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India Pale Ale - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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India Pale Ale
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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 121
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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4.75/5  rDev +10%

DNICE555, Oct 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

made the trip again, so far from my philly home to this hidden gem in where-am-I? PA- selinsgrove.
The Selinsgrove brewery is a hidden gem, maybe the best brewery you have never been towith some of the most well crafted beer that you have never have had the pleasure to drink. I pity you, I do because the beer here is sublime, pure pleasure and endliss bliss in a glass...
The flagship for me is the IPA, does it get any fresher or more local with the hops out the back door from where I sit at the bar. Very clear with a silky head, beautiful copper color, oh so enticing in the glass, I admire for a split second and then I smell, the bouquet oh the aroma, AMAZING! and the first sip, wonderful depth, such a balanced bitterness, as good in my palate's mind and in my beermemory as those pints of masala mamma, for those in the know with this wonderful beer, I tell you very, very similar.... great balance, exceptional moutfeel and bitterness. the ultimate drinking pleasure for moi, and I think maybe worth the 100+ mile trip to what seems the ends of the known world to me.
In all seriousness an exceptional beer from a hidden gem of a place that is worth seeking out as a destination beer establishment. Take my word- or Michael Jackson's whose authograph and reccomendation hangs on the wall. top ten places and top ten beer in the keystone state.

Utterly sublime.... cheers!

sublimesipping, Aug 04, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

yourefragile, Nov 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

NearTheGrove, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extremely hazy and cloudy as well, though no sediment or floaties were visible. A huge two finger high head of white foam then rose up over the top of it and stayed for what seemed loke forever before relenting down to a thin pillow of white and more then adequate side glass lace.

The aroma had to be one of the bigggest pine hop bombs I have ever tried. Just loads of rich thick resin like smell coming off of this. A touch of malty sugar tries to break through, but this is a hop bomb. Slight smell of alcohol at first as well. The flavor was wonderful, utterly perfect for the style. Thick sticky medium bodied ale that literally was so thick with hop resin it coated your teeth. This was a monster. Some light sweet sugar cashing in the middle, but overall really just a full on flavor explosion of resin. Great super bitter dry finish that really just seeled the deal for me. Long drawn out hop flavor, this was just that good for me. The alcohol was not too hight, though it was noticeable and I was able to finish the growler in a night, thought it was a bit pushing it towards the end.

Overall I would say this is one of the single best IPAs I have ever had. I t was just a hop monster from start to finish with a rich feel and flavor that I really could not tire of. I would have to recommend this one to anyone who loves IPA's.

mikesgroove, May 14, 2008
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4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, this is just an exceptional IPA that I would love to try on cask sometime. The appearance is perfect. Hazy orange amber with a nice cap of thick white foam. The aromas are of spicy hops. They seem to be Cascades and Centennials, but i've been wrong before when guessing hops. The taste is all about spicy fresh hops. There are some good citrus flavors, and a bit of a piney taste in the mix as well. The malts are their as well. Bready and lovely in the background. The finish is dry and hop=ubrup inducing with all the resiny goodness that this brew pumps out at you. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is exceptional. The carbonation levels of this one are just perfect, making it the ultimate session IPA. I want more.

francisweizen, Mar 08, 2005
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4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks go out to deuane for sending this in growling at the moon.

A: Nice slightly hazy copper color. Poured with a half finger of white head. For a growler that is not bad. Excellent lacing.

S: Wonderful nose. Tons of citrus. Oranges. A very nice floral hop note as well. Almost like orange blossoms. One of if not the best single I PA noses I have experienced.

T: Right off the bat a huge hop bitterness tempered by this awesome blast of oranges and citrus. There is a nice moment of malt in the middle of the beating my tongue is taking from the hops. The mouthfeel is part of the taste as it is just so crisp and nice.

M: Sticky. Just a great mouthfeel. It feels like a 10% DIPA. I love it when things like this happen.

D: All day long. While certainly too strong to session I know this growler is in borrowed time. Between the two of us it is only a matter of time. This is right up there with Masala Mama for me in terms of a DIPA being condensed into a single IPA. I would definitely seek this beer out again.

aerozeppl, Nov 05, 2008
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4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

fdig23, Feb 25, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer many times but I think that this may have been the first time that I've had it on cask. Or maybe not. I can't remember! Anyway, this is the first time that I've reviewed it as such.

Served on cask via hand pump at the brewpub on 10/19/08.

Pours a clear copper (with some bits of hoppy sediment floating along the bottom) and a thin layer of brite-white foamy head. The retention, while foamy, hangs tough, leaving a nice cascade of spotty lacing behind. The aroma is a mellow yet pungent mix of pine and floral hops with notes of spice and citric fruits with some underlying accents of caramel malts. Pretty freaking nice!

