India Pale Ale - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 160
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 5.99%
Wants: 122
Gots: 7 | 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: 160
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)

Photo of JunkYardJake
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the brewery.
After finishing the sampler, this was clearly my favorite. So, naturally, I had to take some home with me. Poured into a pint glass, the brew produced only a small amount of soapy head. Pale copper in color with low clarity. Smell is loaded with citrus hops and quite enticing. Palate is potent and wonderful. Hop oils are oozing with grapefruit and passion fruit flavor. Bitterness is pretty low for such a hoppy IPA. Mouthfeel is pretty fluid and dryness is very mild. Carbonation is very low. Reminds me of a cask IPA. Very drinkable and delicious. One of these is not enough. (610 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler obtained via Growling at the Moon from ClockworkOrange. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/8" beige head over the cloudy orangey amber brew. Head quickly disperses to an uneven layer of bubbles, with extremely sticky lasting lace. Aroma is dominantly piney hops, with some citrus notes.

Taste starts sweet, a quick shot of lemon in the middle, then a long intense ride of piney hops to the bitter end. Mouthfeel is reasonably smooth, and drinkability is very easy. Great stuff. (529 characters)

Photo of Overlord
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This growler out of nowhere from ol' Thorpey. Thanks Mike!

Pours a burnt orange gold, not much head to it (it is a growler), but still some gobs of clinging white foam.

Smells like burnt grapefruit rind/resin, a whiff of the tropics ... pineapple? ... and a nice malt-y sweetness to the aroma. Smells balanced.

Tastes balanced, too. It's got a nice grapefruit husk/rind/resin backing that sticks to your teeth, some fresh cut grass and pineapple notes, a bit of caramel, almost barley-wine malt to it ... quite nice.

I enjoyed it. Damn near finished the growler. (567 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (934 characters)

Photo of ggaughan
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the SGB on a recent visit. The beer poured a solid amber color with a thin white head that lasted for a bit of time. The nose of this beer is a very preasant, a floral hop character that is strong and fresh with some citrus notes as well. The taste does not dissapoint with a piney hop lick that is tamed a bit with the grapefruit and lemon character of this one. There is also a good balance with a pleasant malt backbone to round things out. The mouthfeel is perfect for a hop head as this IPA does not disappoint and provides a fine drinking experience. (566 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
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 (315 characters)

Photo of joepais
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to my secret Santa Deuane my growler poured into my Selin's Grove pint glass produced very little head maybe a wisp of lace. This was on top of a hazy amber colored brew.

The aromas are incredible some of the best I have experienced in an IPA and the first time I can truly say I grabbed an orange note in a brew. Nice floral hops to this brew as well

Flavors are great citrus, orange and grapefruit. There is enough sweetness from the caramel malts to balance it off. Medium mouthfeel but the carbonation was a little lacking I think I chock that up to the growler

This is a very drinkable IPA more on the sweet side of the balance but close to being perfect. A true recommend in my book. Thanks again Santa

Disclaimer some of my score I know is because of the growler would love to try it fresh (818 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy amber color and a one inch head that leaves a sheet of lacing

Smell: Fruity aroma, with citrus and tropical fruit elements

Taste: Biscuity malt backdrop with pineapple and grapefruit hop elements that burgeon by mid-palate; after the swallow, tropical fruit comes into the mix, adding a sweeter aspect to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low carbonation, almost as if the beer were naturally carbonated

Drinkability: A fruit salad of bitter and sweet flavors; distinctively different and really good (551 characters)

Photo of thain709
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A hazy orange body...this is the first IPA I've had where I've really seen the body as orange...a creamy white head forms and falls pretty quickly...some lacing

S - I wish they would make a candle of this...resinous hops all the way...very fresh...piny, grapefruit, and citrus hops

T - After all the hops on the nose...the flavor is extremely balanced...for me it leaned a little more to the sweeter side...but it wasn't too sweet because it still had a nice bitterness...the caramel malts really stood up to the fresh hops throughout the whole beer

M - Medium bodied...pretty creamy for on tap

D - This was my first visit to SGB so I only had one IPA...I shouldn't have started with it as it altered the taste for some of the other beers I had...but when I return this will be a beer I make sure to have again (818 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to HopDerek for sending a growler of this my way. Taped like crazy and filled to the brim. Served in a Surly pint glass.

