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Atlas India Pale Ale - Marshall Brewing Company

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188 Ratings
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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 6
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Marshall Brewing Company visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Beertracker on 08-15-2008

Atlas India Pale Ale is an ale with strength and character worthy of its name. Pale and caramel maltings of American two-row barley give Atlas IPA a malty backbone to support its noticeable, but not overpowering, hoppy flavor and aroma. Columbus, Amarillo, and Cascade hops are harmoniously blended together, bringing about floral and earthy tones which highlight this bold but delicious ale.
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Ratings: 188 | Reviews: 75
Reviews by arc3636:
Photo of arc3636
3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-rusty yellow color, a bit darker than most IPAs. not much head

S - nothing comes out very strong, but has a bit of a musty smell

T - as you would expect, hops are the dominant flavor, but not overpowering.

M - the hops bitterness sticks to the tongue, very enjoyable

O - overall an enjoyable beer. The flavor hides the alcohol nicely, feel like I could drink several of these

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to slasher007 for sharing this beer.

The beer pours cloudy golden orange with a white head. The aroma is very floral, almost perfume-like. You also get some hops and a slight soapiness. The soapiness is also there in the flavor, as well as strong piney hops and some malt. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The beer wasn't bad at first, but the soap-like flavor kept building and it was hard to finish by the end of the glass.

Photo of randal
2.01/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Well I wanted to like this beer. I grew up in south Tulsa and remember Tulsa Brewing Company and the short lived Cherry Street Brewing Company in the early 90's. Atlas IPA is not a bad beer, but not an IPA. Perhaps it's the bottle (other reviews were on tap) but the beer is extremely carbonated and I don't get much aroma hop at all which is strange considering the extreme bubbles should be releasing a wave of hop scent. The flavor doesn't have much hop presence at all, and not much bitterness either. I tasted this next to an average pale ale and the Marshall's was outclassed in most aspects of hop flavor and aroma.

It would be really great if they get the kinks worked out and throw caution to the wind and dump some more hops in this beer. Until then, I will consider this a decent amber ale.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a light cloudy amber with a bit fluffy white head. Nose is hoppy, light and sweet.

Taste is surprisingly belgian and buttery and earthy. Not really sure what I think o this, it's ok but I wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of dza360
2.12/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not sure if I got a bad bottle, but this beer was not very good. I struggled to find any characteristics of an IPA, but there really aren't any traces of the style here. Very one dimensional beer that frankly tastes pretty much like first time home brew from an extract kit. Color is a ruddy amber with some haze and a very thin head that leaves no lacing. The smell is next to burnt biscuits with a slight tinge of sweetness. The beer tastes pretty unremarkable, definitely nothing IPA about this beer as the low quality malt is really heavy and overpowers the hops which are nothing but bitter. The mouthfeel is thin with some biting carbonation but it seemed flat by the time I got 2/3 through the glass. I ended up pouring it out.

Photo of Alexkegs
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - a little dark for an IPA a deep orange brown

S - not too much aroma, musty floral hops and sweet smelling malt

T - a little bit of hop bitterness up front finishes just a little too sweet at the end. Notes of citrus, pine, caramel sweetness

M - on the thick and sticky side for an IPA which actually helps to bring out a bit extra bitterness

O - Had on top at the MAYO in Tulsa multiethnic times throughout the weekend. Honestly just a completely average IPA IMO. Everything was there but nothing stuck out. Very drinkable but there was a little too much sweetness for my taste. But honestly I would have drank anything to escape drinking 3.2 beer gross

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Marshall- Atlas IPA

Thanks to Davey for this bomber!

A- Deep orange, slight tawny brown with a huge (hlaf the glass) foamy soapy head. Big thick ringed lacing down the glass.
S- Quite faint hints of sweet caramel malt, tea (tannins), and earthy hops.
T- Sweet caramel malt with a big heavy tea leaf tannin favor. Dry earthy hop bite in the end. Big brewed tea leaf flavors.
M- Thick sweet malt up front gives way to dry slight bitter tannins and a dry earthy hop finish.

Overall- Very malty with low hop presence. Misses the mark.

