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India Pale Ale - Nebraska Brewing Company

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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105 Reviews
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Reviews: 105
Hads: 510
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 9
Gots: 92 | 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: 105 | Hads: 510
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (978 characters)

Photo of guityler83
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: From the can to a standard pint glass, the beer built a solid two finger head. Off white foam that sustained a moderate/long time before leaving spotting lacing on the edge of the glass. The beer is a Light copper with excellent clarity.

S: Mild to moderate grapefruit, mango and candy like hop aroma. Light pine dankness. Caramel and toasty malt character is notable.

T: Medium pine and grapefruit bitterness flows into a medium dank pine hop flavor. The toasty bready malt flavor comes through in the middle. The balance is on the hops but there is a mild sweetness. The finish leaves with the more pine.

M: Carbonation is moderate and the body is also (even though it says west coast style). It feels like there are hop flakes in the glass despite its clear appearance, maybe just my imagination.

O: Not the most aromatic or flavorful IPA out there, but in a can its a good beer to take on a camping/canoing trip. I didn't see a date on the can which is a no-no for me, so this might have had some age on it and not the freshest example (1,047 characters)

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a Amber copper color, finger of off white to tan head, nice lacing

Smell is citrus, pineapple, pine, kiwi, caramel, musty earthy hops, biscuit

Taste is pineapple, pine, bready malt, biscuit, kiwi, some grapefruit and lemon, finishes with a pine sap bitterness

Mouthfeel is medium, heavy scrubbing carbonation, dry finish

Great beer! Love that there is balance to it but the hops still shine. (401 characters)

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

A: clear; bronze colored; 1 finger egg shell head that receded quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass; moderate lacing;

S: pineapple and grapefruit;

T: grapefruit up front, but not as intense as the aroma; caramel malt kicks in mid-palate; finish is grapefruit and a little pine with moderate bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: well balanced; not especially memorable, but enjoyable none the less; (441 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

IPA from Nebraska bought on E 38 St NYC proves we're back to a healthy # of brewers in this land.

A: A medium brown color, with a short white head that fades slowly, maintains a cap, and laces well.

S: Sweet, caramelized malts, perfumey, floral hops, some cow pies, and some citrus. (a cowboy beer)

T:Follows smell with lots of sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then hops bitterness creates a good balance. The hops are plentiful, it's west coast hoppy, with a nice long peppery / sweet finish. Good yin/yang.

M: Smooth, medium body, carbonation, finish slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, peppery, a solid IPA from the plains. Yeee hawwww! (646 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can

Pours clear amber gold, white film retains indefinitely.

Smells of caramel malt over maple and piney hops.

Tastes of caramel and biscuit malt with piney grapefruit citrus hops that are potent and bitter.

Medium body with stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A very good, above-average IPA that is tastey and and flavorful. Very enjoyable and worth trying. (383 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (738 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is gold to copper, head is off white with medium size bubbles, huge depth at about 1.5 inches followed by some lacing down the glasses sides.

Smell is pretty malty: light caramel, some toast, then the hops come through, earthy, light pine touch of grapefruit.

Taste, similar to the nose is malt forward; malt flavors are toast, some biscuit, caramel but not too sweet; hops are bitter, more neutral grapefruit and pine blended together but at a mild strength.

Mouthfeel is pleasant forward but a biting lingering finish: starts clean, neutral presence and light carbontion; lingering finish is strong on the tongue and biting or sharp.

Overall, this IPA looks great and has nice malt forward aroma, the taste is a touch malty and the mouthfeel is biting for the subtle malt presence. (828 characters)

Photo of Beerjonny82
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Say you are thirsty for an IPA! This one quenches any IPA lover's Pallet. The hop to malt balance is perfect. A bit more "carmally" than some IPAs and a very generous citrus and piney hop tingle to your tongue. Probably the best IPA to come out of the Great Plains region. I'd say the hop flavor is 65% citrus and 35% piney but with generous maltiness! Definitely a good IPA. (375 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (814 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
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 (405 characters)

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

Can at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of generic citrus and flowers
Head average (3.5 cm), white, creamy with many small rocks
Lacing mostly nonexistent; some small islands present
Body medium yellow, clear
Flavor begins bitter and citrusy, very nice; ends with mild astringency; no malts, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

A pleasant IPA. Well worth buying a six-pack or more. (428 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
2.97/5  rDev -22.3%
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. (363 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Honey amber brew with a kingly crown of white.

