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India Pale Ale - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

India Pale Ale
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130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.68%


Brewed by:
Selin's Grove Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rdrummer on 05-09-2004)
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blackie

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

brewpub draft

a: pint glass serving, the ipa is a deep amber in color with a dark tan head, showing good retention and some lace

s: lively hop nose with a slew of earthy pine and citrus rind hops and a touch of tropical on the underside, fresh orange and tangerine, resin, pale malts with some caramel sweetness form a backbone, great start

m: a low to moderate carbonation and medium body combine into a smooth, creamy mouthfeel

t: a punch of earthy pine hops upfront with big notes of fresh citrus, some tropical notes underneath, sappy tree boughs and fresh orange rind, toasted pale and some caramel malts, full flavored and balanced, a great bitterness begins midway and builds to the finish

o: just an all around great ipa, assertive but balanced and solidly east-coast, awesomely drinkable

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2013 03:16:42 | More by blackie
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fdig23

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery

Appearance: Cloudy orange, decent head.

Nose: Big tropical fruits on the nose with a tiny bit of flaky croissant malt in the background. Kinda unassuming from the aroma.

Taste: The first sip blew me away. Tons of mango, pineapple, grapefruit up front that fades into a subtle toasty malt. Its complex with layers and layers of different hop flavors. Stayed intensely flavorful and intriguing until the last drop.

Mouthfeel: spot-on, no complaints.

Overall: I'd go ahead and call this one of my top IPAs period. It's criminally under-rated thanks to the size and location of the brewery but it makes the 2.5 hour drive from Philly worthwhile.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2013 00:51:47 | More by fdig23
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a clear golden amber with an inch if white head that fades quickly with little lacing. The nose is sweet with a subtle citrus and white grape. The taste packs in much more bitterness and a slight grapefruit rind aftertaste. The mouthfeel is sweet, medium bodied, well masked alcohol, balanced grapefruit bitterness, but is slightly under carbonated/syrupy. This is a well made, yet average IPA considering the other IPA options available. I'd probably pass at another opportunity to try it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2013 02:09:33 | More by ThePorterSorter
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Selin's Grove

Clearish orange-yellow pour, light carbonation with a small ringlet of bubbles for a head; not much in the way of retention or lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, toasted grains. Pretty standard stuff. Taste was also pretty basic, citrusy hops, not too potent, toasted grains, pale malts, slightly bitter. Kind of disappointing, after hearing this one talked up so much. Light-medium body, and a decent drinker overall, but nothing really special.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2013 01:57:40 | More by Rifugium
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oline73

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the Brew Pub. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: I'm getting a citrus peel hop bitterness right off the bat. This one smells quite heavy with some malt sweetness and alcohol along with the hops. Perhaps a bit muddles.

Taste: Definitely an east coast IPA. The hop bitterness mauls the tongue, but I feel it could be a bit more refined. Very aggressive citrus hops maul the tongue. There is a mild fruity note here along with the hops. The finish is quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with lots of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer isn't what I expected, especially after trying the pale ale. The hop bitterness just assaults the tongue, but it needs to be held back a bit. Good but not great.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2012 01:20:27 | More by oline73
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JohannBock

Maryland

4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time I've been able to try this brew. All the other times I've been to SGB it's been out so I'm pretty excited.

A: Bright orange-gold with a slight haze for the color. Pours with two fingers of white head that dissipates into a tiny patchwork on top. Almost no lacing to speak of.

S: All over the board with hops here! Some initial flowery smell up front followed by piney goodness and a hint of tropical fruits (grapefruit, pineapple)

T: Once again all hops here. A lot of the flowery and piney flavors from the nose come in here. The malt is there just enough to provide a backbone for this beer but it is all about hoppy goodness here. Not the bitterness you might expect with just a little bitterness up front, which gets washed away pretty quickly. Finishes nice and dry.

M: Medium mouthfeel here. Still lets you know you are drinking a beer but doesn't get in the way of the flavor:

O: Another winner from SGB. If you happen to be in the pub when this is on, you should definitely grab a pint of it. Great example of an IPA that doesn't try to wow you with IBU's.

