Marble IPA - Marble Brewery

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Marble IPAMarble IPA

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BA SCORE
90
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397 Ratings
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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 67
Gots: 58 | FT: 5
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Marble Brewery visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Wolfsdenbrew on 06-12-2008

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Ratings: 397 | Reviews: 139
Photo of M_chav
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

L - Beautiful transparent golden look with an inch of head that slowly dissipates
S - awesome grapefruit forward nose
T - Light/medium body, tons of grapefruit again with a hop forward backbone
F - Goodness, want this to linger on the tongue even more than it does
O- a great IPA - a go to that I might consider the standard against all others

Photo of EgadBananas
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to papollo for this one!

Pours a light golden color, which is just stellar in light. A Big, fluffy, stark white head sits on top, slowly dissipates into chunks, and leaves huge amounts of sticky, web-like lacing.

The smell is very floral, earthy, and piney. Hints of resins and citrus show up as well. Faint malts are there, with previews of the crisp bitterness to come.

Similar to the nose, the taste is littered with floral notes, sweet citrus and an amazing woody pine flavor. Bitterness is sharp, but tamed perfectly.

The feel is light to medium bodied, with a good mix of a sticky and slick feeling. Balanced carbonation, with a little crispness. This thing gives a quick assault on your tastebuds, but consoles them as it goes down.

IPA's were made to drink this way, bottom line. A very excellent beer, and I'm thankful I have another bottle and their DIPA in queue!

Photo of yemenmocha
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I hereby declare this to be a "Sculpin Lite", and I mean that as a kind compliment.

Pours golden with very slight haze and creamy white head that laces well in my glass.

Nose is the best feature of this ale - lots of zingy fresh grapefruit and tangerine. As a Centennial fan I can't help but notice its presence as well.

Palate has some of the sharpness that I've found in other notable IPAs. There's a salient grassy/herbal flavor as well, which is quite nice.

Finishes rather dry, with some powdery hay/straw. Very drinkable too.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Off the tap at the Brick House in Albuquerque this beer was bright, banana yellow color with lots of visible rising carbonation. The head was huge, three fingers of cream-colored foam that displayed great retention as a rocky cap. It laced well too so I had to admit it was great looking, period. The aroma was big and hoppy, lots of floral notes with hints of pale malt and grapefruit (Cascade hops?). The flavors were quite enjoyable, a blend of floral hops and grapefruit bitterness with a pleasant sweetness from the pale malt backbone. The finish was crisp and the whole experience clean. The mouthfeel was soft, the carbonation subtle and the body medium/full. I was really caught off-guard by this one. It was spot-on for the style, flavorful, sessionable and it looked good. Bravo to the new brew-slingers in New Mexico!

Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thought I saved one for review. Alas I didn't. This beer had the perfect balance of caramel, breadyness & tropical fruits. This was my favorite beer from my trip.

Found a bottle 6 days after I got back, didn't get treated well, sadness, still has a great nose, but a bit catty, also plenty of pineapple, some of that breadyness still there!

Photo of LarryK
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got my hands on an incredibly fresh six-pack through the dearly departed Beerjobber.com. 12-oz can poured into my IPA flute. Aroma is classic citrus/tropical west coast IPA; flavor hints of Cascade, Centennial, Citra and Columbus though likely not all four. An exceptionally drinkable, delicious IPA. Between Marble and La Cumbre, New Mexico is starting to turn into a big-time player in the national IPA scene -- a shame their beers are available in only a tiny fraction of the country.

Photo of atomicbeer
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft pint at the Sleeping Dog Tavern in Santa Fe NM. Enticing orange grapefruit followed by passion fruit aroma. Can't get enough of sniffing this one! One finger head. Medium bitterness of grapefruit skin. Not sessionable but great with the salmon fish and chips. Rate this one very good, and did I mention that the aroma is heavenly!

Photo of Rampage1
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This sooo reminds me of Sculpin in the profiles of this beer.

Appearance: This beer pours with a nice white head and a slightly hazy golden color to it-- real nice color.