Photo of dbossman
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep copper hue with a thin but steady head and decent lacing; a bit cloudy at first but that clears up a bit

S: Pretty subdued--nothing offensive but just not a ton going on; some citrus and tea leaf and some subtle burnt malts with a touch of bready sweetness

T: Bitterness is more herbal and grassy with just a touch of lemon; also lots of bready malts--a pretty malty IPA; this is a decent beer but different from most of the style but a nicely balanced finish that makes me want a bit more

F: Fairly sticky and oily--nice medium body for an IPA

O: This is a malty IPA--almost more British in style; it's a decent beer though not what I was expecting

Photo of nickd717
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber via trade thanks to stephens101. My first full Oklahoma beer, although I've had a couple ounces of Marshall McNellie's.

Pours cloudy amber with a one-finger white head. Great retention - head never totally fades.

Aroma is caramel malt, spices, and really muted citrusy hops.

Flavor is pretty light on the hops. Caramel malt and spices with a little bit of soapiness. What hops there are are mainly citrusy and earthy. Someone else mentioned orange marmalade, and that flavor really is in there. There is hop bitterness for sure, but not much hop aroma/flavor.

Medium body with average carbonation and some hop oils.

Drinkability is average. Overall, not too impressive. A little odd for an American IPA.

Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with a cheeseburger at McNellies in Tulsa

Pours a semi-hazed caramel with 1 finger of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Apricots& fruttyness, some caramel & a whiff of herbal hops

T: Pears & apricots, biscuitty malt & leafy hops up front. Fruittyness & herbal hops as this warms, plus a bit of biscuitty malt & dryness. Finishes fruitty with & some caramel. Finishes fruitty with dryness & a bit of crisp hops

MF: Medium bodied, minimal carbonation, creamy, good balance

Drinks very easy, wish the taste profile was pumped up more, to me it's kind of like sheep in wolf's clothing. More hops & malt please!!! This needs to be stepped up to catch up to the pub ale...

Photo of Beertracker
4.07/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Commercial Description: Atlas India Pale Ale is an ale with strength and character worthy of its name. Pale & caramel maltings of American two-row barley give Atlas IPA a malty backbone to support its noticeable, but not overpowering, hoppy flavor, and aroma. Columbus, Amarillo, and Cascade hops are harmoniously blended together, bringing about floral and earthy tones which highlight this bold but delicious ale. Suggested pairings include: Mexican, Indian, and Cajun dishes, oily fish such as grilled salmon, spicy crab cakes, and bold, handcrafted, washed-rind cheeses.

Available Packages: 50L (13.2USG) Keg; 1/6 bbl (5.16USG) keg. Coming soon: 4/6/12 & 12/22fl.oz. NR bottles. IBU = 58; ABV = 6.5%

Marshall's Atlas India Pale Ale (IPA) pours up evenly with a moderate carbonation that creates a lacy tannish-white head that rises above the slightly hazy, ochre-tawny amber body. Good head retention. The slightly pungent aroma is ripe with fruitiness (lemon zest, tangerine peel, ruby red grapefruit) supplimented by an underlying earthy-herbal (cilantro, lemon grass) spiciness (peppery) accenuated by a lingering caramel maltiness. The alcohol warmth is negligible and well masked by the hops & malt. The defiantly hoppy flavor starts off with a bready maltiness that shows a nice toasted caramel character that eventually gives way to a marked, but never dominant bitterness that creates an off-dryish, mineral laced finish. This medium bodied, unfiltered IPA has a good creaminess & texture with just a touch of grainy astringency. This is a very approachable, session-style IPA that drinks like an English version, but finishes truly American. I'm happy to have watched this one grow from a Marshall family homebrew into a bankable microbrew. Oklahoma beer lovers can rejoice! Here's to the Marshall brothers and their growing family of fine beers!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Photo of EagleTalon
3.27/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, orange-amber color. Huge, overcarbonated head and tons of lace. Aroma is piney hops and very sweet malt. Flavor is decent but not quite to style. It is as if the brewer skimped on the hops to save money. Would qualify as an English IPA. (The flavor "issue" may be due to the yeast sediment going into the review glass.)There is some residual un-beerlike sweetness that tastes like cola. Mouthfeel is good. Drinkabiity is decent.

