Blue Hills India Pale Ale - Blue Hills Brewery

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Blue Hills India Pale AleBlue Hills India Pale Ale

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129 Ratings

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 25.75%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blue Hills Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Duhast500 on 01-23-2009

the 12 oz bottle/six pack version of the IPA.
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Photo of ExtraStout
3.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well...hard to say this is an IPA--very little of the extra hop it takes to make the jump from a pale ale to an IPA--at a minimum its not a well balanced hop.

Had it on draft and it came with your standard white head and color was a bit darker than most IPA's.

Barely any fruit essence, just a nice, smooth pale ale. I could drink a few of these with ease, but this simply doesn't compare to a true IPA.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #35 (Dec 2009):

This one pours foamy with an unfiltered, hazy, dark copper color, topped with a massive three-fingered head that retains forever. Aroma is powdery, slightly spicy and floral, with hints of citric and fresh malt. Body is full and rounded, slightly chewy on the palate. Quite malty and sweet up front with toasted and caramel notes followed by some breadiness. Rhubarb. Over-ripe strawberries. Esters. Slightly sharp and tart. Citric, rind, not overly bitter, but most certainly hoppy. Dries up with some grain and leafy tannins in the finish; not in a good way, a bit rough.

Unique, despite the market being flooded with IPAs; however, its uniqueness is not all positive. Given what the market expects from an American IPA (something hoppy and clean), this brew could use some cleaning up. We did enjoy the malt-to-hop balance though.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

In a pint glass the beer was a gold color. The head was white and medium-sized, and left a little bit of lace.

Not much to the aroma. A little pine, a little citrus, and a bit of sweet malt. Very understated.

Same for the taste: a little pine, a little citrus, a bit of bread. Just not that much there.

As others have said, not much of an IPA sense to this beer, more like a pale ale.

This bomber will do it for me.

Photo of Billolick
3.11/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness info. Pours red tinged amber, hazy, typical light tan head, decent retention at the 1/4 inch level, slowly fades, to a thicker film and leaves respectable fine lacing.

I pick up just a faint whiff of dusty hops in the nose.

Decent pale ale, not sure if I'd count this one as an AIPA however. Hops are present, gritty and grainy, balanced out, nothing special going on here, not particularly vibrant or fresh tasting, just a moderately drinkable, pale. Eh, lots of better brews out there

Photo of tigg924
2.25/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, clear, orange-brown in color, moderate carbonation, cloudy

Smell: pine and citrus hops

Taste: pine and citrus hops

Mouthfeel: super bitter, harsh, biting, light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I wonder if there is some inconsistency in the brewing of this. I have had it on tap and it was wonderful, bitter but not overly so. I would give the on tap version a 4. In the bottle, this was way to aggressively bitter and harsh. It is very hop forward comparable to some west coast IPAs. Hop heads can enjoy this. I will pass on the bottle.

Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blue Hill IPA smells of citrus hops and sugary malts, the former taking a good lead on the latter. On the hops side, the brew bears the typical grapefruit and pine aromas (leaning more toward the grapefruit), but adds just a hint of rosewater. The malts come across as light waves of toasted grains, and a hint of brown sugar.

On the tongue, the brew is of course bitter, but not excessively so, the hops being well-balanced by sugars. Still, good grapefruit rind notes sparkle throughout the mouthful. The malts bring a good level of brown sugars to the mix, accompanied by toasted grains and a few light fruit esters (apricot mainly, with hints of pear and apple) that nicely hide the 6.6% ABV. Late in the mouthful most of the sugars die off, and the hops rebound in strength, bringing fresh grapefruit rind flavors, as well as a healthy touch of pine. The aftertaste is mainly these latter hop flavors, and lasts for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a good IPA, providing a balanced mixture of bitters and sugars that makes the beer very drinkable.

Photo of geoffpm
1.75/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I bought this bottle from a reputable wine store who said that the beer is kept cold directly form the brewery and I should keep it in the same condition.

I am a proponent of supporting local breweries but I can't support this beer. I am a fan of West Coast IPAs but recently have had some good east coast IPAs. This one is not one of the better IPAs I have tasted.

Hops appear to missing except for the final mouthfeel. IT feels like a mediocre lager with some hops added at the last moment.

Not overly sweet, I suppose if it were really cold ,I could drink it as a session beer, but given the availability of world class IPAs in the Boston area, I would pass on this one

Photo of racer2k
2.63/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass

A: light amber color with no head and lacing. Thin looking beer

S: faint hopped smell with notes of pine, and malt

T: Bitter malt profile with not much visibility on the hop side of the equation for an IPA. There seemed to be a raw metallic aftertaste with this batch

M: Thin beer profile with minimal carbonation to boot

D: Not the most drinkable beer in my opinion but I will give this new upstart brewery another shot.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.86/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Received as a gift from my brother.