Serving type: growler

11-18-2012 01:56:22 | More by JohannBock
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MikeWard

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewpub on 9/28

A good looking pint, deep amber, small head which dissipated quite quickly. Not too much carbonation

Smell was nice and hoppy, though oddly enough I felt I got more from the APA earlier.

Taste was what you would expect from a good IPA, really got into the crevices of the mouth, leaving that "aahhh" feeling.

Overall, a good one, could see a session on just this alone.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2012 20:56:18 | More by MikeWard
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

All too often I find beers I have wanted to try for a very long time end up being a letdown. Or, I just build them up so much without realizing that I have tried so many beers that I may be setting the bar way too high.

This IPA does not disappoint. Intense, consistent, and thorough in flavor profile. I was not bothered by having a whole growler of this to have to drink.

Serving type: growler

08-30-2012 17:26:16 | More by RblWthACoz
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden color with about 1/2 finger of creamy white head with decent retention.

The scent is of citrus hops, bitter floral hops, and fruit.

The taste is of bitter hops, citrus fruits, some spice notes.

Medium body, much smoother and more creamy than most IPA's, low carbonation.

I really enjoyed this IPA, the flavor was nice and well balanced and the unusual smoothness of the beer made it a very easy drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2012 15:14:02 | More by BeerCon5
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Koufax21

New Mexico

3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Took this growler out to LA for the Bruery Barrel Age Tasting get together. I've had this a few times but just getting to a review of it.

A - super hazy orange color. I couldn't believe how much yeast was in suspension here. My buddies thought there was cottage cheese in it.

S - smells of mild citrus rind and wet grass. Not a huge nose to it like you would expect from a supposed top 10 IPA.

T - it does taste pretty good. Lots of orange fruit flavor. Reminds me of that Tampico juice my parents used to buy when I was a kid.

M - not much carbonation on this. I'm sure it had to do with being a growler and the transport of it from PA to L.A.

O - it's a good easy drinking IPA, but not really what I'd hoped for when I tried it. I can think of many ipa's I'd rather have.

Serving type: growler

11-25-2011 23:42:54 | More by Koufax21
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.43/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange beer brought out by koufax21 for the Bruery barrel event. Mild citrus hoppy notes in the aroma, not overpowering, somewhat mild, was really underwhelmed by the aroma for sure.

Mild hopping again, decent enough drinking, but geez, this is almost british ipa territory had it not been for the citrus amount instead of just sheer bitterness.

Pretty standard stuff for an ipa. Good, not great. How this stuff is in the top 100 while nugget nectar is not, I have no idea. Anyways, I think my ipa drinking towards the east stops at about Ohio.

Serving type: growler

11-22-2011 18:12:50 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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champ103

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to jenrey for sharing a growler with me and some other BA's.

A: The cap opens without a pop and pours a murky orange color. No head forms and no lace.
S: Orange, citrus, zesty lemon. A nice simple hop aroma, if a bit one dimensional.
T: Again, some simple hops. Orange, citrus, zesty lemon. Spicy and lightly grassy.
M/D: This is under carbonated, almost flat. Not hard to drink, but one is enough.

Hopefully I get to try this again someday to give it another shot. Though as is underwhelming, and one dimensional.

Serving type: growler

11-07-2011 14:07:44 | More by champ103
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on tap at the brewpub

A- pours a dark orange with a one finger white head. Because of the low lighting, I can't get a great look at it...so, default grade

S- aroma is of very powerful citrus. Yummy

T- very juicy. Lots of tropical fruits...mostly mango. Wonderful

M- medium bodied

O- this is fantastic. The keg kicked maybe two hours after we got there, so I couldn't order a second pint or get a couple of growlers. Whenever you see this on tap at SG, you should get it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2011 15:01:29 | More by bigfnjoe
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at the bar into a tulip pint glass.

Kind of dark to judge appearances but, off white and creamy foam head on top of a real nice gold orange with good rising carbonation. Not much for lacing.

What a great nose on this. Mild cream sense of malt with juicy orange citrus bent. Real nice wonderful.

Taste brings everything into play. Soft orange practically tangerine and soft creamy texture (why is everything here so amazingly creamy) of malt. Finish hits with also soft pine needles and malt sweetness complete with brown sugar.