I had this beer on tap at McNellie's Pub in Tulsa last year and it was pretty much "on-style" then. The bottled version is fairly new and I hear that they are working on making sure the draft quality is reflected in the bottled product.

Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bottle that FooFaa was kind enough to share. Cross OK off of my list.

A: The IPA is a copper amber color, translucent with a finger and a half of head. No lacing resulted.

S: The nose starts off slow, offering little in the way of hops, before a citrusy bitterness begins to arise.

T: The first few sips reveal a medicinal hop presence, aspiriny, before yielding to a spiciness. The spicy hops aren't citrusy or sharp, just biting. Caramel malts add balance to the spicy hops, resulting in a pleasant aftertaste. Nothing in the way of citrus here, just a layer of hoppy heat.

M: The IPA takes a bit of time to get started. When it is primed up though, a nice hoppiness wafts out.

D: A good IPA, it would never be my favorite but Oklahomans have a nice one here.

Photo of Docer
4.27/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber acquired in a trade... interesting that it is wax dipped... must be for looks! No freshness date...

- Huge 5 fingers of head... slowly down to a thumb of frothy head that looks like the surface of the moon. Lacing all about. The ale is a dark clear copper/amber... not too much character.. but overall nice.

- Wonderful crisp smell... reminds me of my first beer. Nice bitter hop nose... little bit of sweet malt... but overall very nice. I am actually impressed by the smell... much like a fresh hop harvest ale.

- Interesting sweet flavor.. bit of ester, some type of fruit... kiwi, strawberry.. caramel.. some very slight sour zing to it towards the end... and a nice bitter hop bite.... this is actually quite good, and quite original.. I am liking it... and shocked at the lower review scores. Certainly some citrus.

- Very slight chewiness.. but the light sour zinger causes saliva to flow... not too dry at all... and a big taste for a low alc. is nice!

- Huge drinkability... if I lived near there, I am sure this would be my go-to beer... it is quite nice, distinct and drinkable.

Photo of TexIndy
2.33/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz waxed bottle into a pint glass. No dating info. It was an orange amber color with light carbonation and good lacing. It had a small head especially for an IPA that quickly settled into a thin film.

The aroma was very weak. Some floral hops if you really sniffed along but mainly caramel malts. Taste followed the aroma. The hops were barely there and what was there wasn't that pleasant. Really not much flavor and then it had a weird aftertaste. Drainpoured after several attempts to make it through.

Overall, a major mess and not worth drinking. I'd had two other Marshall beers and they were excellent so not sure if this is just a bad beer for them or if I got a bad bottle. Based on how good the other 2 were I'd re-sample this one but for now it's one and done.

[RSP]

Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wax capped IPA is always a good way to start off a night in my book! Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/25/2009.

The pour was very nice, rich dark amber in color with a smooth, even head of white that came up and over the top very nicely. Really well done here I have to admit as the lacing coated the inside of the glass very well. Rich looking for sure. Aroma is hop heaven. Rich notes of grapefruit, orange and hints of pine are right in your face, but mellow out as it warms and offer some balance against a bready malt that starts to show itself. First sip shreds the tongue, right grapefruit flavor prickles away at the taste buds, thick, almost viscous for an IPA is what is on tap for you next. Takes a few sips before you can get past this bigger then life hop profile and find some decent balance in here, but it is there. Huge feel and great carbonation made this one actually drink bigger then the ABV had it pegged at, but went down nice and smooth.

Overall a solid IPA I was glad I was glad I got the chance to try. Not sure I ever would have sought it out, and thats half the fun.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle, 6.5% abv. Pours a darker copper color. Fairly clear. White head disappears after a few minutes, but does leave some spots of lace.

Hop aroma seems restrained. Some citrusy hop aroma, but also some earthy notes which don't seem to go along with everything. Darker caramel malt notes.

Darker caramel malt with a bit of sweetness. Moderate amount of bitterness that is mainly earthy, but also has some floaral and slight citrusy notes.

Medium body, with a good amount of carbonation. Seems a bit tame for an ipa. Alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of Squelch
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark for an IPA. Small head with minimal lacing. Weakest part of this beer

Smell: Piney hops. Slight malt aroma.