A: Pours a hazy amber with a foamy one finger head. Decent retention and spotty lacing.

S: I get a little bit of floral and citric hops but also a good bit of bready/biscuity malts.

T: Well, different. There is a strange malt flavor, very biscuity with some caramel. There is some floral hop flavor, but not much. It is strange and difficult to describe.

M/D: Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Overall, its probably a pass. It is the first beer I have had from Blue Hills. Hopefully this one was just off since they are now the closest brewery to where I grew up.

Photo of dannydetox
3.23/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average east coast style IPA, but nothing spectacular. Deep copper/amber color leaves a smallish white head. I get that typical earthy, slightly damp wood smelling hop profile off this one with a hint of something citrusy. Better than some of the cheapo IPAs fresh n easy and whole foods are hawking these days. I enjoy the bitter finish the beer leaves behind even if the blend of goldings and summit don't give the kick a westerner like myself prefers.

Photo of Boohausen
4.65/5  rDev +55.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this brew is a nice and what i consider a pefect example of a very drinkable IPA not to bitter not to sweet the hop flavor dances with the malt. to produce a flavor unmatched in my opinion when you first look at the pint glass you notice a golden almost copper hue nice hop nose of cascade with a refreshing malt hop taste

Photo of fitzy84
4.38/5  rDev +46.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack from Table and Vine. A beautiful murky look with an assortment of yellow and green colors. The head is very frothy and has great lacing on the sides. Great aroma of heavy hops and lemons, some cloves I could sense too. Could sense a buttery taste to the overall bitter flavors. However, the sweetness of the malts really comes in after a few moments in the mouth. Crisp feel in the body with a really dry aftertaste. Overall, a great find from this Canton brewery.

Photo of u2carew
2.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a large head - big bubble, off-white and settles quickly. Body is a hazy copper color. Semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Not very aromatic. Faint hints of citrus fruits and a bit of a "wet dog" smell.
T) Definitely more hops in the flavor profile than malts.Very little malts in the taste, hops from start to finish. A sharp hop bite in the finish that lingers long into the aftertaste.
M) Medium-light body. Dry and tannic in the finish.
O) An alright brew. Too much hops. This is more an ESB than an IPA.

Photo of DakotaRules
4.05/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like this beer because the hop bite is subtle and not in your face like so many other IPAs are these days. This beer is easy to drink and has a good kick for the alcohol content. It has a creamy mouth feel. I wish all there beers came in a 12 oz size but I really dont have a problem drinking a 22!

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.62/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

"Over the hills and far away, he swears he will return some day." - Nightwish

I had this on tap last summer and I was utterly unimpressed. Hoping it's one of those better in a bottle beers I'm returning to give it another try.

Unfiltered dull orange. Impressive foam rings left by persistent retention. So far so good. Hopped with U.S. Goldings and Summit. Not what I'd typical think of as IPA material but let's see.

Doesn't smell like much. I get some malt, maybe some peach fuzz. Maybe, and I'm stretching, some neutral hop spice. This beer makes me try too hard.

Taste is mild bitter and I think I'm picking up a faint hint of mint chutney. These hops should be hops should be ashamed of themselves. Good malt base to support hops, were they present.

Bottle is equally bland as on tap.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.68/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramel and citrus sweetness, bready malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong flavors of caramel and citrus. After that though there isn’t much else to enjoy. The malt character is hearty but the hops presence in mild and there isn’t very much balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: A little crisp and not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

O: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not a good representation of style, even some of the run-of-the-mill beers in the style are better than this one.

Photo of IHC
4.38/5  rDev +46.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite IPAs it's nice and rounded with a definite malt character to it. It's not overly hoppy so if your into dogfish head 120 you might be disappointed. The hops are well balanced with a nice floral and citrus flavor. Pours nice copper color with nice 1 inch head sometimes a little more. Overall this beer is a unique IPA and strays from the over the top hop madness that has grasped some beer lovers. This is more like what I think an IPA should be. Hoppy but with some malty sweetness and a slight caramel note too.

Photo of profjazzsax
4.06/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a big IPA fan and had never heard of this beer, but when I saw it on tap at a local restaurant decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised.

Nice traditional amber color, slight citrus nose, decent malt to hop balance, very drinkable, and went great with my pizza. I think it is very similar to Sierra Nevada and a little lighter/brighter than Harpoon.

After reading previous posts I am wondering if this beer is inconsistent, because I don't think it deserves the bad reviews it got based on the beer I had. That being said if you are really a "Hop Head" it is not going to give you what Green Flash West Coast IPA or Bear Republic etc. does. I also think Mayflower IPA is similar.

