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India Pale Ale - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 161
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 5.99%
Wants: 123
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Selin's Grove Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: rdrummer on 05-09-2004

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Reviews: 84 | Hads: 161
Photo of beerthulhu
3.07/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From Growler 8-14-10.

A: Poured a water-based orange with no head. I later agitated and swirled on following pours but got little more then a bubbly, soapy topping that quickly paved way to a polish surface. The effervesce was near silent, hardly visible, even consumed only hours after the original fill. All and all a bit disappointed and a lackluster appeal.

S: Sweet grains with a sweet citrusy nature appears on the nose of only modest intentions. Overall the aroma seemed more sweet then bitter with a wet lemon-lime and juicy pine hopping backed by an ample supply of sweet grains chiming in.

T: Flavor wise seemd a bit flat and lifeless, a big let down after recently sampling their Saison de Peche and Stealth tripel which were solid A beers in my humble opinion. I played it safe thinking I couldn't go wrong with their Ipa but sadly was mistaken. Sweet grains are inline with a wet hopping of pine and lemon-lime notes. With a total lack of effervesce this fails to bring out the crisp hoppy nature I was hoping for. The cap was tighltly sealed and after reading some reviews to verify it seems this was just the way the beer was made and not a factor of lost pressure or mishandling. A real shame. Things finish up with a bit of hoppiness on the trail but comes to little to late.

M: Flat, lifeless and could of easily gone lower here. Medium bodied but mattered little as I just didn't care to hold onto this any longer then I had to.

D: A very average experience all around and easily forgettable, maybe I had higher standards since I recently sampled their saison and triple. A quick search before posting yielded similar concerns about the underwhelming carbonation that made this limp to the finish. Don't bother with a growler here. (1,760 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.2/5  rDev -26.3%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.41/5  rDev -21.4%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.69/5  rDev -15%
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. (477 characters)

Photo of d0ggnate
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 4/25/08. Poured from Growler (received in GatM from JKRAMER17801) to Selin's Grove glass.

A: Amber/orange pour with apparent carbonation giving way to 2 finger off white head.
S: Piney hops, malted nose, with hints of mild orange.
T: Piney hops continue here. An earthy quality, manifested as hay/dust, is noted.
M: Dry overtone, but creamy. Slightly oily from hops.
D: Very smooth and enjoyable. Nice hoppiness without demanding your attention. (457 characters)

Photo of Koufax21
3.79/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (778 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 07/03/2009. On tap at the brewpub. This beer pours a clear orange with a thick white head. Aroma of lots of pine, citrus, and grapefruit. Flavor is pine initial with a nice malty finish. Hops are crisp and fresh. Overall, I thought it was very nice. (261 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.87/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (856 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Selin's Grove's IPA has an orange colored body that is slightly hazy despite the fact that it doesn't have any sediment in it. The white head has solid retention and some good lacing.

A pretty nice hop aroma features hops in the form of grapefruit and orange along with a bit of pine. A little bit of spiciness from the hops also. Just a bit of malt in the background.

This is a good IPA that is on the hoppy side. Lots of citrus in the form of grapefruit and orange. Perhaps a little bit of pineapple also. Then, just a hint of biscuit-like malt pops up before it is beat into submission by more hops that are resinous and pine flavored. The finish has a good bite of bitterness.

Moderate body and carbonation with just a hint of hop oil. The finish is dry and bitter.

This IPA from Selin's Grove is very nice. I wish that I had brought an extra growler with me to take some home. (885 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Jason and split with a few of us.

A - Pours copper/hazy orange, slight carbonation, thin ring around the glass and some bubbles here and there on top.

S - Sweetness of malts, slight hops/citrus, pineapple, tropical fruit, apples. Lots of sweetness and slight hops. I don't think I've ever had an IPA smell quite like this. If there was more hops on the nose, I'd almost say it's a DIPA

T - Slight hops, citrus, tropical fruits, very smooth mix of malts and hops. Not overly sweet or hoppy...a good combo. The sweetness and hops mix together well and it doesn't taste like any other IPA I've ever had. Sweet finish with a touch of citrus.

M - Light, slight carbonation (could be more here), semi-dry finish.

D - Pretty darn good. Had a couple of pours and although I liked it, there are many other IPAs I'd rather have and much easier to score. (863 characters)

Photo of cbros
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type- I recieved a growler of this from Tanger in the Growling at the Moon Thanksgrowling edition(2nd stage). Poured into a Selin's Grove pint glass that was included in the package.

A- Pours a hazy deep straw yellow color. There are also hints of amber colors in the pint glass as well. There is a little carbonation activity but not very much, there is also a one finger white lace that quickly disipates into a little lacing.

S- I am getting strong grapefruit/citrus notes in the nose. There is also little underpining of alcohol notes as well, they are subtle but constant. I am not picking up much more than that, a real subtle smell to this beer.

T- The citrus, especially grapefruit, that was present in the nose of the beer comes out in the tastes as well. The combination of the citrus and piney flavored hops does not overpower the taste, it stays smooth and consistent from start to finish making for a nice tasting and pleasant IPA. I am getting a little bitterness near the end of the taste but that is to be expected for an India Pale Ale.

