, and just enough bitterness. the malt base is middle of the road, a little medium crystal in here for color and smoothness, but mostly pale type malt in here. lots of late kettle hops are responsible for the aromatic explosion of this beer, super hoppy, less conventional varietals, which i like a lot. they have gotten a lot out of the hops here, and although there isnt much bitterness, the beer comes through balanced and robust. maybe colder fermentation has helped make this as smooth and dry as it is, without any real yeast character to the flavor at all. overall quite a good ipa, not as adventurous as the bottled series they have done, but very sturdy beer here.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/8/2010 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, floral hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a decent hops bitterness comes in along with a hearty malt character and creates a good balance. The hops presence isn't quite as strong as most IPA's. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style despite being a little darker and less hoppy that most beers in the style, this is a good beer to drink for a while if you want a milder IPA.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice design on the can.

Pours a crystal clear amber with an off-white head. Nose is pine and resin. Flavor is nice. Full and consistent. Spiced edges from hops. Pine and resin here too. I like this one. Firm, but not obnoxiously so. I could go for more than one of these.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Nice head retention & lacing

S: Lemon zest, leafy & piney hops

T: Grapefruit, a little pineyness, plus dryness up front. Aspirin, a little caramel & doughyness as this warms along with grapefruit pith. Finished grapefruitty, dry, with a little lemon as well

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, decent balance

A respectable IPA, glad I got to try it

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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2.74/5  rDev -27.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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India Pale Ale from Nebraska Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.