Photo of HuskyHawk
2.75/5  rDev -8%

This was awful. Drain poured it. I'm really not sure what they were doing with this, but most home brews have been better.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy light gold color with a descent head that dissipates quickly to a thin lace. Thin aroma mainly dominated by a subtle, earthly hop character. The malt lingers in the nose but is challenging to find.
The taste is pretty average for an IPA. Nice bitter hit right off the bat and quickly blends to the malts. The aftertaste has a mild hop bitterness without much character.

Pretty drinkable for an average IPA

Photo of jlindros
3.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grew up down the street from this brewery, so I hope their beers are good. Not available around where I am now, so I picked this up while on a trip back east (east MA that is).

A: Pours with a 1 finger airy head that pops its way back to a light head covering quickly. The reddish orange amber color is very hazy and seems to block all light from passing. On the plus side, I can see my reflection pretty well, and I need a haircut!

N: Surprisingly malty, with some big notes of crystal/caramel malt, but a light hop aroma as well. Some crispness aromas also hold down the fort for the nose. The hops are semi light but have a strong hop aroma, very light pine and citrus, and floral hops, and some light orange peel.

T: Starts with a, wtf?! I get like malty bready almost chocolate waffle things you have at Christmas, or the waffle part of a kit kat. Some light orange citrus comes through and very light hops. That bready waffle candy flavor doesn't really seem to go away after a few sips still. Some strong pine starts to make its way through the palate reminding you that it IS an IPA after all. Slightly sweet on the front and dies quickly. A strange fruit flavor, almost like an apricot or something also hints at you. The bitterness builds and builds and gets, well, pretty bitter.

M: Semi thick with some hop oils cutting through, decent carbonation.

F: Some piney bitter hops come through, and it gets very bitter as it dries off the tongue. It almost has a pinesol like flavor that you get in your mouth when you smell pinesol. Some hop oils blanket the tongue as well. It dries off pretty well as the bitterness dominates the mouth after. The bitterness is almost to the unpleasant angle, but can still be enjoyable.

Final thoughts: Not the best IPA around. In fact, probably not something I would buy again now that I have tried it. Which is very unfortunate since I would love to visit there often as I grew up about 5 miles from the place. It has some weird malty and fruity flavors, and lots of bittering hops, but not much for hop flavors except pine and some citrus, and lots of bitterness.

Photo of jeff2486
3.54/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at Doyle's tonight for their "First Pour"

It was a very nice orange color but I was quite dissapointed with the smell. I smelled almost nothing so to be honest I was not looking forward to tasting it. However, I was pleasantly surprised. I was most impressed with how smooth the beer went down for how high the alcohol was. It was a very nice citrusy flavor with not too much bitterness. This is definitely a nice start for this brewery and I would definitely have this beer again.

Photo of PDXHops
1.86/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Bomber poured into a shaker pint. No bottle date See-thru light copper with a bubbly layer of foam that soon enough becomes a bubbly ring. Scattered bits of lacing.

An interesting nose on this, spicy and grassy with a touch of citrus zest and toasty malt. Smoke? Tastes interesting, too, but not in a way that generates interest in repeat purchases. An odd combo of brown sugar, overripe oranges, white pepper, grassy hops and, most puzzingly, a hint of smoked meat. On the positive side, the malt profile is dry and the level of bitterness is more than acceptable. Increasingly boozy and unpleasant as it warms. A head-scratcher of an IPA.

Photo of smcolw
2.49/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Decent start to the head, although as it recedes, it leaves large bubbles. Light amber color with a touch of chill haze.

Unusually malty aroma of dark brown sugar and molasses. I don't detect any hop. Smells like a Scotch Ale. A clear miss.

This may be the oddest beer I've had in a very long time. First, on the positive, it is flavorful. It's just not the flavors you would expect for the style. It is mostly malt until the swallow where the hop shows up. It is never a hoppy beer and even the aftertaste is closer to soured milk than anything else.

Photo of womencantsail
3.13/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a slightly hazed amber color with a thin layer of off-white foam.

S: The nose is bland and bready, lots of biscuit malt aroma with a strange apple juice note. Quite sweet and perhaps even a bit of butter.

T: The flavor has a strange quality to it that I cannot quite describe. Certainly a touch of hop bitterness but no discernible hop flavor. More of the apple juice notes.

M: The body is medium with a lively carbonation and a crisp, lightly bitter finish. This is probably the best part about this beer.

D: Just a really odd beer. I would call this more of a Pale Ale than anything, but it does not quite fit there either. I can't say that it was bad, but it certainly wasn't great either.

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Blue Hills India Pale Ale from Blue Hills Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.