Like I mentioned above this growler was sent to me for the second leg of Growling at the Moon from Jon(Tanger). Before getting this I had never heard of this particular brewery btu after doing a little research I was very curious to pop the top on this beer and give it a shot. This is a solid east coast IPA that could easily by the type of beer you buy in growler form and drink while kicking back and watching football(which I am doing now). A very easy and very drinkable IPA. Thanks again Jon. (1,564 characters)

Photo of KMcG
4/5  rDev -7.8%
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.  (778 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
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. (1,214 characters)

Photo of m1ked
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was able to partake in Nated0gg's growler from the growling at the moon, thanks for the opportunity.

A- Darkish golden amber with a 1 finger head with modest lacing.

S- Sweet pine resin, candied orange peels, some sweet malt.

T- Mild piney grapefruit with mingled sweetness that lingers.

M- Moderate body almost with a creaminess to it.

D- Slightly sweet for an IPA, but very, very enjoyable. (397 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (1,135 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-medium amber color with a decent white head and a little lacing

S-bready malt, citrus, light tropical fruit, slight herbal, pine

T-toasted bread, grapefruit, light tropical fruit, pine, light floral, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-solid IPA, but not what I thought it would be given the reputation (344 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Orange-grapefruit colour with lace sheets. Wonderful aroma of orange and grapefruit fresh juice. Well malted, understated carbonation. Taste is orange and grapefruit. A long finish. Soft mouthfeel, typically easy to drink Selin Grove. (257 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Mike Thorpe for this.

Growler into my Rochefort glass. A medium copper with a little orange, only a little carbonation...Nice but sweet aroma, pineapple, banana dominate but there is a little caramel and brown sugar...The taste is super malty, caramel, brown sugar, pinepple to start then in the middle there is a big hit of pine which is really nice and breaks up the sweetness. Very similar to a dipa just not enough hops but similar characteristics.

This is a very drinkable ipa, a little short on carbonation, so pretty decent in the growler, I'd love to have this on tap. (594 characters)

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at Selin's Grove Brewing Company.

A - Pours a semi-clear amber-copper with medium carbonation and a foamy white head.

S - Abundantly hoppy with some citrus and sweet pine notes in the background. Smells very inviting.

T - All the dominant flavors perfectly balance each other - bitterness is met with sweet malt and piney hops by citrus. The end result is a very hoppy, clean beer.

M - Medium body with a bitter finish that leaves you wanting more.

D - BA Deuane put this very well before I took my first sip - "there's nothing spectacular about this IPA...everything works so well together that it makes the perfect balance." This held very true - I couldn't ask for more from an IPA. The alcohol can definitely creep up on you, as it is so drinkable...but other than that, I very much enjoyed this beer. (835 characters)

Photo of lpayette
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Medium amber in color. minimal head (at least on this pour) with little or no lacing activity.

Smell- Strong hop smell as it should have. Hope oils are particularly noticeable. Decent amount of grapefruit-like flavors that I expect in a good IPA.

Taste- Again, hops are most prevalent. Grapefruit/hop-oily flavors come through fairly strong. Hints of citrus.

Mouthfeel- slightly under carbonation on this one, but other than that it's good.

Drinkability- Excellent. A very quaffable brew. (512 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to dyan for the growler. Cloudy, chill-hazed appearance. This one lost some carbonation in transit, so it poured with a very small head that receded quickly. Big citrusy hop aroma, loaded with resiny goodness and backed by a lightly sweet malt foundation. Floral, citrusy hop flavor up-front. The hop profile is fairly strong and complex, overwhelming any malt flavor almost entirely. Mouthfeel is dry and somewhat sticky while carbonation is low; not the fault of the beer so I can't really dock it points for that. I can imagine this being exceptionally good on tap at the source. (593 characters)

Photo of dukedevil0
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Alex (MasterSki) for having me over for a little beer sharing and breaking this out.

A: Pours a darker shade of orange with a little tiny bit of white colored head.

S: Smells pretty darn grapefruity, citrusy, hoppy with a slight maltiness in the background

T: Less hoppy and citrusy in the flavor as it tastes more balanced to me, but very pleasantly so. Some grapefruit, citrus and hops, but more sweet malt than I would have expected...also some earthiness and a slight bitter finish

M: Mild carbonation, but I actually like the mouthfeel, still feels full bodied...not sure if it's because this was out of a growler that was shipped across a few states or if that's how it normally is on tap

D: Super drinkable since it's nicely balanced with a solid flavor and little to no alcohol perceived either. A very nice sessionable IPA.

D: (851 characters)

Photo of jakester
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the brewpub.

Taps a slightly hazy (chill haze?) light amber/orange with a orange-tinted, creamy head of small bubbles. The head drops off to coating and a ring after @ 2-3 minutes.Not much in the way of lacing. Slight carbonation evident.

Aroma is citrusy/piney hops, faint pale malt, maybe a little alcohol. Not alot of aroma, but what was there was inviting.

The first flavor is bitterness, but not like overwhelming or anything. Appropriate for style. Then you taste lemony, orangey hops, with maybe a little pine in the back, followed by smooth pale malt, slight toffee, maybe pineapple. Very pleasant. Warmth from alcohol finishes off this well balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel is of great balance, if that's possible. Nothing really stands out. Soft carbonation, bitterness in the back of your throat, creamy malt sweetness, and a nice long warm finish.

This beer is a pounder, if you like IPA's. It would be a perfect "session beer" for the more ABV tolerant people, if you know what I mean. (1,026 characters)

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India Pale Ale from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.