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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: 541
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 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 metter98
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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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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 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 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 TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of russpowell
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Photo of dbrauneis
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copper in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some light golden yellow + amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/orange and tropical/mango hops along with lighter aromas of pine hops. There is a very light aroma of biscuit malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of biscuit and slightly sweet grainy malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/orange, tropical/mango, and tropical/peach hops along with a touch of pine hops. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy. Notes of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and easy to drink as well as being one of the few affordable Nebraska brews to make it out this way. Really nice combination of aromas and flavors to the hop profile of this beer. Definitely would recommend grabbing this one if you see it.

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Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +4.4%

I know that I picked these CANs up in Philly to further The CANQuest ™, but I CANnot remember whether they came from Pinocchio's or The Foodery (Northern Liberties). Either way, they are nice CANs!

From the CAN: "World Class in Every Glass"; "Our West Coast inspired India Pale Ale is rich in flavor and abundant in citrus-like, piney, and resiny aromatics created through a wonderful infusion of Citra hops. Completely refreshing with assertive, bordering on aggression, crisp bitterness. Beautifully Nebraskan."; "CANs: Infinitely Recyclable (SM)".

I swear that I heard an elephant trumpet in the distance when I Crack!ed this brimful CAN open! If it is charging, then I need to have an inverted Glug going before it gets here. My tour guide, Raj, is exhorting me, "Sahib, sahib!" as though I CAN make this happen any faster. The two fingers of rocky, mountainous, light-tan head that formed following the pseudo-cascade have inspired me! We must head for the Himalayas and Kangchenjunga to escape this beast. Raj is initially reluctant, but when he sees the enormity of this animal, he CANcedes to my way of thinking. Sticky lacing has begun to form on the peaks of the glass as we begin our ascent. The air is clean and my nose tickles with the redolent smell of pine resin, but it is not enough to throw the pachyderm punk off of our scent. It just keeps coming like a runaway steamroller! Its color was odd, matching the beer as Amber to Deep Amber (SRM = > 9, < 13). My clarity was like the beer's: NE-quality-plus. I could see our future and it was not a pretty sight if the elephant was to catch up with us. Raj passes me the communal glass and I take a hearty draught from it to soothe my jangled nerves. Phew! I get a blast of grapefruit citrusiness and piney resinousness on my tongue, which is literally breathtaking. CANbined with the view, the altitude, my adult-onset asthma, the exertion and the intensity of the hops, I CANnot breathe! Raj notes my difficulty and we take a different tack, heading back down the mountain and away from the plodding pachyderm that has been dogging our heels. Raj assures me that it is slow to stop and slower to turn, so we have a chance, but we must pray that it does not overtake us on the descent since its momentum will enable it to easily catch us. I take another deep draught to calm my nerves, noting its medium mouthfeel this time, along with the cool mintiness from the hops. The finish was as dry as the altitudinal air that surrounded us. As we approached the base, Raj spotted a grove of trees and we took cover behind the largest one. Reaching into my backpack, he pulled out the bag of salted peanuts that I had along to eat as a snack with the beer and threw them out in front of the tree. The elephant, smelling the legumes, came charging for them and in its haste and blind fury, ran smack into the tree, knocking itself unconscious. Raj and I scuttled away, afraid that the tree might fall from the impact, but it held, and we returned to the village for more beer and salty snacks.

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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 Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nebraska Brewing IPA

Pours copper orange with a chill haze and a small fizzy head that dies down to fine layers of lacing. Aroma of grapefruit zest, white pepper and orange. Citrus hop and an earthy bitterness in the flavor profile. Nice clean and refreshing. Medium bodied with a nice sharp bite and good feel. A really good go to IPA and my first brew from Nebraska.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a thin white head that dissipates to patches and light lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, mild citrus and mild grassy hops. Flavor is caramel malt, light citrus and fresh mown prairie grass and hay, light lemon. Finishes with a somewhat earthy and herbal hop bitterness that is much more intense than expected from the mild start. Medium bodied. I was a little underwhelmed by my first taste of this, but there is something about the hop bill here and its balance with the malt body that is very appealing. The finish is more than satisfactorily bitter and flavorful. Very nice balance and ultimately great taste. I will try this again, which is not something I say about a lot of non-west coast IPAs these days.

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Photo of Tone
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, pine hops, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, pine hops, sweet malt, and alcohol. Overall, good appearance, feel, and body.

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Photo of akorsak
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brass Rail. I love IPAs.

A: The IPA is darker, more towards the nut brown end of IPAs. A thin white head came with the pour but didn't lace or linger.

S: The IPA has a heavy dose of citrus bitterness. The aromas are lush and strong, balance is an afterthought with these babies. Caramel malts add sweet breadiness.

T: More hops, bitter and delicious. Thick citrus hops practically leap out of the glass. Their resiny fullness has flowers and herbs along for the ride. Balancing malts don't put a dent in the pleasant bitterness. Citrus, rinds, pepper and even a little pine. All in all an excellent IPA.

M: The mouthfeel zings with hops, skinny legs and all. Another glass please.

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Photo of tone77
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden/honey color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of hops and citrus. Taste is bitter, hoppy, citrus, a nice malt backbone, tasty. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid and good quality beer.

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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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3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
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 DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up the can since nobody can have enough can reviews! Into a pint glass

A - Very carbonated amber brown, clear with a solid inch of fluffy head that settles to a lace ring. Sticky lacing all around.
S - Smell is very malty with hint of grapefruit hops in the mix. Very balanced.
T - Intense hop bitterness at first maybe my palate hasn't had a good IPA for a while. After a few sips the intense unbalanced bitterness takes a backseat but returns in the finish to give you numb tongue. Balancing cracker malts and sweet malts make this beer bearable.
M - Light to medium body, resinous yet forgiving.

Overall reminds me of my hometown IPA but with a touch more balance. Worth picking up if you love a good "hop punch" to the face.

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Photo of dar482
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Alphabet Beer Co.

the beer comes in a dark brown copper color, darker than most IPAs.

The aroma is pretty big with pine, huge citrus, peach, and just tons of dankness. Quite a big and inviting aroma on this one.

The flavor follows with that aroma, along with some continuing peachy fruits and citrus, and then a good malt backbone. There's some grassiness and just tons of hop forwardness. There's also a good caramel malt backbone on this one to balance things out, but still being a hop forward beer. There's also some resin qualities as it warms up and blossoms out to some floral, pine, and earthy.

The finish has a gentle dryinng bitterness on the back.

A well made IPA. I was impressed.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, copper in color, high carbonation, clear

Smell: citrus hops and toasted malt

Taste: citrus hops, toasted malt, honey, slight resin

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a dry bitter backbone, light bodied with high carbonation

Overall: A high quality, clean, and well crafted IPA. Nice citrusy flavors and not overly bitter. I would consider picking up a six pack of this again.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, orange citrus hops. In the taste, orange citrus hops and a hint of pine, with a somewhat malty backing. A small hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Nice hops, it seems like a standard east coast IPA, with some west coast love.

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