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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: 539
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 22.77%
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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Reviews: 112 | Hads: 539
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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

High C-

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Photo of BigJdizzle
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought in a can. Dark Amber color. Good head on the pour into a glass and nice lacing while drinking. I'd say slightly above average IPA. Would buy again.

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Photo of aratcliffe
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
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 MarkSansone
2.43/5  rDev -36.4%
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 Chaz
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
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 far333
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Burnished copper colored with a low frothy head of dimpled off-white foam that settles out quickly to a low cap. Aroma of tangerine and mango, some subtle piney notes.

Big hop flavors upfront, lots of citrus, grapefruit rind, and sappy pine, with some floral notes. Good malt balance rides beneath, but the hops keep punching their way to the surface. Hop flavor lingers long, piney notes linger. Even mouthfeel, creamy and full, but finishes semi-tingly. Very good beer.

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Photo of rorjets
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Another gift from my son in Texas, this beer was poured from the can that has a wide mouth lid, something I haven't seen before in a can. Into the glass it gives off a great aroma of a glen of pine trees. It has a dark amber appearance, almost brownish, with an off-white head that is thick and long lasting with a trail of lacing left behind as the beer is consumed. The first sip delivers the resiny aromatics on the tongue, the Citra hop flavor coming thru clearly. It is followed immediately by some bitterness, which is a bit sharp. That bitterness leaves the mouth quickly for a clean finish. And afterward you can use the can as a pencil holder!

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Photo of hophugger
3.63/5  rDev -5%
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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Photo of BradBuchanan
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Woooooooh! This stuff is good! It's been in my truck Since lunch and has been calling my name ever since. Finally got home and let me tell you...... I dont know if its my location but this is fresh......also i got a freakin' frothy monster of a head on this beast and a lacing that sticks like spideys web! Good job Nebraska Brew! Cant wait for another one of your creations!

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Photo of beertunes
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
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%
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 jngrizzaffi
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark amber with a small head. There is mild lacing. The opening at the top of the can is different. It pops open the entire top, so it was odd pouring that into a glass. Not sure if that had anything to do with the lack of head. Has a strong malty, piney, hoppy aroma. The malt seems a little watered down on taste, though. There is a strong piney hop at the end with a nice piney aftertaste. The maltiness still persists through the end, though. Tasty IPA, nonetheless.

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Photo of Sintech
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap, super fresh. West Coast styled IPA. Has some floral and spice notes that are interesting. One of the better IPA's brewed in Nebraska.

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Photo of woemad
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can purchased at 99 Bottles in Federal Way, Washington, for $1.83. No freshness date. Admittedly, this is a ticker beer, grabbed because I’d never had a beer from Nebraska. The blurb on the can only mentions Citra hops, but it’s not explicitly stated that it is a one-hop beer. It IS stated that the beer is ”beautifully Nebraskan,” but I suspect it’s also beautifully Yakimaian. I also suspect it is contract-brewed, as it states it was brewed in “La Vista, NE,” not in Papillon.

Poured a semi-clear coppery amber color, with a good-sized, creamy, off-white head that took several minutes to settle.

Grapefruity-and-piney-scented hops dominated the nose. I picked up a little bit of caramelly maltiness, but it was definitely a minority portion of the aroma.

Thick, grapefruity hop flavor was what first hit the tastebud beachhead, with more bitter, piney hop flavors in a significant supporting role. This is definitely a “fruit-forward” IPA, but it’s still well-balanced, with a good ratio of bitterness to sweetness. It is a thick, almost syrupy hoppiness, however, and there’s not as dry a finish as many IPAs I’ve had.

Medium bodied, with a sticky, resiny and oily mouthfeel.

Not sure I would want to session this, but it’s a pretty good “West Coast IPA” from the Midwest. I would drink this again if I encountered it locally.

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Photo of FLima
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber copper color with a thin head with medium retention, but with a constant plate.
Delicious tropical aroma with notes of passion fruit, peaches, honey, mango, some caramel, grapefruit, cantaloupe melon and pine.
Balanced flavor with notes of caramel and toasted malt, pine, flowers, grapefruit marmalade, spices, mango, resins and tea bags. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness.
Medium body with a mild carbonation.
Very balance and complete IPA. Nice piney and citrusy hops backed by a solid malty base.

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Photo of grammodesguapote
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Out of a can, let it be know Nebraska Brewing Co. has changed the can game with the widest-mouth pull-top. Head nonexistent. Dark copper color. Aroma is citrus and piney hops through and through. Citra hops dominate the flavor with a great balance of hop taste, bitterness and malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is pleasantly sticky. Great beer!

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Photo of JayQue
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good, solid IPA. Pours from a can into a pint glass. Nice clear light copper color with a small white head. Averager retention and good bands of lacing on the glass.

Pretty decent aroma of citrus hops with a little pine resin.

Taste is very good. Citrus hops up front, then resiny piney hops and a very little caramel malt. Solid flavor, nice bitterness.

Mouthfel is crisp and full for an IPA. Bitterness level is high and there are some balancing caramel malts.

A very enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of ElderBeagle
4/5  rDev +4.7%

I grew up in Nebraska. So I saw this and just had to get it. I'll be brief. Beautiful dark amber color. Smells wonderful typical tropical citrus scents. Taste follows the smell with a pronounced bitterness that lingers for a day and a half. Thick creamy mouth fell like an imperial. Just a damn good IPA. Buy it without worry

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Photo of allengarvin
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Stylish can! One of those wide-mouth tops. I still poured it.

A: 3.5 - Clear copper color with pretty much no head.
S: 4.0 - Lots of resiny hops. Gobs even.
T: 4.0 - Nice amount of bitterness, but more importantly, loads of hop flavor, piney, resinous, somewhat grassy. The hops pretty much cover up whatever light malt there is, and the finish is quite dry.
M: 3.75 - Neutral texture, light for strength.
O: 4.0 - Nothing too special, but this is solid IPA craftsmanship, and very drinkable.

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