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India Pale Ale - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

India Pale Ale
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BA SCORE
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130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.68%


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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LilBeerDoctor

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2009 17:24:26 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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MasterSki

Illinois

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.

Serving type: growler

07-01-2009 00:24:18 | More by MasterSki
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dukedevil0

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
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:

Serving type: growler

07-01-2009 00:16:23 | More by dukedevil0
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewpub.

A-Pours a beautiful, moderately hazy orange amber. The perfect color, to me, for an IPA. Can't wait to dig in.

S-Wow! A burst of resinous, piney hops explodes from the glass. You can tell this was tapped today. So fresh, and so inviting. Oh, some malt backbone peeks through once you get past the hops.

T-Excellent balanced flavor, though pine and citrus hops still dominate a bit. Plenty of sweet malt to keep the flavor in check.

M-Medium bodied and rather dry.

D-Outstanding. Full of flavor, great balance. Why did I not get a growler for me?

HV

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2009 18:08:54 | More by sholland119
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largadeer

California

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-19-2009 22:13:21 | More by largadeer
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treyrab

California

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drove up to Selin's Grove yesterday and tried everything they had to offer. Got a pint of this and now I want more!

A: Pours a pretty clear copper with red tints. A touch of chill haze, but not much. A nice creamy off white head that laces pretty well from all the sticky resin. Very nice.

S: Incredible scents of pine hops mixed with a touch of citrus and balanced by a nice touch of caramel. From the smell of this, you would think this was a hop bomb. It is very potent with hop goodness.

T: The taste gets toned down a tad from the smell, but in a good way. It is incredibly balanced with incredible pine hops and a touch of earth and grass. Slight citrus and pine comes in, but this is not a bitter bomb, as it is very balanced like a nice English IPA.

Overall, this is an incredible brew by Selin's Grove. Too bad I am moving from State College tomorrow and won't be able to make the hour drive anymore.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2009 19:18:49 | More by treyrab
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2009 22:13:07 | More by DefenCorps
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-13-2009 21:00:39 | More by ppoitras
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DIM

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2009 19:12:36 | More by DIM
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d0ggnate

California

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.

Serving type: growler

01-11-2009 19:23:43 | More by d0ggnate
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joepais

Maine

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

Serving type: growler

12-15-2008 00:33:45 | More by joepais
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Serving type: growler

11-17-2008 01:40:35 | More by hopdog
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aerozeppl

New York

4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-05-2008 23:47:05 | More by aerozeppl
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear caramel amber color with 2 fingers of creamy white head. Great retention with good sticky lacing wisps. Smells of citrus fruits, pine, caramel, and dried grass. Tastes of grapefruit and oranges up front then some honey glazed biscuit, and caramel malt before a nice dry grassy hop and pine needle finish. Medium in body, very creamy and smooth with a pleasant bitterness. Selin's Grove IPA is always a treat, and finding it on cask is definitely worth a few rounds while it lasts.

Serving type: cask

11-03-2008 23:19:51 | More by HopDerek
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: cask

10-22-2008 07:21:17 | More by Deuane
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

Serving type: cask

10-21-2008 17:03:08 | More by Kegatron
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2008 19:25:19 | More by akorsak
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sublimesipping

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2008 02:08:46 | More by sublimesipping
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-14-2008 00:40:50 | More by mikesgroove
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m1ked

California

4.08/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-28-2008 04:33:30 | More by m1ked
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SierraGS

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2008 02:45:05 | More by SierraGS
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the brewpub with my lunch. Arrived a rather cloudy golden light amber color with about two fingers of head that left a nice, sticky lace on the inside of the glass. Smells initially of fresh, fruity, hops followed by a nice dose of sweet malt to balance it out. Tastes of mild caramel malts, sticky, but clean, followed by fruity, citrusy hops. Medium in body but slightly over carbonated (as evidenced by me and confirmed by the bartender - she was having a hard time filling growlers of it). Nicely done.

update - just had a couple of fresh glasses at the brewpub. Super fresh, hoppy aroma and flavor. Excellent drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2007 02:36:53 | More by ClockworkOrange
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2007 18:05:05 | More by Sammy
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JohnnyM2002

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2007 14:32:57 | More by JohnnyM2002
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Whilst snagging a growler of their triple for AKSmokedPorter, I quickly noticed this gem on the beer engine and promptly ordered a pint.

Holy shit.

This is just amazing on cask. Color is a cloudy, soft-looking honey-copper in color. T-H-I-C-K off-white head sticks to my nose during the first (of many) shnoz dunks into the glass. Near-complete lacing of the glass.

Aromas are outstanding. Even with the muted character I tend to perceive when drinking a casked beer, the hop notes of this beer spill out of the glass, run down the sides, and slowly creep along the bar. Pine oil, orange juice, spice...it's in there.

For a casked beer, this one was only slightly muted in terms of the hops avalanche that run amuck on your palate. There's some chewy caramel sweetness making a feeble effort to balance. Finish is mouth-puckering. So very hoppy. And so very good. Ever so close to giving this a 5.

So soft on the palate, yet the flavor packs such a punch. 1...er...2...er...3 pints consumed before I knew it. Combined with a pretzel (giddyup! The wife-type unit LOVES the pretzels!) and some nice conversation with a local, I think I have found Nirvana.

Serving type: cask

10-04-2006 02:22:44 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
India Pale Ale from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.