Overall just a fantastic ipa end of story.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 02:47:18 | More by smakawhat
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THECPJ

Delaware

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: citrus, orange, resin, sweet, malts

taste: grapefruit, orange, citrus, caramel, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a very enjoyable IPA. one that is well balanced and full of hop flavor.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2011 17:12:44 | More by THECPJ
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prdstmnky

Vermont

4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap @ the brewpub 7/31

Hazy amber body with a finger of foamy head. Decent retention and lots of lacing. Amazing aroma on this IPA, all kinds of citrus and floral billow from the glass. Tastes almost as good as it smells, which says alot after you've taken a whiff of ale.

Nice burst of citrus in the mouth upfront, with more of an earthy finish. A pretty well balanced IPA though. Medium bodied, lighter on the carbonation gives it a slightly creamy texture.

This is one exceptional IPA! Although my growler didn't have quite the same appeal as my glasses at the pub, this is simply one of the best beers ive had to date, quite possibly the best IPA sampled.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2011 17:22:04 | More by prdstmnky
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KMcG

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes during trip to the brewery on June 18.  I also returned with growler and enjoyed this one from home. 

The color was hazy copper-orange with dense thick head. The growler that I poured from 2 days later did not have such a nice head.  There was a pretty serious nose one this brew. Strong citrus and tropical fruit aroma with floral overtones.  The taste of this guy was similar to the bouquet. The hops gave this some citrus bitterness than gave way to a caramels and sweet malt flavor. The body was medium, with very low carbonation (almost none, even from the tap).  The low carbonation gave this a creamy mouthfeel. 

This brewery opened in 1996 when I was a senior at Susquehanna U., which is in Selinsgrove. I loved their IPA then and still do. 

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2011 12:47:41 | More by KMcG
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boralyl

Oregon

4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours an inch of fluffy off-white head that has decent retention and leaves gobs of sticky lacing as it recedes. The beer is clear and has a dark golden-orange hue.

S - The aroma on this beer really knocks me off my feet. It's very pungent with a mixture of fruitiness, flowers and a light spiciness.

M - Light to medium in body with good carbonation. It's got a semi-creamy finish.

T - The beer begins with a citrus kick combined with a little bit of peach flavor. A blast of fruitiness hits next(can't pick out one particular fruit, just like the nose) followed by some pine and herbal bitterness. It's got a good malt backbone that keeps the beer balanced.

I had heard very good things about this beer and fortunately it lived up to the hype. This is one of the best IPAs I've tried. I'm kicking myself for not making the trip to Selin's Grove sooner. This one is well worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2011 00:42:14 | More by boralyl
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the source on a recent trip with the girlfriend. Served out of a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

Served with .5 finger white foamy head with low retention. Beer is a clear orange peach. Lacing is spotty and patchy with low retention. A bit below par for the style.

Nose is citrus, mango, papaya, and fresh hop bitterness. Very robust fruit bouquet and decently aromatic.

Opens hop bitterness. Citrus, papaya, and mango. An amazing combination of tropical fruit flavors melds perfectly towards the middle. Peach comes in. Some resiny hop bitterness at the end. Finish is a robust malt backbone and aftertaste is a nice citrus hoppiness. A very well crafted east-coast style IPA.

Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and warming in the mouth and full and silky going down. Clean finish with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Not as carbonated as most beers I've had this style but the smoothness really works well here.

This beer is an east-coast style IPA taken to the max. Not the most hoppy and not the most balanced. But the fruit aromas and flavors this one boasts are incredible. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2011 02:49:53 | More by SpeedwayJim
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-07-23 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy amber-orange with a 1-finger off-white head with excellent lacing.

S - Lots of earthy spice, some pine, mild tropical-yeasty-fruity esters and citrus.

T - The earthy spice strongly sits on top of a significant caramel malt backbone. The hops come in as strong floral with a touch of oxidized fruit, mint and candied orange. It takes a little while for the orange zest and grapefruit bitterness to penetrate the malt but it's satisfying when it does. The beer has some residual sweetness that I'd say balances with the lingering bitterness. Call it a tie.