A - The pour was a little bit disappointing with maybe a finger of quick dissolving off-white foam that leaves a ring and some cloudy residuals. Hazed amber/coppery orange. Dave remarked that his growler leaked and blamed the lack of foam on that problem, but I'm starting to suspect that is just the way this beer is, as my growler made a huge hiss when I opened it.

S - This is a super balanced IPA, with tons of piney, earthy, herbal hoppy goodness and plenty of brown sugar and caramel malts, and maybe a touch of orange zest. Unusual profile, and a huge change of pace from the citrus bombs I've been having recently.

T - Taste is a lot of caramel, cracker, and doughy malts with some candied citrus flavors and a lot less of the pine and earthy flavors. The residual aftertaste is really mild, with only the slightest bitterness. It tastes good, but it's not super complex and not as good as the smell.

M - Even with the modest head, there's still a reasonable amount of carbonation in the brew with a tiny bit of tingle on the upper lip. Smooth medium body, with lots of residual stickiness. I'm actually digging the slightly carbonated cask-esque feel.

D - Not hint of alcohol, mild carbonation, minimal aftertaste = super easy drinking. The growler got killed pretty quickly. I'd love to try it on-tap to see if this is indeed what it's supposed to be like. (1,504 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint consumed at the pub last week.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy rusty copper with a small white crown that displays little retention or lace.

Smell: Orange, a hint of grapefruit, and underlying alcohol warmth. Nice fresh cut grass over lemon note.

Taste: Orange, lemon, and grapefruit converge over a touch of pine, and some light caramel malt. Definitely a bit of alcohol in the flavor profile which isn't astringent but isn't exactly necessary either. A touch of lemon and grass add complexity.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Despite the alcohol presence this is a fairly drinkable brew. (628 characters)

Photo of BeerCon5
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Available On-Tap and Cask at the Selin’s Grove Brewery during a quiet Saturday afternoon visit. I sampled it from the Beer Engine on Cask.

Appearance: A very pale copper body with some hesperidia orange when backlit. Smooth white creamy head at first, but it relaxes to a thin bubbled covering that never quite gives in. Nice levels of conditioning, a tip of the glass shows that there is enough life in this Cask offering to reveal that it is fresh.

Nose: Gorgeous nose, citrus, grapefruit and a light lemon hint. Mellow in strength but deep inhalations are enticing.

Taste: Sharp bitterness on the tongue with some juicy citric and grapefruit on the cheeks. Sharp twists of flavor here and there, they are high in strength but they rise and fall smoothly. The merest hint of the 7% is detectable in the finish, but the grapefruit bitterness soon has me forgetting about that.

Mouthfeel: Powder soft carbonation on the palate with rising peaks of hops, bitterness, grapefruit and lemon but it is never spikey in nature. Alcohol lends a hand.

Drinkability: A fantastic libation – this one is perfectly balanced and a real pleasure to drink.

Overall: The longer I live on the West Coast the more appreciative I become of the session-like IPA’s which have poise, balance and balls. If you get of anything at Selin’s Grove – make it the IPA, either that or have fun and try to kick a keg/cask of this one, shouldn’t be too hard. (1,463 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken at the brewpub on 12/8/10.

Served in a sort of short weizen glass. This brew appears a very hazed orange color with a finger of creamy smooth yellowish stained head that slowly fades. An entire wall of lace sticks all along the glassware.

The aroma is a bold display of hop character with a sweetness of fresh flowers, pine, grass, citrus and herbs. This brew is a little dank with minor maltiness through the nose before some spicy alcohol becomes evident.

