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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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 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 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 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 DefenCorps
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (846 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 francisweizen
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (735 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 blackie
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 (801 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big Thanks to beerisheaven for sending this gem my way.

A: Pours a nice copper hue with very little head. The growler was initally a bit flat but a carbonation cap brought it right back to life.

S: Nice bold citric aromas. Strong caramel notes with hints of grass. Bold and hoppy for sure.

T: Nice malt sweetness up front. Mostly caramel with notes of roasty brown sugar. The hops are mostly citrus with mild tones of sweet pine. The finish is bitter grapefruit rind with hints of fresh cut grass.

M: As I said a bit flat from the growler, I was able to bring it back to life so I will not hold that against them as I am sure they did not intend for the beer to be sent to Florida via Fed Ex.

D: Good, tasty as hell. I really wanna plunk my ass down at the bar at Selin's Grove someday. (791 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 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 DavoleBomb
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (1,390 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
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! (1,233 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Take a good beer and then make it better....most of the time that means putting on the hand pull and for this beauty of an IPA that is exactly what happens.

A-Slightly hazy complete with small bits of hops bright orange copper. A small bright white head levitates on top and holds strong leaving spotty lace.

S-Sniff, sniff, sniff, all day long. The fresh, citrus, floral blast is a treat.

T-BAM! Hops and no question followed by a sweet malt blancing act. An incredible act of hop goodness and malt sweetness.

M-The cask serving makes this one rich and creamy. A luscious brew that makes me yearn for more.

D--All day long. A treat to have on cask. Grab it whenever the opportunity presents itself. An absolutley fantastic brew made even that much better being served on cask. (782 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 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 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 Chaney
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a growler when I was up at the brewery on a little side adventure after Troegs Splinter Black day.

Straight from the tap, into a growler, into a cold car, and into my fridge. We enjoyed this at a tasting a little less than a week later.

A: Poured a very hazy off-brown, almost pink color, with about a one finger head that stayed mildly frothy throughout the session.

S: Tangerine upfront, followed by orange, grapefruit, and a little bit of ground up Flintstone vitamins. Simply fantastic!

T: Same as the nose, only even more intense. I found this one to be much more on the fruit side of the spectrum, as opposed to the extremely hoppy, bitter side (ala. West Coast style). It had a bit of an earthy, almost organic, homemade taste that one could tell instantly that it was handcrafted with the greatest of care.

M: Not too bitter.... however, this was definitely "Fruit Bombs R'Us!" As a matter of fact, the thick fruitiness and well-rounded carbonation buried the booze and then some.

D: I've tried several brews from Selin's Grove now and all have been among the top in their style class IMO. I could honestly drink a whole growler of this stuff. (1,169 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 DIM
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a slightly cloudy amber orange color. It was served to me with a short frothy white head.

s: Beautiful combination of orange zest and pine with a hint of something floral. Minimal malt sweetness.

t: Mirrors the smell, very fresh tasting. I love that piny orange combination.

m: Full bodied with creamy carbonation.

d: I wish I could get an IPA like this on a regular basis in Lancaster county. (409 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 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 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 philbe311
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
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... (1,167 characters)

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