India Pale Ale - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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150 Ratings
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 122
Gots: 6 | 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:
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(Beer added by: rdrummer on 05-09-2004)
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Photo of thebouch01
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of whartontallboy
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of sideshowe
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of champ103
3.23/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on tap at the brewpub

A- pours a dark orange with a one finger white head. Because of the low lighting, I can't get a great look at it...so, default grade

S- aroma is of very powerful citrus. Yummy

T- very juicy. Lots of tropical fruits...mostly mango. Wonderful

M- medium bodied

O- this is fantastic. The keg kicked maybe two hours after we got there, so I couldn't order a second pint or get a couple of growlers. Whenever you see this on tap at SG, you should get it.

Photo of smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at the bar into a tulip pint glass.

Kind of dark to judge appearances but, off white and creamy foam head on top of a real nice gold orange with good rising carbonation. Not much for lacing.

What a great nose on this. Mild cream sense of malt with juicy orange citrus bent. Real nice wonderful.

Taste brings everything into play. Soft orange practically tangerine and soft creamy texture (why is everything here so amazingly creamy) of malt. Finish hits with also soft pine needles and malt sweetness complete with brown sugar.

Overall just a fantastic ipa end of story.

Photo of THECPJ
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
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

Photo of prdstmnky
4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap @ the brewpub 7/31

Hazy amber body with a finger of foamy head. Decent retention and lots of lacing. Amazing aroma on this IPA, all kinds of citrus and floral billow from the glass. Tastes almost as good as it smells, which says alot after you've taken a whiff of ale.

Nice burst of citrus in the mouth upfront, with more of an earthy finish. A pretty well balanced IPA though. Medium bodied, lighter on the carbonation gives it a slightly creamy texture.

This is one exceptional IPA! Although my growler didn't have quite the same appeal as my glasses at the pub, this is simply one of the best beers ive had to date, quite possibly the best IPA sampled.

Photo of KMcG
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
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. 

Photo of boralyl
4.97/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours an inch of fluffy off-white head that has decent retention and leaves gobs of sticky lacing as it recedes. The beer is clear and has a dark golden-orange hue.

S - The aroma on this beer really knocks me off my feet. It's very pungent with a mixture of fruitiness, flowers and a light spiciness.

M - Light to medium in body with good carbonation. It's got a semi-creamy finish.

T - The beer begins with a citrus kick combined with a little bit of peach flavor. A blast of fruitiness hits next(can't pick out one particular fruit, just like the nose) followed by some pine and herbal bitterness. It's got a good malt backbone that keeps the beer balanced.

I had heard very good things about this beer and fortunately it lived up to the hype. This is one of the best IPAs I've tried. I'm kicking myself for not making the trip to Selin's Grove sooner. This one is well worth seeking out.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of Tucquan
4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of billab914
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Urbancaver and CooperEllis! This was better than I expected.

A. Pours a very pretty blood orange with foamy white head.

S. Mango, grapefruit, other tropical fruits, and lots of beautiful floral notes.

T. Citrus, pine resin, tropical fruit, and a nice fruity sweet malt backbone. A bit of earthiness. Interesting and complex. A great IPA.

M. Thick and luscious.

D. Supremely drinkable. A huge fan of this one.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pretty reddish orange. A bit of white head. One of the prettiest beers I've had in a while. Smells nicely hoppy with a touch of malty sweetness. Lots of citrus and pine and grapefruit on the nose and tongue. Very thick and complex. Something earthy as well. Subtle but very nice. Overall a really complex, thick, viscous ipa that is truly top notch

Photo of eagles22
4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful deep cloudy orange body with a one finger white creamy head.

Smell: WOW lots of fresh grapefruit,orange peel, fresh floral armona also with some spicy malt

Taste: It is the best IPA/DIPA in my 2cents and I had some pretty good IPA's such as blind pig,pliny,abner,sculpin etc. The citrus blast hits you first of bitter grapefruit,sweet peaches and mango and than some piney hops and also some spicey hops,but than it evens out with some sweet malts.

Mouthfeel:very creamy and smooth

Overall:This beer is a classic IPA/DIPA and will stand up to any IPA/DIPA out there!

Photo of philbe311
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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...

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.

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.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.39/5  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.

Photo of Chaney
4.45/5  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.

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!

Photo of ffejherb
4.58/5  rDev +6%
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!

India Pale Ale from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.