Taste: Piney hops dominate. Mild sweetness from the mat but dominated by the hops. Slightly harsh hop flavors. Nice beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-heavy bodied beer. Fits style.

Drinkability: Not the best IPA I've had but not bad either.

Photo of eclaycamp
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber with a wax top. Pours a deep bronze with a pillowy off white head. The beer looks slightly hazy. Aroma is of pine, with some sweetness and malt in the background. First sip is primarily hops, though it also has some sweet malt character as well. Tastes a little like grapefruit and oranges. Light mouthfeel that finishes rather bitterly. Very dry. Not an aggressively hopped IPA, despite what you may think when you smell it for the first time. There's something off putting about the general flavor of the beer. Not the best IPA I've had.

Photo of largadeer
2.59/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy orange-amber with three fingers of lasting head that leaves sticky sheets clinging to the glass. Lightly hopped floral aroma, not exactly what I'd call a true IPA. Crystal malt is more prominent, in fact. The first thing noticed in the taste is a bit of wet paper-like oxidation that lingers from beginning to end; strange as this doesn't taste old, just oxidized. Mouthfeel is thin, I'm guessing this is a partial mash brew. There's a touch of malty sweetness but this is mostly bitter, with no real foundation or body to balance it.

Photo of vacax
3.22/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Why would a brewery decide to wax a bottle of iPA? Perplexing, but I'll still drink it. Pours a deep copper color with a fair amount of retention and a bit of lacing. Aroma has pears and loads of floral elements, but not hops flora, in fact I don't really smell any distinguishing hoppiness here to indicate this is an IPA. Smells quite good, but more believable as a saison even than an IPA. Tastes of flower petals, blossoms, light citrus character, moderately bitter. Despite the lovely aromatics, little carries on into the flavor here. A very average beer that misses the style. Body is medium with a lightly creamy mid level of carbonation.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.14/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy dark copper color with a HUGE beige head that will not die. Mad retention and lacing, it's a pretty solid looking beer.

Unfortunately, not a whole lot going on in the nose...not bad, just faint. A bit of light fruity notes - strawberry and raspberry with some tropical and citrusy hop aroma.

A bit malty for an IPA, it overpowers the fairly pleasant hop flavors that are there in bits and pieces. Fruity notes are a bit too omnipresent and I could use a bit more hop flavor as opposed to the hop bitterness here. A decent beer, but not really a great IPA. Would not mind trying it fresh on tap though.

Photo of GeezLynn
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz waxed bottle into a tulip. I really like the name and label.

A: Attractive bright copper color bordering on red with a decent white head that is easily revived with some agitation. Good looking beer.

S: Mostly caramel malt with a moderate level of floral hops.

T: First impression is that this is quite bitter, much more than expected. White grapefruit. Also some bready caramel and pale malts, but in contrast to smell, the hops are the main attraction. Not enough sweetness to balance heavy bitterness that stretches from initial taste through the finish.

M: Medium bodied, and on the lower end of the carbonation spectrum.

This is a beer that could use more balance. I'm fine with some of the big IPAs and DIPAs like Maharaja, etc. but this is lacking complexity. The hops aren't adding much outside of bitterness and completely overpower the malt. Not sure how old this bottle is, but would like to try it again knowing for sure that it is fresh. Overall, a pretty average IPA.

Photo of TheSarge
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Creates a thin off white layer of a head, and has a well filtered copper colored body.

The aroma is more caramel in nature, but does have a decent piny follow through.

Taste wise it follows the path of the.aroma, but with a kind of cooked veggie bitterness in the end.

Feels mildly carbonated, a little oily slick in the middle to the end.

Overall this is a well balanced IPA, and I'd seek this one out again.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Hazy caramel color, cream colored head that recedes to a film. Light lacing.

Aroma: Caramelly sweet, spicy. Tea-like herbal tang.

Taste: A tea leaf bitterness comes first before going into spicy sweet caramel. The finish brings bitterness, more black tea.

Mouthfeel: On the heavier side.

Overall: Malty. Spicy. Almost into DIPA territory.

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Atlas India Pale Ale from Marshall Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.