The taste is very hoppy with flavors of herbs, citrus rind, grass and indications of mint. Some toasted malt flavor is present mid palate before the finish provides a light sweetness. Resinous and bitey hops last inside the mouth long after each sip coupled with some warming alcohol tingle. The hop flavors really come across as a smooth rind flavor instead of just acute bitterness.

Medium to full bodied offering with a light level of carbonation. The lighter than expected carbonation is my only gripe but the quality of this brew really makes up for it. Well balanced and super enjoyable, this is worth having a couple of. (1,114 characters)

Photo of SierraGS
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's hard to rate this one low on appearance because I've been drinking it for so long and love it SO MUCH that every time I see it in a glass, it looks like heaven! The color is a medium amber with an orange tint. The brilliant hops give of a lovely floral aroma of pine and grapefruit, and a slight grassy or earthiness. The flavor is absolutely enjoyable, and the malt-to-hop balance makes this a flawless example all session IPAs should live up to. It is slightly astringent, with soft carbonation. I can't get enough of this, and the only way to enjoy it more is on cask! (576 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is awesome, what a treat to taste this out of a growler, brought by Chaney (Brandon). Thanks man, awesome stuff.

A: Really hazy orange with pink highlights, good lacing, ring of head, beautiful beer.

S: Huge fresh ground up hops with all the colors you expect: Tropical citrus, pine, flowers, you name it. Just enough malt to be a pedestal for the hops. top 5% of IPa's (single or double) I've smelled.

T: A little more sweet malt comes through and a little less hop than the smell but still great stuff, man i keep going back for more. bread, tangerines, pine, and other citrus notes.

M: Awesome. Pretty good carbo, could be a little smoother.

D: Insanely easy to drink. Loved it. (696 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Selin's Grove - 02.19.2010.

A: Pours a somewhat-darkened orange with a nice white head.

S: Very nice citrus notes with a little bit of herbal hop notes in there as well. Some slightly sweet malt hiding in the background.

T: Very nice hop domination--a beautiful combination of bitterness and hoppy citrus and tropical flavors. Slightly sweet, yet definitely not balanced. A bit of herbal and resiny hops.

M: Good carbonation. Medium body. Fairly dry.

D: Exceptionally drinkable--definitely would not know that it was 7% without being told so. (557 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler acquired in trade from kramer17801 thanks!.

Poured a deeper and hazy golden amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of pine, grapefruit, and light caramel. Oddly enough, the aroma reminded me of a tuna sushi hand roll (not sure why that came to mind, hmmm, I'll have to go get some sushi tomorrow - could be, I'm just hungry and love sushi). Tastes of pine, citrus (oranges), caramel, and had a grapefruit bitter finish.

Notes from 2/9/07 (466 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was happy to share this growler brought by tenderbranson69 to HombreWing's w/ mughugger, abru17 and BitterBeerFace. I poured the ale from the swingtop growler into a goblet.

A - On the dark end of the spectrum, a burnished copper w/ thin white cap. Speckles of lace form in a band as the head drops. The clarity is good and there is visible carbonation, the cap has a tight bead.

S - Resiny odors that indicate citrusy hops, a very "C" hop aroma IMO w/ grapefruity and orange blend of fruity aromas, very mild malt scent

M - A brilliant crisp taste w/ juicy feel, resinous with plenty of hops adding a bitter tinge with a moderate amount of acidity, the malt feel is mild as any good IPA should be - about the hops

T - Centennial taste w/ orangey hop flavor, clean malt and mild sweet caramel tinges accent the American hop taste that is citrus without being bitingly bitter, more about the flavor of the hops, mild sweetness adds dimension w/ a rind/herbal hint as it finishes. The spice and citrus combo is tasty it finishes slightly sweet.

D - A great American IPA, very good representative of the style, well brewed and kind of reminded me of the SN Harvest, so not over the top by any means, solid. (1,210 characters)

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