Smell: This is where this beer really shines-- it smells like tropical goodness-- mango,pineapple,maryjane floral all wrapped up into one intoxicating smell. This beer smells almost identical to SCULPIN which is my favorite single IPA. Big Props!

Taste: Has a great hop forward, crisp flavor with just enough malt backbone to balance it out quite nicely. Has a citrus flavor with a slight bready taste to it. Again taste is very similar to Sculpin. Highly recommended!

Mouthfeel: Has the perfect amount of carbonation to make this a great session beer.

Drinkablility: This is what i call a sessionable IPA. I like this because of the low ABV and the fact that it can bring so much tropical smell and flavor to the table with it being such a low ABV. I am drinking one of these as we speak and each time i take a sip i think of my beloved Sculpin.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another extra from grownfool... Poured in my Yazoo Tulip pint.

A bright yellowy gold color with a nearly white head of 2 fingers. Excellent lacing and retention. The beer is effervescent as it bubbles up to create a head that is thick and creamy. The lace is gorgeous curtains of bubbles.

Smells of lemony citrus with notes of grass and pine. Very little malt.... Nice.
Tastes even better. Light dry malt with excellent hoppiness... Citrus and pine with a little bitterness... This is bright and fresh tasting. Very very good. The body is light and well-carbonated, making it feel light, airy, and refreshing.
The bitterness is light and well-integrated. This is a really grood beer that had been under my radar for a long time! Thanks grownfool!

Photo of maximum12
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GHB for a couple bottles of this IPA a few weeks back. Forgot to enter reviews of it (& the IIPA, I see), so here we are. 12 oz. bottle.

Pour is clean, filtered, light orange. Active carbonation. Nice floral hops in the nose, plus faint breeze of grain, grass, & citrus. Promising.

Marble IPA is a lie-in-the bushes kind of IPA. The barefoot floral & caramel massage builds slowly into a raunchy hop kick in the chards. The sweet malt in the middle complements the hops rather than detracts from them. Bitterness sticks around like a high-school bully. My hand goes to the glass almost of its own accord.

This is an excellent beer. The transition in each sip is unique - every mouthful goes from yummy to searingly bitter. Absolutely unique. Impressed.

Photo of CBlack85
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recieved this one in a trade with knm, Thanks.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a DFH shaped pint glass.

An aggressive pour yields a large, slightly off white head that slowly recedes into sheets of lacing that cover much of the glass. The beer is a copper/orangish color and is nearly crystal clear. Very appealing to look at.

The nose seems to be an even balance of citrusy/tropical fruity hops and caramel and bready malts. The fruity aromas are mainly of apricot, peach, grapefruit and just a hint of piney/grassy hops as well. The malts are bready and sweet; not overly complex and fairly well balanced.

The taste is similar to the aroma, but the hops are much more dominant; leading to a more hop forward, less balanced beer. Lots of tropical fruits as in the nose, but they seem to be more directed and sharper. Medium/light bodied and well carbonated. Very easy to drink. This is a very nice easy drinking IPA, it does not hit you over the head with a huge hop presence, but it is enough to stand up to many other more well known IPAs.

Good stuff

Photo of mastodonj
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a short tumbler

A very light amber, one of the lightest IPAs you'll find.
Nice lacing, surprising since they head begins as a very bubbly almost industrial type head
But rapidly turns to a thick head.

Nose is an awesome blend of floral and citrus. The fresh hop smell reminds me
Of Dugana, about the highest praise I can give.

Taste follows the nose with the fresh bitterness and clean finish of the citrus. I was glad to see that the label indicates the centennial hops that I thought I tasted. But they say that Amarillo and Columbus are also there.

Feel is fairly astringent but full if that makes sense.

Overall, this is one that I am going to start keeping an eye out for....

Photo of ISmith87
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked this one up since it rated similarly to Hop Knot.

A - 4.0 - Pours a nice orange amber color that's kind of hazy but that's alright. Has a half finger of white head at first that disappears to leave a nice lacing on the glass. The bottles/cans are a very plain design, which doesn't make any difference to me anyway.

