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India Pale Ale - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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India Pale Ale
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140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rdrummer on 05-09-2004)
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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  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.

Sammy, May 06, 2007
Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -36.3%

t0rin0, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Thorpe429, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -7.4%

zestar, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -7.4%

spycow, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

nmann08, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
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

brentk56, Sep 06, 2010
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
Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  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.

largadeer, May 19, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.45/5  rDev +3%
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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
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
Photo of Slatetank
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Slatetank, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

MasterSki, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
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
Photo of oline73
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

oline73, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Rifugium, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

mdfb79, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

woodychandler, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
4.75/5  rDev +10%

yourefragile, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of orangesol
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer lots of times now and it remains in my top 3 IPA's of all time. Served on-tap at the Selin's Grove Brewpub into a pint glass.

A - Pours hazy orange with a nice creamy one finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving light lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of bright citric hops, pine resin, tropical fruits; most notably grapefruit; and sweet caramel malt. Good balance overall all things considered. An absolute hop bomb.

T - Tons of bright citric hops up front giving way slowly to a mix of tropical fruits and sweet caramel malt. The hops are strong but not to the point of being overpowering and the other flavors offer just enough contrast to keep it in balance. The finish has plenty of hop bitterness, lingering for some time. One of my all time favorites, grab some if you can.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Creamy feel with plenty of lingering hop bitterness in the finish. The alcohol creeps in a tiny bit toward the end but it isn't a big deal.

O - Very high. One of my all time favorite IPA's. When he started to tweak the recipe about a year or so ago it went down hill a tiny bit but ever since he went back to the original it is better than ever. One of the best for sure.

orangesol, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of stakem
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

stakem, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of akorsak
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the brewpub.

A: The ale is a coppery brown color, darker than not with an unfiltered haziness that obscures the light. A finger of head nicely laces for the first 1/4th of the glass.

S: The nose drips with hops, a lupulin delight. Citrus dominates with a wide spectrum of fruity hops.

T: The ale is wonderfully bitter, just like Olde Frosty and Old Snafu. The hoppiness builds off of the caramel malts (therefore no dark malt flavors) with orange peel, grapefruit and pineapple. The bite of the hops never waivers or backs off, remaining robust throughout.

M: A deliciously hoppy ale that keeps the tastebuds at attention. A great beer.

D: How does a small brewpub in Selinsgrove, PA make the best IPAs that I've ever had? I could belly up to the bar all day with this one.

akorsak, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Chaney. Thanks Brandon!

A: Hazy orange with a healthy, half inch of head that possesses good retention and leaves some decent lacing on the tulip glass.

S: Whoa! I can already tell this is going to be awesome. Citrus and hop aromas as fresh and alluring as can be.

T: I am truly floored. This beer blew my expectations out of the water. Delicious flavors of apricot, oranges, tangerines, nectarines, grapefruit, floral notes, and fresh hop flavor. Just wow.

M: Medium bodied with a beautifully bitter, slightly tart finish.

D: While I was drinking this beer, it was literally hard to focus on anything else. I could drink a growler of this by myself, and I know I'd be catching the drips at the end. I really, really like this beer...a lot!

Huhzubendah, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of ppoitras
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

ppoitras, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

BillRoth, Nov 28, 2013
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India Pale Ale from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.