M - Sticky with medium body and light-medium carbonation. Resinous and a little prickly.

O - An enjoyable IPA that leans towards a "spicy pie filling" malt backbone before it gets assertive. My preference runs to a drier, more brightly-citrus brew but there's a lot of flavor here for an IPA.

Notes: I had another glass of this 5 hours after leaving the brewery. This growler was kept cold during this time. There wasn't much difference between this growler and on-tap. The only thing I noticed is I could smell it further away at home because it wasn't competing with the kitchen smells at the brewery.

Serving type: growler

07-24-2011 21:07:45 | More by Tucquan
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to chase2634 for this. Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: This isn't the best looking IPA I've seen. That much I'm sure of. Deeply hazed orange amber color. About two fingers of white, foamy head that falls quickly and leaves small touches of lacing.

5.0 S: This might be one of the best smelling IPAs though. Jam packed with flowery and citrusy hops. Megatons of mango foremost, followed by pineapple, papaya, and maybe some orange. Behind that there is grapefruit and pine. Lastly, this has a strong sugary aroma in there. Despite the color and cloudiness, the malt and yeastiness are really faint. Just a touch of breadiness from them. Really intense and really pleasant.

4.5 T: Taste is much like the nose. Incredible amounts of pineapple, mango, and papaya. Cake icing, grapefruit, orange, and pine. Again, really intense flavors. The malts come through more this time. Slightly biscuity and bready from the yeast. Moderate caramel sweetness and some peachy fruitiness from there. I really like this, but I'd prefer if the yeast were a bit cleaner.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good carbonation, especially for a growler. Reasonably creamy, though I could go for a bit more in lieu of the slight chewiness it has. Otherwise, smooth.

4.5 D: This beer doesn't fool around with the hops. That's probably why it's so highly ranked. Can't say I don't love it either. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: growler

07-20-2011 02:22:50 | More by DavoleBomb
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billab914

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into my Allagash glass. It poured a hazy dark orange color with a thin white head clinging to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a bright and juicy hoppiness to it. I get some notes of grapefruit mixing with some more tropical mango and pineapple flavors. I get a sweeter, candied orange like flavor to it as well. Pretty nice hoppy aroma to it overall, the tropical fruit notes are especially nice.

The taste has a lot of citrusy flavors to it throughout the flavor. I get dose of candied orange with some notes of grapefruit pineapple and mango. Towards the finish more of a resiny, earthy bitterness starts to come out helping to offset some of the sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall I found it to be a flavorful and interesting beer. It had a very unique, almost candy like citrus flavor to it that I really liked. Definitely a very solid IPA overall.

Serving type: growler

06-26-2011 22:38:25 | More by billab914
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transcribed from undated notes.

This beer arrived with a dense, foamy finger of off-white head with excellent retention. Color was a cloudy orangish-amber. Yeah, bump filtration! Down with The Man! Nose was grapefruit-citrusy, totally mouthwatering. Enough of the foreplay - my hop jones monkey was starting to chatter. Mouthfeel was medium with that oh so craved hop bite on the tongue, letting me know that I was alive. It was very flavorful, especially in terms of the hops. Finish was lip-smackingly dry. Suddenly, I felt MUCH better.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 14:48:55 | More by woodychandler
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BeerAndBourbon

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Urbancaver and CooperEllis! This was better than I expected.

A. Pours a very pretty blood orange with foamy white head.

S. Mango, grapefruit, other tropical fruits, and lots of beautiful floral notes.

T. Citrus, pine resin, tropical fruit, and a nice fruity sweet malt backbone. A bit of earthiness. Interesting and complex. A great IPA.

M. Thick and luscious.

D. Supremely drinkable. A huge fan of this one.

Serving type: growler

05-27-2011 01:11:05 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pretty reddish orange. A bit of white head. One of the prettiest beers I've had in a while. Smells nicely hoppy with a touch of malty sweetness. Lots of citrus and pine and grapefruit on the nose and tongue. Very thick and complex. Something earthy as well. Subtle but very nice. Overall a really complex, thick, viscous ipa that is truly top notch

Serving type: growler

05-27-2011 01:05:29 | More by Urbancaver
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India Pale Ale from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.