S - 4.5 - Hops in your face. Very citrusy/piney smell not accompanied by very much malt at all. Grapefruit and citrus zest.

T - 4.25 - Nice and bitter, with grapefruit flavors from the hops at the forefront. Pine needles are prevalent too.

M - 4.0 - light-medium mouthfeel, very bitter, leaves a nice bitter hop aftertaste like most IPAs, alc completely covered

O - 4.25 - This is a great IPA, especially for the price at $9/6 pack of cans, or $7.50/6 pack of bottles. I don't know why so many breweries are insisting on charging more for cans but it's frustrating, especially in the summer when everyone wants to go swimming/boating/fishing/etc. But hey, at least it's not as expensive as Sculpin or Gubna.

Photo of RattleheadKV2
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into Unibroue tulip. No freshness date on can, but the cans are only a couple weeks old or so, so rather fresh.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear orange/amber color, with about 2-3 fingers of head from a hard pour, of a dense white head that dissipates to nice ring around the rim of the glass, that leaves some very nice lacing throughout.

Smell: Very citrusy, almost a fresh squeezed grapefruit, or orange, very faint pinyness in the background, and a rather subdued malty biscuit like quality.

Taste: Up front is just citrus big time, lots of grapefruit, and orange. In the middle and back of the mouth you really get the hop bitterness, and a nice astringency.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp, and clean with very nice dryness in the end that begs you to take another sip.

Overall: As Marble's slogan goes "Rock Solid Beers" this is one rock solid IPA, and a staple in my fridge. And the fact that it's now available in cans makes it all the better. At $7-$8 a 6-pack this is my go to "everyday beer".

Photo of koopa
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with GabrielM thanks!

Appearance: Pours a soft golden with a touch of orange and a nice rocky white 2 finger crown that displays good retention and lace.

Smell: Loads of grapefruit over bready malt. My type of IPA nose!

Taste: Same as nose but a bit more "rind" like. Could use some tropical fruit notes in my opinion. A very pithy IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with good carbonation. Standard.

Drinkability: Sessionable IPA here.

Photo of Gjr3673
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Love the hip flavor and drink ability

Photo of KSOZE
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent IPA! Nice and citrusy, the way I like 'em!

Photo of Domingo
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fresh bottle from NM brought back. I wonder how long it will be before these guys hit the big time?
Pours a honey color. A good amount of foam for the style, lots of lacing, too.
Not surprisingly, lots of fruity hops on the nose.
Sweet tropical flavors hit initially, the middle has more of a pine/citrus rind character, and the finish has a lingering peach note.
It sounds simple...and it is to a degree, but it's excellent.
For the 2nd beer in a row Marble has captured huge hop flavors usually only found in DIPA's and experiments into a highly drinkable, memorable IPA.
Mouthfeel is think enough to drink on a hot day, but with enough texture to make for a good food pairing.
Normally I'm not a huge IPA guy, but I could definitely have 3-4 of these.
Up there with the best IPA's around. Floral hop fans might not like it as much, but it's right up my alley.

Photo of Bockrules
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a hazy orange-gold with swirls of yeast falling in intricate patterns. A good stream of bubbles come from various nucleation points to the three finger, foamy, off-white head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass. Leaves behind an intricate wall of lacing.

S - Nice citrus hop aroma of orange, mango, and pineapple upon opening the bottle. A little bit of pine shows up too once in the glass.

T - Orange-mango upfront. The body is dominated by orange citrus flavor and bright hop notes with all hints of malt banished to a dark corner to aid in mitigating the wave of hops. More snappy citrus hops as the beer passes over the back of the tongue followed by a bitter orange-mango finish.

M - A little weaker than medium bodied with ample carbonation to give a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. I would like to see this chewier.

I don't know if the pizza place I had this at was serving it too cold on draft, but the nose was much better from the bottle served at around 45 F. A real looker, and a straight forward easy drinking brew. Although I knocked off about half a point for the somewhat weak body, that characteristic along with the strong citrus flavors, and relatively low ABV compared to some of my favorites make this my go to IPA for the hotter months here in New Mexcio.