Much like the aroma, the taste is deceptively mellow from the cask conditioning remaining smooth and chill but still provides a tingling medley of resinous hops, all kinds of tangy citric fruits, and backing caramel malts. The bitter hangover on the palette is dry, long, lingering and well...pretty darn nice. The mouthfeel is exceedingly smooth and easy going on cask with a carbonation that spreads out and then effortlessly slides down the throat.

How do you take an all around awesome beer and make it better? Serve it cask conditioned of course! It can be rare to find this at the brewpub (heck finding the regular draft IPA has been hit or miss lately!) so jump on it if you see it. You won't be disappointed!

Kegatron, Oct 21, 2008
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4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewpub today after a rather decadent tasting.

A: Crystal clear witha thin white head with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Sharp pine hops, just so dank and herbal-y. No real malt apart from a touch of caramel presence, this one is all about the hops. Plenty of aroma and flavoring, with some good bitterness.

TL Opens up with a massive hop flavor, dank and resiny with an excellent, pleasing bitterness. Very mild malt character , this beer is all hops - bitter, aroma and flavor. Finishes with a beautiful bitterness, not too much, not too little.

M: Light with a lot of resiny hops and an excellent dry and bittering finish. The bitterness is not abrasive, as evidenced by the 3 pints I drank.

D: Exceptionally drinkable. Two hours after my half pint at the brewpub, I split a growler with a friend and still wanted more.

DefenCorps, May 10, 2009
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4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap at SGB on 11/24/10. This was apparently put on nitro by mistake, so only a few select people in the brewpub were able to sample this treat before Steve the brewer quickly pulled this off and put it back on a standard tap line. Lucky me!

A - Hazy orange liquid with a thick dollop of creamy froth on top that stood two fingers high and reduced to a thin patch but deposited a foamy web of lacing all around the glass.

S - Amazing hop nose with equal parts citrus, pine and resin. Mmmmm... just a really pungent, fresh hop nose with a hint of sweet malt and alcohol to round out the aroma. Usually I find that a nitro-dispensed IPA has a somewhat muted hop aroma, but not this guy!

T - The potent blend of citrusy and piney hops produces a resinous hop bite in the initial flavor, but is balanced effectively by a sweet malt backbone consisting of caramel and bready notes.

M - Creamy and smooth mouthfeel with a moderate hop bite that persists but doesn't linger for too long on the palate. Finish is mildly sweet with a wash of bitterness on the tastebuds.

D - This was one of those times when I was in the right place at the right time. This was so good that it needs to go back on nitro at some point. Delicious!

ffejherb, Dec 01, 2010
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4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Two fingers worth of off-white colored head this is so rich and creamy it appears to have been whipped... Decent retention gives way to a full lacing... A lightly bronzed golden color... Significant hazing... Minimal carbonation... Loads of lacing coats and encircles the entire glass after each and every sip...

S - Sweet citrus at the forefront... Pineapple... Tropical fruits... Some subtle floral notes... Deep down with in is a strong malt graham cracker like base...

T - The citrus subsides a bit on the palette though it's still dominate... It mixes with some piney hop resins... There even seems to be a bit of spice mixed in... A solid malty bread base lies beneath once you get past the hops...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Ultra smooth... Creamy and lush from start to finish... Minimal carbonation... Even and consistent...

D - Outstanding in all facets... Wham bam thank you mam, may I have another... One of the most well rounded American IPAs that I have ever encountered... So good, I brought a growler home and got through it in one evening and still wanted some more... Loaded with hops, but never bitter... Exceptional...

philbe311, May 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

ryser2k, Jan 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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

blackie, Sep 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Rhettroactive, Mar 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

beermeister9, Aug 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

bigred89, Jun 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Zdrummer15, Feb 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

BeerAndBourbon, May 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

jwat, Aug 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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

Urbancaver, May 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

shangwang, Dec 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Jspriest, Jun 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Thorpe, thanks, long time want of mine.

Beer poured into a Bruery tulip. Beer is amber to red and mostly clear with a decent head and low carbonation. Spotty lacing.

Beer smells sweet but not malty, strong but not alcoholic, and very very hoppy, nice grapefruit and strong aromas, I like this beer already.

Beer is medium to light in body and creamy in the mouth. Minimal sweetness up front with some hoppiness on the back. The midpalate is a little fruity with the grapefruit and other mild citrus flavors, not as earthy as some of these IPAs but the hops are nice and its easy drinking. yeah, I would have this again.

drabmuh, Nov 15, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Gatordaddy, Sep 22, 2012
India Pale Ale from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.