Raw hop, spicy citrus, tropical medley, pine, and twiggy notes. Reppin' Citra, alright. More on the resinous side. Stocky malts, sun-kissed fruit, and slight woodiness.

Hoppy, with a vengeance. Lots of spiny leafiness with a citrus/tropical rind and pith squeeze. Tail greets pine with balsa wood dryness. Spicy hops cut through the bittersweet hop oils, which this IPA is ripe with. Caramel malt has a hard tack candy plateau, pushed up a notch with toast and carbonated sizzle. Late lemon-lime note clashes a bit with the malts, leaving bitterness to engulf the tongue in a long aftertaste.

Body is just fine. Carbonation is green-light-go. Lots of spiciness and crackle.

A damn solid IPA. West Coast style, with a slight love of grains. How Nebraskan of them. (813 characters)

Photo of mnrider
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. Can

A: Pours a hazy washed out copper. Medium white head falls back to a thin layer. Lacing is light and a little watery, but is still present until the last drop.

S: Citrus. Juicy. Tropical. Hops. Pine. All aromas I would expect from an IPA. These scents are light and fade slightly as the beer settles.

T/M: Bitter Hops. Citrus. Tropical fruits. Light but detectible malts. Grainy and chewy. Pine. Hops. Has a sticky resin feel. Bitterness lingers on. Light/Medium bodied.

O: Easy drinking IPA. Great tasting, but modest in the amount of bitterness and other flavors. The taste also fades a little if not consumed in a timely manner. Still an excellent IPA to session.

Cheers!! (693 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Murky copper body holds up a white head that dissipates to an even film. Large bands of world map lacing.

Aroma: Wood, cedar spiciness, hops.

Taste: Very subtle malts lead into a massive hop bill. There's a good amount of spiciness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty sharp, medium to heavy.

Overall: Excellent tasting IPA if not on the strong or sharp side. (399 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I wasnt sure what I was getting when I tried this one. I never heard of the brewery before.
The pour was that perfect orange hue of a neatly hopped beer. The light cream head was a perfect counterbalance to the orange overtone.

No question about hops here. The ongoing aroma of citrus, grapefruit, pine resin and much more filled my nose the way a good hoppy IPA should.

Without even tasting this one, I knew what to expect. It held up to my expectations.
Crisp, Light with the tingling effect on my tongue with a dry and lingering aftertaste. You knew what you just tatted.

I was very impressed by this IPA (610 characters)

Photo of ryannosaurus
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured to tulip

Appearance is clear deep gold with a solid two finger head, settles to a nice film with a nice bit of lacing... hard to improve on this aspect. Just plain gorgeous.

Aroma is hop-centric with malt and banana pudding... good stuff!

Taste is balanced to the sweet side, but plenty of lurking bitterness. Biscuit, malt, orange, grapefruit and a hint of vanilla,

Mouthfeel is significantly heavy lightened by bubbles

Over all: damn good beer. Who doesn't like an IPA with balls? I nearly wrote this brewery off after being a tad disappointed by something else. Never give up,,, the other beer had a pretty can, this beer is pretty on the inside and gorgeous on the tongue (697 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (253 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (272 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,192 characters)

Photo of Huffs
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich coppery amber color and is very clear. A medium sized head forms on the pour with a beige color. The head structure is pretty dense and lacing creeps up the side as it fades.
A nice looking beer.
This IPA really smells good. Plenty of hoppy freshness but with some of that dankness too.
If I smell the beer from the can I get citrus and pine and grass. Malts are light and settle to a background role.
The taste is pronounced hops like it says on the can. Not as flavorful as in the nose but nuiances of citrus and pine resin come through as well as caramel malts.
It drinks bitter up front and then seems to smooth out to the finish.
Very good drinking beer. It has a nice smell and has a nice taste. Its bitter but not too much and it looks good. But I would say that it falls just short of a WCIPA. (815 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking ambery gold color with a large white head. Head fades to a foamy ring and thin layer leaving a couple scattered bubble string around the glass. Aroma is sweet floral, happy citrus, slightly tropical, and fresh doughy-grainy malt. Simple pleasant aromas.... Taste is a well balanced combo of Citra hop flavors, bitterness, and chewy malts. Candy lemon, sweet orange, floral, a little spicy zest, and some tropical mango fruitiness. Bitterness is just right...not overpowering but pleasant and entertaining.

Easy to drink and very pleasant. (552 characters)

India Pale Ale from Nebraska Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.