Photo of Ben4881
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Marble IPA
Marble Brewery

Appearance:
Marble IPA is very pale in color, mainly yellow with hints of orange. It is translucent in nature, a little misty and a little murky. Not a very large head, but it sticks around for quite a while. The bubbles are massive at first, but then reduce to a fine layer of wispy foam. Lacing is rather spotty, but pretty heavy in some places.

Smell:
Citrus hop aroma takes center stage. I also detect some fruitiness and spiciness, as well, almost like bananas and cloves. Overall, it does not have an overpowering smell, but it is very appealing.

Taste:
The taste is rather mild, at first. Then the oily, bitter hop flavor hits the front of the palette. The bitterness is subdued, momentarily, allowing an orange-like citrus flavor to hit the roof of the mouth. Then, a subtle piney bitterness takes over, leading to a crisp, clean finish. However, the aftertaste is loaded with dry piney bitterness that tickles the tongue. The sensation is short-lived, yet the piney flavor lingers at the back of the throat. This is a solid IPA.

Mouthfeel:
Marble has a medium to light body with minimal carbonation. The aftertaste leaves a sticky, oily, cottony feeling in the mouth, beckoning another swig.

Drinkability:
Since its body is on the lighter side, it is very easy to drink. In fact, my glass seems to have disappeared much quicker than I anticipated. The low ABV also makes it possible to enjoy a few in one sitting. Yes sir, I will have another.

Photo of b3shine
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to frosted pint glass. Good appearance and bouquet. The hoppy scent is backed by an equally hoppy taste. I'm impressed. Its kick parallels double IPAs, but its mouthfeel is like a traditional American IPA. Tough to get other than out West. I got a 6er in Knoxville, TN (per a solid recommendation), but it's from Albequerque, NM, and markets west of the Mississippi River are few and far between.

Photo of Koufax21
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this from a 12 oz glass and poured into a pint glass. It pours a light straw color with 3/4" white dish soap colored head. It laces the glass quite well throughout the drink. It smells very good. Definitely dry hopped well. Nice citrus aroma with a very light malt presence. The taste matches. Great hop forward flavor. Adequately carbonated and light bodied. This is definitely one of my favorite beers from NM. I've never had anything less than good from Marble BC. Thanks for another awesome brew Marble.

Photo of Auraan
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a pretty golden, with a tiny bit of head. It looks like what I look for in an IPA. Scents of pine, malt and some citrus. Flavor begins with malt sweetness and moves into pine, slight floral and some grapefruit, finishes with more floral flavors and ends with an aftertaste of grapefruit pith. Quite good, very true to style and some of the better IPAs I've tasted. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, quite easy to drink and feels good on the palate. An excellent example of an American IPA out of New Mexico, worth trying to find.

Photo of Duff27
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/18/11

A- Damn near three inches of an off white head with a clear but somewhat hazy golden body. A few dozen streams of effervescence. Great head retention and clumpy lacing.

S- Citrus explodes out of the bottle and into the pint glass. "Fresh."

T- That clean citrus-tinged hop character that I love...almost sour citrus (think lemon/lime) but not quite. Good caramel malt backbone but hops dominate the balance slightly. Well hidden alcohol.

M- Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel with adequate carbonation.

D/O- Underrated and under distributed(?) beer right here. Could drink for days if need be. Hopefully in the future this will get into the hands of more and more BAs because New Mexico has a gem in this IPA and Marble Brewery alike. Thanks TATURBO.

Photo of LXIXME
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A small to maybe medium sized off white head settles into a decent lacing above a clear honey golden colored beer.

Citrus and pine dominate a hoppy aroma.

Almost a bitter soapiness to a taste that is full of citrus, floral, and pine style hops.

A dryish aftertaste that has some of the bitterness left over from the taste with some slight citrus tastes coming along for the ride on this medium bodied and easy drinking beer.

I could drink a few of these, quite a few.

Marble IPA from Marble Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.